2nd Workshop on 5G Technologies for Tactical and First Responder Networks




Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Reception following from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Location: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723-6099
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Based on the success and feedback from the attendees of 2018 Workshop on 5G Technologies for First Responder and Tactical Networks and the importance and timeliness of this subject, JHU/APL is teaming up with IEEE Future Networks Initiative to organize this event on October 7, 2019 at JHU/APL campus in Laurel, Maryland for the second time.

Today, several standards organizations and forums, namely IEEE, 3GPP, and ITU, are working on defining the architecture and standardizing various aspects of 5G technologies. However, little has been studied to explore how 5G technologies can be useful to tactical and first responder networks. It is important to investigate how tactical and first responder communities can take advantage of 5G technologies to support massive bandwidth, massive sensing, and massive control type applications.

The 2019 workshop is scheduled to take place on Monday, October 7 at JHU/APL campus's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel, Maryland. This year's workshop will include plenary keynote talks, invited talks, exhibits, demos, panels and multiple parallel tracks covering mmWave, MIMO, Security, eHealth, Edge Automation, Systems Optimization, Applications, Testbed, Satellite, and Hardware. This workshop will also provide opportunities for sponsorships and exhibits. There will be ample opportunity to network with the industry professionals, researchers from R&D labs and universities, academics, government and regulators.
If you have any questions about this workshop regarding speaking, sponsorship, or exhibit opportunities, please feel free to reach out to Ashutosh Dutta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 908-642-8593.




BurbankMr. Jack L. Burbank earned his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Mr. Burbank currently is a senior wireless network engineer at Sabre Systems where he helps design, develop, and evaluate next-generation wireless capabilities for the US Army. Mr. Burbank is an expert in the areas of wireless networking, modeling and simulation, wireless system development, and wireless network security. Mr. Burbank has published over 50 technical papers on topics of wireless networking (both terrestrial-based and space-based), and contributed to multiple books related to wireless networking. Mr. Burbank has authored books on the subjects of Wireless Networking and Modeling and Simulation. Mr. Burbank is active within the IEEE acting as technical reviewer, organizer, chair, and associate technical editor for numerous IEEE conferences and periodicals. Mr. Burbank is editor of the Wiley-IEEE Press book series on IEEE standards.


clancyDr. Charles Clancy is vice president for Intelligence Programs at The MITRE Corporation. In this role, he leads the organization’s technical strategy, priorities, and program delivery in support of the intelligence community. This includes ensuring technical quality, affordability, and timely delivery of work products; nurturing a developmental culture for MITRE employees; and accelerating technical innovation to anticipate and meet the future demands of government sponsors. He is an internationally recognized expert on topics at the intersection of wireless, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.

Clancy joined MITRE from Virginia Tech in 2019. There he served as the Bradley Professor of Cybersecurity in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Executive Director of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. There, he led Virginia Tech’s advanced research and experiential learning programs in defense and intelligence. Clancy started his career at the National Security Agency, filling a variety of research, engineering, and operations roles, with a focus on wireless communications.

Clancy has co-authored six books and more than 250 patents and peer-reviewed academic publications. An avid entrepreneur, Clancy cofounded several venture-backed security startup companies that apply commercial innovation to national security challenges. Clancy has also been heavily involved in wireless security protocol standardization and held leadership positions within the Internet Engineering Task Force, Wireless Innovation Forum, and Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers. In 2015, Clancy was elected to the prestigious AFCEA Intelligence Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from RoseHulman Institute of Technology, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland College Park. 

desimone sizedDr. Antonio DeSimone is the Chief Scientist for Communications Systems at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. He is the principal technical leader for APL's efforts in National Security Communications. Prior to joining APL, he led product teams in Lucent's Optical Networking Unit and Lucent Digital Video, a pioneer in high-definition television encoding. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he did work in network design, performance analysis, network and computer security, wireless, digital video, and storage networking. Dr. DeSimone holds ten patents in data networking, Web caching and other Internet applications and has authored numerous technical publications. He holds Ph.D. and Sc.M. degrees from Brown University and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in Physics.


