Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speech 1:
“Trends and Challenges for Internet of Things”
Prof. Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues

National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Portugal
This keynote addresses a hot and updated topic focusing on Internet of Things (IoT), considering their most relevant trends and challenges for Internet of Things. It starts with an introduction to IoT and its typical application scenarios considering different verticals. Relevant aspects considering opportunities for IoT will be addressed, considering promising verticals. The Inatel Smart Campus, an open Campus for research on IoT, experiments, and concepts and technology validation will be presented. It is a project open for companies’ participation and promotes the academy-enterprise interaction. It is a true living lab for several IoT verticals, including smart cities and smart homes. An initiative to prepare ICT professionals for new challenges regarding this new generation technologies for IoT will be presented. The communication ends with new trends and issues on Internet of Things, suggesting further research topics.

Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues [S’01, M’06, SM’06] is a professor at the National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. Prof. Rodrigues is the leader of the Internet of Things research group (CNPq), Director for Conference Development – IEEE ComSoc Board of Governors, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Technical Activities Committee Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Latin America Region Board, the President of the scientific council at ParkUrbis – Covilhã Science and Technology Park, the Past-Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on eHealth, the Past-chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Software, Steering Committee member of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community and Publications co-Chair, and Member Representative of the IEEE Communications Society on the IEEE Biometrics Council. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal on E-Health and Medical Communications, the editor-in-chief of the Recent Advances on Communications and Networking Technology, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multimedia Information Systems, and editorial board member of several high-reputed journals. He has been general chair and TPC Chair of many international conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE HEALTHCOM, and IEEE LatinCom. He has authored or coauthored over 600 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, 3 books, and 2 patents. He had been awarded several Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Service Awards by IEEE Communications Society and several best papers awards. Prof. Rodrigues is a licensed professional engineer (as senior member), member of the Internet Society, and a senior member ACM and IEEE.

Keynote Speech 2:
“How Brain Science can help Artificial Intelligence or Information Technology ?”
Prof. Zang-Hee Cho

Endowed Chair Professor & Director, Neuroscience Research Institute, Suwon University, Korea & Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, Seoul National University, Korea
One of the least known science in modern scientific history is the Brain science, especially the human intelligence and Cognition. Our understanding of cognitive science domain differs widely from different disciplines, from psychiatry to psychology, neuroscience to cognitive science, and modern computer science to artificial intelligence.
I will go over, at least with known scientific bases of current neuroscience, how our brain works for memory, language, and cognition.


Prof. Zang-Hee Cho received Ph.D. from Uppsala University (Sweden) in 1966 and has been faculty at the University of Stockholm and University of California-Los Angeles. In 1979, Dr. Cho moved to Columbia University as a Professor of Radiology (Physics). Since 1985, Dr. Cho was the Professor of Radiological Science as well as professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at University of California at Irvine. From 2005, Prof. Cho served as University Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute, Gachon University of Medicine & Science, Incheon, till he joined as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Advanced Institute of Convergence Technology (AICT), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Since 2017, Professor Cho is concurrently serving as a director of Neuroscience Research Institute, Suwon University, Suwon, Korea.
Professor Cho has been a pioneer in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging since the inception of the computerized tomography (CT) in 1972. He was the first one who pioneered world’s first “Ring PET”, the first molecular imaging device, in 1975. Professor Cho has also been pioneer in the field of MRI. Since 1980 he developed one of the world’s first 0.1T MRI in Korea and subsequently 2.0T in 1985. He then continued one of the world’s first 7.0T MRI coupling with super resolution PET (HRRT) for the world’s first PET-MRI fusion system in 2008. Among the many honors and awards, Professor Cho was elected as a member of US National Academy of Science, institute of medicine in 1997 (Now US National Academy of Medicine).

Keynote Speech 3:
“5G is reality – Transforming Lives and Industries”
Prof. Kyungwhoon Cheun

Executive Vice President, Head of R&D, Networks Business, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
With the ever-increasing demands on mobile data traffic, stronger requirements on latency and reliability of novel mobile services, it becomes more challenging to meet those diverse needs by sheer migration of the existing cellular technologies. Innovative and pioneering technologies are now being used in the most advanced 5G trials yet and are helping to lay the foundation of critical 5G standards. Through research partnerships spanning the industry value chain, the viability of some of practical use cases is now demonstrated including fixed wireless access. The industry is now in need of productive ecosystem spanning the entire value chain that is capable of delivering on the promises of 5G. Samsung is actively working to make that a reality, in order to kick start tangible 5G applications.

Kyungwhoon Cheun received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University in 1985. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1987 and 1989, respectively.
He served as a professor at the University of Delaware from 1989 to 1991 and then at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) from 1991 to 2014. While at POSTECH, he headed the national ITRC center for Broadband OFDM Multiple Access (BrOMA), an eight-year research program supported by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy.
Aside from his academic achievements, he, as an engineering consultant, has contributed to many break-through innovations in diverse industry areas of wireless communications and audio signal processing. He was on leave at Witechs and NSystems in San Diego where he developed efficient receiver algorithms for WLANs and WCDMA. From 2004 to 2011, he served as the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Pulsus Technologies Inc., taking the lead of developing sound processing algorithms and sigma-delta modulation based full digital audio amplifier SoCs.
Since 2012, he has been with Samsung Electronics leading research and development for next generation cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Currently he is an Executive Vice President and head of R&D in Network Business, Samsung Electronics.