IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:

Transdisciplinary Framework for 5G-Enabled Applications and Services in the New Reality


Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 11:00am ET


Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet, LLC 




About the Webinar


The COVID-19 pandemic and related sustained systemic shocks has fundamentally impacted business ecosystems and underlying global supply chains. These sustained systemic shocks along with technology developments, consumer usage trends, geopolitical, and macro-economic triggers may reshape industry structures or ecosystem stages. Furthermore, we are also grappling with critical changes needed to address access and inclusion to basic human services, social vulnerabilities, quality of life improvements in urban and rural communities, and long-term environmental changes. We are already witnessing fundamental changes related to climate-induced public safety needs, flexible working trends, telehealth, tourism, education, connected vehicles, urban planning, rural development, and much more. Technology innovations promise to help deliver solutions across ecosystems with maximum benefits delivered through appropriate governance.

It is imperative to explore new approaches to delivering applications and services. These approaches or frameworks should be sustainable, structured, flexible, adaptable, and scalable to better address complex issues and the local needs of diverse stakeholder groups, priorities, capabilities, and constraints in diverse communities. This webinar will describe the transdisciplinary framework with several scenarios provided in the latest IEEE FNI INGR Applications and Services Chapter. The transdisciplinary framework comprises of interconnected ecosystems, converged networks, and governance functions. Scenarios will include public safety and the event lifecycle, telehealth and the continuum of care, public health and pandemic response planning, transportation and urban land repurposing, comprehensive plans across the globe, smart cities, and rural development initiatives.



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Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet, LLC


Narendra Mangra of GlobeNet LLC provides advisory and consulting services to clients in academia, industry, and government. He has both a deep foundation in the wireless telecommunications ecosystem and broad experience across mobile and fixed broadband telecommunications, public safety, agriculture, transportation, and health care ecosystems. His experience spans several key roles within the end-to-end mobile ecosystem, mobile network design and deployment lifecycle, procurement lifecycle, and program/project management lifecycles. Narendra is also the Co-Chair for several IEEE technology roadmap, standards development, and industry connection activities that include the Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR), Applications and Services WG, Young Professionals Education, IEEE SA P1950.1 Smart Cities Architecture Standards Development, Transdisciplinary Framework Industry Connections, and the Telehealth Industry Connections.



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IEEE Future Directions launched the IEEE 5G Initiative in December 2016. To better reflect the IEEE contribution to current and future generations of networking, the initiative was re-branded to IEEE Future Networks, with the tagline Enabling 5G and Beyond, in August 2018.

The IEEE Future Networks Initiative (FNI) will help pave a clear path through development and deployment of 5G and the great potential it enables, while envisioning the landscape of connectivity and applications beyond 5G. Recognizing that networking is larger than a single technology, standard, organization, or region, IEEE Future Networks is gathering the world’s researchers, scientists, engineers, and policymakers from industry, academia, and governments to solve the challenges and reveal the opportunities associated with current and future networks.

The experts participating in IEEE Future Networks draw upon practical knowledge gained working with previous generations of networking and consider current trends of technology evolution to foresee the meaningful shifts coming our way.

The Future Networks Initiative is actively pursuing the following goals:

  • Providing practical, timely technical content in tutorials, webinars, podcasts, published articles, workshops, and conferences.
  • Establishing a 5G and Beyond Technology Roadmap, which identifies short- (~3 years), mid- (~5 years) and long-term (~10 years) research, innovation, and technology trends in the communications ecosystem for the purpose of maintaining and continually enhancing a living document with a clear set of recommendations.
  • Launching a Distinguished Lecturer Program (FNI-DLP) to disseminate and share information about the technology, roadmap and application delivered by rebound experts from various societies of IEEE.


  • Q: What is the Virtual DL program? A: Is it the same as an on-line webinar?
    A: Virtual DL is a DL who is willing to participate in offering DL talks virtually to various society chapter(s) and / or com
  • munity of interests.

  • Q: For Chapter meetings, what is the difference between getting a guest speaker versus having a DLP?
    A: A DL speaking at a DLP event is meeting the program and guidelines of the DLP. This is different than inviting a guest speaker for the meeting.

  • Q: If a DL is joining a non DL into an event, can the event be called a DLP event?
    A: No, a DL can be a presenter along with a non-DL for virtual events. This can’t be called a DLP but rather a virtual webinar, virtual workshop, virtual summit, virtual conference, etc. but it is left to the organizing committee to acknowledge the speaker who is a DL. Thus, non-VDL events that may include a mix of DL and non-DL speakers is organized by the host Chapters and supported by their Regional Board.

  • Q: Is copyright required for DLP?
    A: Regarding the copyright issues, there will be no copyright protection as it will be delivered without restrictions.

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Kumar Vijay Mishra 

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Kumar Vijay Mishra (S’08-M’15-SM’18) obtained a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and M.S. in mathematics from The University of Iowa in 2015, and M.S. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University in 2012, while working on NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission Ground Validation (GPM-GV) weather radars. He received his B. Tech. summa cum laude (Gold Medal, Honors) in electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (NITH), India in 2003. He is currently Senior Fellow at the United States DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adelphi; Technical Adviser to Singapore-based automotive radar start-up Hertzwell and Boston-based imaging radar startup Aura Intelligent Systems; and honorary Research Fellow at SnT - Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg.

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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar Series: Micro/Nano Systems and Technologies as Enablers of 6G, Super-IoT and Future Networks

Wednesday 18 January 2023 | 11:00am ET


Jacopo Iannacci



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About the Webinar
Looking to 2030, the future data- and communication-centric paradigms of 6G, Super-IoT (Internet of Things), and Tactile Internet (TI) will require leaps forth at technology and, notably, at a conceptual level. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be a cornerstone both on the service and network operation plane, leveraging self-sustenance and self-evolution of the infrastructure. Within such a context, the currently-in-use design methods for hardware-software (HW-SW) systems are regarded as increasingly less suitable to meet the challenge fully. This webinar will focus on low-complexity HW components, like sensors, actuators, and transducers, gathering attention around Micro/Nano (MEMS/NEMS) technologies. Reinforcement of the HW versus SW separation and symmetry is proposed, overcoming the so-called HW-SW divide. Partial reformulation of the HW concept is proposed, leveraging the parallelism of HW/SW with classical elements in nature. The resulting frame of reference is named WEAF Mnecosystem (Water, Earth, Air, and Fire Micro/Nanotechnologies Ecosystem). It embodies solutions based on Micro/Nanotechnologies, regarded as pivotal in the transition to 6G/TI. Then, the WEAF Mnecosystem landscape is populated by reporting state-of-the-art research activities based on Micro/Nanotechnologies, identified as key enablers of the future paradigms at stake.


