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10 January 2008                 16:10 - 17:40  

Title:    Communications and Networking for Public Safety

The public safety communications industry is evolving almost daily. Advances in location-based systems, broadband wireless technologies, software-defined radios, cognitive radios, and emergency 911 protocols are helping to improve law enforcement agencies' abilities to communicate within and across agency and jurisdictional boundaries.   This panel will examine some of the latest research issues and approaches in communications and networking for public safety.

Moderator: Alan Kaplan

Alan Kaplan is the Chief Technology Officer for Drakontas. Drakontas designs, evaluates and deploys communications, command and control, and situational awareness applications and systems for law enforcement, emergency response and homeland security communities.  Drakontas was recently awarded the contract to manage the
Communications Technologies Center of Excellence (COE) for the National Institute of Justice. Prior to Drakontas, Alan Kaplan was the Department Head for Middleware and Software Technologies at Panasonic Research Labs.  He is formerly a member of the computer science departments at Clemson University and
Flinders University of South Australia.


R. James Duckworth, Indoor Location and Tracking System for First Responders

Dr. R. James Duckworth is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the Principal Investigator for the WPI Precision Personnel Locator
system and has been working on the project for the last four years. His main research and teaching focus is on the design of embedded computer systems. He has authored or co-authored over 40 technical papers and
presentations, has published a book on digital logic design, and has two patents. Dr Duckworth is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of ION, BCS, and IEE.

Alison Brown, Network Assisted Location of First Responders

Alison Brown is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVSYS Corporation.  She founded NAVSYS in 1986.

Dr. Brown has a PhD in Mechanics, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering from UCLA, an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and an MA and BA in Engineering from Cambridge University.

She is a scholar of Sidney Sussex College, a Draper Fellow, a DuPontScholar, and was awarded the Sir George Nelson prize for Applied Mechanics at Cambridge University.  In 2005, she became an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.  She is an Institute of Navigation Fellow, a member of the International Women's Forum and has
been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Celebrate Technology and recognized by the MileHi Council as a "Woman of Distinction."

R. Chandramouli, Cognitive Radio for Public Safety Networks

R. Chandramouli is the Thomas E. Hattrick Chair Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Dept. of ECE at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research in the areas of cognitive wireless networks, networks and media security/forensics, and applied probability theory is funded by the NSF, DoD, NIJ and others. He is a recipient of the NSF
CAREER award.

Todd Young, Beyond GPS, TV-Positioning for Public Safety

Todd Young, Director of Product and Business Development, provides leadership in product development and business development at Rosum.  He brings to the company more than twelve years of experience in product development and product management in telecommunications (Bell Labs, US and Japan), automotive (Ford/Mazda, US and Japan), enterprise information systems (Palm, Inc.), and startup ventures (Young Learning).  Todd lived in Japan for five years coordinating joint technology development, and he is fluent in Japanese.  Todd is a graduate of UC Berkeley (MBA), Cornell (M.Eng. Computer Science), and North Carolina State University (BSEE).

James Sim, DragonForce - Wireless Situational Awareness Tool for First Responders

President and Chief Operating Officer of Drakontas. Mr. Sim, has more than 18 years of experience as an entrepreneur, independent consultant and human factors researcher. Mr. Sim is the founder of - The University City Network which provides electronic marketing and survey research services to more than 100 national clients. As a transportation researcher, Mr. Sim designed and produced the hardware, software and source material for interactive video based diving simulators for research conducted by USDOT, Federal Highway Administration and NHTSA.
Mr. Sim has extensive experience in the area of experimental design, data modeling and analysis. Mr. Sim holds a Bachelor's degree from Drexel University in Experimental Psychology.

Title:   Ultra-Wideband (UWB):   Who's using it and why?

Ultra-wideband wireless technology has been touted as the technology "heir-apparent" for wireless PANs (personal area networks).   Chipsets from many different vendors are now hitting the market and mass market interest is increasing -- the first PC's with UWB have been announced.

This panel will explore the expected roll-out of UWB in applications and markets, discuss what's being done to ensure multi-vendor interoperability and highlight the differences in UWB and other wireless technologies such as 802.11.

Moderator:  Tom Siep
Technical Director, Global Standards
Cambridge Silicon Radio, plc

Tom has over 25 years' experience in developing and standardizing wireless technology. His primary responsibility at CSR is wireless standards support with emphasis on how they can promote product interoperability for end-users. He is active in various roles in the WiMedia Alliance, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, and the Digital Living Network Alliance.

Prior to joining CSR Tom operated a consulting firm, offering management consulting services to consortia and individual companies. Tom has also worked in R&D at Texas Instruments, including in the areas of short-range wireless, user interfaces and industrial automation.

Tom is a published author, and holds six U.S. patents. He also holds a Master's degree in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science.

11 January 2008                  16:00 - 17:50

Title:      Service Platform for the home, OSGi deja vu
Back in 1999, OSGi technology was promoted as middleware software for delivering network services via home gateways.   In the ensuing years, the technology has found its way into many other applications and markets such as vehicle telematics and mobile devices.  Most recently, OSGi has enjoyed much success in the enterprise software market as a dynamic middleware system for Java.

Now that the penetration of broadband is reaching critical mass and there is renewed interest in standardized service platforms for the home, this panel will go "back to the future" and explore the continued viability of OSGi technology - who is using it in consumer networking and devices and why.

Moderator:   Peter Kriens
aQute SARL

Peter Kriens is the OSGi Director of Technology and CEO of aQute. He has worked as consultant for a large number of international companies (Intel, Ericsson, Motorola, Adobe, IBM, and Nokia) introducing OO techniques. In 94 he moved to Sweden to work for Ericsson, where he worked on a number of commercial and research projects. In 2001, he was hired part-time by the OSGi to act as its technical director, and he has been heavily involved in all major releases of the OSGi specifications.  He currently also acts as the OSGi Evangelist.

Title:   Powerline home networks:   will IEEE standards unification and faster speeds finally boost market adoption?

Will the powerline market ever grow from niche to mainstream?   Recent progress in the IEEE P1901 workgroup is holding out promise that the "standards battle" for powerline networking is drawing to a close.  This panel will explore the ramifications of a unified global standard for powerline networking:  how will an IEEE standard support interoperability with existing products based on HomePlug or HDPLC technology.  What are the prospects for improved networking performance and which applications will continue to be a natural fit for the technology?

Moderator:    Oleg Logvinov, President and CEO, Arkados, Inc.
Appointed President, CEO and a director on August 12, 2004
. Prior to the merger, from February, 2000 to March, 2004, Mr. Logvinov served as Vice President of Engineering and later as President of Enikia LLC. From March, 1998 to February, 2000, he served as Senior Director of Product Development and System Engineering at OpenCon Systems Inc., a telecommunications software service provider, and later CyberPath Inc., a venture-funded VoDSL Gateway company spun off by OpenCon Systems Inc. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at NITECH, INC from1996 to 1998, and CEM, Inc from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Logvinov holds a masters degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Ukraine (KPI). He has also worked as a senior research scientist and later research team leader at an R&D laboratory at the Technical University of Ukraine and the Ukraine Department of Energy.  Oleg Logvinov is the Chief Strategy Officer and immediate past President of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. Mr. Logvinov holds several patents, and is a frequent industry speaker, representing both the HomePlug alliance and Arkados at conferences around the world.


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