Ericsson Research Day in Turkey

November 5th 2019, Istanbul

Get ready for the technologies of the future!

Nov 05, 2019 08:30
to 18:00  (local time)
Hilton Istanbul Maslak Hotel, Büyükdere Cd. No:233, Sarıyer, Istanbul

Would you like to hear about the ICT technology forces of the next decade? Would you like to participate in the discussions about connectivity of the future, intelligent fully automated networks, industrial digitalisation, and how to create trustworthy systems?

In 2018, Ericsson initiated research operations in Turkey, by opening the 11th global Research Lab, to research and standardize future communication technologies. Now, one year later, we are honoured to invite you to the first ‘Ericsson Research Day’ in Turkey, which brings together academia, operators, SMEs and Ericsson Research executives to disseminate and discuss cutting-edge research topics and recent research findings. This exciting event covers:

  • Operator pain-points and research interests
  • Technical forefront news from academia and Ericsson
  • Technology discussions to feed ecosystem cooperation opportunities

The event will host many prominent speakers and provide you several interesting technology sessions, with participation from Ericsson Researchers, Academia, Operators, SMEs and Governmental bodies. In the morning session, speakers will outline an outlook of current ICT technology trends and future research needs. In the afternoon, you will be able to actively participate one of the below technology tracks:

  • 5G Evolution and Beyond
  • Zero Touch Automation
  • Industrial IoT
  • Security and Trustworthiness

Ericsson Research is looking forward to meeting with you in Istanbul, on 5th of November 2019.


Time Activity
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:10 Opening Speech | Dr. hc Henrik Almeida, Head of Ericsson Research Turkey
09:10 - 09:20 Ericsson Turkey’s investments in Research | Işıl Yalçın, General Manager, Ericsson Turkey 
09:20 - 09:30 Swedish Innovation for Turkey | Peter Ericson, Consul General at Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul
09:30 - 09:40 A stakeholder's view on Industrial Research in Turkey | Mehmet Aslan, Director of TEYDEB, TÜBİTAK
09:40 - 10:00 Mehmet Fatih Kacır, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Technology
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee Break
10:20 - 10:40 Ericsson Research | Dr. Magnus Frodigh, Head of Ericsson Research
10:40 - 10:50 Research Area Security - Building trustworthiness in 5G | Dr. Eva Fogelström, Director Security, Ericsson Research
10:50 - 11:00 Research Area Networks - Trends and Challenges | Dr. Mikael Prytz, Director Networks, Ericsson Research
11:00 - 11:30 Technology Trends and Operator Research Interests | Gülay Yardım, Turkcell Head of Radio Network and 5G R&D
11:30 - 12:15 Keynote: Wireless Network Intelligence at the Edge | Assoc. Prof. Mehdi Bennis, University of Oulu, Finland
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch 
13:15 - 14:45 Technology session # 1
  Track 1: 5G Evolution and Beyond Track 2: Zero Touch Automation Track 3: Industrial  IoT - Manufacturing Track 4: Security and Trustworthiness
13:15 - 13:45 Dr. Mikael Höök,
Research Director, Research Area Radio, Ericsson Research
Dr. Aneta Vulgarakis,
Research Leader, AI Cognitive Automation Lab, Ericsson Research
Anna Larmo,
Principal Researcher, Radio Network Architecture and Protocols, Ericsson Research
Prof. Ben Smeets,
Lund University and Senior Expert Security, Ericsson Research
13:45 - 14:15 Assoc. Prof. Ertuğrul Başar,
Koç University
Prof. Özgür Erçetin,
Sabancı University
Asst. Prof. Mehmet Karaca,
TED University
Prof. V. Çağrı Güngör,
Abdullah Gul University
Prof. Albert Levi,
Sabancı University
14:15 - 14:45 Moderated Discussion Moderated Discussion Moderated Discussion Moderated Discussion
14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 16:30 Technology session # 2
  Track 1: 5G Evolution and Beyond Track 2: Zero Touch Automation Track 3: Industrial  IoT - Manufacturing Track 4: Security and Trustworthiness
15:00 - 15:30 Dr. Mikael Höök,
Research Director, Research Area Radio, Ericsson Research
Dr. Aneta Vulgarakis,
Research Leader, AI Cognitive Automation Lab, Ericsson Research
Anna Larmo, Principal Researcher, Radio Network Architecture and Protocols, Ericsson Research Prof. Ben Smeets,
Lund University and Senior Expert Security, Ericsson Research
15:30 - 16:00 Assoc. Prof. Ertuğrul Başar,
Koç University
Prof. Özgür Erçetin,
Sabancı University
Asst. Prof. Mehmet Karaca,
TED University
Prof. V. Çağrı Güngör,
Abdullah Gul University
Prof. Albert Levi,
Sabancı University
16:00 - 16:30 Moderated Discussion Moderated Discussion Moderated Discussion Moderated Discussion
16:30 - 16:45 Ericsson Research Day in Turkey Wrap-up 
16:45 - 18:00 Networking & Mingle with some snacks and beverage