About the Presenter

Jacopo Iannacci, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, Italy


Jacopo Iannacci (M’20, SM’21) received the MSc (Laurea) degree in electronics engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2003, and the PhD in information and telecommunications technology from the Advanced Research Center on Electronic Systems “Ercole De Castro” (ARCES) at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2007. He received the Habilitation as Associate Professor in Electronics from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), in 2017, and the Habilitation as Full Professor in Electronics from the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR), in 2021. He worked in 2005 and 2006 as visiting researcher at the DIMES Technology Center (currently Else Kooi Lab) of the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, focusing on the development of innovative packaging and integration technology solutions for RF-MEMS devices. In 2016, he visited as seconded researcher the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin, Germany, to conduct high-frequency characterization of RF-MEMS components jointly with the RF & Smart Sensor Systems Department at IZM. Since 2007, he is researcher (permanent staff) at the Center for Sensors & Devices of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, in Trento, Italy. His research interests and experience fall in the areas of Finite Element Method (FEM) multi-physics modelling, compact (analytical) modeling, design, optimization, integration, packaging, experimental characterization and testing for reliability of MEMS and RF-MEMS devices and networks for sensors and actuators, Energy Harvesting (EH-MEMS) and telecommunication systems, with applications in the fields of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), as well as future 6G, Tactile Internet (TI) and Super-IoT.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge: Panel on Lessons Learned and Project Updates

Wednesday 21 September 2022 | 11:00am ET


Eric Nitschke, Rahma Utami, Filippo Malandra



About the Webinar

The IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge ( is an annual, global competition that solicits solutions from start-ups, grassroots organizations, universities, or individuals with projects or ideas to bridge the digital divide in innovative ways. Organized by the IEEE Future Networks Initiative and other partners, the competition seeks applications from early-stage projects that offer unique ways to increase Internet access and usage for unconnected populations/geographies.

In this Webinar, we invite a panel of 2021 CTU winners to share their first-hand experiences on how their ideas and projects help close the digital divide, as well as lessons learned from participating in the CTU contest and latest updates on their projects from the past year. Please join our Webinar to learn more about the IEEE CTU challenge and hear directly from past CTU winners.


About the Presenter

Eric Nitschke,Wakoma

Rahma Utami,Suarise

Filippo Malandra,University at Buffalo

Eric Nitschke is a social entrepreneur using open and human-centered approaches to solve complex education and connectivity challenges. Eric is the founder and CEO of Wakoma, a social enterprise building open hardware and software solutions that enable communities to design, build and share their own network infrastructure and localized content and services which operate offline and online. Eric is a strong advocate for meaningful connectivity, digital inclusion, and open education.

Rahma Utami is founder and accessibility director in Suarise, an Indonesian-based social enterprise that focuses on disability inclusion in the digital sector. Before focusing on digital accessibility, she spent 10 years in the digital advertising industry and design, and became an accessibility consultant in the UK. She holds a bachelor in visual communication design from ITB, and a Masters of Digital Media practice for Development and Social change from University of Sussex. In Ba11y, her responsibility is in product development.

Filippo Malandra (M’16) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo and director of the Wireless Network for Smart Systems (WN4SS) Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2016, and a B.Eng. and a M.Eng. in Telecommunications Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2008 and 2011, respectively. His research interests include the performance analysis and design of mobile networks for smart cities, smart grid and IoT applications, the design of new solutions to provide broadband Internet access to underserved communities.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesINGR Webinar Series: Future In-Building Networks

Wednesday 31 August 2022 | 11:00am ET

Volker Jungnickel


About the Webinar

This Webinar will highlight current technologies and future evolution of in-building networks that handle most Internet traffic nowadays. Buildings today are networked via copper (e.g. Ethernet, Powerline Communications, PLC) and radio (e.g. Wi-Fi, ZigBee). In the next decade, machines and devices will communicate wireless and support e.g. reliable real-time video. For the future Internet of Things, dense in-building networks will be deployed which complement copper and radio by optical technologies, both over fixed (fiber-to-the-room, FTTR) and wireless links (light fidelity, LiFi). We highlight unique features of light as a fixed and wireless medium in buildings and present recent technology trends to enable new features for high performance, integrated sensing, low cost and enhanced sustainability.


About the Presenter

Volker Jungnickel, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications

Volker Jungnickel (M) received doctoral and habilitation degrees in Physics and Communications Engineering in 1995 and 2015, respectively. He joined Fraunhofer HHI in 1997, working on optical wireless communications, multiple antennas in mobile networks and fixed optical access networks. Volker teaches courses and supervises students at TU Berlin, which appointed him as extraordinary professor in 2021. Volker serves in optical wireless standards as chair of IEEE P802.15.13 and technical editor of IEEE P802.11bb projects.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesINGR Webinar Series: Xhaul Optical, Transport and Synchronization Networks

Wednesday 17 August 2022 | 11:00am ET

Reza Vaez-Ghaemi


About the Webinar

Continued strong demand for high band mobile broadband services and emergence of ultra-low latency use cases demand new architectures in wireless access networks. These new architectures break the wireless access into backhaul, midhaul and fronthaul networks. Fronthaul networks are associated with some of the most stringent requirements in terms of latency, packet throughput and time/frequency error limits.

Meeting these ever increasing requirements demand new optical, transport and synchronization architectures and solutions. The webinar will start by summarizing the xhaul requirements, and provides approaches for new optical networks based on enhancements to WDM and PON networks. It continues by reviewing new approaches to packet-based transport technologies, and closes with a description of enhanced synchronization architectures and solutions that meet more stringent 5G time alignment error limits.


About the Presenter

Reza Vaez-Ghaemi, VIAVI Solutions

Reza has held positions in research, engineering, marketing, and management in telecommunications industry in Germany and the United States. As a Senior Manager of Product Line Management with VIAVI Solutions, he is responsible for research in emerging technologies and development of product roadmaps for Carrier Ethernet and 5G xhaul transport and synchronization networks. He also serves as the vendor Co-Chair at O-RAN Xhaul Transport Working Group. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Berlin (Germany).


