April 1, 2016


Falko Dressler

The Tactile Internet and Its Impact on Cooperative Autonomous Driving


Falko Dressler is Full Professor for Computer Science and head of the Distributed Embedded Systems Group at the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Paderborn. He is member of the University Senate. Dr. Dressler received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
He is an editor for journals such as IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, Elsevier Computer Communications, and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He was guest editor of special issues on self-organization, autonomic networking, vehicular networks, and bio-inspired communication for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and others. Dr. Dressler was General Chair of IEEE/ACM BIONETICS 2007, IEEE/IFIP WONS 2011, IEEE VNC 2014, and ACM MobiHoc 2016, TPC Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE VNC, IEEE VTC, IEEE GLOBECOM, and ACM MSWiM, and Poster/Demo Chair for ACM MobiCom. He regularly serves in the program committee of leading IEEE and ACM conferences. Dr. Dressler authored the textbooks Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks published by Wiley in 2007 and Vehicular Networking published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Dr. Dressler has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker in the fields of inter-vehicular communication, self-organization, and bio-inspired and nano-networking.
Dr. Dressler is a Senior Member of the IEEE as well as a Senior Member of ACM. He is actively participating in the IETF standardization. His research objectives include adaptive wireless networking, self-organization techniques, and embedded system design with applications in ad hoc and sensor networks, vehicular networks, industrial wireless networks, and nano-networking.


Edward Knightly

Scaling Wi-Fi for Next Generation Applications

Edward Knightly is a professor and the department chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. from Auburn University. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He received best paper awards from ACM MobiCom, ACM MobiHoc,IEEE SECON, and the IEEE Workshop on Cognitive Radio Architectures for Broadband. He has chaired ACM MobiHoc, ACM MobiSys, IEEE INFOCOM, and IEEE SECON. He serves as an editor-at-large for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networkingand serves on the IMDEA Networks Scientific Council.

Professor Knightly’s research interests are in the areas of mobile and wireless networks with a focus on design, performance evaluation, and at-scale field trials. He leads the Rice Networks Group. The group’s projects include deployment, operation, and management of a large-scale urban wireless network in a Houston under-resourced community. This network, Technology For All (TFA) Wireless, has served over 4,000 users in several square kilometers and employs custom-built programmable and observable access points (see video). The network was the first to provide residential access in frequencies spanning from unused UHF TV bands to legacy Wi-Fi bands (500 MHz to 5 GHz). His group developed the first multi-user beam-forming WLAN system that demonstrates a key performance feature now provided by IEEE 802.11ac. His group also co-developed a clean-slate-design hardware platform for high-performance wireless networks, TAPs and WARP.


Christian Wietfeld

Wireless Networking for Cyber Physical Systems – Providing Reliable Connectivity in Challenging Environments


Christian Wietfeld is a full professor and head of the Communication Networks Institute at TU Dortmund University. He received his diploma degree and a PhD from RWTH Aachen in 1992 and 1997 respectively. After holding various positions in industry (Siemens, 1997-2005), he joined the TU Dortmund in 2005. Since then, he initiated numerous research projects on the design and performance evaluation of wireless communication architectures, protocols and services, leading to team of 20 full-time researchers working under his supervision.

Prof. Wietfeld’s research has been published in around 175 peer-reviewed conference papers, book chapters, contributions to standardization (ITU-T/3GPP/ETSI/OMA) and patents. In 1999 he received an “Outstanding Contribution Award” of ITU-T. He is a senior member of the IEEE, editor for the IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine and head of the committee on “Communication Networks and Systems” in the German sister organization of IEEE, ITG. He has received 8 Best Paper awards (thereof 4 in IEEE context). He is regularly contributing to IEEE conferences as track chair (IEEE Vehicular technology Conference 2015 and 2017), workshop organizer (Co-founder of IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop on Wireless Networking for Unmanned Autonomous Systems) and TPC member (IEEE GLOBECOM, ICC, PIMRC, VTC, WCNC, SmartGridCom, etc.). He is a co-founder of the award-winning spin-off comnovo.