Arturo Azcorra

Director General, Telecommunication and Audiovisual Services of Spain

Arturo Azcorra

Speaker Bio


Arturo Azcorra received his M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1986 and his PhD from the same university in 1989. In 1993, he obtained an MBA with honors from Instituto de Empresa.


He was the founder and Director of the international research institute IMDEA Networks for over ten years, with a double affiliation as Full Professor at University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M). Since 2016 to April 2021 he was the Vice President of the 5TONIC Laboratory for the development of 5G Technologies.


He is a member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea), an IEEE Fellow as "Technical Leader" and an ACM SIGCOMM Member. He has been visiting researcher at MIT and UC Berkeley, among other research institutions. Since 2015 to 2018 he was the Chairman of the Expert Advisory Board of "Networld 2020" European Technology Platform. Since 2015 to April 2021 he was a member of the Partnership Board of the European 5G PPP.


He has participated in and/or directed 61 research and technological development projects, from the first EU Framework Programme to H2020. Prof. Azcorra has coordinated the EU projects 5G-TRANSFORMER, 5G-CROSSHAUL, TRILOGY-2 and CARMEN, and the CONTENT, E-NEXT and E-NET European Networks of Excellence.


He has served as a Program Committee Member in many international conferences, including several editions of IEEE PROMS, IDMS, QofIS, ACM CoNEXT and IEEE INFOCOM. He is the founder of the ACM CoNEXT conference series and was the general chair of its first edition. He has published over 140 scientific papers in books, international magazines and conferences.


In addition to his scientific achievements, Dr. Azcorra has a relevant track record of research management. He was deputy Vicerrector of Academic Infrastructures at U. Carlos III from 2000 to 2007. He served as Director General for Technology Transfer and Corporate Development at the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation from 2009 to 2010, and then appointed Director General of CDTI (Spanish agency for industrial research) from 2010 to 2012. Since April 2021 he is the Director General for Telecomunication and Audiovisual Services.