IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems
16-19 December 2019 // Goa, India

Keynote & Invited Speakers

Keynote/Invited Speakers



Ashish Kumar, Senior Director, Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore

Bio: Ashish Kumar is Senior Director heading Mobile Communication Team at Samsung R&D India Bangalore for 5G Smartphone Modem development & commercialization. He has done his Masters of Technology from IIT Delhi (Computer Tech). He has 22 Years of R&D Career in cross vertical roles in areas of Wireless Communication System, Smartphone Software platform and IoT Products development. Ashish has strong hands-on experience in cross generation 3GPP Standards, Development and commercialization, setting up Samsung Internal Core Modem team in Bangalore, Nourshing Talent Pool with Global expertise and bringing Synergy between cross domain experts. He has established “Lead in time” Innovations with 4G/5G development and beyond-5G research and delivered Multi-Mode Protocol SW for World’s First 4G Device and also handled Global deliveries with tight control of schedule/quality/budget. Key Expertize area of Ashish are 3GPP Access, IoT Connectivity (WiFi and BlueTooth) Protocol.


Dr. Rajesh Challa, Associate Architect, Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore.

Bio: Dr. Rajesh Challa is an Associate Architect in Networks R&D division at Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore (SRIB) and received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, in 2019. He has been working with SRIB since 2003 on mobile commercialization activities and conducting research in next-generation mobile systems. His areas of expertise include IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Android Radio Interface Layer (RIL), Linux device driver development, Data plane and NAS layer of LTE, and proprietary Samsung Handset Platform (SHP) solution. He is CORD Ambassador in Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Ambassadors’ Program, and has been a contributor in ONOS/CORD projects. He is currently representing Samsung Electronics at CNCF TUG group, and focusing on 5G cloud-native network design and orchestration at SRIB. His research includes 5G network slicing & orchestration, Service Chaining (SFC), and Software-Defined Networking (SDN). His areas of Expertise are: IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)Data plane and NAS layer Signaling of LTEAndroid Radio Interface Layer (RIL)Linux device driver development.

Dr. Mandar Chitre, Associate Head of Department (Undergraduate Programs),  Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE), National University of Singapore (NUS). 

Bio: Mandar Chitre is currently the Head of the Acoustic Research Laboratory (ARL) at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) in Singapore. He is also an Associate Professor and Associate Head of Department (Undergraduate Programs) at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) of the National University of Singapore (NUS). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. Mandar’s research interests include underwater acoustic communications & networking, ambient noise imaging (ANI), collaborative underwater robotics, and acoustic signal processing.


Dr. Matti Latva-aho, Director for 6G Flagship, University of Oulu, Finland.

Title: Key drivers and research challenges for 6G

Abstract: As 5G research is maturing towards a global standard, the research community must focus on the development of beyond-5G solutions and 2030 era, i.e. 6G. It is not clear yet what 6G will entail. It will include relevant technologies considered too immature for 5G or which are outside the defined scope of 5G. More specifically, the way in which data are collected, processed, transmitted and consumed within the wireless network will be a key driver for 6G. It is also envisioned that we need new KPI drivers towards 6G besides the current 5G technical superiority KPIs: societal megatrends, UN sustainability goals, emerging new technical enablers as well as ever increasing productivity demands are emerging critical drivers towards 2030 solutions. To summarize, 6G is not only about moving bits: it will become a framework of services, including communication service where all user specific computation and intelligence may move to edge cloud. Integration of sensing, imaging and highly accurate positioning capabilities with mobility opens a myriad of new applications in 6G era.

Bio: Matti Latva-aho received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland after which he joined Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of CWC during the years 1998-2006 and Head of Department for Communication Engineering until August 2014. Currently he serves as Academy of Finland Professor in 2017 – 2022 and is Director for National 6G Flagship Programme for 2018 – 2026. His research interests are related to mobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on beyond 5G systems research. Prof. Latva-aho has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He received Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in mobile communications research.


Dr. Konstantin Kebkal, CEO/Chief Scientist, EvoLogics GmbH, Germany

Abstract: Paper presents results of an easy-to-achieve implementation of an underwater acoustic sensor network capable of operating in different modes for underwater acoustic data exchange among mobile and/or stationary network nodes. A key novelty of this implementation consists of the use of underwater acoustic (UWA) modems incorporating a dedicated Networking Software Framework (called the EviNS Framework). The latter is a compact open-source, open-architecture software that is undemanding in terms of computer resources and can be installed directly on the UWA modem platform as part of its standard software. The practical usefulness and advantage of this solution stems from the fact that it significantly reduces the costs involved in setting up an UWA network while retaining small dimensions, small weight, and high energy efficiency of each hydro-acoustic network node (e.g. modem performing the functions of network communication devices). A case study with a network based on the UWA modems incorporating the EviNS Framework (with pre-installed but freely changeable media-access and routing protocols) is presented. Apart from providing details on the application of the EviNS Framework, the paper offers an analysis of the performance of an ad-hoc underwater sensor network operating in shallow water area (the environment of large practical interest). Experimental results aimed at assessing the performance of the UWA network are presented in relation to the combination of a simple medium-access control protocol (for uncoordinated access) and wide-spread floodingbased routing protocols (based on sequence number control).

Bio: Dr. Konstantin Kebkal was born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1966. He received his engineering degree from the Technical University Sevastopol (Ukraine) in 1995 and his PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University Berlin (Germany) in 2000. Extensive experience in underwater acoustics, signal processing, applied mathematics and
electrical engineering. His studies of the physics of dolphin communication laid the groundwork for EvoLogics’ Sweep Spread Carrier (S2C) technology for underwater data transmissions: based on results of these studies he has developed a patented ultra-broadband communication system providing high reliability needed for applications in the oceanographic and offshore applications. In 2000 he co-founded R&D company EvoLogics GmbH aimed at developing flexible and reliable solutions for the maritime industry, especially underwater communication, navigation and positioning systems and networks for increasing the flexibility of operations whilst reducing risks and costs. More than 100 scientific publications, 2 international patents.

Mr. Nikhil Mitaliya, Sr. Application Engineer, Tektronix India Pvt. Ltd

Title of the talk – 6 Key Challenges of the Internet of Things 

Abstract – The opportunities to reinvent existing objects into connected devices that include sensors and transmitters are abundant. However, these opportunities are accompanied by technical challenges. How do we make tools and machines that have not changed in form or function for decades into electronic devices that are smart, connected, and compliant? Further, how do we ensure that the devices we design in the lab are able to perform in the field?
Bio: Nikhil Mitaliya is a Field Application Engineer in Tektronix India Pvt. Ltd. He is with Tektronix for the last 7 Years. Nikhil is having experience of a total of 10 Years in the Test & Measurement Industry. He has been closely working with ISRO, Defense Organization, and Semicon Industries very closely and has assisted them for the testing of in various Projects in communication and RADARs.