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

Keynote & Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers



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

Title: Key drivers and research challenges for 6G

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.


Akhil Panchabhai, General Manager, Mobile Communications Team, Samsung R&D Institute India, Bangalore

Bio:Akhil Panchabhai is a General Manager in the Mobile Communications Team at Samsung R&D India Bangalore. He holds a B.E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical & Electronics from BITS, Pilani Rajasthan (1999), & an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, SC, USA (2004). At Samsung, he has been supervising cross-functional teams for commercialization of 3G, 4G & now 5G technologies in Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S & Galaxy Note smartphones. In his career spanning close to two decades, Akhil has developed strong hands-on experience on 3GPP standards, contributed to in-house protocol stack development, commercialized several World-First Launches, is a co-inventor in several patents & is spearheading IP creations & innovations in his team. Akhil’s area of Expertise is in 3GPP Access Technologies.


Rajesh Challa, Associate Architect,Samsung R&D Institute India

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.

Mrs. Sellammal Shekhar, Sc’G’, Associate Director, DRDO Headquarters

Educational Qualifications: Obtained Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Jodhpur, MTech from IIT Delhi and M S in Cyber Law & Cyber Security from National Law University, Jodhpur.

Work Experience: After a small tenure in ISRO, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, she joined DRDO in Nov’ 86. Worked at different DRDO Laboratories which includes Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, Analytical Studies Group, Delhi, Scientific Analysis Group, Delhi Weapons and Electronics Systems Engineering Establishment, New Delhi. At present, posted as Associate Director in the Directorate of Extramural Research & Intellectual Property Rights, DRDO Headquarters, N Delhi.

Swati Meherishi, Executive Editor-Applied Science and Engineering, Springer India

Bio: Swati Meherishi is Executive Editor of Applied Sciences and Engineering at Springer. She has an extensive experience publishing engineering content across two continents. She holds degrees in Physics and Philosophy from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. Prior to Springer, Swati has managed key engineering textbook portfolios in both India and the United States. At Springer, Swati manages a growing portfolio of journals, including both Springer-owned and key academic society journals, such as Journal of the Indian Institute of Science, INAE Letters, Transportation in Developing Economies, Indian Geotechnical Journal, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, and the Institution of Engineers (India) journals. She has successfully negotiated and launched new journal partnerships with several institutions of repute, including the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Institute of Science, and the Indian Institute of Packaging.

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

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.

Invited Speakers


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.


Mr. Munir Mohammed, Senior Program Manager, IEEE

Title of the talk – IEEE Standards for 5G and IoT

Abstract –The talk will be emphasising on the various standards work that is going on within IEEE on 5G and IoT. It will help us understand how standards is the way to bring in interoperability and opening up the global borders for business.

Bio: Munir Mohammed as a Senior Program Manager at IEEE leads the standards initiative on Emerging Applications. Munir has been with IEEE for more than 12 years and prior to that he has worked in various firms such as LexisNexis, Level 3, Satyam etc.