Chair of the UK5G Manufacturing Working Group
Dritan is Head of Technology - 5G at Digital Catapult. He is an experienced technologist and researcher in communication networks, distributed system design and data interoperability in IoT for over 20 years. Dritan joined Digital Catapult as a 5G Fellow from the University of Bristol. There he led a 15-strong research team, strategically combining fundamental research with strong industrial collaboration, making a wide range of contributions and practical implementations in networking, interoperability, smart energy, cities and digital health, including large projects like SPHERE and Bristol Is Open demonstrators. His interests are on national 5G testbeds coordination which best support startup and scaleup innovation and technical advances on new 5G network architectures, identity and user profile data management and IoT support. Dritan has published over 65 papers, holds three patents and has edited two international standards on interoperability. He has represented the UK in various international standardization bodies and served on/chaired international conferences and technical committees. He is seconded as a 5G Fellow to the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey, and was previously a Visiting Research Fellow with the University of Bristol. Dritan received his PhD from the University of Bristol and an Electronic Engineering MEng degree (with Excellence) from Polytechnic University of Tirana.