Symposium Co-Chairs

  • Fawzi Behmann, Ph.D., President TelNet Management Consulting Inc.
  • Ashutosh Dutta, Ph.D., Chief 5G Strategist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Scope and Motivation

5G represents a major departure from previous cellular generations. It will not only focus on speed, lower latency and spectrum efficiency but continue driving rapid growth of mobile data traffic with exciting new applications and enhanced user experiences and empower a number of vertical industries in the near future.

Collaborative technologies such as IoT, AI and blockchain will accelerate the adoption of 5G collecting and aggregating data for edge computing and with 6G for edge intelligence performing analysis and generating insightful information for critical actions.

Looking ahead, 5G Advanced standardization is now underway leading to the next step of opportunities for 5G evolution. At the same time, industry and academia are engaged with 6G research across key technologies and future use cases.

A distinguished panel intends to contribute to this topic and discussion, by addressing perspectives coming from different industrial sectors.

Topics of Interest

The session will identify and focus on a key aspects that support and strengthen the position and benefits of Blockchain in Future networks. Among the topical areas:

  • A clear understanding of 5G & 6G positioning, features and roadmap
  • Architecture evolution pushing intelligence to the edge
  • Provide examples of use cases empowered by 5G/6G, IoT, AI and blockchain including:
    • Enhanced Mobile Services (e.g. High-speed application, video streaming, gaming)
    • Massive Machine-type Communications (e.g. Smart homes. Smart building, Smart Cities)
    • Ultra-reliable and low latency communications (e.g. Self-driving car, AR/VR, Mission-critical applications)
  • Provide an example of network slicing for bandwidth efficiency, security and QoS.
  • Provide use cases for Edge Cloud
  • Provide use cases for Automation and Orchestration
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Next Generation Security


  • Understanding positioning of 5G/5G Advanced, 6G and beyond
  • Role of IoT, AI, Blockchain in offering new classes of applications and enhanced services empowered by 5G/6G
  • Concept of virtualization and networking slicing for the dynamic launch of new services
  • Security-As-a-Service


Dr. Fawzi Behmann

DL, MBA, M.Comp. Sc., Author, President, TelNet Management Consulting Inc.IEEE ComSoc NA Regional Director and BoG member

Fawzi is currently the founder and president of TelNet Management Consulting Inc. offering international professional services in the areas of technology trends; positioning and building smart networking ecosystem solutions in key markets. Prior, Fawzi held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networking in Canada and US. He championed the development of Telecom Network Management systems, led efforts in rolling out product releases for network edge and core and marketing SoC product line and roadmap.

Fawzi has been a keynote speaker and distinguished lecturer at several domestic and international conferences and events. He has several publications and co-authored book on “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business” published by Wiley. Fawzi volunteered at IEEE and currently he is currently ComSoc North America Regional Director and BoG voting member. Fawzi championed the delivery of several conferences and summits and has has been the general chair for IEEE WCNC 2022 held in Austin (April 10-13). He is a voting member of IEEE Conference Committee and Co-Chair IEEE SA Transdisciplinary Framework working groups and contributor to IEEE Future Direction Initiatives. He chairs multiple joint chapters on Communications, signal processing, Computer, EMBS and Consumer technology. Prior, Fawzi was Region 5 conference committee chair and Central Texas chair.

Fawzi received multiple awards including IEEE Communications Society NAB Exceptional Service Award (2020 and 2021); IEEE Leadership Section chair for Central Texas Section (2017-2018); IEEE USA professional leadership award for 2017; ComSoc Chapter Achievement Award (2021);  IEEE ComSoc Chapter of the Year and Chapter Achievement Awards (2020, 2017, 2015); MGA Regional outstanding Member Award (2013, 2014 and 2015) and Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award (2008).

Fawzi has MBA, Masters in Computer Science, Bachelor in Science with honors in Mathematics with distinction.

Dr. Ashutosh Dutta

Chief 5G Strategist and Lawrence Hafstad Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs

Ashutosh Dutta, an IEEE Fellow, is currently Chief 5G Strategist and Lawrence Hafstad Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs. He serves as the chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. In the past, he worked as Director of Technology Security at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at NIKSUN, Senior Scientist at Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh serves as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 80 5G World Summits. Ashutosh served as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 and served as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society from 2014-2019 where he currently serves as Member At Large. Ashutosh currently serves as Industry Forum and Exhibits co-chair for Globecom 2022 and the Chair for IEEE Industry Connections for Open RAN.

Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela, has a MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne.


Dr. Semih Aslan

Dr. Semih Aslan is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Texas State University, where he joined in 2011. He previously worked as a Senior FPGA Design Engineer with Motorola and full-time instructor at ITT Technical Institute. At ITT Technical Institute, Dr. Aslan worked with minority students as a full-time instructor and assistant dean for over 10 years on the west side of Chicago. Dr. Aslan is the founding director of the System Modeling and Green Technology (SMART) Lab in the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State. He currently advises graduate and undergraduate senior students on green energy, multi-processor system design and data analysis projects and has numerous publications.

Narendra Mangra

Narendra Mangra is the Principal at GlobeNet LLC, where he provides advisory and consulting services across industry, government, and academia. His diverse experience spans strategy development, smart city roadmap development, spectrum management, mobile network planning and system deployments, enterprise-wide modernization, program management, and education. He teaches graduate courses on 5G and project management with a focus on smart cities at the George Mason University.

Narendra also leads several IEEE initiatives on technology roadmap development, smart cities architecture standards development, and industry connections on telehealth and the transdisciplinary framework with a focus on agriculture. These initiatives aim to systematically extend the reach and depth of agriculture, public safety, telehealth, smart cities, and rural development using a transdisciplinary approach that integrate ecosystems, networks, and governance functions. His current interests include comprehensive transdisciplinary frameworks, 5G and future networks, digital transformation, smart communities, and related ecosystems.

Focused area(s): INGR (International Network Generations Roadmap)

Hongyang Chen, PhD

Hongyang Chen (M’08-SM’16) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2011. From 2011 to 2020, he was a Researcher with Fujitsu Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a Senior Research Expert with Zhejiang Lab, China. He has authored or coauthored 100+ refereed journal and conference papers in the IEEE TSP, JSAC, TMC, WWWJ, TIFS, TCOM and has been granted 20+ PCT patents. His research interests include data-driven intelligent systems, graph machine learning, big data mining, and intelligent computing. He was the Editor of the IEEE Journals and a Symposium Chair or Special Session Organizer for some flagship conferences. He was a leading Guest Editor of the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED TOPICS OF SIGNAL PROCESSING on tensor decomposition. Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the IEEE INTERNET OF THINGS JOURNAL. He has been selected as the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communication Society from 2021 to 2022. He is an adjunct professor with Hangzhou Institute for Advanced Study, The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.

Focused Area(s): Blockchain-based task offloading for edge computing.

Bharat Rawal, PhD

 Dr Bharat S. Rawal is a full  Professor & Chair of Computer Science at Capitol Technology  University, USA. His research focuses on network security, cloud computing and security, blockchain, Big Data and analytical modeling, smart grid, and health informatics for the development of next-generation cyber defense and operation technologies. He has published peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and journal publications, and has two patents. He is a member of (ACM, IEEE, IET, etc.). He received his D.Sc degree in IT from Towson University Maryland.

Previous Faculty Positions: Associate Professor at Gannon University, Pennsylvania State University, Duke University,

Industry Served: Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Bashundhara Pharmaceutical Ltd. Coracias Advance Technologies LLC.
Roles he served in industry: Chairman, President, CEO, and Director of Marketing.

His Research and LinkedIn

Focused Area(s): Security