IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity


Workshop Chairs

Dr. Meryem Simsek, International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, USA

Meryem Simsek received her Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany in 2008, holding a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation which is granted to the outstanding 0.5% of all students in Germany. She obtained her Ph.D. degree on reinforcement learning based inter-cell interference coordination in heterogeneous networks from the same university in 2013. In 2013, she was a post-doctoral visiting scientist at Florida International University. In 2014, she became a group leader at the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. Dr. Simsek won the IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize 2015. Since June 2015, she chairs the IEEE ComSoc Tactile Internet technical sub-committee and has initiated the IEEE P1918.1 working group and is serving as the secretary of the working group. In addition, she is leading the ETSI IP6 work item on IPv6 based Tactile Internet. She joined ICSI in October 2016. Her main research interests include fifth generation (5G) wireless systems, resource management in heterogeneous wireless networks, wireless network design and optimization, self-organizing networks, and the Tactile Internet and its applications.


Dr Adnan Aijaz, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd., UK

Adnan Aijaz received the M.Sc degree in Mobile and Personal Communications and the Ph.D degree in Telecommunications Engineering from King’s College London (KCL), UK, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. After a post-doctoral year at KCL, he moved to Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. where he currently works as a senior research engineer. His recent research interests include industrial IoT, 802.11-based WLANs, 5G wireless networks, and Tactile Internet. His publications have featured in internationally renowned conferences and journals. Prior to joining KCL, he worked in cellular industry, for nearly 2.5 years, in the areas of network performance management, optimization, and quality assurance. He has served as the symposium co-chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2015. He has been on the TPC of various IEEE conferences.


Dr Toktam Mahmoodi, King’s College London, UK

Toktam Mahmoodi is Lecturer in Telecommunications in the Department of Informatics of King’s College London. She is a member of the Tactile Internet Lab and principal and co-investigator in 5G mobile research projects. Previously, Toktam was visiting research scientist with F5 Networks, in San Jose, post-doctoral research associate in the INS research group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, and Mobile VCE researcher. From 2002-6, Toktam worked in the mobile and personal communications industry, and in a Research & Development team, providing mobile broadband to rural and remote regions. Her research focuses on the areas of mobile and cloud networking, and includes ultra-low latency networking, network virtualisation, mobility management, network modelling and optimisation. Toktam also works on applications of mobile communications in the healthcare, smart cities and automotive sector.