* The agenda is subject to change.

Keynote speaker

Assoc. Prof. Mehdi Bennis

Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Centre for Wireless Communication (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland

Mehdi Bennis is an associate professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received his M.Sc. degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and the Eurecom Institute, France in 2002. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering December 2009 on spectrum sharing for future mobile cellular systems. His main research interests are in radio resource management, heterogeneous networks, game theory and machine learning. He has published more than 100 research papers in international conferences, journals, book chapters and patents. Dr Bennis gave a dozen of tutorials at IEEE flagship conferences. He was also the recipient of several prizes including the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC), the 2016 IEEE COMSOC Best Tutorial Prize, the 2017 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (JWCN), and recently the best paper Award at EUCNC 2017.


Magnus Frodigh

Dr. Magnus Frodigh

Head of Ericsson Research

Dr. Magnus Frodigh has been Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research since 2018. Dr. Frodigh was Research Area Director for Network Architecture and Protocols at Ericsson Research from 2007 to 2018 with responsibility for driving long-term technology leadership research in the areas of network architecture and protocols comprising radio, transport and core networks, including network management.

Eva Fogelström

Dr. Eva Fogelström

Director Security, Ericsson Research

Eva Fogelström is Director of Security Research in Ericsson Research, focusing on security topics to build trustworthiness in communication networks. Eva holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, both from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Eva has been with Ericsson since 1997, working in the fields of security, mobility and standardization.

Anna Larmo

Anna Larmo

Principal Researcher, Radio Network Architecture and Protocols, Ericsson Research

Anna Larmo is a Principal Researcher at Ericsson Research, Finland, currently leading the Ericsson Research cross functional activities in the area of manufacturing and industrial IoT. In addition to the 3GPP radio technologies, she has also worked on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi standardization. Other research interests include simulators and software, as well as, inventions and innovation.

Aneta Vulgarakis

Dr. Aneta Vulgarakis

Research Leader, AI Cognitive Automation Lab, Ericsson Research

Dr. Aneta Vulgarakis Feljan is a Research Leader in Artificial Intelligence at Ericsson Research. She is specialized in software architectures, knowledge representation and reasoning, automated planning, behavioral modeling and analysis, and application of these to cyber-physical systems, IoT and service automation. Aneta is the co-author of 35+ refereed publications on software engineering topics, and a co-inventor of 30+ patent families.  Her paper “A Component Model for Control-Intensive Distributed Embedded Systems” has been awarded the ICSA 2018 Most Influential Paper Award. She is a Program Committee member and referee for several international conferences and journals. Before joining Ericsson Research, Aneta was a scientist at ABB Corporate Research. Her PhD in Computer Science from Mälardalen University focused on component-based modelling and formal analysis of real-time embedded systems.

