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:

Richie Leo
ZTE Corporation, China

Richie Leo (S’14-M’20) received the B.S. and M.S. degree (with honors) in electronic engineering from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University in 2016 and 2019 respectively. He is now a senior researcher in the wireless research institute of ZTE Corporation, responsible for long-term research as well as standardization. His research interests include reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, wireless positioning, visible light communications and quantum communications. He is the author or co-author of one book and one book chapter. He has authored and submitted more than 220 technical documents to 3GPP TSG RAN4, where he serves as the feature lead of IAB RRM and 2-step RACH RRM. He organized several sessions, workshops, symposia and industrial panels in IEEE conferences as the chair or co-chair and received the Best Workshop Award from IWCMC 2020. He serves as the Editor of ITU Journal of Future and Evolving Technologies (ITU J-FET) and the Associate Editor of IET Quantum Communication. He is the Standardization Officer for IEEE ComSoc ETI on reconfigurable intelligent surfaces.

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:

Rui Dinis
Univ. Nova Lisboa, Portugal

Rui Dinis received the Ph.D. degree from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2001 and the Habilitation in Telecommunications from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), in 2010. From 2001 to 2008 he was a Professor at IST. Currently he is an associated professor at FCT-UNL and a senior researcher at IT (Instituto de Telecomunicações). During 2003 he was an invited professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Rui Dinis is an IEEE Senior Member and is or was editor at IEEE Open Journal on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and Elsevier Physical Communication, as well as guest editor for special numbers of several journals.
He was part of the Organizing Committee of multiple IEEE conferences (ICT’2014, VTC’2017-Fall, VTC’2018-Spring, ISWCS’2018, VTC’2019-Spring, VTC’2020-Spring, VTC’2020-Fall, GLOBECOM’2020). He is also president of VTS Portugal Chapter since 2016 and a member of several IEEE technical committees (CTTC, SPCC, RCC and WCT).
He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Member of the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and IEEE Information Theory Society. Since 2018, he has been a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He was Invited Lecturer, Invited Speaker and Invited Panelist at several international events and PhD schools.
Rui Dinis has been actively involved in several international and national research projects in the broadband wireless communications area. He was involved in pioneer projects on the use of mm-waves for broadband wireless communications and his main research activities are on modulation and transmitter design, nonlinear effects on digital communications and receiver design (detection, equalization, channel estimation and carrier synchronization), with emphasis on frequency-domain implementations, namely for MIMO systems and/or OFDM and SC-FDE modulations. He is also working on cross-layer design and optimization involving PHY, MAC and LLC issues, as well as indoor positioning techniques.

SIG Coordinator:

Fang Fang
University of Durham, UK

Dr. Fang Fang (S’16-M’18) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, in 2017. From 2018 to 2020, she was a Research Associate with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK. Since August 2020, she has been with the Department of Engineering at Durham University, Durham (UK) as an Assistant Professor in Communications Engineering. Her current research interests include machine learning for intelligent wireless communications, Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), intelligent reflecting surface (IRS), multi-access edge computing (MEC) and green communications. Dr. Fang has been serving as a technical program committee (TPC) Member for IEEE flagship conferences, e.g., IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, and IEEE VTC. She received the Exemplary Reviewer Certificate of the IEEE Transactions on Communications in 2017. Currently, she is an Associate Editor of IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society.

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)