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Panel 1: Mesh in Metro: reality and future

Date : 09/26/2006, Tuesday
Time : 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In the last few years, Wi-Fi mesh-based metrozones have sprung up across the country like wild mushrooms. Mesh technology combined with the ubiquitous and low cost WiFi solution provides an appealing and potentially disruptive alternative mobile metro network to 3G. Intense interest in this solution has been one of the driving forces behind the mesh standardization effort in IEEE 802.11s. However, skeptics still wonder if Wi-Fi alone can support a genuine alternative to cellular 3G. Recently, Google joined the game with its much reported, advertising-driven metrozone model. Is this a viable business model? Is WiMAX a better option for improving the mesh proposition, since it can achieve greater range and its marriage with mesh has also been proposed in IEEE 802.16j (Mobile Multihop Relay) Task Group recently? We've invited industry experts, including analysts, vendors, and R&D leaders, to provide their insights into the reality and future of Mesh in Metro.

Ben Manny currently directs the Wireless Networking Lab for Intel Corporate Research and Development. This group is charted to develop new wireless networking layer communication technologies taking advantage of advances in radio technology and processor technology, such as virtual partitions and many-cores. Current research includes mesh networking, high density networks, cognitive radios, secure collaboration, and seamless hand-offs. Just prior to his current position, Manny directed Intel's research on Ultra-WideBand radios, reconfigurable radios, smart antennas, and novel techniques for increasing bandwidth through processing. Manny joined Intel in 1979. He holds a BS degree in Physics and a BA degree in Math from the University of Texas.

Edward Naef is a Principal at CSMG, a global consulting firm with a focus on the communications and media industries. He has advised clients ranging from pre-funding start-ups to established service providers and vendors, providing assistance in the areas of business planning, product development, investment prioritization, marketing strategy, asset valuation, market forecasting and new technology evaluation. He recently co-authored an article on meshed Wi-Fi and associated technical and financial issues for Telephony magazine.

Vann Hasty is the Director of Technology for the Mesh Networks Product Group in Motorola. He has been active in all areas of mesh networking technology development and system architecture. Vann is a long time IEEE 802.11 member and represented MeshNetworks in the earliest days of the 802.11s effort; after Motorola's acquisition of MeshNetworks he directed all of Motorola's involvement and contributions in 802.11s. Today he is responsible for the proliferation of mesh networking technology into new markets for Motorola.

Malik Audeh is a Senior RF Systems Engineer at Tropos Networks working on the development and deployment of large-scale metropolitan Wi-Fi networks. He is an active member of the IEEE 802.11s task group, and has been involved in 802.11 and 802.16 standards development over the past several years. He has held systems engineering and product management roles at Trapeze Networks, Hybrid Networks, and Pacific Telesis. Dr. Audeh received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley specializing in the area of wireless communications.

Panel 2: Scaling to Large Sensor Networks - How Large is too Large?

Date : 09/27/2006, Wednesday
Time : 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Scalability is a significant technical challenge that must be overcome to achieve ubiquitous sensor networks. This panel will present the audience with current state of the art large sensor networks by sharing results from actual large sensor network deployments. The panel will then address the technical and practical limits of existing networks. The presenters will further discuss the challenges that must be solved to realize the full potential of large sensor networks.

Dr. James A. Freebersyser is the Director for Advanced Systems Development at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, MA. He has held a variety of research and technology development position in industry and government in the area of wireless networks. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Duke University, the University of Virginia, and North Carolina State University, respectively.

Mr. Patrick Gonia is a Sr. Staff Scientist at Honeywell labs in Minneapolis. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1977 and 1979 respectively. He has 26 years experience developing data communications and distributed object-oriented system architectures for control applications. Mr. Gonia leads the research and development of new wireless communications solutions for Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions businesses. He also represents Honeywell in the ZigBee Alliance which is developing a very low-cost wireless network for control. Mr. Gonia has participated with numerous organizations in development of networking standards including ISA SP100, DeviceNet and Foundation Fieldbus for industrial control, SEMI E51 for semiconductor equipment control, and various IEEE 802 and 1451 standards.

