SPAWC 2014

Toronto - June 2014

Panel Discussion


Tuesday 24 June  2014, 4:30-6:00pm

5G Wireless: Elements, Challenges, and Opportunities

Moderator: Akbar Sayeed (University of Wisconsin)
Panelists: Nihar Jindal (Broadcom); Jianglei Ma (Huawei); Ivo Maljevic (TELUS); Charlie Zhang (Samsung)

Wireless technology is poised for a new transformation, building on and driven by its spectacular success and growth in the last 20 years. Much of the excitement and buzz about this new phase of wireless is captured by the catch-all "5G". While many in the industry are predicting an initial rollout of 5G Technology by 2020, there is still no consensus on a definition of 5G Wireless and the likely pathways to its realization. As reflected in the technical program of SPAWC 2014, several emerging ideas and technologies may play a role at the physical layer, including small cells, dense WiFi, massive and distributed MIMO, cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access, and millimeter-wave systems. Some of the big emerging applications include gigabit mobile wireless access, device-to-device communications, internet of things, automotive communications, and mobile healthcare. Our invited panelists, representing a broad cross-section of wireless industry, will share their thoughts on the key elements of 5G Wireless as well as the opportunities and challenges that it offers.

Biographies of the panelists are provided below.


Nihar Jindal
Senior Principal Design Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Nihar Jindal received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2001 and 2004, respectively. He is currently a Senior Principal Engineer at Broadcom Corporation, where he works on WLAN system design and 802.11 standardization. He was a recognized contributor to the 802.11ac and 802.11ah standards, and is currently an active participant in the 802.11ax task group. From 2004-2010 he served as an Associate (2010) and Assistant (2004-09) Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Dr. Jindal was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award in 2005 and 2011, the University of Minnesota McKnight Land Grant Professorship Award in 2007, the NSF CAREER award in 2008, and the best paper award for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications in 2009. .


Jianglei Ma
Principal Engineer
Wireless Technology Laboratory
Huawei Canada R&D Centre
Kanata, Ontario, Canada




 Jianglei Ma is a principal engineer in the Wireless Technology Lab at Huawei Canada R&D center. Her research area is next generation wireless access technologies. She is currently leading 5G air interface research in Huawei. Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Jianglei was a manager in the Wireless Technology Lab at Nortel. She was involved in the research of 4th generation of wireless system with more than 100 granted US patents.

Jianglei Ma was a visiting Associate Professor of Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Professor of National Laboratory of Millimeter Waves & Dept. of Electronic Engineering in Southeast University. 

Jianglei Ma received her Ph.D. degree from Southeast University in China.


Ivo Maljevic
Senior Design Specialist, Technology Strategy
Telus Communications
Etobicoke, ON, Canada



Dr. Ivo Maljevic is a senior member of TELUS’ technology strategy team, where he focuses on defining a long-term vision for the RAN, radio performance characterization and future technology evaluation.   In terms of broader industry involvement, in the past he has participated in the Canadian Evaluation Group for the IMT-Advanced proposal, and now he is actively involved in NGMN’s 5G Initiative. He also participates in 3GPP RAN sessions.  Additionally, Ivo is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto. Prior to TELUS, he was with Soma Networks, and before that, he worked at Motorola Canada.  

Dr. Maljevic received the B.S. degree from the University of Podgorica in 1991, the M.S. degree from the University of Belgrade in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2004, all in electrical engineering.  His areas of expertise include LTE/WiMAX/CDMA wireless systems, software defined radio, signal processing, and digital communications theory.



Charlie Zhang
Senior Director and Head of the Wireless Communications Laboratory
Samsung Research America,
Dallas, TX, USA



 Jianzhong (Charlie) Zhang [S'96, M'02, SM'09]: Jianzhong(Charlie) Zhang is currently senior director and head of Wireless Communications Lab with Samsung Research America at Dallas, where he leads technology development, prototyping and standardization for Beyond 4G and 5G wireless systems. From Aug 2009 to Aug 2013, he served as the Vice Chairman of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO and CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE, etc. Before joining Samsung, he was with Motorola from 2006 to 2007 working on 3GPP HSPA standards, and with Nokia Research Center from 2001 to 2006 working on IEEE 802.16e (WiMAX) standard and EDGE/CDMA receiver algorithms. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison.