IEEE Summit on Communications Futures
19 January 2019 // Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Featured Speakers

Lin-Nan Lee, Vice President, Hughes Network Systems

Lin-Nan LeeBiography: Lin-Nan Lee received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Norte Dame.  He is Vice President of Advance Development at Hughes (an Echostar company).  His research activity spans many fundamental communications disciplines such as channel coding, modulation, multiple access, signal processing and data compression. He participated and contributed to the 3rd generation (3G) wireless communications standards, the DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X satellite broadcast standards, and IEEE802.11.n wireless local area network (WLAN) standards during the past two decades.  In each case, he has contributed fundamental technologies in these standards, most notably in the turbo codes for 3G and 4G wireless communications, and low-density parity check (LDPC) codes for DVB-S2/S2X and IEEE802.11.n. The adoption of the LDPC codes by DVB-S2 in 2003 is especially noteworthy, as it was the first time a near-Shannon limit

receiver operating a high-speed was realized with a low-cost satellite receiver.  He is currently involved in 3GPP standardization process for the 5th Generation (5G) Wireless Standard.  His main focuses have been to incorporate satellite communications as part of the 5th Generation wireless network of networks and a grant-free Non-Orthogonal Multiples Access (NOMA) technique optimized for massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC).

Prior to Hughes, he worked for Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), serving in various research and development positions in the COMSAT Laboratory, and as Chief Scientist of COMSAT System Division.  His research area also included conditional access and high-definition television during the period.  He introduced cryptographic techniques for consumer Direct Satellite Broadcast set-top boxes.  Prior to COMSAT, he was with Linkabit Corporation developing an experimental packet satellite network linking the ARPANET and networks in UK and Norway over an Intelsat satellite.

Dr. Lee is a Life Fellow of IEEE.  He has authored or co-authored over 60 US patents, more than 30 journal and conference papers, and chapters of two books.

Talk Title: Role of Satellite Communications in the Era of 5G Wireless

Abstract: As terrestrial wireless communications technology evolves through the generations, satellite communications technologies have also advanced rapidly, such as very large space-deployed antenna reflectors, very high throughput multi-beam satellites, reusable and high capacity launch vehicles.  These technologies along with power and bandwidth efficient transmission techniques have increase the network capacity and reduce the cost of satellite communications tremendously.  Planned deployment of several medium and low earth orbit satellites with very large constellations can also complement the capabilities of the geosynchronous satellites.  Satellite communications has been the alternative for unserved or underserved areas where deployment of wireline or wireless communications are not economically viable in the past, and will continue to play this role in the future.  In this talk, we will highlight some of the state-of-the-art transmission and multiple access techniques and demonstrate by example to illustrate that for most of the services being targeted by the 5G wireless technology can be provided by satellites today.  We will also discuss our efforts in the wireless standards development process to include satellite communications as an indispensable component of the 5G networks.

Vincent Kimura, CEO, Smart Yields

Vincent KimuraBiography: Vincent Kimura traces his farming roots back to his grandfather, who first moved to Kauai from Japan to work the sugarcane fields. Born in Honolulu and raised in Asia, Vincent has worked for more than 15 years as an entrepreneur, running three startups. He holds a master’s degree in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, has studied at Beijing Foreign Studies University, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University. Vincent was named the 2016 Clean Tech/Ag Entrepreneur by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and a 2016 finalist in the Pacific Business News Business Leadership Awards. He was also named to the Pacific Business News 2016 40 Under 40 cohort, which recognizes outstanding young business professionals in Hawaii.

Talk Title: Big Data for small farming communities: A technology adoption story focusing on food safety, climate change, pest migration and labor efficiency

Abstract: Smart Yields connects farmers, agricultural researchers and their communities through crowd-sourced data gathered from a network of integrated sensors that measure everything from soil health to inputs such as water, energy and nutrients. In turn, these users tap into a vast wealth of local, regional and national knowledge to increase productivity, yield, and revenue.

