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Track Access Technologies Networking and Information Emerging Applications Enabling Technologies  Business and Government 
TUE, 9th Dec
2:00-3:45pm IF-1: Next-gen WiFi IF3: SDN/NFV Overviews IF-5: Smart Grid IF-7: 100G optical networks IF-9: FCC Policy impact on telecoms
4:15-6:00pm IF-2: mmWave Small Cells IF-4: NFV Security IF-6: Low Power IoT   IF-10: Monetizing Patents
WED, 10th Dec
2:00-3:45pm IF-11: 5G Access Architectures IF-13: Wired Broadband (xDSL/ IF-15: IoT and WiFi (802.11ah) IF-17: Cloud Computing Congress (1) IF-19: Careers in Standards
4:15-6:00pm IF-12: 5G Networking Standards IF-14: Cable Access Technologies IF-16: IPv6 and IoT Challenges IF-18: Cloud Computing Congress (2) IF-20:  Reduce the overhead workload of engineering management
THU,  11th Dec
2:00-3:45pm IF-21: mmWave Coverage IF-23: Small-cell deployments IF-25: IoT Standards IF-27: SDR Best Practices IF-29: Spectrum Sharing
4:15-6:00pm IF-22: 5G System Design IF-24: SDN Standards   IF-28: SDR Small Cells  


IF-1: Emerging Technologies For Next Generation Wi-Fi: What’s Beyond IEEE 802.11ac?

Track: Access Technologies
Time: 12/9/14 2:00-3:45pm

Organizer:  Dr. Monisha Ghosh, InterDigital

Robert Stacey, Principal Engineer, Intel
Ron Porat, Senior Principal Engineer, Broadcom
Sachin Katti, Chief Scientist, Kumu Networks
Hemanth Sampath, Principal Engineer, Qualcomm
Abstract: The demand for mobile data is increasing at a rapid pace, with the increasing use of smartphones and video applications. Wi-Fi is increasingly seen as an important piece of this market, with projections of more than half of all mobile data being off-loaded to Wi-Fi by 2018. Much of this increase is attributed to expanding deployment: public Wi-Fi locations are growing rapidly and adding to existing Wi-Fi dominance for indoor home and enterprise use. This increase has also been driven by Wi-Fi’s ability to address the need for an insatiable demand for data throughput by mobile users which has typically exceeded the capability of cellular networks. Although cellular networks are also evolving, Wi-Fi has historically provided higher data throughput in many environments.
The IEEE 802.11 standardization group recently ratified 802.11ac as the newest member of the 802.11 family of Wi-Fi standards. While 802.11ac specified a number of improvements over 802.11n such as: (i) up to 8 spatial streams (ii) mandatory support of bandwidths up to 80 MHz and (iii) multi-user MIMO on the downlink, these improvements mainly improve the per-link throughput on the downlink. In order to satisfy the requirements of future high density deployments of Wi-Fi, it is important to consider other metrics for system performance, such as area-throughput, which are more relevant in use cases where there are dense deployments of access points and stations. Recently, 802.11 started a new task group, 802.11ax, to develop the next generation of Wi-Fi physical (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) protocols that would satisfy these requirements.
In this panel, we would like to discuss new technologies that would need to be incorporated in 802.11ax in order to meet the stated goal of improving the average throughput per station by at least a factor of four, in dense deployments. A partial list of these technologies includes:
a.         Uplink multi-user MIMO
b.         Full-duplex wireless
c.         Scheduled MAC
d.         Inter-AP coordination
e.         OFDMA
These technologies present unique challenges for incorporation into the 802.11 family of standards in a manner that would be backward compatible to the CSMA/CA protocol. The proposed panelists are experts involved in the development of the relevant technologies as well as with standardization.
Dr. Monisha Ghosh is currently a Principal Engineer at InterDigital, working on research and standardization for next generation 802.11 systems. From 1999 to 2011, she was a Principal Member of Research Staff at Philips Research working on various wired and wireless systems, most recently on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces with significant contributions to IEEE 802.22 and Ecma 392. From 1998 to 1999 she was at Bell Laboratories, working on OFDM based wireless cellular systems. From 1991 to 1998 she was a Senior Member of Research Staff in the Video Communications Department at Philips Research working on terrestrial HDTV transmission. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1991 from the University of Southern California. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Robert Stacey is Intel's technology lead for 802.11ax. He has been involved in
802.11 for a number of years, starting around 2003 with 802.11n. He has made significant technical contributions to both 802.11n and 802.11ac. He was the technical editor of 802.11ac and co-chair of the 802.11ac MU-MIMO ad-hoc. He is co-author (together with Eldad Perahia) of "Next Generation Wireless LANs: 802.11n and 802.11ac", the definitive technical guide to these standards.
Ron Porat - Member IEEE. Currently with Broadcom WiFi group in San Diego California leading the PHY group for standards R&D. Previously with InterDigital, Nextwave, Entropic and Qualcomm working on product development and standards R&D for LTE, WiMAX, 802.16m, MoCA, Gigabit Ethernet and Globalstar.
Sachin Katti is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and also the Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Kumu Networks which is commercializing his research on full duplex radios that he will be talking about today. He received his PhD in EECS from MIT in 2009. He likes to build networked systems using novel algorithmic and circuits ideas that borrow liberally from
areas such as signal processing, circuits and optimization theory. His research has won numerous awards, including the IEEE William Bennett Prize, an ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, and the Sloan Fellowship. 

Dr. Hemanth Sampath is the WLAN systems engineering lead at Qualcomm Research center that focuses on design, standardization, prototype & product support for next generation WLAN technologies. Prior to the current role, he was the systems lead for pre--‐LTE (UMB) chip development project within Qualcomm. From 2001--‐2004, he held technical positions at Iospan Wireless Inc., and Marvell Semiconductor. Dr. Sampath graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001.


IF-2: 5G mmWave Small Cell Networks: Are we ready for multi Gb/s 5G wireless system design and test?

Track: Access Technologies
Time: 12/9/14 4:15-6:00pm

Eckhard Ohlmer, National Instruments
Vincent Kotzsch, National Instruments
Chair: Dr. Robert W. Heath, UT Austin
Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati, International Research Programs at CEA-LETI
Dr. Thorsten Draeger, National Instruments Dresden
Dr. Amitava Ghosh Ghosh, Nokia
Dr. Sampath Rangarajan, NEC Laboratories America
Dr. Geng Wu, Intel
Abstract:  Small cells, exploiting large chunks of spectrum in mmWave bands, may become key to meeting the multi-Gb/s access and backhaul data rate demand of cellular networks in 2020. Recent research has led to an understanding of fundamental mmWave topics, for example, propagation characteristics, beamforming principles and antenna technology. Yet, integrating this exciting technique seamlessly into a practical wireless communications system requires rethinking all aspects of the system as a whole. Various system related aspects, such as:
reconfigurable and re-routable multi-hop mmWave backhaul, unified mmWave backhaul and access link, mobility on the mmWave access link,
multi user mmWave access protocols, the possibility to split the wireless system into high rate mmWave data pane and coverage oriented control plane, how to prototype and test mmWave-enhanced communications systems require solutions and more topics are being identified as research and the understanding of mmWave systems advance. 

Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati
obtained his Engineering Master degree in 2001 from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and his Ph.D in Engineering Science in 2005 on Radio link control for improving the QoS of wireless packet transmission. He then started working at Motorola Labs in Paris in 2002. Then in 2006 he joint CEA/LETI as a research engineer. From 2007, he becomes a PhD supervisor. Since 2011 he is the Smart Devices & Telecommunications European collaborative strategic programs Director. E. Calvanese Strinati has published around 70 papers in international conferences and books chapters, and is the main inventor or co-inventor of more than 50 patents. He has organized more than 20 international workshops and special sessions on green communications and heterogeneous networks hosted in international conferences as IEEE GLOBCOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WCNC, IFIP, IEEE ICUWB, and European Wireless. Dr. Calvanese Strinati he is the Smart Devices & Telecommunications Strategy Program Director in CEA. He has been the co-chair of the wireless working group in GreenTouch from April 2010 to January 2012 and since 2013 is one of the steering board members of the 5G PPP and the facilitator of the 5G Wireless Expert group.

Dr. Thorsten Draeger is managing director of National Instruments Dresden. Dr. Thorsten Draeger studied Business Administration and Engineering in Brunswick and Dresden and received his diploma and Ph.D. from Technische Universitaet Dresden in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He worked at the Vodafone Chair for Mobile Communication systems at Technische Universitaet Dresden as research assistant from 1999 until 2003. His research was mainly on low power code generation for digital signal processors and connecting networks for application specific digital signal processors with parallel computing untis with help of group theory. In 2003 he co-founded the company Signalion GmbH and acted as managing director with responsibility for R&D G&A, and production. Signalion was a test equipment company and e.g. presented the first LTE test UE called “Sorbas” on the market at 3GSM 2007. Since the acquisition of Signalion by National Instruments Inc. end of 2012 he has acted as Managing Director for National Instruments Dresden GmbH and as Director R&D for Future Wireless and Infrastructure Test for the National Instruments group. Thorsten Drager has participated in several national and European research projects such as VIV, SFB358, MxMobile, Easy-C, SmartRF, CoolCellular, CoolRelay, Roban, CROWD, 5GNOW, MiWaves. 

Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX/802.16m, Enhanced EDGE and 3GPP LTE. Dr. Ghosh has 60 issued patents and numerous external and internal technical papers. Currently, he is Head, North America Radio Systems Research within the Technology and Innovation office of Nokia Networks. He is currently working on 3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior member of IEEE and co-author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A”.
Robert W. Heath, Jr. received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in 1996 and 1997 respectively, and the Ph.D. from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2002, all in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff then a Senior Consultant at Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA where he worked on the design and implementation of the physical and link layers of the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system. Since January 2002, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where he is a Professor and Director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group. He is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. and Chief Innovation Officer at Kuma Signals LLC. His research interests include several aspects of wireless communication and signal processing: limited feedback techniques, multihop networking, multiuser and multicell MIMO, interference alignment, adaptive video transmission, manifold signal processing, and millimeter wave communication techniques.
Sampath Rangarajan heads the Mobile Communications and Networking Research Department at NEC Laboratories America in Princeton, New Jersey. Previously, he was a researcher in the Networking Research Center at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey and in the Systems and Software Research Center at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. Before joining Bell Laboratories, he was an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has also served as a cofounder and vice president of technology at Ranch Networks, a venture funded startup in the IP networking space. His research interests span the areas of mobile communications, mobile networks and distributed systems. Sampath is a senior member of the IEEE and has been on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review. He received a PhD in computer sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Geng Wu is the Chief Scientist of Intel Wireless Standards and Advanced Technology, and the head of Intel 5G research and Intel 3GPP delegation. Dr. Wu has over 20 years of research and development experience in the wireless industry, contributed extensively to 2G, 3G and 4G air interface technologies and network architecture development. His current research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms, cloud RAN, heterogeneous networks and small cells, mmWave channel modeling, new air interface technologies, and cross-layer optimization for mobile services and applications. Prior to Intel, he was a director of Wireless Architecture and Standards at Nortel Networks, responsible for system performance, standards research and technology development, and wireless ecosystem collaboration. Dr. Wu has 30 issued US patents.


IF-3: Programmable Carrier Infrastructure: Implications of NFV and SDN

Track: Networking and Information
Time: 12/9/2014 2:00-3:45 pm

Steven Wright, AT&T
Robert Doverspike, AT&T
R. Schlichting, AT&T
T. Anschultz, AT&T
Robert Doverspike (AT&T Research)
Tetsuya Nakamura (NTT DOCOMO)
Christopher Liljenstolpe (Metaswitch)
Dilip Krishnaswamy ( IBM Research )
Abstract:  Carriers are deploying technologies like Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks promise to reshape today’s network infrastructure into a globally-distributed, heterogenous computing platform. NFV and SDN propose a variety of software components that are aware, at some level of abstraction, of the network’s capabilities. These technologies effectively re-envision the network infrastructure with a layered software perspective in contrast to the traditional siloed view of independent infrastructures organized by proprietary physical elements dedicated to a specific type of service. NFV and SDN are increasingly based on open source components in addition to proprietary developments. These approaches envisage a change in the lifecycles of network elements into independent lifecycles for hardware and software components. Operating multiple services on a common infrastructure through virtualization promises savings in capital costs, but implies potential operational changes. Developments of new capabilities on and in this programmable infrastructure are increasingly done through Proof of Concept mash-ups rather than formal standardization programs. The panelists will provide their perspectives on recent developments of NFV and SDN technologies in carrier networks.
Dr. Steven Wright is responsible for coordinating AT&T’s Industry Engagements on NFV and SDN technologies. Spanning 30+ years in the communications industry, and 4 different countries, his career has involved a number of roles including research, development, program management, product management and university faculty; and resulted in 30+ patents and a number of diverse publications. Dr Wright has negotiated technology agreements at industry and intergovernmenatal organizations and was a board member at the P4PWG. He has also conducted research and developed IP network architectures considering technologies including MPLS, QoS, IPTV and access infrastructure. He successfully organized an IF&E panel and demonstrations on NFV at Globecom 2013.
Robert Doverspike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He began his career with Bell Labs and, upon divestiture of the Bell System, went to Bellcore (later called Telcordia). He returned to AT&T Labs (Research) where he is now Executive Director of Network Evolution Research. Dr. Doverspike has made extensive contributions to the field of optimization of multi-layered transmission and switching networks and pioneered the concept of packet transport in metro and long distance networks. He also pioneered work in spearheading the deployment of new architectures for transport and IP networks, network restoration, and integrated network management of IP-over-optical-layer networks and Software Defined Networking. He has over 1500 citations to his books and articles over diverse areas/publications such as Telecommunications, Optical Networking, Mathematical Programming, IEEE Magazine, IEEE Communications Society, Operations Research, Applied Probability, and Network Management. Dr. Doverspike holds many professional leadership positions and awards, such as INFORMS Fellow, IEEE Fellow, member of Optical Society of America (OSA), co-founder of the INFORMS Technical Section on Telecommunications, OFC Steering Committee, DRCN Steering Committee, and Associated Editor for JOCN (Journal of Optical Communications and Networking).
Tetsuya Nakamura is Senior Research Engineer at NTT DOCOMO, and also vice-Chair of ETSI NFV ISG. Since joining NTT in 1998, he has been working on R&D of an architecture for context-aware network services using various M2M devices in a mobile environment. He currently focuses on a network virtualization and carrier-grade SDN in mobile networks.
Christopher Liljenstolpe is Director of Solutions Architecture for the Metaswitch Networking Business Unit. Christopher previously served as solutions architect for Big Switch Networks where he played a key role realizing some of the industry’s earliest SDN deployments. Prior to Big Switch, he was the director of architecture, networks and services at Telstra. His past roles have also included Chief Architect, Cable & Wireless, CTO for the IP Division, APAC for Alcatel-Lucent, and L3 architect for Woven Systems. Christopher has acted as co-chair of the Operations Area Working Group in the IETF and has spoken widely on IP, MPLS, SDN, and network operational issues in various standards bodies and conferences.
Dr. Dilip Krishnaswamy is a Sr. Research Scientist at IBM Research. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1997 to 2006 he was at Intel Corporation in California where he was a Platform Architect. From 2006 to 2013, he was a Sr. Staff Researcher at the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Qualcomm Research Center in San Diego. Since then he has been working at IBM in Bangalore, India. He served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Wireless Communications from 2009-2014. His research interests include distributed data centers, network functions virtualization, edge services, wireless distributed computing, distributed analytics, distributed optimization, and nano-scale networks and systems.

