Standards and Deployment

Date: Tuesday July 10
Time: 11:00 – 6:30
Room: Winchester (Ballroom Section 1)



Ilaria Brunelli Keynote: Ericsson
Pamela Kumar TSDSI
Igor Faynberg Stevens Institute of Technology
Jared Everett Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30
Dr. Jin Yang Keynote: Verizon
14:30 – 16:00
Dilip Krishnaswamy Reliance Jio
Earl McCune Eridan Communications
Shahrokh Nayeb Nazar Interdigital
16:00 – 16:30 Break
16:30 – 17:00
Durga Satapathy Keynote: Sprint
17:00 -18:30
Byung Yi Visiting Scholar at UCSD
John Zao National Chiao-Tung University and OpenFog Consortium
Jaafar Elmirghani University of Leeds
Speaker Panel


Keynote Speakers

Ilaria Brunelli, Ericsson

Ilaria Brunelli is the Head of the Ericsson team at the AT&T Foundry, a technology innovation center in Palo Alto, CA. In her role, she leads co-creation projects through user research, ideation and prototyping. She has been driving corporate innovation in various organizations since she moved to Ericsson Silicon Valley in 2011, working with a variety of new technologies. She holds a MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan and started her career as Software Developer and Solution Engineer on Microwave technologies.

Talk title: Network Slicing, use cases and adoption challenges.

Abstract: With 5G, network slicing can provide end to end isolation, security and flexibility. From a technology point of view this has been broadly explored and a lot of hypothesis have been made on possible use cases. The first part of this presentation will cover use cases within manufacturing and first responders as examples of industry applications. To implement network slicing and fully exploit the flexibility to faster time to market, it will require also a shift in operations. The second part of this talk will focus on the challenges for adoption when we look at service provisioning, maintenance, billing and charging, and regulations.

Dr. Durga Satapathy currently serves as Director of Technology Innovation & Architecture at Sprint where he is responsible for RF Technology Strategy & Architecture for radio networks systems (LTE & 5G) and support of related standards, regulatory and global ecosystem activities.  Dr. Satapathy has over 20 years’ experience with Sprint and Clearwire combined, leading access and backhaul research and architecture development, orchestrating key technology proof of concepts/demonstrations, vendor solutions development, technical contract negotiation, and technology/vendor selection.  Dr. Satapathy holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.  He is an IEEE Senior Member and his portfolio includes 59 USPTO patent awards and publications in IEEE International Conference on Communications, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference, and IEEE Globecom.   He has served as Chairman, IEEE 802.16 WiMAX Standards Task Group 4, and participated in 3GPP activities for LTE standards development.  His wireless communications ecosystem activities include serving as Industry Consortium Member for Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) project, Industry Forum  Exhibitions Program Chair for ICC2018, Panel Reviewer for NSF projects, Wireless Advisory Board Member of Auburn University Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center, Industry Community Board Member for IEEE COMSOC, NYU Wireless Industry Affiliates Board Member, etc.  Further details are available at

Talk title: Massive MIMO: A bridge to 5G

Abstract: Leading operators around the world are using Massive MIMO to power high-capacity Gigabit LTE services and prepare for 5G. Sprint has begun its deployment of Massive MIMO in the U.S., and is partnering with global providers to develop the Band n41 5G ecosystem. With its deep 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings offering the right balance of coverage and capacity, Sprint is well positioned for nationwide mobile 5G. This talk addresses how Massive MIMO is leveraged to enhance 4G and efficiently launch 5G services in the first half of 2019.

Dr. Jin Yang is a Fellow at Verizon Communications Inc., responsible for wireless technology and strategy.  She received the B.Sc. (Honors), and Ph.D. degrees from Tsinghua University.  She is leading next generation wireless network architecture and technologies, including 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), network virtualization, and Self-Organizing Network.  Dr. Jin Yang has more than 45 granted patents and 18 pending patents, numerous published papers, and co-authored 3 books on mobile communications.

Talk title: 5G for varieties of services

Abstract: 5G standards and developments are evolving wireless network towards an intelligent service-oriented network. The 5G flat network architecture and standardized high-layer Radio Access Network (RAN) split F1/E1 interfaces allow more flexible service delivery. An intelligent mobile edge network with multiple-tiers Self-Organizing Networks is needed to support massive Internet of Things, ultra-low latency high-reliable services on top of enhanced mobile broadband. Continual RAN virtualization in the industry also demands a lower-layer RAN split to further improve radio efficiency and expand front-haul transport options. This will accelerate deployment of massive MIMO, centralized and virtualized RAN. Mobile wireless network is transforming towards an intelligent multiple-purpose autonomous 5G network.



