Chair | Gabor Fodor

Gábor Fodor (Senior Member, IEEE, 2008) received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (major in communications engineering) in 1988 and 1998 respectively. In 1998 he joined Ericsson Research in Stockholm, Sweden, where he is currently a master researcher specializing in the performance analysis and design of wireless networks. Since 2017 he is also an adjunct professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. His current research interests include physical layer and medium access control layer algorithms for cellular networks, multiple antenna systems and full duplex communications. Dr. Fodor has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed conference proceedings and journals and is a co-author of more than 80 international patent applications (pending or granted). He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice prize in 2018. He is currently serving as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.



Vice ChairChan-Byoung Chae

Chan-Byoung Chae is the Underwood Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University, Korea. Before joining Yonsei, he was with Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent as a member of technical staff and with Harvard University as a post doc. He received his Ph.D. in ECE from The Univ. of Texas at Austin. He is an Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. Molecular, Biological, and Multi-scale Comm. and serves as an Editor for the IEEE Comm. Mag., the IEEE Wireless Comm., the IEEE Trans. Wireless Comm. He is the recipient/co-recipient of the IEEE DySPAN Best Demo Award (2018), the IEEE/KCS Jour. Comm. Nets. Best Paper Award (2018), the IEEE INFOCOM Best Demo Award (2015), the IEEE Sig. Proc. Mag. Best Paper Award (2013). His group has demonstrated real-time full duplex (2014), real-time full duplex MIMO (2015), wide-band full duplex (2016), op-map based flexible duplex at IEEE Globecom.



Vice ChairRisto Wichman

Risto Wichman is a professor in Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering since 2003. Before that he worked in Nokia Research Center on physical layer issues for seven years. He has co-authored more than 200 journal and conference publications and 22 granted patent families, 5 of which have been declared as essential patents in ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) standards.



Vice ChairTaneli Riihonen

Taneli Riihonen (S’06–M’14) received his D.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (with distinction) from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, in August 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University, Finland. He held various research positions at Helsinki University of Technology and Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering from September 2005 through December 2017. He was a Visiting Associate Research Scientist and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, USA, from November 2014 through December 2015. He has been nominated eleven times as an Exemplary/Top Reviewer of various IEEE journals and is serving as an Editor for IEEE Communications Letters since October 2014 and for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters since May 2017. He received the Finnish technical sector’s award for the best doctoral dissertation of the year and the EURASIP Best PhD Thesis Award 2017. His research activity is focused on physical-layer OFDM(A), multiantenna, relaying and full-duplex wireless techniques with current interest in the evolution of beyond 5G systems.



Vice Chair | Melissa Duarte

Melissa Duarte received her B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, in 2005. She received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 2007 and 2012 respectively. From 2012 to 2013 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. She is currently a senior research engineer at the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. Her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Full duplex Wireless: Design, Implementation and Characterization” received the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Best Dissertation Award, 2012. She received the ACM MobiHoc 2013 Best Paper Award, the 2017 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award recognizing the Best Systems Paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and the 2018 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication. Her research interests include the design and implementation of architectures for next-generation wireless communications. Specific interests and expertise include the areas of full duplex wireless systems, cooperative relaying networks, Multiple Input Multiple Output antenna (MIMO) systems, multi-carrier systems (OFDM), Software-Defined Radio (SDR),  channel modeling for wireless systems and over-the-air measurements and experiments for the evaluation of wireless networks.



Vice ChairAshutosh Sabharwal

Ashutosh Sabharwal is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Rice University, Houston, Texas.  He is the founder of WARP project (, an open-source project which is now in use at more than 125 research groups worldwide, and have been used by more than 450 research articles. He is currently co-leading the NSF PAWR project POWDER-RENEW, to develop and deploy Rice Argos project inspired massive MIMO base-stations and open-source frameworks. His research in wireless has spanned both fundamental theory and experimental systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to the theory and experimentation in wireless systems and communications. He received 2017 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award and 2018 Advances in Communications award for his innovations in full-duplex wireless.



Standardization Chair and Industry Liaison | Raghu M. Rao

As Senior V.P. of Advanced Technology, Raghu is responsible for identifying new market segments where GenXComm’s technology and core competency can be applied. As the chief evangelist of the company’s technology and products Raghu’s role also involves business development and strategic marketing. With more than three decades of experience in wired and wireless communications and signal processing technologies, Raghu’s knowledge, vision and background will be instrumental in driving GenXComm’s products to market and working closely with the sales team to drive revenue. In his previous role at Xilinx Inc., Raghu was highly regarded as a technology strategist and an expert on wireless communication systems. He led the response to numerous technical proposals to leading Tier-1 customers. He was responsible for strategic marketing and contributed to product planning. Raghu drove efforts to enable Xilinx products in the microwave and mmwave backhaul segments, 5G Xhaul, 4G/5G baseband and radio segments. He also drove wireless ecosystem development and initiated numerous partnerships to present total solutions on Xilinx devices. Prior to that he was also the Director of engineering overseeing various 4G wireless product development. He also worked at Mentor Graphics and Texas Instruments. Raghu has a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from University of California, Los Angeles. Raghu is also a Senior member of the IEEE. Raghu has 29 granted patents and has published numerous papers in peer reviewed IEEE journals and conferences and authored two book chapters. He has also presented numerous tutorials and webinars and participated on panels at leading conferences.



Secretary |  José Mairton Barros da Silva Júnior

José Mairton B. da Silva Jr. received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2019. He received his BSc (with honors) and MSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Federal University of Ceará in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He worked as a researcher engineer at the Wireless Telecommunication Research Group (GTEL) in Fortaleza from July 2012 to March 2015. During the autumn/winter of 2013-2014, he worked in an internship at Ericsson Research in Stockholm, Sweden. During Spring/Fall 2018, he was a visiting researcher at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. His current research is on optimization and learning for future cellular networks, including full-duplex communications, millimeter-wave and massive MIMO.