2022 5th IEEE 5G Workshop on First Responder and Tactical Networks
7 November 2022 || Free || Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, USA
For video recordings, please see IEEE Future Networks Videos.
The 2022 5th IEEE 5G Workshop on First Responder and Tactical Networks will take place at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics lab on 7 November 2022 at the Kossiakoff Conference Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723 USA (Google Map). More information about the traveling to the center can be found on the Applied Physics Laboratory webpage.
5G is not just the next evolution of 4G technology; it's a paradigm shift. It is expected to enable fundamentally new applications — with much more stringent requirements in latency and bandwidth — and provide resiliency and flexibility to the underlying network. Several standards organizations and forums, namely IEEE, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, and the International Telecommunication Union, are working on defining the architecture and standardizing aspects of 5G technologies. However, few organizations are focusing on how such technologies can be useful to tactical and first responder networks.
IEEE is hosting the fifth workshop in this series on 7 November 2022 at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD, USA. In 2021, it was the result of partnership and collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL), and the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for research and Engineering (OUSD R&E) - 5G. This workshop will explore the applicability of 5G technologies for tactical and first responder networks, offer solutions, share use cases, and investigate research opportunities and challenges. The event will also provide an opportunity for 5G experts from industry and academia, as well as the standards, regulatory, homeland security, public safety and defense communities, to collaborate.
This event is co-located with the IEEE Public Safety Technology (PST) Initiative's Advances in Public Safety Technology Workshop taking place on 8 November at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. For more information about the initiative and event, please visit the initiative website.
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|Introduction and IEEE Future Networks
| Ashutosh Dutta, IEEE Future Networks Co-Chair
and Brad Kloza, Program Direction, Future Networks
|Louis A. Colangelo, JHU/APL Mission Area Executive
| Keynote Presentation:
5G – The Road Ahead, Accelerate Use: Tranche Prototyping and Experimentation
|Debra K Stanislawski, OUSD
|The Evolution of Priority Access in the 5G Environment and Beyond
|Billy Bob Brown, Jr, DHS ECD
|PAWR Platforms: Advancing Wireless Comms for Tactical Response
|Mari Silbey, US Ignite
|Network Reliability of 5G First Responder and Tactical Networks
|Bob Stephens, KeySight Technologies
|Gaps and Opportunities in Nascent 5G Tactical market
|Salvadore D'Itri, NSC
|How can we leverage 5G to enhance tactical communication capabilities?
|Venkatesh Ramaswamy, MITRE
|A simulation study of 5G New Radio Sidelink in Public Safety Communications
|Chunmei Liu, NIST
|5G Tactical Networks - Considerations
|Brian Kassa, Ericsson
|5G non-terrestrial networks
|Qiang Wu, Qualcomm
|Features and Gaps in a Deployable Wireless Video & Sensor Network: A Field Study Review
|Gordon Beattie, Viavi Solutions
| Keynote Presentation: Examining DHS 5G Mission Use Cases and other
Interoperability & Standards Conformance efforts
|Sridhar Kowdley, DHS S&T
|The Connected First Responder
|Mike Varney, FirstNet
|INDIGO: Intelligent 5G Networks Designed and Integrated for Globalized Operations
|Tracy Van Brakle, AT&T
| Advanced communication (5G) and (AI/ML/DL) to meet mission objectives for
Situational Awareness and Response
|Stan Mo, Gretchen Stewart, Leland Brown, Intel
|Open-RAN Enabling Homeland Secure Networks
|Kamakshi Sridhar, Mavenir
|Information Trust Environment and possibilities in 5G
|Gabriel A Martinez, DHS, CISA ECD
|Experimentation with Urban Situational Awareness Related Services
|Ivan Seskar, Rutgers WINLAB
|5G on the Moon – and why it’s important for tactical and first responder networks
|Oscar Somerlock, Johns Hopkins Univ/Applied Physics Lab
|Accelerating 5G Innovations in Tactical Networks
|Raymond Shen, KeySight Technologies
|5G Tactical Network Deployment Challenges
|Andrew Bolka, Booz-Allen-Hamilton
|QoS Nudging rApp for critical communication
|Eugene Gomes and Deepak Kataria, Ericsson
|NextG RAN-sharing for Disaster-Recovery and Tactical Mission Partners
|Praveen Gupta, MITRE
| Roadmap for a Digital-Twin Enabled Testbed for
Public Safety Communication Technologies
|Jian Tao, Texas A&M
|Robert Bartholet, JHU/APL
*NOTE: All times Eastern Time US
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J. Gordon Beattie, Jr. is a Senior Principal Research Scientist/Engineer in the Chief Technology Office of VIAVI Solutions where he drives technology innovation across business units with focus on 5G, 6G, Non-Terrestrial Networks, Mission-Critical Networks, and related communications technologies. He is a former Member of Technical Staff/Principal Technical Architect at AT&T Bell Labs/AT&T Labs where he focused on service assurance systems and protocols.
