Professor Hanna Bogucka, Professor and Deputy-Dean for Research, Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications at PUT
Professor Hanna Bogucka received the Ph.D. degree and the Doctor Habilitus degree in Telecommunications from Poznan University of Technology (PUT), Poznan, Poland in 1995 and 2006 respectively. Currently, she holds a position of a full professor and a Deputy‐Dean for Research at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications at PUT. Prof. Hanna Bogucka is involved in research in the area of wireless communications: cognitive radio and energy-efficient wireless systems and networks. She has been involved in the projects funded by the Polish National Science Centre, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and in consulting for the Polish Telecomunication operator. She has been involved in multiple European 5th – 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020 projects dealing with novel flexible and cognitive radio technologies.
Prof. Bogucka is the author of over 170 papers, published in major IEEE journals and magazines, European journals and in the proceedings of international conferences. She is also the author of two books and a number of book chapters focusing on green communications and cognitive radio.
She was the IEEE Communications Society Director of the EAME Region (Europe, Africa, Middle East) for 2014-2015 term and the IEEE Radio Communication Committee chair for 2015-2016 term. She is also the member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Flavio Bonomi, Co-Founder and CEO, Nebbiolo Technologies
Flavio Bonomi is a co-founder and the CEO of Nebbiolo Technologies, a young Silicon Valley startup, focused on manifesting the potential of Fog Computing, with first application in the Industrial Automation vertical.
Flavio Bonomi was also the founder and the Chief Technology Officer at IoXWorks, Inc., which was engaged in the launch of new activities in the domain of the Internet of Things, involving consulting and advisory roles with a number of large corporations and startups, as well as the incubation of new startups.
Previously, Flavio was a Cisco Fellow, Vice President, and the Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization at Cisco Systems, in San Jose, California.
He was co-leading the vision and technology direction for Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative. This broad, Cisco-wide initiative encompasses major verticals, including Energy, Connected Vehicle and Transportation, and Connected Cities. In this role, with the support of his team, he shaped a number of research and innovation efforts relating to mobility, security, communications acceleration, fog computing and data management.
Before joining Cisco in 1999, Flavio Bonomi was at AT&T Bell Labs from 1985 and 1995, with architecture and research responsibilities, mostly relating to the evolution of the ATM technology, and then was Principal Architect at two Silicon Valley startups, ZeitNet and Stratum One.
He received an Electrical Engineering degree from Pavia University in Italy, and the Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering degrees in 1981 and 1985, respectively, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Debabani Choudhury, Senior Technologist, Intel Labs
Debabani Choudhury is a senior technologist at Intel Labs and leads research and development of RF and millimeter-wave technologies for next generation wireless platform integration. She has broad range of expertise in RF, millimeter wave, and terahertz device, circuits, antennas, system and technologies. She has 25+ years of research experience and holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering. Before joining Intel, she held senior research staff positions at HRL Labs (formerly Hughes Research Laboratories) and Millitech Corporation where she developed various millimeter-wave and terahertz technologies for imaging as well as other space and defense applications. Prior to that, she worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on THz/submillimeter-wave devices and components for space-based heterodyne receiver applications. She developed first dual-polarized beam steering arrays at 94 GHz for mmW imaging applications. Her work on multi-gigabit package and wideband active amplifier development holds records. She also co-invented and developed state-of-the-art RF and mm-wave microelectromechanical (MEM) switches, tunable devices, and transceiver elements for integrated circuit (IC) integration with ultralow-loss, harmonic-free switching, and tuning. Debabani has more than 35 patents/patent applications and numerous publications. She received several NASA recognition awards for her work on heterodyne receivers, devices, multipliers, and guiding structures/ modules developed for space and defense applications. Debabani has been elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2011 for her contributions to millimeter-wave enabling technologies.
Debabani has been on several Technical Program Committees (TPC) for IEEE and SPIE conferences including IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium (AP-S), IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS), Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC), European Microwave Conference (EUMC). She serves as member of multiple IEEE Microwave Theory and Technique Society (MTT-S) Technical Co-Ordination Committees: Microwave and Millimeter Wave Integrated Circuits; Wireless Communications; Wireless Energy Transfer and Conversion and Wireless Enabled Automotive and Vehicular Applications. She served on many IMS and RWS conference steering committee roles. She serves as the Guest Editor for multiple journals including Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques (T-MTT) and multiple special issues of the IEEE Microwave Magazines. She has presented numerous invited talks at various conferences, workshops, industries, and universities worldwide. She has presented and organized numerous IEEE workshops, panel sessions, and focused sessions. Currently she is serving as a member of IEEE 5G-Initiative Committee, Chair for MTT-S and COMSOC collaboration team in addition to serving as the Chair for IEEE 5G-Summit, June 2017.
Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T’s Chief Security Office
Ashutosh Dutta is currently Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T’s Chief Security Office in Middletown, New Jersey. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, and 30 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application,” published by IEEE and John & Wiley that was recently translated into Chinese language. An active IEEE and ACM volunteer, Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh currently serves as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society and is the co-lead for IEEE 5G initiative. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh serves as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.
Farooq Khan, CEO PHAZR, Inc.
Intrigued by early cell phones in the 1980s, Farooq Khan decided to turn his curiosity for “what makes them tick” into his career. And ever since, he has never doubted he made the right choice. Now, after three decades, Farooq is the leading authority on mobile technology and envisions a world where an Internet of connected people and things will make us more aware of humanity as a whole, creating a shared wisdom to solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Farooq Khan is currently CEO of PHAZR, a 5G Millimeter wave radio network solutions provider. Previously, he was the President and Head of Samsung Research America, Samsung's US-based R&D unit, where he led high impact collaborative research programs in mobile technology. He holds over 200 U.S. patents, has written 50 research articles and a best-selling book, and presented over 100 speeches at professional forums worldwide.
Harish Krishnaswamy, Associate Professor, Columbia University
Harish Krishnaswamy received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, in 2001, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. In 2009, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, where he is currently an Associate Professor.
His research interests broadly span integrated devices, circuits, and systems for a variety of RF, mmWave and sub-mmWave applications.
Dr. Krishnaswamy serves as a member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of several conferences, including the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (2015/16-present) and IEEE RFIC Symposium (2013-present). He was the recipient of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper in 2007, the Best Thesis in Experimental Research Award from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2009, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award in 2011, a 2014 IBM Faculty Award and the 2015 IEEE RFIC Symposium Best Student Paper Award - 1st Place. He is serving as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE SSCS over 2017-2018.
Joy Laskar, CTO/SVP, Maja Systems
Joy Laskar received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (with Physics and Math Minors) from Clemson University and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Laskar is currently the CTO/SVP of Maja Systems, a mmW CMOS fabless semiconductor company, and a Partner at Anayas360, an advisory group in Silicon Valley. From 1992 to 2011, Dr. Laskar held various faculty positions at the University of Hawaii and at Georgia Tech. Dr. Laskar’s technical expertise and research contributions are at the intersection of Radio Frequency Electronics, Analog Electronics and Electromagnetics. Since 1995, Dr. Laskar has co-founded 4 companies, co-authored 5 textbooks, published more than 600 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, 60 patents (issued or pending) and graduated 41 Ph.D. students. He has presented more than 50 invited or plenary talks, and 9 best paper awards. He has helped pioneer the development of integrated high efficiency integrated Power Amplifier (PA) technology in both GaAs (co-founder of RF-Solutions, now part of Anadigics, primary PA solution for the Intel Centrino Platform) and CMOS PA technology (incorporated into Qualcomm’s RF360 LTE Platform) and has investigated aggressive mixed-signal communication architectures resulting in Quellan. Most recently he has helped pioneer the development of low power millimeter wave gigabit wireless circuits which has resulted in the founding of Maja Systems which is providing gigabit wireless connectivity and sensor products for industrial systems, enterprise connectivity, automotive ADAS and emerging IoT and 5G platforms. Dr. Laskar is an IEEE Fellow.
Jon Martens, Fellow, Anritsu
Jon Martens received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin. Since 1995, he has been with Anritsu and currently holds the position of Fellow where he is involved in measurement system architectures and algorithmic and subsystem development for both communications and general-purpose RF/microwave instrumentation. He has authored or co-authored over 40 publications, has had over 15 patents granted, has served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and is a member of four IEEE standards working groups. He is currently serving as President of ARFTG- the microwave and millimeter-wave measurements society.
