Internet of Things (IoT) Summit at RWW2018
14-15 January 2018 – Anaheim, California


Martin Cooper

Martin CooperMartin Cooper is Chairman and Co-Founder of DYNA, LLC and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of ArrayComm, LLC, based in San Jose, CA. Cooper is also Co-Founder and director of GreatCall, Inc. the innovator of the Jitterbug cell phone and service. Cooper has been involved in and contributed to virtually every major innovation in personal wireless communications in his over 50-year career. He conceived the first portable cellular phone in 1973 and is widely recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. For 29 years, he led a number of major businesses at Motorola, including high-capacity paging, trunked mobile radio, cellular radio telephone, quartz crystals and oscillators, liquid crystal displays, piezo-electric components, Motorola A.M. Stereo technology, and various mobile and portable two-way radio product lines. Following Motorola, Cooper co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc., a cellular billing system company. Cooper has numerous patents in the communications field. He is widely published and continues to write and lecture around the world about wireless communications, technological innovation, the Internet, and R&D management. Cooper was involved in industry and government efforts to allocate new radio frequency spectrum for the land mobile radio services in the U.S. and has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Senate. He serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Spectrum Advisory Committee that advises the President of the United States on spectrum policy. He has received numerous awards, most recently being named as a recipient of the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. He has bachelors and masters degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology, was awarded an honorary doctorate by that institution, and serves on its board of trustees. Martin Cooper has served on the boards of several public and private companies.

Presentation: Why we will always have Infinite Spectrum

Luciano Boglione

Luciano Boglione (M’98, SM’07) received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, on low noise amplifier design under the supervision of the late Prof. R. Pollard. Dr. Boglione has 20 years of experience in the design and characterization of monolithic microwave (MMIC) and radio frequency (RFIC) integrated circuits fabricated in advanced technologies. His professional experience embraces industry, academia and Government institutions. In 2011, Dr. Boglione joined the Naval Research Laboratory where he has been leading a team to design subsystems in Silicon technology for full-duplex communication applications and investigating new noise characterization techniques. Dr. Boglione has published more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed publications, holds 1 patent and has 2 patents pending. Dr. Boglione was the General Chair of the 2007 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Conference. He was past-chair, and currently a member, of the MTT-S Microwave Low-Noise Techniques Committee (MTT-14) and he is a reviewer for a number of publications. Dr. Boglione was an elected AdCom member of the MTT Society for 2 terms and continues to be an active IEEE volunteer at the local level.

Presentation: Enhancing ubiquitous communications: the m-Sat challenge

The drive for ubiquitous communication is pushing researchers all over the world to think of new approaches that go far beyond devising incremental improvements of existing systems. Disrupting technologies are needed in every technical area – from powering novel circuits to efficient use of the spectrum, while reducing size and weight all at the same time. The challenges to be overcome are exacerbated when considering micro-satellites (m-Sat) for rapid and low-cost deployments. This talk will present state-of-the-art results recently obtained at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) that address the need of ubiquitous communication by embracing an additional dimension of the communication link domain – the simultaneous transmit and receive approach. Funding provided by the Office of Naval Research has allowed NRL to develop a unique broadband, full duplex system that is suitable for deployment in C-SWaP limited environments such as m-Sats. Highlights of the novel NRL approach will be presented in this talk following an introduction to m-Sats and some of their specific challenges. In particular, the presentation will discuss the system-on-a-chip that has been designed and fabricated in Global Foundries 8HP SiGe BiCMOS technology. Characterization results of a prototype TX/RX system will also be described to support and validate NRL’s full-duplex architecture.

John W. Borghese

J.W. (John) Borghese is Vice President of Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center (ATC), a position he has held since 2005.  Prior to his current position, John served as Vice President and General Manager of Display Systems in the Government Systems Business Unit.

During his professional career, Mr. Borghese has held positions in general management, program management, and engineering.  These include president of Kaiser Electronics and director of Automatic Test Systems & Avionics Systems Business at Allied-Signal (Honeywell).  His background is in research and development of aircraft avionic systems and underwater acoustic systems.