He has authored, or contributed to 152 granted U.S. Patents, and was recognized with the AT&T’s Social Innovator Award for his inspiring colleagues to get involved in the work of Intellectual Property creation and protection. Gordon is a trained volunteer Communications Team Leader/Technician with the Passaic County, New Jersey Sheriff’s Department, a volunteer with the Suwannee County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management and an active licensed Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator (W2TTT) since 1975. Gordon also contributed to the IEEE’s P1897 workgroup on Power Line Noise and serves as a member of the American Radio Relay League’s Electro-Magnetic Compatibility Committee.
Billy Bob Brown, Jr. serves as the Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Emergency Communications within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this capacity, EAD Brown drives cross-divisional synergy as identified in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act of 2018. Mr. Brown most recently served as the Associate Director, Priority Telecom Services Sub-Division as well as the Program Manager for both the DHS Level 2 Program Next Generation Networks Priority Services Program and the Level 3 Program Priority Telecommunications Services Program. In this role, he was responsible for providing priority telecommunications services over commercial networks to enable national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) personnel with the ability to communicate during congestion scenarios across the nation.
Mr. Brown graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Brian Kassa is the VP for Mission Critical Systems for Ericsson in North America. Brian brings over 25 years of telecommunications and cyber security experience and 28 years of first responder experience in fire, emergency medical services, dispatch, emergency communications, search and rescue and emergency management. Brian joined Ericsson from The First Responder Network Authority where, for nearly seven years, led architecture, systems engineering, cyber security and emergency response for the federal agency. Brian first started working on Mission Critical Networks at Nokia in 2010, as the Head of Technology for Public Safety Broadband where he was involved in the market activities that would eventually lead to the formation of the First Responder Network Authority and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.
Sridhar Kowdley is a Technical Manager at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office for Interoperability and Compatibility Technology Center. With over 30 years of experience in communications and networking, he works and leads programs to help DHS Components as well as state and local first responders operate more effectively and safely through the pursuit of resilient, highly available and interoperable technology solutions. He forges and leads intra- and interdepartmental partnerships with other agencies including DoD, DoT, NSF, and DoJ.
At DHS he leads several programs including the P25 Compliance Assessment Program which ensures that radios and solutions manufactured for public safety and federal agencies are built to standards and interoperable. In partnership with industry, public safety practitioners and standards development organizations, DHS provides policy and guidance to enable procurement of land mobile radio solutions by public safety practitioners. He provides technical leadership and guidance for the NG911 Interoperability and Compliance Program designed to ensure that NG911 solutions built by industry will be evaluated for compliance to standards and demonstrated interoperability. This engagement includes industry, academia, public safety practitioners and associations. federal agencies and partnership to ensure that NG911 are tested for nationwide deployment. Mr. Kowdley supports the research, development, and test and evaluation of next generation communications technologies including 5G/XG, Internet of Things (IoT), and Smart Cities to identify opportunities, risks and vulnerabilities for DHS Components and state and local first responders. He contributes to the research activities across DHS to address capability gaps and vulnerabilities in these technology areas. Currently, he leads initiatives across DHS to make communications networks and systems more resilient to cybersecurity risks including spectrum interference.
He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University NYC and an MS in Electrical and Computer engineering from George Mason University.
Salvador D’Itri is Founder and President at Grace Innovations. He has served as board member for the Wireless Innovation Forum and as an appointee to the Information Technology Advisory Commission for Arlington County, Virginia. His fields of experience include, spectrum management, 5G, cognitive radio, telecommunications and cloud computing.
Chunmei Liu received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005. She has been working in the areas of wireless communications and networking since then. She is currently a researcher with the Wireless Networks Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her research interests include public safety communications and automated vehicle in cellular networks and machine learning.