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IF-4:  Security Challenges in Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

Track: Networking and Information
Time: 12/9/14 4:15-6:00pm

Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, AT&T
Dr. Subir Das, Applied Communication Sciences

Dr. Francois Cosquer – Alcatel Lucent
Rita Marty - AT&T
Kapil Sood – Intel
Dennis Cox – IXIA
Stephen Chasko – Landis+Gyr
Abstract: Network Function virtualization (NFV) is becoming the key pillar of future network components that telecom operators and service providers can leverage in order to provide flexible and cost effective service without compromising the end user quality of service. The goal is to remove the dependencies of custom made hardware by abstracting the underlining networking components into software applications that can run on common of the shelf (COTS) hardware computing platform. The advantages are manyfold: operators can save their equipment costs, power consumption, specialized maintenance costs and enable network services quicker which are mainly controlled by programmable software. Industry-wide effort has already started, with many standards organizations developing and ratifying standards for interoperability and ease of deployment for network virtualization. For example, , ETSI NFV, ONF, Open Flow, and Open Day Light are actively working in close collaborations with 3GPP, IETF, DMTF, IEEE to enable the rapid deployment of virtualized solutions in the operator’s networks. While network function virtualization opens up the door for flexible service creation and rapid deployment, it also adds additional security challenges attributed by the cloud computing, virtualization and software defined network aspects of the network. These security issues can primarily be classified into several categories namely, OS security, network security, VM security, hypervisor-based security, API security, cloud security and NFV specific security. Many of these software components have generic security requirements which are solved for today’s network operations, however, Network Function Virtualization introduces additional deployment specific security challenges such as, authentication and authorization of VM migration, VM instantiation, hypervisors, orchestrators, service chaining, monitoring the virtualized interfaces, detecting and mitigating the denial of service attacks on the network components and systems resources such as CPU, memory, and finally user and regulator specific privacy issues. With the rapid deployment of 4G LTE networks, operators have started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the components for Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and IP Multimedia Services (IMS) such as, virtualized Residential Gateway, Virtualized Next Generation Firewalls, Virtualized Router, Virtualized Probes, and Virtualized Switch etc., very little attention has been given to the security aspects of virtualization by these vendors. While security expert group within ETSI NFV has started looking into many security issues imposed by Network Function Virtualization, additional work is needed with larger security community involvement. The proposed panel discussion aims to provide a platform to industry players to discuss various issues and challenges with their solution approach specific to security issues associated with deployment of Network Function Virtualization. The panel will consist of operators, vendors and security experts who are actively involved in research, standards and trial deployment. The audience will benefit from knowing the technology and industry trends, security threats and possible mitigation techniques along with the opportunity to interact with the industry experts.
Dr. Ashutosh Dutta is currently Lead Member of Technical Staff (LMTS) at AT&T’s Security and Mobility Organization within Chief Security Office where he leads the design and architecture of security for next generation mobility networks. His 25 years of career include CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Senior Scientist in Telcordia Applied Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 80 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, 22 issued patents, and has given tutorials in mobility management at various conferences. Ashutosh’s research interests include wireless Internet, multimedia signaling, mobility management, 4G networks, IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystems), VoIP and session control protocols. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application,” under publication by John & Wiley. He serves as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Cybersecurity and Mobility published by River Publishers. As a senior member of IEEE and ACM, Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and chair for Ad Hoc Committee for Public Visibility for ComSoc. As the vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS, he co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) in 2011. Ashutosh currently serves as the director of Marketing and Industry Relations for IEEE ComSoc. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in EE from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT and earned his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne.
Dr. Subir Das is a Director and Senior Scientist at Applied Communication Sciences (formerly Advanced Technology Solutions, Telcordia), NJ, USA. He has been conducting research in the area of Mobile Wireless Networking architecture, protocols and security for past twenty years. Dr. Das is responsible for developing new research programs, defining new technologies and leading internal R&D teams. He is the chief architect of several commercial and US Government projects on Wireless IP and Software Defined Networking, network security and mobility management within ACS. He is also a leading contributor to various Standards (e.g., IEEE, IETF and 3GPP). Dr. Das is currently the Chair of IEEE 802.21 working group, an executive member of IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee and was a co-chair of IETF PANA working group. He has published over seventy papers, 4 IETF RFCs and granted twenty US patents. He is the recipient of 2009 IEEE Region I Award for outstanding contribution to Next Generation Wireless Networks, Protocols and its Standardization Efforts. He serves as member in National Science Foundation, USA, and National Science and Engineering Council, Canada, award review committees. Dr. Das was the Chair of Smart Grid Standards, Test-beds and Field Trials Symposium, IEEE SmartGridComm, 2012. He participated in Globecom Industry panels for last few years. He also organized several panels in IEEE conferences. He is a member of IEEE and a reviewer of IEEE and ACM journals.

Dr. François Cosquer is currently CTO Security for IP Platforms at Alcatel-Lucent with particular focus on NFV security. In close collaboration with key customers, his responsibilities cover defining guidelines and best practices for end to end solutions including supporting security R&D lifecycle from security requirements to security testing and validation. He also supports audits, incidents response and root cause analysis activities. In collaboration with Bell Labs research he develops technical direction, provides design and architecture expertise to end to end solutions. He previously served as CTO Security and Technology Strategist for the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Business Group. Over the past 20 years, he has held senior positions with research institutions, equipment vendors and telecommunications operators. He draws on extensive experience in security architecture, networking, operating systems, middleware and multimedia applications. He has been speaker, panelist and chair at key industry events and conferences. François graduated in Electronics and Computing and holds an MSc in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Concordia, Montreal.

Rita Marty serves as an Executive Director with the AT&T Chief Security Office. Rita has 15 years of experience and has held various positions in AT&T. In her current role, Rita is responsible for developing the security architecture and framework for Mobility, Network Virtualization based on the User Defined Network (UDNC), and Emerging Services including Connected Car, Digital Life, U-Verse, etc.

Rita served as a member of the CTO Technology Council chartered to provide technology thought leadership for AT&T and the partner community that makes up AT&T Technology Ecosystem. She led strategic initiatives to accelerate innovation through internal rapid development efforts and focused industry collaborations.

In her previous role, Rita was responsible for defining the target architecture for the Mobility Network and driving innovation in key Mobility growth areas. She led various service development teams focused on design and deployment of AT&T's Global Network in Europe and Asia Pacific. She also led the planning and operations for the Sydney Olympics broadcast on NBC.

Rita earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. She received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the AT&T Accelerated Development Program and the AT&T Leading with Distinction Leadership Program.

In addition to her technical contribution, Rita is an advocate in fostering the development of women in science and engineering. She served on the board of Woman of AT&T South Jersey Chapter as a Public Relations Officer. She continues to mentor woman in engineering and science and sponsors various events to recruit children to science, technology, and engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Kapil Sood is a Sr. Research Scientist and Security Architect at Intel Labs, driving security products and technologies innovation and setting strategic direction for Intel’s Cloud and Mobile Computing platforms.  Kapil is a recipient of the prestigious Intel Achievement Award (IAA) for defining architecture for Network Proxy, resulting in significant Intel business impact.  He is currently defining security for IA Xeon/SoCs and platforms for Software Defined Infrastructure Cloud.   Kapil has 20 years of technology leadership experience, spanning Telecom, Mobile and Networking systems, Multi-Core Processors, SoCs, and virtualization platforms.  Most recently, he was Chief Security Architect for Intel SoC Tablets and Smartphones on Android and Windows.  Kapil is helping define NFV security specifications at ETSI NFV, IETF and 3GPP.  Kapil was a key contributor at IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards (802.11r/w/z) and Ecma Network Proxy.  Kapil earned MS (CS), MBA, and BS (CS), with multiple patents, publications, and open-source contributions.

Dennis Cox co-founded BreakingPoint in 2005 and served as its Chief Technology Officer until the acquisition by Ixia in August, 2012. Dennis’ vision and leaders contributed to making BreakingPoint a leading security validation solution provider. At Ixia Dennis is responsible for the technical vision and direction of the security and application group – including testing solutions, security research, and application delivery. Dennis has more than 15 years of industry experience in bringing high-performance network devices to market, and is the author of numerous patents on various topics from IP Spoofing to Network Processors. Previously, Cox was one of the founders and the Director of Engineering at TippingPoint. Responsible for product direction at TippingPoint, Cox created innovations in intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and saw the company through its acquisition by 3Com in 2005. Cox is also a frequent contributor to online technology publications and a highlighted speaker at technology events.

Stephen Chasko is a Security+Software Manager  with Landis+Gyr. At Landis+Gyr he has responsibility for the communications software and security architectures and works closely with Landis+Gyr customers who are deploying AMI systems. Mr. Chasko has experience working on security issues for advanced metering, RFID, secure microcontrollers, stored value, smart card, retail and financial systems.  His employment experience includes NCR, ACI Worldwide and Texas Instruments. His special fields of interest include data communications, smart card systems, secure microcontrollers and smart grid security. Mr. Chasko has spoken at numerous security conferences and panels including the RSA Conference, the Smart Grid Security conference, Distributech.


IF-5: The Smart Grid as an Application Deployment Platform

Track: Emerging Applications
Time: 12/9/14 2:00-3:45pm
Stan McClellan, Texas State University
George Koutitas, Gridmates
Karl Popham, Austin Energy
Bill Krakar, Freescale Semiconductor
Bill Muston, OnCor Energy Delivery
Ed Davalos, AT&T Business Solutions
Abstract: Many “Smart Grid” implementations have achieved real-time data and command flow to support optimization and energy management. This foundation is primed for the deployment of novel business models and application-layer technologies which enable a new marketplace for energy services.
Following the paradigm of the telecommunication sector, the next generation energy service market will include development of applications which use the Smart Grid as a base-platform to provide advanced, next-generation services to the customers of the power grid.
This panel session will explore the use of Smart Grid deployments as an application development platform. The panel will capture current trends as well as future aspects, including energy management, energy analytics, Internet of Things, Machine to Machine communications, personalized applications and peer-to-peer energy exchange. The panelists will present viewpoints which stem from real-world deployment of Smart Grid systems, advanced applications, and challenges related to technology and business aspects of the Smart Grid.
Dr. Stan McClellan is the Director of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. He is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering, and an active participant in development and research activities pertaining to grid enhancement and communications technologies. Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. McClellan held distinguished positions in academic, computer, telecom, and aerospace industries.
Most recently, Dr. McClellan was a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at a startup company developing a revolutionary approach to Smart Grid systems using novel system architecture and advanced signal processing. He has served as chief technologist, chief architect, or lead engineer or has been a principal contributor to several advanced technologies and/or distributed real-time systems, including the Digital Terrain System of the AFTI/F-16 fighter aircraft, real-time 3D flight simulators using real-imagery reconnaissance data, robotic imaging appliances for remote intra-surgical consultation, the regional implementation of Internet2, and production deployment of telecom networks and systems conforming with industry standards (3GPP/2, PICMG 3 / xTCA, etc.).
George Koutitas
o Position: Founder & Chief Architect
o Affiliation: Gridmates
Karl Popham
o Position: Emerging Technologies & Electric Vehicles Manager
o Affiliation: Austin Energy
Bill Krakar
o Position: Product Manager – IoT Systems
o Affiliation: Freescale Semiconductor
Bill Muston
o Position: Manager of R&D
o Affiliation: OnCor Energy Delivery
Ed Davalos
o Position: Director, Product Management – Utility & Smart Grid
o Affiliation: AT&T Business Solutions

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IF-6: Low Power Solutions for IoT

Track: Emerging Applications
Time: 12/9/14 4:15-6:00pm
Organizer/Moderator: Shahriar Emami, Samsung
Frederik Beer, Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU), Germany 
John Chong, Vice President, Product and Business Development at Kionix 
John Min, Director of solution engineering at Imagination Technologie
Massoud Pedram, Stephen and Etta Varra Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California 
Abstract: Internet of things also known as “the next internet revolution” is expected usher in a new age in wireless connectivity for all objects resulting in billions of new connections. The new networks will support innovative services and culminate in substantial economic benefits. The IoT nodes must be able to operate for years without requiring battery replacement. The mere scale of deployment constrains us to low power radio paradigm. This forum, consisting of technologists and academicians, examines the motivation, history as well as advances in low power approaches to IoT. The emerging standards and their merits will also be addressed. The panelists will then discuss the remaining challenges and conclude with some potential solutions. 

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IF-7: 100G and the metro optical migration

Track: Enabling Technologies
Time: 12/9/14 2:00-3:45pm

Organizer: Michael Sabelhaus, Fujitsu

Alan Gibbemeyer, Acacia
Michael Freiberger, Verizon
Ron Kline, Ovum
Buddy Bayer, Windstream

Abstract: With a tremendous proliferation of bandwidth-thirsty applications, ranging from online learning, mobility, to university research, and cloud computing, Carriers more than ever, are reevaluating their transport networks. We are seeing a migration to 100G in both the Metro and Regional networks based on pressure to continually lower costs, improve service velocity and provide higher bandwidth services. While 10G has been a dominate Metro transport rate and is still showing signs of longevity, we will consider drivers for metro 100G, key applications, upcoming 100G technology evolutions, and look at migration to even larger rates.

Ron Kline
 is a Principal Analyst with Ovum’s Networks Intelligence team. Ron has over 30 years of industry experience that includes 18 years working for a large North American service provider and 14 years as an industry analyst. Ron has an in-depth knowledge of network technology combined with a strong business-oriented approach to problem solving. He is responsible for the overall direction of Ovum’s optical-packet networking research. Markets covered include optical transport, carrier Ethernet, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect.  Ron specializes in DWDM, bandwidth management, aggregation, carrier Ethernet, microwave radio and transport SDN technologies used in both wireline and wireless networking applications.
Ron is the author of several in-depth market profiles covering 100G and high-speed optics, evolution of OTN switching, trends in the mobile and small cell backhaul, carrier Ethernet market analysis and also produces Ovum’s quarterly market share analysis. He has participated on many custom projects analysing and sizing the network infrastructure equipment market. Ron has excellent presentation and communication skills along with strong managerial and hands-on experience dealing with business and technical-related issues. He has spoken at numerous industry events and has participated in discussion panels as both a moderator and speaker.

Alan Gibbemeyer joined Acacia in 2013 as an integral part of Acacia's sales organization leading business development activities to pull through sales. Alan regularly engages with key global service providers and system's vendors on market leading DWDM 100G, 400G and 1Tb coherent optical technologies to identify and drive applications for Acacia's product line. Prior to Acacia back to 2002, Alan led the Nokia (formerly Siemens) optical business line in North America with overall profit and loss responsibility for that business in North America. Alan holds a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Babson College.

Michael Freiberger, with more than 20 years of optical and data networking experience, is responsible for managing the technical requirements of vendor projects for Verizon’s metro optical platforms to assure compliance with Verizon’s vision of optimal performance on these optical networks. Mike also creates security requirements based on the Verizon Corporate Security Policy and Baselines as well as industry standards. Mike is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) with his certification and represents security best practices and points of view to the transport industry. In addition to his wireline responsibilities, Mike has worked on mobile backhaul and fronthaul technologies and development. Mike is a member of the Optical Society of America and has spoken on optical topics at OSA conferences as well as other industry conferences hosted by Informa and Lightwave. 

Buddy Bayer joined Windstream in September 2014 in a strategic role to help shape the Windstream transport network into a more efficient and customer focused asset.  His current leadership role consists of planning and engineering responsibilities within Transport, Facilities, Network Development and Data System Support.  Buddy’s past endeavors at WorldCom, OnFiber Communications, Qwest and CenturyLink have provided him a broad experience creating and leading highly effective and efficient technical organizations.  Throughout his career, Buddy has led and developed multiple facets of engineering:  Network Architecture, Transport Planning and Engineering, Fiber Planning and Engineering, Construction Engineering, System Engineering and Customer Solutions Engineering.

Michael Sabelhaus joined Fujitsu Network Communications in July 1993 and has held positions in Product Management and Planning groups, where he has been involved in many of Fujitsu’s optical products and design tools.  Mike continued as Director of Optical Planning, Europe, which included global product planning for Fujitsu’s next generation products, business development and support of the Verizon/ATT EMEA projects. After returning to the US, Mike directed Fujitsu’s efforts in ATT Domain Product Management and has most recently concentrated on next generation,  beyond 100G and ROADM optical strategies.
Mike has two engineering degrees and has done graduate level work. Holds a US patent. He is a life member of the electrical engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu and member of IEEE.