Kamesh Namuduri, Professor, University of North Texas College of Engineering

Kamesh NamuduriBiography: Kamesh Namuduri is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas. He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, India, in 1984, M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad in 1986, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of South Florida in 1992. Over the past ten years, his research is focused on aerial networking and communications. He co-organized a series of workshops on “Airborne Networking and Communications” in conjunction with IEEE, AIAA, AUVSI, and ACM Conferences.  He is serving as the chair for the IEEE Standards Working Group (IEEE 1920.1: Aerial Communications and Networking Standards). He is also serving as the Chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society’s Ad Hoc Committee on Drones. He is a co-editor for the book titled “UAV Networks and Communications” published by the Cambridge University Press in 2017. He published over one hundred research articles to date. He is leading the Smart and Connected Community project on “Deployable Communication Systems” in collaboration with the government, public, and private organizations. This living laboratory project was demonstrated thrice during the Global City Teams Challenge hosted jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He contributed to the development of research agenda, requirements and blueprints highly deployable communications systems led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council.

Talk Title: Safe and Trusted Unmanned Air Transportation

Abstract: The flying taxi business is projected to be a $5 Billion/year market.  The industry is moving fast to realize this potential, with both established and startup companies competing as well as collaborating in this race. Airline companies including Boeing, Airbus, and Bell, are building the electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircrafts. Uber is collaborating with NASA to plan flying taxi service in Dallas by 2023 with early demonstrations planned in 2020. The big question that we need to address is “Are we ready for the big challenges that come with unmanned air transportation?”  Just to give a perspective, think about self-driving cars. When, where, and how did we begin this journey and where are we now in this journey? What are you likely see first – A fully autonomous self-driving car in an urban area or an unmanned air taxi?

In this presentation, we will discuss the critical aspects of unmanned air transportation: (1) Technology Readiness (2) Safety, Security, Regulations and Standardization Efforts and (3) Privacy, Ethics and Community Acceptance. This presentation is based on my active engagement  in activities  related to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) research, including US Science and Technology Research Panel (SARP) discussions, NASA’s  UAS Traffic Management (UTM) flight tests, IEEE ’s P1920 Standards Working Group on  Aerial Networks and Communications as the chair,  IEEE’s Vehicular Technology Society’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Drones as the chair, NSF’s Cyber Physical Systems programs as a Principal Investigator, and NIST’s Global City Team Challenge initiative as an executive committee member of Public Safety Super Cluster and many others.

Bingli Jiao, Director of Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Research Center, Peking University

Bingli JiaoBiography: Dr. Bingli Jiao obtained his BS and MS at Peking University, China in 1983 and 1988, and Dr. degree at University of Saarland, Germany in 1995, respectively.  He is currently working in Peking University as a full professor, director of center of wireless communication and signal processing, and a PKU director of the advanced communication joint Lab between Peking University and Princeton University. His research interests are in the field of wireless communication and that of m-healthcare.  He initiated the R&D on co-frequency and co-time full duplex for the application to mobile network in 2006. So far, he has published more than 70 Journal papers.

Talk Title: Co-frequency Co-time Full Duplex Networking and Its Security Issue

Abstract: Radio full duplex (FD) technique has emerged as an attractive technique capable of doubling the spectral efficiency of the half duplex.  However, applications of FD technique to mobile network can suffer from strong base station to base station (B2B) interference and that of mobile station (MS) to MS as well.  This presentation propose a design that uses centralized base station (BS) transmit antenna and distributed BS receive antennas, each of which consists of an antennary to perform beamforming to nullify the B2B interference over the UL channel. To complete the system construction, the FD MSs have also been developed to enable the DL transmission. The demo system works in the scenarios of two cells and one FD MS for the tests of FD communication over UL- and DL channel by the video performances. As results, the two videos of good qualities are demonstrated at both the BS and MS as well.

In contrast to conventional Half Duplex systems, the B2B and M2M of the FD system can increase communication security level by the co-frequency and co-time transmission nature.

(Acknowledgment: The work was done by Meng Ma, Shuyi Tian, Yingyang Chen, Li Wang, Lei Wan, Bingli Jiao and Vincent Poor.)

Mehmet Ulema, Professor, Computer Information Systems, Manhattan College

Mehmet UlemaBiography: Dr. Mehmet Ulema is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions in AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, Daewoo Telecom, and Hazeltine Corporation. Dr. Ulema has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications as a professor, researcher, systems engineer, project manager, network architect, and software developer.

