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Geoffrey Ye Li (Editor-in-Chief) is a Professor with Georgia Tech. His general research is in signal processing for wireless communications. In these areas, he has published around 400 articles with around 28,000 citations. He has been listed as a Highly-Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 2006. He won the 2010 Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award and the 2017 Award for Advances in Communication from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2013 James Evans Avant Garde Award and the 2014 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and the 2015 Distinguished ECE Faculty Achievement Award from Georgia Tech


Amine Maaref (Managing Editor) [SM’12] received the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications from INRS-EMT, University of Que­bec, in 2007. He is a senior staff researcher and LTE/NR standardization expert with the Canada Research center (CRC), of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, focusing on 5G radio access design. Prior to joining Huawei, he was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), the North American arm of the Corporate R&D organization of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, in Cambridge, MA, USA, as a Research Scientist, where he conducted advanced research in broadband mobile communications. During his time at MERL, he was actively involved in the 3GPP LTE/LTE-Advanced and WiMAX IEEE 802.16m radio access network standardization bodies, co-authoring several contributions and standard proposals in those forums.  Over the last 15 years, he has co-authored more than 100 international peer-reviewed publications and standard contributions in the relevant areas, holds more than 50 United States awarded patents and pending patent applications, and received numerous prestigious awards for his outstanding research and scholarly achievements. He was the Guest Editor for several special issues of IEEE journals and magazines and currently serves as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and a Managing Editor of IEEE 5G Tech Focus.


Siming Zhang (Associate Managing Editor) received the dual BEng degrees with the highest Hons. from the University of Liverpool (UK) and Xi’an JiaoTong and Liverpool University (XJTLU, China) respectively in 2011. She obtained her M.Sc with distinction and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2012 and 2016. She then joined China Mobile Research Institute and currently works on research areas ranging from Massive MIMO and mmWave, channel measurements and modeling, conductive testing and prototype development. She has been an active member of the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Young Professionals. She serves as the Associate Managing Editor of the IEEE 5G Tech Focus. She is the co-lead on the PoC project in the NGMN Trial and Testing Initiative. She is the TPC for IEEE ISCC2017. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding achievements during her study and her career.


Imran Shafique Ansari is a Postdoc with TAMUQ. He is affiliated with IEEE since 2007 and has served in various capacities. He is serving on the IEEE ComSoc YP Board since April 2016. He is an active reviewer for various IEEE Transactions. He has served as TPC for various IEEE conferences. His current research interests include FSO, physical layer secrecy issues, and full duplex systems.



Stefano Buzzi (SM’07) received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy, in 1999. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy. He is the author or coauthor of about 60 journal papers and 90 conference papers. His research interests include statistical signal processing and resource allocation for communications, with emphasis on wireless communications, energy-efficient communications, and 5G cellular networks.


Anwer Al-Dulaimi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Brunel University, London, U.K., in 2012 after receiving M.Sc. and B.Sc. honours degrees in communication engineering. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is a Senior Systems Engineer in the R&D department at EXFO Inc., Toronto, Canada. Dr. Al-Dulaimi is a member of the IEEE 5G Standards Rapid Action and Networld2020 working groups. He was the recipient of the 2013 Worldwide Universities Network Cognitive Communications Consortium best paper for outstanding research in cognitive communications for his edited book entitled “Self-Organization and Green Applications in Cognitive Radio Networks”.


Yunlong Cai received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the University of York. He has been with the Zhejiang University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests include transceiver design for multiple-antenna systems, adaptive filtering, full-duplex communications, cooperative communications, and wireless information and energy transfer. He is an IEEE senior member.



Rose Qingyang Hu is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Utah State University. She has more than 10 years of R&D experience with Nortel, Blackberry and Intel, actively participating in 4G technology development and standardization. Her current research interests include next-generation wireless communications and networking. She is serving on the editorial boards for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.



Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks. In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, the ComSoc Rep of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.

James Irvine
is chair of the IEEE 5G Web Portal and Content Development Working Group and co-chair of the IEEE 5G Community Development Working Group. He is also Secretary of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, a past president of the Society and founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. Dr. Irvine is a Reader in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where he leads the Mobile Communications Group. In this interview, Dr. Irvine discusses the implications of 5G mobile technology for connected cars, and related topics.