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IF-9: Federal Communications Policies Impacting the US Telecom Sector: Looking Back at 2014 and into the Future

Track: Business and Government
Time: 12/9/14 2:00-3:45pm
Organizer: Lawrence Movshin, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Bryan Tramont, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, 
Managing Partner (and a former Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Michael Powell)

Michael Ha, Federal Communications Commission, 
Deputy Chief, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology

Reza Arefi, Intel Corporation,
Director of Spectrum Strategy, Standards and Advanced Technology, Mobile Communications Group

John Godfrey, Samsung Electronics - North America
Vice President, Communications Policy and Regulatory Affairs

Allison Remsen, Mobile Future
Executive Director

This is a panel reviewing significant policy initiatives adopted by, or under consideration in, Congress, the White House and the Federal Communications Commission, and discussing how these policies have shaped, or will impact, the nation’s role as a technology leader. We expect that we will focus on recently held or planned spectrum auctions; the FCC's policies governing the availability of spectrum for, and use of, unlicensed devices; policies regulating reciever susceptibility and new initiatives to adopt "harm" or "interference" thresholds, and the United States nascent policies at the upcoming World Radio Administrative Conferences. Our panel includes representatives of the wireless telecommunications carriers, equipment and infrastructure providers and one of the FCC's key staffers on spectrum and technology.

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IF-10: Building, Monetizing, and Litigating a Patent Portfolio

Track: Business and Government
Time: 12/9/14 4:15-6:00pm
Organizer: Michael D. Specht, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Christian Dubuc, Senior Vice President, Engineering at Acacia Research
Parham Momtahan, Senior Advisor at Wavefront
Leonard Forys, President at Forys Consulting Group
Margie To Pearce, Associate General Counsel at Practice Fusion, Inc.
Abstract: A strong patent portfolio can add tremendous value to businesses at any stage of development. Businesses can use a patent portfolio to protect their core ideas while adding appeal to potential investors or buyers. Strategic use of patents can restrict competition to the benefit of the patent owner. More controversially, some businesses leverage a strong patent portfolio as a primary source of revenue.
The monetization of patent portfolios, however, might look much different in five years than it does today. With the smartphone patent wars, backlash against non-practicing entities, and groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions, the business of patent portfolios has gained considerable public attention in the past few years. Add to the public attention the new patent application laws that went into effect in 2012, combined with legislation on patent litigation currently being considered in Congress, and it is clear the recipe for business success with patents is changing even if the ingredients remain the same.
Michael D. Specht is a director at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox and is the Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Electronics Group. He also co-chairs the firm’s Communications Industry Group. He has a unique combination of over twenty-five years of telecommunications and Internet-related technical, legal, and business development experience. He develops and prosecutes patent applications, conducts intellectual property audits and counsels clients on the development and implementation of intellectual asset management plans to maximize the economic potential of their intellectual property. Most recently he has served as co-lead counsel in several high profile patent lawsuits, and routinely represents clients in PTO litigation
proceedings. His primary areas of technical experience include telecommunications networks, broadband communication systems, wireless communications, Signaling System 7, VoIP, communications protocols, e-commerce and Internet applications.
Prior to joining the firm, he co-founded and served as President and General Counsel of OnLine Living, a company providing high speed Internet services and e-services through a private label Internet portal to apartment communities. He also has served as Senior Engineer in the Common Carrier Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. He began his career as an electrical engineer at Bell Communications Research where he developed switching system technical requirements, conducted field performance analysis, led multi-disciplinary network operations reviews of the local telephone company networks and co-managed the SS7 product.
Christian Dubuc is Senior Vice President, Engineering at Acacia Research, a patent licensing company with offices in Plano, Texas. Prior to joining Acacia, Mr. Dubuc was Vice President of Licensing Technologies at Wi-LAN. Previously, Mr. Dubuc held a range of positions in engineering, sales and product management with several companies developing products in the area of wireless technologies, including Nortel Networks. At Nortel he was heavily involved with the development and implementation of 4G LTE technologies. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa, an M.Eng. from Carleton University, and a B.Eng. from Université de Sherbrooke. He specializes in wireless technology, intellectual property, and intellectual property management.
Parham Momtahan is a Senior Advisor at Wavefront in Ottawa, Canada, a wireless business accelerator that assists early stage wireless companies expand their businesses. Prior to joining Wavefront, he was a Vice President of Research at Bridgewater Systems, where he built an impressive patent portfolio that helped the company successfully complete an IPO in 2007 and be purchased by Amdocs in 2011 for $215 million. Mr. Momtahan's expertise is in telecommunications, product management, startups, and intellectual property.
Leonard Forys is President of Forys Consulting Group in Holmdel, New Jersey, and Chief Algorithms Specialist at ISC Consultants, Inc. Prior to founding Forys Consulting Group, Dr. Forys was Chief Scientist and Fellow at Bellcore/Telcordia, which was purchased by Ericsson in 2012. He has served as an expert witness in several patent litigation cases involving call centers, telephony, and data issues. Dr. Forys has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkley; an MSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame.
Margie To Pearce is Associate General Counsel at Practice Fusion, Inc., an EHR company headquartered in San Francisco. Prior to joining Practice Fusion, she was Senior Corporate Counsel at Genentech, which was acquired by Roche in 2009, and began her career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Pearce specializes in the area of drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, licensing agreements and intellectual property transactions and is responsible for the development and management of the patent program at Practice Fusion.

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IF-11: The Challenge Ahead: Identification and Selection of Candidate Technologies and Architectures for 5G Wireless Access 

Track: Access Technologies 
Time: 12/10/14 2:00-3:45pm
David Michelson, UBC, Canada
Yi Wang, Huawei

Dr. Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh, Nokia
Dr. Chih-Lin I, China Mobile Research Institute
Dr. Stefan Parkvall, Ericsson Research
Dr. Wen Tong, Huawei Technologies
Dr. Reinaldo Valenzuela, Alcatel-Lucent 

Abstract: Such is the demand for better, faster, cheaper wireless access that the quest to develop 5G wireless technology has begun even before any particular specification has been published in any official document by any telecommunication standardization body. The performance goals that have been proposed for 5G by an increasing number of informal research groups and collaboration bodies are both challenging and audacious. There is a growing consensus that meeting these goals will require adoption of wireless access technologies that represent a radical break from the past. As challenging as development and assessment of alternative technologies will be, some of the greatest challenges will be political. This session will begin with summaries of the leading candidate technologies and architectures for 5G wireless access then focus on the need for, opportunities for, and challenges associated with cooperation and collaboration as the wireless industry seeks to develop, standardize and commercialize them. Multiple perspectives, including spectrum allocation, use case definition, technology development, standardization and commercialization, and multiple roles including government, industry and academic that will be necessary to achieve these goals will be considered.
Prof. David G. Michelson received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. From 1996 to 2001, he served as a member of a joint team from AT&T Wireless Services, Redmond, WA, and AT&T Labs-Research, Red Bank, NJ that developed propagation and channel models that were later adopted by IEEE 802.16, the WiMAX Forum and 3GPP’s efforts to support development of the WiMAX and LTE wireless standards. Since 2003, Prof. Michelson has led the Radio Science Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC, where his current research interests include propagation and channel modeling and low profile antenna design. In 2011, he and his former student Simon Chiu won the 2011 R. W. P. King Best Paper Award of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. A member of the Boards of Governors of both the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, he serves as Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society's Technical Committee on Propagation and Channel Modeling, and as a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society's Wave Propagation Standards Committee. He also serves as General Chair of both the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2014 Fall and the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting.
Dr. Yi Wang received the M.S.E.E and Ph.D degrees in information engineering department from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China, in 1997 and 2000 respectively. He has worked at Tsinghua University and the University of Kiel in Germany as post-doctor. Since 2005 he joined Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. he led a series of research projects including beyond 3G, superposition coding for LTE-advanced system, distributed antenna system, cloud RAN, and massive MIMO. Currently he is the principal engineer at Huawei and is leading 5G high frequency research.
Dr. Chih-Lin I (China Mobile Research Institute) graduated from Stanford University where she majored in Electrical Engineering. She is currently the Chief Scientist of Wireless Technologies, China Mobile
Research Institute, where she is leading research on new wireless Internet and green communication
technologies. Dr. I joined China Mobile Research Institute as a recipient of the CCCP “National Thousand
Talent Program.” She established the Green Communications Research Center of China Mobile, currently
spearheading major initiatives including high energy efficiency system architecture, technologies, and
devices; advanced R&D for 5G; green energy, power and carbon reduction. Prior to joining CMRI, Dr. I
held varying positions including, VPGD of Communications Technology Group, ASTRI, Hong Kong,
Director of Wireless Communication Technology Department, ITRI, Taiwan, Director of Wireless
Communications Infrastructure and Access Technology, AT&T Headquarters, Basking Ridge, NJ,
Research member, Wireless Technology Research Department, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill,
NJ. She has been on the IEEE ComSoc Board of Directors, the Director of IEEE ComSoc Technical
Meetings and Conferences Board and the Chair of IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking
Steering Committee.
Dr. Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh (Nokia) joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical
Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Since joining Motorola, he worked on multiple
wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA,
802.16e/WiMAX/802.16m, Enhanced EDGE and 3GPP LTE. Dr. Ghosh has 60 issued patents and
numerous external and internal technical papers. Currently, he is Head, North America Radio Systems
within the Technology and Innovation office of Nokia Solutions and Networks. He is currently working on
3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior member of IEEE and co-author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A”.
Dr. Stefan Parkvall (Ericsson Research) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1996. He joined Ericsson Research in 1999 and is currently a senior specialist in adaptive radio access, working with research on and standardization of future cellular technologies. He is actively participating in 3GPP physical-layer standardization and has been heavily
involved in the development of HSPA, LTE and now LTE-Advanced. He is also co-author of the popular
book "3G Evolution - HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband". In 2005, he received the Ericsson "Inventor
of the Year" award. His previous positions include being an assistant professor in communication theory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 1996-2001, and a visiting researcher at University of California, San Diego, USA, 1997-1998. Dr Parkvall is a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Wen Tong is an IEEE Fellow and Huawei Fellow; the Head of Wireless Research, and the Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories, Huawei 2012 LAB Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Wen Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global Head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1993 and joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 180 granted US patents. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s Most Prolific Inventor. Dr. Tong serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance and Board of Director of Green Touch Consortium. 
Dr. Reinaldo Valenzuela received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. from Imperial College. He is currently Director of the Wireless Communications Research Department at Bell Laboratories, and is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Valenzuela has been at the forefront of many recent advances in wireless systems; his research includes propagation measurements and models, MIMO/space time systems achieving high capacities using transmit and receive antenna arrays, HetNets, small cells, and next generation air interface techniques and architectures. The author of more than 185 papers, he has forty-four issued patents and more than 20,000 citations in Google Scholar. Valenzuela is a 'Highly Cited Author' in Thomson ISI, a Fulbright Senior Specialist, an IEEE Fellow and a Bell Labs Fellow. For his pioneering contributions to MIMO technology, he was awarded the 2010 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award.

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IF-12: SDN, NFV, Autonomic Management & Control (AMC) of Networks and Services, and IPv6, as Complementary Enablers for 5G

Track: Access Technologies 
Time: 12/10/14 4:15-6:00 pm
Main Organizers/Moderators:
Ranganai Chaparadza: IPv6 Forum & rep in ETSI AFI,
Tayeb Ben Meriem: Orange, ETSI AFI, TMF, NGMN,
Tayeb Ben Meriem: Orange, ETSI AFI, TMF, NGMN,
John Strassner: Huawei, TMF ZOOM
Steven Wright: AT&T Services Inc, ETSI NFV,
Manish Patil, Dell, OMG SDN WG,
Mehmet Ulema: Manhattan College: IEEE NGSON,
Latif Ladid: IPv6 Forum President.
Abstract: Research communities need to adopt the architectural frameworks for SDN (Software-Driven/Defined Networking), NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), and AMC (Autonomic Management & Control of networks and services), being unified and standardized for a holistic combined view of the three paradigms, and use them in their research as frameworks commonly shared with the industry. This also helps Standardization Groups/Fora (SDOs/Fora) receive useful feedback from users’ implementation experiences on the standardized unified frameworks for SDN, NFV and AMC. The work on unifying architectural frameworks for SDN, NFV and AMC is being progressed by various collaborating Standardization Groups/Fora, and contributors (technical-experts) interested in such ongoing and future standardization activities can learn through this session how to contribute to the activities. Overall, the international community can also learn and discuss through this workshop the kinds of harmonization efforts SDOs/Fora should pursue to close standardization gaps revealed by attempts to combine the emerging complementary technologies of SDN, NFV and AMC. Networks and Services are becoming increasingly complex to manage.

Telecommunications Operators are continually investigating cost-saving-methods and technologies upon which substantial OPEX-savings can be achieved. OPEX reduction, innovation of services and faster service delivery by enterprises and telecom operators require introducing AMC in the network and OSS/BSS and EMS’s—i.e. closed control-loops
capabilities (e.g. real-time analytics and self-adaption), but also flexibility & programmability via SDN, NFV and Cloud-models. SDN, NFV and AMC are complementary emerging paradigms. Telecommunications Operators are currently assessing these three technologies through a “silo” approach while it is now known that some capabilities inherent to SDN, NFV, and AMC, can complement each other across the three paradigms.

The three technologies must now be considered through a “combined” approach, from standardization perspective, in order to holistically guide the industry. SDOs/Fora harmonization efforts are intensifying in pursuit of synergy-building and harmonization/unification of standardized-architectural-frameworks for SDN, NFV, AMC, and Converged Management of Fixed/Mobile Networks (see Report available under:

This panel session presents a joint White-Paper by the collaborating SDOs/Fora: Industry Harmonization for Unified Standards on Autonomic Management & Control (AMC) of Networks and Services, SDN and NFV, as three complementary emerging paradigms, and on Converged Management of Fixed/Mobile Networks: From silo approach to cross-SDO combined approach. NGMN (an alliance of telecom operators) is working on requirements for 5G. According to perspectives from other various SDOs/Fora and research communities working on 5G as well, various aspects of 5G (e.g. enabling technologies such as AMC, SDN, NFV, IPv6, etc) are being discussed. From AMC point of view, 5G is calling for intelligent/autonomic network capabilities in End-to-End system architectures, including the need for intelligent 5G core networks with embedded Autonomic-Functions (Decision-making-Engines) that optimally and adaptively provision resources and control traffic engineering and QoS mechanisms in such a way as to handle the anticipated huge traffic volumes of diversified traffic flows expected to traverse the core network. This session is aimed at demystifying the complementarities of SDN, NFV, Autonomic Management & Control (AMC), and IPv6, as Enablers for 5G.

Ranganai Chaparadza is a researcher and a consultant in the field of Internet, Future Internet and Telecommunications Networks. He is consultant to telecommunication operators and vendors in Germany and globally. He obtained his PhD (Dr.-Ing/Eng) in Telecommunications Engineering from Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and is based in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Chaparadza was main organizer and moderator of IEEE Globecom 2013 Industry Forum Sessions IF24 and IF26: "Emerging Standards in Autonomic Management, SDN & NFV, and Unified Management of Converged Networks". Dr. Chaparadza also serves as co-chair of IEEE Globecom MENS (Management of Emerging Networks & Services) Workshop, a very successful workshop that takes place yearly at Globecom since 2010 and will run this year at Globecom 2014. He is also a speaker in SDN & NFV industry conferences and technical workshops. Ranganai helped co-establish and chaired the AFI Industry Specification Group in ETSI from the beginning: “Autonomic network engineering for the self-managing Future Internet” and is an IPv6 Forum Research Fellow in ETSI AFI Group. Interests: (1) Autonomic Network Engineering for Self-Managing Networks; (2) The evolution and application of the recently emerged Architectural Reference Model for Autonomic Networking, Cognitive Networking and Self-Management, known as the GANA (Generic Autonomic Networking Architecture) Model for autonomic management and control in diverse networks and technologies (an emerging ETSI standard); (3) SDN Enablers in the ETSI AFI GANA Reference Model for Autonomic Management & Control (emerging standard), and Virtualization Impact (NFV and resource virtualizations); and (4) Standardization initiatives for Autonomic Networking and Self-Management; (5) IPv6 and its evolution; (6) AFI Liaisons with BBF, 3GPP, NGMN, TMF, ITU-T, OMG SDN WG and IEEE. He has plenty of peer reviewed scientific publications in Conferences, Journals and Workshops, and has served as Chair, Keynote-speaker and TPC member of a number of International Workshops. Other areas of expertise/experience include: Formal-Methods (ITUT&ETSI SDL/ASN.1/TTCN-3 standardized-languages); OMG’s Model Driven Engineering Techniques for Development and Testing of Complex Systems; GPRS/UMTS protocol verifications; Network Management; Service Quality Management (SQM); QoS, Routing and Traffic Engineering in IP protocols, IntServ/DiffServ, MPLS, and ATM. Previously worked in ETSI Specialist Task Force 276 on Standardized Test Specifications for core IPv6 Protocols. Some of recent and past Projects: EC-funded FP7-EFIPSANS Project (was Project Technical Manager), FP6-ANA(Autonomic Network Architecture), and Siemens-ICN&BMBF KING Project: KING (Key components for the mobile Internet of the Next Generation).