At ATC, Mr. Borghese leads the development of new technologies and advanced capabilities for Rockwell Collins. These include communication, navigation, high assurance and cyber resilient systems for aviation and research on autonomy and certification of autonomous systems. Under his direction, the center develops innovative technology solutions for future products.

Mr. Borghese earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.

Mr. Borghese is a member of the NASA Advisory Council, Chair of the NASA Aeronautics Committee, a member of the Spectrum Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association, and a member of the National Academies Committee on system wide safety assurance.  Mr. Borghese is also a private pilot.

Presentation: Opportunities and Challenges to IoT Expansion on Aircraft

Currently, IoT is proving its value on aircraft by collecting electromechanical systems’ information for data analysis. Engine information from up to 5000 sensors per aircraft can reduce out-of-plan maintenance and improve fuel efficiency. However, IoT has made fewer inroads into areas such as the flight deck, operational cabin systems, and avionics systems. These areas can offer significant benefits for airspace efficiency through weather predictions, route planning, airspace optimization, and faster gate turn-around time.

There are challenges to IoT expanding into these areas due to requirements of flight decks, flight critical avionics, and national airspace system (NAS) safety and security needs. These flight critical systems are designed with extreme safety requirements: very high availability, integrity, accuracy, coverage, and capacity. The IoT system must also meet security requirements against cyber attacks for reasons of safety and privacy.

This presentation explores benefits that IoT can bring to aircraft and NAS in the future.  The presentation also explores the challenges of meeting the very high safety and security requirements.

Eric G. Butte

Eric G. Butte is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Helios Wire IoT. Eric Butte currently is orchestrating a new end-to-end satellite architecture for an IoT commercial service using LEO satellites and low cost ground elements. Leveraging current and emerging IoT technologies to support IoT connections in 75% of the unserved Earth surface where both wireless and wireline Internet is not available. Eric has over 35 years in the SATCOM industry developing new architectures for MSS, HTS, NASA Relay, and MILSATCOM systems. He previously worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company for 10 years in various senior position with all the business areas: Special Programs, Military Space, Commercial Space and Civil Space divisions. Mr. Butte also spent 10 years at Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), responsible for U.S. Government programs as the Executive Director, U.S. Government Business Development leading senior engineering teams managing SS/L’s effort in various USG and commercial SATCOM studies and campaigns. Including MUOS Phase A win in 1998, Deputy PM NASA JPL GRACE Program, Terrestar MSS Program, and various other satellite programs (iPSTAR, Local TV, Measat BSS, PCMatrix, and Wildblue programs). Eric started his career with over 15 years at TRW/Northrop Grumman, and was a key contributor to many government payload hardware programs. He spent most of his career in developing and managing projects in RF and microwave payload hardware using monolithic-microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), developed on the DARPA MIMIC Program. He was a key responsible design engineer on the first set of units to space qualify MMICs for a national program in 1985.

Mr. Butte is an owner or co-owner of five patents; He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BEEE degree in electrical engineering and holds a MSEE degree in Communications Systems from the University of Southern California (USC). He is currently part of the AIAA Communication Systems – Technical Committee and is an Associate Fellow in the AIAA and supported AIAA as the Technical Chair of the 2010 AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference

Presentation: Internet of Things (IoT) from Satellites, Now and the Future

The emphasis with satellites today are real time low latency systems which have also accomplished custom M2M system (the predecessor to IoT). The future requires that IoT from satellites need to co-exist with the growing and emerging IoT Industry (this is where Helios Wire is planning to achieve). The Big LEOs in the 2000s focused on real-time voice circuits and leaving video and data to the geostationary systems. Today with VoIP, video-over-IP, OTT streaming, and IoT all in an IP network, you now need to move away from circuit switched systems to a full eNodeB  wireless network. The following trades are some of the ones you need to go through to figure out what you want to service and at what cost to the customer.