Ali M. Niknejad, Professor, EECS Department, UC Berkeley
Ali M. Niknejad (S’93–M’00–SM’10–F’13) received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 1997 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a full Professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley and the faculty director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). He is a co-founder of HMicro and inventor of the REACH technology, a wireless healthcare company, and RF Pixels, a mm-wave technology company. His research interests lie within the area of wireless and broadband communications and biomedical imaging (RF, mm-wave, and sub-THz), including the implementation of integrated communication systems in silicon using CMOS, SiGe, and BiCMOS processes. The focus areas of his research include analog, RF, mixed-signal, mm-wave circuits, device physics and compact modeling, and numerical techniques in electromagnetics. Prof. Niknejad was the recipient of the 2012 ASEE Frederick Emmons Terman Award for his textbook on electromagnetics and RF integrated circuits. He was a co-recipient of the 2013 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper for his work on an efficient quadrature digital spatial modulator at 60 GHz, and the 2010 Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper for his work on a 90 GHz pulser with 30 GHz of bandwidth for medical imaging, and a co-recipient of the Outstanding Technology Directions Paper at ISSCC 2004 for co-developing a modeling approach for devices up to 65 GHz.
Arogyaswami J. Paulraj, Emeritus Professor, Stanford University
Paulraj is an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University and a pioneer in MIMO Wireless. He has graduated 50 doctoral and post-doctoral scholars at Stanford.
Paulraj served in the Indian Navy from 1965 to 1991, during which period, he headed the APSOH sonar program, one of India’s most successful military R&D projects. He also founded three national level labs in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, High Performance Computing and Military Electronics. After joining Stanford in 1991, Paulraj founded Iospan Wireless Inc. (1998) which pioneered MIMO-OFDMA used in 4G, co-founded Beceem Communications Inc. (2004) which became the leader in 4G / WIMAX chip sets and co-founded Rasa Networks (2014) that developed AI tools for WiFi management.
Paulraj's recognitions include the 2014 Marconi Prize and the 2011 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell medal. He is a member of eight National Academies including those of USA, China, India and Sweden. He is a fellow of IEEE and AAAS.
Paulraj is a Visiting Professor at the Beijing Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, the Imperial College, London and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
Kate Remley, Metrology for Wireless Systems Group, NIST
Kate A. Remley (S'92-M'99-SM'06-F'13) was born in Ann Arbor, MI. She received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1999.
From 1983 to 1992, she was a Broadcast Engineer in Eugene, OR, serving as Chief Engineer of an AM/FM broadcast station from 1989-1991. In 1999, she joined the RF Technology Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Boulder, CO, as an Electronics Engineer. She is currently the leader of the Metrology for Wireless Systems Group at NIST, where her research activities include development of calibrated measurements for microwave and millimeter-wave wireless systems, characterizing the link between nonlinear circuits and system performance, and developing standardized test methods for the wireless industry.
Dr. Remley was the recipient of the Department of Commerce Bronze and Silver Medals, an ARFTG Best Paper Award, and is a member of the Oregon State University Academy of Distinguished Engineers. She was the Chair of the MTT-11 Technical Committee on Microwave Measurements from 2008 - 2010 and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Microwave Magazine from 2009 - 2011, and is the Chair of the MTT Fellow Evaluating Committee. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (2016 - 2018).
Malcolm Robertson joined Keysight Technologies (then Agilent Technologies) in 2000, working on the development and production of SONET/SDH and OTN test equipment, as well as the N2X IPv4/6 platform. After managing RF Power measurement development projects, introducing the Agilent P-Series Peak Power meter & sensor, he returned to wireless technologies in Bluetooth, WLAN and WiMAX test solutions, followed by work in cellular non-signaling test solutions for 4G handsets. More recently, Malcolm held positions in Strategic Planning for Keysight’s Modular and 5G initiatives, with a particular focus on the challenges of over-the-air measurement at millimeter-wave frequencies.
Malcolm holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Physics and Electronics and a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His PhD and subsequent postgraduate work in the mmWave and Terahertz group focused on novel mmW sources, quasi-optical techniques, imaging and detection.
Ali Sadri, Director of mmWave Standards and Advanced Technologies, Intel Corporation
Dr. Ali Sadri is Sr. Director of mmWave Standards and Advanced Technologies at Intel Corporation. He has over 25 years of engineering, Scientific and academic background in Wireless Communications system. His Professional work started at IBM in conjunction with serving as a Visiting Professor at the Duke University. In 2002 Ali joined Intel Corporation where he initiated and lead the standardization of the next generation High Throughput WLAN at Intel that became the IEEE 802.11n standards. Later Dr. Sadri founded and served as the CEO of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance in 2008 that created the ground breaking WiGig 60 GHz technology and the 802.11ad standards. Later in 2013 WiGig Alliance merged with WiFi Alliance to advance and certify the WiGig programs within WiFi alliance framework. Currently Dr. Sadri is leading the mmWave advanced technology development that includes the next generation WiGig standards and mmWave technology for enabling 5G systems utilizing mmWave for Backhaul, Fronthaul and distribution systems. Ali holds over 100 Issued patents in wired and wireless communications systems.