Meng Lu is Strategic Innovation Manager at Dynniq Nederland B.V., which is an engineering company in the domains of ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) and energy. In 2009-2010 she was Visiting Professor at the National Laboratory for Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, P.R. China. Since 2002 she is active in the areas of ICT-based ITS and logistics. She has participated in European projects and initiatives since 2005., as  Coordinator, WP Leader and/or Partner. Her main R&D area is cooperative, connected and automated transport, including 5G for ITS applications. Dr. Lu is the Co-Chair of WG Industry Engagement, IEEE 5G Initiative and VP of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society (ITSS).


Paul Nikolich has been serving the data communications and broadband industries developing technology, standards, intellectual property and establishing new ventures as an executive consultant and angel investor since 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow and has served as Chairman of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee since 2001. As 802 Chairman he provides oversight for 75 active 802 standards and the 50+ concurrent 802 activities in wired and wireless communications networking. 802 has over 750 active members and manages relationships between IEEE 802 and global/regional standards bodies such as ISO, ITU, ETSI, regulatory bodies and industry alliances.   He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and active leader in the IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society and the IEEE Standards Association. He is a partner in YAS Broadband Friends LLC and holds several patents, serves on the boards of directors and technology advisory boards of companies developing emerging communications technology along with being a board member of the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence. Mr. Nikolich has held technical leadership positions at large and small networking and technology companies (e.g., Broadband Access Systems, Racal-Datacom, Applitek, Motorola, Analogic). In 1978&79 he received a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Biology and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, N.Y (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering).

Shugong Xu is a full professor at Shanghai University, an IEEE Fellow, head of the Shanghai Institute for Advanced Communication and Data Science (SICS). In his 20+ years career in research (over 15 years in industrial research labs, including Sharp Labs of America, Huawei 2012 Labs and Intel Labs ), he had over 40 issued US/WO/CN patents and published more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers. His work was among the major triggers to the research and standardization of IEEE 802.11S. He founded and directed the green radio project GREAT at Huawei,  led the China national 863 theme project on green networks as PI, and served as co-chair of the Technical Committee of Green Touch Consortium. He was awarded "National Innovation Leadership Talent" by China government in 2013. Shugong received his BS degree from Wuhan University, ME and PhD degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST).  His current research interests includes 5G systems and big data.      

Haijun Zhang is currently a Full Professor in University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Beijing University of Posts Telecommunications (BUPT). From 2011 to 2012, he visited Centre for Telecommunications Research, King's College London, London, UK, as a Visiting Research Associate. Dr. Zhang has published more than 80 papers and authored 2 books. He serves as Editor of Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Wireless Networks, Telecommunication Systems, and KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, and serves/served as a leading Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and ACM/Springer Mobile Networks & Applications. He serves/served as General Co-Chair of 5GWN'17 and 6th International Conference on Game Theory for Networks (GameNets'16), Track Chair of 15th IEEE International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications (ScalCom2015), Symposium Chair of the GameNets'14, and Co-Chair of Workshop on 5G Ultra Dense Networks in ICC 2017. His current research interests include 5G, Small Cells, Ultra-Dense Networks, LTE-U and Network Slicing.

Anding Zhu received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland in 2004. He is currently a Professor at UCD. His research interests include high efficiency power amplifier design, wireless transmitter architectures, and digital signal processing techniques applied to RF/microwave circuits and systems. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and received research funding from various sources including awards from Science Foundation Ireland and European Space Agency. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Microwave Magazine and a Member of IEEE MTT-S “Microwave High-Power Techniques” Committee.





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IEEE 5G Tech Focus Editorial Board

Geoffrey Li, Editor-in-Chief
Amine Maaref, Managing Editor
Siming Zhang, Assoc. Managing Editor
Imran Shafique Ansari
Anwer Al-Dulaimi
Stefano Buzzi
Yunlong Cai
Rose Qingyang Hu
Chih-Lin I
James Irvine
Meng Lu
Paul Nikolich
Shugong Xu
Haijun Zhang
Anding Zhu