  • Real time service with low latency data versus delay tolerant (DTN) data service
  • Direct to user versus interface through a backhaul
  • Custom stand alone user equipment versus current user terminals
  • Circuit switched (store and forward) versus integrated IP network
  • Unique DTN IP network design architecture
  • Distributed cloud/foggy system architecture
  • Embedded cyber security system architecture

Nuno Borges Carvalho

Nuno Borges Carvalho (S’97–M’00–SM’05-F’15) was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received the Diploma and Doctoral degrees in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, in 1995 and 2000, respectively.

He is currently a Full Professor and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro and an IEEE Fellow. He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003), Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and White Space Communication Technologies (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He has been a reviewer and author of over 200 papers in magazines and conferences. He is associate editor of the IEEE Microwave Magazine and Cambridge Wireless Power Transfer Journal and former associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques.

He is the co-inventor of six patents. His main research interests include software-defined radio front-ends, wireless power transmission, nonlinear distortion analysis in microwave/wireless circuits and systems, and measurement of nonlinear phenomena. He has recently been involved in the design of dedicated radios and systems for newly emerging wireless technologies.

Dr. Borges Carvalho is the chair of the IEEE MTT-20 Technical Committee and the past-chair of the IEEE Portuguese Section and MTT-11 and also belong to the technical committees, MTT-24 and MTT-26. He is also the vice-chair of the URSI Commission A (Metrology Group). He was the recipient of the 1995University of Aveiro and the Portuguese Engineering Association Prize for the best 1995 student at the University of Aveiro, the 1998 Student Paper Competition (Third Place) of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) International Microwave Symposium (IMS), and the 2000 IEE Measurement Prize.

He is a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Presentation: The Internet-of-Things (IoT) vision calls for thousands interconnected devices in wearables, vehicles, buildings, using a multitude of sensors to provide us with useful information.

Backscatter communication provides an enabling technology to address the needs of IoT, due to the simplicity of the tag circuit and the ability to minimize the usage of batteries or even completely eliminate them taking advantage of wireless power transmission as well as energy harvesting. This talk presents the latest advances in backscatter communication technology, covering a wide range of topics, focusing on the combination of modulation constellation  diagrams with the smith chart.

Dave Cavalcanti

Dave Cavalcanti is Sr. Research Scientist at Intel Labs. He leads a research group focusing on next generation wireless connectivity and networking technologies and their applications in autonomous, time-sensitive systems and IOT. Dr. Cavalcanti has more than 10 years of experience in wireless connectivity research and standardization. Before joining Intel in 2015, he led a research group in Philips Research North America, where he developed several WLAN and WPAN technologies and standards for IoT applications in healthcare, smart buildings, and cities. He has also contributed to standardization activities in the IEEE 802.11 and 802.22 (WRAN in TV white spaces) working groups. In 2011, he received the IEEE Standard Association Award for outstanding contributions to the development of the IEEE 802.22 standard. He has served as editor of various publications including IEEE Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Computer Magazine and Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks. He is Senior Member of the IEEE and served as the chair of the IEEE computer society technical committee on simulation (TCSIM) from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Cavalcanti received his PhD in computer science and engineering in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati.

Presentation: Wireless Connectivity for Industrial Systems: Applications, Technologies and Challenges

Wireless connectivity can enable flexibility, adaptability and scalability, which are key pillars of the Industry 4.0. However, today’s wireless connectivity technologies and standards have been designed to address consumer applications, and do not provide the deterministic performance expected by many industrial systems, such as closed loop control, autonomous robots/vehicles, remote operation, VR/AR, etc. In this talk, we present an overview of industrial IOT applications that can greatly benefit from wireless connectivity and discuss the associated challenges in meeting the required performance in terms of latency, reliability, scalability, power, etc. We will provide a comprehensive overview of the upcoming wireless connectivity standards (e.g. next generation Wi-Fi, 802.11ax, time sensitive networking, time synchronized communications) that can enable timeliness guarantees (bounded latency, redundancy and reliability) for industrial systems. The presentation will also discuss recent research results, and will conclude with open research challenges and interoperability issues for wider adoption of wireless connectivity in industrial systems.

Adam Drobot

Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with management expertise and over forty years of experience with business, government, and academia. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies and the company’s CTO from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC from 1975 to 2002.

Adam has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems and software for managing the design and production of complex platforms. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. He is currently a member of Several Corporate Boards, the FCC Technology Advisory Council, and he also Chairs the Awards Recognition Council for the IEEE and the IEEE IoT Activities Board. Adam is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Chairs the TIA Technology Committee. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.

Presentation: An overview of IoT and the role of Connectivity and Communications

Keith Gremban

Keith Gremban is the Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), which is the research and engineering laboratory for the National Telecommunications and Information Adminstration (NTIA).  Keith has been involved in systems engineering and advanced technology development for over thirty years.  Prior to arriving at ITS, Keith was a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he managed a portfolio of programs in the areas of wireless communications and electronic warfare.  While at DARPA, Keith created and managed the Content-Based Mobile Edge Networking (CBMEN) program, which developed a secure, cloud storage capability for mobile ad hoc wireless networks.  Prior to DARPA, Keith worked at a variety of companies and research institutes, managing and leading research and systems engineering projects, including a diverse collection of unmanned systems such as: a robot snake, multiple ground robots, and several unmanned aerial systems.  Keith received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University.

Presentation: Spectrum Sharing and Spectrum Efficiency

Spectrum is a finite, but renewable resource, and demand for spectrum is continually increasing. Drivers of this demand include: the continued proliferation of mobile devices; ever-increasing demand for video; increasing use of wireless connectivity in domains such as the Internet of Things (IoT). Spectrum sharing will be necessary to meet future spectrum demands. We can no longer afford to allocate spectrum exclusively to a single service or system that does not use the spectrum 100% of the time. Additionally, pressure is increasing to make more efficient use of spectrum. In this talk, we will discuss spectrum sharing, covering past examples, current approaches, and the challenges involved. We will review approaches to spectrum efficiency, and discuss how spectrum efficiency can affect sharing. Finally, we will discuss the end game of much commercial spectrum use – providing high-quality user experiences – which requires balancing spectrum efficiency against quality of experience.

Lin-Nan Lee

Lin-Nan Lee received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Norte Dame.  He is a Vice President of Engineering of Hughes (an Echostar company) leading its Advance Development Group.  His research areas include channel coding, modulation, multiple access signal processing and data compression. He actively participated and made major contributions to in DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X standardization activities.  He also participated and contributed to 3rd generation wireless communications standards, and IEEE802.11.n, and is actively involved in 3GPP currently for the 5th Generation (5G) Wireless Standard, specifically trying to include the non-terrestrial networks into the 5G framework.

Prior to Hughes, he worked for Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), serving in various research and development positions in the COMSAT Laboratory, and as Chief Scientist of COMSAT System Division.  His research area also included conditional access and high-definition television during the period.  Prior to COMSAT, he was with Linkabit Corporation developing a packet multiple access protocol for satellite based on a quality of service concept.

Dr. Lee is a Life Fellow of IEEE.  He has authored or co-authored over 60 US patents, more than 30 journal and conference papers, and chapters of two books.

Presentation: Advances in Satellite Communication Technologies Suitable for Internet of Things Applications

The advancements in satellite technologies during the past decade, including very large space-deployed reflector antenna, increased throughput capacity, planned deployment of very large constellations of medium and low earth orbit satellites, power and bandwidth efficient transmission techniques, and reusable and increased large capacity launch vehicles promise to increase the network capacity and reduce the cost of satellite communications.  Further, continued advances in solid-state technologies, signal processing and modulation/coding and multiple techniques have made connectivity via satellites a viable alternative for Internet of Things in areas underserved or unserved by terrestrial wireless.  The talk will briefly introduce the state-of-the-art of these new technologies and show their potential benefits, as they applied to Internet of Things.  We will also discuss our effort in the 5th Generation Wireless Standards development along with others in the satellite community addressing IoT through non-terrestrial communications.

