Webinar on 5G for Health and Wellbeing, 27 October 2021

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Rationale and objectives

Our continuously ageing societies face a major transformative challenge on handling the Chronic Diseases and Doctors’ Low Density. Moreover, new types of diseases, and even the changes in profiles in the types of diseases and care required require a new set of solutions, as healthcare systems get under pressure for handling more patients with lower costs. Communication technologies is an essential element for developing efficient healthcare system for this new age.

It is important that we collect experiences on what is already possible, and what is needed for the future, both for identifying areas where it is required deeper interchange with the health and wellbeing sectors, and for identifying areas where communication technologies need to evolve to provide economically viable solutions to this vertical. In this context Networld Europe jointly with CCSA, organized a webinar, aiming to provide deeper understanding on the present and future needs and requirements of the Health and Wellbeing sectors, sharing the valuable experiences and practices of Europe and China.

See the Event report here




Rui L Aguiar, Chair of the Steering Board of the NetworldEurope European Technology Platform, has been involved in research and strategic research management since 1988, having been involved (in multiple positions) in all European-funded framework programs.   He was involved in the development of the NetworldEurope initiative, and the launch of the 5G-Infrastructure Association PPP, and has led the association before. He has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on 5G in the last years, and has several hundred papers on communication networks and services. He is also the co-chair of the Networks and Multimedia area at Instituto de Telecomunicações, a Portuguese state-associated laboratory, and a Full Professor at Universidade de Aveiro.



Jyrki Huusko, vice-chair of NetworldEurope’s Expert Advisory Group has been involved in telecommunication and network research and research management over 20 years. He is research team leader at VTT Ltd, leading the 5G and Beyond Networks research team focusing especially on mission-critical networks and intelligent network resource management for future wireless and wired networks. He has been with VTT since 1998 in telecommunication research having several different positions in research and research management. Jyrki Huusko has contributed on several EU and national research roadmap and technology foresight whitepaper working groups on mobile network technologies, IoT and media & content distribution, as well as on research program definitions.He is also involved in 5G IA (6G IA) and its working group such as Trials WG where he is acting as a stream champion for smart city related trials.


NetworldEurope is the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services. Communications networks enable interaction between users of various types of equipment, either mobile or fixed. The NetWorldEurope European Technology Platform gathers more than one thousand players in the communications networks sector (industry leaders, innovative SMEs, and leading academic institutions) and aims to strengthen Europe’s leadership in networking technology and services so that it best serves Europe’s citizens and the European economy

China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)

WEN Ku, Vice Chairman of the Board and Secretary-General of China Communications Standardization Association (CCSA), Professor of Engineering. He is entitled to the special government allowance of The State Council. He used to take positions in succession as Deputy Chief Engineer of Posts and Telecommunications Administration, Director of Data Communication Administration of Shandong Province, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Deputy Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Deputy Director General of the Telecommunications Administration, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Information Industry, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, Director General of the Department of Information and Communication Development and News Spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.


Mr. Xinsheng NAN, Deputy Secretary-General of China Communications Standardization Association (CCSA), Professor of Engineering, He has got Doctor’s degree in Business Administration and is entitled to the special government allowance of The State Council.

He used to take positions in succession as Director of Post and Telecommunications Bureau in Rizhao City, Shandong Province, Deputy General Manager of Guoxin Paging Ltd., General Manager of the Planning Department, General Manager of Network Construction Department and General Manager of General Department of China Unicom, and General Manager of China Unicom Liaoning Branch.


Mr. Shizhuo Zhao, Senior Engineer, graduated from Beijing university of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). He took positions in succession as engineer, senior engineer in China Academy of Telecommunications Research and Project Manager in Technology Department in China Communications Standards Association (CCSA). Now, he is the Director in International Standardization Department in CCSA.




China Communications Standards Association (CCSA) is an industry, national, open, and non-profit social organization composed of companies and institutes engaged in ICT standardization activities in China, and is committed to contributing to the development of ICT industry in China. In accordance with the principles of openness, fairness, impartiality and consensus, CCSA establishes a work system that is enterprise-basic, market-oriented, combining production, learning, and research, and organizes information and communication standardization activities.

Opening Words: Rui Aguiar, WEN Ku  Video


Qingjun Lu is a Chair of Telemedicine center, Vice Chair of Medical Administration, China-Japan Friendship Hospital. He is also acting as Deputy Chair of National telemedicine and connected healthcare center and Deputy Chair of National telemedicine management and training center, National Health Commission. Deputy Chair of National primary-care telemedicine development directory center, National Health Commission, and Office Chair of Internet-based medical technology innovation center, China-Japan Friendship Hospital. In academic community his positions include: Deputy President, Internet Hospital Association, China Research Hospital Association; Vice President & Secretary General, Telemedicine and Information Technology Society, China Association of Medical Equipment; Vice Chair of Intelligent-Medicine Committee Board, World Association of Chinese Doctors; Vice Chair of Telemedicine Committee Board China Medical Information Association; Vice president of Medical Specialist Team, China Volunteers Association; Secretary General of Internet Plus Medicine Committee, Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association, CHIBDA; Vice Chair of  Electronic Health Card Application and Management Committee Board, Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association, CHIBDA; Co-Chair of Health Insurance Committee Board, Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association, CHIBDA; Board Member of Primary Care Committee, CHIBDA; Invited Specialist in Social Development Research of Belt and Road Initiative, China Association for Social Work; Senior Consultant of Belt and Road International Charitable Foundation; Vice General Secretary, China Alliance of Clinical Research & Application in Precision Medicine.  Presentation  Video

