Nei Kato

Director of Research Organization of Electrical Communication(ROEC), Tohoku University, Japan


Nei Kato is a full professor and the Director of Research Organization of Electrical Communication(ROEC), Tohoku University, Japan. He has been engaged in research on computer networking, wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, ad hoc & sensor & mesh networks, smart grid, IoT, Big Data, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 350 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is the Vice-President-Elect(Member & Global Activities) of IEEE Communications Society(2018-2019), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology(2017-), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network Magazine(2015-2017), the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Internet of Things Journal(2013-), and the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Sendai Chapter. He served as a Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society(2014-2016), a Vice Chair of Fellow Committee of IEEE Computer Society(2016),  a member of IEEE Computer Society Award Committee(2015-2016) and IEEE Communications Society Award Committee(2015-2017). He has also served as the Chair of Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2010-2012) and Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee(2014-2015) of IEEE Communications Society. His awards include Minoru Ishida Foundation Research Encouragement Prize(2003), Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from the IEEE Communications Society, Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2005), the FUNAI information Science Award(2007), the TELCOM System Technology Award from Foundation for Electrical Communications Diffusion(2008), the IEICE Network System Research Award(2009), the IEICE Satellite Communications Research Award(2011), the KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Distinguished Service Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award(2012), Distinguished Contributions to Disaster-resilient Networks R&D Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2014), Outstanding Service and Leadership Recognition Award 2016 from IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee, Radio Achievements Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (2016) and Best Paper Awards from IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM/WCNC/VTC. Nei Kato is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and IEICE

Prof. Ying-Chang Liang

IEEE Fellow & Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China/University of Sydney, Australia

Title: Enabling Future Wireless Services: From Cognitive Radios to AI-empowered Wireless Networks


Future wireless communications are expected to support the explosive growth of mobile traffic and complex application scenarios. To meet this challenging requirement, wireless networks should be operated in smarter ways in resource utilization, network operation, and service provisioning. There have been extensive studies on cognitive radio in the past two decades, and more recently on deploying AI technologies to wireless networks. This talk will focus on how to deploy cognition and AI technologies in the design of cellular and future wireless networks.


Dr Ying-Chang Liang (F’11) is a Professor at the University of Electronic  Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China, and also a Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. He was a Principal Scientist and Technical Advisor in the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore from 2004 – 2014, and a visiting scholar in Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, USA from 2002 – 2003.

Dr Liang was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in December 2010, and was recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He received the Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES)’s Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2007, and the IEEE Standards Association’s Outstanding Contribution Appreciation Award in 2011. He has also received numerous paper awards, with the recent ones including IEEE ICC Best Paper Award in 2017, IEEE ComSoc’s TAOS Best Paper Award in 2016, and IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award in 2014.

Dr Liang is Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series, and key founder of the new journal IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He was the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks, and served as Guest/Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Network. He is now an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the World Scientific Journal on Random Matrices: Theory and Applications. Dr Liang was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He serves as TPC Chair and Executive Co-Chair of Globecom’17.