Panel 42022-07-01T08:49:57+00:00

Careers in Practicing and Research Engineering

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 16:00-17:30, Room A228


  • Luis M. Correia (IST – Univ. Lisbon, PT)

Motivation and Background

Having a career in the area of communications has always been an interesting and challenging one, i.e., technology evolves very fast, every decade a new wireless cellular system emerges, the centre of the area has changed from a very physical basis to one based on software, new technologies have invaded the “traditional” areas and the economic landscape of the business changes also at a high speed, just to name a few aspects. The number of students in the area has been decreasing in recent years in many countries, due to a growing attractiveness of other areas of technologies (even within ICT in general) and a perception that Telecommunications are not “modern” any more. As a consequence, there’s a shortage of graduates in this area and organisations are facing difficulties in hiring qualified human resources that can be part of their teams. A contribution for the solution to this problem is to present what’s a career in communications, the general conditions that are available, the benefits offered to collaborators and the problems that are currently being addressed, among other matters. This panel addresses these aspects and provides an opportunity for a follow on exchange of information, between hiring organisations and graduate students or recently graduated ones.


The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Luis M. Correia (Moderator) (IST – Univ. Lisbon, PT)
  • Carlos-Faouzi Bader (TII, UAE)
  • Xueli An (Huawei, DE)
  • Dao Tian (ZTE, CN)
  • Ulrich Barth (Nokia, DE)
  • Ingrid Moerman (UGent-IMEC, BE)

Luis M. Correia

Luis M. Correia was born in Portugal, in 1958. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST (Univ. Lisbon) in 1991, where he is currently a Professor in Telecommunications, with his work focused on Wireless & Mobile Communications, with the research activities developed in the INESC-ID institute. He has acted as a consultant for the Portuguese telecommunications operators and regulator, besides other public and private entities, and has been in the Board of Directors of a telecommunications company. He has participated in 32 projects within European frameworks, having coordinated 6 and taken leadership responsibilities at various levels in many others, besides national ones. He has supervised over 220 M.Sc./Ph.D. students, having edited 6 books, contribute to European strategic documents, and authored over 500 papers in international and national journals and conferences, for which served also as a reviewer, editor and board member. Internationally, he was part of 38 Ph.D. juries, and 77 research projects and institutions evaluation committees for funding agencies in 12 countries, and the European Commission and COST. He has been the Chairman of Conference, of the Technical Programme Committee and of the Steering Committee of 25 major conferences, besides other several duties. He was a National Delegate to the COST Domain Committee on ICT. He has launched and served as Chairman of the IEEE Communications Society Portugal Chapter, besides being involved in several other duties in this society at the global level. He is an Honorary Professor of the Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland) and a recipient of the 2021 EurAAP Propagation Award “for leadership in the field of propagation for wireless and mobile communications”.

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Carlos-Faouzi Bader

C. Faouzi Bader received his PhD degree (with Honours) in Telecommunications in 2001 from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid-Spain. He joined the Centre Technologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) in Barcelona-Spain as research associate in 2002, and from 2006- to 2013 as Senior Research Associate. From June to end December of 2013, he has been as Associate Professor at CentraleSupélec (France). Since 2017, he is as Honorary Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney (Australia), and during 2018-2019 the Head of Signals & Communications department at Institute of Electronics and Digital Technologies (IETR) Lab in Rennes-France. From 2020 to end 2021, he took the position of the Director of research at Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris-ISEP (France). Since end of December 2021, he is Director of Telecom Unit at the Digital Science Research Center (DSRC) of the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi-UAE. His research activities mainly focus on IMT-advanced systems as: B5G networks and systems, Cognitive Radio communication environment, and THz wireless communications (6G). He has been involved in several European projects from the 5th-7th EC research frameworks (8 EU funded projects and 10 national projects), from 2012 to 2013 he has been the general coordinator and manager of the EC funded ICT “EMPhAtiC” project focusing on “Enhanced Multicarrier Techniques for Professional Ad-Hoc and Cell-Based Communications”. From 2007-2021. Prof. F. Bader has been the main coordinator of the BRAVE ANR French project at CentraleSupélec (France) where the main goal was the achievement of efficient waveform for THz/Terabits wireless communication devices. He has published over 45 journals, 140 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences, more than 13 book chapters, and 4 edited books. He served as Technical Program Committee member in major IEEE ComSoc and VTS conferences (ICC, PIMRC, VTC spring/fall, WCNC, ISWCS, GLOBECOM, ICT). He is IEEE Senior Member since 2007.