IF-13: Update on Wired Broadband xDSL/IPTV Systems, Including the New Standard

Track: Networking and Information 
Time: 12/10/14 2:00-3:45pm
Russ Gundrum, University of Houston
Abstract: Austin has been deemed as one of the battleground cities between Google Fiber and AT&T’s recently announced GigaPower U-verse service. The San Antonio/Austin area was the first in AT&T’s footprint to receive IPTV (U-verse) service back in 2005, so this is an ideal place and forum to provide this update. Listed below are the five panelists with the title and abstract of their presentation and a biography.

Vernon Reed, Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs, Austin, TX
Dr. Jochen Maes, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Belgium
Dr. George Ginis, ASSIA, Inc., Redwood City, CA
Dr. Dhadesugoor R. Vaman, Digital Compression Technology LLC, Herndon, VA
Andrew Long, EXFO, Quebec City, Canada
Russ Gundrum, University of Houston


Vernon Reed

Currently working as a Lead Member of Technical Staff of AT&T Labs in Austin, TX, for AT&T’s Domain 2.0 Architecture Group (Wireline Access), Vernon Reed served since 2004 as Technical Lead in developing AT&T’s U-VerseÔ IPTV Service – a complete new-generation IP-based triple-play broadband service offering that delivers standard and high-definition video, voice over IP, and high-speed data to the home using fiber, broadband copper technologies, and wireless data into homes in 63 core cities across 22 states.  He is a recognized authority in end-to-end content delivery using broadband access systems and computing technologies, home network technologies, interfaces, protocols and applications.
Prior to his work in AT&T Labs, Vernon served for three years as Director of Telecom for  Northern Arizona, providing Technical, Policy and Program Direction for all state, county and city IT and Telecommunications related activities.
Vernon may be classified as a one of the original “founders” of the IPTV space.   Beginning in 1998 as Manager of Technical and Customer Marketing for Motorola’s Streamaster multimedia platform, he defined, implemented, operated and demonstrated complete end-to-end switch/router/DSL-based IPTV network solutions more than sixteen years ago.
A retired Navy Commander, Vernon received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, and his Master’s degree at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is in all likelihood the only person you may ever meet with an advanced degree Electronic Warfare. 

Jochen Maes joined Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in 2006 where he has been continuously shifting the limits of copper. He heads the Bell Labs team that researches transceiver and system design for copper access. The team is currently focused on XG-FAST that delivers 10 Gb/s over the telephone network. His previous work includes, as well as vectoring and phantom mode transmission, which received the Broadband Infovision Award in 2010 and the Bell Labs President’s Award in 2011. Jochen contributes to ITU G.vector and projects, is senior member of the IEEE, and holds a Masters degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Science.

George Ginis is SVP of Service Provider Marketing with ASSIA, Inc., overseeing marketing of network management products and helping service providers maximize the profit and performance of broadband access networks. Between 2002 and 2005, he was a systems engineer with the Broadband Communications Group of Texas Instruments, where he was involved in the design of DSL chipsets for central office equipment and residential gateways. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2013 for his technical contributions to DSL, including his work in inventing vectoring technology. He holds a diploma in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Dhadesugoor R. Vaman is the Chief Technology Officer, Digital Compression Technology, L.L.C. He has more than 43 years of research experience in telecommunications and networking area. Currently, he has been working on high- speed data transport systems with high spectral efficiency algorithms and new forward error correction strategies. His research experience includes High Quality Scalable Video Coding and High Quality of Service assurance; Distributed Bandwidth and Processor Efficient Network Management for wireless and sensor networks; Managing network interferences such as Fading using Autonomous Error Correction, Discrete Sample Interleaving and Phase Equalization; Graph Theoretic Routing with Optimum Scheduling and Cluster Based Management for QoS; Zone finding and Position, Location and Tracking of mobile radios for strict friendly multi-hop connected path with detection and prevention of malicious radios; design of see-through-the-wall sensors for battlefield and homeland theaters. Prior to joining DCT, Dr. Vaman was the Texas A&M University System Regents Professor, Texas Instrument Endowed Chair Professor and Founding Director of ARO Center for Battlefield Communications (CeBCom) Research, ECE Department, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), the CEO of Megaxess (now restructured as MXC) which developed a business ISP products that to offered differentiated QoS assured multi-services with dynamic bandwidth management and successfully deployed in several ISPs and a high-speed self healing band-aid on the fly product to maintain network connectivity at all times. He was able to raise the valuation of the company to $ 180 Million in 2000 based on Arthur D. Little’s evaluation. Prior to being a CEO, Dr. Vaman was a Professor of EECS and founding Director of Advanced Telecommunications Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology (1984-1998); Member, Technology Staff in COMSAT (Currently Lockheed Martin) Laboratories (1981-84) and Network Analysis Corporation (CONTEL) (1979-81); Research Associate in Communications Laboratory, The City College of New York (1974-79); and Systems Engineer in Space Applications Center (Indian Space Research Organization) (1971-1974). He was also the Chairman of IEEE 802.9 ISLAN Standards Committee and made numerous technical contributions and produced 4 standards. Dr. Vaman has published over 200 papers in journals and conferences; widely lectured nationally and internationally; has been a key note speaker in many IEEE and other conferences, and industry forums. More recently, he was the Vice Chair of the Industry Forum in IEEE Globecom-2011, Houston, TX. He also has presented national and international workshops. He has received numerous awards and patents, and many of his innovations have been successfully transferred to industry for developing commercial products.

Andrew Long is a Group Manager, Access Business Unit at EXFO.

Russ Gundrum retired on 12/31/13 as a Senior Project Manager - AT&T Business Solutions in Houston, Texas. He joined SWBT in 1974 as the Houston Area Transmission & Protection Engineer, after spending several years with the Western Electric Co. in Winston-Salem, NC, writing Bell System Practices on Inductive Coordination and Electrical Protection. He left the company in 1978 to become a Vice President and Director of a telecommunications manufacturer in Oshkosh, WI. In 1986, he returned to Houston where he owned and operated three different businesses, two that were startups. In 1997, he became the Residential Shared Services Manager for Time Warner Connect in Houston. In 1998, after Time Warner decided to get out of the facilities-based CLEC residential telephony business, he was able to rejoin SWBT. Mr. Gundrum received a B.S. in Technology degree from the University of Houston in May 1972 and a Certificate in Telecommunications Management from the University of Dallas in May 2000. In November 2001, he was awarded the MBA in Telecommunications Management from the University of Dallas. He has published a training manual (Vol. 14) for abc of the Telephone on Power Interference: Problems and Solutions and has written eleven articles for various telecom trade magazines. On December 11, 2001, the Project Management Institute (PMI) certified Mr. Gundrum as a Project Management Professional (PMP). He has been a member of IEEE for over 40 years, and was instrumental in the development of IEEE Standard 1147 – 1991 on the IEEE Guide for the Implementation of Inductive Coordination Mitigation Techniques and Application. In November, 2002, he was elected to the grade of Senior Member in the IEEE and recently became a Life Senior Member. In the spring of 2002, he was asked to develop and teach two new graduate courses in the new Masters in Network Communications program offered by the College of Technology at the University of Houston. One course was on Advanced Wireless Networks and the other was on Project Management in Communications. In the fall of 2002, he developed and taught a course on Network Management. In the spring of 2007 – 2014 and the fall of 2013, he taught a senior-level class in Advanced Microcomputer Networks (ELET 4325). In the spring of 2013 – 2014 and the fall of 2013, he taught a course on Computer Networking (ELET 4421). On September 4, 2007, Mr. Gundrum was awarded U.S. Patent # 7,266,154, on October 8, 2008 # 7,433,412 and on November 15, 2011 #8,059,725 for AT&T on a Digital Subscriber Line Induction Neutralizing Transformer Network. This is a new technique to protect DSL equipment, improve its operational reliability and transmission speed and extend the distance to allow more customers to be served high-speed Internet services, including IPTV. On August 28, 2007 he presented a one day seminar on the “Lost Art (and Science!) of AC Interference Mitigation – Solve Induction Problems Affecting your FTTN/IPTV Services, While Extending Your Reach”, at the OSP Expo in San Jose, CA. On November 17, 2009 he gave a presentation on "U-verse...Example of an Academic Business Solution" at the 4th Annual AT&T Project Management Symposium in Dallas, TX. This was over the 1,000 room U-verse project he implemented at U of H. On October 13, 2010 he gave a presentation on "AT&T's Patented DSL INT for IPTV Applications" at the OSP Expo in San Antonio, TX. In November 2010 he received the Green Belt Six Sigma Certification from AT&T and in December 2010 he received it from U of H. In 2010 he was accepted into the Master’s program in Project Management at the U of H’s College of Technology. He is now a full time Adjunct Professor at U of H’s College of Technology and has an office in its AT&T Technology Lab.

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IF-14: Cable Industry Access Technologies

Track: Networking and Information
Time: 12/10/14 4:15-6:00pm

Organizer: Mehmet Toy, Comcast

1) Mehmet Toy: Distinguished Engineer, Comcast, Mount Laurel, NJ USA
     Topic: DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE)
2) Hesham ElBakoury: Principal Engineer, Futurewei Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, USA.
     Topic: SDN and NFV for Cable Networks
3) Saifur Rahman: Distinguished Engineer, Access Architecture, Comcast , Philadelphia, PA,  USA.
    Topic: Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP)
4) Belal Hamzeh:  Director of Broadband Evolution with CableLabs, Denver, CO, USA.  
    Topic: DOCSIS 3.1-The Road to 10 Gbps
Abstract:  Cable Industry has new initiatives to support growing user demands in data, voice and video services. DOCSIS 3.1, DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE), Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP), Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are among them.  This forum will discuss pros and cons of these technologies.

Description: As user demand for more bandwidth for data, voice and video services, MSOs introduce new access technologies to accommodate this demand, and reduce equipment and operation costs.   DOCSIS Provisioning of  EPON (DPoE),  XPON, Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP) and DOCSIS 3.1 are among them. This forum will discuss pros and cons of these technologies.
A brief overview of EPON technology, DPoE architectures and services along with OAM capabilities will be followed with an overview of the EPON, GPON “debate”. The talk will focus on economics rather than religion; and will detail the difficult operator choices and trade-offs in choosing one or both (EPON and GPON) ecosystems for deployment in their networks.  These discussions will be placed in the context of specific three to five+ year business and technical requirements that further drive point-to-multipoint fiber architectures to higher speeds as evidenced by the work on NG-PON2 and NG-EPON
High level overview of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) will be presented with focus on their value proposition for MSO. NFV and SDN are highly complementary, and are not dependent on each other, but they are mutually beneficial, and together they can create the greatest value for MSO.  The presentation will show using examples how SDN and NFV can help MSO quickly introduce new revenue generating services to customers with lower cost, and help reduce OPEX via automation of network management functions and dynamic control  of network resources.
Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP)  will be explained which leaves existing services untouched, enables considerable new capacity in the HFC network. This approach can solve the current US capacity limitation, leverage existing technologies, build upon the current MSO strategy of segmenting the HFC network to increase overall capacity, and it should be neither more costly nor operationally  more impacting than any current practice.
Later on DOCSIS 3.1 that supports a feature rich physical layer maximizing the potential of the HFC network will be presented. In this presentation, we present an analysis of the physical layer enhancements in DOCSIS 3.1 that enable higher spectral efficiencies in the upstream and downstream and higher capacities and performance on the HFC network. We also cover a capacity analysis showing the potential gains obtained by transitioning an HFC network from DOCSIS 3.0 to DOCSIS 3.1.
Mehmet Toy
received his Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.  He is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast and involved in Metro Ethernet, DPoE and Cloud standards and services.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Toy held executive and technical positions at various companies including AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies, and thought at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
He authored five books, a video tutorial, and numerous articles in various areas of computer networking and signal processing.
He is a Sr. Member of IEEE and chairs IEEE ComSoc Cable Networks and Services sub-committee,  

Saifur Rahman has been at Comcast for the past 12-years as part of the access network group. He has been extensively involved with the development of the CMTS and EQAM products and specifications development. Saif lead the DOCSIS 3.0 spec development and deployment efforts for Comcast. His responsibilities include the development and test of next generation access networks and associated products.
Saif has been involved in research and development of advanced communications and control systems for over 20 years having worked for such companies as Spike Broadband, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and E-Systems. He has been involved with various aspects of the product development cycle including research, design, development, test, manufacturing, and product support.
Saif holds a BSEE degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a MSEE degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  

Mr. Hesham ElBakoury is a thirty five year veteran in the telecommunications and data networking industry with an extensive background and expertise in the architecture, design and development of Distributed Systems and Complex Broadband Access, Enterprise and Telco Communications Systems. He is a Principal Engineer in Futurewei focusing on advanced technology research and standards in the access network division. Prior to joining Futurewei Mr. ElBakoury was Chief Systems Architect in Hitachi-CTA Access Systems Division, and Chief Systems Architect in Nortel and Bell-Northern Research where he led the architecture,  design and development of several very successful Switching/routing, security and Carrier Ethernet products. Mr. ElBakoury has been active in different standard groups including IEEE 802, IEEE 1904, IETF, and Cablelabs. He has several publications and patents in the field of Networking. Mr. ElBakoury holds M.S.S.C degree from Waterloo University, ONT, Canada.
Belal Hamzeh is Director of Broadband Evolution with CableLabs with extensive experience in research and development activities for wired and wireless technologies. Currently, Belal leads the DOCSIS 3.1 specification development efforts and is the Principal Architect for the RF and Physical layers.
Prior to that, Belal led research and development efforts for 3G/4G systems, including standardization, product development and network deployment. He holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Penn State.


