Workshop Co-Chairs and Organizers

Serge Fdida (co-chair)

Sorbonne Université, France

Serge Fdida is a Professor with Sorbonne Université since 1995. His research interests are related to the future internet technology and architecture. He has been leading many research projects in Europe, notably pioneering the activity on federated Internet testbeds. He established PlanetLab Europe in 2007 and the OneLab and FIT facilities. He was one of the initiators of the ACM Conext conference, general chair of ACM Mobicom 2015, IEEE Infocom 2019 and in 2021 and started the NetworkingChannel online program. Serge Fdida has also developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, – he was the co-founder of the Qosmos and Hopcast companies, – one of the active contributors to the creation of the Cap Digital cluster in Paris and President of EIT Health France.  He is currently coordinating SLICES, the first large-scale scientific instrument in Digital Sciences, supported by the EU ESFRI framework. Serge Fdida received his PhD from Université Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris in 1984. He received his Habilitation in 1989. Assistant Professor UPMC (1983-1987). Associate Professor UPMC (1988-1991). Professor Université Paris Descartes (1991-1995). Sabbatical at IBM Raleigh in 1995. Professor Sorbonne Université. Adviser ITC Department CNRS (2000-2005). Vice-President European affairs of UPMC (2014-2018). VP International Development of Sorbonne Université (2018-2021).

Manu Gosian (co-chair)

Northeastern University, USA

Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Senior Director for Institute of Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University, co-Chair for the FCC 6G Technology Advisory Council and Senior Advisor for NTIA ITS and DoD OUSD R&E FutureG. He is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100M public-private partnership for the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program and $25M DARPA Colosseum program. He serves as a Board Member for the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance, Founding member for Magma Core Foundation, Academic research council representative for O-RAN Alliance, Technology Roadmap group member for NextG Alliance and co-chair on organizing committee and program committees for 6GSymposium, EuCNC,IEEE InfoCom and ACM WinTech. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as 5G,6G, AI/ML, edge computing and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.

Thomas Magedanz

TU Berlin, Germany

Thomas Magedanz (PhD) has been professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks since 2004. In addition, since 2003 he has been Director of the Business Unit Software-based Networks (NGNI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin. For 35 years Prof. Magedanz has been a globally recognized ICT expert, working in the convergence field of telecommunications, Internet and information technologies understanding both the technology domains and the international market demands. His interest is in software-based networks for different vertical industries, with a strong focus on building public and non-public campus networks. He became famous over the last two decades for the development of open software toolkits for building vendor independent open testbeds for next generation mobile networks, such as OpenIMSCore, OpenEPC, OpenMTC, OpenBaton, Open5GCore. His current interest is in the evolution from 5G to 6G and the development of the Organic 6G Core. For more details of his current work look here: www.6G-ready.org and www.open6Gnet.org

Joyce Mwangama

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Joyce Mwangama holds the position of an associate professor and researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained her PhD and MSc in Electrical Engineering, along with a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, all from the University of Cape Town. Her prominent research interests centre on communication networks, next-generation networks, and digital health, where she leads efforts in setting up experimental next-generation mobile testbeds. Additionally, Joyce provides her expertise and guidance to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa 5G Forum, contributing to the research and development of 5G/6G technologies.

Aki Nakao

Tokyo University, Japan

Akihiro Nakao received B.S. (1991) in Physics, M.E. (1994) in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was at IBM Yamato Laboratory, Tokyo Research Laboratory, and IBM Texas Austin from 1994 till 2005. He received M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) in Computer Science from Princeton University. He taught as an associate professor (2005-2014) and as a professor (2014-2021) in Applied Computer Science, at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. He has served as Vice Dean of the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (2019-2021). In April 2021, he has moved to School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (2021-present). Since April 2023, he has been serving as Head of Department of System Innovations, School of Engineering. He was appointed as an adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo (2019-2020) and has been a special adviser to the President of the University of Tokyo (2020-present). He is serving as Director, Collaborative Research Institute for NGCI,(Next-Generation Cyber Infrastructure), the University of Tokyo (2021-present). He has been appointed as the first guest professor at the University of Oulu and its Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) in September 2023. For social services, he has been playing several important roles in Japanese government and also at research societies. He has also been appointed Chairman of the 5G Mobile Network Promotion Forum (5GMF) Network Architecture Committee by Japanese government. He has been appointed as Chairman of 5G/Beyond 5G committee, Space ICT Promotion Initiative Forum, International Committee, and Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium as well (2020-present). From 2020 to present, he is a chair and advisor of IEICE technical committee on network systems (NS) as well as a chair of IEICE technical committee on cross-field research association of super-intelligent networking (RISING). He has been elected to become the president of Communication Society, IEICE, in 2024.

Technical Program Committee

  • Albert Lysko, CSIR, South Africa
  • José Rezende, RNP, Brazil
  • JongWon Kim, GIST, Korea
  • Tony Quek, SUTD, Singapore
  • Hans Schotten, DFKI, Germany
  • Alfonso Ehijo, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Marius Corici, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
  • Ramona Modroiu, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Anastasius Gavras, Eurescom, Germany
  • Hans Einsiedler, Deutsche Telekom, Germany
  • Tilo Heckmann, Telefonica, Germany
  • Emmanuelle Bertin, Orange, France
  • Noel Crespi, Telecom Sud Paris, France
  • Alfredo Terzolli, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Georg Carle , TU München , Germany
  • Ivan Seskar, Rutgers University, USA
  • Daniel Kilper, TCD, Ireland
  • Thanasis Korakis, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Bartosz Belter, PSNC, Poland
  • Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Arturo Azcorra, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain
  • Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Costas Filis, Cosmote, Greece
  • Raymond Knopp, Eurecom, France
  • Luis Manuel Pessoa, INESC
  • Panayiotis Andreou, UCLAN, Cyprus
  • Salvatore D’Oro, Northeastern University, USA
  • Bessie Malila, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mduduzi Hlophe, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Albert Helberg, North-West University, South Africa
  • Herman Blackie, North-West University, South Africa
  • Shruti Lall, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Vitalis Ozianyi, Strathmore University, Kenya
  • Slawomir Stanczak, HHI, Germany
  • Frank Fitzek, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Kentro Ishizu, NICT, Japan  
  • Kenji Kanai, UTokyo, Japan
  • Arturo Azcorra, IMDEA Networks, Spain
  • Bamba Gueye, University Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal
  • Hajar  Elhammouti, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Guerir, Morocco
  • Daniel Bonilla, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Ben Guerir, Morocco
  • Ahmed Biyabani, Carnegie Mellon University Africa, Rwanda
  • Roch Glitho, Concordia University, Canada