2019 ITS 5G Mobility Workshop
 

Speaker Biographies

 
Erik Bohlin
Professor
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Erik Bohlin is a Professor in the Department of Technology Management & Economics at Chalmers University of Technology, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Telecommunications Policy. He obtained his graduate degree in Business Administration and Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics (1987) and his Ph. D. at Chalmers University of Technology (1995).

At Chalmers, Professor Bolin was the Head of Division (2004-2012), Chair of the Department Faculty Council (2007-2014), and participated on many academic committees. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and supervises Ph. D. dissertations. He has published articles in a wide range of refereed publications. His publications relate to policy strategy for the information society and management.

Professor Bohlin has extensive experience contributing to several international networks including the International Telecommunications Society, where he served as Chair from 2004 until 2016. The international networks are also an integral part of his role as Editor-in-Chief of Telecommunications Policy where he is engaged in identifying several hundred reviewers and deciding on more than 300 submitted papers per year. He also receives frequent invitations to evaluate academic peers for promotional decisions, to present papers at conferences around the world, to contribute articles and book chapters, and to serve as an advisor to governments, regulators and companies. Additionally, he has achieved success in securing grant and consulting funding with an emphasis on information and communications technology development.

 
Bernard Bureau
Vice President, Network & Architecture Strategy
TELUS
Mr. Bernard Bureau is Vice-president of Network and Architecture Strategy within the Chief Technology Office at TELUS. He has end-to-end accountability for TELUS’ 5G and spectrum strategy, Internet of Things strategy and our fixed and mobile network architecture. Since he joined TELUS in 1997, Mr. Bureau has held several management positions, including VP of Mobile Broadband Network Engineering, where he led the planning and engineering teams responsible for the wireless access and core network and for the voice platforms. He played an instrumental leadership role for several major projects, including the rollout of UMTS, HSPA, LTE, LTE-A VoLTE and C-RAN HetNet. He received a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1995 and has been a member of the Ordre des ingenieurs du Québec since then.
 
Dr. Changsoon Choi
Senior Director
SK Telecom Co., Ltd.

Dr. Changsoon Choi is a Senior Director of SK Telecom, where he is leading technology discovery team responsible for new ICT area growth, investment and 5G service development. Prior to current responsibility, he has been leading 5G commercialization and developing 5G end-to-end networks in SK Telecom for more than 4 years. His industrial experience includes affiliations with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, with Leibniz Institute Innovation for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP) GmbH, Germany, and with NTT DOCOMO communication laboratories Europe GmbH, Germany, where he worked on multi-gigabit wireless LAN/PAN systems and Beyond LTE-Advanced systems, particularly, OFDM, multiple access, MIMO/beamforming techniques.

He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1999, 2001, and 2005, respectively. His doctoral dissertation concerned millimeter-wave wireless communication systems.

 
Thomas Hazlett
Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics & Director of the Information Economy Project
Clemson University

Thomas W. Hazlett is the Hugh H. Macaulay Endowed Professor of Economics at Clemson University, where he directs the Information Economy Project. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference and a CITI Fellow at Columbia University. He has previously held faculty positions at George Mason University, the University of California, Davis, and the Wharton School, and served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission. A noted expert in regulatory economics and information markets, his research has appeared in academic forums such as the Journal of Law & Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Review of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Financial Economics, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Columbia Law Review. He has also written for such popular periodicals as the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Slate, the N.Y. Times, N.Y. Daily News, Reuters, Business Week, Politico, The New Republic, and the Harvard Business Review, and he has been a columnist for Reason Magazine and the Financial Times. His most recent book, THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM: THE TUMULTUOUS LIBERATION OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, FROM HERBERT HOOVER TO THE SMARTPHONE, (Yale, 2017), was featured as one of the top tech books of the year at CES 2018.

 
Heidi Himmanen
Chief Advisor, Dr Sci (Tech)
5G Momentum Ecosystem, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency - Traficom

Dr. Heidi Himmanen works at the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom in the 5G Momentum ecosystem project. The 5G Momentum project promotes new services and innovations based on 5G technology through trials to make Finland number one in 5G, brings together the needs and ideas of different actors, encourages cooperation, develops Finnish digital society and makes Finnish 5G-knowledge visible. She has previously worked as a manager in spectrum management and spectrum supervision. She has received a Dr. Sc. (Tech) degree in 2009 from University of Turku, Finland, and a M. Sc. (Tech) degree in 2005 from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

 
Michael Honig
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Northwestern University

Michael L. Honig is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern he worked in the Systems Principles Research Division at Bellcore in Morristown, NJ, and at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ. His recent research has focused on wireless networks, including interference mitigation and resource allocation, and market mechanisms for dynamic spectrum allocation. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1977, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981. He has led several research projects funded by the government and industry, and has served as editor and guest editor for several journals, and as a member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE Information Theory Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, and a co-recipient of the 2002 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award and the 2010 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award.

 
Yoji Kishi
Executive Director, Future Access Network Division
KDDI Research, Inc.

Mr. Yoji Kishi received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He joined Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co., Ltd. (now KDDI Corp.) in 1991, where he has been engaged in research and development on the operation planning of telecommunications networks. The topics include 2nd generation digital cellular networks, 3rd generation IMT-2000 networks, 4th generation LTE networks and Non-geostationary mobile satellite networks. From 2012 to 2016, he was in solution engineering division in KDDI headquarters, where he led an engineering team for enterprise customers to develop online-to-offline solutions.

