WInnComm 2016 Keynotes

John Glossner, President, Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation
Wednesday, 16 March, 08:40

Dr. John Glossner is President of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation and CEO of Optimum Semiconductor Technologies. OST and its processor division General Processor Technologies (GPT-US). Previously he served as Chair of the Board of the Wireless Innovation Forum. In 2010 he joined Wuxi DSP (a licensee of Sandbridge technology and parent company of OST) and was named a China 1000 Talents. He previously co-founded Sandbridge Technologies and received a World Economic Forum award. Prior to Sandbridge, John managed both technical and business activities in IBM and Lucent/Starcore. John received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from TU Delft in the Netherlands, M.S degrees in E.E. and Eng. Mgt from NTU, and a B.S.E.E. degree from Penn State. He has more than 40 patents and 120 publications.

Marv Rozner, VP of Strategic Development, Cobham AvComm
Wednesday, 16 March, 09:20

Marvin Rozner has more than 30 years of experience in general and program management, engineering, and integration and test.  His career includes positions with Hughes Aircraft, Hughes Space and Communications, and Boeing Satellite Systems, and he currently holds the position of Vice President of Strategic Development at Cobham AvComm (formerly Aeroflex).  Marv’s experience includes the development of advanced technology and system architectures, managing system and process development programs, and analog, digital, electromechanical and software design.  His work spans missile, space, biotechnology, communications, avionics and general purpose test industries with emphasis on advanced control and automation of software defined systems.

Matt Ettus, Founder, Ettus Research
Thursday, 17 March, 08:40

Matt Ettus is a core contributor to the GNU Radio project, a free framework for Software Radio, and is the creator of the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP). In 2004, Matt founded Ettus Research to develop, support and commercialize the USRP family of products. Ettus Research was acquired by National Instruments in 2010, and Matt continues as its president. USRPs are in use in over 100 countries for everything from cellular and satellite communications to radio astronomy, medical imaging, and wildlife tracking. In 2010, the USRP family won the Technology of the Year award from the Wireless Innovation Forum. In the past Matt has designed Bluetooth chips, GPS systems, and high performance microprocessors. Before that, he received BSEE and BSCS degrees from Washington University and an MSECE degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief, OET, FCC
Tuesday, 15 March, 08:50

Ira Keltz is Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology.  In this role, he assists in managing several divisions of engineers, attorneys and economists in the development of telecommunications policies for spectrum use in the United States.  Mr. Keltz is responsible for balancing complex engineering, policy, economic and public interest issues to implement national spectrum policy for non-Federal spectrum users.  This includes allocating spectrum for licensed services, setting technical rules for unlicensed devices, and implementing procedures for equipment certification.  

Mr. Keltz previously served as Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology’s Electrical Compatibility Division and Deputy Chief of its Policy and Rules Division.  In addition, he has been a Senior Technical Advisor in the Wireless Bureau’s Public Safety and Private Wireless Division, where he managed the implementation of the Commission’s Universal Licensing System.

Mr. Keltz has been with the FCC since 1994.  Prior to the FCC, Mr. Keltz held positions with Loral Advanced Projects and LSA, Inc.  Mr. Keltz holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University and a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Tom Rondeau, Leader, GNU Radio Project
Thursday, 17 March, 09:20

Tom Rondeau is the maintainer and lead developer of the GNU Radio project and a consultant on signal processing and wireless communications. Rondeau is active in many conferences and workshops around the world to help further research and technology in these areas, and he has consulted with many companies and government organization on new techniques in wireless signal processing. He is a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania and has published widely in the fields of wireless communications, software radio, and cognitive radio. Rondeau holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and won the 2007 Outstanding Dissertation Award in math, science, and engineering from the Council of Graduate Schools for his work in artificial intelligence in wireless communications.


Featured Speakers


Steve Bernier, CTO, NordiaSoft
Wednesday, 16 March, SDR/SCA Development Tools Session 2: SCA 4.1, 14:00-15:30

Steve Bernier is CTO at NordiaSoft where he is responsible for the overall technology strategy. Steve has been in charge of delivering innovative products and services for over a decade. He has contributed to every release of the SCA specification since 2000. He is recipient of the 2014 President’s Award in recognition of his sustained outstanding contributions in support of the Wireless Innovation Forum and its activities to develop technical solutions in multiple areas of the SCA standard. Steve is at the origin of the first commercial-off-the-shelf solution used to deploy SCA radios in the battlefield. Steve holds a M.Sc. in computer science from the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada where he specialized in real-time distributed systems.