Mike Horton co-founded Crossbow(r) Technology and has served as its President & CEO since inception. Horton has led Crossbow from its founding product line of digital MEMS accelerometers and tilt sensors to its current market leading inertial sensor and wireless sensor networking platforms. To this point in time, he has co-authored four patents. Under his leadership, the company's revenue has grown more than 50 fold and became net profitable in 2002. Horton has closed $25 Million in venture financing for the company, including from Cisco Systems and Intel Capital. Horton was named one of the Top 100 Innovators in the MIT Technology Review and was named one of The Top 50 Movers and Shakers in high technology by Electronic Business Magazine. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Professor William J. Kaiser received a PhD in Solid State Physics from Wayne State University in 1984. His research has included development of automotive sensor and embedded systems at Ford Motor Co. and development of microinstrument systems for distributed sensing at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Professor Kaiser joined the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department in 1994 where with Professor Gregory Pottie, he developed the first wireless networked microsensor programs. His research continues in this area with a focus on actuated sensor networks and energy-aware embedded sensor platforms for applications in environmental monitoring and biomedical systems.

Lama Nachman is a senior staff researcher in Intel's Corporate Technology Group. She is leading a research group in the Health Platform Lab that is focused on developing wireless sensor network technologies for health care applications. Lama has 11 years of experience in the areas of computer architecture, embedded platforms, networking, wireless technologies and sensor networks. Previous assignments at Intel involved researching and developing the next generation of self-organizing sensor network nodes. Lama has pioneered deployments of these technologies in various commercial and industrial settings. Prior to joining Intel, Lama has held senior positions at Ubicom Inc, Weave Innovations and Microsoft Corporation. Lama received her MS and BS in computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Panel 3: Ad-Hoc and Sensor technology: The Defense Industry's Perspective

Date : 09/28/2006, Thurday
Time : 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Ad-Hoc and Sensor networking technology is rapidly emerging as a strong candidate for many diverse Department of Defense (DoD) communication applications. These technologies will inevitably become the foundation of next generation DoD wireless networks. They provide critical support to the Warfighter and extend the reach of the Global Information Gid (GIG) to the tactical environment. Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (MANETs) can be designed and optimized for tactical Warfighter/UAV communications, emergency preparedness, or any scenario where there cannot be a reliance on fixed infrastructures. Programs such as the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and Future Combat Systems (FCS) are heavily vested in researching and implementing MANET technology. Sensor networks are increasingly critical for providing ISR capabilities across the battlefield. Future battlefields may have high mobility, high fidelity sensor nodes as well as an ever increasing number of lower-cost, expendable, multimode sensors – all serving as a backbone for an ad-hoc communications network capable of detecting, processing, and fusing battle data in real time. These sensor networks will provide numerous capabilities including target detection, location and classification, threat assessment, situational awareness, perimeter defense, and biological and chemical agent detection and warning. This panel will discuss proposed DoD applications of Ad-Hoc and Sensor networking technology as well the many challenges that still must be overcome in realizing this technology’s potential. Where does this technology currently stand on the DoD roadmap? Where are we in the search for low-cost expendable sensor? What key technologies does DoD need help with today and in the future? What areas present the largest business opportunities and are finding the most funding? These are a few of the questions that this panel will address.

Mr. Leslie Owens is a Principal in Booz Allen leading the support of a wide range of DoD agencies including National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and OASD/NII. He is an expert in wireless communications, cryptography, and Information Security. Mr. Owens is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and the technical editor of monthly wireless security publication, Wireless Security Perspectives. He is a frequent speaker at both national and international security conferences and is the holder of eight US patents on fraud and security techniques (with two patents pending). Currently, Mr. Owens is a PhD candidate in the Bradley School of Engineering at Virginia Tech with research interests in mobile and wireless security (in particular, holistic security for Software Defined Radio / Cognitive Radio).

Dr. Scott F. Midkiff is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. Midkiff teaches in the area of networks and telecommunications and conducts research in wireless networks, mobile systems, pervasive computing, and network simulation. Current or recent sponsors of his research include the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT), the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Customs Service, Intel, and Microsoft Research.

Mr. David Lofquist is a Boeing Technical Fellow working in the C3 Networks organization for Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems unit. Mr. Lofquist has worked exclusively in the communications field, with a particular emphasis on terrestrial and space based wireless networked communications for military users. Currently, Mr. Lofquist is the Technical Director for Network Technologies, where he is leading the development of the overarching networking architecture for Boeing’s networking programs, including JTRS and FAB-T. In this role he is focused on fielding the first incarnation of the Global Information Grid into the mobile tactical environment.

Dr. Sherin Kamal is an Associate in Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program. Dr. Kamal has strong design experience with embedded processor based products, ASICS, FPGAs, board-level systems design and very extensive background in network architectures, satellite and wireless technologies, network management, routing and broadband IP applications. Dr. Kamal has achieved a strong career in the wireless, satellite and broadband networking telecommunications sectors. He was a co-founder of two start-ups and has published over 30 papers, articles and reports.