He has been executive director in KDDI Research Inc. since 2016 and leads research and development activities towards 5G and its beyond. He received the Young Researcher’s Award from IEICE and the Meritorious Award on Radio from the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) in 1998 and 1999, respectively.

 
Hyeon-woo Lee
Deputy Director, Telecommunications Service Policy Division
Ministry of Science and ICT, Korea
Hyeon-woo Lee is Deputy Director of Telecommunications Service Policy Division of the Ministry of Science and ICT. Mr. Lee has been in charge of mobile telecommunication regulations since 2018.
 
Gordon Mansfield
Vice President – Converged Access & Device Technology
AT&T

Responsible for AT&T’s converged access and device technology direction.

Gordon Mansfield is an accomplished, highly innovative thought leader currently responsible for AT&T’s converged access and device technology direction. Gordon’s team is responsible for the multiyear access and device technology roadmaps at AT&T. He currently is leading the technology decisions for our 5G deployments. Gordon has previously served as the Chairman of the International Small Cell Forum. In this role, he drove broad engagement within the international mobile operator community to build and define the global small cell ecosystem. Gordon has a demonstrated track record of proven leadership, broad technology savvy, proactive stakeholder engagement, and application of business/technical insight globally.

With broad experience in the communications industry, Gordon has held key leadership roles at AT&T, Siemens Communications and the United States Air Force.

Gordon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry Institute of Technology. He has 46 patents awarded to date.

He lives in Atlanta with his two boys, Zachary and Matthew. They are avid boaters and can be found on Lake Lanier most weekends when Gordon is not away on business.

 
Michael Murphy
Head of Technology for North America
Nokia

Michael (Mike) Murphy is CTO for Nokia, North & South America. He is responsible for aligning Nokia’s product roadmap with the needs of customers in the United States and Canada.

Mike was formerly head of R&D for Nortel. He began his tenure with Nokia in 2006 as Japan country manager, assumed the role of CTO for Asia Pacific in 2007, then moved to the US in 2013.

Mike has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo, in Canada, has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is a semi-professional photographer. He lived in 8 countries to date, is fluent in English, French, and basic Thai. He is based in Irving, Texas.

 
Matthew Pearl
Assistant Bureau Chief, Office of the Bureau Chief, Wireless Communications Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

Matthew Pearl is an Assistant Bureau Chief at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he works in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Office of the Bureau Chief. Matthew advises the Bureau Chief on policies and rules governing wireless spectrum and auctions, including rules to facilitate the rapid, widespread deployment of the next generation of wireless services (e.g., 5G). He manages the Bureau’s efforts to make mid-band spectrum available for wireless broadband, including the 3.7-4.2 GHz band (C-Band), the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service), and the 2.5 GHz band (Educational Broadband Service). He also manages several of the bureau’s efforts to oversee and modernize the Commission’s existing wireless services and rules. Previously, Matthew was a Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Wireless Bureau, and before that, he was a staff attorney in one of the Bureau’s divisions.

Matthew is also a Research Affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he serves in a personal capacity. Matthew is part of an effort to assess whether mesh network technologies can and should be used to improve public safety communications, and to evaluate the legal, policy, and technological issues that are raised by such networks.

Before joining the FCC, Matthew worked as a law clerk for Judge Harris Hartz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to that, he was a law clerk for Judge Lawrence Kahn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.

In 2010, Matthew earned a J.D. at Yale Law School, where he served as a submissions editor for the Yale Journal on Regulation. Matthew earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Kalamazoo College in 2004.

 
Stephen Schmidt
Chair
ITS

Stephen Schmidt is Vice-President, Telecom Policy & Chief Regulatory Legal Counsel at TELUS Communication, a major provider of wireline, wireless, Internet and television services, based in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Schmidt leads a multi-disciplinary team of professionals responsible for (i) making policy and legal submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Industry Canada, the Competition Bureau, the Federal Cabinet and other government bodies; (ii) conducting and directing appellate advocacy before the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada; and (iii) advising on compliance with public law frameworks for telecommunications, both in Canada and internationally.

Prior to joining TELUS, he worked at AT&T Canada and ACC TelEnterprises, with a focus on regulatory and legal matters respectively.

Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Schmidt’s publications on communications law and policy have appeared in Info, Canadian Business Law Journal, Telecommunications Policy, and International Telecommunications Law (Juris Publishing).

In June of 2016, Mr. Schmidt was elected Chair of the Board of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), an international forum where academic, private sector, and government communities can meet to identify pressing new communications policy problems and issues, share research results, and develop new approaches to address these issues. Mr. Schmidt has been a Board member of the ITS since 2004.

 
Ian Scott
Chairman
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

As Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Scott supervises and directs the work and staff of the Commission. He also chairs Commission meetings and participates in public hearings and consultations.

Ian has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors.

After working at the Competition Bureau, he joined the CRTC from 1990 to 1994, where he collaborated on the development of a framework for long-distance telephone service competition in Canada. Between 2007 and 2008, as part of the Executive Interchange Program, he was Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman at the CRTC.

Before rejoining the CRTC in 2017, Ian held various executive positions in the communications industry, including at Telesat Canada, Telus and Call-Net Enterprises, one of the first companies to offer competition in the Canadian long-distance market. He also provided leadership on broadcasting policy and regulatory issues as an executive at the Canadian Cable Television Association.

Ian has served on various boards, including Women in Communications and Technology and Ski Quebec Alpin.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, McGill University