IEEE International Conference on Communications
14-23 June 2021 // Virtual / Montreal
Connectivity – Security – Privacy


Tuesday, 15 June 2021

9:00am-10:00am (EDT)

ICC 2021 Telecom VIP Keynotes Panel

Todd Zeiler, Assistant Vice President of Network Services, AT&T
Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena
Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, TELUS

10:00am-10:30am (EST)
Scott Jones, Government of Canada


Wednesday, 16 June 2021

9:00am-9:30am (EST)
Wen Tong, Huawei Technologies Co., LTD

9:30am-10:00am (EST)
Jonathan Davidson, Cisco

10:00am-10:30am (EST)
Robert Heath, North Carolina State University


Thursday, 17 June 2021

9:30am-10:00am (EST)
Anja Feldmann, Max Planck Institute

10:00am-10:30am (EST)
Anna Scaglione, Arizona State University


Tuesday, 22 June 2021

9:00am-9:30am (EST)
Polina Bayvel, University College London


Dates to Be Confirmed

Bikash Koley, Google
Steve Vogelsang, Nokia

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Time: 9:00am-10:00am (EST)

ICC 2021 Telecom VIP Keynotes Panel

Todd ZeilerTodd Zeiler

Assistant Vice President of Network Services, AT&T

Todd is Assistant Vice President of Network Services.  His team owns Global Network Architecture, Implementation, Inter-Carrier Usage Mediation/Delivery, and Network Operations for wholesale, domestic, & international roaming as well as network sharing services. His team’s mission statement is to “paint the world AT&T blue” with a seamless mobility experience.

Todd recently transitioned from a 4yr stint as Director Member of Technical Staff Converged Access & Device Technology where his team owned wireless access architecture for 5G, LTE Advanced/Pro, IoT, FirstNet, Fixed Wireless, and Enterprise. 

He has >25+ years of industry experience beginning his career in BellSouth Outside Plant Engineering in 1992.  Todd’s larger projects included the program lead over the integration of ATT’s purchase of Alltel in 2009 and various technology overlays including a the recent 5G architecture evolution roadmap.  Todd has held positions in outside plant, wireless operations, RF engineering, RF performance, systems automation, equipment engineering, project management, mobility core planning, M&A projects, in-building mobility (ASG), and was the Director for GA Radio Access Network prior to his role in the CTO Wireless Architecture Organization.Todd holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.  Todd resides in Atlanta and is married with 3 daughters and enjoys being/teaching with his church family, speaking engagements, as well as enjoying sports and other outside activities.

Kevin SheehanKevin Sheehan

CTO of the Americas, Ciena

Kevin Sheehan serves as CTO of the Americas and VP of Strategic Solution Sales for Ciena. He has more than 25 years of experience leading high-performance cross-functional teams and building very successful product lines and early-stage companies.

Prior to his current role at Ciena, Kevin was General Manager of Ciena Agility, where he was responsible for building and leading Ciena’s software business. Prior to that, Kevin was a key leader and strategist within one of Ciena’s fastest-growing business segments while serving as Ciena’s Vice President of Product Line Management for packet networking solutions.

Before his time at Ciena, from 2003 to 2011, Kevin was CEO of Hatteras Networks, where he led the company from zero revenue to tens of millions in annual revenue with profitable growth. Before joining Hatteras, Kevin held senior leadership positions with Alcatel, Packet Engines and SMC.

Kevin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Master of Science degree from Stony Brook University in New York, and a Master of Business Administration from Dowling College. Kevin has been globally recognized with American Business Awards “Stevie Award” as Best Telecommunications CEO in 2008 and Light Reading’s Leading Lights CEO of the Year Award in 2006.


Ibrahim GedeonDr. Ibrahim Gedeon


Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s eminent thought leaders. He has carved out an international career by combining insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, he is responsible for all technology development and strategy, security, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems, as well as service and network convergence, and network infrastructure strategies and evolution. Under his leadership the TELUS wireless broadband network has become one of the best in the world.

Ibrahim serves on the board of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the Institute for Communication Technology Management. In addition to his industry leadership roles, he has been awarded with IEEE Communications Society’s prestigious Distinguished Industry Leader Award and elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) for his significant contributions to the field of engineering. Ibrahim has also been named one of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry in Global Telecoms Business magazine’s GTB Power 100.

Ibrahim holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, a Master’s in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University and an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and is passionate about supporting engaged, high-performing teams.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Time: 10:00am-10:30am (EST)

Scott JonesScott Jones

Government of Canada

Scott is the Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Cyber Centre is the single unified source of expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for government, critical infrastructure owners and operations, the private sector and the Canadian public.