Dr. Qiang Wu is a Senior Director of Technology at Qualcomm. He has led engineering teams in developing cellular and satellite air interfaces, modem ASICs, and front-end RFIC SoC transceivers. His field of research and technical background includes cellular systems, satellite systems, modulation, coding, multiple access, MIMO, interference cancellation, and equalization. He is the author of standards, IEEE papers, book chapters, and over 200 granted international patents. Currently, he is the global lead of the 5G/6G non-terrestrial network (NTN) research program at Qualcomm Wireless Research and Development.
Gabriel Martinez is currently assigned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Emergency Communications Division (ECD). Mr. Martinez serves as senior technical staff under the Advanced Interoperable Technologies Branch, which focuses on public safety emergency communications technologies, interoperability, resiliency, AI, and cyber security. Mr. Martinez worked with the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Martinez worked with the National Communications System within the Department of Defense analyzing advanced technologies and priority services communications for National Security and Emergency Preparedness. Currently Mr. Martinez is working on Cybersecurity, Interoperability, and Research and Development projects such as Computer Aid Dispatch (CAD)-to-CAD, Identity, Credential and Access Management to support for trusted information sharing, Emergency Cybersecurity Communications Centers (EC3) initiative, AI strategy for Emergency Communications, 5G evolution, and emerging cloud communications. Mr. Martinez is a DHS Level II Certified Systems Engineer, has a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park, a Master of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from John Hopkins University at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia, MD. Currently completing a master’s degree in Cybersecurity Management at University of Maryland Global University in College Park, MD.
Dr. Venkatesh Ramaswamy
Dr. Venkatesh Ramaswamy is Chief Technologist at MITRE Labs in Bedford, Massachusetts where he currently leads technical innovation and R&D activities in 5G/xG technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has held technical leadership positions at top technology companies, startups, and research labs. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and patents, served as a TPC member for various conferences, and participated in several technical panels. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.
Raymond Shen, PhD is Director of 5G/6G/Cyber Govt Solutions at Keysight Technologies. In this role he leads Keysight's vast portfolio of end-to-end 5G, 6G and OpenRANtest and security solutions for defense and government. He also leads spectrum monitoring solutions, managing solutions that include handheld, outdoor, and modular platforms. He is a frequent speaker at wireless conferences. He has over 24 years of experience in spectrum monitoring, wireless signals, and security, with particular expertise in cellular signals. Shen has a BS EE from Caltech and a MS EE and PhD EE from Stanford University, where his PhD thesis was in the area of neural networks.
Mari Silbey is Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach for US Ignite, and Program Director for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, a $100 million initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and a consortium of more than 30 wireless companies and associations. Within the PAWR Project Office, Mari is responsible for strategy and oversight across multiple wireless testbeds, as well as coordinating with government agencies and engaging with academic and industry research communities. She has nearly two decades of experience in telecom, including many years as a journalist covering broadband infrastructure.
Debra Stanislawski, on a joint duty assignment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), is currently serving as the Director, Tranche SG Prototyping and Experimentation, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. A retired U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and combat veteran, Ms. Stanislawski has over 30 years' experience in strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence. Ms. Stanislawski has held numerous military and civilian leadership positions throughout her career, the majority in overseas locations. Ms. Stanislawski has advanced degrees in Biology and a Masters in Strategic Intelligence. Civilian awards include the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal, the Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Medal, and the NATO Scientific Achievement Award. Military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Defense Meritorious Service Medals.
Michael Varney is the FirstNet Authority Director of Stakeholder Collaboration responsible for supporting FirstNet consultation efforts across the US. He joined FirstNet in 2015, after serving for over 28 years in Information Technology and Public Safety Communications positions at the State of Connecticut where he most recently served as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator and FirstNet State Point of Contact. In those roles he also served as the Chairman of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators and as their representative on the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee. In addition, Michael has a strong public safety background serving for over 35 years in the fire and emergency medical services, including 14 years as Fire Chief.