ghosh sizedDr. Monisha Ghosh joined NSF as a rotating Program Director in September 2017, in the Computer and Network Systems (CNS) division within the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE). She manages wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program of CNS.  Dr. Ghosh is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, with a joint appointment at the Argonne National Laboratories, where she conducts research on wireless technologies for the IoT, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems, coexistence and machine learning for predictive oncology. Prior to joining the University of Chicago in September 2015, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories, on various wireless systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to IEEE 802.22. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India) in 1986.

golmieDr. Nada Golmie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) received her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. Since 1993, she has been a research engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She is currently the chief of the wireless networks division in the Communications Technology Laboratory. Her research in media access control and protocols for wireless networks led to over 100 technical papers presented at professional conferences, journals, and contributed to international standard organizations and industry led consortia.  She is the author of “Coexistence in Wireless Networks: Challenges and System-level Solutions in the Unlicensed Bands," published by Cambridge University Press (2006). She leads several projects related to the modeling and evaluation of future generation wireless systems and protocols and serves as a co-chair for the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance. 


kimeryMr. James Kimery is the director of marketing for RF, communications, and software defined radio (SDR) initiatives at NI. He is responsible for the company’s communication system design and SDR strategies. Kimery also manages NI’s advanced research RF/Communications Lead User program.

Prior to joining NI, Kimery was the director of marketing for Silicon Laboratories’ wireless division, which later became a subsidiary of ST-Ericsson. With Kimery as director, the wireless division grew revenues from $5 million to over $250 million. The division also produced several industry innovations including the first integrated CMOS RF synthesizer and transceiver for cellular communications, the first digitally controlled crystal oscillator, and the first integrated single-chip phone (AeroFONE). The IEEE voted AeroFONE one of the top 40 innovative ICs ever developed. Kimery also worked at NI before transitioning to Silicon Labs and led many successful programs, including the concept and launch of the PXI platform.

Kimery was a founding member of the VXIplug&play Systems Alliance, the Virtual Instrument Software Architecture (VISA) working group, and the PXI Systems Alliance. He has authored nearly 30 technical papers and articles covering a variety of wireless and test and measurement topics.

Kimery earned a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.


linnanleeDr. 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 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.  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.


meier-hellsternDr. Kathleen (Kathy) Meier-Hellstern is a versatile technology, telecommunications, and data science executive.  She uses a unique combination of optimization, artificial intelligence, in-depth technology and business expertise to create best-in-class analytics tools and software for emerging services. Kathy currently serves as Assistant Vice President of Optimization, Reliability & Customer Analytics (ORCA) for AT&T’s Advanced Technology & Services Organization, charged with delivering enhanced analytic tools and software for AT&T’s 5G and Next Generation networks. In recognition of her outstanding leadership and execution, she was named an AT&T Fellow in 2017 for significant contributions to performance and reliability of the company’s networks and services.  Previously, Kathy was Executive Director in AT&T Government Solutions where she led a team of 100+ employees across architecture, planning, operations, security, R&D, and technology evolution for a private network.

Kathy earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Operations Research from University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Millersville State College. She was a visiting scholar at WINLAB, Rutgers University; University of Stuttgart in West Germany; and Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. 

Recognized as a true thought leader and industry expert, Kathy is the author of four book chapters, 24 issued or in-progress patents, and 30 publications.  She is an active member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and a mentor to women and minorities through various programs. 


poorProf. H. Vincent Poor is the Michael Henry Strater University Professor at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in EECS from Princeton in 1977, and has also received honorary doctorates for a number of universities in Asia, Europe and North America. From 1977 until joining the Princeton faculty in 1990, he was on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also held visiting positions at several other universities, including most recently at Berkeley and Cambridge. Dr. Poor’s research interests are in information theory and signal processing, and their applications in wireless networks, energy systems and related fields. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society and other national and international academies. He received IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 2017.


ratasukDr. Rapeepat Ratasuk (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) received a doctorate in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 2000. He is currently a Principal Research Specialist with Nokia Bell Labs, Naperville, Illinois. He has extensive experience in cellular system design and analysis, including algorithm development, performance analysis and validation, physical-layer modeling, and simulations. He has more than 70 issued patents and published more than 70 journal and conference papers. He is a co-author of the book titled "Essentials of LTE and LTE-A". His current research areas are in the areas of 5G wireless networks, mmWave, and machine-type communications.