IF-15: IEEE 802.11ah: Wi‐Fi Technology Tuned for Internet of Things (IoT)

Track: Emerging Applications
Time: 12/10/14 2:00-3:45pm

Organizer: Amal Ekbal, National Instruments

Dr. Hemanth Sampath, Qualcomm
Dr. Sudhir Srinivasa, Marvell Semiconductor
Dr. Sai Shankar Nandagopalan, Adeptence/Tensorcom
Dr. Guodong Zhang, InterDigital
The term "Internet of Things (IoT)" originally came into prominence in the 1990's to describe the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to uniquely identify things around us. This enabled businesses to greatly enhance the efficiency of their existing processes such as inventory management and tracking. The growth of the Internet made everyone realize the huge disruptive potential of not only identifying the things around us, but also communicating with them. Now, with the availability of low-cost, low-power and scalable wireless communication technologies, this grand vision of IoT has the chance of becoming a reality.
The IEEE 802.11-based Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technologies (also known by the trademark “Wi-Fi”) have grown into one of most ubiquitous wireless access technologies in both consumer and enterprise markets. The evolution of IEEE 802.11 standards has hugely increased data rates of wireless access from 11Mbps 802.11b access point in 1997 to 1.3Gbps (typical) 802.11ac access point today. Some IoT system designers use 802.11 radios to take advantage of its high market penetration. However, the primary target for 802.11 standards such as 802.11ac is high-speed access for laptops, smartphones, game consoles and other such devices. Hence, the power, cost and scalability requirements of many IoT use cases cannot be met. Many IoT devices use old 802.11b technology and trade-off data rate performance for lower power or cost. But, since 802.11 shares the crowded unlicensed spectrum, this leads to inefficient spectrum use and, potentially, huge decrease in network performance for other newer and higher performance devices.
In this context, IEEE 802.11 is in the process of creating a new amendment called 802.11ah to specifically create a version of the standard suitable for IoT use cases. In this panel, we will review the challenges faced by the current 802.11 physical (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) layers in IoT scenarios. Then, we will discuss various ideas that could improve these capabilities, with a focus on the solutions chosen by the 802.11ah task group and the reasons behind those choices. In particular, 802.11ah PHY layer uses Sub-GHz spectrum and lower bandwidth channels (1MHz, 2MHz, etc.). The MAC layer incorporates significant changes that increase scalability (via a hierarchical grouping of nodes), improve power save modes, extend range and reduce overhead for small data packet transmissions. Then, we will discuss what further ideas could be incorporated in the next generation of 802.11ah.
In addition to 802.11ah, there are several other wireless access technologies targeting IoT space such as Bluetooth low energy, Zigbee, LTE machine type communications (MTC), Z-Wave etc. We will discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of these technologies and explore how these technologies may even coexist and satisfy complementary roles in the macro-level IoT architecture.
Dr. Hemanth Sampath is the WLAN systems engineering lead at Qualcomm Research center that focuses on design, standardization, prototype & product support for next generation WLAN technologies.  Prior to the current role, he was the systems lead for pre--‐LTE (UMB) chip development project within Qualcomm. From 2001--‐2004, he held technical positions at Iospan Wireless Inc., and Marvell Semiconductor. Dr. Sampath graduated with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001.

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IF-16: IPv6 and IoT Challenges

Track: Emerging Applications 
Time: 12/10/2014 4:15-6:00 pm
Latif Ladid, President UL/IPv6 Forum, Chair IEEE COMSOC IOT subC,
Dr. Jorge Pereira, Principal Scientific Officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission: “The Critical Role of IoT Experimentation”
Sebastian Ziegler, Mandat International Vice-Chair, IEEE COMSCO IOT subC and IoT Forum: IoT European research perspectives
Dr. Srdjan Krco, Co-founder and CEO at DunavNET: “IoT Architecture Approaches in EU”
Dr. Antonio Jara, Assistant Prof. Post Doc HES-SO University, HOP Ubiquitous, Vice-chair IEEE ComSoc Internet of Things (IoT): The IPv6-based IoT Opportunities and Challenges
Pascal Thubert, Chair, IETF 6TiSCH WG, Cisco Systems: “ The Fringe Internet”
Abstract:  The public IPv4 address space managed by IANA ( has been completely depleted by Feb 1st, 2011. This creates by itself an interesting challenge when adding new things and enabling new services on the Internet. Without public IP addresses, the Internet of Things capabilities would be greatly reduced. Most discussions about IoT have been based on the illusionary assumption that the IP address space is an unlimited resource or it’s even taken for granted that IP is like oxygen produced for free by nature. Hopefully, the next generation of Internet Protocol, also known as IPv6 brings a solution.

The introduction of IPv6 provide enhanced features that were not tightly designed or scalable in IPv4 like IP mobility, ad hoc services; etc catering for the extreme scenario where IP becomes a commodity service enabling lowest cost networking deployment of large scale sensor networks, RFID, IP in the car, to any imaginable scenario where networking adds value to commodity.

This session will be devoted to analyze the transformative impact of IPv6 on IoT and its advances feature, presenting the challenges and solutions being considered in the context of several EU and Korean research projects.


IF-17/18: IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative - Third IEEE North America Cloud Computing Congress

Track: Enabling Technologies
Session 1: 12/10/14 2:00-3:45 pm
Session 2: 12/10/14 4:15:6:00 pm
Mark Karol, IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative
Third IEEE North America Cloud Computing Congress:  
Cloud Computing already has widespread impact across how we access today’s applications, resources, and data. The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) intends to help accelerate the development and use of cloud computing technologies and help advance the understanding and use of the cloud computing paradigm by coordinating IEEE cloud computing conferences, publications, standards, educational, and regional activities.

Session 1: Big Data Cloud Networking (IF-17)

Geng Lin (Google),
Mahmoud Daneshmand (Stevens Institute of Technology),
Wu Chou (Huawei),
Mark Davis (Dell). 

This forum features key industry panelists presenting their views on “big data cloud networking.” In recent years there have been great improvements in processing capabilities and storage capacity along with the ability to create networks that interconnect billions of smart terminals and trillions of devices. The panelists will discuss the issues and challenges associated with cloud network architectures, the exponential increase in the number of network-connected devices, and the support of big data services and applications. 

Session 2: Programmable Cloud Networking (IF-18)

Steve Diamond (EMC),
Hans-Martin Foisel (Deutsche Telekom),
Rajeev Agrawal (Nokia),
Chung-sheng Li (IBM),
Masum Hasan (Cisco).
In this forum, expert panelists will present their views on “Programmable Cloud Networking.” There are many challenges in designing a cloud computing system that can meet various requirements and support a diverse set of cloud applications and services. Many issues need to be addressed, including, but not limited to, security, reliability, architecture, standardization, and economics. Further issues arise when cloud architectures are applied to providing the network functions for mobile broadband networks. The objective is to allocate resources where and when they are needed to help deliver any service or application when the user demands it. The panelists will discuss the issues and challenges and present some potential solutions based on programmable, Software Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). 


Geng Lin is the CTO of Corporate Networks at Google. In this role, he leads the transformation of enterprise networking architecture to support the cloud-based IT service model both within Google and with Google cloud customers. Prior to Google, he was CTO of Networking Business at Dell where he had the overall responsibility for technology strategy, system architecture, product innovation, and partnership and acquisition of key technologies, for Dell's networking and converged infrastructure business. He was appointed Dell Fellow in 2013.

Prior to Dell, he was CTO of IBM Alliance at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for technology direction, strategy, and solution development of the joint Cisco-IBM solution portfolio worldwide. The Cisco-IBM Alliance is one of the most successful alliances in the IT industry and delivers multi-billion dollar revenues annually. In his 20+ years in the networking industry, he has also served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Netopia (acquired by Motorola), Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems, and Director of Product Strategy at Nortel Networks.

Dr. Lin is widely recognized as a leading expert in cloud networking and system architectures. He is a co-inventor of NVGRE network virtualization framework and an expert in Software Defined Networking. He is a contributing author of 2 books and over 60 papers and conference speeches. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia, all in Computer Science.

Mahmoud Daneshmand is Professor of Business Intelligence & Analytics at the Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 35 years of teaching, research & publications, consultation, and management experience in academia &[page5image20128]industry including: Bell Laboratories, AT&T Shannon Labs – Research, University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, Sharif University of Technology, University of Tehran, New York University, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

He has served as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) at Bell Labs as well as AT&T Shannon Labs -Research; Assistant Chief Scientist of AT&T Labs; Founder and Executive Director of the AT&T Labs university collaborations program. He is an Industry Professor at Howe School of Technology Management and department of Computer Science, Co-Founder of the Business Intelligence & Analytics MS program at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is an expert in Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT)/Sensor & RFID Data Streams Analytics, Data Mining Algorithms, Machine Learning, Probability & Stochastic Processes, and Statistics.

He holds key leadership roles with IEEE Journals Publications as well as IEEE Major Conferences including: Co-Founder and Chair of Steering Committee of New IEEE Journal of Internet of Things; Guest Editor of several IEEE Journal Special Issues; Keynote Speaker of many IEEE as well as other International Conferences; Executive Committee of Globecom as well as ICC; Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE ISCC; and General Chair and Technical Chair of many IEEE conferences.

He has published more than 96 Journal and conference papers; authored/co-authored three books; holds two patents (2009 and 2010). He has a PhD and MS in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and MS and BS in Mathematics from the University of Tehran.

Wu Chou is VP, Chief IT Scientist, and Head of Huawei Shannon (IT) Lab, USA. He is an IEEE Fellow, a leading expert in the field of IT, cloud computing, networking, Internet/Web, Big Data, SDN (software-defined-network), communication, signal processing, speech and natural language processing, machine learning, and unified communication. He has over 20+ years of professional career in leading R&D organizations. He graduated from Stanford University with four advanced degrees in science and engineering. He joined AT&T Bell Labs after obtaining his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and continued his professional career from AT&T Bell Labs to Lucent Bell Labs and Avaya Labs before joining Huawei. In his role at Huawei, he leads the global Huawei Shannon (IT) Lab in its research and innovation in the fast moving IT area. He has extensive experience in cutting-edge technology research, incubating ground breaking products, visionary technical leadership, and agile execution in research and product development. He published over 150 journal and conference papers, holds 32 US and international patents with many additional patent applications pending. He received Bell Laboratories President’s Gold Award for his achievement in 1997, Avaya Leadership Award in 2005, and the outstanding standard and patent contribution award in 2008 and 2009.

Mark Davis was appointed Distinguished Engineer at Dell following the acquisition of his big data analytics company, Kitenga. Mark founded Kitenga and served as CTO prior to the acquisition, designing and building the core Hadoop-based engine for the enrichment and analysis of unstructured data. Mark's career has included helping spin Inxight Software out of Xerox PARC (acquired by Business Objects), as a Program Manager for SharePoint and enterprise search at Microsoft, and as a DARPA researcher focused on computational linguistics, search, and machine learning. Mark is the big data lead for IEEE's Cloud Computing Initiative and serves on the executive committee of the IEEE Intercloud Testbed. 

Stephen L. Diamond is the founder and chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative and the IEEE Cloud Computing Standards Committee. He was 2003 President of the IEEE Computer Society, and served as Computer Society Treasurer in 2001, Vice President for Standards in 1999-2000, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Micro Magazine from 1995-98. Steve served on the IEEE Board of Directors twice, in 2005-06 and 2009-10, and chaired its Marketing & Sales and Strategic Planning Committees. He was a founding member and Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors in 2001-02.

Steve has more than 30 years of senior management, marketing, mergers & acquisitions, business development, industry standards, strategic planning, and engineering management experience in computer hardware, software, and semiconductors. He is Global Standards Officer and General Manager of the Industry Standards Office at EMC Corporation, a multinational Fortune 500 cloud computing, big data, and IT solutions provider headquartered in Hopkinton, MA. Prior to EMC, Steve was Director of Product Management for Intercloud Computing at Cisco Systems, where he built what was at the time the largest Amazon Web Services-compatible cloud outside of Amazon, and was responsible for Cisco's cloud computing industry standards program.
Steve is a prolific speaker on cloud computing, the Intercloud, and big data, recently serving as General Co-Chair of IEEE CloudCom, and has authored more than 20 technical publications on cloud computing, memory and microprocessor technology, signal processing, expert systems,[page2image20344]and computer graphics. Steve was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Richard E. Merwin Medal in 2014, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000, and the IEEE Computer Society “Golden Core” in 1997.

Hans-Martin Foisel joined Deutsche Telekom in 1998. He is currently Head of Hybrid Network Technology Department. His main activities at Deutsche Telekom comprise access network technologies, as well as SDN/NFV architectures and interoperability aspects. In the standardization area, he currently serves as Chair of Carrier Working Group of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF, ). Prior to joining Deutsche Telekom, he has worked at Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute in Berlin for nearly 20 years in the field of optical transmission systems research. He holds diploma of Electrical Engineering from the University Kassel and the Technical University Berlin, Germany.

Rajeev Agrawal is Head of Radio Access Differentiation, Technology & Innovation, Networks, Nokia. Rajeev is leading a team responsible for architecture, algorithms, analysis and proof-of- concept for best-in-class radio access technologies. One of his current focus areas is Centralized and Cloud RAN. Rajeev is winner of the SABA (Science Advisory Board Associate) and Dan Noble Fellow awards in Motorola. Prior to joining industry, Rajeev was Professor of ECE at UW-Madison. He is based in Arlington Heights/US.

Chung-Sheng Li is currently the director of the Commercial Systems Department. He has been with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since May 1990. His research interests include software defined environments, cloud computing, security and compliance, digital library and multimedia databases, and data center networking. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 journal and conference papers and received the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2003. He is both a member of IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received a BSEE from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1984, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1991, respectively.

Masum Z. Hasan is currently a Technology Director at the Cloud CTO office in the Cloud and Virtualization Group of Cisco Systems, San Jose, USA. He currently leads R&D work in Cloud networking, Network Virtualization and Programmable Networking (aka SDN: Software-defined[page3image18824]Networking) and Application centric Networking. His work focus also has been in the area of Grid/High-performance Computing, Healthcare Computing and Networking, Network Analytics, Traffic Engineering, Application and Network resource access control, and Network Management. Masum’s prior job experiences include Principal Investigator at the Bell Labs, USA, Research Scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada and software engineer / computer scientist positions in a number of companies / institutions in Canada and Bangladesh. Masum obtained his MMath and PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Canada and combined BEng-MEng in Computer Engineering from Odessa National Polytechnic University in Ukraine. Masum has been serving on the organizing and technical program committees of a number of IEEE/IFIP International Conferences and co-editor of a number of journals and magazines. He also serves as the Chair for the IEEE Communications Society's Committee on Cloud Communications and Networking. 


IF-19: Standardization: an Excellent Career Path for Senior Engineers

Track: Business and Government 
Time: 12/10/2014 2:00-3:45 pm
Organizer: Ken Krechmer

Donggeiun Choi, PhD,
Periklis Chatzimisios, PhD,
Alexander D. Gelman, PhD
Karen Pieper, Tabula