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar: The Road to 6G - INGR Mapping Future Networks into 2032

Wednesday 1 June 2022 | 11:00am ET

Baw Chng, Dilip Krishnaswamy, and Lyndon Ong


About the Webinar

2022 and the next two years will be a time of heavy 5G deployment, transformation at the edge, and increased interworking of network technologies and systems. But what can we expect in five or even or ten years from now? The 2022 Edition of the IEEE INGR (International Network Generations Roadmap) points to current and forward-looking trends, challenges, and solutions in the mobile network landscape. The inaugural INGR was released in 2020 with a focus on the evolution of 5G networks, and the 2021 edition took an end-to-end perspective that established a transdisciplinary framework and a predictive model for mobile networks. The 2022 INGR broadens applications of the transdisciplinary framework while progressing the technology and system challenges and opportunities across each of INGR’s 14 Working Groups.

In this IEEE Future Networks webinar, leaders from four of those Working Groups — Applications and Services, Deployment, Energy Efficiency, and Massive MIMO — get together to present some of the latest insights form their group before joining a panel discussion to explore the convergences between them all.


About the Presenters

Francesco Carobolante, IoTissimo
Harish Kumar Sahoo, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology
Narendra Mangra, Globenet LLC
David Witkowski, Oku Solutions

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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesINGR Webinar Series:  Systems Optimization for Future Networks 

Wednesday 1 May 2022 | 11:00am ET

Baw Chng, Dilip Krishnaswamy, and Lyndon Ong


About the Webinar

Systems Optimization for future networks and network services will be a challenge due to the variance across services, traffic types and control architectures needed to support 5G/6G. Future networks will need greater local automation and intelligence for optimization of resources to keep costs controlled, but at the same time need to incorporate higher level, end-to-end optimization and policies for the operator. This webinar will review the work of the IEEE Future Networks Systems Optimization Working Group, explore some of the important use cases for systems optimization such as Open RAN, and highlight the challenges for systems optimization for future networks over the next 10 years.


About the Presenters

Baw Chng is a technologist, inventor, and author who consults in the wireless networking and telecommunications industry. Baw Chng has been awarded multiple patents in such areas as network and system architecture, network planning, security and authentication, mobility, system selection, service provisioning, access control, user interface and user experience, and network management. Baw Chng has published papers on computer networking, computer architecture, and magnetic recording in peer reviewed publications. Baw Chng has done pioneering work on femtocell and small cell technologies and his body of work spans across a broad array of critical technologies including Wi-Fi (mesh and infrastructure), cellular communications, Internet-of-Things (IoT), low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), network function virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN), self-organizing and self-optimizing network (SON), cloud computing, plastic optical fiber (POF), optical networking, QoS

Dilip Krishnaswamy received a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an inventor on 60+ granted US patents, and has co-authored 70+ research publications. He has worked at Intel Corp., Qualcomm Research, IBM Research, and Jio Platforms, and he is currently a senior principal architect at Sterlite Access Solutions.

Lyndon Ong is Principal, Advanced Architecture in the Office of the CTO at Ciena Corporation and has headed numerous projects in network control and SDN at Ciena, receiving the Ciena Technical Fellow award in 2014. He is a co-chair of the Open RAN Alliance (O-RAN) Cloudification and Orchestration Working Group and Project Leader for the ONF’s Open Transport Configuration and Control (OTCC) Project, as well as co-chair of the IEEE INGR Systems Optimization WG. Dr. Ong received his doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1991.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:  Open RAN - Challenges and Opportunities for Future Wireless Networks

Wednesday 16 March 2022 | 11:00am ET

Ashutosh Dutta, Brian K. Daly, Manish Singh and Michele Polese


About the Webinar

In the world of mobile communications, we are seeing more and more wireless network operators embracing the concept of an open ecosystem. Two primary goals of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) are to stimulate innovation and reduce costs in telecommunications by introducing competition, interoperability, and intelligence in an open ecosystem. Since initial trials and deployments, the Open RAN community has also come to the view that harmonization among different standards and specifications is crucial to realize the new paradigm's full potential. What is Open RAN’s “killer app” and what is driving Open RAN research and deployment? In this webinar panel, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities as well as future directions for an open ecosystem of wireless networks.


About the Presenters

Michele Polese's research focuses on the design and evaluation of next-generation wireless networks from a system-level perspective. I am interested in the design of algorithms and architectures for mmWave cellular networks, in the application of machine learning techniques to self organizing networks, and in the full-stack, end-to-end performance evaluation of complex networks. I collaborated with several academic and industrial research partners, including Intel, InterDigital, NYU, AT&T Labs, University of Aalborg, King's College, Northeastern University and NIST.

Ashutosh Dutta is currently Chief 5G Strategist and Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. 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 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. Ashutosh is author of more than 100 technical papers and 31 issued patents. He currently serves as the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative and Chair for IEEE SA Open RAN Industry Connections activities. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela with BS in Electrical Engineering, 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 Distinguished member ACM.

Manish Singh is a well-respected industry leader with over 20 years of experience and specializes in Wireless Networks. Manish currently supports the OpenRAN and Open Core Network Project Groups in TIP (Telecom Infra Project). For three consecutive years, he served on the Board of Small Cell Forum. Manish is a Thought Leader with good balance of technology depth and business acumen. Before joining Meta, Manish was VP of Network Services at Tech Mahindra. And prior to that Manish served as Radisys’ CTO where he spearheaded the company’s strategic initiatives in SDN, NFV and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE). Prior to Radisys, Manish was the VP of Product Management at Continuous Computing, where he led the startup’s spectacular growth in Small Cells and DPI. During the course of his career Manish held various Management and Architect positions at Intel, Trillium Digital Systems and C-DOT.

Brian Daly is an AT&T Fellow and Assistant Vice President for Standards & Industry Alliances for AT&T. Brian oversees AT&T’s strategy and leadership in global industry standards. Brian is engaged in programs with the DHS, DISA, and DoD, and is a leading contributor to the Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions (ATIS) Board, TOPS Council and Standards Committee initiatives, resulting in the implementation of key industry standards. Brian is on the Executive Committee of the National Spectrum Consortium and holds appointments to the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC) and Communications Reliability, Security, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). Brian also is a member of the FBI’s Infragard partnership. His industry leadership roles include Co-chair of the Next G Alliance Steering Group, co-chair of the O-Ran Alliance Standards Development Focus Group, Chair of the GSM Association’s North American Fraud Forum and Security Group, and former co-chair of the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative Critical Infrastructure & Environment working group.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
5G Networks for Rural and Remote Areas Applications

Friday, 28 June 2019 | 11:00am ET

Luciano Leonel Mendes, Professor, Inatel


About the Webinar

5G networks are being pointed out as the next revolution in mobile communications. Different from the evolution observed from 2G to 4G networks, 5G will not only increase the user throughput, but it will also introduce a large set of new services and applications. Of course, more data rate is expected to be provided by the enhanced mobile broadband, but other interesting services will make 5G unique. The support for massive machine type communication will boost the Internet of Things and it will provide more inputs for Big Data analytics. Ultra-reliable low latency communications will change the way we interact with mobile devices and it will support the Industry 4.0. Therefore, 5G is not an evolution, but it is an innovative and revolutionary mobile network.