Mikael Höök

Dr. Mikael Höök

Research Director, Research Area Radio, Ericsson Research

Mikael Höök joined Ericsson in 1994 and has held various positions targeting the research and standardization of 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G. He is currently Research Area Director for Radio-research within Ericsson Research and based in Kista, Stockholm. The responsibility covers research on air-interface design, advanced signal processing, multi-antenna systems, radio network performance and propagation. Results are fed into standardization, regulation and product development. The work addresses 5G technologies, LTE evolution and wireless backhaul.

Ben Smeets

Prof. Ben Smeets

Lund University and Senior Expert Security, Ericsson Research

Ben Smeets is a senior expert at Ericsson where he started 20 years ago to work with security in mobile phones but shifted to work with security technologies for mobile networks. He has a background in Cryptography and Information theory and still holds a chair at Lund University in Sweden. Currently he is deeply involved in solutions for trustworthy computing for networks.

Mehmet Karaca

Asst. Prof. Mehmet Karaca

TED University, Ankara

Mehmet Karaca received the B.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. During his Ph.D., he was intern/visiting researcher at Deutsche Telekom, Berlin, Germany and The Ohio State University, US. After completing his Ph.D. studies, he worked as System Engineer at AirTies Wireless Networks, Istanbul for two years. Between 2015 and 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lund University, Sweden and then, he joined Ericsson in Lund as System Developer working on Massive and Multi-user MIMO systems. He is currently as Assistant Professor at TED University, Ankara. His research focuses on performance analysis, protocol design, resource management, and optimization for communication networking.

Ertuğrul Başar

Assoc. Professor Ertuğrul Başar

Koç University, İstanbul

Ertugrul Basar received the B.S. degree from Istanbul University, Turkey, in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey and the director of Communications Research and Innovation Laboratory (CoreLab). His primary research interests include MIMO systems, index modulation, intelligent surfaces, waveform design, visible light communications, and signal processing for communications. Recent recognition of his research includes the Science Academy (Turkey) Young Scientists (BAGEP) Award in 2018, Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Encouragement Award in 2018, Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist (TUBA-GEBIP) Award in 2017, and the first-ever IEEE Turkey Research Encouragement Award in 2017.

Özgür Erçetin

Prof. Özgür Erçetin

Sabancı University, İstanbul

Prof. Ercetin has over 20 years of experience in networking with a wide-ranging research expertise from modeling and stochastic analysis to developing network protocols for WiFi and satellite communication networks. He has published over 100 articles and conference proceedings and supervised theses of more than 20 graduate students. He was the coordinator and participant of several European Commission projects in FP6 and H2020, as well as principal investigator of numerous Tubitak and industrial projects. He is a faculty member at Sabanci University since 2002, and held visiting positions at HRL Labs, DocomoLabs, The Ohio State University, Carleton University and University of Quebec a Montreal.

Vehbi Çağrı Güngör

Prof. Vehbi Çağrı Güngör

Abdullah Gul University, Kayseri

Prof. Vehbi Çağrı Güngör received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from ODTU, Ankara, Turkey, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007. Currently, he is a Full Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering Department, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Kayseri, Turkey. He is also the founder of Akademi ARGE, a start-up company focusing on mobile comunications, Internet of things, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Gungor has authored more than 90 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, and has been serving as an editor in prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). He is also the recipient of the TUBITAK Young Scientist Award in 2017, BAGEP Young Scientist Award in 2016, Science Heroes Young Scientist Award in 2015, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2013, the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics Best Paper Award in 2012, the European Union FP7 Marie Curie IRG Award in 2009.

Dr. Mikael Prytz

Dr Mikael Prytz is the director of the Networks research area at Ericsson Research, focusing on 5G and beyond mobile network architectures, protocols, and concepts for radio, core, and fronthaul transport, and on programmable networks and network automation. He has 20 years of experience in fixed and mobile communications research and engineering from Ericsson’s research and services units, as well as from international research programs, including EU projects Ambient Networks, E3, and QUASAR. He holds a Ph.D. in optimization and systems theory from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an MS in operations research from Stanford University in Palo Alto, in the US.