Abstract: Too many good, mid-career engineers are un- or underemployed.One way to address this is to help engineers recognize standardization as a very desirable mid-career path. Many engineers find themselves burned out by their late 40s-50s through keeping up with the continuous changes in technology, having had a number of different employers and through salary pressure from younger or off-shore engineers capable of doing what they are tasked with, for less.
Technical education, especially in the US, does not address the importance of standardization, the technical challenges and standardization career possibilities. Perhaps as a result, many working engineers look down on standardization, seeing only a time-consuming political process. With this background it is not surprising that most senior engineers don't recognize standardization as an intellectually and financially rewarding career. This is unfortunate, as native English speaking senior engineers have the best background to be successful standardization engineers.
This session addresses standardization as a mid-career choice in three parts:
-       The large and rapidly growing need for communications standardization engineers is created by the thousands of different communications standardization committees and sub-committees world wide. A panel of five communications standardization experts, each familiar with different areas of communications standardization, explain how the need for world-wide coordination of communications systems is creating new employment opportunities.
-       Why communications standardization is technically challenging. Presented by Ken Krechmer. An overview of isology (the science of standards) focusing on the more rigorous aspects of the field. (see for supporting papers).
-       What a standardization engineer does and potential employers. Each panelist presents their experience in standardization and takes questions.
Ken Krechmer ( participated in the development of the International Telecommunications Union
Recommendations for Group 3 facsimile (T.30), data modems (V.8, V.8bis, V.32, V.32bis, V.34, V.90), and Digital Subscriber Line transceivers (G.994.1) as well as the related US national standards from 1980 to 2002.  He was a founder and the technical editor of Communications Standards Review and Communications Standards Summary 1990 -2002. In 1995 and 2000 he won first prize at the World Standards Day paper competition. In 2006 he received a joint second prize in the IEC Centenary Challenge paper competition. In 2009 he was adjunct lecturer at the University of Colorado,
Boulder, CO, USA, where he taught a three credit unit graduate engineering course on standards. In 2012 he received first prize in the IEC Centenary Challenge paper competition. He was Program Chair of the Standards and Innovation in Information Technology (SIIT) conference in 2001 (Boulder, CO), 2003 (Delft, Netherlands) and 2007 (Calgary, Canada) and was a co- Program Chair of SIIT 2009 (Tokyo, Japan). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Donggeiun Choi is chief researcher in Korean Standards Association (KSA) since 2000. He holds a PhD in Technology and Innovation Management from Sungkyunkwan University of Korea. He is also the Vice Chair of International Cooperation of Education about Standardization (ICES). He was guest researcher at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 2012-2013. Dr. CHOI was editor of APEC standards education initiative 2007-2011, and now developing the APEC project titled " Inspiring Next Generation of Standards
Professional Development: Phase I. Identifying Stakeholder Requirements." Dr. Choi's published research includes "Standards in Public Policy and Education" in ASTM Standardization News (Sep 2013), "A Primer on Korea's Standards System: Standardization, Conformity Assessment, and Metrology" in NIST IR Report (US DOC, Jan 2013), "Integrating standardization into engineering education - The case of forerunner Korea" in International Journal of Technology and Design Education (Springer, SCIE indexed journal, Jan 2013), "Research profiling for 􀁭 standardization and innovation􀁮" in Scientometrics (Springer, SSCI indexed journal, July 2011), "Standardization as emerging content in technology education at all levels of education" in International Journal of Technology and Design Education (Springer, SCIE indexed journal, Feb 2011),"Standardization: Fundamentals, Impact, 
Alexander D. Gelman received M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York. Presently he is CTO of NETovations consulting group that supports industry in competitive research and intellectual property management in areas of Consumer Communications and Networking, including Vehicular Communication and its applications. During 1998-2007 Gelman worked the Chief Scientist of the Panasonic Princeton Laboratory, managing research programs in consumer communications and networking; during 1984-1998 worked at Bellcore, most recently as Director-Internet Access Architectures Research. Gelman served in various volunteer positions in IEEESA and in ComSoc, e.g. four terms as ComSoc Vice president. He initiated Standards Activities in ComSoc, served as ComSoc Director of Standards, was elected the first ComSoc VP-Standards Activities. He served on IEEESA BOG and on Standards Board and committees. Gelman
initiated IEEE standardization of Broadband over Power Line, was instrumental in launching the series of IEEE standardization projects in Cognitive Radio. Presently Gelman serves as ComSoc Director of Standardization Programs Development. In the 2014 IEEE Elections he is a candidate for a Member At Large of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors and a candidate for the position of IEEE Division-III Director-Elect.
Periklis Chatzimisios (SM IEEE) serves as an Associate Professor at the Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki - ATEITHE (Greece). He is currently a Visiting Academic/Researcher in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and University of Toronto (Canada). Since 2010, Dr. Chatzimisios serves as a Member of the Standards Development Board for the IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) and he has participated as Speaker/Panelist in topics related to standardization. He is also very active in several IEEE activities such as serving as Secretary of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) and as Secretary of the IEEE 1907.1  Working Group. Dr. Chatzimisios has served as
Organizing/TPC Committee member for more than 150 conferences and Founder/Organizer/Co-Chair for many Workshops which are co-allocated with major IEEE conferences. He also holds editorial board positions for several IEEE/non-IEEE journals and he is acting as co- Director for the E-letter of the IEEE Technical Committee on Multimedia Communications (MMTC). He is the author/editor of 5 books and more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. His published research work has received more than 800 citations by other researchers. He received his Ph.D. from Bournemouth University (UK) (2005) and his B.Sc. from Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece (2000).

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 IF-20: Reduce the overhead workload of engineering management

Organizer: Zhen Zhao, IEEE Senior Member, Comcast

Zhen Zhao, IEEE Senior Member, Comcast
Mehmet Toy, IEEE Senior Member, Chair for Programmability Technical Committee, Chair of Cable Networks and Services Committee
Jorge Salinger, VP, Access Architecture, Comcast
Belal Hamzeh, Director, Principal Architecture, Cablelabs


Currently, there are many software management tools and at Comcast we are using several of them, such as Sonar, ALM, Rally, Splunk, Omniture, SevOne, JIRA and etc. Each tool give out a lot of data to engineering managers. Managers use these data to monitor the process of software development. The problem is there are too much data. Managers have to analyze all these data manually. This brings a lot of overhead to engineering management. It is also possible that some hidden relationships that help with disclosing management problems or improving team work may be undermined by tons of other data.
This panel explores the current and future potential solutions of engineering management problems faced by different size companies. This panel presents the latest breakthroughs in engineering management, as well as some of the exciting opportunities and challenges for this regime. Experts from leading computer engineering companies provide their vision and experience, and will highlight their management solutions.
As a seed of this topic discussion, we propose using parallel coordinate in engineering management at Comcast. Different from those existing engineering management tools that focus on supporting more data to managers, this proposal focuses on analyzing the relationship between different data and disclose possible hidden issues to managers.


Zhen Zhao: As a CIM engineer at Comcast, Dr. Zhao has been working on cloud DVR, personalized service, video streaming and smart house in different projects.  As an IEEE senior member, he has been active in exporting technology from research to 
industry.  He was awarded Tech Export Honor from Comcast in 2013. Dr. Zhao received his Ph.D. in 2011 from Drexel University. He achieved two master degrees: M.S. in Computer Engineering from Drexel University and M.S. in Information Science from Sun Yat-sen University. He worked in People's Bank of China as a software engineer for 6 years after he got his B.S in Computer Science and another bachelor degree in Business Management.

Mehmet Toy: As a distinguished engineer, Dr. Toy starts serviced as Chair of Programmability Technical Committee, Cloud Ethernet Forum for architecture and requiremenst development for programmability aspect of Cloud Ethernet Services since January 2014. He also services as Chair of Cable Networks and Services Committee of IEEE Communications Society.  He was Service Architecture for Telcordia Technologies and has been working as an experienced consultant in industy.  He has been working on the industry for over 20 years after he received his Ph.D. in 1982.  One of his achievements was the standardization of SOAM and QoS for Carrier Ethernet (ITU Y.1731, MEF PM, MEF FM, MEF 7.1, MEF CoS). 

Jorge Salinger: As Vice President of Access Network Architecture at Comcast Cable, Jorge is responsible for the company’s video, high-speed data and voice access network strategy and architecture. In this role, Mr. Salinger was the key inventor of CCAP, and led the creation of the CCAP architecture at Comcast, and the development of the CCAP specifications with a team of MSO peers and industry organizations. He was also the inventor and developer of the multi-dwelling MDTA, the QAM-to-QAM, the DMon probe, and the QAM-to-IP devices and specifications. Mr. Salinger was recognized as the 2011 Person of the Year by CED and inducted into the Hall of Fame by CableFAX/Communications Technology. Currently, Jorge is Comcast’s technical lead in the DOCSIS 3.1 and EPoC specifications, and is Comcast’s member of the DOCSIS Certification Board. Jorge has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications and Cable, participating of new technology development and operations in areas of data, voice and video services. Prior to Comcast, Mr. Salinger was President of Consulting at YAS Broadband Corporation where he served as Executive Consultant for many US and international MSOs assisting with technology strategies in all service areas. Jorge also directed the Broadband Access Certification programs at CableLabs, including DOCSIS, CableHome and PacketCable technologies.
Mr. Salinger was previously Director of Digital Services at Adelphia Cable, Director of Telecommunications at Florida International University and Vice President of Engineering at Systems Engineering Consultants, and participated in the launch of 4 start-up companies. Jorge holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida State, has authored over 40 technical publications and papers, co-authored a book on micro-processor design, and is author and/or co-author of over 20 patents and applications.

Belal Hamzeh: Dr. Hamzeh is Director of Network Technologies and Principal Architect at CableLabs. He joined the Communications Technology Lab,  Corporate Technology Group in late 2005 and worked as senior engineer in Intel from 2008. During 2011 through 2013, he worked as a chief product architect in Intel. Dr. Hamzeh received his Ph.D. degree 


IF-21: mmW coverage and mobility for next generation cellular systems

Track: Access Technologies
Time: 12/11/14 2:00-3:45pm
Organizer: Ali Sadri, Intel

Ted Rappaport, NYU Poly 
Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Networks 
Philip Pietraski, Interdigital
Thomas Haustein, Fraunhofer 
Wen Tong, Huawei
Sana Salous, Durham University 
Abstract: Increasing the capacity of cellular networks is becoming one of the most challenging tasks of the mobile industry this decade. As traditional mechanisms to increase spectral efficiency approach their theoretical limits, new and disruptive techniques are needed to satisfy the growing demand of mobile data traffic. Consequently, the fifth generation (5G) cellular system is expected to make use of higher frequency bands in mmWave range to increase the density of the cellular network. While these bands provide potential for greater capacity it also imposes certain constraints in the design of the future systems to handle mobility and coverage.
For this panel discussion we are inviting speakers to address the possible challenges and requirements of such systems. Those topics and challenges may include: antenna design for eNB and UE, modulation and coding schemes, hand off, small cells, EIRP limits, frequency and channelization, regulatory challenges, form factor, power consumption and other related topics.


Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a professor of computer science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a professor of radiology at the NYU School of Medicine.

Rappaport is the founding director of NYU WIRELESS, the world’s first academic research center to combine engineering, computer science, and medicine. Earlier, he founded two of the world’s largest academic wireless research centers: The Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known asWireless@ at Virginia Tech, in 1990.

Rappaport is a pioneer in radio wave propagation for cellular and personal communications, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless-standards bodies, and he and his students invented the technology of site-specific radio frequency (RF) channel modeling and design for wireless network deployment – a technology now used routinely throughout wireless communications.

Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission, assisted the governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for Internet access, and conducted research for NSF, Department of Defense, and dozens of global telecommunications companies. He has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books, including the world’s best selling books on wireless communications and smart antennas.

In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now CommScope, Inc. (taken private in 2011 by Carlyle Group). In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications, Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation software for wireless network design and management that he sold in 2005 to Motorola.

Rappaport received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and is an Outstanding Alumni of his alma mater.

Dr. Rappaport can be reached by contacting his assistant Leslie Cerve at

Amitabha (Amitava) Ghosh joined Motorola in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.  Since joining Motorola he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, cdma-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX/802.16m, Enhanced EDGE and 3GPP LTE. Dr. Ghosh has 60 issued patents and numerous external and internal technical papers.  Currently, he is Head, North America Radio Systems Research within the Technology and Innovation office of Nokia Networks. He is currently working on 3GPP LTE-Advanced and 5G technologies. His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior member of IEEE and co-author of the book titled “Essentials of LTE and LTE-A”. 

Phil Pietraski received his BSEET from DeVry University in 1987. He received his BS, MS, and PhD EE from Polytechnic University (now NYU-Poly), in 1994, 1995, and 2000.

He joined InterDigital Communications in 2001 and is currently a principal engineer leading research activity in wireless communications, most recently in mobile millimeter wave communications. He has authored multiple papers and holds multiple patents in wireless communications. He was vice chair of the Mobile Gigabit working group at IWPC, served as guest editor of a mm wave special issue, and currently serves as a trustee for DeVry NJ campuses.

Prior to his transition to wireless communications in 2000, he was a research engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source’s X-ray detector research program.

Dr. Wen Tong is the IEEE Fellow and Huawei Fellow; the Head of Wireless Research, and the Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories, Huawei 2012 LAB
Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Wen Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global Head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1993 and joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995 in Canada. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 180 granted US patents. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s Most Prolific Inventor.
Dr. Tong has conducted the advanced research work spanning from 1G to 4G wireless at Nortel. He had been the director of Wireless Technology Labs from 2005 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Tong was the head of Network Technology Labs, responsible for Nortel’s global strategic technologies research and development.  In 2007, Dr. Tong was inducted as Nortel Fellow.
Since 2010, Dr. Tong is the vice president and head of Huawei wireless research leading one of the largest wireless research organizations in the industry with more than 700 research experts. In 2011, Dr. Tong is appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei 2012 LAB, a corporative centralized next generation research initiative. In 2011, Dr. Tong was elected as Huawei Fellow.
Dr. Tong serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance and Board of Director of Green Touch Consortium. 

Thomas Haustein received his the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in mobile communications from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, in 2006. In 1997, he joined the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, where he worked on wireless infrared systems and radio communications with multiple antennas and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing. He focused on real-time algorithms for baseband processing and advanced multiuser resource allocation. Since 2006, he was with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he conducted research for Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced. Since 2008, he is the Head of the Wireless Communications and Networks Department at Fraunhofer HHI. His research expertise is in the area of MIMO, OFDM, LTE-Advanced, Cognitive Radio Systems and Radio technology candidates for future wireless systems - 5G. Thomas is academic advisor to NGMN and actively contributing to industry consortia like IWPC and Green Touch.

Sana Salous, B. E. Eng. 1978 (A.U. Beirut), Master's (Radio Coms and PhD, U. Birmingham). In 1989 after being an Assistant Professor at Yarmouk University in Jordan and research fellow at Liverpool University, she joined the University of Manchester (UMIST), as a lecture, holding the positions of Senior Lecturer and Reader in 2000 and 2002. In 2003 she took up the Chair in Communications Engineering at Durham University, and is Director of the Centre for Communications Systems. She has authored over 140 papers and the recently published book by John Wiley on Radio Propagation Measurements and Channel Modelling.  She is a TPC member of a number of international conferences, General Chair of the URSI International Symposium of Signals, Systems and Electronics 2015 and Chair of Commission C on Radio Communication and Signal Processing of the International Union of Radio Science.  She is a UK delegate to the International Telecommunications Union, Study Group 3, and chair of a correspondence group on radio communication measurement systems. She is co-chair of the working group urban of the EU COST Action IC1004, and associate editor of the Journal of Radio Science, a publication of the AGU and Wiley.  Her research into radio propagation extends from HF for long range communications to mm wave for small cells and on body networks. She has designed novel radio channel sounders and radar waveforms for remote sensing of the sea and through wall imaging. Sana is a fellow of the IET and Senior Member of the IEEE.
Dr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, Head of Huawei Wireless Research and Executive Vice President of Huawei Canada R&D Center.
Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Wen Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global Head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He received the M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and 1993 and joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995. He has pioneered fundamental technologies in wireless with 240 granted US patents and more than 300 patents filings.
Dr. Tong has conducted the advanced research work spanning from 1G to 4G wireless at Nortel. From 1997 to 1999, he was the industry leader to create the 3G/4G foundational technologies and the framework for 3G/4G standards. From 1998 to 2006, he had been a driving force in developing foundational technologies for all the 4G wireless networks–OFDM-MIMO. He has been a key contributor to 3GPP (UMTS and LTE), 3GPP2, and IEEE802.16e (WiMAX) standards. Dr. Tong had been the director of Wireless Technology Labs from 2005 to 2007. Since 2007, Dr. Tong was the head of Network Technology Labs, responsible for Nortel’s global strategic technologies research and development in wireless RAN, advanced RF and antenna technologies, high performance IP routing, and enterprise networking.
In 2007, Dr. Tong was inducted as Nortel Fellow. Dr. Tong was Nortel’s Most Prolific Inventor.
Since 2010, Dr. Tong is the vice president of Huawei wireless research. He is accountable for advanced algorithms development, network planning and performance optimizations, 3GPP/IEEE/IETF standards, leading the largest wireless research organization in the industry.
Since 2011, Dr. Tong is appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, he spearhead to lead Huawei’s 5G wireless research and development.
In 2011, Dr. Tong was elected as Huawei Fellow. In 2014 Dr. Tong was elected as IEEE Fellow.
Dr. Tong serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance and Board of Director of Green Touch Consortium.

