Keynote Speaker – Prof. Lajos Hanzo

Harnessing Quantum-Computing & Signal Processing in Wireless Communications


Prof. Lajos Hanzo
IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both the Communications Society and the Vehicular Society
University of Southampton, UK

Lajos Hanzo received his Masters degree in electronics in 1976 and his Doctorate in 1983 from the Technical University of Budapest. In 2010 he was awarded the university’s highest honour, namely the Honorary Doctorate "Doctor Honaris Causa". Since 1986 he has been with the University of Southampton, UK and in 2004 he was awarded the Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degree. During his 36-year career in telecommunications he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been a member of academic staff in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he currently holds the Chair in Telecommunications and he is head of the Communications Research Area. He is also a Chaired Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Lajos Hanzo has co-authored 20 John Wiley/IEEE Press books totalling about 10 000 pages on mobile radio communications, and published 1200+ research papers and book chapters at IEEE Xplore. He has also organised and chaired major IEEE conferences, such as WCNC’2006, WCNC’2009, VTC'2011, presented Tutorial/overview lectures at international conferences. He presented a number of named lectures and keynotes.

Lajos is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both the Communications Society and the Vehicular Society as well as a Fellow of both the IEEE and the IEE/IET, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He is acting as a Governor of the IEEE VTS as well as of ComSoc. Lajos is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press. He has been awarded a number of distinctions, most recently the IEEE Wireless Technical Committee Achievement Award (2007), the IET Sir Monti Finniston Achievement Award across all disciplines of engineering (2008) and an Honorary Doctorate of the Technical University of Budapest (2010). His most recent paper awards are: WCNC'2007 in Hong Kong, ICC’2009 Dresden and ICC’2010 Cape Town.

Currently he heads an academic research team working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications aiming for flawless telepresence, supported by rich three-dimensional audio/video communications. His research is sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European IST Programme and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE), UK. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and he offers a range of industrial courses. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to and


Since Marconi demonstrated the feasibility of radio transmissions, researchers have endeavored to fulfill the dream of flawless wireless multimedia telecommunications, creating the impression of tele-presence - at the touch of a dialing key...However, making this dream a reality required ‘quantum’ leaps both in digital signal processing and in its nano-electronics based implementation, facilitated by advances in science both in Edinburgh and farther afield. This process has been fuelled by a huge consumer market. Moore’s laws has indeed prevailed since he outlined his empirical rule-of-thumb in 1965, but based on this the scale of integration is set to de-part from classical physics obeying the well-understood rules revealed by science and enter into a new world, where the traveler has to obey the sometimes strange new rules of the quantum-world. The quest for quantum-domain communication solutions was inspired by Feynman’s revolutionary idea in 1985: particles such as photons or electrons might be relied upon for encoding, processing and delivering information. During the last three decades researchers and engineers often considered a pair of open problems. Firstly, classic systems relying on the efficient processing capability of quantum-search algorithms were considered in the area of quantum-assisted communications, while the branch of quantum-domain communications relies on quantum channels. In wireless communications we often encounter large-scale search problems, some of which may be efficiently solved with the aid of bio-inspired random guided algorithms or quantum-search techniques. For example, Grover’s algorithm is capable of searching through an N-element data-base with the aid of √Nψcost-function evaluations. Commencing with a brief historical perspective, a variety of efficient quantum-assisted solutions will be exemplified.