2023 6th IEEE 5G Workshop on First Responder and Tactical Networks

 FRTN 2023 13Dec

13 December 2023 || Free || Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, USA


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The 2023 6th IEEE 5G Workshop on First Responder and Tactical Networks will take place at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics lab on 13 December 2023 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.

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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 sixth workshop in this series on 13 December 2023 at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD, USA. In 2022-2021, 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.


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andrusenko sizedMs. 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 ProfileSean 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 Coleman ProfileDavid 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.



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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.

ashutosh duttaDr. 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.

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.

Don Herres profileDon 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.


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.

stallings littleAmy 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.



stallings littleCarolyn 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.



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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  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.

Mithun MukherjeeDr. 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.


Fran OConnell ProfileFrancis 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.

Pam Patton ProfilePamela 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.

somerlockMr. 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 Gaitn profileMiguel Gutiérrez Gaitán is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Andrés Bello University (UNAB), Chile. He received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2023, an MS in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, in 2009, and a BS in Electronics Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, in 2007. He is also the Chairman of the IEEE ComSoc Chile Chapter, for the 2023-2024 term, and a Research Associate at the Research Centre in Real-Time and Embedded Computing Systems (CISTER), Portugal. His research interests revolve around the fields of wireless networks, real-time communication, and the Internet of Things.