Charlie Zhang of Samsung Research America Elected as Vice Chair of ATIS Next G Alliance Full Member Group

Samsung Electronics is pleased to share that Dr. Charlie Zhang, Senior Vice President of Samsung Research America, has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Next G Alliance Full Member Group. This election reflects Samsung’s leadership and commitment in the telecommunication research and development, including ongoing 5G commercial deployments and upcoming 6G research and innovations. In particular, Samsung has been investing heavily in future 6G telecom R&D in the last few years, and has been actively engaging the telecom ecosystem partners by sharing its vision, insights and research outcomes through 6G white papers and 6G Forums.

Samsung is a founding member of the Next G Alliance along with 37 industry-leading partners. The Next G Alliance is an industry initiative organized by ATIS in 2020 to advance North American mobile technology leadership in 6G and beyond over the next decade. The Next G Alliance will encompass the full lifecycle of research and development, manufacturing, standardization and market readiness. Within the Next G Alliance, six working groups are addressing key areas essential to the future generations of wireless technology: Applications, Green G, National 6G Roadmap, Societal and Economic Needs, Spectrum, and Technology.

Dr. Charlie Zhang is an SVP and head of the Standards and Mobility Innovation Team at Samsung Research America, where he leads research, prototyping, and standards for 5G/6G and future multimedia networks. He is also serving as the head of the Samsung Research 6G team, where he leads Samsung’s global 6G strategy and technology innovation efforts. He was the Board Chair of the FiRa Consortium from May 2019 to May 2023, where from its founding he led the industry consortium dedicated to the widespread adoption of UWB technology. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Vice Chair of the 3GPP RAN1 working group and led development of LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies such as 3D channel modeling, UL-MIMO, CoMP, Carrier Aggregation for TD-LTE. He worked for Nokia Research Center and Motorola Mobility for 6 years before joining Samsung in 2007. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE.

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