Scott began his career at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 1999 and has held various positions including Assistant Deputy Minister of IT Security, acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, Director General of Cyber Defence and a variety of positions of increasing responsibility across CSE, primarily in the Signals Intelligence and IT Security domains. He previously worked at the Privy Council Office as a National Security Policy Advisor in the Security & Intelligence Secretariat.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Masters of Business Administration.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Time: 9:00am-9:30am (EST)

Wen TongWen Tong

Huawei Technologies Co., LTD

Dr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless. Dr. Tong is the head of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, he was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, currently, he spearheads and leads Huawei’s 5G wireless technologies research and development.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada.

Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. He was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems” in 2014, and IEEE Communications Society Distingushed Industry Leader Award for “pioneering technical contributions and leadership in the mobile communications industry and innovation in 5G mobile communications technology” in 2018. He pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 5G wireless with more than 400 granted US patents.

Dr. Tong is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, and he also serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Time: 9:30am-10:00am (EST)

Jonathan DavidsonJonathan Davidson


Jonathan was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group in March 2020. He leads an organization that builds silicon, optics, hardware, software, and systems innovations for the largest and most advanced networks in the world. Prior to this role, Jonathan was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Service Provider Business in August 2018. He led the team to deliver industry leading technologies for the Internet and 5G (routing systems, IOS XR software, automation, and solutions for fixed, cable, and mobile providers). Jonathan re-joined Cisco in March 2017 as Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Service Provider Networking. In that role, he drove Cisco's leadership position in next-generation routing and network automation.

Prior to rejoining Cisco, Jonathan served as Executive Vice President and General Manager at Juniper Networks leading its Engineering and Product Management. In that role, he was responsible for driving strategy, development and business growth for the company's entire portfolio including routing, switching and security, as well as leading the ongoing evolution of silicon technology and the Junos operation system.

Before Juniper, Jonathan held a variety of leadership positions at Cisco over the course of 15 years. During that time, he developed service provider solutions and led the enterprise routing product management team and service provider Layer 4 through Layer 7 services team.

Jonathan is co-author of the best-selling book, "Voice-over IP Fundamentals," and is a frequent speaker at high-profile industry events. Active on social media, he frequently shares his observations and insights about the industry through Twitter and blogs.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Time: 10:00am-10:30am (EST)

Robert HeathRobert Heath

North Carolina State University

Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University. He is a Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University. He is also the President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. Prof. Heath is a recipient of several awards including recently the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize, the 2016 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2017 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award, the 2017 EURASIP Technical Achievement Award, the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize, the 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, and the 2020 IEEE SPS Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award.  He co-authored “Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications” (Prentice Hall in 2014) and "Foundations of MIMO Communications" (Cambridge 2019). He was EIC of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine from 2018-2020. He is a current member-at-large of the IEEE Communications Society Board-of-Governors (2020-2022) and a past member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board-of-Governors (2016-2018). He is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, a Private Pilot, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Time: 9:30am-10:00am (EST)

Anja FeldmannAnja Feldmann

Max Planck Institute

Anja Feldmann studied CS in Paderborn, Germany and continued her studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her Ph.D in 1995. The next four years she did research work at AT\&T Labs Research, before taking professor positions at Saarland University, the TU Munich, and the TU Berlin. In May 2012, she was elected the first woman on the employer side of the Supervisory Board of SAP. Since the 2018, Anja is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Her current research interests include Internet measurement, traffic engineering and traffic characterization, network performance debugging, and network architecture.  She has published more than 70 papers and has served on more than 60 program committees, including as Co-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2003 and ACM IMC 2011 and as Co-PC-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2007, ACM IMC 2009, ACM HotNets 2014, and ACM CoNext 2020.  She is a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis, the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis, the Schelling Preis, and the Vodafone Innovation Award.  She is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the BBAW, and acatech.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Time: 10:00am-10:30am (EST)

Anna ScaglioneAnna Scaglione

Arizona State University

Anna Scaglione (M.Sc.'95, Ph.D. '99) is currently a professor of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. Prior to that she was a professor at UC Davis (2008-2014) and at Cornell University (2001-2008) and at the University of New Mexico (2000-2001).

Dr. Scaglione’s expertise is in the broad area of statistical signal processing with application to communication networks, electric power systems/intelligent infrastructure and network science. Dr. Scaglione was elected an IEEE fellow in 2011. She is the recipient of the 2000 IEEE Signal Processing Transactions Best Paper Award, the 2013, IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for the best review paper in that year among all IEEE publications. With her student she earned  the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award (Lin Li) and several best conference paper awards. She was SPS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2019-2020 and is the recipient of the 2020 Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications.