Although 5G is changing the mobile communications game, there is one gap that need to be surpassed, which is the connectivity in remote areas. This application scenario has important social and economic impacts and 5G should be able to address its requirements in the near future. Billions of people live in uncovered or underserved areas, unable to enjoy the benefits of the Digital Era. A reliable and cost accessible 5G for Remote Areas Network would offer the opportunity for these people to be included in the digital world, opening new markets for operators and new opportunities for vendors. Also, agribusiness is demanding higher efficiency from the fields and the ability to collect data and remotely control the machinery and systems (such as watering) is essential for improving productivity in farms.

The aim of this webinar is to discuss the possibilities for 5G to support and address the remote area networks requirements and to present the major technologies that can help in this challenging task.

The topics covered in this webinar are:

  • Brief history of the mobile network evolution
  • Main aspects and scenarios for 5G networks
  • What is missing for a universal Internet access?
  • Motivations and applications for Remote Areas Networks
  • Enablers technologies for remote area operation
  • 5G and satellite networks integration: solution for backhaul and remote areas access networks.
  • Main projects developing the 5G network for remote areas.


About the Speaker

Luciano MendesLuciano Leonel Mendes received the BSc. and MSc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Inatel, Brazil in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2007 he received the Doctor degree in Electrical Engineering from Unicamp, Brazil. Since 2001 he is a professor at Inatel, where he has acted as the technical manager of the hardware development laboratory from 2006 to 2012. He has coordinated the Master Program at Inatel from 2010 to 2013 and he has led several research projects funded by FAPEMIG, FINEP and BNDES. From 2013 to 2015 he was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Dresden in the Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, where he has developed his post-doctoral program sponsored by CNPq. Since 2015, he acts as the Research Coordinator of the Radiocommunication Reference Center at Inatel, which is a research project aiming at addressing the main challenges for the Brazilian society regarding wireless, satellite and terrestrial communications. His main area of interest is 5G PHY, a research field where he has published several papers in the last years. He is a CNPq level 2 research fellow since 2016. In 2017 he was elected Research Coordinator of the 5G Brasil Project, an association involving industries, telecom operators and academia which aims for funding and build a ecosystem towards 5G in Brazil. He is the technical coordinator of the 5G-RANGE project, a Brazil - European Union joint project which is developing a new cognitive MAC and PHY layer to provide Internet access in remote areas.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
NSF's Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR): fueling the next generation of wireless systems

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 | 11:00am EDT

Dr. Monisha Ghosh, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems


About the Webinar

The past few years have witnessed the design, standardization and initial deployments of new generations of wireless systems, both cellular (5G) , Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 6) and others (e.g. LoRa). A natural question to ask is: what's next? In this webinar, we will describe some new initiatives underway in the National Science Foundation (NSF) focused on deploying experimental infrastructure that will enable academia, industry and federal agencies to design and test at scale novel wireless systems that span the entire ecosystem from devices to protocols and architecture. We will describe three funded platforms through the PAWR program: POWDER, COSMOS and AERPAW and discuss the Round III Request for Proposals (RFP) that focuses on rural broadband connectivity.


About the Speaker

Monisha ProfileDr. Monisha Ghosh joined NSF as a Program Director in September 2017, in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE). She manages wireless networking research within the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program at NSF. 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 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 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.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
Winning the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 | 11:00am EST




  • John Shea, Prof of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Florida
  • Tan Wong, Prof of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Florida


About the Webinar

The Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) is a recent DARPA grand challenge that aims to spur the development of next-generation AI-enabled wireless networks, through a series of tournament events, to overcome scarcity in the radio frequency spectrum. Team GatorWings from the University of Florida won the overall top prize of $2 million at the SC2 Championship Event held on October 23, 2019. In this webinar, we share our experiences as well as our radio design strategies leading Team GatorWings to win the SC2 in hopes of shedding some light on further research and development directions in the area of autonomous spectrum sharing. Screen reader support enabled.


About the Presenters

John SheaJohn M. Shea (S'92-M'99) received the B.S. (with highest honors) in computer engineering from Clemson University in 1993 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Clemson University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Dr. Shea is currently a Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida. He is currently engaged in research on wireless communications and networks with emphasis on military communications, dynamic spectrum access, and networked control systems. Dr. Shea was team co-leader for Team GatorWings, which won the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (DARPA's fifth grand challenge). He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Technical Achievement from the IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM) and is the only two-time winner of the Ellersick Award from the IEEE Communications Society for the Best Paper in the Unclassified Program of MILCOM. Dr. Shea was selected as a Finalist for the 2004 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award. He has been an editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications magazine, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.


Tan WongTan F. Wong received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University in 1992 and 1997, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He was a Research Engineer with the Department of Electronics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He also served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University. Since 1998, he has been with the University of Florida, where he is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was the Editor for Wideband and Multiple Access Wireless Systems for the IEEE Transactions on Communications and was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He also served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. Recently, he led Team GatorWings to win the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
International Network Generations Roadmap, 1st Edition

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 | 11:00am EST

Narendra Mangra, Principal, GlobeNet, LLC 


About the Webinar

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 stimulate an industry-wide dialogue to address the many facets and challenges of the development and deployment of 5G in a well-coordinated and comprehensive manner, while also looking beyond 5G. 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.

Development of the INGR has produced a technical community that fosters the exchange of ideas, sharing of research, setting of standards, and identification, development, and maturation of system drivers, system specifications, use cases, and supported applications. The focus of this IEEE technology roadmap is to identify key technology needs, challenges, potential solutions, and areas of innovation. This webinar will address the highlights from the First Edition of the INGR that was recently completed in Dec 2019. 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.

