The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Network Operator Summit, Keynote: Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, China Mobile, China

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:30 - 11:15
Expo Theater I


Moderator: Karen I. Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Science and Technology, Corning Incorporated, USA

Keynote: Revolutionary Transformation --- Technology and Ecosystem


ICT convergence was just an afterthought for 4G, but it’s native in 5G. ICDT convergence is an afterthought for 5G, and it will be native in 6G, if there is to be a 6G. This talk will highlight the fundamental changes 5G and Beyond is ushering forth.

From the underlying philosophy and principles, to key technologies including the core, edge, transport, and access, to the evolving roles of traditional operators, vendors, OTTs, and the continuously expanding ecosystem with an increasingly rich set of new players, a vivid landscape of the exciting new era, along with its challenges and opportunities, will be presented.


Keynote Speaker

Chih-Lin I, China Mobile Chief Scientist, China Mobile Research Institute, China 

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, the IEEE ComMag Fred W. Ellersick Prize Best Paper Award, IEEE ComSoc 2018 AP Best Paper Award, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices, green energy, and wireless big data for network embedded intelligence. She has led the launch of Wireless AI Alliance (WAIA) and O-RAN (Open RAN) Alliance.

She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, the Chair of WAIA Executive Committee, the Chair of O-RAN TSC, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member and Vice Chair of WWRF, a Steering Committee member and the Publication Chair of IEEE 5G Initiative, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around "From Green & Soft to Open & Smart".



Karen I. Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Science and Technology, Corning Incorporated, USA

Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991), a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University.

Karen has held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, and now works in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities.  Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis the wireless industry

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