Mr. Louis Colangelo became the Mission Area Executive for the Special Operations Mission Area at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in March 2020. Mr. Colangelo is responsible for strategic planning, execution, and performance of programs addressing the challenges of Special Operations and the National Intelligence Community. As the nation’s largest University Affiliated Research Center, APL performs research and development on behalf of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, National Aeronautics Space Administration, and other federal agencies. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Colangelo was the Deputy Mission Area Executive for the Precision Strike Mission Area. In this role, he was responsible for assisting with strategic planning, execution and performance of programs addressing detection and targeting, kinetic engagement, and electronic warfare capabilities. Over his career, Mr. Colangelo has focused on critical challenges of electronic warfare across the Services, the Department of Defense, and other Government Agencies. He spear-headed numerous initiatives such a high-fidelity electronic warfare analysis capability, rapid countermeasure developments, and EW/Cyber Convergence. In the Airborne Electronic Warfare community, he is a well-known strategic leader who has built highly recognized technical teams that significant impact the development and operational support for a large number of Department of Defense systems. Mr. Colangelo is an active member in the U.S. science and technology community, served on the Defense Science Board Electromagnetic Dominance Summer Study and participated in multiple OSD War Games. He is a recipient of the JHU/APL Al Eaton Award, the USMC Semper Fidelis Team Award for most significant contribution to the Marine War Fighter, and the NDIA RADM Gormley Combat Survivability Award for Leadership. Mr. Colangelo received Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Lehigh University and a Master in Electrical Engineering, Manhattan College.
Kamakshi Sridhar is VP RAN Technology and Strategy/Sr. Fellow in Mavenir CTSO since July 2022, where she is working on 5G Open-RAN, RIC, AI/ML and 5G SA technologies. She has held prior roles at Sandvine as VP R&D Architecture and VP Automation Innovation in CTO, providing engineering leadership and technology vision for Sandvine's AI/ML data analytics and network automation for 4G/5G, and led several strategic partnerships and customer engagements. Kamakshi conducted research and led wireless strategy at Nokia Bell Labs as a Director and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Wireless Chief Technology Office for over 20 years, and was in the Wireless Systems Engineering at Nortel Networks. Author of 60+ patents, Kamakshi has a B.Tech. in Electronics Engineering from IIT, Varanasi India, M.S. and Ph.D in EECS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT Sloan School.Praveen Gupta is a Principal 5G and Wireless Engineer at MITRE, who is working on development of innovative 5G-solutions to support Federal sponsor needs. Praveen Gupta has a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Southern California and over 25 years of wireless experience. This experience spans working with 1G at Hughes, 2G at Qualcomm, 3G at Ericsson, 4G at Verizon, and 5G at MITRE.
Praveen Gupta is a Principal 5G and Wireless Engineer at MITRE, who is working on development of innovative 5G-solutions to support Federal sponsor needs. Praveen Gupta has a Master of Computer Science degree from the University of Southern California and over 25 years of wireless experience. This experience spans working with 1G at Hughes, 2G at Qualcomm, 3G at Ericsson, 4G at Verizon, and 5G at MITRE.
Tracy Van Brakle is a Member of Technical Staff within AT&T CTO/Labs Wireless Technologies. She is a co-chair and/or contributor within several open source projects and standards development organizations (SDOs) as well as Principal Investigator within INDIGO (Intelligent 5G Networks Designed and Integrated for Globalized Operations), which is a recent awardee of the NSF Convergence Accelerator program “Track G,” Operating Securely through 5G Infrastructures. This work involves integrating and automating open RAN technologies using model-driven interface specifications from O-RAN, 3GPP, and other SDOs, to address the security and resilience requirements of military missions and civilian first responder teams. Focus areas include a novel Artificial Intelligence Planner that is integrated with both open-source and commercial Service Management & Orchestration Frameworks, RAN Intelligent Controllers, and automation applications as described within O-RAN: xApps and rApps. Before joining AT&T, Tracy was a Senior Technologist with Goldman Sachs. She holds 17 active US patents in Wireless Technologies.
Ivan Seskar is the Chief Technologist 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 Future Networks Testbed Working Group, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of ACM and the co-founder and CTO of Upside Wireless Inc.
Deepak Kataria has over 25 years’ experience in data networking, cloud computing and telecom domains with unique distinction of having worked in technical leadership roles with AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Fujitsu, Agere Systems, LSI and HCL America. He co-founded IPJunction Inc in 2009 consulting telco clients on new solution opportunities, target markets, product management consulting and ecosystem partnerships. Currently, he serves as the Principal Solution Consultant for Ericsson working on AT&T projects. He was Chair of IEEE Princeton Central Jersey Section from 2020-2022, General Chair of IEEE Sarnoff Symposium since 2015 and leads the IEEE FNI Group on AI/ML as Co-Chair. He holds B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and pursued M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University. He completed Harvard’s Emerging Leader’s professional program on virtual leadership covering strategy, customer focus, corporate governance, and innovation.
