IEEE International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking
6–9 June 2022 // Sofia, Bulgaria


Keynote speaker 1 (June 7, 2022)

Dr. Anand R. Prasad

Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber LLC


Dr. Anand R. Prasad is a global executive for information- and cyber-security who has delivered security solutions for 5G, 4G, network virtualization, SOC, WiFi, devices, enterprise & GRC processes for secure connectivity towards a safer society. Anand has globally propagated the concept of security as the business driver with security being holistic as well as inherent to a system while considering business and architectural implications. Anand is Partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu Cyber (DTCY) for connectivity security & Board of Director at Digital Nasional Berhad. Prior to which he was Founder & CEO of “wenovator LLC”, acquired by DTCY, a global provider of cybersecurity services with clients across the telecom industry. He was also a Senior Security Advisor of NTT DOCOMO, providing advice on all aspects of cybersecurity, Advisor to CTIF, and Advisor to GuardRails. Anand was Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Board Member / Executive Officer, of Rakuten Mobile, the world’s leading MNO with the very first cloud-native 4G / 5G network implementation. As CISO of Rakuten Mobile Anand led all aspects of enterprise and mobile network security from design, deployment to operations. With over 25 years of experience, Anand has also held key roles in NEC, Genista, Lucent Technologies, and Uniden. He is an innovator with over 50 patents, a recognized keynote speaker (RSA, GWS, MWC, ICT, etc.), and a prolific writer with 6 books and over 50 peer-reviewed publications. Anand was the Chairman of 3GPP SA3 where, among others, he led the standardization of 5G security. He was governing council member of TSDSI, is governing body member of GISFI, Fellow of IET, Fellow of IETE, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Anand is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of ICT Standardization and Co-Founder as well as Co-Editor of the Cybersecurity Magazine. He did his ir (MScEE) and Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Keynote speaker 2 (June 8, 2022)

Dr. Ramesh Rao

University of California San Diego


Dr. Ramesh Rao has been a faculty member at UC San Diego since 1984, and Director of the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD since 2001. He holds the Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technologies in UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, and is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Prior to QI, he served as the Director of UCSD’s Center for Wireless Communications. Dr. Rao is involved with a wide variety of research initiatives. He leads several major interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and has been a Principal Investigator on dozens of federal-, state-, foundation- and industry-funded grants. Dr. Rao is an IEEE Fellow and Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. He is a Member of the Board of Connect, CENIC, the Academy of Neurosciences for Architecture, a Member of Rady Children’s Board IT Task Force, and is President of the San Diego Indian American Society. Dr. Rao earned his Electrical Engineering Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1984 and his M.S. there in 1982. He earned his Bachelor’s in 1980 from the University of Madras. Dr. Rao received the distinguished alumnus award from the National Institute of Technology in 2010, the ECE Distinguished alumni award from the University of Maryland in 2012, the Professional Gordon Engineering Leadership Award in 2010, and the 2011 Casa Familiar Abrazo Award for engagement with underprivileged areas of San Diego.

Keynote speaker 3 (June 9, 2022)

Dr. Frank  H. P. Fitzek

Technical University of Dresden, Germany


Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and head of the “Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks” at TU Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany. He is the spokesman of the DFG Cluster of Excellence CeTI. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor. He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation prize. In 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree “Doctor Honoris Causa” from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and 5G communication networks, network coding, cloud computing, compressed sensing, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.


6G-life: Metaverse with Touch


The talk will derive the evolution of communication towards the Metaverse. Furthermore, the talk will advocate the need of touch for the Metaverse in order to engage with new and professional services.