Dr. Mehmet Ulema has been actively involved in organizing many major international conferences. He served as the General Chair (IEEE NOMS, BlackSeaCom ISCC), Technical Program Chair (IEEE Globecom and ICC), and other leadership positions.

Dr. Ulema is the author of a book entitled “Fundamentals of Public Safety Networks and Critical Communications” to be published by Wiley in 1Q2019.

He has authored numerous papers, book chapters, and organized many special issues in several journals and technical magazines. He has been on the editorial board of a number of journals, including the IEEE Journal of Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, and the Springer Journal of Network and Services Management.

Mehmet was actively involved in standardization in ITU, TIA, ATIS, and IEEE. Mehmet has been a prominent volunteer at IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and IEEE Standard Association (SA). Currently he is the chair of the IEEE COM/NetSoft Standards Committee. He is a member of the IEEE-SA Standard Board.

Dr. Ulema has received a number of awards including IEEE ComSoc Harold Sobol Award, IEEE SA Standards Medallion award, and IEEE ComSoc Salah Aidarous Memorial Award.

Dr. Ulema received MS & Ph.D. in Computer Science at Polytechnic University (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering), Brooklyn, New York, USA. He also received BS & MS degrees at Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.

Talk Title: Emerging Communications Technologies for Emergency Situations in Public Safety and Security

Abstract: There have been, in the past few years, a number of new technologies such as 5G, AR, VR, IoT, Big Data, Machine Learning, AI, Blockchain has emerged. Many of these emerging technologies have significant applications in many different areas. There is also a great opportunities for using these and other emerging technologies in public safety and security areas such as aiding first responders in their recovery effort in natural and manmade disasters.

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. tend to have greater impact on the lives of the most vulnerable groups of people, especially those who are less affluent. The application of the emerging technologies will be instrumental in making the efforts of first responders more efficient in the recovery process during these emergency situations.

This talk will focus on emerging communications technologies and discuss their potential applications to the public safety related activities.

Lara Garrett, Director of Product Line Management, SubCom LLC

Lara GarrettBiography: Dr. Lara Garrett is the Director of Product Line Management at SubCom LLC. Her interests are in advanced architectures for the next generation of reconfigurable high-capacity undersea networks. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in integrated photonics, and has extensive experience in the area of long-haul fiberoptic transmission research.

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Mahmoud Daneshmand, Industry Professor, Business Intelligence & Analytics, and Computer Science Departments, Stevens Institute of Technology

Biography: Dr. Daneshmand is Co-Founder and Professor of Department of Business Intelligence & Analytics; Professor of Department of Computer Science; and Academic Director of Network and Communications Management and Services M.S. program at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 40 years of Industry & University experience as Professor, Researcher, Assistant Chief Scientist, Executive Director, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Technology Leader, Chairman of Department, and Dean of School at: Bell Laboratories; AT&T Shannon Labs–Research; University of California, Berkeley; University of Texas, Austin; Sharif University of Technology; University of Tehran; New York University; and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Dr. Daneshmand received his Ph. D and M.S. degrees in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley; M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Tehran.

He is a Data Scientist, expert in Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence with extensive industry experience including with the Bell Laboratories as well as the Info Lab of the AT&T Shannon Labs – Research.

He has published more than 180 journal and conference papers; authored/co-authored three books. He is well recognized within the academia and industry and holds key leadership roles in IEEE Journal Publications, Conferences, Industry – IEEE Partnership, and IEEE Future Direction Initiatives. He is Co-Founder and Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE IoT Journal; Member of Steering Committee of IEEE Transaction on Big Data; Advisory Board of the IEEE Blockchain Newsletter; Guest Editor of several IEEE Journal publications; Guest Editor of ITU Journal Special Issue on Data for Good; Co-Founder of the IEEE Big Data Initiative; Vice Chair of the IEEE Technical Community on Big Data. He has served as General Chair, Keynote Chair, Panel Chair, Executive Program Chair, and Technical Program Chair of many IEEE major conferences. He has given many Keynote speeches in major IEEE as well as international conferences.

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Upkar Dhaliwal, CEO, FutureWireless Technologies

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Talk Title: The Intersection of IoT, Communication, AI and Smart Ag Technology

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Narayana Prasad Santhanam, Professor, University of Hawaii Department of Electrical Engineering

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