Her record of service is extensive. She was on board of governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society during 2011-2014 and was member of the SPS Awards Board in 2016-2017.  She was Editor in Chief of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters in (2012-2013) and served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2002 to 2005 for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 2008-2009, where she was area editor in 2010-11. She is currently serving as Deputy EiC  for the IEEE Transactions on Control of Networked Systems where she was before Associate Editor 2016-2017 and then Senior Editor 2018-2019. She was General Chair of the SPAWC 2005 workshop and member of Signal Processing for Communication Committee from 2004 to 2009. She has been an IEEE SmartGridComm Conference steering committee from 2010 to 2013. She has also served in a number of IEEE conference technical committees and as Technical Chair for DCOSS 2010, SmartgridComm 2012 and GlobalSIP 2013, as well as Guest Editor for several special issues for IEEE journals and magazines.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Time: 9:00am-9:30am (EST)

Polina BayvelPolina Bayvel

University College London

Professor Polina Bayvel is the Head of the Optical Networks Group (Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering), UCL, a group she set up in 1994. Her research interests are in the area of optical communications and networks on different time- and length scales (from trans-oceanic distances to intra- and inter-data centre communications and routing.. This includes the analysis and implementation of wavelength-routed optical networks, high-speed optical transmission, and the study and mitigation of optical fibre nonlinearities. She was one of the first to show the feasibility of using the wavelength domain for routing in optical networks, and designed wavelength-selective devices needed for their characterisation and implementation. More recently she has focused on the study of capacity limits in ultrawideband nonlinear optical networks and nonlinearity-mitigation techniques. She has authored or co-authored more than 350 refereed journal and conference papers.

Polina Bayvel received her BSc (Eng) and PhD degrees in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from University of London, UK, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. In 1990, she was with the Fiber Optics Laboratory, General Physics Institute, Moscow (formerly USSR -now Russian - Academy of Sciences), under the Royal Society Postdoctoral Exchange Fellowship. She was a Principal Systems Engineer with STC Submarine Systems Ltd, London, UK, and Nortel Networks (Harlow, UK, and Ottawa, ON, Canada), where she was involved in the design and planning of optical fibre transmission networks. During 1994-2004, she held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at University College London (UCL), and in 2002, she was appointed to a Chair in Optical Communications & Networks.

Professor Bayvel is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Optical Society of America (FOSA), Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers (FIEEE), the UK Institute of Physics (IoP), and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). She was the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2007-2012), 2013 IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award, 2014 Royal Society Clifford Paterson Prize Lecture and Medal and the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award for 'pioneering contributions to optical communications technology' (shared with 5 members of her group). She has led the UK EPSRC Programme Grant UNLOC (2012-2018), focused on unlocking - and maximising - the capacity of optical communications. She is a vocal advocate for the importance and need for ubiquitous, secure, low-delay and high-capacity communications infrastructure to support the digital economy and new applications with the potential to transform people’s lives.

She was awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 New Year's Honours List for services to engineering.

Dates to Be Confirmed

Bikash KoleyBikash Koley


Bikash is currently the Vice President of Global Networking at Google. Bikash’s team is responsible for design, build and operation of Google’s massive global network that every Google service relies upon.

Prior to Google, Bikash was the Executive Vice President a nd Chief Technology Officer of Juniper Networks . In this role, Bikash charted Juniper’s technology strategy and led the execution of the company’s critical technology innovations. Specifically, Bikash was responsible for Juniper’s telco cloud and virtualization, multicloud enterprise datacenter and software defined enterprise networking products and technologies. 

Prior to Juniper, Bikash spent close to ten years at Google, w here he was a Distinguished Engineer and the Head of Network Architecture, Engineering and Planning. 

Prior to Google, Bikash was the CTO of Q streams Networks, a company he co-founded. He also spent several years at Ciena Corporation in various technical roles developing DWDM and Ethernet technologies.

He is an industry-leading expert on network function virtualization, intent d riven networking (IDN), multicloud networking, w arehouse-scale computing, and hyperscale network infrastructures. 

Bikash  received a BTech from IIT, India; and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park, all in Electrical Engineering.

Steve VogelsangSteve Vogelsang


As vice president of Strategy and CTO for the ION Division at Nokia, Stephen is responsible for looking at the road ahead and determining which new projects and emerging markets the company should consider for investing its resources.

Relying on a background that includes more than 20 years’ experience in the telecom and networking industries, he helps develop road maps for the company so it can seize the opportunities that are a best fit. Some of his key successes in this role include driving investments in Packet Core and CDN technology, as well as being an early advisor on the company’s work in NFV and SDN.


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