THE SPCC OFFICERS (January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020)


Xianbin Wang
Western University

Dr. Xianbin Wang (S’98-M’99-SM’06-F’17) is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at Western University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from National University of Singapore in 2001. Prior to joining Western, he was with Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) as a Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist between July 2002 and Dec. 2007. From Jan. 2001 to July 2002, he was a system designer at STMicroelectronics.  His current research interests include 5G technologies, Internet-of-Things, communications security, machine learning and locationing technologies. Dr. Wang has over 350 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, in addition to 29 granted and pending patents and several standard contributions.

Dr. Wang is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has received many awards and recognitions, including Canada Research Chair, CRC President’s Excellence Award, Canadian Federal Government Public Service Award, Ontario Early Researcher Award and six IEEE Best Paper Awards. He currently serves as an Editor/Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and He was also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications between 2007 and 2011, and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters between 2011 and 2016. Dr. Wang was involved in many IEEE conferences including GLOBECOM, ICC, VTC, PIMRC, WCNC and CWIT, in different roles such as symposium chair, tutorial instructor, track chair, session chair and TPC co-chair.


Vice Chair:

Jingxian Wu
University of Arkansas

Jingxian Wu (S’04-M’06-SM’15) received the B.S. (EE) degree from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China, in 1998, the M.S. (EE) degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2001, and the Ph.D. (EE) degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri, USA, in 2005. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His research interests mainly focus on signal processing for large scale networks and wireless communications, including energy efficient information sensing and processing, interference-limited wireless networks, high mobility communications, green communications, and statistical data analytics, etc.

Dr. Wu was appointed as a distinguished lecture by the IEEE Vehicular Society in 2008. He served as symposium or track co-chairs for a number of international conferences, such as the 2012 and 2019 IEEE International Conference on Communications, the 2009, 2015, and 2017 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, etc. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY from 2007 to 2011 an Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS from 2011 to 2016, and is now serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE ACCESS.




Ana Garcia Armada
University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain

Ana Garcia Armada received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Madrid in February 1998. She is currently a Professor at University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, where she has occupied a variety of management positions (Head of Signal Theory and Communications Department, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of International Relations, among others). She is leading the Communications Research Group at this university. She has participated and coordinated several national and international research projects related to wireless communications. She is the co-author of eight book chapters on wireless communications and signal processing. She has published more than 150 papers in international journals and conference proceedings and she holds four patents. She has contributed to international standards organizations such as ITU and ETSI. She has served on the editorial boards of Physical Communication (2008-2017), IET Communications (2014-2017). She serves on the editorial board of IEEE Communications Letters since 2016 (Exemplary Editor Award 2017 and 2018). She has served on the TPC of more than 40 conferences and he has been/is part of the organizing committee of IEEE Globecom 2019 and 2021, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Fall 2018, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) Spring 2018 and 2019, IEEE 5G Summit 2017, International Symposium on Ubiquitous Networking (UNET) 2017, IEEE Third Women´s Workshop on Communications and Signal Processing 2016, European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) 2015, and the International Conference on Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems (Mobilight) 2010. She has received a Young Researchers Excellence Award and an Award to Best Practices in Teaching, both from University Carlos III of Madrid. She was awarded the third place Bell Labs Prize 2014 for shaping the future of information and communications technology. Her main interests are multi-carrier and multi-antenna techniques and signal processing applied to wireless communications.


Standards Liaison:


George C. Alexandropoulos
Huawei Technologies France

George C. Alexandropoulos (S’07–M’10–SM’15) was born in Athens, Greece, in 1980. He received the Diploma degree in computer engineering and informatics, the M.A.Sc. degree (with distinction) in signal processing and communications, and the Ph.D. degree in wireless communications from the University of Patras (UoP), Rio-Patras, Greece, in 2003, 2005, and 2010, respectively. From 2001 to 2010, he has been a Research Fellow with the Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics, School of Engineering, UoP. From 2006 to 2010, he was with the Wireless Communications Laboratory, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos,” Athens, Greece, as a Ph.D. Scholar. From 2007 to 2011, he has been collaborating with the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications, and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, Greece. Within 2011, he also worked with the Telecommunication Systems Research Institute, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece. In the summer semester of 2011, he was an Adjunct Lecturer with the Department of Telecommunications Science and Technology, University of Peloponnese, Tripoli, Greece. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Senior Researcher with the Athens Information Technology Center for Research and Education, where he has been involved with the technical management of several European projects and lectured several mathematics courses. Since 2014, he has been a Senior Researcher with the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Laboratory, France Research Center, Huawei Technologies France, Boulogne-Billancourt. His research interests lie in the general areas of performance analysis and signal processing for wireless networks, with emphasis on multi-antenna systems, interference management, high-frequency communication, cooperative networking, and cognitive radios.