Kamal Sahota, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm
Kamal Sahota is a Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm leading the RFIC design team for 3G, 4G and 5G cellular transceiver design. He received his BSEE (Sum Cum Laude) and ME in electrical and computer engineering from UCSD in 1993 and 1999 respectively. He joined Qualcomm in 1993 as an analog IC designer working on the first CDMA cell phone chipset. Over his career he has contributed to the evolution of the transceiver design from 2G to 5G. He holds over 50 patents in the field of RF wireless circuits and systems.
Chris Scholz, Product Manager, Rhode & Schwarz North America
Chris Scholz is the product manager for vector network analyzers for Rohde & Schwarz North America. He has worked in the test and measurement industry for 10 years. His positions include product management and applications engineering.
He worked at Intel’s Silicon Valley Photonics Technology Operation, where he led a team of engineers in the development of planar lightwave circuits.
Chris worked as research faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and a MS Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Khurram P. Sheikh, CEO kwikbit
Khurram P. Sheikh, 45, is presently CEO of kwikbit - a start-up company in Silicon Valley building the next disruption in wireless technology and services using gigabit radios, machine learning and cloud based automation. He is also an active board member of a number of start-up companies focused on breakthrough technologies that are shaping the technology ecosystem from the device to the cloud.
Khurram has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile, telecommunications and media industries for the past 20 years with CEO and CTO roles at leading public and private companies.
Khurram is a global citizen having grown up and lived on three continents, an innovator who helped pioneer 4G & Wi-Fi technologies, networks and services across the mobile and cable industry, now developing ground breaking gigabit wireless technologies (5G/IoT) and a staunch believer in the power of wireless technology in creating disruptive human experiences and business models.
Khurram is widely recognized in the industry for his pioneering efforts in the development of mobile wireless broadband or “4G” wireless technology. He had the distinct honor of building the world's first 4G network. He developed the concept of "Inside Out " Networks that is the corner stone of next generation small cell wireless base stations for indoor and outdoor data capacity and ubiquitous coverage. Most recently he lead the development of millimeter wave technology chips and IP that is at the cornerstone for the future gigabit wireless applications (5G/IoT) across consumer, industrial, networking communications and infrastructure markets.
Khurram received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Pakistan with highest honors and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in wireless communications from Stanford University. He has also completed executive development courses for the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business I product development and design-thinking based innovation.
Khurram lives in the SF Bay Area with his wife and two young kids who keep his curiosity level to the highest with new use cases of wireless technology everywhere…
Christoph Thuemmler, Edinburgh Napier University
Christoph Thuemmler is a Specialist in General- and Geriatric Medicine and Professor of eHealth at Edinburgh Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied Medicine, Political Science and Education at Heidleberg University, Germany, where he also obtained a PhD in Neurology on work on Cerebral Hemodynamics. Christoph worked in Germany, the US and the United Kingdom. He published 70 papers, articles and editorials. He is a thought after industry consultant on IoT and 5G and also an advisor to the European Commission. Christoph is a IEEE Senior member.
Jason White, Director of Product Marketing, National Instruments
As Director of Product Marketing for RF and Wireless Test, Jason White leads the global team responsible for product management, product marketing, and application segments of NI’s RF and wireless test business.
Since joining NI in 1995, White has held various engineering leadership roles in software and hardware for Data Acquisition, Test and RF, and Embedded product lines as well as some less traditional engineering roles. He is recognized for his versatility across multiple engineering and business disciplines. White is the inventor or co-inventor on 6 patents.
White holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Hendrix College and completed master’s studies ABT in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University.
Doug Zuckerman, Senior Scientist, Vencore Labs, USA
An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Doug Zuckerman is a past IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, USA, and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he is still active in standards as a representative to the OpenFog Consortium as a board member. He is also a consulting employee for Vencore Labs. He currently serves on the IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors and the IEEE Future Directions Committee.