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A Historical Perspective on the Evolution of the Technology and Market of Wi-Fi

Monday 07 September 2015, 9:00–9:45 (Harbor Ballroom 1, 2 & 3)

Kaveh Pahlavan, Director of Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, WPI

This lecture provides a historical perspective on evolution of technology and market around the Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), commercially known as Wi-Fi. Evolution from a struggling industry in early days for Ethernet cable replacement in offices and manufacturing floors to today’s most popular wireless access and localization technology for SOHO coverage, smart phones, tablets and consumer products. It also addresses how innovative technologies such as optical wireless, mmWave, spread spectrum, OFDM and MIMO first were discovered for WLAN and then evolved into cellular networking industry? Finally the lecture points at the future anticipations for large scale deployment of Wi-Fi networks, AP sharing and emergence of cable companies as wireless providers, temporary deployments for overly populated occasions, wide and inexpensive coverage of remote areas and the emergence of Wi-Fi in VANET industry. It explains how Wi-Fi on the Drones, Balloons and even pigeons are considered to extend the coverage of WiFi for inexpensive wireless access and localization and to enable myriad of new applications

Kaveh Pahlavan is a Professor of ECE, a Professor of CS, and Director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Wireless Information Networks and a member of the advisory board of the IEEE Wireless Magazine. He has founded and chaired a number of pioneering international conferences in wireless networking. He has been a Westin Hadden Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI, a fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the Nokia, a Fulbright-Nokia scholar and recipient of the Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship at WPI. He has been involved in research and entrepreneurship in WLAN access and localization for over four decades and has written several books and numerous papers and patents on the topic.

Quantum-Wireless: A ``Spooky Phenomenon at a Distance'' or a Potent Wireless Tool Dr Einstein?

Monday 07 September 2015, 9:45–10:30 (Harbor Ballroom 1, 2 & 3)

Lajos Hanzo, Professor of Electronics and Computer Science, Southampton University

Since Marconi demonstrated the feasibility of radio transmissions, researchers have endeavoured to fulfill the dream of flawless wireless multimedia telecommunications, creating the impression of tele-presence - at the touch of a dialling key...

However, making this dream a reality required 'quantum' leaps both in digital signal processing and in its nano-electronics based implementation, facilitated by advances in science. This process has been fuelled by a huge consumer market. Moore's laws has indeed prevailed since he outlined his empirical rule-of-thumb in 1965, but based on this the scale of integration is set to depart from classical physics obeying the well-understood rules revealed by science and enter into a new world, where the traveller has to obey the sometimes strange new rules of the quantum-world.

The quest for quantum-domain communication solutions was inspired by Feynman's revolutionary idea in 1985: particles such as photons or electrons might be relied upon for encoding, processing and delivering information. During the last three decades researchers and engineers often considered a pair of open problems. Firstly, classic systems relying on the efficient processing capability of quantum-search algorithms were considered in the area of quantum-assisted communications, while the branch of quantum-domain communications relies on quantum channels constituted by the deleterious effects of the environment perturbing the quantum-state of particles.

In wireless communications we often encounter large-scale search problems, some of which may be efficiently solved with the aid of
bio-inspired random guided algorithms or quantum-search techniques. For example, Grover's algorithm is capable of searching
through an N-element data-base with the aid of square-root N cost-function evaluations. Commencing with a brief historical
perspective, a variety of efficient quantum-assisted solutions will be exemplified.

Lajos Hanzo, FREng, FIEEE, FIET, EURASIP Fellow, RS Wolfson Fellow, received his 5-year Master degree in electronics from the Technical University of Budapest in 1976, his doctorate in 1983 and his Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degree in 2004. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh and Budapest. During his 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 ECS, University of Southampton, UK, where holds the Chair in Telecommunications. He co-authored 20 IEEE - John Wiley books and 1500+ IEEE Xplore contributions. His current research interests are featured at

SDN/NFV enabling future Carrier Networks

Tuesday 08 September 2015, 9:00–9:45 (Harbor Ballroom 1, 2 & 3)

Gagan Puranik, Head of Network Planning Architecture, Verizon

SDN and NFV initiatives are important to Verizon and other network operators because we are seeing demand for increased bandwidth without corresponding increases in revenues.  Consumers of that bandwidth aren't necessarily willing to pay more for it. The traditional ways of building networks, using purpose-built hardware in networks engineered for peak traffic demand, don't work in this new paradigm.
This paradigm shift affects many operators and suppliers; therefore the solutions necessary to drive the technological shift must be well coordinated.

Having a standard version of SDN is "a prerequisite" to deployment, because Verizon needs to be sure that whatever it deploys can interoperate not only with other pieces of its network but also future networks.