Prof. Jaafar Elmirghani is FIET, FIoP, and Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems, Leeds. He has provided outstanding leadership in a number of large research projects, and was PI of the £6m EPSRC Intelligent Energy Aware Networks (INTERNET) Programme Grant. He is Co-Chair of the IEEE Green ICT initiative, a pan IEEE Societies initiative responsible for Green ICT activities across IEEE. He was awarded the IEEE Comsoc 2005 Hal Sobol award, 2 IEEE Comsoc outstanding service awards (2009, 2015), the 2015 GreenTouch 1000x award, IET Optoelectronics 2016 Premium Award and shared the 2016 Edison Award in the collective disruption category with a team of 6 from GreenTouch for joint work on the GreenMeter. His work led to 5 IEEE standards with a focus on energy efficiency, where he currently heads the work group responsible for IEEE P1925.1, IEEE P1926.1, IEEE P1927.1, IEEE P1928.1 and IEEE P1929.1, this resulting in significant impact through industrial and academic uptake. He was an IEEE Comsoc Distinguished Lecturer 2013-2016. He has published over 450 technical papers, and has research interests in green communication networks.

Talk title: Energy Efficient Processing and Virtualization in Future Networks: The EEICT Standards Working Group Activities 

Abstract: New energy efficiency improvement measures are needed given the growth in data traffic and the stringent new requirements imposed as a result of big data volume, velocity, variety and veracity in 5G networks. Such data can be processed efficiently at the edge of the 5G network and ‘progressively’ throughout in the network. We introduce IEEE 1926.1 – a Standard for a Functional Architecture of Distributed Energy Efficient Big Data Processing and outline how it addresses each of the 4 Vs. We then introduce three standards that deal with network virtualization and energy efficiency together with optimum content placement. We firstly introduce IEEE 1927.1 – a Standard for Services Provided by the Energy-efficient Orchestration and Management of Virtualized Distributed Data Centers Interconnected by a Virtualized Network, then consider IEEE 1928.1 – a Standard for a Mechanism for Energy Efficient Virtual Machine Placement and finally pay attention to content placement in IEEE 1929.1 – An Architectural Framework for Energy Efficient Content Distribution. We conclude by outlining the energy efficiency merits of using mixed line rates in IEEE 1925.1 – a Standard for Energy Efficient Dynamic Line Rate Transmission System.

Jared Everett, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Jared Everett is a senior wireless communications research engineer in the Wireless Cyber Capabilities group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL).  Since joining JHU/APL in 2009, his research has focused broadly on the use of cellular technologies for defense and national security applications.  He has a deep knowledge of LTE and emerging 5G standards, specializing in cellular air interfaces and end-to-end systems.  He is a co-author of the book, “Wireless Networking: Understanding Internetworking Challenges,” published by Wiley/IEEE Press.  His current research interests include innovative approaches to spectrum sharing in 5G networks.  Jared holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.  He also holds a B.A. degree in music.

Talk title: New Opportunities for Commercial & Government Spectrum Sharing in 5G


Igor Faynberg, a 2011 Bell Labs Fellow, is an industry consultant and an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in Stevens Institute of Technology. He represents Cable Television Laboratories in the ETSI NFV ISG, where he has been chairing the Security Working Group for the past four years.

Prior to founding the Stargazers Consulting LLC in 2015, Dr. Faynberg had had various staff and management positions in Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent business units where he had contributed to various R&D projects, starting from the development of variants of Karmarkar algorithm for supercomputers, Intelligent Network and its interworking with the Internet, to Cloud Computing and Network Functions Virtualization. Most recently he directed a group that researched solutions for security and identity management problems and led their standardization in the ATIS, IETF, ITU-T, ISO/IEC, ETSI, and INCITS Cyber Security Committee.

Prior to joining Bell Labs in 1986, Dr Faynberg had contributed to design and development of operating systems and a hypervisor as well as a network management suite for the Sperry Distributed Communications Architecture and designed the Local Area Networking architecture and protocols for the Borroughs Network Architecture.

Dr. Faynberg holds over 50 U.S. and international patents for inventions relevant to converged services, data communications, and security, and he has over 30 refereed publications in application of computers science to communications and network security. He has co-authored three books entitled, respectively, Intelligent Network Standards, Their Applications to Services (McGraw-Hill, 1997), Converged Networks and Services: Internetworking IP With PSTN (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), and Cloud Computing—Business, Trends, and Technologies (John Wiley & Sons, 2016).