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Narendra MangraNarendra Mangra is the Principal and wireless mobility advisor at GlobeNet, LLC. His experience extends across the wireless mobility ecosystem and mobile network deployment lifecycle within the industry, academia, and government sectors. He is the IEEE Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) Co Chair, IEEE INGR Applications and Services Working Group Co-Chair, and IEEE Future Networks Education Co-Chair. Narendra is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University where he teaches telecommunications project management with a focus on smart cities.

Narendra has extensive consulting experience in the mobile satellite and cellular communications, public safety communications, information technology, higher education, and federal & local government sectors. His business and technical consulting experience spans strategy development, procurements including solicitation development, spectrum management, RAN network planning and optimization, mobile terrestrial and satellite network deployments, operations & business support systems, international and prepaid roaming, mobility and enterprise communications services modernization and transition planning, live system cutovers, and project management. He has an MBA, MSEE/BSEE and a PMP Certificate. His current interests include the 5G ecosystem and enablers, smart cities and smart regions, and related sustainable interconnected ecosystems. 

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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
Beyond the Cellular Paradigm: Cell-Free Architectures with Radio Stripes

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 | 11:00am EDT (New York, GMT-04:00)

Emil Björnson, Linköping University, Sweden
Emil's Blog: Massive MIMO - News, Commentary, Mythbusting


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About the Webinar

The fifth generation of cellular network technology is now a reality and promises higher peak rates and better service quality than previous generations. However, these gains are not achievable everywhere. The cellular architecture is characterized by a sparse deployment of high-power access points, which are surrounded by users being at different distances. Some are close and get good service, and some are far away and get bad service. Despite all the improvements that has been made from 1G to 5G, this fundamental weakness has remained. But there is a potential solution: replacing the conventional cellular architecture with a cell-free architecture, characterized by a dense deployment of low-power access points that jointly serve the users in their vicinity. This webinar will first cover the motivation and background to cell-free networks and then give an overview of recent progress on how to practically implement such networks using Massive MIMO processing, dynamic cooperation clusters, and radio stripes.


About the Speaker

Emil BjornsonEmil Björnson (S'07-M'12-SM'17) received the M.S. degree in engineering mathematics from Lund University, Sweden, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2011. From 2012 to 2014, he held a joint post-doctoral position at the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio, SUPELEC, France, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He joined Linköping University, Sweden, in 2014, where he is currently an Associate Professor and a Docent with the Division of Communication Systems.

He has authored the textbooks Optimal Resource Allocation in Coordinated Multi-Cell Systems (2013) and Massive MIMO Networks: Spectral, Energy, and Hardware Efficiency (2017). He is dedicated to reproducible research and has made a large amount of simulation code publicly available. He performs research on MIMO communications, radio resource allocation, machine learning for communications, and energy efficiency. Since 2017, he has been on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking since 2016.

He has performed MIMO research for over ten years and has filed more than twenty MIMO related patent applications. He has received the 2014 Outstanding Young Researcher Award from IEEE ComSoc EMEA, the 2015 Ingvar Carlsson Award, the 2016 Best Ph.D. Award from EURASIP, the 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, the 2019 EURASIP Early Career Award, and the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize. He also co-authored papers that received Best Paper Awards at the conferences, including WCSP 2009, the IEEE CAMSAP 2011, the IEEE WCNC 2014, the IEEE ICC 2015, WCSP 2017, and the IEEE SAM 2014.


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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
Trust Management in Edge Clouds with SCONE

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 | 11:00am ET

Christof Fetzer, TU Dresden, Professor, and Scontain, SIListra, and Cloud&Heat, Co-founder 


About the Webinar

Trust is arguably the most crucial challenge for critical services, both in deployment and when accessed over a network. These systems are exposed to a wide diversity of threats, ranging from bugs to exploits, active attacks, rogue operators, careless administrators or untrusted infrastructure providers. 
This webinar presents a powerful and generic approach to trust management using Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs). Our platform, SCONE, can operate as a managed service deployed in an untrusted environment. SCONE enables the delegation of operations to an untrusted provider while guaranteeing data confidentiality and integrity and safety even if the operator or the infrastructure is untrusted. We argue that one can execute even  critical applications in edge clouds built from COTS hardware and software. 

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Prof. Christof Fetzer's research focuses on Trusted Execution and Dependable Computing. He is a co-Founder of Cloud&Heat GmbH, SIListra Systems GmbH, and Scontain UG. He has been a Professor at TU Dresden, Germany since 2004 and he received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego. 



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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
Evolution of Optical and Transport Technologies for 5G Crosshaul Networks

Tuesday 19 May 2020 | 11:00am ET

Reza Vaez-Ghaemi, Ph. D., Viavi Solutions 


About the Webinar

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.

About the Speaker

 Reza Vaez-Ghaemi, Ph. D.

Reza 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).



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IEEE Future Networks Webinar SeriesIEEE Future Networks Webinar:
Realizing 5G Futures and Enablers Using ENCQOR 5G Testbed

Tuesday 23 June 2020 | 11:00am EDT

Benoit Pelletier, Co-founder, ENCQOR, Ciena, Canada  


About the Webinar

In this talk, we will provide an update on the ENCQOR 5G initiative led by industry, which is a transformational Canada-Quebec-Ontario partnership for research, innovation and adoption of disruptive 5G technologies targeting Canadian’s first pre-commercial 5G testbed.  We will highlight the 5G cross-provincial testbed technologies & capabilities and provide few Use Cases that the ecosystem can demonstrate in this testbed as well as sharing the breakdown of hundreds SME projects per vertical.

In order to construct the infrastructure necessary to support rapid development, the underlying platform must allow ENCQOR 5G partners and users to stitch systems that continuously adapt to rapidly changing environments.  As one of founding members, Ciena is leading the development of a Self-Optimizing Fabric through an International Research Ecosystem that will allow ENCQOR partners and users to create such adaptive systems in the smart corridor.

About the Speaker

Benoit Pelletier

Co-founder of the ENCQOR 5G project and executive member of Innovation ENCQOR; a NPO created to deliver this collaborative innovation project across Quebec-Ontario corridor, Benoit Pelletier is currently director, Business Development and Head of ENCQOR 5G Program at Ciena Canada. He is involved in developing new business opportunities, partnerships and/or alliances as well as fostering innovation through collaborative ecosystems and synergy with Universities and Small & Medium Enterprises.   

