WInnComm 2017 Keynotes


Neville Meijers, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Neville Meijers is the vice president of business development for Qualcomm Technologies Inc.. In this role, Meijers leads the continued development of the cross company cellular-based shared spectrum technologies, with a particular focus on Private LTE-based Industrial IoT Networks to serve the needs of the Industrial, Manufacturing Construction, Logistic, Mining, Oil and Gas and Transportation segments. He is a board member of the MulteFire Alliance and the Chairman of CBRS Alliance. Prior to this, Meijers led a number of different projects including the Qualcomm Small Cells business, the enablement of high quality, low cost delivery of live and non-real time media over LTE Broadcast networks and building proximity based platforms to deliver new retail and consumer use cases and business models. In 2008 Meijers joined Qualcomm as General Manager of MediaFLO International, Qualcomm's internationally focused mobile broadcast business unit.

Before joining Qualcomm, Meijers worked for Discovery Communications where he served as executive vice president of Discovery Communications' Antenna Audio, a world leader in audio and multimedia. He has held senior executive positions in the areas of corporate strategy and business development for Discovery Communications worldwide and was executive vice president and managing director for Discovery Networks Asia based out of Singapore. Meijers' background combines a wealth of technical experience and global business success in the broadcast and Internet industries from his many years in C-level executive positions with Naspers and MIH - two of the world's leading international media companies.

Meijers is a native of South Africa and earned both a master of business administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  

Paul Tilghman, DARPA

Mr. Paul Tilghman joined the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in December 2014.  His research interests focus on intelligent and adaptive RF systems which combine digital signal processing, AI, and machine learning to allow autonomy in fields like wireless communications, radar, and electronic warfare. 

Prior to joining DARPA Mr. Tilghman was a senior research engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories where he led programs in adaptive electronic warfare, signals intelligence, and non-cooperative geolocation.  He is a prior recipient of Lockheed Martin’s highest award, the NOVA award.

Mr. Tilghman received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.  

Wednesday, 15 November, Paul will present a keynote as well as a workshop: DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge Challenges” covering topics including

- Colosseum & Infrastructure & Beyond SC2 Use
- Transitioning from concept to reality 
- Heterogeneous AI Learning & the Spectrum


Michael P. Wellman, University of Michigan

Michael P. Wellman is Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 for his work in qualitative probabilistic reasoning and decision-theoretic planning. From 1988 to 1992, Wellman conducted research in these areas at the USAF’s Wright Laboratory. For the past 25 years, his research has focused on computational market mechanisms and game-theoretic reasoning methods, with applications in electronic commerce, finance, and cyber-security. As Chief Market Technologist for TradingDynamics, Inc., he designed configurable auction technology for dynamic business-to-business commerce. Wellman previously served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Electronic Commerce (SIGecom), and as Executive Editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery.



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