Sergio Pacheco

Sergio Pacheco, PhD.  Affiliation: NXP.  Title: ADAS Systems and Applications Manager

Sergio Pacheco is the ADAS System & Applications Manager for the Business Line Infotainment and Driver Assistance of NXP Semiconductors, Chandler, Arizona (formerly Freescale).   His current interest lies in the development of automotive radar products for driver assistance and autonomous driving systems. Prior to that, he led a multi-functional team developing mm-wave packaging technologies for automotive radar, resulting in the first packaged chipset suitable for scalable radar systems.  He started in Motorola/Freescale as a Principal Research Engineer at the Emerging Technologies Group at Freescale with a focus on integrated passives and microelectromechanical structures (MEMS) and their application to RF and wireless communication systems.  He is a member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and former member of its Administrative Committee.  He also serves in the technical program and organizing committees of the annually held International Microwave Symposium and Radio and Wireless Symposium.  Dr. Pacheco is a reviewer for the Transactions of Microwave Theory and Techniques, Microwave Magazine, IEEE Latin America Transactions, Journal of Microsystem Technologies, and Proceedings of the European Microwave Association.  Locally, he served as the Treasurer of the Waves and Devices Chapter of the IEEE Phoenix Section from 2005-2012 and Vice-Chair from 2012-2014.  In 2007, he received the IEEE Phoenix Section Young Engineer of the Year Award.  He has over 45 publications in internationally refereed journals and conferences and 7 issued patents.  He also has authored a chapter on “Microelectromechanical Switches for RF Applications” in the book RF Technologies for Low-Power Wireless Communications.  He is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi Honor Societies.  He received a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Presentation: Autonomous Vehicle Systems and the Connected Future

Abstract: This talk will discuss two types of autonomous vehicle systems: self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Both systems have made significant strides in the past several years and have captured the imagination of the public.  This talk will delve into the past and present developments of self-driving cars and UAVs.  It will then cover the systems that are enabling such autonomy, focusing on enabling technologies such as radar and V2X systems.  Trends associated with how these systems are (and will be) proliferating and communicating will also be explored.  Finally, some insight on how autonomous vehicles will impact other industries and our lives will be presented.

Giby Raphael

Director at Intel. Leads Logistics and Asset Management Segment in the Internet of Things Group at Intel.

Presentation: Towards the Zero-Delay Supply Chain

20 billion packages were damaged, lost or delayed, $60 billion economic value was lost due to theft and 30% of world wide perishable goods were spoiled in 2016. Real time visibility into the condition, location and security of packages can significantly influence these pain points. One can only improve what one measures and today, there is very little that can easily be collected, known, analyzed or understood in this entire process.  Internet of Things aided by advancements in low power, low cost and highly dense communication technologies will provide cheap, real-time and good quality data to reduce wastage, improve efficiency and realize a future towards the zero-delay supply chain.

Eric Rebeiz

Eric Rebeiz, Director of Wireless Technology, Tarana Wireless Inc.

Presentation: High Spectral Efficiencies Designs

Tapan K. Sarkar

Tapan K. Sarkar received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1969; an M.S.E. degree from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, in 1971; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University, New York, in 1975. He is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Syracuse University. He has authored or coauthored more than 360 journal articles and numerous conference papers, 32 book chapters, and 15 books. He received the Docteur Honoris Causa from the Universite Blaise Pascal, Clermont Ferrand, France, in 1998, from Politechnic University of Madrid, Spain, in 2004, and from Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, in 2012. He received the medal of the Friend of the City of Clermont Ferrand, France, in 2000.

