IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference
26–29 March 2023 // Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Wireless Communications for Social Innovation

Women In Smart Communications Event

Women in Smart Communications (WiSC) Event

28 March 2023 (14:00 - 17:30)

Room: Lomond Auditorium

This WiSC workshop will include a series of Technical Talks delivered by female speakers from Academia and Industry whose expertise fall in the broad area of smart wireless communications networks.

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The event will also host a women empowerment Panel Discussion on

Women in Technology: Breaking the Barriers through Social Innovation",

the panel will discuss how to turn career barriers into a success.

  1. WiSC Technical Talks – Time: 14:00 – 16:30 (coffee break 15:30-16:00)
  2. WiSC Panel Discussion – Time: 16:30 – 17:30

WiSC Invited Speakers and Panelists

Toktam MahmoodiProf. Toktam Mahmoodi

King’s College London, UK

Talk Title: Networks for AI and AI for Networks in Future Communication Systems

Biography: Toktam Mahmoodi [S’06, M’09, SM’16] is a Professor of Communication Engineering and Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR) in King’s College London. Previously, she was visiting research scientist at F5 Networks, research associate in Imperial College London, Mobile VCE researcher, and telecom R&D engineer. Toktam is and has been involved in number of European FP7 and H2020 projects on 5G mobile networks, vehicular communications, and Software-defined Networking. Her research focuses on the areas of mobile and cloud networking, and includes ultra-low latency networking, network virtualization, mobility management, network modelling and optimization. She has contributed to the ETSI, IETF and 3GPP standards, and has played an active role within 5GPPP in defining 5G vision for vertical industries. She has also served on number of editorial boards, and the roles include the executive editor of Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, series guest editor of JSAC series on network softwarization, area editor of IEEE Communications Standard Magazine on management & orchestration, and editor of IEEE communication letters. Toktam served as general chair of ICT 2021, and has been technical committee chair and member of various IEEE ComSoc conferences.

Hina TabassumDr. Hina Tabassum

York University, Canada

Talk Title: Towards AI-enabled Multi-band Communications in 6G: Performance and Open Challenges 

Biography: Dr. Hina Tabassum is an Assistant Professor at the in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Canada. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada. She received her PhD degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in 2013. She has been listed in the Stanford's list of the world's top 2% researchers in 2021 and has been recognized as N2Women: Rising Stars in Computer Networking and Communications in 2022. She is the founding chair of a special interest group on THz communications in IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) - Radio Communications Committee (RCC). She is a Senior member of IEEE and registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada. She has published over 70 technical articles in well-reputed IEEE journals, magazines, and conferences. Her publications thus far have garnered 4700+ citations with an h-index of 31 (according to Google Scholar).  Currently, she is serving as an Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society. Her research interests include stochastic modeling and machine learning driven optimization of energy-efficient vehicular and aerial wireless networks enabled with millimeter (5G) and terahertz (6G) communication networks. 

Carol MarshDr. Carol Marsh OBE, Celestia, UK

Talk Title: Tracking the Future

Biography: Carol is Head of Digital Systems at Celestia UK, a Senior member of the IEEE, a Trustee and Vice President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Chair of the IET Volunteer Engagement Board and Engineering Policy Group Scotland and a Royal Academy Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University. She has worked in the field of electronics for almost 40 years, specialising in Field Programmable Gate Arrays.  Alongside receiving the degree of Doctor of Engineering in System Level Integration from the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt and an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Edinburgh Napier University, Carol has won several technology and diversity awards and was awarded an OBE in 2020 for services to diversity and inclusion.

Lina BariahDr. Lina Bariah, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), UAE

Title: A Vision on Digital Twin-enabled Wireless Networks

Biography: Dr. Lina Bariah received the Ph.D. Degree in communications engineering from Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, in 2018. She is currently a Senior Researcher with the Technology Innovation Institute, and a Visiting Research Scientist at Khalifa University. She was a Visiting Researcher with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and an Affiliate Research Fellow with the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, U.K. She was a Research Scientist with the KU Center for Cyber-Physical Systems. Dr. Bariah is a Senior Member of the IEEE, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and IEEE Women in Engineering. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE COMMUNICATION LETTERS, and the IEEE OPEN JOURNAL OF THE COMMUNICATIONS SOCIETY.

Leila MusavianProf. Leila Musavian, University of Essex, UK

Talk Title: Challenges and benefits of OAM towards 6G

Biography: Prof. Leila Musavian received her PhD degree in Telecommunications from Kings College London, UK. She is currently working as a professor of Wireless Communications at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. Prior to that, she was Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Essex and also a Reader in Telecommunications at CSEE, University of Essex and a Senior Lecturer/Lecturer at InfoLab21, Lancaster University. She has also worked at McGill University (Canada), Loughborough University, UK and at INRS-EMT, Canada. She has been the Deputy Director of Research of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. Her research interests lie in Radio Resource Management for Low latency communications, 6G, Energy Harvesting and SWIPT, Semantic Communications, Security, Green Communication and cross-layer design for delay QoS provisioning. She is currently Editor for IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SURVEYS & TUTORIALS and has been an Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS.

Megha QuamaraDr. Megha Quamara, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), France

Talk Title: Towards Safety and Security Co-engineering for Critical Systems: Why and How?

Biography: Megha Quamara has recently finished her Ph.D. from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA Paris-Saclay) in collaboration with the Computer Science Research Institute of Toulouse (IRIT), France. She received her Master of Technology (M. Tech.) degree, specializing in Cyber Security, from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, India, in 2018 and was awarded the gold medal for being the best-graduating student throughout the course. She received her Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET), Kurukshetra University, India, in 2015, with a first division with honour. Her research interests include dependable systems engineering, autonomous systems, Internet of Things (IoT) security, and safe AI. She has co-authored 16 research articles and two books on international platforms of high repute. She is also a member-at-large of the IEEE Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) committee.

WiSC Chairs

Lina Mohjazi, University of Glasgow, UK, (

Nagham Saeed, University of West London, UK (

Mona Jaber, Queen Mary University of London, UK (

This workshop is co-organised by the IEEE Women in Engineering UK&I, IEEE ComSoc UK&I, and IEEE WICE.

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