SeskarDr. Ivan Seskar is an Associate Director at WINLAB, Rutgers University responsible for experimental systems and prototyping projects. He is currently the program director for the COSMOS project responsible for the New York City NSF PAWR deployment, the PI for the NSF GENI Wireless project, which resulted in campus deployments of LTE/WiMAX base stations at several US universities, and the PI for the NSF CloudLab deployment at Rutgers. He has also been the co-PI and project manager for all three phases of the NSF-supported ORBIT mid-scale testbed project at WINLAB, successfully leading technology development and operations since the testbed was released as a community resource in 2005 and for which the team received the 2008 NSF Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation.  Ivan is a co-chair of the IEEE 5G Testbed Working Group, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of ACM and the co-founder and CTO of Upside Wireless Inc.


sanyogitasDr. Sanyogita Shamsunder is the Vice President of 5G Labs and Innovation at Verizon. Previously, she was Director of Advanced Wireless and Mobile Technology Planning, and has led the 5G network planning and Device Technologies teams at Verizon. Sanyogita has directed and managed teams in all areas of the wireless business, including silicon, and network technology development, marketing, planning and strategy. Sanyogita received an MBA from The Wharton School, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Math from The University of Virginia.



stanleyDorothyMs. Dorothy Stanley is an HPE Fellow and head of standards strategy at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. She currently serves as Chair of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group. She is also Chair of the IEEE 802.11REVmd Task Group (responsible for maintenance and revision of the 802.11 standard), and has chaired the IEEE 802.11REVmc, 802.11REVmb and IEEE 802.11v Wireless Network Management task groups. She has served in numerous leadership roles in Wi-Fi Alliance, and is co-chair of the IETF-IEEE 802 coordination committee.

Previous to joining Aruba Networks in 2005, Stanley was a Consulting Member of the Technical Staff at Agere Systems for Wavelan products and a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Her responsibilities included system architecture, software development, and capacity and performance analysis for Digital Switching Systems and fixed wireless systems. Among Stanley’s awards are 5 patents, a WFA Members Achievement Award, WFA Special Recognition Awards for contributions and service to WFA, and IEEE Standards Association awards for contributions to numerous IEEE 802.11 standards.

sunay sizedDr. Oguz Sunay is currently the Chief Architect at Open Networking Foundation where he leads the efforts on 5G mobile edge cloud platform that is suitable for both operator and private enterprise deployment scenarios, and is built on the pillars of open source, SDN, NFV, and cloud. Prior, Dr. Sunay was the Chief Technology Officer at Netsia where he was the innovator of a Programmable Radio Access Network Architecture (ProgRAN) for 5G that enabled the world's first dynamically programmable RAN slicing solution. He also held prior positions at Nokia Research Center and Bell Laboratories as well as academia. Dr. Sunay holds over 40 US and European patents on various aspects of 3G, 4G and 5G.



sanyogitasDr. Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. is a Qualcomm Fellow and a Senior Vice President of Engineering of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He leads Qualcomm’s worldwide standardization and industry organization activities. Dr. Tiedemann was instrumental in the design and development of the TIA/EIA/IS-95 CDMA system, also called cdmaOne™. He led Qualcomm and much of the industry’s efforts in the design and development of the third-generation cdma2000® system. Dr. Tiedemann holds over 200 US patents and has participated in many papers, conference lectures, and industry panels. He is Chairman of the Board of the Open Connectivity Foundation, and sits on the board of several other industry organizations. He is interested in multiple topics in communications including 5G, IoT, and V2x.

Prior to becoming involved with terrestrial wireless communications, Dr. Tiedemann was involved with numerous commercial and military satellite systems. From 1977 to 1988, Dr. Tiedemann was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked on mmWave satellite communications systems.

Dr. Tiedemann holds the Ph.D. degree from MIT where he worked in the areas of queueing theory and communications networks. He holds the Master of Science degree from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech).

