Standards and Deployment

Date: Tuesday July 10
Time: 11:00 – 6:30
Room: TBD

Keynote Speaker

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.

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.


Sanyogita Shamsunder, Verizon

Sanyogita Shamsunder is the Executive Director of 5G Ecosystem and Planning at Verizon. Previously, she was Director of Advanced Wireless and Mobile Technology Planning, and led the team that launched the first LTE devices in the industry. She led the modem software team at Sandbridge Technologies, a startup that developed software defined radio for mobiles. Sanyogita has directed and managed teams in all areas of the wireless business, including device and network technology development, marketing, planning and strategy. A former assistant professor at Colorado State University, she also serves on the industrial advisory board for Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers and is a co-founder of a Girls Who Code club in New Jersey. Sanyogita received an MBA with honors from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Math from The University of Virginia.


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.

Javan Erfanian, Bell Canada

In his role as Distinguished Member of Technology at Bell Canada, Javan Erfanian is responsible for the end to end wireless technology strategic direction and industry initiatives. Since 2013, he has been the Co-Lead and Chief Editor of the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance’s 5G initiative and 5G White Paper, and the Lead of the NGMN Verticals Requirements initiative. He is currently the Vice Chair of NGMN 5G Board Committee, and member of the Steering Board at Wireless World Research Forum. Javan grew up in Iran and studied at the Universities of Calgary and Toronto in Canada, with research publications and many citations. He has taught many academic courses. Javan was a recipient of IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, an author and editor of IEEE Comsoc Wireless Engineering Book of Knowledge and an IEEE Comsoc Distinguished Speaker for many years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Byung K. Yi, InterDigital Communications, Inc.

Byung K. Yi is 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.




Alex Gelman 
NETovations Consulting Group