Presentation: Relevance of Electromagnetics in Wireless System Design

The objective of this presentation is to illustrate that certain issues need to be factored into the design of wireless radio frequency systems (communication, radar, navigation, countermeasures, etc.). For example, the exclusive use of communication principles in the design of the physical layer of such systems may not be sufficient. Three specific topics are treated: the different concepts of channel capacity and their implications; the antenna and its relationships to the Maximum Power Transfer Theorem and, ultrawideband (UWB) wireless transmission of signals without any distortion. One of the key features to be described that if a single antenna is tuned it can perform better than anything else. This was observed in the ancient transistor radios where one could receive signals from around the world by a very small antenna! Examples will be presented to illustrate these issues.

Jim Sauerwein

Jim Sauerwein is an Engineering Fellow with Honeywell Intl focused on the Connected Technology space. Jim has more than 20 year experience in the development and deployment of solutions for the connected / IoT space. Jim currently leads the Connected Logistics team within Honeywell’s Work Flow Solutions practice.


Presentation: Towards a Zero Delay Supply Chain

Michael Thompson

RF Solutions Architect, Cadence

Presentation: EDA Technologies Fueling IoT Implementation, Current and Future

IoT, or the more expansive term Internet of Everything coined by Cisco to include people, is resulting in the application of technology to solve problems and simplify our daily lives in unprecedented manners. The concepts, ideas, potential systems, and applications are end-less, but at some point realistic factors involving the cost, power consumption, bandwidth, manufacturability, producibility, compatibility all need to be addressed. All of these factors are driving the industry to smaller and smaller design nodes or processes currently as small as 7nm. These small node processes are important pieces in the solution, but communication’s needs are often better handled with larger nodes and processes other than CMOS such as SOI, GaAs, etc. What challenges will current and future design flows encounter, and overcome, to support the realization of the IoT vision. In this talk I will discuss current design flow challenges and the resolution of these challenges through the work and innovation in EDA tools and foundry process implementation.

Lee Vishloff


Mr. Vishloff is a professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia in Canada and the principal engineer in a wireless consultancy focused on cellular-based M2M solutions and short-range wireless products.  He has over 35 years of experience in wireless system and product design.  During his career he has designed a wide range of wireless products including satellite systems, terrestrial radio systems, rural communications, aeronautical and others.  Mr. Vishloff has a wide range of industry experience with hands-on and management experience in wireless telecommunication systems, modem, RF, analog, digital, embedded firmware and mechanical design technologies.  He has also managed a standards group focussed on networking and transport technologies.  He has spent the majority of his career working with equipment manufacturers with stints in the semiconductor and consulting businesses.  He has served on numerous joint industry-academic committees during his career, strengthening the link between academic research and practical industry needs.  He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and completed his management education at Simon Fraser University and the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute.  Mr. Vishloff is a senior member of the IEEE and holds the IEEE Wireless Communications Professional designation and is a regular contributor to IEEE ComSoc’s training program.

Presentation:  Product Challenges for Retrofitting the World using Wireless

 This presentation will examine product issues associated with creating the global IoT network with a focus on the practical issues associated with wireless connected sensors.  Wireless link budget issues (path distance, required bit rates, sleep times, etc.) are often at odds with practical and commercial requirements like device size, energy availability, device reliability, antenna space, physical attachment, etc.  Further, to rewire the world will require management functions such as: repair and replace support, security and feature updates, and troubleshooting.  These practical requirements may dwarf the wireless transmission needs when designing IoT wireless products as the Internet of Things grows towards ubiquitous coverage.

The presentation will examine a representative sample of current short-range wireless sensor products, discuss shortcomings and suggest some options to ease the large-scale roll out of the Internet of Things.

Byung K. Yi


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.