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IF-22: The Road towards 5G – A Clean Slate approach

Track: Access Technologies
Time: 12/11/14 4:15-6:00pm
Preben Mogensen, Nokia Networks
Reinaldo Valenzuela, Alcatel-lucent

Gerhard P. Fettweis, TU Dresden
Chih Lin I, China Mobile Research Institute
Takehiro Nakamura, NTT Laboratories
Erik Dahlman, Ericsson
Alexei Gorokhov, Qualcomm

Abstract: 5G is expected ready for commercial deployment around 2020. 5G will cover our next generation mobile communication needs towards 2030, where the traffic volume is expected to grow more than a x1000, end-user data to be x10-100 higher, latency to be 5-10 times lower, and the number of connected devices to be x10-100 higher.
Other requirements to 5G are significantly improved network energy efficiency and improved battery life time for low power devices – and of course much lower cost per bit.
The target of this panel is to discuss the system aspects of 5G – how do we reach the above stretching targets?
The panel will cover aspects of the promising research topics for 5G, the operator requirements to 5G, the roadmap for standardizing 5G, the spectrum aspects for 5G, the network aspects for 5G and the technology aspects for 5G.
We anticipate a lively discussion.  

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IF-23: Small Cell Solution and Design

Track: Networking and Information
Time: 12/11/14 2:00-3:45pm

Organizer: Dr. Tomas Novosad,  Nokia

Dr. Tomas Novosad, Senior RF Consultant, Nokia
Mr. Amit Mehrotra, Manager, Nokia
Dr. Simon Chapman, CEO, Keima, Ltd.,
Dr. Vladan Jevremovic, Director, Engineering Solutions at iBwave, 
Prof. Preben Mogensen, Aalborg University & Nokia, Principal Engineer
Mr. Pablo Tapia, CTO, Tupl, Inc.
Abstract: Small cell solutions are a natural element of high capacity solutions to support future data growth. The vision of 1000 times increase in traffic by 2020 requires adequate network solutions towards increased cell density and better spectral efficiency. Traffic distribution is uneven and always-connected users require small cell solutions which have a number of planning and deployment challenges.
• Small cell solutions have certain networking and practical dynamics that necessitate adequate design tools and approaches. The forum intent is to discuss and summarize the following:
• LTE network planning and design challenges.
• Small cell design approaches.
• Planning & design tool challenges for indoor and outdoor small cell networks.
• The deployment of a large number of additional nodes, many of which may be of a lower quality than the current network equipment standard, poses many challenges in the day-to-day operation of a network. In order to cope with this problem, operators will need to rely on further automation of their network processes, with more intelligent methods that can detect, correct and notify of issues that occur at micro levels.
• Small cells are deployed in dense urban environment with important aspects of vertical dimension which could lead to certain spectral efficiency improvements.
Tomas Novosad received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Czech Technical University, Prague in 1984 and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences in 1990 Since 1985 he has been with the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague, as a researcher with orientation towards CDMA, PN sequence design and error control coding. He developed a new family of pseudorandom quadriphase sequences for CDMA with optimal correlation properties. He joined Motorola, European Cellular Infrastructure Division from 1996 to 1998 as system expert. Tomas has joined Nokia in 1998. He has been oriented towards network performance, WCDMA/LTE planning methods and cellular network optimization algorithm. His technical and research interests are in wireless communication performance and cellular network planning issues. Dr. Novosad published over 30 technical papers, hold 1 patent and is co-editor/co-author of the book “Radio Network Planning and Optimization for UMTS”, Wiley, 2002, 2004 (Chinese) and 2006 (Second Edition). Tomas served as PIMRC_2006 Technical Programme Committee Member and participated as Industry Forum speaker at ICC-2012 conference and chaired “LTE-A Radio Network Planning Challenges & Opportunities” Industry panel at Globecom 2013 .Dr. Novosad is Senior Member of IEEE and currrently holds position of Senior RF Consultant at Nokia.
Amit Mehrotra received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India in 1996 and the M.S.E.E degree from University of Houston, Houston in 1998. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in RF Planning and Optimization with Voicestream Wireless in Houston. He joined Nokia (now Nokia Solutions and Networks) in 2001 and has managed and consulted on several large cellular network design, deployment and operations engagements. Since 2011 he is a Director of Services focused on new services development in areas such as Small Cells and Customer Experience Management at Nokia. He is currently based in Plano, TX.
Benoit Fleury ( ) is responsible for evolving iBwave’s current products as well as expanding the company’s overall product portfolio. He drives the definition and launch of new products while also working with partners to offer complete in-building wireless solutions. He has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry ranging from startups to large global corporations. Before joining iBwave in 2013, he was Director of the Transport & Datacom Business Unit at EXFO, a global test & measurement equipment provider. Prior to this he was VP and GM of the Instrumentation Division at Averna, a global test engineering solutions company. Benoit was also CEO of Lynx Mobility, a Northern Canadian mobile operator which he helped establish from the ground up. Earlier in his career, Benoit was a key member of the Nortel team which developed and deployed high capacity optical systems worldwide; he was the original product manager for Nortel’s 2.5 Gb/s optical product and later a development director for the company’s highly successful 10 Gb/s system. Mr. Fleury holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, both in Montreal. He is presently an advisory board member for Lynx Mobility and an Industry Advisory Board member for Concordia University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also an international MBA competition judge with Concordia’s John Molson School of Business.

Simon Chapman was awarded an Astrophysics Ph.D. in 1991 for his research into the numerical modelling of self-gravitating, magnetohydrodynamics systems concentrating on stellar and galactic formation.
From 1996, Simon adapted meta-heuristic algorithms that were originally developed for pattern-matching during neutron star coalescence simulations to the telecommunications industry. These were extended to automatic frequency and cell planning application for ComOpt, Agilent and Actix.
Simon founded Keima in 2006 and has 18 years’ experience specializing in optimization and automation algorithms. Keima have offices in Cardiff, UK and Washington, DC and develop the automatic HetNet platform, Overture.
Preben Mogensen received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 1988 and 1996 respectively. He has since 1988 worked in various positions at Aalborg University; since 2000 as Professor in mobile communication systems. Dr. Morgensen is heading the research section Wireless Communications Networks at Aalborg University, which counts approx. 50 researchers and teachers. He has published more than 250 international journal and conference papers in various domains of wireless communication. Preben Mogensen has been the supervisor of more than 30 successfully graduated Ph.D. candidates. Since 1995 Preben Mogensen has also been part time associated with Nokia (from 2007 to 2014 with NSN) in a position of Principal Engineer. In 2009 he was nominated NSN fellow. His current research focus in on mobile broadband network evolution and 5G.

Pablo Tapia is the founder and Chief Technical Officer at Tupl, a Seattle-based startup company that designs advanced automation solutions for operators. Prior to founding Tupl he was a Technical Staff Engineer at T-Mobile USA, where he led major projects including the technology evolution to HSPA+, the development of Self-Organizing Networks (SON), and the design and deployment of Quality of Service (QoS) techniques in the commercial network. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Pablo was a Product Manager in Optimi, and worked in several R&D positions in Nokia Networks in Spain and China. Pablo continues to be active in the R&D activities; he holds several patents and has been an author of two books on Cellular Technologies, with contributions to two other books. Pablo earned a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Malaga (Spain). His current areas of interest include SON, Big Data and User Experience.

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IF-24: Unified Standards on SDN, NFV, Autonomic Management & Control (AMC), 5G, and Unified Management of Fixed/Mobile Networks

Track: Networking and Information
Time: 12/11/14 4:15-6:00pm
Main Organiser/Moderator: Ranganai Chaparadza, PhD, IPv6 Forum Research Fellow

Tayeb Ben Meriem:  Orange, ETSI AFI, TMF, NGMN 
John Strassner: Huawei, TMF ZOOM
Steven Wright: AT&T Services Inc, ETSI NFV 
Francisco-Javier Ramón Salguero: Telefonica, ETSI NFV 
Takashi Egawa: NEC, ITU-T SG13
Abstact: Various Standardization Groups (SDOs)/Fora which are working on standards for SDN(Software-Defined/Driven-Networks), NFV(Network-Functions-Virtualization), AMC (Autonomic Management & Control of Networks and Services), NGMN NGCOR requirements on Converged Management of Fixed/Mobile Networks, 5G related topics and operator-requirements, and IPv6 as a horizontal topic that brings complementary value to all these areas, were invited to take part in the workshop: “Autonomic Management & Control (AMC) of Networks and Services, SDN, and NFV, as complementary emerging paradigms—From silo approach to cross-SDO combined approach: Follow-up Workshop to Globecom 2013 Industry Forum Sessions (Date: 5th June 2014, hosted by TeleManagement ™Forum Meeting)”—Report available under: The Groups that were invited to the workshop include: TMF, IPv6 Forum; ETSI NTECH/AFI; ETSI NFV; BBF; NGMN; OMG SDN WG; IEEE NGSON WG; ITU-T SG13 and SG2; 3GPP SA5; Multi-SDO; ONF; OMA; OpenDaylight; IEEE SDN and NFV Sub-Committee; OIF; other-groups. This Globecom 2014 workshop aims to communicate the outcome of the June 5th 2014 workshop to the GC2014 audience, pertaining to the SDOs/Fora harmonization efforts on standards for the emerging complementary networking paradigms. The workshop covers the subject of how SDOs/Fora are now performing certain types of harmonization activities that could make use of Cross-SDO Instruments for Harmonization and Coordination which may enable experts from various groups to work together on harmonization of taxonomy on architectural frameworks, protocols, models, etc, corresponding to all the key emerging paradigms. The work on unifying architectural frameworks for SDN, NFV and AMC is now being progressed by various collaborating Standardization Groups/Fora, and contributors (technical-experts) interested in such ongoing and future standardization activities can learn through this workshop how to contribute to the activities. Overall, the international community can also learn and discuss through this workshop the kinds of harmonization efforts SDOs/Fora should pursue to close standardization gaps revealed by attempts to combine the emerging complementary technologies of SDN, NFV and AMC. OPEX reduction, innovation of services and faster service delivery by enterprises and telecom operators require introducing in the network and OSS/BSS and EMS’s, Autonomic Management & Control (AMC) of Networks and Services, i.e. closed control-loops capabilities (e.g. real-time analytics and self-adaption), but also flexibility & programmability via SDN, NFV and Cloud-models. Telecommunications Operators are currently assessing these three technologies through a “silo” approach while it is now known that some capabilities inherent to SDN, NFV, AMC, can complement each other across the three paradigms. The three technologies must now be considered through a “combined” approach, from standardization perspective, in order to holistically guide the industry. This workshop will present to the wider audience a joint White-Paper by the collaborating SDOs/Fora: Industry Harmonization for Unified Standards on Autonomic Management & Control (AMC) of Networks and Services, SDN and NFV, as three complementary emerging paradigms, and on Converged Management of Fixed/Mobile Networks: From silo approach to cross-SDO combined approach. NGMN (an alliance of telecom operators) is now working on requirements for 5G. This workshop will also demystify the complementarities of SDN, NFV, Autonomic Management & Control (AMC), and IPv6, as Enablers for 5G.


IF-25: Internet-of-Things – from Standardization to Deployment and Commercialization

Track: Emerging Applications
Time:12/11/14 2:00-3:45pm

Tom Novlan, Samsung Research America
Amal Ekbal, National Instruments

Emilio Calvanese Strinati
, International Research Programs at CEA-LETI
Antonio Jara, Assistant Prof. Post Doc HES-SO University, HOP Ubiquitous, Vice-chair IEEE ComSoc Internet of Things (IoT)
Pascal Thubert, Chair, IETF 6TiSCH WG, Cisco Systems
Kwok Wu, Freescale
Sridhar Rajagopal, Samsung Research America

Abstract: "By 2020, the Internet-of-Things is expected to drive the deployment of 50 billion connected devices and a value-at-stake of $19 trillions. What started as a concept for providing universal identities in the form of RFIDs has evolved into a domain encompassing numerous technologies from low-power sensor networks to cloud applications as well as a whole new breed of business models. From being a concept attracting plenty of research, the domain has been adopted by multiple standardization bodies consolidating the many industrial best practices across numerous verticals and industrial players from Machine-to-Machine approaches of service providers to the improvement of operational excellence by both larger and smaller enterprises.
The state of the Internet-of-Things has reached a breaking point with a large number of pure players providing offerings across the whole range of different services from low powered devices focusing on the ease-of-use to device management platforms including connectivity management. On the application side a number of platforms are available providing different sets of capabilities including support for application development to targeted platform where enterprises can develop their own vertical-targed applications."

Dr. Emilio Calvanese Strinati
obtained his Engineering Masters degree in 2001 from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and his Ph.D in Engineering Science in 2005 on Radio link control for improving the QoS of wireless packet transmission. He then started working at Motorola Labs in Paris in 2002. Then in 2006 he joint CEA/LETI as a research engineer. From 2007, he becomes a PhD supervisor. Since 2011 he is the Smart Devices & Telecommunications European collaborative strategic programs Director. E. Calvanese Strinati has published around 70 papers in international conferences and books chapters, and is the main inventor or co-inventor of more than 50 patents. He has organized more than 20 international workshops and special sessions on green communications and heterogeneous networks hosted in international conferences as IEEE GLOBCOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WCNC, IFIP, and European Wireless. Dr. Calvanese Strinati has been the co-chair of the wireless working group in GreenTouch from April 2010 to January 2012. Since 2012 he is the strategy director of the Smart Devices & Telecommunications Strategy Program Director and in 2013 he has been elected as one of the 5G PPP steering board members.

Antonio J. Jara;  Assistant Prof. PostDoc at University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) from Switzerland , vice-chair of the IEEE Communications Society Internet of Things Technical Committee, and founder of the Wearable Computing and Personal Area Networks company HOP Ubiquitous S.L.,  He did his PhD (Cum Laude) at the Intelligent Systems and Telematics Research Group of the University of Murcia (UMU) from Spain. He received two M.S. (Hons. - valedictorian) degrees. Since 2007, he has been working on several projects related to IPv6, WSNs. and RFID applications in building automation and healthcare. He is especially focused on the design and development of new protocols for security and mobility for Future Internet of things, which was the topic of his Ph.D. Nowadays, he continues working on IPv6 technologies for the Internet of Things in projects such as IoT6, and also Big Data and Knowledge Engineering for Smart Cities and eHealth. He has also carried out a Master in Business Administration (MBA). He has published over 100 international papers, As well, he holds one patent. Finally, he participates in several Projects about the IPv6, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and mobile healthcare.

Pascal Thubert is a Principal Engineer within Cisco’s Chief Technology and Architecture Officer (CTAO) organization, where he focuses on industrial and other deterministic networks and products in the general context of the Internet of Everything. He is co-leading 6TiSCH, the IETF standard for IPv6 over the 802.15.4e TSCH deterministic MAC, and DetNet, a new joined effort with IEEE for cross layer deterministic networks. Since he joined Cisco in 2000, Pascal has specialized in IPv6 as applied to mobility and wireless devices, within Cisco’s Technology Center and then Cisco’s core IPv6 product development team. In parallel with his R&D missions, he has co-authored multiple IETF RFCs and draft standards dealing with IPv6, network mobility and the Internet of Things (6LoWPAN). In particular, Pascal participated as co-editor to the ISA100.11a industrial WSN standard and the RPL routing protocol, and participated actively to the introduction of  the IT/OT convergence for an Industrial Internet

Kwok Wu, PhD is Head of Embedded Software and Systems Solutions at Freescale Semiconductor.  Dr. Kwok Wu is an award-winning industry veteran and sought after speaker, and has been awarded  2012 Innovator of the Year by ECD – Embedded Computing Design Magazine for his platform approach to Wireless Smart IoT Gateways*.
In addition, Kwok was awarded the 2011 Innovative Networking Product Award, from the Broadband World Forum with Secured Broadband multi-service Gateway. He was also a recipient of the 2012 Best Networking and Communication Product Award, Smart Metering at Australia & New Zealand Summit.  
Dr. Wu has many years of diverse experience in advanced embedded systems and software which includes Software Defined Networking (SDN Opendaylight, Openflow, NFV, OVS, OpenStack). He has delivered high-performance scalable software platforms and products for Freescale’s Power Architecture, ARM, and ZigBee Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) in the wireless enterprise Access Point, broadband networking, telecommunications, enterprise, consumer, automotive, industrial, smart energy, and health segments. Dr Wu will have a book “Collaborative Internet of Things – C-IoT” to be published by John Wiley and Sons in Q1, 2015.
He has held various executive management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technology, Actel, AMD, Lattice and Freescale Semiconductor. Kwok is member of IEEE Computer Society, and holds a Treasurer position at the Austin Chapter of IEEE Communications Society and hold a PhD, EECS (Computer Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sridhar Rajagopal is a Sr. Staff engineer at Samsung Research America in Dallas, TX. He has previously worked at Nokia Research Center and at WiQuest communications,a UWB start-up. His current research interests are in low power algorithms and architectures for 5G cellular/Wi-Fi systems and in short-range communication technologies. He has contributed to multiple standard bodies such as WiMedia and IEEE 802.15. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University. He is a senior member of the IEEE.