Vanu Bose, Vanu, Inc.
Tuesday, 15 March, Connecting Research with Spectrum Policy, Time TBA

Vanu Bose is the President and CEO of Vanu, Inc. which uses software radio technology to solve challenging wireless coverage problems. Vanu, Inc. is focused on solving the coverage challenges facing rural cellular deployments in developing areas. Vanu is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Museum of Science, as well as the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program Industry Advisory Board. Vanu is a member of the Army Science Board which provides the U.S. Army with independent and unbiased advice on Science and Technology issues. Vanu was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2004. Most recently, in April 2012, Vanu was elected to serve as a Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was originated in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call to step up UN efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Vanu earned all of his degrees from MIT, receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in 1999, his Master's degree in EECS in 1992, and two Bachelor's degrees, one in EECS and one in Math, in 1988. Prior to graduate school, Vanu developed a technical teaching curriculum and onboard medical, computer and satellite communications systems for a DC-10 flying hospital for Project Orbis, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fighting world blindness.


Linda Doyle, Director, CONNECT
Thursday, 17 March, SDR Platforms Session 1, 10:30-12:00

Linda Doyle is the Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering and The Arts in Trinity College, University of Dublin.  CONNECT is a national research centre focused on future networks and communications and is co-funded by SFI and industry. CONNECT is headquartered in Trinity College and is spread over ten different academic institutions in Ireland. Prof Doyle is also the Director of CTVR – the research centre that was the precursor to CONNECT.  Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over 80 million in research funding in the past decade and has published widely in her field. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK. Prof. Doyle is on the advisory board of [email protected] in Sweden. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity  -­ a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is a judge in the BT Young Scientist, Ireland’s premier science competition for school children. She is on the Boards of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and Pallas Studios. Prof. Doyle is a Director of Xcelerit and SRS, two CTVR/CONNECT spin-outs.



James Ezick, Reservoir Labs
Wednesday, 16 March, Session 2: SCA 4.1, 14:00-15:30

James Ezick is the lead for Reservoir’s Analytics, Reasoning, and Verification Team.  Since joining Reservoir in 2004, he has developed solutions addressing a broad range of research and commercial challenges in verification, compilers, cyber security, software-defined radio, high-performance computing, and data analytics.  James has been the project lead on R-Check SCA since 2008.  He received his B.S. as a double major in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY Buffalo in 1997, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2000 and 2004.  While at Cornell, James worked on techniques for integrating traditional compiler-driven program analysis with whole program model checking that were successfully applied to problems in bug finding, program comprehension, and safety policy enforcement.


Ben Hilburn, Software Products Manager, Ettus Research
Thursday, 17 March, SDR Platforms Session 1, 10:30 - 12:00

Ben Hilburn is the Software Products Manager at Ettus Research, and was previously the Engineering Manager at the same. He received his B.S. from Virginia Tech in Computer Engineering, with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science, and then went on to become the first Hume Fellow at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech. His thesis work focused on software architectures for SDR and heterogeneous processing. Ben is now located in the Northern VA area, is active in the GNURadio community, and enjoys talking tech over beers.

 Randy Janka

Randall Janka, Northop Grumman
Thursday, 17 March, SDR Platforms Panel, 16:00

Randy Janka is a Senior Advisory Engineer with Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems Sector. He has over thirty years of experience in applied research, design, development and evangelization of real-time embedded multiprocessing digital systems, tools and methodologies across a wide range of different application domains and form factors. When 9/11 occurred, he was working in Silicon Valley, but left the commercial technology industry and has been working as a technologist in the defense sector ever since. He has a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Central Florida and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He has a number of publications, including the book Specification and Design Methodology for Real-Time Embedded Systems, and has been an invited key note speaker at IEEE and AOC conferences.

Steven Jones, JHU/APL
Tuesday, 15 March, CC SCA Plenary Session, 08:30

Background in communications systems theory, particularly the Physical through Network Layers.  Experience has involved the development, simulation, spectrum usage and vulnerability analysis of DoD communications architectures, links, and equipment, both terrestrial and satellite communications systems.  Recent work has involved spectrum analysis and cognitive radio, specifically dynamic spectrum access and software-defined radio (SDR) and covert communications.

Participant on the Defense Spectrum Organization team providing technical approaches and requirements for the AWS-3 transition plan.  Providing development of technical assessments of the interaction between commercial LTE (Long-Term Evolution) systems and DoD systems.  PI for DARPA Radiomaps Government Team providing spectrum measurements and assessment of two industry performer teams on the Advanced RF Mapping Program for DARPA.  Contributed supporting analyses of radio mapping algorithms.  Participated in the DARPA neXt Generation Radio Program to characterize the potential for dynamic spectrum access, and to evaluate candidate approaches including software-defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio, spectrum sensing, cooperation, policy-based control, and media access control. 


