THE SPCE OFFICERS (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018)


Octavia A. Dobre
Memorial University, Canada

Octavia A Dobre received the Engineering Diploma and Ph.D. degrees from Politehnica University of Bucharest (formerly Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest), Romania, in 1991 and 2000, respectively. She was the recipient of a Royal Society Scholarship at Westminster University, UK (2000), and held a Fulbright Fellowship at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA (2001). Between 2002 and 2005 she was with Politehnica University of Bucharest and New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. In 2005 she joined Memorial University, Canada, where she is currently is a Full Professor and Research Chair. Dr. Dobre was a Visiting Professor at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA (2013).

She has co-authored over 190 journal and conference papers in these areas and gave more than 40 invited talks to industry and academia. Her research interests include 5G technologies, blind signal identification and parameter estimation techniques, cognitive radio systems, and transceiver optimization algorithms for wireless communications, as well as optical and underwater communications. Her research has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Research and Development Corporation, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Defence and Research Development Canada, Communications Research Centre Canada, Altera Corporation, Allen Vanguard, DTA Systems, EION Wireless, ThinkRF, and Agilent Technologies.

Dr. Dobre currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as Editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. She was an Editor and a Senior Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and Guest Editor for other prestigious journals. She served as General Chair of CWIT, and Technical Co-Chair of symposia at numerous conferences, such as IEEE GLOBECOM and ICC. She serves as the Chair of the ComSoc WICE standing committee, as well as a member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.


Vice Chair:

Xianbin Wang
Western University

Dr. Xianbin Wang (S’98-M’99-SM’06-F’17) is a Professor and 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, where he was responsible for the system design of DSL and Gigabit Ethernet chipsets.  His current research interests include 5G technologies, signal processing for communications, adaptive wireless systems, communications security, and locationing technologies. Dr. Wang has over 280 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, in addition to 26 granted and pending patents and several standard contributions.

Dr. Wang is a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has received many awards and recognition, including Canada Research Chair, CRC President’s Excellence Award, Canadian Federal Government Public Service Award, Ontario Early Researcher Award and five IEEE Best Paper Awards. He currently serves as an Editor/Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting. 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 a number of 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.



Jingxian Wu
University of Arkansas

Jingxian Wu (S’02-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, green communications, and statistical data analytics, etc. He served as a Cochair for the 2012 Wireless Communication Symposium of the IEEE International Conference on Communication, and Cochairs for the 2009 and 2015 Wireless Communication Symposium of the IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY from 2007 to 2011, and is now an Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE ACCESS.


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:


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 100 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 serves on the editorial boards of Physical Communication, IET Communications and IEEE Communications Letters. She has served on the TPC of more than 40 conferences and she has been part of the organizing committee of 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, Her main interests are multi-carrier and multi-antenna techniques and signal processing applied to wireless communications.


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:

  • 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)