Albert Levi

Prof. Albert Levi

Albert Levi is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering in Sabanci University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey. He received Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1999. Previously, he served as a visiting faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oregon State University and as a visiting professor in the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University. His research interests include computer and network security with emphasis on mobile and wireless system security, public key infrastructures (PKI), privacy, and application layer security protocols. Dr. Levi has served in the program committees of various international conferences. He also served as general and program co-chair of ISCIS 2006, general chair of SecureComm 2008, technical program co-chair of NTMS 2009, publicity chair of GameSec 2010 and program co-chair of ISCIS 2011. He is editorial board member of The Computer Journal published by Oxford University Press and Computer Networks published by Elsevier.

Mehmet Fatih Kacır

Mehmet Fatih Kacır

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Technology

Gülay Yardım

Gülay Yardım

Turkcell Head of Radio Network and 5G R&D


Henrik Almeida

Dr. h.c. Henrik Almeida

Henrik Almeida, joined Ericsson in 1990 and Ericsson Research in 1998, where he has held managerial positions over the last 20 years. In late 70-ties and early 80-ties, he studied mathematics and physics, at the Royal Institute of Technology and the University of Stockholm. In 2010 he received his technical honorary doctorate from Lund University, for research achievements in broadband access technologies, performed in collaboration with academia. Initially driving the evolution of fixed broadband access, including VDSL2, GPON, and Later into wireless systems and new indoor radio solutions, including new fronthaul interfaces and compression technologies, required for the 5G architecture. Presently, on a long-term assignment in Turkey, establishing a new Ericsson Research site, focusing on the long-term evolution of Networks and Security.

Işıl Yalçın

Işıl Yalçın

Işıl Yalçın has more than 20 years experience in telecommunication technologies in Core, Radio and Transmission areas in Russia, Middle East and Africa markets. Prior to assuming her current role as Head of Ericsson Turkey, Isil held a number of senior and executive roles within Ericsson and as Head of Ericsson North East Africa previously, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s activities in Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, North and South Sudan. Işıl Yalçın has been working at Ericsson since 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering and Master of Science degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

Technology sessions

Track 1: 5G Evolution and Beyond

Session 1 & 2

Dr Mikael Höök (Research Director, Research Area Radio, Ericsson Research)

Taking 5G towards 6G
5G was introduced in release 15 of 3GPP in 2018. The 5G New Radio (NR) is now continuing to evolve where the first steps are ongoing in release 16. This talk will give an overview where NR is heading in ongoing and future releases as well as give a few examples of the performance of NR. It will also touch on a few research leads on future wireless systems.


Assoc. Prof. Ertuğrul Başar (Koç University)

Beyond 5G and 6G:A Physical Layer Perspective
The first commercial 5G wireless networks have been already deployed in certain countries while the first 5G compatible handsets are being introduced to the market as of the last quarter of 2019. Although the initial stand-alone 5G standard has been completed during 2018, researchers are relentlessly exploring the potential of emerging technologies for later releases of 5G. The first aim of this talk is to present the current status of 5G wireless networks along with our vision for 6G wireless technologies of 2030. Then we will introduce a number of promising physical layer technologies for beyond 5G, including spatial modulation (SM), orthogonal frequency division multiplexing with index modulation (OFDM-IM), and media-based modulation (MBM), which stand out as prominent members of the index modulation family. We will also present our most recent findings on the concept of reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS)-based transmission, which appears as a new frontier in wireless communications, and discuss potential future research directions.

Track 2: Zero Touch Automation

Session 1 & 2

Dr. Aneta Vulgarakis (Research Leader, AI Cognitive Automation Lab, Ericsson Research)

Zero-touch real-time distributed automation for telecom and beyond
The combination of billions of connected devices, petaflops of computing resources and advanced communication capabilities that enable real-time interactions is leading to the creation of systems on a scale and complexity level that is beyond the ability of humans to fully comprehend and control.  While artificial intelligence (AI) is certain to play a key role in the creation of next generation systems in a wide variety of industry sectors in the near future, it is particularly relevant in rapidly developing industries such as ICT, manufacturing and transportation.
At Ericsson, we are convinced that the development of AI, which encompasses the fields of machine reasoning and machine learning, will enable the development of zero-touch systems. Such systems will be characterized by the fact that they require no human intervention other than high-level declarative and implementation-independent intents. On the road to zero touch both humans and machines will learn from their interactions. This will build trust and enable the machines to adjust to human intention. This talk will cover different use cases of AI-driven zero-touch automation including examples for telecom and other industries.


