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Tuesday 06 September 2011, 18:00–20:00 (Plaza Ballroom)

Research and Educational Challenges for a Smarter Workforce

Moderator:   Jorge Pereira, European Commission
Panelists:
 Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University
 Ted S. Rappaport, University of Texas Austin
 Lajos Hanzo, University Southampton
 Pravin Varaiya, University of California at Berkeley

 

Thursday 08 September 2011, 08:30–10:00 (Plaza Ballroom B)

Key Drivers for Future Wireless Access

Moderator:   Ali Khayrallah, Ericsson
Panelists:
 Erik Dahlman, Ericsson
 Bob Friday, Cisco
 Durga Malladi, Qualcomm

 

Thursday 08 September 2011, 08:30–10:00 (Plaza Ballroom A)

Vehicles in the Cloud

Moderator:   Jorge Pereira, European Commission
Panelists:
 Alex Bayen, University of California at Berkeley
 Ram Dantu, University of North Texas
 Raja Sengupta, University of California at Berkeley
 Ardalan Vahidi, Clemson University

 

Research and Educational Challenges for a Smarter Workforce

Tuesday 06 September 2011, 18:00–20:00 (Plaza Ballroom)

The engineering discipline and profession has rapidly evolved over the past few decades. This evolution has led to particularly significant advances in the area of mobile and wireless communications, which occupies a pivotal position in the telecommunications sector. However, the increased technological and scientific sophistication requires new multidisciplinary and holistic system design perspectives in order to successfully address the engineering challenges of the near future. These demanding research requirements cannot be readily met without appropriately preparing the engineers of the near-future to address the forthcoming technological challenges. This panel will discuss some of these research and educational challenges, with a particular focus on the mobile and wireless communications sector, as well as on the diverse fields of its emerging applications.

Jorge Pereira, European Commission (Moderator)

Dr. Jorge M. Pereira obtained the Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in 1983 and 1987, respectively; he received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1993.

Since September 1996, he has been with the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, as Scientific Officer in the areas of Mobile and Personal Communications and Broadband for All. He became Principal Scientific Officer in 2005, moving to the area of ICT for Sustainable Growth, with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Emergency and Disaster Management, and is currently working in the area of Embedded Systems and Control, where he is responsible for the area of Complex Systems Engineering, including Wireless Sensor Networks and Cooperating Objects.

He is a Member of the IEEE and of the ACM. He serves as Associate Editor for Mobile Radio, including Vehicular Communications, for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. He has recently taken up the position of Associate Editor of the ACM transactions on Sensor networks.

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Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University

Andrea Goldsmith is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and was previously an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech. While on leave from Stanford, she founded Quantenna Communications, Inc. and served as its CTO, and she is currently launching a new company to enable higher capacity and coverage in 4G wireless networks. She has held other industry positions at Maxim Technologies, Memorylink Corporation, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Goldsmith is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford, and she has received several awards for her work, including the IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society joint paper award, the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lecture Award, the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Transactions on Wireless Communications, and as Editor for the Journal on Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory and in Networks. She was previously an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and for the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine.

Dr. Goldsmith has served on the Board of Governors and as a Distinguished Lecturer for both the IEEE Information Theory and Communications Societies. She also served as President of the Information Theory Society and founded its Student Committee. At Stanford she received the inaugural University Postdoc Mentoring Award, served as Chair of its Faculty Senate, and currently serves on its Budget Group. Dr. Goldsmith has authored the book 'Wireless Communications' and co-authored the books 'MIMO Wireless Communications', and 'Principles of Cognitive Radio Networks'. Her research includes work on wireless information and communication theory, MIMO systems and multihop networks, cognitive radios, sensor networks, “green” wireless system design, and applications of communications and signal processing to neuroscience.

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Ted S. Rappaport, University of Texas Austin

Ted Rappaport is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he founded the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) in 2002. Earlier in his career, he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) at Virginia Tech, one of the world's first university research and teaching centers dedicated to the wireless communications field. Prof. Rappaport has been a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field, according to ISI Highly Cited, having published over 200 technical papers.

In 2006, Rappaport was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society, and to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2008 and 2011. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1990, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1992, the Sarnoff Citation from the Radio Club of America in 2000, the Fredrick E. Terman Outstanding Electrical Engineering Faculty Award from the ASEE in 2002, and the Stuart F. Meyer Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2005. In 2008, he received the Industry Leadership award from the Austin Wireless Alliance and the IEEE Communications Society WTC Recognition Award. Rappaport has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books. In 1999, he received the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award. In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, and in 1995 Wireless Valley Communications. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and is an Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus from his alma mater.

