Stefano Cioni received his Dr.-Ing. degree in telecommunication engineering and Ph.D. from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been a senior researcher at the Advanced Research Center for Electronic Systems (ARCES) of the University of Bologna. During the summer of 2006, he was a visiting researcher at Agilent Labs SMRD, Belgium. During the summer of 2007, he was a visiting researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. From 2008 to 2010, he was the head of Digital Transmission Systems at Mavigex s.r.l., Italy. In 2010, he joined the European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, where he is currently a telecommunication systems engineer within the Radio Frequency Systems, Payload and Technology Division.

His research activities are mainly focused on the next generation broadcast/broadband satellite systems for fixed and mobile satellite services. In particular, his interests include efficient digital coding and modulation techniques, adaptive interference mitigation algorithms in multiple access systems, synchronization techniques, MIMO and OFDM systems, random access protocols, and iterative decoding techniques joint to channel parameter estimation.

Since September 2016, he has been attending the 3GPP RAN plenary and RAN-WG1 meetings, with the specific interest to support non-terrestrial network (NTN) aspects and to facilitate the 5G terrestrial/satellite networks integration.

He has co-authored more than 80 papers and scientific conference contributions, and he is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICT 2001 and at IEEE ASMS/SPSC 2012. Dr. Cioni has been elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE Society in August 2017.


Presentation: Where do we stand on terrestrial-satellite integration for 5G networks?


The first ever study item approved in the 3GPP standardization group on Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) started in 2017.
This speech will cover the achievements in the last two years from the perspective of such terrestrial/satellite integration.
The main outcomes cover from the definition of deployment scenarios, reference or typical architectures, to the identification
of all key issues related to the transmission of the 5G NR waveform via satellite.
After reviewing the current situation within the Release 16 study item, the presentation will finally cover the intended roadmap
and new challenges for the implementation of NTN specifications in Release 17.


Federico Clazzer received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Since 2012, he has been with the Institute of Communications and Navigation at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

During the past years, he has been involved in several national and international projects on advanced medium access and random access techniques for machine-to-machine and IoT via satellite. His main research interests include satellite communication systems, random access techniques, and signal processing algorithms.

From 2014 to 2016, he was a frequent Visitor at the Institute of Network Coding, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2017 he visited the University of Sydney and University of Newcastle, New South Wales Australia. In the same year, Dr. Clazzer was appointed as an Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

In 2019, he is co-chairing the Small Data Networks workshop at the IEEE 90th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC).


Presentation: Modern Random Access, an Enabler for M2M/IoT via Satellite


Internet of Things (IoT) data traffic is forecast to become comparable to that of traditional human-centric communication and is now one of the pillars in the agenda of terrestrial standardization bodies, e.g. 3GPP. This is also proved by the growing success of IoT communication systems. Attaining reliable, high energy- and spectral-efficient communications is a particularly challenging tasks due to the peculiarities of IoT traffic, which features short data packets transmitted in a sporadic, and sometimes unpredictable, manner. Resource allocation becomes even more complex when the transmitter population is very vast. A possible solution is offered by modern random access, where transmitters are allowed to access the medium in an uncoordinated fashion, and smart receiver design is able to cope with high levels of interference. As for the classic ALOHA, also modern random access has been firstly devised for satellite communications already more than ten years ago. The drastic performance improvements have yield a flourishing research activity in the satellite community, expanding out of its boundaries and influencing also terrestrial systems. The talk will give an overview of the advances in random access solutions and will provide an outlook of future directions.

Dr. Alexander Geurtz is VP, 5G Solutions at SES Networks, responsible for incorporating 5G service opportunities into SES’s products & services portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience in satellite and mobile communications from the strategic, business and technical perspectives. He was a key member of the team that created Solaris Mobile Ltd, an integrated satellite/terrestrial operator in S-Band, representing the company inter alia at 3GPP. He is currently actively involved in SES’s commercial and business development activities related to the satellite role in 5G ecosystem. He received an MS in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a PhD from the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Presentation: Satellite integration into 5G: Seizing the opportunities


In this presentation, we will set out the key opportunities for satellite integration into 5G and how satellite can help accelerate 5G deployment worldwide. We will provide an overview of the ecosystem development and standardisation efforts as well as of the investments in assets and capabilities that SES is making to capture these opportunities.

Dr. Thomas KALLSTENIUS has been Chief Executive Officer at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology since 1 February 2019.

Prior to this, he was program director for the Belgian research institute imec’s research & innovation program related to security and privacy. He was also in charge of imec’s strategic orientation of distributed artificial intelligence and high-performance computing. This strategy was preceded by imec’s vertical market strategy, which Thomas was also in charge of.

