The 5G-Xcast project is organising a special session during the IEEE 5G World Forum July 2018 in Santa Clara, California, USA.  This is focused in the “Media and Entertainment” vertical and titled “Disrupting Media and Entertainment in the 5G Era”

There is already a diverse and interesting lineup of Keynote Speakers with further updates on the panel to be announced. Further descriptions can be found below or on the IEEE 5G WF Special Session Page:

More information related to the conference is available here:


Media and entertainment is one of the most disruptive vertical market that has received limited focus in the context of 5G. Mobile network operators are increasingly interested in acquiring media assets, which enables provisioning of new services and act as potentially new revenue streams. The requirements for novel media content formats and means of efficiently delivering them using 5G networks are currently being investigated. Recently, the concept of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) over wireless networks has generated an unprecedented interest from academia and industry. The success of an immersive VR experience hinges on solving a plethora of grand theoretical and practical challenges cutting across multiple disciplines, and industries. Enabling the cost-efficient delivery of such media and entertainment content using 5G networks would be the main focus of this special topical.


Keynote Speakers

Mauricio Aracena, Ericsson

Mauricio Aracena is Media Standardization Manager at Ericsson and he has more than sixteen years’ experience in working with multimedia technologies for the mobile phone industry. He has actively contributed in defining the next generation multimedia standards for 3GPP, ATSC and DVB, recently in the area of High Dynamic Range. Currently, he is the Secretary and Board Member of the Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF); he also co-chairs the Distribution Task Force within the same organization. Mauricio holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.


Diego González Zúñiga, PhD (diekus), Samsung

Dr. Zúñiga is a computer engineer from Costa Rica. He holds a doctorate in Informatics and a master degree in Multimedia from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as a master degree in Information Systems from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology. These studies served as a starting point for his 3D journey, studying stereoscopic Graphical User Interfaces, and more recently VR, where he focused on WebVR and is interested in defining the “semantics of depth”. He currently works for Samsung Research UK, as a Senior Engineer/Web Advocate for the Samsung Internet browser. You can find more information about his projects at


Jyri Huopaniemi, Nokia Technologies

Jyri Huopaniemi is heading Architecture and Technology Strategy at Nokia Technologies / Digital Media. Previously he led the Formats and Platforms team of Digital Media at Nokia Technologies with global responsibility for the OZO Live and OZO Player SDK products. Formerly he has lead Imaging Business at Nokia Technologies and has held the position of Director and Head of Nokia Research Center Media Technologies Laboratory. He has 20 years of experience in developing and productizing breakthrough multimedia technologies, and leading R&D teams and large organizations. He joined Nokia in 1998 and has held several management positions in the fields of multimedia technology, mobile applications and user interfaces and interaction. Jyri received his doctoral degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 1999.



Dr. Athul Prasad
NOKIA Bell Labs

Dr. David Gomez-Barquero
Universitat Politècnica de València

Dr. Mehdi Bennis
University of Oulu
Dr. Belkacem Mouhouche
Samsung Research

Steering Committee

Edgar Auslander

Dr. Mikko A. Uusitalo
NOKIA Bell Labs

Prof. Muriel Medard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Andreas Kunz

Darko Ratkaj
European Broadcasting Union

Dr. Roland Beutler

Dr. Amitav Mukherjee
Verizon Wireless

Matthew Stagg