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Lajos Hanzo, University Southampton

Lajos Hanzo (http://www-mobile.ecs.soton.ac.uk) FREng, FIEEE, FIET, Fellow of EURASIP, DSc received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983. In 2009 he was awarded the honorary doctorate 'Doctor Honaris Causa' by the Technical University of Budapest. During his 35-year career in telecommunications he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been with the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he holds the chair in telecommunications. He has successfully supervised in excess of 70 PhD students, co-authored 20 John Wiley/IEEE Press books on mobile radio communications totalling in excess of 10 000 pages, published 1200+ research entries at IEEE Xplore, acted both as TPC and General Chair of IEEE conferences, presented keynote lectures and has been awarded a number of distinctions. Currently he is directing an academic research team, working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European IST Programme and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE), UK. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and he offers a range of industrial courses. He is also a Governor of the IEEE VTS. Since 2008 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press, and since 2009 a Chaired Professor also at Tsinghua University, Beijing. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to http://www-mobile.ecs.soton.ac.uk

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Pravin Varaiya, University of California at Berkeley

Pravin Varaiya is Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the UC Berkeley. From 1975 to 1992 he was also Professor of Economics at Berkeley. From 1994 to 1997 he was Director of the California PATH program, a multi-university research program dedicated to the solution of California's transportation problems.

Varaiya has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Miller Research Professorship. He received Honorary Doctorates from L'Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse and L'Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, and the Field Medal and Bode Lecture Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is on the editorial board of "Discrete Event Dynamical Systems" and "Transportation Research---C". He has co-authored three books and 300 technical papers. The second edition of "High-Performance Communication Networks" (with Jean Walrand and Andrea Goldsmith) was published by Morgan-Kaufmann in 2000. "Structure and Interpretation of Signals and Systems" (with Edward Lee) was published by Addison-Wesley in 2003.

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Key Drivers for Future Wireless Access

Thursday 08 September 2011, 08:30–10:00 (Plaza Ballroom B)

The panel will describe major opportunities and challenges foreseen as key drivers for the future of wireless access.

Ali Khayrallah, Ericsson (Moderator)

Ali Khayrallah is Director of Research at Ericsson in North America. His group works on projects in current and future cellular systems. He has been with Ericsson since 1995, in various research positions. Previously, he was Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Delaware. His interests are in research and technology for wireless communications. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.Eng. from the American University of Beirut. He holds more than 50 US patents and has published more than 50 technical papers, and received the Ericsson Inventor of the Year award.

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Erik Dahlman, Ericsson

Erik Dahlman received the Master of Science degree and Doctor of Technology degree from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in 1987 and 1992 respectively. He is currently the Senior Expert in Radio Access Technologies within Ericsson Research.
Erik Dahlman was deeply involved in the development and standardization of 3G radio access technologies, first in Japan and later within the global 3GPP standardization body. More recently he has been involved in the standardization/development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) and its further evolution into LTE-Advanced. He is currently part of the Ericsson Research Management team with responsibility for long-term strategies in the area of radio-access technologies.
Erik Dahlman is the co-author of the book 3G Evolution – HSPA and LTE for Mobile Broadband. He has also participated in three other books within the area of radio communication, as well as numerous journal papers and conference contributions. Erik Dahlman holds more than 75 patents in the area of mobile-radio communication.

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Bob Friday, Cisco

Bob Friday is CTO for the Wireless Networking Business Unit of Cisco's Network Services Group (NSG). Within this group, Bob Friday drives strategic wireless initiatives for the aggressively growing WiFi (wireless LAN) and Borderless Network businesses. Bob is currently focused on the trends and transitions in the convergence of WiFi and Cellular networks in enterprise and SP networks, the ecosystem of enterprise mobile app developers, contextual services and the evolution of WiFi.
Bob’s career has been focused on developing unlicensed wireless networking technology and products. He came to Cisco as the Chief Scientist and co-founder of Airespace, the wireless LAN leader acquired by Cisco in 2005. At Airespace, he leveraged his wireless service provider experience from Metricom to develop and introduce a centralized controller architecture for enterprise 802.11 wireless networks. At Airespace, he was responsible for location technology, mesh, wireless routing technology, radio hardware development, and radio resource management algorithms.
Prior to Airespace, Bob was Chief Scientist at Metricom, a wireless wide area network infrastructure company, and was directly responsible for the performance and capacity of the company’s nationwide wireless wide-area Ricochet network. Bob has been awarded 15 patents and holds a BSEE from Georgia Tech, and a MSEE in engineering from San Jose State University.

