Title: Machine Learning for Wireless Networks: Opportunities and Challenges
Speaker: Prof. Walid Saad, Virginia Tech, USA

Walid Saad (S’07, M’10, SM’15, F’19) received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS) laboratory. His research interests include wireless networks, machine learning, game theory, security, unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber-physical systems, and network science. Dr. Saad is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is also the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013, the AFOSR summer faculty fellowship in 2014, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of eight conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, EuCNC in 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM in 2018, and IFIP NTMS in 2019. He is the recipient of the 2015. Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc
Best Young Professional in Academia award, and of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio
Communications Committee Early Achievement Award. From 2015-2017, Dr. Saad was named the Stephen O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech and, in 2017, he was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. He received the Dean’s award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2019. He currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. He is an Editor-at-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Title: Enabling Learning in Software Defined Networks
Speaker: Kate Ching-Ju Lin, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Kate Ching-Ju Lin is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at National Chiao Tung University, HsinChu, Taiwan. She is currently the director of the Institute of Network Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, HsinChu, Taiwan. Her current research interests include wireless systems, software-defined networking, visible light communications, and internet of things. She has also served as PC members in many international conferences, including ACM SIGCOMM, ACM MOBICOM, USENIX NSDI, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICNP, etc. She is a recipient of the Intel Distinguished Collaborative Research Award. Dr. Lin is an ACM member and IEEE senior member.