Dr. Alexandropoulos is a Senior Member of the IEEE Communications and Signal Processing Societies as well as a Professional Engineer of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He currently serves as an Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS and IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS, as well as an Associate Editor for IET Electronics Letters. He received a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Operational Programme for Education and Initial Vocational Training II, Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning, and Religious Affairs, Republic of Greece; a student travel grant for the 2010 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference in Miami, USA; and the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award by a Greek University in the fields of informatics and telecommunications from the Informatics and Telematics Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2010.


Newsletter Editor:

Xiangwei Zhou
Louisiana State University

Xiangwei Zhou received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. Since August 2015, he has been with the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale from 2013 to 2015 and a Senior Systems Engineer with Marvell Semiconductor, Santa Clara, California, from 2011 to 2013. His general research interests include wireless communications, statistical signal processing, and cross-layer optimization, with current emphasis on spectrum-efficient, energy-efficient and secure communications, coexistence of wireless systems, and machine learning for intelligent communications. He is the ECE Outstanding Teacher of Year 2014 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2014 International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing. He has served as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2013 to 2018 and is currently a Senior Member of IEEE.

Student Competition Representative:

Sinem Coleri Ergen
Koc Univeristy, Turkey

Sinem Coleri Ergen received the BS degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University in 2000, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California Berkeley in 2002 and 2005. She worked as a research scientist in Wireless Sensor Networks Berkeley Lab under sponsorship of Pirelli and Telecom Italia from 2006 to 2009. Since September 2009, she has been a faculty member in the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Koc University, where she is currently Associate Professor. Her research interests are in wireless communications and networking with applications in sensor networks and transportation systems.

Dr. Ergen received IEEE Communications Letters Exemplary Editor Award and Science Heroes Association – Scientist of the Year Award in 2016, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist (TUBA-GEBIP) and TAF (Turkish Academic Fellowship) Network – Outstanding Young Scientist Awards in 2015, Science Academy Young Scientist (BAGEP) Award in 2014, Turk Telekom Collaborative Research Award in 2011 and 2012, Marie Curie Reintegration Grant in 2010, Regents Fellowship from University of California Berkeley in 2000 and Bilkent University Full Scholarship from Bilkent University in 1995.

Dr. Ergen is a Senior Member of IEEE. She has been Editor of IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology since 2015 and 2016, respectively. She has been the publicity chair of IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) since 2015. She has been co-chair of IEEE Globecom WICE Workshop 2016, Technical Program Committee (TPC) co-chair of IEEE ICDCS Workshop on Communication, Computing and Networking in Cyber Physical Systems (CCNCPS) 2017, and co-chair of IPCCC International Workshop on Communication, Computing and Networking in Cyber Physical Systems (CCNCPS) 2016. She has been in the TPC of more than 30 conferences.


Former Officers:

  • 2017-2018:
    • Chair: Octavia A. Dobre (Memorial University, Canada)
    • Vice Chair: Xianbin Wang (Western University, Canada)
    • Secretary: Jingxian Wu (University of Arkansas)
  • 2015-2016:
    • Chair: Hai Lin (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
    • Vice Chair: Octavia A. Dobre (Memorial University, Canada)
    • Secretary: Xianbin Wang (Western University, Canada)
  • 2013-2014:
    • Chair: Nallanathan Arumugam (King’s College London, UK)
    • Vice Chair: Hai Lin (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
    • Secretary: Octavia A. Dobre (Memorial University, Canada)
  • 2010-2012:
    • Chair: Hung Nguyen (The Aerospace Corporation, USA)
    • Vice Chair: Nallanathan Arumugam (King’s College London, UK)
    • Secretary: Hai Lin (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
  • 2008-2010:
    • Chair: Tomoaki Ohtsuki (Keio University, Japan)
    • Vice Chair: Hung Nguyen (The Aerospace Corporation, USA)
    • Secretary: Nallanathan Arumugam (King’s College London, UK)
  • 2006-2008:
    • Chair: Tomohiko Taniguchi (Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, Japan)
    • Vice Chair: Tomoaki Ohtsuki (Keio University, Japan)
    • Secretary: Hung Nguyen (The Aerospace Corporation, USA)
  • 2004-2006: Chair: Bin Qiu (Monash University, Australia)
  • 2002-2004: Chair: Ron P. Smith (NGC, USA)
  • 2000-2002: Chair: Jaafar Elmirghani (University of Wales, Swansea, UK)
  • 1998-2000: Chair: Naohisa Ohta (Sony, Japan)
  • 1996-1998: Chair: Trevor Clarkson (King’s College London, UK)
  • 1992-1996: Chair: Stamatios Kartalopoulos (AT&T/Lucent, USA)
  • 1988-1992: Chair: Curtis Siller (AT&T/Lucent, USA)
  • 1984-1988: Chair: Don Puckette (T.J. Watson / IBM, USA)