The Sixth International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems 2009 (ISWCS’09)
Siena-Tuscany, University of Siena, Italy, September 7–10, 2009
Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE Communications Society
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Siena, September 9 2009

Title: "Wireless Future: Green and Cooperative Networking?"



The cooperative principle is expected to be effective in having wireless users more satisfyingly achieve their communication goals. Different layers are anticipated to benefit from its strength, from the low physical and network levels, up to the service level, where novel, exciting applications such as IP-TV are rousing. This trend is paralleled by an increased consciousness that wireless devices (from end-user handsets to wireless routers) have to be designed paying a specific attention to environmental efficiency: again, this translates into smart power management solutions at RF level, but also in skillful algorithm design, carefully tailored communication protocols, lightweight and distributed databases. The invited experts will provide the audience with sharp, brief presentations reflecting their ideas on such topics, and will interact answering the questions raised by the floor. A specific attention will be devoted to the industry and European Commission viewpoints on the subjects the panel is centered upon.


Panel Participants

  • Prof. Maria Luisa Merani – Panel Chair
    University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Prof. Vijay Bhargava
    Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada
    IEEE Fellow, Editor in Chief, IEEE Trans. On Wireless Communications

  • Ing. Flavio Boano
    Head of Technical Innovation Solution & Marketing
    Alcatel-Lucent Italia, Italy

  • Dr. Giridhar Mandyam
    Vice President of Technology, Qualcomm Internet Services, USA

  • Dr. Roberto Saracco
    Director of the Future Centre of Telecom Italia, Director of the Sister and Related Societies of ComSoc, Italy 

  • Dr. Peter Stuckmann
    Project Officer with the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, Belgium

  • Dr. Reinaldo Valenzuela
    Director of the Wireless Communications Research Dept., Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, USA



Maria Luisa Merani received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. In 1991 she spent one year at the Computer Science Department of the University of California in Los Angeles, CA, USA. She is currently an associate professor of Telecommunication Networks at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Information Engineering. She is an IEEE Senior member and has served as TPC and technical chair of several major communication conferences (IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE WCNC). At present she is involved in research on multicast video streaming over the wireless and wired Internet. She is currently an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. In the 2009 fall, Cambridge University Press will publish her book: “Hands on Networking: from theory to practice”.


Vijay K. Bhargava received his Ph.D. degree from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1974. Vijay has held regular/visiting appointments at different universities worldwide and currently is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He was the Founder and President of Binary Communications Inc. (1983-2000). He is a co-author of Digital Communications by Satellite (Wiley 1981), a co-editor of Reed Solomon Codes and their Applications (IEEE Press 1994), a co-editor of Communications, Information and Network Security (Kluwer 2003) and a co-editor of Cognitive Wireless Communications Networks (Springer: 2007).  Since January 2007, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. A Fellow of the IEEE, the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Royal Society of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, he has served as the President of the Information Theory Society. He is a past member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Information Theory Society. 


Flavio Boano got his master degree in electrical engineering with TLC specialization on 1985 at Politecnico di Milano. In the same year he started his career at Telettra. In  1987 he joined the R&D labs of AT&T & Philips Telecommunications, where he lead a specific technology transfer project from the Corporate in the Nederlands (Hilversum) to the Italian subsidiary. In 1995, he joined Italtel as Commercial Bid Manager within the Mobile Radio System Division. In 1999 he took the role of Technical Sales Manager GSM/UMTS in the Mobile Networks Division of Siemens Informations & Communication Systems. Flavio Boano joined Alcatel Italia in 2001 with the role of UMTS Marketing & Sales Manager, having responsibilities to lead opportunities in the mobile markets both for GSM/EDGE/UMTS infrastructure and for applications.


Giridhar D. Mandyam is the Director of the Radio Systems Group in the Radio Communications Laboratory of Nokia Research Center (NRC), and also the head of NRC’s San Diego, California division. He received the PhD EE degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996. From 1989 to 1994 Dr. Mandyam held positions with Rockwell International and Qualcomm Inc. In April 1996, he joined the Wireless Business Unit at Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, to work primarily on CDMA chipsets. In September 1998, he joined Nokia Research Center (NRC) in Dallas as a Senior Research Engineer. He became Director of the Radio Systems group in NRC in July 2002, and then went on to become the first head of NRC’s division in San Diego when it opened in August 2004. He has conducted research into standardization and implementation of 3G technologies such as cdma2000, WCDMA and Wi-MAX. He is the inventor or co-inventor of twelve issued US patents. He has also published over 50 conference and journal papers, and 4 book chapters. He is a co-author of the text Third-Generation CDMA Systems for Enhanced Data Services (Academic Press, 2002). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Roberto Saracco is Director of the Future Centre in Venice and responsible for long-term research and scientific communications reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer of Telecom Italia. In 2001 he became director of the Future Centre, a research centre focusing on the economic impact of innovations in the telecommunications area. During 1999 and 2000, Roberto proposed and delivered a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to speed entrepreneurship in Latin American countries, and prior, 1999 and 2000, he proposed and carried out a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to foster entrepreneurship in Latin America countries. He is a senior member of IEEE where he has held several leading roles. Currently he is the Director of the Sister and Related Societies of COMSOC, a member of the Strategic Board of IEEE, and VP of the Italian Telecommunication Association (AICT).


Peter Stuckmann is Project Officer with the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society and Media, where he is managing the research cluster on Mobile and Wireless Communications as part of the European Research Programme FP7. Before his appointment at the European Commission in 2004 he has occupied several engineering and managerial positions both in industry and academia in the area of radio interface engineering. Dr Stuckmann is the author of the text book "The GSM Evolution", Wiley & Sons, 2002, 2 book contributions, more than 20 journal and conference publications and one patent. He is member of the IEEE and the German VDE/ITG. Dr Stuckmann holds engineering and doctoral degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.


Reinaldo A. Valenzuela obtained his Bachelor of Science from University of Chile and his Ph.D. from the Imperial College of Science and Technology of the University of London, England. At Bell Laboratories, he carried out indoor microwave propagation measurements and developed statistical models. He also worked on packet reservation multiple access for wireless systems and optical WDM networks. He became Manager, Voice Research Dept., at Motorola Codex, involved in the implementation of integrated voice and data packet systems. On returning to Bell Laboratories he was involved in propagation measurements and ray tracing propagation prediction. He received the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff award and is Director of the Wireless Communications Research Department. He is currently engaged in MIMO/space time systems. He has published over one hundred papers and has twelve patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.