This multi-year effort is designed to allow Verizon and its partners to be far more efficient, resilient, and dynamic with its service offerings through: (i) An increased reliance on software, not dedicated HW; (ii) More frequent deployment of new services through small scale trials and shorter release cycles; (iii) Embracing a “fail fast” mentality that will ’ll allow VZ and its partners to take smart risks, and pivot quickly in those instances where we don’t exactly hit the mark

At Verizon this technology shift will include: Hardware-software separation; User plane - control plane separation; Automated FCAPS;
Micro releases; Automated testing/deployment; Real-time automated resource management - configuration and capacity management; Network programmability via open APIs.

Gagan Puranik is Director of Software Defined Network (SDN) Architecture Planning for Verizon. He is responsible for collaborating with wireless, wireline, and capital planning teams on all functional and service level migrations tied to a software-based architecture. This includes strategic design standards implementation, and industry engagement.

Over his last 18 years with Verizon, Gagan has held numerous leadership positions in various parts of the business. Gagan’s most recent assignments include leading Verizon’s Phase 4 LTE Trials, which took place in Boston, and helping to foster the rapid adoption of LTE at Verizon's Innovation Centers, which are designed to spur the growth of new business.

Gagan has been issued 5 US patents. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from University of Mysore, India and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University. He earned his MBA from Belhaven University and attended “Leading Product Innovation” from Harvard Business School.

5G Wireless Technologies

Tuesday 08 September 2015, 9:45–10:30 (Harbor Ballroom 1, 2 & 3)

Wen Tong, CTO, Huawei Wireless

Wen Tong is the Head of Wireless Research, the Communications Technologies Laboratories, and the Huawei 2012 Lab and is a Huawei Fellow. Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Wen Tong was the Global Head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel and the Nortel Fellow. 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 210 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.

When a Car and a Plane Combine… Certain Restrictions Apply

Wednesday 09 September 2015, 9:00–9:45 (Harbor Ballroom 1, 2 & 3)

Kevin Colburn, COO, Terrafugia

Terrafugia is developing two distinct products. The Transition®, which we aim to have in production in the next few years, is a two-seat, Light Sport Aircraft that can be driven from the arrival airport to your final destination. It addresses the general aviation pilot’s biggest usage problems – weather sensitivity, cost and convenience of ownership, and door-to-door travel time – but designing a product for both runways and roads poses a host of challenges. Factors like weight, cost, crash safety, and flight characteristics, not to mention the regulations of two federal agencies, must be balanced and addressed with engineering solutions. In some cases the answers are available in a catalog, but in other cases, we take inspiration from both the aviation and automotive worlds and do it our own way.

We are leveraging experience from the Transition® development to address the technical integration and regulatory challenges of the second product, the TF-X™, which is currently in concept development. The TF-X™ will be a four-seat, plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle that will feature vertical takeoff and landing, so no airports or runways will be needed. It will also leverage the emergence of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) system, in which an aircraft uses WAAS/SBAS GPS technology to broadcast its location, airspeed, heading, and other data for long-range collision avoidance, as well as onboard sense-and-avoid systems for short-range avoidance. Such significantly improved situational awareness will enable the TF-X™ to be semi-autonomous – to the extent that we envision that the operator will not need a pilot’s license at all.

Kevin Colburn is Chief Operating Officer and VP Engineering at Terrafugia. He has developed deep experience in program management and team leadership across a variety of industries, from hybrid-electric vehicles to consumer products. Kevin has achieved Six Sigma and Professional Engineer certifications, has built and motivated strong teams, and has been a key player in the launch of complex products in multiple industries. He also has start-up experience as a co-founder of Orca Energy, SL, and in management positions at Azure Dynamics and Blu Homes.
He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.

Transportation and Public Safety Communications

Wednesday 09 September 2015, 9:45–10:30 (Harbor Ballroom 1, 2 & 3)

Barry Einsig, Global Public Sector and Transportation Executive, Cisco

Barry Einsig is the Global Transportation Executive for Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, responsible for two market categories: Transportation and Public Safety Communications. With a broad experience in the Transportation market, Barry has been in the industry for over 11 years serving in a variety of roles providing wireless communications networks, video, security and life safety systems for Transportation networks. Some of the authorities Barry has worked with include the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, MTA Maryland, SEPTA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, Penn DOT as well as others. He is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association, Association of American Railroads Wireless Communications Committee, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Within APTA, he is Wireless Communications Committee Chair and the Research and Technology Communications Subcommittee Past Chair. Barry is also active in the Transportation Sector Coordinating Council, APTA Security Standards development, and the Committee on Public Safety. He earned a BA in Environmental Biology from Juniata College and has written for many industry publications. Barry has presented at International Conferences such as IWCE, APCO, ITSA, APTA, and ITS World Congress, on topics including security, wireless communications networks and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

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