Dr. Tiedemann is past chairman of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Va Tech). He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Tiedemann was General Chair of GLOBECOM 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Peabody Essex Museum.





andrusenko sizedMs. Julia Andrusenko (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) received her bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering in 2002 from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. She is a senior communications engineer at APL and is the Chief Engineer of the Tactical Wireless Systems group of APL. Ms. Andrusenko has an extensive background in communications theory, wireless networking, satellite communications, Radio Frequency (RF) propagation prediction, communications systems vulnerability, computer simulation of communications systems, evolutionary computation, genetic algorithms/programming, MIMO, and millimeter wave technologies. She also has a substantial experience developing electronic warfare methodologies for various advanced commercial communications systems and military data links. Ms. Andrusenko is a published author of many technical papers and has recently co-authored a book titled “Wireless Internetworking: Understanding Internetworking Challenges” through Wiley/IEEE Press. Ms. Andrusenko is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.


corbett sizedDr. Cherita Corbett is the Chief Scientist for the Communication and Networking Systems Group at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She guides research and development strategy and activities focused on resilient communications for military operations and critical infrastructure. Her current research interests include: secure mobile technologies, secure tactical communication systems, and insider threat protection.  Prior to joining APL, Dr. Corbett was a Senior Computer Scientist at SRI International where she performed research on self-healing cellular networks, vehicular security, and IoT security. She also provided programmatic support to the Cyber Security Division of DHS S&T in the area of mobile technology. She has published over 30 technical manuscripts and holds a U.S. patent in cyber security. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


ashutosh duttaDr. Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Wireless Communication Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (Johns Hopkins APL). Most recently he served as Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs in Middletown, New Jersey. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, and 30 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design,Evaluation and Application,” published by IEEE and John & Wiley that has recently been translated into Chinese Language. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh currently serves as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society and is the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks initiative. He also serves as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.


everett sized2Mr. Jared Everett is a senior wireless communications research engineer in the Wireless Cyber Capabilities group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Johns Hopkins APL). Since joining APL in 2009, his research has focused broadly on the use of cellular technologies for defense and national security applications. He has a deep knowledge of LTE and emerging 5G standards, specializing in cellular air interfaces and end-to-end systems. He is a co-author of the book, “Wireless Networking: Understanding Internetworking Challenges,” published by Wiley/IEEE Press. His current research interests include innovative approaches to spectrum sharing in 5G networks. Jared holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. He also holds a B.A. degree in music.


holly sizedMr. Douglas Holly, Principle, Eagle Management Group

Doug brings a broad range of telecommunications, business leadership and management skills with a particular focus on project management, operational improvement and M&A. He currently heads up Eagle Management Group a consulting firm that provides general management, project management and strategic planning to improve operational performance. EMG also provides M&A selection, diligence support and integration services to businesses. He is a director of the Washington Section and chair its chapter of the Communications Society and also chair of the joint Washington/Northern Virginia chapter of the TEMS. He was finance chair for the IEEE GLOBECOM 2007 and 2016.

Doug holds a bachelor's and master's dress in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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Mr. Narendra Mangra is a wireless mobility advisor at GlobeNet. His diverse experience extends across the wireless mobility ecosystem and mobile network deployment lifecycle within academia, government and industry. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Volgeneau School of Engineering at the George Mason University. Narendra is also the Applications and Services Co-Chair and Summer School Chair for IEEE Future Networks. He leads the Smart Cities roadmap development initiative and recurring industry focused educational sessions for Young Professionals.

Narendra has extensive consulting experience in the mobile satellite and cellular communications, public safety communications, information technology, higher education, and federal & local government sectors. He holds an MSEE and BSEE from Polytechnic University, MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate. His current interests include the 5G ecosystem, Smart Cities and interconnected ecosystems.


somerlockMr. Oscar Somerlock joined the Applied Physics Laboratory in 2014, where he is currently a member of the Senior Technical Staff. Prior to joining APL, he worked in the cellular industry for more than 20 years holding engineering and technical leadership positions at Samsung, Motorola, and Qualcomm. He also founded and served as President of Comware, Inc. He has been awarded patents in digital beamforming and wireless networking. Oscar holds an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and MBA from the University of Maryland.