Dr. Jian Tao is an Assistant Professor from the Section of Visual Computing & Computational Media in the School of Performance, Visualization & Fine Arts at Texas A&M University. He is also the Director of the Digital Twin Lab and the Assistant Director for Project Development at the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science. Tao also holds courtesy appointments at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Department of Nuclear Engineering, and the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Tao received his Ph.D. in Computational Astrophysics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 and worked on computational frameworks for numerical relativity, computational fluid dynamics, coastal modeling, and other applications at Louisiana State University before he joined Texas A&M in 2016. In 2018, Tao led the Texas A&M team to the final of both the ASC18 and SC18 student cluster competitions. He is a faculty advisor of the Texas A&M 12th Unmanned Team for the SAE/GM AutoDrive Challenge Competition and leads a project funded by the Department of Commerce to build a digital twin for the Disaster City at Texas A&M University. Tao is an NVIDIA DLI University Ambassador and XSEDE Campus Champion at Texas A&M and a contributor to the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark suite. He currently serves as the Testbed Committee Co-Chair of the IEEE Public Safety Technology Initiative. His research interests include digital twin, numerical modeling, machine learning, data analytics, distributed computing, visualization, and workflow management.
Eugene Gomes (Sr. Solution Architect, Ericsson) Born and brought up in Bombay, India (now Mumbai) Has an educational background spanning power electronics, instrumentation, and telecommunications. He has 23 years of experience in the telecommunications industry spanning multiple technologies and domains ranging from RAN, OSS and Core. His work has covered various aspects of the industry including Systems Design, Pre-Sales engineering, R&D, delivering/developing RAN optimization solutions/ products. Currently, his work includes radio network automation solutions, sustainability, and energy savings. He currently works as a Senior Solution architect for Self-organizing networks, RAN automation and energy savings, and continues to work with telecommunication operators globally. He has designed, developed, and brought to market multiple zero touch automation solutions. Many of these solutions have patent pending.
Leland Brown joined the Intel Corporation in 2016. Prior to Intel, Leland has 20 years of experience in the Wireless Networking Industry for Military Applications(US Army CECOM), Commercial Cellular Wireless Network Design and Capacity Planning, Connected Device Interoperability and Wireless Technology Applications Management. Current assignment is with Intel Federal,the technology enabling organization and interface of Intel Corp for United States Government (USG) solutions. Leland serves dual roles as an IFL Advanced Communications Principal Engineer & Technical Director for Intel’s Advanced Wireless (5G) portfolio for Military| Aerospace | Government. Both roles serve to encompasses a strategic focus on investment in Advanced Wireless technology (5G, SDR, beamforming, MEC, Adaptive RF protocol & Adaptive Frequency) for USG applications and research opportunities. Lelands Initial assignment at Intel Corporation was served in the Communications and Devices Group(iCDG) supporting the pre-Silicon and 3GPP adoption of 5G standards through scaling 5G technology across multiple application platforms, conducting field trail testing, device interoperability development and 5G technology demonstrations.
Stanley Mo is a 28 year veteran at Intel having held technical positions in Intel Labs and multiple platform groups for handhelds, notebooks and desktop PCs. He was a charter member of Intel’s Software and Services Group in the Open Source Technology Center responsible for Intel’s engagement and technical contributions to the open source SW world helping to drive Linux innovation and other open source platform and technology projects. His recent work has been in the area of AI in the context of tactical edge infrastructure developing SW frameworks for autonomous systems collaboration and operation. Stan has been awarded over 30 patents, worldwide, in a range of categories covering datacenter operations, SW security, networking and artificial intelligence / machine learning.He was born in NY and grew up in the Midwest and West Coast. He attended and received his Bachelor of Science from UC Davis.
Ms. Julia Andrusenko 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.
