Barbarossa Sergio
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza

Sergio Barbarossa received his MS and Ph.D. EE degree from the Sapienza University of Rome, where he is now a Full Professor. He has held visiting positions at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (’88), Univ. of Virginia (’95, ‘97), and Univ. of Minnesota (’99). He is an IEEE Fellow and EURASIP Fellow. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2013-2014. He received the 2000 and 2014 IEEE Best Paper Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. In 2010 he received the Technical Achievements Award from the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Trans. on Signal and Information Processing over Networks. Since 2000, he has been the scientific coordinator of several EU projects on wireless sensor networks, small cell networks, and distributed mobile cloud computing. He is currently the technical manager of the H2020 Europe/Japan project on “Millimeter-wave edge cloud as an Enabler for 5G” (5G-MiEdge), merging millimeter wave and mobile edge computing technologies. His current research interests are in the area of graph signal processing, algebraic topology, machine learning, distributed optimization, millimeter wave communications and mobile edge computing.

Bianchi Giuseppe
Universita’ di Roma Tor Vergata

Giuseppe Bianchi is Full Professor of Networking at the School of Engineering, University of Roma Tor Vergata since January 2007. His research activity includes programmable network systems, wireless networks, privacy and security, traffic control, and is documented in about 220 peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers, having received more than 15.000 citations (source scholar.google.com). He has carried out pioneering research work on WLAN modelling and assessment, and is currently interested in network programmability in both wireless and wired domains. He has been general or technical co-chair for several major conferences and workshops (IEEE INFOCOM 2014, ACM CoNext 2015, IEEE LANMAN 2016, IEEE HPSR 2018, ITC 2018, track chair at IEEE WCNC 2018, etc). G. Bianchi has held general or technical coordination roles in six European projects (FP6-DISCREET, FP7-FLAVIA, FP7-PRISM, FP7-DEMONS, H2020-BEBA, H2020-SCISSOR), and is involved in eight EU H2020 projects on wireless, network programmability, 5G, and network security topics. He has been (or still is) editor for several journals in his field, including IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, and Elsevier Computer Communications.

Caire Giuseppe
TU Berlin

Giuseppe Caire was born in Torino, Italy, in 1965. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy), in 1990, his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1992, and his Ph.D. from Politecnico di Torino in 1994. He was a recipient of the Associazione Elettrotechnica Italiana‘s G. Someda Scholarship in 1991, and was a post-doctoral research fellow with the European Space Agency (ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands) from 1994-1995. He has been an assistant professor in Telecommunications at the Politecnico di Torino, an associate professor at the University of Parma (Italy), and a professor with the Department of Mobile Communications at the Eurecom Institute (Sophia-Antipolis, France). He is currently a professor of electrical engineering with the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and an Alexander von Humboldt Professor with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the Technical University of Berlin. He served as associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Communications from 1998-2001 and as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory in 2001-2003. He received the Jack Neubauer Best System Paper Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2003, and the IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award in both 2004 and 2011. Giuseppe Caire has been a Fellow of IEEE since 2005. He served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2004 to 2007, was an officer of the society from 2008 to 2013, and was president of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2011. His main research interests are in the fields of communications theory, information theory, and channel and source coding, with a particular focus on wireless communications.

Debbah Merouane
Centrale Supelec

Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was founder and the director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio.
Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests lie in fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information & communication sciences research. He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014. Mérouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is a IEEE Fellow, a WWRF Fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He has managed 8 EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects. He received 19 best paper awards, among which the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC best paper award, the 2015 ICC best paper award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial paper award, the 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award, the 2017 Eurasip Best Paper Award and the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, award, the 2015 ICC best paper award, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial paper award, the 2016 European Wireless Best Paper Award, the 2017 Eurasip Best Paper Award and the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008,

Marco Dorigo
IRIDIA Université Libre de Bruxelles

Marco Dorigo received his PhD in electronic engineering in 1992 from Politecnico di Milano. From 1992 to 1993, he was a research fellow at the International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA. Since 1993, he is at Université Libre de Bruxelles where in 1996 became a tenured researcher of the F.R.S.-FNRS, the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research. He is now co-director of IRIDIA, the artificial intelligence laboratory of the ULB.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of Swarm Intelligence, and associate editor or member of the editorial board of many journals on computational intelligence and adaptive systems. Dr. Dorigo is a Fellow of AAAI, ECCAI and IEEE. He was awarded the Italian Prize for Artificial Intelligence in 1996, the Marie Curie Excellence Award in 2003, the F.R.S.-FNRS Quinquennal award in applied sciences in 2005, the Cajastur International Prize for Soft Computing in 2007, an ERC Advanced Grant in 2010, and the IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award in 2015. His current research interests are in swarm intelligence, swarm robotics, and stochastic optimization.

Testolin Alberto
Università di Padova

Alberto Testolin received the M.Sc. degree in computer science and the Ph.D. degree in cognitive science from the University of Padua, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. I’m interested in artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive neuroscience. I study how information is represented and processed in neural systems by means of computational simulations, using deep learning, recurrent neural networks, and related types of probabilistic graphical models. I started my research by investigating visual word recognition and sequence learning, in order to better understand how the brain might process written patterns and orthographic structures. I am also interested in investigating how cultural artifacts are influenced by – and influence – the human brain. In particular, I am fascinated by the neuronal recycling hypothesis, which suggests that phylogenetically older cortical circuits might be used to accommodate the development of new cultural inventions, such as reading and arithmetic. More recently, I started to explore the predictive coding theory, which sees the cerebral cortex as a generative model of the environment that continuously – and actively – tries to anticipate the flow of sensory information. My current research goal is to exploit this theoretical framework to describe attentional mechanisms from a computational perspective. I exploit parallel computing architectures to reduce the computational time required to train large-scale neural networks, using both graphic processors (GPUs) and multi-core clusters. I am a member of the IEEE Task force on Deep Learning.

Zorzi Michele
Università di Padova

Michele Zorzi (S’89_M’95_SM’98-F’07) received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Padua, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was with the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). In 1993, he joined the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, as a Faculty Member. After spending three years with the Center for Wireless Communications, UCSD, in 1998 he joined the School of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy, where he became a Professor in 2000. Since 2003, he has been with the Information Engineering Department, University of Padua, as a Faculty Member. His current research interests include performance evaluation in mobile communications systems, wireless sensor networks and Internet of Things, and underwater communications. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Wireless Communications from 2003 to 2005, and of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS from 2008 to 2011, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COGNITIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING. He served as a Member-at-large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society from 2009 to 2011, and is currently its Director of Education and Training.