Wednesday, 8 December 2010
14:00 - 15:30

A Glimpse of the Future of Wireless Communications
Forum Organizer and Chair: Dr. Mischa Dohler, CTTC, Spain

Wireless communication has been the subject of much hype: branded with terms like ubiquitous, pervasive, fundamental, paradigm-shifting, and revolutionary. Cellular communication systems have been the focus of this Broadway play, with the wireless physical layer taking the leading role. After decades of thriving advances and exciting developments, wireless communication systems are becoming mature. Doubts about the viability and relevance of PHY research are naturally arising, leading to a growing sense that the work in this area is generating diminishing returns and that the discipline may be essentially dead. But is it? In this panel, our panelists will present a unique glimpse into unprecedented wireless communications paradigm shifts: What are information showers and wireless post-it notes? Is there anything more secure than PHY? Is cognition really the answer? These and other questions will be discussed in details during this plenary panel on wireless communications.

Prof. Theodore S.  Rappaport (IEEE Fellow)
William and Bettye Nowlin Chair, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Ted Rappaport is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and is the founding director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the university's Austin campus, a center he founded in 2002. Prior to joining UT Austin, he was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty of Virginia Tech from 1988 to 2002, where he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), one of the world's first university research and teaching centers dedicated to the wireless communications field. Prof. Rappaport has been a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless standard bodies over the past two decades, and his work has led to the broad acceptance of site-specific radio frequency (RF) channel modeling and design for broadband wireless network deployment. Dr. Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), assisted the Governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for internet access, and has conducted research for NSF, DoD, and dozens of global telecommunications companies throughout his career. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field, according to ISI Highly Cited, having published over 200 technical papers. As a faculty member, Rappaport has advised approximately 100 students who continue to accomplish great things in the communications, electromagnetics, and circuit design fields throughout industry, academia, and government.

In 2006, Rappaport was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) in 2008. He is a fellow of the IEEE and serves on the editorial boards of several academic and technical journals. He received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1990, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1992, the Sarnoff Citation from the Radio Club of America in 2000, the Fredrick E. Terman Outstanding Electrical Engineering Faculty Award from the ASEE in 2002, and the Stuart F. Meyer Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2005. Rappaport has over 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books in the wireless field, including Wireless Communications: Principles & Practice (translated into 9 languages), Principles of Communication Systems Simulation with Wireless Applications, and Smart Antennas for Wireless Communications: IS-95 and Third Generation CDMA Applications. In 1999, his work on site-specific propagation received the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award. In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV). In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation software for wireless network design and management that he sold in 2005 to Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). Rappaport has testified before the US Congress, served as an international consultant for the ITU, consulted for over 30 major telecommunications firms, and continues to work on many national committees pertaining to communications research and technology policy. He is a highly sought-after consultant and technical expert. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively, and is an Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus from his alma mater.


Prof. Muriel Medard (IEEE Fellow)
Professor, MIT, USA

Muriel Médard is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From 1995 to 1998, she was a Staff Member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Optical Communications and the Advanced Networking Groups. Professor Médard received B.S. degrees in EECS and in Mathematics in 1989, a B.S. degree in Humanities in 1990, a M.S. degree in EE 1991, and a Sc D. degree in EE in 1995, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. She has served as an Associate Editor for the Optical Communications and Networking Series of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, as an Associate Editor in Communications for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and as an Associate Editor for the OSA Journal of Optical Networking. She has served as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, the Joint special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking on Networking and Information Theory and the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensic and Security: Special Issue on Statistical Methods for Network Security and Forensics. She serves as an associate editor for the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

Professor Médard's research interests are in the areas of network coding and reliable communications, particularly for optical and wireless networks. She was awarded the 2009 Communication Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award for the paper: Tracey Ho , Muriel Medard, Rolf Kotter, David Karger, Michelle Effros Jun Shi, Ben Leong,  "A Random Linear Network Coding Approach to Multicast", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 4413-4430, October 2006. She was awarded the 2009 William R. Bennett Prize in the Field of Communications Networking for the paper: Sachin Katti , Hariharan Rahul, Wenjun Hu, Dina Katabi, Muriel Medard, Jon Crowcroft, "XORs in the Air: Practical Wireless Network Coding", IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Volume 16, Issue 3, June 2008, pp. 497 - 510. She was awarded the IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Prize Paper Award 2002 for her paper, "The Effect Upon Channel Capacity in Wireless Communications of Perfect and Imperfect Knowledge of the Channel," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Volume 46 Issue 3, May 2000, Pages: 935-946. She was co-awarded the Best Paper Award for G. Weichenberg, V. Chan, M. Médard, "Reliable Architectures for Networks Under Stress", Fourth International Workshop on the Design of Reliable Communication Networks (DRCN 2003), October 2003, Banff, Alberta, Canada. She received a NSF Career Award in 2001 and was co-winner 2004 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award, established in 1982 to honor junior faculty members "for distinction in research, teaching and service to the MIT community." In 2007 she was named a Gilbreth Lecturer by the National Academy of Engineering.