Sean Brassard is the Program Manager for the Special Operations Resilient Communications program at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab where he serves as a lead for various 5G and Cognitive Radio projects for the DoD. He has over 20 years of experience working in telecom and DoD tactical radio industries with a focus on systems engineering, software defined radios, anti-jam/signal cancellation techniques, and geo-location systems. He holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
David M. Coleman is the chief scientist for the Communications Branch in APL’s Asymmetric Operations Sector and also serves as the lead for the Spectrum Operations research portfolio in the Cyber Operations Mission Area. He earned a BS in computer engineering from Elizabethtown College, an MS in computer engineering from the University of Arkansas, and a PhD in electrical engineering from University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Coleman has presented at many conferences for tactical networks and has been published in journals and proceedings.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Ashutosh Dutta is currently senior scientist and 5G Chief Strategist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He is also a JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow and adjunct faculty at The Johns Hopkins University. Ashutosh also serves as the chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Engineering for Professional Program at Johns Hopkins University. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless for NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist and Project Manager in Telcordia Research, Director of the Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 100 conference, journal publications, and standards specifications, three book chapters, and 31 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 is the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks initiative and serves as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018 and Distinguised Speaker for ACM from 2020-2022. 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 Fellow of IEEE and senior member of ACM.
Mr. 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.
Don Herres, IEEE Region 2 South Area Chair
Don Herres does contract design for electrical, electronic, and embedded software design for consumer & industrial products, sharing knowledge and mentoring based on more than 35 years of successful product introductions. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in MD, PA & NY, has a BSEE from SUNY Buffalo and MSEE from Syracuse University. He is inventor on 4 patents. Don is currently IEEE Region 2 South Area Chair and is a Senior Member.
Mr. 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.
Amy Howard is the Branch Office Administrator for the Communications Systems Branch in the Asymmetric Operations Sector at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL). Amy joined APL in May, 2015 and is in her 2nd year as co-chair for the 5G Workshop. She has over 25 years of professional office and event coordination experience.
Carolyn Stallings-Little is the Group Office Administrator for the Communication and Networking Systems Group at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). She joined APL in March, 2017. She has over 25 years of professional administrative experience.
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 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.
Dr. Mithun Mukherjee received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Patna, India, in 2015. He is currently a Professor with the School of Artificial Intelligence, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China. He has (co)authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Dr. Mukherjee was a recipient of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (ANTS) Best Paper Award. He also served/will serve as the Publicity Co-Chair of IEEE 5G World 2018, 2019, and 2020. His current research interests center around fog computing and edge intelligence.
Francis X. O’Connell P.E. is an electrical engineer in New Jersey. He works for Skylink Technology in Hamilton, NJ to design, build and integrate spacecraft test systems. Fran is a former Lockheed Martin employee from East Windsor, NJ. At Lockheed-Martin, his team designed and developed the avionics for weather satellites including TIROS and DMSP for NOAA and the Air Force respectively as well as science satellites such as GGS for NASA Goddard and the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft for JPL. Through his own company, FXO Inc, since 1999 Fran has worked on-site at spacecraft manufacturers to develop test plans, solve difficult test anomalies, and perform reliability analyses.
Fran is a Senior Member in the IEEE. He is a Past Chair of the Princeton / Central Jersey Section and its webmaster. Fran is a member of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and the vice-chair of the PCJS Solid State Circuits Society. Fran has volunteered as treasurer for many recent IEEE Communications Society Conferences and Workshops.
Pamela Patton is a Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL). As a technical lead for the 5G Wireless Communications Lab, Pam is standing up a 5G security research environment utilizing Nokia and SDR RAN equipment to support non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) network architectures connected to a virtualized core network utilizing NFV and SDN technologies. The lab builds on existing 4G/LTE infrastructure that she has utilized for various tactical use case studies, security architecture and vulnerability analysis, and performance assessments of secure VoIP in a contested RF and network environment. Prior to joining JHU/APL in 2012, she took on various communication engineering roles within the National Security Agency (13 years) and with defense contractors (12 years). Her focus has been primarily on network architecture, protocols, and security from 2G through the generations up to 5G and how those technologies may apply to DoD interests. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MS in Telecommunications and Computers from George Washington University.
Mr. Oscar Somerlock joined the Applied Physics Laboratory in 2014, where he is currently Chief Scientist of the Communications and Networking Systems Group. 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, wireless networking and metamaterials. Oscar holds an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and MBA from the University of Maryland.
Miguel Gutiérrez Gaitán received the B.Sc. degree in electronics engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso (PUCV), Valparaiso, Chile, in 2007, and the M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (PoliTo), Turin, Italy, in 2009. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal, under the supervision of Prof. Luís Almeida. He is also an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Engineering, Andrés Bello University (UNAB), Santiago, Chile, and a Research Fellow with the CISTER Research Center, Porto, where he collaborates in various national and international research projects, mainly in the areas of wireless networks, real-time communication, and the Internet of Things.