Before joining imec, Thomas was vice president for research and innovation at iMinds, the research institute that merged with imec in 2016. His responsibilities in this role included iMinds’ strategic and applied research programs with academic and industrial partners.

Thomas has more than 15 years of experience with industrial research and strategic marketing. He worked as a director at Bell Labs on video communication related topics, and prior to this, he was strategic marketing director at Alcatel-Lucent, responsible for its fixed access portfolio. He has also been a researcher on broadband access within Ericsson Research, and on reliability of semiconductor components within Ericsson Microelectronics.

Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), a PhD in semiconductor materials science from Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) and an MBA from Vlerick Management School (Leuven, Belgium). He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the FTTH Council Europe, and as vice-chair of the Working Group on Wearables in the European Commission’s Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI).

Prof. Mock is Professor of Mobile and Distributed Systems in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences, Landshut, Germany, a small — about 5000 students — university in the greater metropolitan Munich area. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science 2002 from the University of Washington, Seattle.

After a few years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he followed the call of Silicon Valley and worked in various highly scalable systems problems, first at Google, and with some intermediate stops, later at Amazon. Since his return to academia in 2014, he has been interested in bringing large scale and mobile computing techniques and IoT to the problem of energy efficiency and sustainability and is a member of the interdisciplinary research group  “Efficient Energy Systems” at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut. In 2018, he became a collaborator and affiliate of the Department of Computer Science at University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been working jointly on the application of IoT in Smart Farming.  Dr. Mock is a member of ACM, IEEE, and GI.

IoT and Data Analytics: critical technologies for sustainable agriculture and energy use


Sustainability is essential for ensuring our future. Meeting the food demand of an increasing world population requires smart use of our natural resources. At the same time, improving the quality of life requires increased energy production and consumption, which, however, to be sustainable, must not harm our climate. Increasingly, IT technology can play a vital role in this endeavor. In this talk, I present work that uses IoT and data analytics to contribute to these goals. Specifically, I show how the UCSB Smart Farm project uses IoT and analytics to improve environmental sustainability and efficiencies in food production. In the second part, I will present work on how these technologies can be used to improve the energy more efficiently using IT to enable efficient sector-coupled production and use of power.

Mr Omar Qaise is the founder and CEO of OQ TECHNOLOGY, a NewSpace Startup in Luxembourg which is aiming to disrupt the satellite telecommunication world. OQ TECHNOLOGY is building a global satellite constellation dedicated for "Internet-of-Things"​ communication that can provide connectivity anywhere, especially in remote and rural areas. The innovative satellite IoT concept was originally developed by him.

Mr Qaise brings tremendous experience and heritage to his venture as he worked many years in different organizations and enterprises in the satellite and telecommunication industry (European Space Agency (ESA), German Aerospace Centre (DLR), O3b, OHB SYSTEMS, EUMETSAT) by working on missions ranging from Low-Earth Orbit observation and telecommunication satellites and GEO giant satellites to far deep space missions such as the spacecrafts Herschel and Planck. Most recently was with SES Satellites, the world’s largest GEO broadcast satellite operator, where he had responsibility for Satcom sales and business development in regions such as the Middle East and Africa especially in M2M and Oil and Gas. He became fascinated with the possibilities of the IoT technology as a low cost product filling a market gap. Mr Qaise brings extensive customer connections and knowledge of competing Satcom systems, as well as being the chief architecture of the concept.

Presentation: The Rise of Satellite IoT


The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around as a phrase since 1999, when the phrase was coined to describe the potential of RFID.  Since then it has evolved to cover all forms of sensors which send data to the cloud, as well as devices which may be remotely operated.  That’s not a new market – it’s been around for several decades under the name of Machine to Machine, or M2M.  The IoT  hype can either be seen as democratising it beyond the vertical sectors of M2M, or as a bold attempt to revive a flagging M2M market by introducing a more exciting name.  In 2009, the acronym was brought from relative obscurity into the mainstream when Ericsson made their prediction that by 2020 there would be 50 billion connected devices.  Network operators in particular seized upon it as proof that there would be revenue after smartphones.  From that point every operator presentation highlighted the opportunity that the Internet of Things would bring to their business. On the other end of the game is satellite: a very legacy old technology which is dominant in remote areas. And wherever there is M2M there is satellite, in fact there is dedicated services and bands for that. Apparently there have been a shift recently where the two worlds are trying to emerge into one ubiquitous system. there are both challenges and opportunities for that scenario, and now we are witnessing a gold-rush of satellite IoT constellations. Where we stand and where are we heading? What factors should align to enable satellite IoT  and Big Data? These questions will be the topic of my presentation.

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