Prof. Özgür Erçetin (Sabancı University)
Asst. Prof. Mehmet Karaca 
(TED University)

Automation at the edge
Zero-touch automation aims to enable network management that can efficiently address the demands being placed on it by the increasing growth of data, devices and new technologies. Another recent trend in addressing the ever increasing demands is the push of the services to the edges, i.e., edge-computing. In this talk, we will address the recent trends in the intersection of these two promising areas. We will explain briefly potential benefits of and open problems in the areas of orchestrated service delivery with edge computing, content storage and delivery at the edge and data analytics for QoE provision. We will also provide some background on how modern Machine Learning techniques can be used in achieving automation at the edge.

Track 3: Industrial IoT - Manufacturing

Session 1 & 2

Anna Larmo (Principal Researcher, Radio Network Architecture and Protocols, Ericsson Research)

5G for industrial IoT and manufacturing
Industrial automation is one of the verticals that can benefit from 5G wireless connectivity. Deterministic ultra-reliable and low latency communications that 5G delivers enable a new range of use cases through enabling wireless transport for time sensitive networking (TSN). 5G with TSN integration has the potential to accelerate the transformation of industries by replacing cables with wireless connections thus enabling a higher degree of flexibility and efficiency.


Prof. V. Çağrı Güngör (Abdullah Gul University)

Industrial Internet of Things
In today’s highly competitive environment, success rates for start-ups are very low due to intense and technology-based competition. In such an environment, it is very hard to be successful without necessary skills and capabilities to establish and run a start-up. To this end, new discoveries, new technologies, competition, and globalization compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation. The main aim of this talk is to explain research challenges and applications of Internet of Things. Finally, interesting IoT-based systems, that will shape our future, will be described.

Track 4: Security and Trustworthiness

Session 1 & 2

Prof. Ben Smeets (Lund University and Senior Expert Security, Ericsson Research)

Trustworthy 5G cloud by automated security
Realizing trustworthy cloud compute infrastructure for 5G networks and its applications has become a challenge. The 3GPP SBA architecture and the dynamicity in container based network implementations calls for new approaches to secure security. For such implementation we need efficient ways to secure that nodes are trustworthy that is comply to predefined requirements and that identities and storage is secure even if network node functions dynamically come and go based on demands. In this talk we discuss novel hardware and software approaches that aim at giving Ericsson customers the security features that make Ericsson cloud based network products secure and trustworthy.


Prof. Albert Levi (Sabancı University)

Key Distribution and Security in IoT and Emerging Wireless Network Systems
Cryptographic tools are the basic building blocks for providing security and trustworthiness of any networked systems. Especially when used among generic entities, such as IoT devices and sensors, sharing a common cryptographic key in a secure way becomes an important challenge. In this talk, several key distribution solutions that we have proposed for Body Area Networks (BANs), IoT and wireless sensor systems will be discussed. These solutions create a secure and attack resilient key distribution among the nodes that do not know each other a priori. Our solutions for BANs make use of physiological signals of the human body and several biometrics for key distribution. On the other hand, our solutions for IoT and sensor systems make use intelligent predistribution strategies that also provides after-attack remedies. The common characteristics of all of these models is that the nodes become generic until they are installed, which brings manufacturing flexibility, and touch-free key establishment. In this talk, we also discuss non-cryptographic and intelligent IoT attack detection mechanisms as well.


Hilton Istanbul Maslak Hotel

Hilton Istanbul Maslak Hotel

Büyükdere Cd. No:233, Sarıyer, Istanbul

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