Passionate about innovation, “Innovate or Evaporate” has been its mantra over the last 30 years in different industry markets: Telecom at Ciena and Nortel, Transport at Bombardier and Aerospace at Oerlikon Aerospace.  Benoit held a number of positions within design, system integration, program management and business development.  Broad knowledge in Product Development, Cost Management and expertise in New Product Introduction of cutting-edge technologies and government relationships. Benoit holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Sherbrooke University


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30 Mar 2019 | Silver Spring, Maryland



Time Title Speaker Download Presentation
10:00  Introductions     
10:10 Broadband Communications Industry and Path to 5G  Mr. Narendra Mangra  PDF
11:00  Spectrum and Its Application to 5G and the Power of Massive MIMO  Mr. Tajit Mehta  PDF
11:55  Complimentary Lunch 
12:45 Emerging 5G Transport Networks  Dr. Reza Vaez-Ghaemi PDF 
1:35  Panel Discussion     
1:55  Closing Remarks     




Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet

Narendra Mangra is a multi-disciplinary telecommunications advisor, consultant and educator at GlobeNet. He has over 20 years of experience working in the mobile satellite and terrestrial telecommunications, public safety, information technology, government, and higher education sectors. Narendra has held leadership roles that span the mobile wireless ecosystem and system deployment lifecycle including strategy development, wireless engineering, large scale system deployments coordination, business / operational support systems (BSS/OSS), and wireless education. Narendra also works with the Redhorse Corporation in assisting large agencies with mobility and enterprise communications services modernization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University where he teaches telecommunications project management with a focus on smart cities. Narendra is the IEEE Future Network Applications and Services Co-Chair. His areas of interest include smart cities and related ecosystems.

Abstract: Broadband Communications Industry and Path to 5G

Wireless communications is evolving rapidly to provide mobility access for faster and ubiquitous communications. It can transform and create innovative applications such as connected health, mobile financial services, connected vehicles, public safety applications, smart grid, etc for a converged Smart City deployment. 5G technology is expected to drive this communications transformation and extend our mobility access across the globe. This session will focus on the converging fixed and mobile broadband communications industry including industry structure, market drivers, urban/rural communications infrastructure deployments, and spectrum positions. 5G enhancements for selected adjacent industries will also be discussed.


Tajit Mehta, Sprint

Tajit Mehta has worked for several International Telecommunications Carriers over the last 24 years. He has worked in Spectrum Development, International Cable functionality, Value Added Enhanced dialing products, and Automated Multilingual services, to Spectrum Acquisition for Wireless mobility.  Mr. Mehta Co-chaired the Global Development Committee (GDC) of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), and currently negotiates Spectrum rights for Sprint.  Mr. Mehta holds an Master of Arts International Studies from University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, San Diego. 

Abstract: Spectrum use and its application to 5G.

What is spectrum, why does it matter, and how does it apply to generational technology growth, in particular 5G development.  What are the 3Ps when it comes to spectrum and how do these distinctions matter?  Why does the licensing of Spectrum matter to innovation?  This talk will touch on these broad questions and hopefully bring some understanding of spectrum use. There will be time for Q &A.

Dr Reza Vaez-Ghaemi, Viavi Solutions

Reza has worked in the test and measurement business for more than 25 years. He has held roles in R&D, marketing, and management in Germany and the United States. Reza currently serves as a senior manager of product line management for Viavi Solutions. He holds BS/MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Abstract: Emerging 5G Transport Networks 

Emerging 5G services pose new requirements for the transport networks. Drastic rise in bandwidth and ultra-low latency constitute two important aspects of these requirements. Addressing them necessitates a new split of functions in radio access networks. CPRI/eCPRI, IEEE, and xran/ORAN are among the organizations that have come up with new standards to design and characterize the new functional splits and xhaul network architectures. This presentation will start by listing the new requirements and challenges of current transport technologies, and focuses on describing the split options and related service level agreements. The highlights include eCPRI, xran/ORAN, IEEE 802.1cm, IEEE 1914.1, network slicing and 5G synchronization technologies.


30 Mar 2019 | Silver Spring, Maryland


Time Title Speaker Download Presentation
8:30  Registration, Coffee, Continental Breakfast     
8:45 Introductions and Overview    PDF
9:00  Mobile Ecosystem Overview Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet  PDF

5G New Radio Massive MIMO

Deepak Chaudhary, Nokia  PDF
11:00  Break     
11:15  Transport 5G Considerations  Rexa Vaez-Ghaemi, Viavi Solutions  PDF
12:30  Lunch     
1:00  Core Network  Rahul Pal, T-Mobile USA  PDF
2:00  Smart Cities Overview   Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet  PDF
3:00  Wrap-up     

Abstracts and Speakers:

Abstract: Mobile Ecosystem Overview

Wireless communications is evolving rapidly to provide mobility access for faster and ubiquitous communications. It can transform and create innovative applications such as connected health, mobile financial services, connected vehicles, public safety applications, smart grid, etc for a converged Smart City deployment. 5G technology is expected to drive this communications transformation and extend our mobility access across the globe. This session will focus on the converging fixed and mobile broadband communications industry including industry structure, market drivers, urban/rural communications infrastructure deployments, and spectrum positions. 5G enhancements for selected adjacent industries will also be discussed.

Abstract: 5G Interconnected Ecosystems for the Development of Smart Cities

The significant growth in the global urban population is expected to drive economic development, quality of life, technology development, resource conservation, and sustainability initiatives. The urban population growth may also strain current capabilities as cities adjust to meet growing demands. Cities will need to evolve to attract and retain residents, businesses, and visitors. Ecosystems will need to adapt and become smarter to drive cross-industry improvements in transportation, energy and utilities, healthcare, public safety, tourism, etc.

Smart Cities is based on a connected ecosystem of ecosystems where the underlying communications infrastructure is critical. The combined satellite, 5G, and wireless local area network (WLAN) communications will help create new applications and provide greater operational efficiencies for existing applications. Ecosystems will evolve to drive cross-industry applications such as Connected Vehicles, Smart Grids, Connected Healthcare, and Connected Workforce, etc. This presentation will highlight strategy development, governance and structure, 5G use case categories and technical drivers, and roadmap development considerations for Smart Cities.

Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet

Narendra Mangra is a multi-disciplinary telecommunications advisor, consultant and educator at GlobeNet. He has over 20 years of experience working in the mobile satellite and terrestrial telecommunications, public safety, information technology, government, and higher education sectors. Narendra has held leadership roles that span the mobile wireless ecosystem and system deployment lifecycle including strategy development, wireless engineering, large scale system deployments coordination, business / operational support systems (BSS/OSS), and wireless education.

