Industry Panel


Dr. Fernando Álvarez
University of Extremadura, Spain

Dr. Fernando J. Álvarez is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation at the University of Extremadura (Spain), where he leads the Sensory Systems Research Group. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Physics, a MSc degree in Signal Theory and Communications and a PhD in Electronic Engineering. His current research is focused on the design of Acoustic Local Positioning Systems (ALPS).


Dr. Wilfred E. Booij
Sonitor Technologies, Norway

Dr. Booij joined Sonitor Technologies, a leading indoor positioning technology company, in 2006 as Chief Technology Officer. Since that time, he has led R&D for all Sonitor products, including Sonitor Sense™, the Company's latest generation platform and industry leading positioning technology, from concept to a robust, industrialized product. Prior to Sonitor, Dr. Booij was a Senior Scientist at the Microsystems and Nanotechnology lab at SINTEF, Norway's leading industrial R&D organization, and was a senior engineer at Hewlett-Packard (later Agilent Technologies) in the UK. Dr. Booij holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK, where he pioneered nano-scale superconducting quantum electronics.

Nayeem Hoq
FAA Airport Engineering Division, USA

Nayeem Hoq has over 25 years of Electrical Engineering experience in industry and government. Currently, he is a Senior Electrical Engineer with FAA. Nayeem is the lead for the indoor navigation research project to find solutions to mitigate the challenges faced by blind and visually impaired passengers at airport terminals. Nayeem has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California. Nayeem was a member of staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is member of Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. He is a member of IEEE.

Linus Thrybom
ABB Corporate Research, Sweden

Linus Thrybom is R&D manager of the Industrial IoT team at ABB Corporate Research, Sweden. He joined ABB Corporate Research in 2008, where he has been working as Principal Scientist and project leader in the area of industrial communication, including e.g. 5G, time critical Ethernet, IEC 61850, WAN, time synchronization, and positioning. Linus has authored or co-authored several publications and IP filings. He recently led the 5GPPP Whitepaper on Energy & 5G. Between 1998 and 2008 he worked as project leader at Bombardier Transportation on train communication and control systems, between 1992 and 1997 he worked at ABB Industrial Systems as HW/SW design engineer of embedded systems and communication devices, and he has thus +20 years of R&D experience in this domain. Linus received his MSc degree in Computer Science in 1991 from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Pawel Wilk
Samsung Electronics R&D Center, Poland

Pawel Wilk is an experienced senior software engineer who managed a number of software development projects in the cooperation with European and Asian R&Ds. In Samsung R&D since 2009, involved in Indoor Location Services development since 2012. Regularly participates and publishes on IPIN conferences. Represented Samsung team in the indoor positioning competition in 2015 in Banff. Took part in the symposium: Challenges of Fingerprinting in Indoor Positioning and Navigation, Barcelona, May 3-4, 2016. He is a appointed to represent Samsung Electronics as an expert engineer on the World Custom Organization sessions.

Mickael Viot
Decawave Vice President of Marketing, Ireland

Mickael is a 15 year veteran of the high-tech industry. Mickael has extensive experience in complex technical customer offers in the telecommunication and semiconductor domains, including project management, business development, strategic marketing and customer relationship building. Prior to joining DecaWave, Mickael worked as Medical Segment Manager at Freescale. Mickael holds a EE MSc degree specializing in Embeded Systems from the Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieur en Génie Electrique in Rouen, France and is currently completing an Executive MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit in Dublin, Ireland.

Pascal Fabré
Bespoon, France

Pascal Fabre is the CTO and co-founder of BeSpoon, a fabless company offering a single chip solution and several 3D localization systems based on UWB technology. Pascal works 15 years in mobile phone industry with Philips, Sensei, Purple Labs/Myriad Group, He had the opportunity to take over the hardware team and large project developments. He holds a MSc degree in Microwave Electronics from ESIEE, France (École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Électronique et Électrotechnique).

Dr. Lauri Wirola
HERE Tampere, Finland

Dr. Tech. Lauri Wirola received both his Master of Science and Doctor of Technology degrees from Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. He majored in physics and minored in mathematics and industrial economics. Dr. Wirola has worked with various positioning products over the last 10 years ranging from Assisted GNSS services to cellular and wifi-based outdoor-indoor solutions. He has published widely on especially Assisted GNSS-related technologies and holds tens of patents in the area. Currently Dr. Wirola works as Product Manager for HERE Indoor Positioning solutions.