He holds an M.A. in mathematics from Kharkov University, Ukraine, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Talk title: ETSI Network Function Virtualization Security Standards–Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Abstract: The talk will present the brief history, published output and the current work of the ETSI Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Security Working Group.

The group was created in 2012 to draw on the knowledge of the industry experts who comprise representatives of the network operators, software and hardware vendors, academics, regulators, and law enforcement agencies from around the world. Starting from the publication of the “NFV Security Problem Statement,” which has identified the NFV-specific security problems and laid the ground for all future work, the group has been following up with both the technical reports and decisive standards specifications (such as the one for security monitoring and management) that address the problems in the initial blueprint.

It turns out that the lawful interception (LI) has been by far the hardest problem to solve, and the technologies used in solving it–trusted computing, secure execution environments, hardware security modules–have been re-used in developing the overall foundation for developing platform and tenant security.

The key output of the group–still in the works–is the overarching identity management framework.

Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI & Founder Chair & Vice President, Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India

Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry.

Prior to TSDSI, she has spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint setting up the R&D centers of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 50+ Local and Global forums.

Pamela is also the Founding Chair and current Vice President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI). She is on the Governing Boards of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and PEC University of Technology. She is the Bharti Chair for IT Research and Member Research Council, UIET, Punjab University. She also mentors Startups in the ICT space.

Pamela is currently the Chair of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee and the Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore section. She was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association – Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011-12. She has also been the Chair for IEEE Computer Society- Bangalore Section.

Talk title : Unique Opportunities and Challenges associated with 5G adoption in India : Role of Standardization

Abstract: This talk will reflect on the lessons from the 2G, 3G and 4G adoption in India and highlight the new and different approach to 5G adoption. Using market data the uniqueness of the India market will be emphasized. Hence the need for a different approach towards standardization required to enable this market. India’s framework for ICT standardization and the recent successes will be presented. Finally a case will be made for global participation in the Standards life cycle, targeting the untapped potential of this market.

Dilip KrishnaswamyDilip Krishnaswamy, Reliance Jio Infocomm

Dr Dilip Krishnaswamy is currently serving as Vice President (New Technology Initiatives) at Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. Previously, he has worked as a senior scientist at IBM Research, as a platform architect at Intel, and as a senior staff researcher in the office of the chief scientist at Qualcomm. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an inventor on 61 granted US patents, and has 70+ publications.  His research interests include distributed information processing, distributed function virtualization, distributed resource management, blockchain technology, edge services, NFV/SDN,  NB-IoT, AI/ML, and 5G architecture & systems.

Talk title: Distributed Processing in 5G Networks

Abstract: This talk covers various aspects of distributed processing in 5G networks. Virtualized infrastructure will power the next generation core hosted across distributed cloud, in-network, and edge data centers. Network/service/application virtual functions will execute in VMs and containers in such 5G data centers. Optimal resource management across these data centers based on different vectors such as latency/compute/energy/bandwidth/storage/reliability/user-mobility for these virtual functions will be an interesting challenge. Further optimization across network slices with intra-slice and inter-slice resource management will make the system optimization even more interesting. Emerging possibilities for permissioned private distributed ledger-based technologies for inter-operator blockchain networks will be discussed. The talk will also cover current standards and technology development efforts to address the above challenges.

Earl McCune, Eridan Communications

Earl McCune is an IEEE Fellow and received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UC Davis respectively.  His experience in RF circuits, signals, and systems extends across more than 40 years.  Within this career he has founded two Silicon Valley startups, the first one, Digital RF Solutions, did modulated direct digital frequency synthesis in 1986 and merged with Proxim in 1991.  The second start-up, Tropian, did switch-based RF transmitters from 1996 and was acquired by Panasonic 10 years later.  He retired from Panasonic in 2008 as a Corporate Technology Fellow.  Among other activities, he now also serves as a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Eridan Communications, and is a full professor at TU Delft for sustainable wireless systems.

Talk title: Energy Efficient Communications Hardware (EECH) Standards Working Group Activities

Abstract: The EECH working group (WG) is working on two projects: P1923.1 which is a standard development on how to determine the energy efficiency ceiling achievable for any linear amplifier based on the selected signal modulation type, and P1924.1 which is a set of recommended practices for digital processes to maintain throughput while minimizing energy consumption. This presentation discusses both of the EECH assigned projects: P1923.1, which establishes a Standard for how the signal selection from any WG must be calculated to determine the best possible energy efficiency possible from any linear power amplifier, and P1924.1 which establishes a set of recommended practices for minimizing the power consumption of digital processing in any network application, with the ultimate goal of achieving power-proportional computing (PPC).