Dr. Pramod P Khargonekar, NSF
Tuesday, 15 March, 08:40

Dr. Pramod P. Khargonekar was appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as Assistant Director for the Directorate of Engineering (ENG) in March 2013. In this position, Khargonekar leads the ENG Directorate with an annual budget of more than $900 million. The ENG Directorate invests in frontier engineering research and education, cultivates an innovation ecosystem, and develops the next-generation of engineers.

Khargonekar was Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1997 to 2001 and also held the position of Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science at The University of Michigan.  From 2001 to 2009, he was Dean of the College of Engineering and is currently Eckis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. He also served briefly as Deputy Director of Technology at ARPA-E, U. S. Department of Energy in 2012-13.

Mitchell Lazarus, Partner,Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Tuesday, 15 March, Connecting Research with Spectrum Policy

Mitchell Lazarus is a partner with the telecommunications law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. He has worked for more than thirty years on spectrum issues, particularly the introduction of new radio technologies.

Lazarus’s work has included airport body scanners, surveillance robots, several types of security and industrial radar, millimeter-wave communications, and ultra-wideband, along with Wi-Fi, software-defined and cognitive radios, meter-reading systems, and broadband-over-power-line. He has long represented the fixed microwave industry.

Lazarus holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center; bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University and MIT, respectively; and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from MIT.


Miriam Leeser, Professor, Northeastern
Thursday, 17 March, SDR Platforms Session 1, 10:30 - 12:00

Miriam Leeser is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern where she is head of the Reconfigurable and GPU Computing Laboratory.  She received her BS degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and Diploma and PhD degrees in computer science from Cambridge University in England. She was on the faculty at Cornell University's Department of Electrical Engineering before coming to Northeastern, where she is a member of the Computer Engineering research group. Her research includes using heterogeneous architectures for signal and image processing applications including wireless communications as well as implementing computer arithmetic and verifying critical applications. She is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM.


Erik Luther, Senior Marketing Group Manager-SDR, National Instruments
Wednesday, 16 March, SDR/SCA Development Tools Session 1: Heterogeneous Tool Sets, 10:30-12:00

Mr. Erik Luther (KF5LTV), Senior Marketing Group Manager - Software Defined Radio, leads the team responsible for marketing National Instruments software defined radio (SDR) products. Since joining NI in 2002, Luther has held positions across applications engineering and product marketing focused on advancing NI design platforms, specifically making prototyping and experimentation more accessible for both research and education. Early in his career, Luther pioneered NI’s efforts to support universities with curriculum and textbooks, launching NI's independent textbook publishing arm NTS Press. His accomplishments include collaboration on more than 50 published textbooks and lab related materials on topics that include RF/communications, DSP, circuit design, and real-time control which have been utilized by more than 100,000 engineering students around the world. Luther is currently volunteers on an IEEE Communication Society Education and Training working group focused on establishing best practices and hands-on education and teaching resources. Luther holds a bachelors degree from the University of Missouri in Electrical Engineering.

Vinay Singh, Strategic and Product Marketing, Xilinx
Wednesday, 16 March, SDR/SCA Development Tools Session 1: Heterogeneous Tool Sets, 10:30-12:00

Vinay Singh has 17 years of experience driving development and marketing of model-based, block-based and software-defined abstractions for FPGAs. In his current role, Vinay is responsible for strategic and product marketing of the software development environments and libraries for enabling FPGA-based software application acceleration at Xilinx, Inc. Vinay has held positions in tools and blockset development, technical management, product management including, planning and marketing.


Houman Zarrinkoub, PhD., Senior Product Manager, MathWorks
Wednesday, 16 March, SDR/SCA Development Tools Session 1: Heterogeneous Tool Sets, 10:30-12:00

Dr. Houman Zarrinkoub is a senior product manager at MathWorks, based in Massachusetts, USA. During his 15-years tenure at MathWorks he also served as a development manager and has been responsible for multiple signal processing and communications software tools. Prior to MathWorks, he was a research scientist in the Wireless Group at Nortel Networks, where he contributed to multiple standardization projects for 3G mobile and voice coding technologies. He has been awarded multiple patents on topics related to computer simulations. Houman is the author of the book Understanding LTE with MATLAB: From Mathematical Modeling to Simulation and Prototyping (Wiley, 2014).  He holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunications from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique,  in Canada.



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