Keynote Speakers

Prof. Barry Shoop

Barry L. Shoop is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During his 20 years at West Point he has served in a number of key leadership positions including Director of the Photonics Research Center and Director of the Electrical Engineering Program. Currently as Professor and Head he is responsible for an undergraduate academic department with over 79 faculty and staff supporting ABET accredited programs in electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology.



Rich Chernock – BTS Distinguished Lecturer

Richard Chernock Chief Science Officer, Triveni Digital, Inc. Princeton Junction, NJ Dr. Chernock is currently Chief Science Officer at Triveni Digital. In that position, he is developing strategic directions for monitoring, content distribution and metadata management for emerging digital television systems and infrastructures. Previously, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research, investigating digital broadcast technologies. Dr. Chernock is active in many of the ATSC, SMPTE and SCTE standards committees, particularly in the areas of future DTV, monitoring, metadata, and data broadcast. He is chairman of the ATSC Technology Group on ATSC 3.0 (TG3) and chairs the AHG on service delivery and synchronization for ATSC 3.0. He was previously chairman of the ATSC Technology and Standards Group (TG1). He is also the Distinguished Lecturer Chair for IEEE BTS. In another life, he used transmission electron microscopy to study materials characteristics for advanced ceramics packaging and semiconductor technology at IBM. His ScD was from MIT in the field of nuclear materials engineering.


Nelson Luis Saldanha da Fonseca – University of Campinas – ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer

Nelson Luis Saldanha da Fonseca is a Full Professor at University of Campinas, Brazil. He served as Head of the Computer Systems Department, and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. He lectured at  University of Trento, University of Pisa and University of Basque Country and in the past held Lecturer positions at Pontificial Catholic University and worked in the Computer Communications group at IBM Rio Scientific Center. Nelson Fonseca has published over 350 refereed papers and supervised over 60 graduate thesis and dissertations. He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer. Currently, he is the IEEE ComSoc Director for Conference Development. and he is Senior Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and Senior Technical Editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine. He received the IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications, the IEEE Communications Society Latin America Region Distinguished Service Award, the Medal of the Chancelor of the University of Pisa (2007), the 2003 State University of Campinas Zeferino Vaz award for academic productivity in Computer Science, the Elsevier Computer Network Journal Editor of Year 2001 award.


Eric R. Wandel - Commitee on Man and Radiation BTS Rep, International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety BTS Rep. portrait

Eric Wandel – BTS Distinguished Lecturer

Eric R. Wandel, P.E., is the principal engineer and President of Wavepoint Research, Inc. where he provides RF and communications engineering services to the broadcast industry as well as to other communications providers. In addition, he conducts research and provides engineering services for military customers in efforts related to antenna development, radar system optimization and electronic warfare signal processing.  In addition, he conducts studies related to antenna design and development, RF radiation hazard assessment, and a variety of applications requiring computational electromagnetic (CEM) modeling, including antenna pattern and EM optimization studies. Mr. Wandel received dual Bachelors’ Degrees in electrical engineering and optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a Masters’ Degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana.  His prior corporate experience includes systems engineering and product development positions at GE Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and Electronics Research, Inc. (ERI).  He has used a variety of computational electromagnetic tools such as custom Matlab and C code, Method of Moments software (NEC-3, NEC-4), NEC-BSC and finite element analysis tools such as HFSS, CST and FEKO. Mr. Wandel is a Member and Past-President of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and currently serves on the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) Administrative Committee representing BTS as a liaison to the International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) and the IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR).  He is a co-author of the “FM Broadcast Antennas” chapter of the NAB Engineering Handbook 11th Edition.


Dr. Maurizio Murroni – University of Cagliari – BTS

Maurizio Murroni (M’02) (SM’13) received a M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering and Computers in 2001 from the University of Cagliari. He was graduate visiting scholar at the School of Electronic Engineering, Information Technology and Mathematics, University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K. in 1998 and a visiting Ph.D. scholar at the Image Processing Group, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, USA, in 2000. In 2006, he was visiting lecturer at the Dept. of Electronics and Computers at the Transilvania University of Brasov in Romania and in 2011 visiting professor at the Dept. Electronics and Telecommunications, Bilbao Faculty of Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in Spain. Since October 2010, he is coordinator of the research unit of the Italian University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) at the University of Cagliari and since 2016 chair of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society Italy chapter. Dr. Murroni is co-author of an extensive list of journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers. He served as chair for various international conferences and workshops. He was co-author of the 1900.6-2011 – IEEE Standard for Spectrum Sensing Interfaces and Data Structures for Dynamic Spectrum Access and other Advanced Radio Communication Systems. His research currently focuses on broadcasting, cognitive radio system, signal processing for radio communications, multimedia data transmission and processing.



Carlos Marcelo Martinez-Cagnazzo

Carlos Martínez-Cagnazzo is the Technical Area Manager of LACNIC, the Latin American Registry of Internet Addresses. He is an electrical engineer and began his professional career in IP network operation and gradually transitioned to network planning and from there to computer and information security. From 2005 to 2010 he worked exclusively in the field of computer security, in particular by helping to create the first Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) in his country. Carlos joined LACNIC in 2010 as the first member of the recently formed Research and Development group of LACNIC. He has been involved in the promotion of IPv6 and the adoption of DNSSEC as well as in the project of Certification of Resources (RPKI). His projects and areas of interest in research include Internet measurements with emphasis on the benefits of traffic exchange points (IXPs); security in routing and in BGP; security in the domain name system, specifically the mitigation of DDoS attacks and the deployment of DNSSEC. Carlos is also a member of the Security and Stability Committee of the ICANN (SSAC). Carlos has also been a teacher of Computer Security and of Computer Networks in different universities of Uruguay.



Rodrigo Palma-Behnke

Rodrigo Palma-Behnke (M’94, SM’04) He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. on Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Dr.-Ing. from the University of Dortmund, Germany. He is associate professor at the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Chile. His research field is the planning and operation of electrical systems in competitive power markets, renewable energy, solar energy solutions, smartgrids, power system education, and the development of microgrids solutions. He is with the Energy Center, FCFM, University of Chile (, and Director of the Solar Energy Research Center SERC-Chile (