IF-27: Hands-on- Education and Training with Software Defined Radio

Track: Enabling Technologies 
Time: 12/11/14 2:00-3:45pm

Michele Zorzi, Università degli Studi di Ferrara
Erik Luther, National Instruments
Robert G. Maunder, IET
Andreas Achtzehn, Aachen University, Germany
Houman Zarrinkoub, Mathworks
Abstract: Software defined radio is emerging as a valuable tool for hands-on communications education and training that overcomes many of the limitations associated with simulation-based approaches. In this session we provide a forum for in depth presentations and discussion to aid university educators and industry trainers in preparing to use software defined radio (SDR) as an instructional tool in their respective domains. We offer opportunities for our peer reviewed authors, publishing course and training best practices in the May 2014 issue of IEEE Communications Magazine an opportunity to extend their publications with live presentation and a panel discussion. The scope of this session includes discussion of undergraduate education, graduate curriculums, and software and hardware tools for advanced prototyping
Prof. Michele Zorci leads the ComSoc Education and Training Board. He has served numerous positions in the IEEE ComSoc including serving as the editor-in-chief of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine.
Erik Luther chairs the ComSoc Education Board’s Working Group on Resources for Educators and Trainers. He has produced and published university and educator resources as a primary focus for 7 of his 11 years at National Instruments.
Robert G. Maunder joined the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, in October 2000. He was awarded a first class honours B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering in July 2003, as well as a Ph.D. in Wireless Communications and a lectureship in December 2007. In 2013, he was promoted to senior lecturer and Chartered Engineer of the IET. His research interests include joint source/channel coding, iterative decoding, irregular coding, and modulation techniques. He has published a number of IEEE papers in these areas.
Andreas Achtzehn received his diploma degree in Computer Engineering and his diploma degree in Business Administration and Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. He is currently study coordinator (Oberingenieur) at the Institute for Networked Systems, RWTH Aachen University. In addition to his core research work, he is responsible for various administrative duties in the Institute. He teaches the virtue of flexible radio designs in various laboratories, and actively supervises graduating students internally and in external industrial cooperations. Mr Achtzehn has in the past actively contributed to the work of the EU funded QUASAR project in the area of assessment of future Cognitive Radio Networks. His extended research interest is the system-wide design and optimization of next-
Dr. Houman Zarrinkoub has served as a software development manager and a senior product manager with MathWorks, based in Massachusetts USA. He has been responsible for multiple signal processing and communications software tools within MATLAB and Simulink. Prior to MathWorks, he was a research scientist in the Wireless Group at Nortel Networks, where he contributed to multiple standardization projects for 3G mobile technologies. He is awarded multiple patents on topics related to computer simulations for signal processing applications. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from the Institut National


IF-28: SDR Prototyping challenges for dense deployments for next generation wireless networks (LTE, WiFi)

Track: Enabling Technologies
Time: 12/11/14 4:15-6:00pm

Rohit Gupta (NI, Germany) – Moderator
Amal Ekbal (NI, USA) – Moderator

Sundeep Rangan (NYU Poly, USA) – Speaker
Raymond Knopp (Eurecom, France) – Speaker
Emilio Calvanese Strinati (CEA-LETI, France) – Speaker
Nikolaos Bartzoudis (CTTC, Spain) – Speaker
Abstract: Around the world, wireless consumers’ insatiable demand for bandwidth has spurred unprecedented levels of investment from public and private sectors to explore new ways to increase network capacity and meet escalating demand. Against this backdrop, wireless researchers continue to put forth new ideas to address capacity challenges.  Proposed ideas span new Physical Layer (PHY) algorithms, new upper layer medium access control (MAC) techniques and cross layer exploration of new heterogeneous network topologies incorporating pico and femto cells, and relays. In all probability, wireless service providers may not rely on one “silver bullet” to alleviate capacity constraints, but rather employ a combination of techniques. Although there is no shortage of new concepts and theories, the time to transition from concept to simulation to prototype to deployment in a real network can take many years. In particular, transitioning from concept/simulation, which is largely a software exercise, to a working prototype with real signals and waveforms requires extensive investments in time and money, and has been an impediment to the adoption of new techniques to alleviate the wireless bandwidth crunch. In this panel, we will address following PHY/MAC prototyping challenges, especially for 4G/5G cellular and wireless local area network (WLAN) radio technologies that we envision are the key drivers for the success of a scalable SDR prototyping platform:


Dr. Rohit Gupta is currently working as a Staff Engineer in National Instruments. He currently leads the LTE prototyping activities for EU FP7 CROWD Research project. Prior to joining National Instruments, he worked for two years in CEA-LETI as a post-doctorate researcher in the area of Energy Efficiency of LTE networks. He has also worked in Ericsson Research for about a year on distributed base-station cooperation algorithms for LTE. He received his PhD from University of Washington in 2009, M.Sc from Nanyang Technological University in 2003 and B.Tech from IIT in 2002. He did his PhD in the area of solving PHY/MAC cross layer algorithms for dense LTE/WiFi networks. His research interests lie in solving PHY/MAC challenges for 5G within the context of both cellular and WiFi networks.

Dr. Amal Ekbal received his B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 2000, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2002 and 2008 respectively. He joined the Corporate Research and Development group at Qualcomm, Inc. in 2005 and worked on system design, prototyping and ASIC implementation of wireless communication systems. From 2010, he is with the Advanced Wireless Research Team at National Instruments as a Senior Wireless Platform Architect, where he is focused on next generation WLAN and cellular system design and algorithms, tracking standards and market trends in WLAN technologies, and prototyping wireless communication protocol stacks using software-defined radio (SDR) architectures.

Dr. Sundeep Rangan (NYU Poly, USA) received the B.A.Sc. at the University of Waterloo, Canada and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, all in Electrical Engineering. He has held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Bell Labs. In 2000, he co-founded (with four others) Flarion Technologies, a spin off of Bell Labs that developed Flash OFDM, one of the first cellular OFDM data systems and pre-cursor to LTE. In 2006, Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm Technologies where Dr. Rangan was a Director of Engineering involved in OFDM infrastructure products. He joined the ECE department at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in 2010 where he is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the NYU WIRELESS research center. His research interests are in wireless communications, signal processing, information theory and control theory.

Dr. Raymond Knopp received the B.Eng. (Honours) and the M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University ( ), Montreal, Canada, in 1992 and 1993, respectively. In 1997, received the PhD degree (docteur ès sciences) in communication systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL, ). He is very actively involved in many collaborative research projects with industry in the area of wireless communication systems. He is one of the leading contributors of open source project, which is aimed at implementing LTE/WiFi standard on COTS General Purpose Processors.

Dr. Emilio Calvanese obtained his Engineering Master degree in 2001 from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and his Ph.D in Engineering Science in 2005 on Radio link control for improving the QoS of wireless packet transmission. He then started working at Motorola Labs in Paris in 2002. Then in 2006 he joint CEA/LETI as a research engineer. From 2007, he becomes a PhD supervisor. Since 2011 he is the Smart Devices & Telecommunications European collaborative strategic programs Director. E. Calvanese Strinati has published around 70 papers in international conferences and books chapters, and is the main inventor or co-inventor of more than 50 patents. He has organized more than 20 international workshops and special sessions on green communications and heterogeneous networks hosted in international conferences as IEEE GLOBCOM, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE WCNC, IFIP, IEEE ICUWB, and European Wireless. He is the Smart Devices & Telecommunications Strategy Program Director in CEA. He has been the co-chair of the wireless working group in GreenTouch from April 2010 to January 2012 nd since 2013 is one of the steering board members of the 5G PPP and the facilitator of the 5G Wireless Expert group.

Dr. Nikolaos Bartzoudis received his Ph.D. degree in dependable embedded systems from Loughborough University (UK 2006). Before joining CTTC (January 2008), Nikolaos has worked as Research Assistant (Loughborough University, 2001-2003) and Senior Research Officer (University of Essex, UK, 2005-2007) implementing FPGA-based embedded solutions for high-end communication systems. Nikolaos currently holds a Senior Researcher post and leads CTTC’s PHYCOM department. His duties as technical team leader include FPGA or SoC development and lab-testing of spectral and energy efficient wireless communication technologies. Nikolaos has coordinated 2 R&D projects and participated in 10 others over the past 13 years. He is also involved with supervising and other academic activities and possesses hands-on knowledge of the entire technology transfer cycle.


IF-29: Making Spectrum Sharing a Reality

Track: Business and Government
Time: 12/11/14 2:00-3:45pm

Organizer: Prakash Moorut, Nokia Networks
John Kuzin (Qualcomm):
Uli Rehfuess (Nokia Networks):
Michael Ha (FCC):
Max Solondz (Verizon Wireless):
Dennis Roberson (Illinois Institute of Technology):
Yi Hsuan (Google):
Abstract: Mobile wireless communication networks will need to cope with the tremendous increase in data traffic anticipated over the next decade. Beyond the levers of increased network densification and enhanced spectral efficiency more radio spectrum is clearly needed for mobile networks to fulfil capacity and coverage demands. Clearing the spectrum, i.e., moving non cellular services out of their currently allocated spectrum bands is one straightforward way to free up more exclusive spectrum for Mobile Broadband use. This has been the best practice over the years, and will continue to be the preferred option for cellular networks. In most cases, however, clearing spectrum requires significant investment and/or can be lengthy. Therefore, in some cases spectrum sharing may be a very efficient means to gain at least partial access to additional spectrum resources for mobile broadband use. Spectrum sharing has become the new reality. It is no longer a question of “if” spectrum sharing will happen but “when” it will happen. 

The goal of the panel is to bring together top innovators and thinkers in the spectrum sharing field to discuss technological and policy developments in spectrum sharing in the context of LTE, focusing on the AWS-3, 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz bands as the initial test bands and sharing in the context of future 5G systems. Innovative sharing approaches involving databases such as Authorized/Licensed Shared Access (ASA/LSA) and the FCC’s 3.5GHz Spectrum Access System as well as the value of sensing will be discussed among others.
John Kuzin is Senior Director, Regulatory, in Qualcomm Incorporated’s Washington DC office.  He represents Qualcomm on communications matters at the FCC and on a variety of other technology issues before other federal and state agencies.  John works closely with Qualcomm’s business and R & D teams to craft the company’s regulatory strategy.
Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2010, John worked for more than a decade in Wiley Rein LLP’s communications practice in Washington, DC, representing clients before the FCC and state commissions on a broad collection of licensed and unlicensed wireless spectrum and wireline matters.  While at Wiley Rein, John also litigated intellectual property and complex technology cases in federal and state courts.  Following law school, John worked for the Weil Gotshal & Manges firm in New York City on patent litigation matters. 
In addition to his legal training, John is an electrical engineer, having worked for six years as a project manager and a systems engineer for Bell Communications Research (“Bellcore,” now known as Telcordia Technologies).  John holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union, an M.S.E. from Princeton University, a J.D. from New York University Law School, and he is a registered patent attorney.
Ulrich Rehfuess is Head of Spectrum Policy, Nokia Networks. He holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany and one in Industrial Engineering of Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Of his more than 20 years of professional experience in Siemens and Nokia Networks, he spent more than 15 years in R&D, system architecture and product management of mobile radio network systems covering GSM, UMTS, Flash‑OFDM, WiMAX and LTE.
Michael Ha is the Deputy Division Chief of Office of Engineering and Technology, Policy and Rules Division at the Federal Communications Commission. Since joining the Commission in 2010, he has led various technical analyses for spectrum allocations in advanced wireless services, mobile satellite services, and public safety services. He has been also engaged in the federal/non-federal spectrum sharing activities related to the AWS-3 spectrum auction. His other areas of interests include innovative technologies to enhance the spectrum efficiency and enable spectrum sharing.
During the 17 years of private sector experience, Michael held various technical and management positions in R&D, Technology Development, Corporate Strategy and Product Management, mostly with Verizon and Sprint-Nextel. Prior to joining the Commission, he served as the Director of 4G Device Management at XOHM (4G Biz Unit of Sprint-Nextel), where his team was responsible for the overall 4G device portfolio strategy and development.
Michael received a Sc.B degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Max Solondz is a subject matter expert within the Advanced Technology Strategy Group at the Verizon CTO Office. In this role, he is responsible for network and product strategies built around new technologies and new frequency bands. Previously, Max was a product manager for RF base station products at Alcatel-Lucent, where he has held several positions in technology development, technology planning, new product initiation and demonstration. Previously, he held positions at Bell-Labs, ATT, and Lucent Technologies, over a period of 22 years, all in the development of radio systems for base station products. He holds a Master’s degree from University of Massachusetts with a specialty in microwave engineering.
Dennis A. Roberson is Vice Provost for Research and a Research Professor in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology where he has over-all responsibility for IIT’s research efforts and the university’s relationships with its various corporate partners. He serves as the focus for the implementation of IIT’s Strategic Plan and the placement of IIT’s graduates. Through these roles and his responsibility for the Jules F Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, he supports the successful initiation and growth of IIT related business ventures. He is a co-founder of IIT’s Wireless Network and Communications Research Center (WiNCom) and a wireless networking educator. He is also President and CEO of Roberson and Associates, LLC, an IIT spin-out consulting firm primarily focused on wireless technology and technology management serving government and commercial customers. He serves on the boards of several technology-based companies, Chairs the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council and serves on the U.S. Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. He served as an Invited Expert on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Working Group on Spectrum Policy. Prior to IIT, he was EVP and CTO at Motorola. He had an extensive corporate career including major business / technology responsibilities at IBM, DEC (now part of HP), AT&T, and NCR. He is involved with a wide variety of technology, educational and youth organizations and serves as a frequent speaker at universities, companies, technical workshops, and conferences around the globe. Professor Roberson has BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Washington State University and a MSEE degree from Stanford.

Yi Hsuan is a wireless system engineer in Google with more than 15 years of experience in the industry of cellular communications. Prior to joining Google, he was a principal engineer and a technical manager in Intel working on the standardization of next generation LTE. As Intel’s prime delegate in 3GPP RAN4, he led Intel’s RAN4 team to participate, contribute and influence critical topics that were important to Intel’s LTE product design and roadmap. He was also a leader and an active contributor in standardization and modem development for IEEE 802.16e/m (a.k.a. WiMAX) in Intel. Before joining Intel, Yi was with Lucent Technologies responsible for system engineering and design of modem ASIC for UMTS base stations. Yi grew up in Taiwan and obtained his B.S. degree from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, both in Electrical Engineering.
Prakash Moorut is the North America Spectrum Lead for Nokia Networks. In this role, he is responsible for working with regulators, operators and industry members to open more useable Commercial Mobile Broadband spectrum in North America. He has over 17 years of experience working in Europe and USA on numerous wireless technologies and is currently enabling Small Cells, 5G technologies and Spectrum Sharing. Before joining Nokia, he worked for Motorola where he created and led a customer facing spectrum engineering group located in USA, France, and China. He has earned industry recognition, including from the Director of the European Communications Office for the work he led to open 3.5GHz to mobility in Europe and more recently, as a Co-Chair of one of the technical Working Groups formed by the U.S. Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) to facilitate the repurposing of the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1850 MHz bands for Commercial Mobile Broadband use from Federal Government use. He was also the Technical Program Co-Chair of the 7th IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN 2014), the leading international conference dedicated to the advancement of cutting-edge dynamic spectrum access network technologies and associated regulatory policies. He has several publications and patents related to spectrum usage. He received his MSEE degree from "Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité" (SUPELEC) in Paris, France.


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