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IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Edward G. Amoroso
Chief Security Officer
AT&T Inc.

Dr. Edward G. Amoroso currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer at AT&T, where his primary responsibilities lie in the real-time protection of AT&T’s vast enterprise, network, and computing infrastructure, including its emerging LTE mobile network. Ed’s team is presently focused on creating innovative means for reducing the risk of advanced persistent threat (APT), distributed denial of service (DDOS), mobile malware, and cloud infrastructure attacks targeting AT&T and its customers.

During his twenty-nine year career with AT&T, beginning at Bell Labs, Ed has focused exclusively on cyber security, working on projects ranging from Unix operating system security to critical infrastructure protection design. Ed is the author of dozens of technical papers and reports, as well as five published books on the topic of cyber security. For the past twenty-three years, he has also served as adjunct professor of computer science at the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he has introduced roughly 2,500 graduate students to the topic of computer security.

Ed holds the BS degree in physics from Dickinson College, and the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Ed is also a graduate of the Columbia Business School. In 2000, Ed was awarded the AT&T Labs Technology Medal and was elected an AT&T Fellow in 2009. Ed’s work has been featured in major news media such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and CNN. He recently completed, with his seventeen-year-old son Matthew, a high school textbook on computer science entitled “From Gates to Apps,” available from Silicon Press. 

Abstract:   Recent Advances in Cloud Security

As individuals and organizations continue to accelerate their use of cloud infrastructure, services, and applications, security concerns will also continue accelerate. A range of security solutions for cloud is presented here, including private clouds behind perimeters, public cloud with dedicated perimeters, encrypted content embedded in cloud, containerized session access to cloud, and run-time virtualization of cloud objects. Examples are provided using commercially available cloud security products and services.

Dr. James Truchard
President, CEO, and Cofounder
National Instruments

Named an Innovation Agent by Fast Company, James Truchard, president and CEO, cofounded National Instruments in 1976 and has pioneered the way scientists and engineers solve the world’s grand engineering challenges.
As one of Forbes’ America’s Favorite Bosses, Dr. James Truchard, commonly known around NI as Dr. T, has led the company from a three-man team to a multinational organization recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Places to Work and one of the top 25 “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” by the Great Places to Work Institute.
Under Truchard’s leadership, the company’s long-term vision, known as the 100 year plan, and focus on improving the world by providing tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery, has led to strong, consistent company growth and success of its broad base of customers, employees, suppliers, and shareholders. Learn more about the NI company story at
Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, Truchard has also been inducted into Electronic Design’s Engineering Hall of Fame.
Additionally, Truchard has been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his community involvement with organizations including: the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, The University of Texas at Austin Chancellor’s Council, Austin Software Council, and FIRST Robotics.
Truchard’s personal passion for gardening and photography has led him to writing a gardening book that he plans on giving to non-profits for their use fundraising.
Truchard holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in physics, all from the University of Texas at Austin. Truchard earned his master’s and doctorate degrees while working full-time as the managing director of the acoustical measurements division at the UT Applied Research Laboratories. 

Abstract:   Next-Generation Tools for Next-Generation Wireless Research

With the widespread adoption of smart devices, wireless consumers’ demand for data has increased exponentially and forced service providers to invest in new and faster technologies to keep up with the demand. Even with the planned 4G rollouts, industry experts agree that a fifth generation or 5G is inevitable. 5G holds the promise of everything and nothing because it has yet to be defined. It is needed to increase network capacity; however, many researchers view 5G as an inflection point—an opportunity to expand the capabilities of our wireless networks and perhaps redefine the term “network.”
Today’s cellular networks are plagued by inherent long and unpredictable latencies, and the use of a single-data-pipe, one-size-fits-all approach to connected devices virtually eliminates the possibility of a heterogeneous network that could potentially serve a broader class of applications beyond Internet data. A multidata-plane, low-latency network could not only impact the world economy but surely improve all of our lives. Against this backdrop, wireless researchers have a blank sheet of paper for designing 5G, so the potential of 5G lies with them and their ability to manage the system complexities created by advancements in communication, computation, and control technologies. Applying traditional “siloed” design approaches to solve the 5G puzzle could in fact be the bottleneck preventing a new network vision because these approaches tend to “reinvent the wheel.” Innovative technologies that can be created, designed, simulated, and prototyped faster lead to faster deployment.

At this session, Dr. James Truchard, CEO, Cofounder and President of National Instruments, explores the evolution of system design as a discipline and discusses how new graphical approaches can be applied to the complex system challenges of 5G.

Pankaj Patel
​Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer

​Pankaj Patel is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Cisco. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of Cisco's $36.3 billion technology portfolio across a global team of more than 28,000 employees.   He drives Cisco's technology innovation strategy to transform how people connect, communicate and collaborate  through integrated hardware and software platforms and architectures from Cisco's routing, switching, security, mobility, video, collaboration, data center and cloud offerings.

Patel holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2003, he was awarded a patent in the area of multi-service architecture.

Abstract:  Are you ready for the Internet of Everything?

The Internet fundamentally transformed the world…The Internet of Everything will be responsible for creating the trillions of dollars of value that is the Internet of Everything’s potential. The people and the companies who come up with the best ideas, who discover the most effective and efficient ways to use the Internet of Everything will be the ones who succeed in the future. Join Pankaj Patel, Cisco’s Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer as he discusses how Cisco is committed to innovation, simplicity, building winning teams and helping customers exceed their goals.