Narendra also works with the Redhorse Corporation in assisting large agencies with mobility and enterprise communications services modernization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University where he teaches telecommunications project management with a focus on smart cities. Narendra is the IEEE Future Network Applications and Services Co-Chair. His areas of interest include smart cities and related ecosystems.

Abstract: 5G NR Massive MIMO

Ambitious targets have been set for 5G, with data rates up to 20 Gbps and capacity increased by 1,000 times. The technology also needs to provide a flexible platform for new services such as massive Internet of Things (IoT) and critical machine communication with low latency and ultra-high reliability. The current generation of mobile communication networks (e.g., 3G, 4G, LTE) cannot meet the stringent demands of IoT for high data rate, high reliability, high coverage, low latency, and low energy footprint, which hampers the development and implementation of use cases in Smart ecosystem. As a future advanced wireless transmission technology, 5G has a significant potential to provide some solutions.   The new technologies needed to achieve all these targets include new spectrum, new antenna technologies known as massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), network slicing and new network architecture In this talk we will look at fundamentals of Radio Access Network and evolution into 5G. We may also attempt to discuss New Radio (NR) as well as Massive MIMO system.

Deepak Chaudhary, Nokia

Deepak Chaudhary is Regional Delivery Director in Nokia Mobile Network group. He has almost 20 years of experience in telecom industries. Deepak has held leadership roles that span the mobile wireless ecosystem and network deployment plus performance and process improvement. His experience includes strategy large and small-scale network deployment, wireless engineering, business / operational support systems (BSS/OSS), and program management.
Deepak is also leading Innovation lead in IoT services within Nokia focusing to build new services and new clients for Nokia MN using wireless experience and merge with Data Analytics to create new revenues. He is an active member of PMI institute. At present holding AVP Event Services position with PMIWDC Chapter.

Abstract: 5G Transport Network Considerations

Continuous evolution of wireless networks promises to enhance user experience and introduce completely new applications and revenue streams for operators. The network evolution involves multiple changes that enable support of applications with a diverse set of bandwidth and latency requirements. The diversity ultimately fuels the concept of network slicing: a network of networks that can support multiple types of service-level agreements (SLAs) on the same infrastructure and that is software defined and, where applicable, virtualized.
Planning and deploying this highly programmable and scalable network requires thorough analysis of performance requirements and understanding of SLAs among the participants of the ecosystem which can include wireless providers, transport/network operators, and increasingly, network function virtualization (NFV) infrastructure providers. This presentation starts by reviewing the overall system requirements as a result of emerging 5G services. It continues by analyzing the network requirements in the backhaul and fronthaul part of radio access networks, and closes by presenting SLA’s for various types of 5G services and network segments. The presentation includes a review of emerging standards for fronthaul and timing/synchronization including IEEE 802.1cm, IEEE 1914.1/3, eCPRI, xran, and IEEE G.8276x/G.827x.

Dr Reza Vaez-Ghaemi, Viavi Solutions

Reza 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).

Abstract: Core Network

Core Network has played a critical role in evolution of Telecommunications networks worldwide. With bit rates ranging from few Kbps to Gbps observed today would not have been possible without the evolution of core network. In Addition, Core network provides various functions in a wireless network ranging from NW registration, Supporting Mobility, Generation of billing records and supporting new use cases for operators to augment revenue generation.

The presentation starts with covering the evolution of Core network followed by discussing the different functions provided by Core Network. The presentation would then transition to focus on 5G drivers and technology enablers followed by evolution of 5GCN aka 5G Core Network. We will discuss new features like Control and User plane separation, Network Slicing and NFV/SDN and the role of each feature in defining how next gen 5G core network will function.      

Rahul Pal, T-Mobile USA

Rahul Pal is a seasoned telecom professional with 10+ years of experience working on Core networks. Rahul has experience in working across multiple technologies (2G,3G & 4G) and specializes in Design & Deployment of large scale wireless networks. Rahul is currently employed at T-Mobile USA in the Network Engineering group primarily focusing around Architecture & Design of Packet Core Network nodes. 

SummerSession2019pic7 September 2019 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, Virginia
United States 22201

  • Building: Van Metre Hall (Van Metre Hall was previously known as Founders Hall) 
  • Room Number: 113
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This one-day session provides an opportunity for Young Professionals and knowledge workers to better understand the 5G mobility ecosystem. 5G may be described as a network of networks with applications and services that may transform several adjacent industries. This session is designed to give attendees the opportunity to learn about 5G and Beyond. Prior knowledge of the mobility ecosystem is not required. 

The IEEE Future Networks Education Working Group (WG) provides recurring winter and summer sessions where speakers from industry, government, or academia discuss diverse topics related to technology, business, governance, regulatory, etc. The intent is to provide the attendees with an appreciation of the technologies, issues and the key benefits. Collaboration and the exchange of ideas from different perspectives are strongly encouraged.

Please contact IEEE Future Networks Education WG and the Greater Washington DC IEEE chapters for additional information. 

  • Co-sponsored by Northern Virginia Chapter of Communications Society. 


 Tentative Agenda

Title Speaker Presentation
Welcome Remarks     
Introduction Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet  Download PDF
5G RAN Overview  Noman Alam, Sprint  Download PDF
Antenna Design for 5G Back-Hauling and 5G Back-Hauling Requirements  Dr. Ahmed Kausar, VT iDirect   
5G Architecture Overview  Dr. Srini Gottumukkala, OpusNet Download PDF
5G Road to Realization  Bhupinderjit S. Mann, TeleWorld Solutions Download PDF
Smart Cities Roadmap Framework Narendra Mangra, GlobeNet  Download PDF

Microgrid 101 

Dr. Liling Huang, George Mason University  Download PDF
Closing Remarks     



Metro - This location is metro accessible and is between the Clarendon & Virginia Square stops on the Orange and Silver lines.

On Site Garage Parking - After 5pm on Fridays and all day on Saturday and Sunday, there is a flat daily rate of $8.

Street Parking – Limited residential street parking may also be available within a short walk, e.g. south of Wilson Blvd/10th St.

