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


Keynote Speakers

Nikos Sidiropoulos
University of Virginia

Nikos Sidiropoulos earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering     from the University    of Maryland–College Park, in  1992. He has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia,  University of Minnesota, and the Technical University of Crete, Greece, prior to his current appointment as Chair of ECE at UVA. His research interests are in signal processing, communications, optimization, tensor decomposition, and factor analysis, with applications in machine learning and communications. He received the NSF/CAREER award in 1998, the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Best Paper Award in 2001, 2007, and 2011, served as IEEE SPS Distinguished  Lecturer (2008-2009), and currently serves as Vice President - Membership of IEEE SPS. He received the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award, and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland, Dept. of ECE. He is a Fellow of IEEE (2009) and a Fellow of EURASIP (2014).


Robert W. Heath Jr
The University of Texas at Austin

Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and a Member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. He authored "Introduction to Wireless Digital Communication" (Prentice Hall, 2017) and  "Digital Wireless Communication: Physical Layer Exploration Lab Using the NI USRP'' (National Technology and Science Press, 2012). He co-authored "Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications'' (Prentice Hall, 2014).

Dr. Heath co-authored sixteen award winning conference and journal papers including  the 2010 and 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking best paper awards, the 2012 Signal Processing Magazine best paper award, a 2013 Signal Processing Society best paper award, 2014 EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing best paper award, the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks best paper award, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, and the 2016 IEEE Communications and  Information Theory Societies Joint Paper Award. He received the 2017 EURASIP Technical Achievement award. He was a distinguished lecturer in the IEEE Signal Processing Society and is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He is also an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Signal Processing Society, a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a Private Pilot, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Detailed Schedule

8:30 am - 9:15 am :Keynote presentation of Professor Robert W. Heath Jr.: "Configuring MIMO Communication Links with Machine Learning".  Video recording of the presentation is available on youtube and on youku.

9:15 am - 10:15 am : S1: Machine Learning for Network Security

10:15 am - 11:00 am : Networking coffee break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm : S2: Machine Learning for Network Management

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm :Keynote presentation of Professor Nikolaos Sidiropoulos: "Machine learning for transmit beamforming and power control". Slides are available here 

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: S3: Machine Learning for Estimation and Communications I

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm : Networking coffee break

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm : S4: Machine Learning for Estimation and Communications II