Dr Wen Tong
IEEEFellow and Huawei Fellow
Head of Wireless Research
Head of Communications Technologies Laboratories, Huawei 2012 LAB

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. 

Abstract:  5G Wireless Goes Beyond Smartphones 

The 5G wireless will bring a dramatically improvement of end user experience than that of today, 5G is a tool for telecom operators to explore new revenue streams from verticals by transforming the industries to improve efficiency and enable a vast range of innovations, such a transformation is emerging and 5G will make it pervasive. This talk will also present a set of key enabling technologies for 5G and to discuss the challenges and impacts in the context to meet much more diversified requirements than the previous generations, a much more extensive joint effort across variety of industries becomes essential to make 5G a success.

Dr. Alicia Abella
Assistant Vice President (AVP)
AT&T Labs

As AVP of Cloud Technologies and Services Research Organization, Dr. Abella has held positions that allow her to demonstrate her skills in a broad research spectrum which have unfolded into her organization’s current responsibilities which include research in cloud computing, distributed storage, human-computer interaction, mobile services, SIP/VoIP technology, ubiquitous computing, and emerging devices. 
In 2013, Dr. Abella received Columbia University’s Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to an alumnus or alumna, under 45 years of age, whose record in scholarship, public service, or professional life is outstanding.  This is the first time since 1929 --when the award was first given-- that Columbia has awarded the medal to an engineer. In 2011, she was selected by President Obama to be on his Presidential Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Also in 2011, she was inducted into the prestigious WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. In 2010, she was honored as one of the Top Five Women of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine. She is also a member of the elite group of AT&T Science and Technology Medal award winners and recipient of the Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.
Besides her technical contributions, Dr. Abella has been a strong advocate in fostering the development of minorities and women in science and engineering. As Executive Vice President for the Young Science Achievers program, she has worked tirelessly to bring an interest and excitement in science and engineering to high school aged women and minority students through a program of mentoring and scientific achievement.

Abstract:  Cloud computing: A new strategic infrastructure

Since the term was first uttered publicly in 2006, cloud computing has acquired many definitions, been embraced by some and feared by others, been called disruptive, and reached a point where it’s no longer an “if” for many businesses but a must.

The term “cloud computing” in the aforementioned sentence could easily be replaced by other terms taken from our modern technological history, and it would still be accurate. This talk will draw parallels between cloud computing and historically disruptive technologies that were strategic to the national and global economy. For example, when viewed as an infrastructure, cloud computing can be thought of as strategic to the economy as the highway infrastructure was in the 20th century. When considering commoditization and standardization, they may prove as vital to the proliferation of cloud computing as the standardization of intermodal containers was to the shipping industry. When looking at the cloud ecosystem, companies, both big and small, are competing to provide cloud technologies and services, in some cases even diverting from their main line of business, just as shipping companies emerged as a result of the shipping needs of the 20th century. Cloud computing as a global infrastructure, standardization of cloud technology components, and the formation of an industry solely devoted to cloud computing are some of the compelling trends and drivers that we will explore in this talk.

Rajesh Pankaj
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm Research

Rajesh Pankaj is a senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Research. He currently oversees Qualcomm Research’s Systems Engineering and Systems Integration and Test departments in San Diego, California. He also directs Qualcomm Research’s international offices in Austria, China, Germany, India, and Korea. In this role, he leads the operational efforts for a broad portfolio of research projects with topics ranging from next generation wireless networks to innovative technologies such as 3G HetNets, LTE, and small cells. Another project under Pankaj’s purview is pervasive computing, commonly known as context awareness. Engineers on this project explore sensor capabilities on mobile phones, making devices more aware of a user’s context.
Pankaj joined Qualcomm over 15 years ago as an engineer, originally working on CDMA 1xEV-DO. At that time, he helped drive wireless standards and improve 1xEV-DO performance. After the successful commercialization of 1xEV-DO, Pankaj worked on the next generation of that technology, 1xEV-DO Rev. A.
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Pankaj was an assistant professor at the University of Toronto where he conducted research on networks, with an emphasis on all-optical and ATM networks.
Pankaj holds a PhD and Master of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Pankaj holds more than 15 patents and is a member of IEEE.

Abstract:  Future of Wireless

Rajesh Pankaj, Senior VP Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will discuss the future of Wireless and the latest technology advancements Qualcomm is working on, including 5G, LTE-unlicensed and small cells, in an effort to solve the 1000x mobile data challenge and improve network efficiencies and the user experience.   

Qualcomm aims to be a leading force in bringing 5G to life.  Rajesh will speak on the latest developments with 5G and how it is about enabling new services and devices, connecting new industries, and empowering new user experiences.  He will delve into how broader dimensions of improvements will drive new 5G services and how a unified 5G design is scalable and adaptable across extreme variations of use cases.

The number of consumers utilizing mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets on a daily basis has grown significantly and is predicted to continue to grow 1000 times over the next decade or so.  This growing trend results in a dramatic increase in data usage which puts pressure on networks and ultimately affects network performance and the user experience.   Network operators have to address this issue in order to meet the needs of their customers and this growing demand.  Qualcomm is working on solutions to cost-effectively meet the 1000x mobile data challenge.   Join Rajesh as he shares information on the different technologies Qualcomm is developing to help address the 1000x mobile data challenge.  This will include information on making use of all spectrum types, including LTE in unlicensed spectrum, and how network densification through the use of hyper-dense small cells will provide greater efficiencies in spectrum and the user experience. 

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