Invited Speakers

mmWave communication and 5G networks: challenges, opportunities and open points

Valerio Frascolla

Director of Research & Innovation at Intel

Valerio Frascolla is director of research and innovation at Intel. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Electronic Engineering and had been working in different roles at Ancona University, Comneon, and Infineon. Valerio has expertise in mobile terminals system architecture, requirements management, standards bodies attendance, and project and program management. He serves as coach and mentor in Intel and in European projects, acting as facilitator of innovation activities using agile methodologies. He is author of 60+ peer-reviewed publications, his main research interest is 5G system design, with focus on spectrum management, mmWaves and MEC technologies. Valerio serves in several research projects as consortium lead for business, standardization, innovation and exploitation matters, and has a track record as organizer of special sessions, workshops and panels at flagship IEEE conferences.

Field Programmable Photonic Gate Arrays for RF-Photonics

José Capmany Francoy

Professor at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

José Capmany received the Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1987 and the Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas in 2009. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UPM and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the Universidad de Vigo. Since 1991 he is with the Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), where he started the activities on optical communications and photonics, founding the Optical Communications Group. His research activities and interests cover a wide range of subjects related to optical communications including optical signal processing, ring resonators, fiber gratings, RF filters, SCM, WDM, and CDMA transmission, wavelength conversion, optical bistability and more recently quantum cryptography and quantum information processing using photonics. Capmany is the recipient of King James I award on novel technologies 2012, the highest scientific distinction in Spain. He has also received other wards including the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1992. He is an associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters and is a Member of the Editorial Board of Fiber and Integrated Optics, Microwave and Optical Technology Letters. He has also been a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

Towards High-Capacity Fiber-Wireless Access Networks in the 5G Era

Anthony Ng'Oma

Manager of Research & Research Associate at Corning Incorporated

Dr Anthony Ng’Oma leads and manages teams of scientists and engineers working on short-reach communication networks and applications at the main research center for Corning Incorporated, a 160 years old high tech company located in Corning, New York. He has established himself as an international expert in optical fiber and wireless communications. He has been actively involved in Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs), optical fiber communications research and fiber-wireless networking technology research for 14 years spanning three continents: Africa, Europe and North America (specifically the US).  Dr Ng’Oma has been named 2013 Scientist of the Year by the Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (BEYA STEM). He was selected from a pool of outstanding technology leaders from across the United States, from well known institutions and Fortune 500 companies, which typically include institutions such as NASA, and companies such as IBM, General Motors, The Boeing Company, Chrysler and others.

Battery-less UWB indoor location is the way forward for industry 4.0

Bruno Franciscatto


Dr. Bruno Franciscatto is the CTO of the French company UWINLOC, based in Toulouse – south of France. He has 10 years of experience in Wireless Communications; Energy Harvesting; design, industrialization and deployment of IoT systems (HW and SW). Successful start-up experience (Executive board member) – IPO Valuation £225M. He holds more than 17 patent applications and more than 16 scientific papers published. In 2014, Bruno obtained his PhD in optics and radiofrequency at Grenoble University (France) in a partnership between IMEP-LAHC laboratory and the company Multitoll Solutions. During his PhD, Bruno started to study the Wireless Energy Harvesting/Transfer.  He succeeded in creating Wireless Energy Harvesters that were capable of recovering the RF energy to supply low-power devices. The results improved the state-of-the-art on Wireless Energy Harvesting and lead to high-level publications, one of them being awarded as the best student paper in the SBMO/IEEE MTT-S International Microwave and Optoelectronics Conference (IMOC) 2013. In 2010, Bruno obtained his M.Sc. degree in optics and radiofrequency from the University of Grenoble (France).  Bruno obtained his B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunications at the Federal University of Campina Grande (Brazil) in 2010, with distinction and honoured with an excellence academic award.

Flex vs. Customized Coherent Optics: An Industry Perspective

Jacklyn Reis

Microelectronics Director at Idea! Electronic Systems

Dr. Jacklyn D. Reis has over 12 years experience on optical communications focusing on high-speed optical transmission, networking and digital signal processing. As a Microelectronics D.U. Director, he leads 40+ top engineers developing signal processing ASICs for optical transceivers in deep sub-micron nodes. He worked at CPqD Foundation as a R&D specialist leading a 25+ R&D team with expertise in optical transmission systems and networking. He worked at BrPhotonics in 2017 as a optical system manager focusing on optical system modeling and DSP IP cores development for 400G/600G systems. He has BSc (2006) and MSc (2007) degrees in Electrical Engineering from UFPA – Federal University of Para and PhD degree from University of Aveiro (2012). He has published 150+ scientific papers in the field including top conferences (OFC and ECOC), highly ranked journals (JLT, PTL, Optics Express) with 900+ citations (h14). He is an IEEE and OSA member, highly active in industry forums and standards and has filled 8 patents.