5G+AI: The Ingredients Fueling Tomorrow’s Technology Innovations
Date / Time: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsored By
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading

Dr. John Smee, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm

Dr. Jilei Hou, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm

5G and AI are two of the most disruptive technologies the world has seen in decades. While each is individually revolutionizing industries and enabling new experiences, the combination of both 5G and AI is going to be truly transformative. Applying AI not only to the 5G network but also the device will lead to more efficient wireless communications, longer battery life and enhanced user experiences. The low latency and high capacity of 5G will also allow AI processing to be distributed amongst the device, edge cloud and central cloud, enabling flexible system solutions for a variety of use cases. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are not only working on cutting-edge research for 5G and AI, but we are also exploring their synergies to realize our vision of the future.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how:

  • AI is making 5G better -- in the network and on the device
  • On-device AI processing is essential, and even more so in the 5G era
  • 5G is empowering a new computing paradigm: distributed learning over wireless


James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
James leads Heavy Reading's OSS/BSS research service. He examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. James's areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, policy management, revenue assurance, service assurance, analytics and business intelligence. He is particularly interested in the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, James worked for more than 15 years as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for various investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a management consultant in industry.

James holds a BSc and MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England.

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Dr. John Smee, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm
Dr. John E. Smee is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Inc., where he is the 5G R&D lead responsible for overseeing all 5G research projects including end-end systems design and advanced RF/HW/SW prototype implementations in Qualcomm’s wireless research and development group. He joined Qualcomm in 2000, holds over 100 U.S. Patents, and has been involved in the design, innovation, and productization of wireless communications systems such as 5G NR, 4G LTE, 3G CDMA, and IEEE 802.11. He also leads Qualcomm’s companywide academic collaboration program across technologies including wireless, semiconductor, multimedia, security, and machine learning. John was chosen to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering program and received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and also holds an M.A. from Princeton and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from Queen's University.

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Dr. Jilei Hou, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm
Dr. Jilei Hou is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) and currently the Head of Qualcomm AI Research Program at Qualcomm Research, a division of QTI. Jilei obtained his Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego and joined Qualcomm in 2003. He made substantial contributions in technology innovation, standardization, and product commercialization across wireless 3G/4G/5G standards. In 2011, he moved to Beijing and became the Head of Qualcomm Research China. In this role, he developed the China R&D team into a local research powerhouse, which initiated 5G research and ground robotics programs that benefit Qualcomm business interests in the Greater China region. In 2017, he moved back to San Diego and currently leads the AI Research Program at Qualcomm Research. He is responsible for building the machine learning research infrastructure, driving technical innovations for next-gen hardware and software platforms, and leading forward looking research to benefit technology verticals. He is an IEEE Senior Member and participated in several Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposia organized by US and/or China National Academies of Engineering.

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Jim Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies
Jim Misener leads automotive standards activities for Qualcomm. In this role, he participates externally in many standards forums, including as immediate past Chair and current Vice Chair of the SAE DSRC Technical Committee and participation as US ISO TC204 expert and with IEEE 1609 and LTE technologies 3GPP. Recently, he was instrumental in founding and is on the board of the 5G Automotive Association, with other founding members Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel and Nokia. This year, Jim founded a new SAE standards committee, the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee. As part of his daily activities, he also provides broad internal consultation and support with automotive and transportation matters on emerging technologies, standards, deployment and spectrum issues. He was an early pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, beginning in the mid 1990s. He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton and an independent consultant with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups, the automotive industry and Federal and State government agencies.

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Durga Prasad Malladi, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies
Durga Prasad Malladi joined Qualcomm in 1998 as an engineer. Over the past 19 years, he has worked on 3G and 4G systems and was the Project Engineer of 4G LTE-Advanced in Qualcomm Research from 2008 until 2015, responsible for design, standardization, prototype implementation, pre-commercial operator trials and inter-operability tests with vendors. Currently, he oversees the 5G and 4G cellular projects in Qualcomm Research, spanning Mobile Broadband Communications, Millimeter Wave based Backhaul and Access systems, Shared Spectrum Access, Internet of Things (IoT), Mission Critical Services and Cellular Vehicular Communications (C-V2X). In addition, he heads the Systems Engineering department in Qualcomm Research. He is the recipient of Qualcomm's IP Excellence Award, Qualcomm Distinguished Contributor Award for Project Leadership and Upendra Patel Achievement Awards for Outstanding Contributions to HSPA and LTE.

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Jovan Zagajac, Connected Vehicle Technology Manager, Ford Motor Company

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