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Durga Malladi, Qualcomm

Durga Malladi is a Senior Director in Qualcomm Corporate R&D and leads the LTE-Advanced design, prototyping and standardization activities. He joined Qualcomm in 1998 and worked on system design, standardization and implementation of Globalstar, HSDPA and HSUPA from 1998-2004. From 2004 onwards, he has led the research and development activities on LTE and LTE Advanced, including system design, standardization, implementation and testing.
Dr. Malladi holds a B.Tech (1993) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees from University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include MIMO, signal processing techniques, communication theory and cognitive radio.

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Vehicles in the Cloud

Thursday 08 September 2011, 08:30–10:00 (Plaza Ballroom A)

Vehicular communications has been identified as a key technology for increasing road safety and transport efficiency, while also improving the energy efficiency of transportation systems. The integration of communication technologies into the vehicle is given birth to a networked and smarter vehicle with increasing connectivity to the Internet. This further increases the potential of this emerging transportation technology that is also expected to play a key role in the development of the fully electric vehicle. The panel will discuss the challenges and potential of the networked and smarter vehicle.

Jorge Pereira, European Commission (Moderator)

Dr. Jorge M. Pereira obtained the Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in 1983 and 1987, respectively; he received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1993.

Since September 1996, he has been with the European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, as Scientific Officer in the areas of Mobile and Personal Communications and Broadband for All. He became Principal Scientific Officer in 2005, moving to the area of ICT for Sustainable Growth, with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Emergency and Disaster Management, and is currently working in the area of Embedded Systems and Control, where he is responsible for the area of Complex Systems Engineering, including Wireless Sensor Networks and Cooperating Objects.

He is a Member of the IEEE and of the ACM. He serves as Associate Editor for Mobile Radio, including Vehicular Communications, for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. He has recently taken up the position of Associate Editor of the ACM transactions on Sensor networks.

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Alex Bayen, University of California at Berkeley

Alexandre M. Bayen is an associate professor in the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. He received the Engineering Degree in applied mathematics from the Ecole Polytechnique, France, in July 1998, the M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in June 1999, and the Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in December 2003. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major.

Bayen has authored over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Ballhaus Award from Stanford University, 2004, of the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, 2009 and he is a NASA Top 10 Innovators on Water Sustainability, 2010. His projects Mobile Century and Mobile Millennium received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for Best Innovative Practice, at the ITS World Congress and a TRANNY Award from the California Transportation Foundation, 2009. Bayen is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award from the White House, 2010. Mobile Millennium has been featured already more than 100 times in the media, including TV channels and radio stations (CBS, NBC, ABC, CNET, NPR, KGO, the BBC), and in the popular press (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times).

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Ram Dantu, University of North Texas

Ram Dantu has 15 years of industrial experience in the networking industry, where he worked for Cisco, Nortel, Alcatel, and Fujitsu and was responsible for advanced technology products from concept to delivery. He is a full professor in the the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas (UNT). He is currently a visiting professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in school of engineering. He is the founding director of the Network Security Laboratory (NSL) at UNT, the objective of which is to study the problems and issues related to next-generation networks. He is also the director of the Center for Information and Computer Security in UNT. He has received several NSF awards in collaboration with Columbia University, Purdue University, University of California at Davis and Texas A&M University.

His research includes mobile applications in health care and transportation sectors. In addition, he has been researching on the prevention of DoS and spam attacks in the VoIP networks. He has co-chaired three workshops on VoIP security. Prior to UNT, he was a technology director at Netrake (acquired by Audio Codes), where he was the architect of the redundancy mechanism for VoIP firewalls. His additional experience includes being a technical director in IPMobile (acquired by Cisco), where he was instrumental in the wireless/IP product concept, architecture, design, and delivery. In addition to more than 150 research papers, he has authored several Requests For Comments (RFCs) related to MultiProtocol Label Switching (MPLS), SS7 over IP, and routing. Due to his innovative work, Cisco and Alcatel were granted a total of 25 patents, and another 10 are pending.

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Raja Sengupta, University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Raja Sengupta is Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering program within Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.d from the EECS department, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His research interests are in vehicular ad-hoc networks and unmanned air vehicles. He was Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems magazine. He was Program Chair of the IEEE Conference on Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems 2003, Co-General Chair of the first ACM MOBICOM Workshop on Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks 2004 and Co-Program Chair of the second workshop. In 2008 he chaired the First International Symposium on Vehicular Computing Systems. He is also the General Co-Chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC) 2011.

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Ardalan Vahidi, Clemson University

Ardalan Vahidi is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University in South Carolina, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2005. He had obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1996 and 1998 from Sharif University of Technology and his second M.S. in Transportation Safety in 2002 from George Washington University, Washington DC. His current research interests are in optimization-based control methods and control of vehicular and energy systems. Use of ambient information, such as road terrain and traffic information, for improving energy efficiency of vehicles with wireless connectivity has been the focus of his work in the past two years.

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