IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
10-13 January 2020 // Las Vegas // USA


Panel 1: Digital Transformations Fueled by AI, ML and Immersive Technologies

Date: Saturday, 11 January
Time: 15:00-16:30
Room: Twilight / 3rd Floor

Predicting and immersing one with the future is always a challenge and a desire. The IEEE rises to that challenge based upon the work it does on multiple new and emerging technologies through serving as a catalyst for developing new innovations, products and services.

IEEE Future Directions serves as an incubator for these new initiatives. One of its focus areas, Digital Reality serves to explore and enable the coming Digital Transformation through collaboration among technologists, engineers, regulators, practitioners, and ethicists around the world. The Digital Transformation is fueled by advances in technology, such as sensors and actuators, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), and applications using the copious amounts of continuously generated data. By leveraging these technologies and others developed such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Digital Twins, the line between the physical world and the digital world will be increasingly less distinct. Applications are already quickly emerging across the broad fields of education, manufacturing, medicine, entertainment, automotive, enabling the sharing of services, and more.

Session Goals: 
The session hopes to demonstrate the interplay and intersections among AI, ML, and immersive technologies as they drive the overall Digital Transformation. Emphasis will be upon presenting practical applications and its implementations of interest to consumer communications. Invited subject matter expert speakers will comment on current and past implementations.

Session Format:
A panel of industry experts from several distinct fields will each provide their perspectives, observations, and predictions of the future. The focus will be on new developments as it relates to the consumer. This will be followed with the opportunity for comments and questions. The panel session will be moderated by a host. (1 hour and 30 minutes)


  • Steve Diamond, VMWare
  • Nicholas Napp, Xmark Labs, LLC
  • Jeewika Ranaweera, Oracle
  • Rudi Schubert, IEEE Standards
  • Moderated by Kathy Grise, IEEE


  • Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions
  • Douglas Zuckerman, IEEE Future Directions


Panel 2: Innovations in Consumer Communications and Networking

Date:  Sunday, 12 January
Time:  15:30-17:00
Room: Twilight / 3rd Floor

In the past 10 years, many innovation ideas have been proposed and generated huge research and development results, for example, big data, artificial intelligence, software defined networks, 5G, fog computing, blockchain and more. In this panel, some innovative concepts impacting consumers will be presented, followed by a panel discussion.


Ming LaiDr. Ming Lai is the founder and partner of Connectilife, which focuses on video communication and senior care services. Prior to Connectilife, Dr. Lai managed and led a wide spectrum of programs and projects, including Internet of Things, wireless communication, operation support systems, network planning, new services requirements, database systems, machine learning, software reliability, at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, Telcordia Technologies, Applied Communication Sciences. Ming had Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University.

Title: Real-time and delayed video communication for mobile consumer-business applications

Abstract: A new trend in the mobile consumer-business applications is to apply real-time video communication, delayed video communication, and integrated real-time and delayed video communication across different types of mobile, home, and office devices using various networks to provide business transparency, increase consumer trust (seeing is believing), enable mobility convenience, and ultimately boost business's productivity and revenues.

In this session, the panelist will discuss the some sample up-coming mobile consumer-business applications utilizing video communication, such as remote medical services, automobile sales and services, and celebrity video meet service as well as a system architecture for providing these and other new mobile video centric applications.


Michael PeetersMichael Peeters

A passionate leader with a background in both research and strategy, Dr. Ir. Michael Peeters is Program Director Connectivity+Humanized Technology at imec. Michael has been identifying and implementing state-of-the art technology opportunities in telecommunications through a career that spans two decades.

Both as Head of the Nokia Incubator and the Innovation Portfolio at Nokia, as well as CTO for the Wireless Division at Alcatel-Lucent, his role required him to make sense out of the uncertainty that exists when technological possibilities have to be balanced with business case realities. His team’s responsibility: to see beyond the business analysis and help customers envision how emerging technologies and trends, such as 5G and AI, will impact their networks and end-user community.

Prior to his role as CTO for the Wireless Division, he was CTO for the Wireline Division. The team looked beyond the product roadmap and identified what new trends, technologies and tools were on the horizon and determined how those future opportunities fit into the Alcatel-Lucent pipeline. It was also during this period that the business commercialized VDSL2 Vectoring, an idea conceived 7 years earlier while leading the Bell Labs Access Nodes and DSL Technology department.

He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many white papers and holds patents in the access and photonics domains. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Photonics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel as well as a master’s degree in Electrotechnical Engineering.

Outside of work, Michael is passionate about cooking and continues to refine the recipe for the perfect lasagna, balanced by bouts of long-distance running to offset the caloric intake inherent with such a quest.

Title: Novel Approaches to Spectrum Use

Abstract: This talk will focus on the ongoing developments around the use of spectrum, from CBRS and On-Go, to the inclusing of MuLTEfire as part of the 5G standard for unlicensed spectrum, to the results of the recent DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge. These often focus on specific use cases such as public safety, industrial automation or health care. Here, we consider how these novel approached to spectrum use could impact the consumer networks we all use and love.


Sichao YangDr. Sichao Yang is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nakamoto & Turing Labs, a New York based research lab focus on blockchain technology and distributed computing. Dr. Yang got his Ph.D in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.S. in Department of Mathematics both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His Ph.D. research is on resource allocation and optimization in distributed networks. He was a senior staff engineer in Qualcomm Inc, the world's leading wireless communications chip and service provider. During his tenure in Qualcomm, he was one of the key contributors to the design and development of the 4th and 5th generation mobile communications. He also served as a technical lead in Qualcomm's research on vehicular network and autonomous driving and holds many invention patents. Dr. Yang has many journal and conference papers and was a reviewer for Mathematics of Operations Research, IEEE Transaction on Networking, Games and Economics Behavior and other magazines.

Title: Internet Economy and Blockchain

Abstract: Just as the protocols underlying the Internet, such as TCP/IP, revolutionized connectivity, there are some who speculate that Blockchain technology will revolutionize transactions. This presentation will discuss why blockchain works as a backbone security service securing contracts, physical and digital property and other enormous wave applications and how to make wide deployment of blockchain possible.

Panel Moderator: Dr. Chi-Ming Chen, AT&T Labs (Retired)