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TWS 2016: Communication, Sensing, and Data Analytics for Automated Vehicles

This year’s Texas Wireless Summit will focus on on how automated vehicles will re-shape wireless over the next 10 years with their demands for coordinated sensing and decision making. We’ll examine three key aspects of automation:  communication, sensing, and data analytics/machine intelligence.  We’ll look at the benefits and requirements of connectivity, the key challenges of sensing at the vehicle, and at the promise of shared sensing and data analytics.

Now in its 14th year, TWS provides a forum on emerging technology and business models for industry leaders and academics. Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG), the Summit offers direct access to cutting-edge research and innovations from industry leaders, investors, academics and startups.

The faculty organizers for this event are WNCG Professors Todd Humphreys and Constantine Caramanis.

2016 Speakers

Get acquainted with Texas Wireless Summit speakers.

Over thirteen years with Qualcomm, Sanjiv Nanda has helped initiate, incubate and lead a variety of research programs starting from indoor wireless technologies (WiFi 802.11n, interworking and mobility between cellular and WiFi networks, algorithms and system design for indoor small cells), then moving on to machine learning for context awareness and most recently technologies and enablers for autonomous vehicles. His PhD was on image coding from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his undergraduate degree is from IIT Kanpur.
Morning Keynote Speaker: Sanjiv Nanda

VP Engineering with Qualcomm Research

Sue Bai is Principal Engineer at Honda R&D. She is the Honda technical and management leader on the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) Consortium and chairs the SAE International DSRC Vehicle Safety Technical Committee. She has a master’s degrees in Computer Science from Eastern University, as well as in Industrial System Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Sue Bai

Principal Engineer at Honda R&D

Brian Modoff is Executive Vice President of Strategy and M&A for Qualcomm Incorporated. Previously, Modoff worked for Deutsche Bank covering the wireless networking and communications systems sector for 20+ years. He holds a Master of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management and a Bachelor in Economics from California State University, Fullerton.
Brian Modoff

Executive Vice President, Strategy and M&A at Qualcomm Incorporated

Guarav Bansal is Senior Researcher for Toyota Info Technology Center. He pioneered contributions in Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) congestion control and in innovative use-cases to leverage connectivity in cars. Bansal received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Gaurav Bansal

Senior Researcher at Toyota Info Technology Center

Chris Borroni-Bird is VP of Strategic Development at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Prior to this, he led GM’s Autonomy, Hy-wire and Sequel “skateboard” vehicle concepts. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Natural Sciences from King's College, Cambridge, his Ph.D in Surface Science from Cambridge University, and performed Post-doctoral research in solid state physics from the University of Tokyo.
Chris Borroni-Bird

VP of Strategic Development at Qualcomm

Kris Kozak is Principal Engineer at Southwest Research Institute, Automation and Data Systems Division. He contributed extensively to the Mobile Autonomous Robotics Technologies Initiative (MARTI) Internal Research and Development (IR&D) in the development of an autonomous vehicle. Kozak earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Kris Kozak

Principal Engineer at Southwest Research Institute, Automation and Data Systems Division

Arunabha Ghosh is Director of Wireless Communications at AT&T Labs Inc. He leads a team of researchers responsible for developing new technology related to 5G, such as massive MIMO, self-backhauling ultra-dense network, mmWave technology. He received his B.S. with highest distinction from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1992 and his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. .
Arunabha Ghosh

Director of wireless comms at AT&T labs

Geoff Waters is a Senior Principal Engineer, covering high-end multi-core products and trusted computing for NXP’s Digital Networking group. He leads the Trust Architecture users group and is a regular contributor to the MultiCore for Avionics (MCFA) working group. Previously, he was a contractor to the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Waters is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors Program.
Geoff Waters

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at NXP

Robert Heath is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he worked at Iospan Wireless Inc, where he worked on the first commercial MIMO-OFDM communication system. Heath received electrical engineering degrees from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and Stanford University.
Robert Heath

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Todd Humphreys is Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and directs the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in the application of optimal detection and estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, autonomous systems, and signal processing. His recent focus is secure perception for autonomous systems. He received his PhD from Cornell University.
Todd Humphreys

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin

2016 Summit Agenda coming soon...

Below is the agenda for last year's Texas Wireless Summit. Be on the lookout for the 2016 agenda!

Morning Session
  • 7:30 am - Breakfast

    Sponsored by Qualcomm

  • 8:30 am - Welcome and Introduction to TWS

    Jeff Andrews/Robert Heath, UT WNCG

  • 8:45 am - The View to 5G

    Brian Modoff, Deutsche Bank

  • 9:00 am - Morning Keynote, The Tactile Internet

    Gerhard Fettweis, TU Dresden

  • 9:40 am - Architecting Terabit/s for 5G and Beyond

    Farooq Khan, Samsung

  • 10:00 am - Break/WNCG Poster Session

  • 10:30 am - Wearables for 5G

    Xinzhou Wu, Qualcomm

  • 10:50 am - Potential 5G communications contributions to automated vehicle applications

    Gaurav Bansal, Toyota

  • 11:10 am - Panel: Role of Unlicensed Spectrum in 5G

    Led by Jeff Andrews, UT WNCG. Panelists include: Arun Ghosh (AT&T Labs), Nihar Jindal (Google), Vinko Erceg (Broadcom) and Mingxi Fan (Qualcomm)

Afternoon Session
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch and Social Time

  • 1:20 pm - Afternoon Keynote: Massive MIMO for 5G and Beyond

    Tom Marzetta, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

  • 2:00 pm - Millimeter Wave for 5G

    Robert Heath, UT WNCG

  • 2:20 pm - The Killer App for Network Function Virtualization: The Next Generation Wireless Core

    Anthony Soong, Huawei

  • 2:40 pm - Coffee Break and Poster Session

  • 3:10 pm - Is OFDM Dead? An Overview of Candidate Waveforms for 5G

    Ian Wong, National Instruments

  • 3:30 pm - Panel: 5G Air Interfaces

    led by Amitava Ghosh, Nokia. Panelists include: Ted Rappaport (NYU Wireless), Mike Barrick (Anritsu), Charlie Zhang (Samsung), Eduardo Esteves (Qualcomm) and Erik Dahlman (Ericsson)

  • 4:45 pm - Informal Reception

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