WONS 2023 18th Wireless On-demand Network systems and Services Conference 30th January - 1st February 2023, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

WONS Panel

Toward NextG / 6G Networking: Observations, Requirements, Challenges, and Opportunities


Falko Dressler is full professor and Chair for Telecommunication Networks at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, TU Berlin. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Dressler has been associate editor-in-chief for IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing and Elsevier Computer Communications as well as an editor for journals such as IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, IEEE Trans. on Network Science and Engineering, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He has been chairing conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MobiSys, ACM MobiHoc, IEEE VNC, IEEE GLOBECOM. He authored the textbooks Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks published by Wiley & Sons and Vehicular Networking published by Cambridge University Press. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker. Dr. Dressler is an IEEE Fellow as well as an ACM Distinguished Member. He is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). He has been serving on the IEEE COMSOC Conference Council and the ACM SIGMOBILE Executive Committee. His research objectives include adaptive wireless networking (sub-6GHz, mmWave, visible light, molecular communication) and wireless-based sensing with applications in ad hoc and sensor networks, the Internet of Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems.


Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Senior Director for Institute of Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University, Executive Director for Open6G, co-Chair for the FCC 6G Technology Advisory Council and Senior Advisor for NTIA and DoD OUSD R&E. He is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100M public-private partnership for the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program and $25M DARPA Colosseum program. He serves as a Board Member for the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance, Founding member for Magma Core Foundation, University representative for O-RAN Alliance, Telecom Infra Project, NextG Alliance and co-chair on organizing committee and program committees for 6GSymposium, EuCNC, IEEE InfoCom and ACM WinTech. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as 5G,6G, AI/ML, edge computing and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.

Norman Franchi

Norman Franchi is full professor (W3) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where he heads the Chair of Electrical Smart City Systems. He holds a Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.E.E., 2015) and Dipl.-Ing. (M.S.E.E., 2007) degree in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering (EEI) both from FAU. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in the automotive R&D sector as system and application engineer for advanced networked control system design. From 2012 to 2015, he was research associate at the Institute for Electronics Engineering, FAU, focused on software-defined radio based V2X communications. From 2015 to 2021, he was with Gerhard Fettweis' Vodafone Chair at Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), where he was senior research group leader for resilient mobile communications systems and 5G industrial campus networks. From 2019 to 2020, he was managing director of the 5G Lab GmbH, Germany. In 2020, he founded the company Advancing Individual Networks (AIN) GmbH, Germany, a technology start-up for design, optimization, and operation of IIoT and 5G campus networks. He is member of the IEEE ISAC initiative, Open 6G Hub Germany, 5G++ Lab Germany, and 6G Platform Germany. Furthermore, he is advisory board member of the Industrial Radio Lab Germany (IRLG) and the KI Park e.V., Germany. His research interests include 6G, 5G, joint communications and sensing (JC&S), resilient and secure systems, Industrial IoT, campus networks, Open RAN, Vehicle-2-X Communications, metaverse technologies, extended reality (XR), resilient energy (micro) grids, green and sustainable ICT, and IoT Technologies for Smart Cities and Smart Countries.

Serge Fdida

Serge Fdida is a Professor with Sorbonne Université since 1995. His research interests are related to the future internet technology and architecture. He has been leading many research projects in Europe, notably pioneering the activity on federated Internet testbeds. He established PlanetLab Europe in 2007 and the OneLab and FIT facilities. He was one of the founders of the ACM Conext conference, general chair of ACM Mobicom 2015 and IEEE Infocom 2019. Serge Fdida has also developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, - he was the co-founder of the Qosmos and Hopcast companies, - one of the active contributor to the creation of the Cap Digital cluster in Paris and President of EIT Health France. He is currently coordinating SLICES, the first large-scale scientific instrument in Digital Sciences, supported by the EU ESFRI framework. Serge Fdida received his PhD from Université Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris in 1984. He received his Habilitation in 1989. Assistant professor UPMC (1983-1987). Associate professor UPMC (1988-1991). Professor Université Paris Descartes (1991-1995). Sabbatical at IBM Raleigh in 1995. Professor Sorbonne Université. Adviser ITC Department CNRS (2000-2005). Vice-President European affairs of UPMC (2014-2018). VP International Development of Sorbonne Université (2018-2021).

Frank H. P. Fitzek

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and head of the “Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks” at TU Dresden. He is the spokesman of the DFG Cluster of Excellence CeTI and the 6G-life hub in Germany. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor. He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation prize. In 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree “Doctor Honoris Causa” from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). His current research interests are in the areas of 5G/6G communication networks, in-network computing, network coding, compressed sensing, post-Shannon theory, quantum and molecular communication, as well as human-machine interaction in the virtual worlds.

Michele Polese

Michele Polese is a Principal Research Scientist at Northeastern University, Boston, since March 2020. Prior to this, he received his Ph.D. at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova in Italy. His research interests are in 5G/6G wireless networks, mmWave and terahertz mobile networks, Open RAN and open source networking software. He has contributed to O-RAN technical specifications and submitted responses to multiple FCC and NTIA notice of inquiry and requests for comments, and is a member of the Committee on Radio Frequency Allocations of the American Meteorological Society (2022-2025). He was awarded with several best paper awards, and is serving as TPC co-chair for WNS3 2021-2022, as an Associate Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine, and organized the Open 5G Forum in Fall 2021.