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WSA 2015 is proud to announce the presence of four of the world’s leading researchers on multiple antenna systems.

Ana Isabel Pérez-Neira

Technical University of Catalonia


Ana I. Pérez-Neira is full professor at UPC (Technical University of Catalonia) in the Signal Theory and Communication department. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in: statistical signal processing, analog and digital communications, mathematical methods for communications and nonlinear signal processing. She has founded UPC Doctoral School (2011). Her research topics are in: multi-antenna signal processing for satellite communications and wireless and in physical layer scheduling for multicarrier systems. Research field is in signal processing applied to wireless and satellite communications. She has been the leader of 18 projects and has participated in over 50 (7 for ESA). She is author of 50 journal papers (20 related with Satcom) and more than 200 conference papers (20 invited). She is co-author of 4 books and 5 patents (1 on satcom). Since 2008 she is member of EURASIP BoD (European Signal Processing Association) and since 2010 of IEEE SPTM (Signal Processing Theory and Methods). She has been guest editor in 5 special issues and currently she is editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and of Eurasip Signal Processing and Advances in Signal Processing. She has been the general chairman of IWCLD’09, EUSIPC’11, EW’14 and IWSCS’14. She has participated in the organization of ESA conference 1996 and SAM’04. She has been in the board of directors of ETSETB (Telecom Barcelona) from 2000-03 and Vicepresident for Research at UPC (2010-13). She has been visiting professor at KTH (Royal Institute Stockholm) during 6 months and at Shandong University (China) during 1 month. She is associate researcher at CTTC (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya).

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Werner Mohr

Nokia Solutions and Networks Management International GmbH

Werner Mohr was graduated from the University of Hannover, Germany, with the Master Degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and with the Ph.D. degree in 1987. Dr. Werner Mohr joined Siemens AG, Mobile Network Division in Munich, Germany in 1991. He was involved in several EU funded projects and ETSI standardization groups on UMTS and systems beyond 3G. Werner Mohr coordinated several EU and Eureka Celtic funded projects on 3G (FRAMES project), LTE and IMT-Advanced radio interface (WINNER I, II and WINNER+ projects), which developed the basic concepts for future radio standards. Since April 2007 he is with Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia) in Munich Germany, where he is Head of Research Alliances. In addition, he is chairperson of the NetWork2020 European Technology Platform. Werner Mohr is also Chair of the Board of the 5G Infrastructure PPP Association. He was member of the "Wireless World Research Forum – WWRF" from its launch in August 2001 up to December 2003. Currently, he is chair of the board of ITG in VDE. He is co-author of a book on "Third Generation Mobile Communication Systems" a book on "Radio Technologies and Concepts for IMT-Advanced" and a book “Mobile and Wireless Communications for IMT-Advanced and Beyond”.

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Giuseppe Caire

Technische Universität Berlin

Giuseppe Caire was born in Torino, Italy, in 1965. He received the B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy), in 1990, the M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1992 and the Ph.D. from Politecnico di Torino in 1994. He has been research fellow with the European Space Agency (ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands) in 1994-1995, Assistant Professor in Telecommunications at the Politecnico di Torino, Associate Professor at the University of Parma, Italy, Professor with the Department of Mobile Communications at the Eurecom Institute, Sophia-Antipolis, France, and he is currently a professor of Electrical Engineering with the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications in 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 2004 and in 2011. Giuseppe Caire is Fellow of IEEE since 2005. He has served in the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2004 to 2007, and as President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2011. His main research interests are in the field of communications theory, information theory, channel and source coding with particular focus on wireless communications.

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Alle-Jan van der Veen

Delft University of Technology

Alle-Jan van der Veen was born in The Netherlands in 1966.  He received the Ph.D.  degree (cum laude) from TU Delft in 1993.  At present, he is a Full Professor in Signal Processing at TU Delft.
He is Fellow of the IEEE and of Eurasip.  He is the recipient of a 1994 and a 1997 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Young Author paper award, and was an Associate Editor for IEEE Tr.  Signal Processing (1998--2001), chairman of IEEE SPS Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee (2002-2004), Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors of IEEE SPS, Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2002-2005), Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2006-2008), technical co-chair of IEEE ICASSP-2011 (Prague), chair of the IEEE SPS Fellow Reference Commitee, and member of the IEEE TAB Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee. His research interests are in the general area of system theory applied to signal processing, and in particular algebraic methods for array signal processing, with applications to wireless communications and radio astronomy.

Plenary of Alle-Jan van der Veen