Prof. Vahid Tarokh (IEEE Fellow)
Perkins Professor and Hammond Vinton Hayes Senior Fellow, Harvard University, USA

Vahid Tarokh worked at AT&T Labs-Research and AT&T wireless services until August 2000, where he was the head of the Department of Wireless Communications and Signal Processing. In September 2000, he joined Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) at MIT as an associate professor. In June 2002, he joined Harvard University as a Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering. Since July 2005, he is a Hammond Vinton Hayes Senior Fellow of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, and a Perkins professor. His research is mainly focused in the areas of Signal processing, Communications (wireline and wireless) and Networking. He has received a number of awards and holds 2 honorary degrees.


Prof. Joseph Mitola III (IEEE Fellow)
Distinguished Professor and Vice President for Research Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Joseph Mitola III is currently Distinguished Professor and Vice President for the Research Enterprise of Stevens Institute of Technology. As Vice President for Stevens Research Enterprise, Professor Mitola develops large scale, cross-disciplinary research initiatives with the Institute's diverse centers, laboratories, and contract research projects.  Through his leadership, the Institute's recognition as a force in research continues to develop nationally and internationally thereby providing added value for internal and external constituencies. Vice President Mitola works with government agencies, as well as the private sector directing investments that advance the goals and objectives of the Institute, working in close collaboration with the academic deans, department directors, center directors and principal investigators. 

Dr. Mitola is recognized internationally for his formulation and groundbreaking research in software-defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio systems and technologies. In addition to having published the first technical paper on software radio architecture in 1991, Dr. Mitola has published widely and taught courses in software radio in the US, Europe, and Asia.  As founding chair of the SDR Forum in 1996, he pioneered global innovation in SDR among industry, government, and academic research organizations.  Later, his 1999 Licentiate Thesis in Teleinformatics, coined the term cognitive radio for the integration of machine perception of RF, visual and speech domains with machine learning into SDR to make dynamic spectrum access technically viable.  His doctoral dissertation, Cognitive Radio [KTH, June 2000], created the first architecture for such autonomous radios, formulating the cognition cycle on which the sensing and opportunistic use of radio spectrum whitespace is based.  As distinguished professor, Dr. Mitola continues to contribute to cognitive systems research and education. 

Before joining Stevens, Dr. Mitola served as Chief Scientist of the Department of Defense (DoD) Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC) for The MITRE Corporation, where he led program teams to invent novel solutions to critical DoD mission shortfalls in telecommunications and information processing.  Between 2002 and 2005, he was on loan from MITRE to the US DoD to lead trustable cognitive systems research for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) as Special Assistant to the DARPA Director and NSA Deputy Director.  From 1997 to 1999 he was founding Technical Director of Cryptologic Modeling and Simulation for the US DoD.  Between 1994 and 1996, he was the General Systems Engineer for the US Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office where he led the creation of the congressionally mandated strategy and led the transition of billions of dollars of legacy sensors, communications, and information systems to lower cost, more mission effective modernized tactical distributed processing networks.  In 1993 he served as Special Technical Advisor to the Executive Office of the President of the United States.  Previously, Dr. Mitola held positions of technical leadership with ITT Corporation, E-Systems, Advanced Decision Systems, and Harris Corporation.

Dr. Mitola is the recipient of many awards including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2005)  and the Inaugural Recipient of the SDR Forum Industry Achievement Award (2002).  He has also served as the Editor in Chief, of the Radio Communications Series IEEE Communications Magazine 1998-2003.

Dr. Mitola is Distinguished Professor jointly in the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science and the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens.  He has published extensively in SDR, cognitive radio and teleinformatics.  He holds the BS in EE with Highest Honors (Northeastern University '72); MSE (The Johns Hopkins University '74); Licentiate in Engineering; and Doctorate in Teleinformatics (The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm) June, 2000.