Shahrokh Nayeb Nazar, InterDigital Communications, Inc.

Dr. Shahrokh Nayeb Nazar is a Principal Engineer at InterDigital leading 5G-NR physical layer research. He is also serving as the head of delegation for InterDigital’s 3GPP RAN1 working group. Shahrokh has more than 15 years of experience in signal processing and wireless communication system design. He has been with InterDigital since 2007, involved in the development of 4G/5G cellular systems standards. Previously, he held senior position with Wavesat leading MIMO physical layer design for Mobile WiMAX modem chipset products. Shahrokh has extensive experience in developing and evaluating intellectual property in the field of wireless communications and has contributed to more than 50 issued patents and pending patent applications. He received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His current research interests include ultra-reliable low latency communications, as well as advance use-cases of 5G across various industries including automotive, non-terrestrial networks, industrial IoT and unlicensed spectrum.

Talk title: Key 5G Physical Layer Enhancements for URLLC

Abstract: One of the key use cases targeted by 5G is ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) which covers a wide range of services and applications in vertical domains. 3GPP has just completed the specification for the fundamental mechanisms to meet the stringent reliability and latency requirements of URLLC as part of the Release-15 5G new radio (NR).  Given various combinations of latency and reliability profiles of the URLLC use cases, 3GPP is now considering further enhancements targeting use cases with tighter requirements for NR evolution in Release-16 5G-NR. Among the use cases envisioned for the follow up work on URLLC are media and entertainment industry, factory automation, transport industry and electrical power distribution. This presentation provides an overview of the standardization effort in 3GPP to enable URLLC use cases and covers some of the key physical layer enhancements.

Byung K. Yi, Visiting Scholar at UCSD

Byung K. Yi was InterDigital’s Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer. As CTO of InterDigital, Dr. Yi is responsible for directing the development of advanced wireless and network technologies, and the advanced researches related to Robotics, advanced cyber security systems for the IoT systems, and the platform for advanced wireless communications.

Dr. Yi joined InterDigital in April 2014 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he had served as assistant division chief, in charge of engineering, of polish division since 2012. Prior to his appointment at the FCC, Dr. Yi was at LG Electronics from 2000 to 2012,whereas Senior Executive Vice President he headed the company’s North American R&D center. A former member of InterDigital’s Technology Advisory Council, Dr. Yi contributes more than 40 years of advanced wireless development experience, satellite system designs, and aerospace communication and computer designs.

Dr. Yi also contributes a strong history of industry leadership. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and has served on the board of directors or steering committees of a number of professional organizations, including the Center for Wireless Communications, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 Technical Specification Group, and a number of others.

He was awarded the prestigious CDG (CDMA Development Group) Industry Leadership award, been recognized by the National Engineer Week (NEW) Foundation for the “Outstanding Engineer”, and inducted to the Hall of Fame by the School of Engineering and Applied Science of George Washington University.

Dr. Yi received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Yonsei University (Korea), his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

Talk title: The storytelling society beyond 4th industrial revolution enabled by 5G wireless


Dr. John K. Zao, National Chiao-Tung University and OpenFog Consortium

Dr. John K. Zao is the founding chair of the IEEE ComSoc Standard Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework and the founding vice-chair of the IEEE ComSoc Standard Committee on Edge/Fog/Cloud Communications with IoT and Big Data. He is also a co-chair of the Security Working Group of OpenFog Consortium and its Greater China Regional Committee. In his regular job, Dr. Zao is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the National Chiao-Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan and the Chief Technology Officer of
NGoggle Inc. in San Diego, USA. Dr. Zao received his PhD in Computer Science at Harvard University in 1995 and was elected aSenior Member of IEEE in 2001.

Talk title: Disperse Computing and Networking between the IoT and the Cloud – A Vision

Abstract: Edge and Fog Computing aim at dispersing computing services among the telecom and datacom networks. This endeavor calls for the development of an interoperability framework for the computing and networking nodes permeating between the user devices (things) and the Cloud computing infrastructure. To meet this challenge, IEEE Communication Society created a new Standard Committee on Edge/Fog/Cloud Communications with IoT and Big Data and a new Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework. The new COM/EdgeCloud-SC/FOG Working Group just succeeded in adopting the OpenFog Reference Architecture for Fog Computing into the IEEE standard 1934. The Working Group will proceed to produce a set of standard documents that will specify the conceptual, functional, structural and operational aspects of this architecture framework. A vision and a preliminary roadmap of the Working Group will be shared in this talk.



Alex Gelman
NETovations Consulting Group
John K Zao
National Chiao-Tung University and OpenFog Consortium