Xueli An

Xueli An is the Head of 6G Network Architecture Research Group at Huawei Technologies, Munich Research Center. Within Huawei, she leads the next generation mobile communication enabled vertical industry related research and corresponding industry development related activities. She has long experience in 5G research and deep engagement with the 5G enabled Industry 4.0 ecosystem. She serves as 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) working group “Use cases and Requirements” vice chair since 2018. She is the vice chair of NetworldEurope Enabling Technologies for Future Vertical Ecosystem Transformation Working Group since 2020. Her current research focuses on 6G network architecture design and she also takes the role as working group chair position in one6G Association since 2021. She has over 50 peer-reviewed international journal/conference publications and many filed/granted patent applications in the field of wireless communication, networking, etc. She received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, in 2005 and 2010, respectively.


Dao TIAN is currently the Senior Director of Wireless Standardization and Industry relations at ZTE. His main area is ETSI and ITU-R, focusing on 5G/6G technologies. He received his MSc degrees from the University of Warwick. He sits on board of ETSI, as well as GSA. Since he joined ZTE in 2007, he has been actively involved in wireless research and standardization activities including NGMN, ETSI, and ITU. His recent work including regulatory preparation for future IMT bands, in particular 6GHz for IMT, as well as Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface.

Ulrich Barth

Ulrich Barth works for Nokia Bell Labs in the position of Technology Engagement Director. In this role he coordinates technology scouting, partnerships, and technology transfers. He senses the different partner interests in collaborations, align them to a common denominator and fosters the joint success. Talent acquisition and development is near to his heart after so long experience in research. He received his Diploma Degree on Telecommunications from the FH Trier, Germany and joined Alcatel Research in 1988 which is Nokia Bell Labs today. Ulrich’s research focuses on new innovations for future intelligent wireless access systems, currently on technologies for 6G. Since 2016 Ulrich is the Site Leader for Bell Labs in Stuttgart. He has filed many patents, published several conference and journal papers and has long experience in collaborative research projects and 3GPP standardization.

Ingrid Moerman

Ingrid Moerman has received her degree in Electrical Engineering (1987) and the Ph.D. degree (1992) from the Ghent University, where she became a part-time professor in 2000. She is a staff member at IDLab, a core research group of imec with research activities embedded in Ghent University and University of Antwerp. Ingrid Moerman is coordinating the research activities on intelligent Wireless Networking (iWiNe) at Ghent University, where she is leading a team of more than 30 researchers. Ingrid Moerman is also Program Manager of the ‘Deterministic Networking’ track, part of the CONNECTIVITY program at imec, and in this role she coordinates research activities on end-to-end wired/wireless networking solutions driven by professional and mission-critical applications that have to meet strict Quality of Service requirements in terms of throughput, bounded latency and reliability in smart application areas like industrial automation, vehicular networks, safety-critical operations, professional entertainment, etc.
Ingrid Moerman has a longstanding experience in running and coordinating national and EU research funded projects. At the national level, she is particularly active in demand-driven research with small, medium and large Flemish enterprises. At the European level, she has coordinated several FP7/H2020 projects (CREW, WiSHFUL, eWINE, ORCA). She is involved in many national and H2020 projects related to connected vehicles and 5G/6G (Smart Highway, CONCORDA, 5G-MOBIX, 5G-CARMEN, 5G-Blueprint, DEDICAT-6G). Ingrid moerman is further highly active in several European discussion groups that drive the 6G roadmap.

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