2020 IEEE Future Networks Winter Session

8 February 2020 | 9am - 4pm

University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
Building 56, Room 113A – Ballroom A 


This one-day session provides an opportunity for Young Professionals and Industry Professionals to meet and to better understand future networks. This session is designed to give attendees the opportunity to learn about 5G and Beyond. 5G may be described as a network of networks with applications and services that may transform several adjacent industries. Prior knowledge of the mobility ecosystem is not required. 



Title Speaker Presentation
Welcome Remarks     
2020 Winter Program Description   Download PDF
IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR)  Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet LLC Download PDF
5G Core Network   Dr. Srini Gottumukkala, OpusNet Download PDF
Evolution of Optical and Transport Technologies for 5G Xhaul Network  Dr. Reza Vaez-Ghami, Viavi  Download PDF
IEEE Future Networks Applications and Services Roadmap (Smart Cities Ecosystems)  Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet LLC Download PDF
(Demo) Microcontroller Radar Stations Utilizing Software Defined Radio (SDR)   Keenan Leatham, UDC  Download PDF
Closing Remarks     



Metro - This location is metro accessible. It is located by the Van Ness Metro Station on the Red line.

On Site Garage Parking - Free parking is available at the UDC campus for this event.

Street Parking – Limited residential street parking may also be available within a short walk.


Abstracts and Speakers 

IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR), First Edition - Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet LLC

Future network technologies (5G, 6G, etc.) are expected to enable fundamentally new applications that will transform the way humanity lives, works, and engages with its environment. The IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) is created to address risks associated with new technology migrations and to stimulate an industry-wide dialogue to address the many facets and challenges of the development and deployment of 5G and beyond. The INGR is designed to help guide operators, regulators, manufacturers, researchers, and other interested parties involved in developing these new communication technology ecosystems by laying out a technology roadmap with 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year horizons.

The INGR working groups include Applications and Services, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Connecting the Unconnected, Deployment, Edge Automation Platform (EAP), Energy Efficiency, Hardware, Massive MIMO, Millimeter Wave and Signal Processing, Optics, Satellite, Security, Standardization Building Blocks, Systems Optimization, and Testbed. New experts are encouraged to participate as work continues with the Second Edition of the INGR.

Access the INGR at https://futurenetworks.ieee.org/roadmap

Narendra Mangra is the Principal at GlobeNet, LLC. His experience extends across commercial mobile satellite and cellular communications, public safety communications, information technology, higher education, and federal & local government sectors.

Narendra is the IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) Co Chair, INGR Applications and Services Working Group Co-Chair, and Future Networks Education Co-Chair. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University. He has an MBA, MSEE/BSEE and a PMP Certificate. His current interests include the 5G ecosystem, smart cities, and related sustainable interconnected ecosystems.

Evolution of Optical and Transport Technologies for 5G Xhaul Network - Dr. Reza Vaez-Ghaemi, Viavi

Emerging 5G services place stringent requirements on optical and transport networks. Much higher bandwidth and ultra-reliable and low latency are examples of these requirements that drive a set of new technologies and architectures in backhaul, fronthaul and the new midhaul networks. Next generation passive optical networks (NG-PON), Timing Sensitive Networks (TSN), Radio over Ethernet (RoE), and enhanced Common Public Radio Interface (eCPRI) represent some of these key emerging technologies. The presentation starts with a short introduction of the 5G services and their network requirements, and focuses on describing the main features and benefits of the new technologies.


Dr Reza Vaez-Ghaemi has held positions in research, engineering, marketing, and management in telecommunications industry in Germany and the United States.  Reza is employed by Viavi Solutions as a senior Manager for Product Line Management responsible for research in emerging technologies and development of product roadmaps for Carrier Ethernet, Mobile Backhaul, Fronthaul and Optical Transport networks. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Berlin (Germany).

IEEE Future Networks INGR Applications and Services Roadmap (Smart Cities Ecosystems) – Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet LLC

An ecosystem framework is useful to contextualize the many different types of applications and services. Ecosystems span urban and non-urban areas, but the majority of ecosystem interactions and cross-ecosystem interactions tend to occur in urban areas. The urban population growth is increasing and exerts pressure on a city's existing infrastructure. Furthermore, urban activities contribute to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions.

The first edition of the INGR Applications and Services chapter addresses selected ecosystems within an urban environment through a smart cities' roadmap. Smart cities may be described as an interconnected sustainable ecosystem of ecosystems that links people, places and things to promote economic development, quality of life, and attractiveness for residents, businesses, and visitors. It may also include city specific goals and aspirations. The INGR Applications and Services WG uses a structured, flexible, adaptable, and scalable methodology that evaluates an ecosystem core functional needs and technologies in conjunction with the mobility ecosystem key components, i.e., access, service delivery, operations and service management, and network extensions. The smart cities roadmap extends across interconnected end-to-end ecosystems, and caters to different city priorities, resources, and technologies. The first edition of the roadmap includes public safety, healthcare, transportation, electrical power, water distribution and wastewater treatment.  

(Demo) Microcontroller Radar Stations utilizing Software Defined Radio (SDR) – Keenan Leatham, UDC

SDR – Software Defined Radio, a system in which the components are implemented in software, instead of the traditional way of hardware implementation. It consists of an RF front-end followed by an analog- to-digital converter, which provides sample signals to a host computer. Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) platforms are utilized to access the host computer, Khadas VIM Series III,and Raspberry Pi. This project consists of creating radar stations in order to track airplanes and do real time signal processing. These  radar stations can be accessed remotely at any time without being physically present. Also, microcontrollers are cascaded to create a supercomputer to improve the performance of different simulations. Experiments were conducted utilizing a military grade antenna or metal antenna  to  transmit and receive signals ,which was successful. This research experiment using a  host computer, Khadas VIM Series III, and multiple Raspberry-Pis can be utilized to make big bulky systems more compact.

Keenan Leatham is an Undergraduate Senior at The University of the District of Columbia. He is a Research Assistant (RA) under Nian Zhang funded by the (NSF) National Science Foundation grant and (DoD) Department of Defense grant. His research focus is Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. He has presented his work at many conferences about the real-life applications of (SVM) Support Vector Machines on many mathematical models. Keenan has a strong interest in Software Defined Radio and Aerospace Applications. In his current research, he is creating a radar system utilizing microcontrollers to collect flight data and satellite data in real time. After graduation Keenan plans to pursue his MSEE degree in Electrical Engineering concentrating in Computer Engineering and working a job at Raytheon as an RF Engineer.