Mrs. Amalia Ntemou (M.Sc.) is a Solution Architect at WINGS ICT Solutions (Greece) working primarily on the design and development of the modular product suite titled STARLIT (Solutions for digital health and wellness based on artificial intelligence and IoT). Her main focus is on introducing end-to-end healthcare and wellness solutions by means of 5G and beyond addressing aspects related to remote health monitoring and forecasting systems (in-home), on the move (ambulances), and accident sites on medically equipped settings. She is also involved in the development of new business and cases of robotic-centered applications for various domains (industry, smart cities, logistics). She is actively involved in many projects incl. Horizon 2020 Projects focusing on the design and development of smart cities solutions.  Presentation  Video



Chunxue Bai, MD & PhD, was trained at Harbin Medical University, Beijing Union Medical University and Shanghai Medical University. From 1997 to 1998, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bai’s research program aims to the pathogenesis of acute lung injury, COPD, early detection of lung cancer and Internet of Things in Medicine. He is Professor and Director, Shanghai Respiratory Research Institute, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University. He is also the Chair for Chinese Alliance against Lung Cancer, President of International Association for Intelligent Health, Chair of Shanghai Association on Tobacco Control and Editor-in-Chief for Clinical e-Health.

He has been working on respiratory diseases, especially on ARDS and lung cancer more than 45 years. He published more than 600 papers with 200 in peer-reviewed English journals (see ORCID 0000-0001-5798-3130). He put out the concept of the Medical Internet of Things in 2009. His other achievements including advocacy, teaching, clinical practice, and the exceptional contribution of launching China Day at ATS, ERS, WCLC, and APSR with the famous words “open to the world, become international.” Due to his significant achievements in those fields and leadership, and also for the exceptional contribution to the growth of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Dr. Bai was given the “Medal of APSR” (2016).  Presentation  Video

Professor Christoph Thuemmler is a Professor of eHealth and a Consultant Physician and specialist for Care of the Elderly. He gained his PhD in Neurology at Heidelberg University and spent 14 years in the United Kingdom, where he became Professor at Edinburgh Napier University. During his tenure he was advisor to the EC at the EU-China Round table on the Internet of Things. Later he became the convener of the eHealth domaine in the ECs 5G inititive. He published around 100 papers and reports and also several books on the topic of eHealth.

After relocating back to Germany he took up a clinical post as Head of the Clinic for Care of the Elderly at Helios Park-Klinikum Leipzig, Germany. Helios Park Klinikum Leipzig is a teaching hospital for the medical faculty of Leipzig University. In 2019 Christoph also became Director of one of five national Centre for Care of the Elderly and is one of two directors of the certified Old Age Trauma Centre at Helios Park Klinikum Leipzig.

Current research projects include the 5G_eHealthSax project which aims to establish the first private 5G campus network in Europe at the Helios Campus in Leipzig. The installation has started in the beginning of 2021 and will be completed in November 2021. The facility will offer opportunities for development and testing of 5G solutions in real world environments and will also allow for the exploration of early 6G developments.  Presentation  Video

Maziar Nekovee is a Professor of Telecoms and Mobile Technologies, Head of Centre for Advanced Communications, Mobile Technology and IoT and Dean of  Sussex Zhejiang-Gongshang  Joint AI Institute at University of Sussex. From February 2017 to February 2019, he was also Head of Department of Engineering and Design at Sussex during which period he oversaw a threefold increase in Department’s research funding, significant clime in league tables, successful introduction of two undergraduate programs in Robotics and two new Masters, including one in 5G Mobile Communications, and the establishment of new teaching and research collaborations with China, the Middle East and Africa. Maziar sits (as the only UK academic) at the EU’s 5G Infrastructure Association, where he advises the EC on 5G and beyond-5G Strategic Research Agenda. He is also on the steering board of the EPSRC-funded ComNet2 consortium in mobile technologies and the US National Academy of Science (NSF) funded research coordination network on 5G communications and networks and is Vice Chair of NetWorld 2020 European Technology Platform in Telecommunication Networks and Services,  and a member of the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIIOT) and Telecom Infra Project (TIP). He is the co-chair of NetworldEurope’s Enabling Technologies for  Future Vertical Transformation Working Group.  Presentation  Video


Shan XU, Shan is the head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Digital Health, a senior engineer of the E-Health Department of Cloud Computing & Big Data Research Institute, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). She is the vice-chair of ITU&WHO Artificial Intelligence for Health focus group(FG-AI4H), co-chair of the Ad-hoc group of the digital technologies on COVID health emergency (AHG-DT4ER), and was elected in the roster of WHO digital health expert, WHO Smart Vaccination Certificate (SVC) working group, and cybersecurity working group of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF).  Presentation  Video





Closing Words: Jyrki Huusko, Xinsheng NAN  Video

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