5G and New Communication Technologies


There is a great momentum in the wireless industry towards defining and designing the wireless communication systems and networks of the next decade. The impetus for this momentum is the emergence of a vast set of new, mostly data-driven applications and use cases involving mobile sensing and communication as well as ubiquitous and pervasive computing. An example is the surge in applications and services envisaged for Internet of Things (IoT).
Various wireless standards bodies and industry interest groups are preparing their next generation of technologies to be able to support such applications/services. Fifth generation (5G) mobile communication standards, for instance, are aiming at achieving higher capacity/density, higher throughput, higher reliability, lower latency, and lower power consumption. Other standards are following similar suits.
The gamut of next generation wireless technologies that are being devised is as wide as the frequency spectrum used for such technologies. From radio frequency to visible light communication, there are exciting technological developments that promise to dramatically change the shape of our future wireless communications.
In this panel discussion, five distinguished wireless industry veterans present their views on these promises and shed light on the challenges we will be facing to achieve them:
  • Dr. Ghobad Heidari, President, GHB Intellect
  • Dr. Behzad Mohebbi, CEO, nCore Communications
  • Dr. Gang Ding, Dir. Of Engineering, ZitoVault
  • David Snyder, Senior Consultant, E2E Wireless 
  • Onno Janssen, Technical Lead VLC & Indoor Positioning, Philips Lighting
Ghobad Heidari
Dr. Heidari has over 25 years of research, development, and management experience. His areas of expertise include wireless communication systems and standards, consumer electronics, satellite communications, and embedded systems. Currently, he is the founder and President of GHB Intellect. Previously, he has served in various executive roles in large corporations (Nokia, Olympus, AT&T) as well as small startups (Quicksilver Technology, WiLinx). He is a named inventor for over 30+ granted patents, has taught various courses at University of California, and was the chairman of the San Diego chapter of IEEE Vehicular Society for two years. He has had extensive experiences with and contributions to various industry standards (3GPP2, IEEE 802.11, Bluetooth, USB-IF, etc.). He is the author of WiMedia UWB for Wireless USB and Bluetooth, John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Dr. Heidari earned a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Gang Ding
Dr. Ding is the director of engineering at ZitoVault, an innovative IoT security company based on Carlsbad. He specializes in system design and product development in such areas as wireless communication, networking, security, and control theory. He previously worked at a mesh network startup, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Intel Research, Olympus, and Qualcomm Research. Dr. Ding was a voting member of IEEE 802.11 and 802.15. He is the author or co-author of over 50 patents and 30 technical papers. He earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, and graduate and BS in control theory and engineering from Tsinghua University, China.

Behzad Mohebbi
Before co-founding nCore Communications, Dr. Mohebbi led a product management group at Qualcomm’s research division. Prior to Qualcomm, he was the CTO of his first startup, Nextivity, where he developed a revolutionary technology known as CelFi. Previously, Dr. Mohebbi worked on various cellular communications systems in large companies such as Motorola, Fujitsu, and small start ups such as Morpho Technologies. He has contributed a number of features to cellular systems, with the most notable one known as SSTD (Site Selection Transmit Diversity). Dr. Mohebbi has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry and more than 70 patents. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at several UK universities.
Onno Janssen
Mr. Janssen has over 25 years of experience with Philips in the area of connected consumer devices, using a range of different technologies. In the 1990s, he worked on one of the first smart phones, not yet mobile, but offering home banking and other consumer applications, exploring the opportunities of the Internet. Around the millennium he was technical lead for the Multimedia Home Platform implementation in Philips Digital Networks division, using the new digital broadcast capabilities. After 8 years in the Hospitality industry driving the transition from analog to LCD, digital and IP TV in hotel entertainment, he joined Philips Lighting. Since then he has been, and still is, driving Visible Light Communication technology and supporting new VLC business opportunities.