Presentation: 5G Wireless Communication focusing on IoT: Enabler for 4th Generation Industrial Revolutions

The rapid advancement of mobile communication technologies with unforeseeable computing power, ubiquitous broadband network, and web-based cyber world has been enabling the new hyper-connectivity among persons and things, opening the new era of 4th industrial revolution. Current wireless communication technical standardization efforts dubbed by “5G Wireless” are aiming for 100 Gigabit/sec throughputs, less than 1 msec latency and ultra-reliable connections, and one million devices/Km2 and supporting Machine Type Communication (MTC). This revolution will touch all industries and even our daily lives for good. Every industrial revolution has been triggered by new paradigm shift in all aspects of business and new technical innovations. This presentation defines the 5th generation wireless communications currently under full scale developments, especially focusing on IoT type of applications and tries to link with the 4th industrial revolution. It will create opportunities on redesigning new business models and processes along with the new paradigm shift and technical challenges to meet the massive connectivity, middle-ware, data analytics, cloud resources, and service/applications. The presentation will provide a sneak-preview of our lives beyond 5G Wireless with IoT use cases.

Ming Yu

Professor Ming Yu
IEEE Fellow, Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering
Electronic Engineering Dept
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

After 24 years in Canadian industry full time and 15 years as an adjunct professor at Waterloo Canada, Professor Ming Yu joined Electronic Engineering Dept, Chinese University of Hong Kong full time in Oct 2017.

Prof Ming Yu received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, in 1995. In 1993, he joined COM DEV, Cambridge, ON, Canada, as a Member of Technical Staff, while working on his thesis part time. He was involved in designing passive microwave/RF hardware for both space and ground-based applications. He was a Principal Developer of a variety of COM DEV’s core design and tuning software for microwave filters and multiplexers, including computer-aided tuning software in 1994 and fully automated robotic diplexer tuning system in 1999. He was a Manager of Filter/Multiplexer Technology (Space Group) and a Staff Scientist of Corporate Research and Development. Until 2016, he was the Chief Scientist and the Director of Research and Development. He was responsible for overseeing the development of company’s research and development roadmap and next generation products and technologies, including high-frequency and high-power engineering, electromagnetic-based CAD and tuning for complex and large problems, and novel miniaturization techniques for microwave networks. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Since COM DEV was acquired by Honeywell in Feb 2016, he has led the Advanced Technology Group, Cambridge, as the Chief Scientist and an Engineering Fellow. He was later promoted to Senior Honeywell Engineering Fellow, highest honor in a 140,000-employee organization.

Prof Yu is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He holds the NSERC Discovery Grant (2004-2021) with the University of Waterloo. He was a recipient of the 1995 and 2006 COM DEV Achievement Award for the development of computer-aided tuning algorithms and systems for microwave filters and multiplexers. He was an IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturer from 2010 to 2012. He is now a member of speaker’s bureau. He served as an IEEE MTT society Filter Committee Chair (MTT-8) and Chair of MTT technical committee TPC-11. He was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He published over 20 patents. He has authored or co-authored over 130 publications and numerous proprietary reports.

Presentation:  High Performance Microwave Filters for the 5G and Internet of Space

High-performance microwave filters and multiplexers are used in a wide spectrum of communication systems, in particular wireless base stations, communications satellites, earth stations, and other wireless point-to-point repeaters. Currently, the modern Information Society – where everything must be connected at any time and at any place- is motivating and pushing a vast research activity in microwave frequencies. The need for miniaturization, lower mass, higher power, harsh environment test, reconfigurability and flexibility is implicit in the rapidly emerging new communication systems. This talk goes over a few key developments, primarily in the areas of microwave filters, multiplexers, high power designs, temperature compensation, tunable devices, advanced design techniques and robotic automation. As 5G wireless communications systems development is moving at full speed with a new proposal for an Internet of Space (IoS), we will soon also witness thousands of small satellites launched into low-Earth orbits, with altitudes less than 1000 miles. The microwave subsystem in each satellite functions like a wireless base station, which also requires high-volume production. These developments lead to an interesting technology convergence from ground to space. The 5G/IoS system also demands a highly-integrated microwave design with a smaller footprint, lower mass, higher power level and significantly lower cost. The technologies presented in this talk are key building blocks to advance the 5G/IoS communications system to provide competitive services in relevant markets.