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Abstracts and Speakers 

5G RAN Overview

Cellular Technology has come a long way from initial voice only services to data, where now 5G will be able to deliver a broadband experience to its users which will be on par with the high speed fiber connections that we are now so used too. We will walk through on the need for 5G, its vision and targeted use cases. While 4G LTE over the last few years have enabled a true mobile experience which we are now all accustomed too, as we move towards the future the need to fulfill the capacity requires us to move to the next generation. 5G compared to its predecessor provides a wide range of spectrum both below Sub-6 and in mmWave range. Upcoming use cases requires the network to be more sensitive to latency and require the frame structure to be more flexible. As part of the presentation we will cover the flexible frame structure and the numerology, discuss the current NR Operating bands that have been defined in the standards both in the FR1 & FR2 ranges. We will also discuss the impact of Massive MIMO on both sub 6 and mmWave Spectrum.

Noman Alam currently serves as a Manager for New Technology Planning at Sprint with responsibility for long term planning of radio access networks (LTE & 5G). Noman has over 18 years of experience in the industry working with multiple operators & vendors working through lifecycles of multiple generations of cellular technologies from 2G/3G/4G and now on 5G. As part of long term technology planning Noman is responsible for a RAN roadmap on both LTE/5G, spectrum utilization planning, link budget and competitive technology assessments.

Noman has broad experience on setting up long term strategy for operators, in the past he has provided strategic consulting to multiple clients helping them with assessment and development of technology strategy. Noman Alam holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University as well as an MBA from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. His area of focus are 5G, Internet of things (IoT), digital transformation, spectrum valuation, Industry 4.0 and strategic planning. 

Antenna Design for 5G Back-Hauling & 5G Back-Hauling Requirements

5G networks are expected to support multiple Gbits/s of data-rates. There is no ample bandwidth available at lower frequency band. Therefore, mm-Wave spectrum is expected to be used for 5G networks. Verizon and AT&T have already conducted successful test at mm-Wave spectrum and Verizon is expected to launch 5G networks in 30 cities by end of 2020. While mm-Waves provide impeccable speeds, high path loss and absorption by atmospheric particles are the key challenges of mm-Wave spectrum. Smart adaptive beam-forming antennas can mitigate these challenges by improving signal to interference noise ratio. Smart antennas have the capability to form beam in accordance with the environment. In the talk I will be covering various scenarios for practical implementation of 5G networks and use of smart antenna for 5G back-hauling. Different 5G antenna design topologies will also be discussed.

Ahmed Kausar is working as a Phased Array Antenna Engineer at VT iDirect. He has been actively researching in the area of antenna design for the last ten years. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineer from Boise State University, his research is focused on antenna design for next generation communication systems. He is author of various technical papers and he holds a patent on reconfigurable antennas for millimeter-waves.

5G Architecture Overview 

Srini Gottumukkala is a Chief Architect at OpusNet. Srini is a Wireless Network professional since early 90s mainly working on Mobile emerging technologies, Architecture and Protocols based on 3GPP specifications and started his career working for Qualcomm and Northern Bell Research labs (NBR) since early 90s and has been a wireless architect at Nokia Siemens Mobile Networks during 2000s and later worked at T-Mobile and Sprint Nextel since 2005. Currently working on 4G and 5G technologies in the areas of Core Networks, Subscriber Provisioning & Management and Security.

He is a subject matter expert in 3GPP based Protocols and Performance modeling & analysis, Prototype Design, Radio Access Networks and Core (RAN and NAS) of LTE, UMTS, GSM, CDMA, LCS, LBS and Assisted Wireless Global Positioning System (A-GPS), Use case modeling of HSS, PCRF and Provisioning systems. He worked on OMA specs and Network management aspects based on SNMP, CMIP, designed Management Information Base (MIBs) based on SNMP and CMIP  for wireless products. 

Srini has a Masters and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

5G Road to Realization

So we all hear about 5G whenever and wherever we turn to wireless news. But what it really means. What are the different flavors of 5G and what are the different challenges of realizing a practical 5G network? Will it be viable business case and what about 4G? Lets see if we can answer some of those questions.

We will go over what the 4 US carriers are doing as of today. What are the technical and business challenges. What is the capability of mmWave vs. Mid band 5G. How strategy for 5G testing needs to be different from 4G.

Bhupinderjit Mann is the Senior VP Engineering and Technology at TeleWorld Solutions, where he leads the engineering organizations and technology advancements. His expertise is in the domain of wireless network engineering from design, optimization and forecasting of current and future networks. He is also responsible for development of customized solutions for clients in the domain of 4G/5G technologies, wireless data analytics, IoT and NaaS.

He brings with him 20 years of national and international exposure from both OEM and Network side. Prior to joining the TeleWorld team, Bhupinder served various key roles at Sprint, Motorola and a large international carrier. He has also published various articles on HetNet, VoLTE and 5G networks.

A Framework for Smart Cities 

Smart Cities are dynamic environments that involve competing demands for services among a diverse stakeholder mix. Cities may need to make adjustments to provide services across ecosystems in different stages of growth. This presentation includes smart cities challenges and technology enablers, governance for a dynamic ecosystem of ecosystems structure, strategic ecosystem alignments, and smart city performance and policy implications.

Narendra Mangra is a wireless mobility advisor at GlobeNet. His 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 IEEE 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. His business and technical consulting experience includes strategy development, procurements including solicitation development, spectrum management, RF network planning and optimization, mobile terrestrial and satellite network deployments, operational & business support systems, international and prepaid roaming, and project management. 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.

Microgrid 101

The world’s power systems are beginning to decentralize, decarbonize, and democratize. It is driven by the need to keep low electricity rate, replace aging infrastructure, improve grid resilience and reliability, reduce carbon footprint to mitigate climate change, and provide reliable electricity to areas lacking power grids. Microgrids have been identified as a key component of the smart grid to meet the need of the future power systems. In this talk, we will discuss the basic operation of power systems, and the architecture, real-world applications, challenges and future prospects of microgrids.

Liling Huang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University as an Associate Professor in 2017. She earned her PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining George Mason University, she was a professor in the Engineering Department at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), and taught at Southeastern University for one year prior to joining NVCC.  She was a certified professional engineer at Taiwan Development and Trust Corporation for 5 years. She was granted a scholarship from Taiwan government to conduct research on energy management systems in high-rise buildings at Virginia Tech. Upon the completion of her research, she proposed the energy-efficient design guidelines for high-rise buildings. During her teaching career, she has instructed and developed a variety of engineering courses including face-to-face, hybrid and online courses. Huang received the Outstanding Service to Education award from NVCC in 2013. She was nominated for University Teaching Excellence Award at George Mason University in 2018. Her research interests include renewable energy integration, data analytics applications in power systems, and power system protection.