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TWS 2017: What Started Here Has Changed the Wireless World

This year’s Texas Wireless Summit will be a very special event marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). We are excited to commemorate this milestone in our new home, the Engineering Education and Research Center.

Since its founding at UT Austin in 2002, WNCG has produced numerous seminal research results with wide-ranging impact.  The “products” we are most proud of, however, are our over 300 brilliant graduates who continue to advance every aspect of wireless technology. The technical sessions for this year’s Summit will feature a number of WNCG alumni speaking on diverse topics, including millimeter wave networks, the future of automated vision and navigation, software defined networking, and wireless applications of machine learning.

For an intimate window into cutting-edge information systems technology, join us for this unique and momentous installment of the Texas Wireless Summit on November 6-7, 2017.

The faculty organizers for TWS 2017 are WNCG Professors Jeffrey Andrews and Sanjay Shakkottai.


2017 Summit Agenda

Monday Nov 6
  • 2:30 pm - WNCG: the Last 15 Years and the Next 15

    Ted Rappaport  |  Professor, New York Univ.

    Gustavo de Veciana  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

    Jeff Andrews  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

    Robert Heath  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

    Sanjay Shakkottai  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

  • 3:30 pm - Coffee Break

  • 3:45 pm - Cellular Networks of the Future

    Jeff Andrews | Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    Brian Evans | Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin


    Sundar Subramanian  |  Principal Engineer & Manager, Qualcomm
    “Millimeter-wave in 5G New Radio (NR)”

    Zukang Shen | Senior Expert, 5G New Radio, Huawei
    “Non-orthogonal Multiple Access for 5G New Radio”

    Xingqin Lin | Wireless Researcher and 3GPP Delegate, Ericsson Labs
    “LTE for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”

    Harpreet S. Dhillon | Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
    “Role of Mathematical Analysis in the Simulation-driven Cellular Industry”

    Salam Akoum | Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs
    “Integrated Access and Backhaul for 5G”

    Sarabjot Singh |  Principal Engineer, Uhana Inc.
    “Realizing a Software Defined Control Plane for Cellular Networks”

  • 5:15 pm - Day 1 Closes

Tuesday Nov 7
  • 8:30 am - Welcome from Dr. Sharon Wood, Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering

  • 8:45 am - Panel: Visual Processing and Navigation

    The panel will feature short talks by the panelists, a Q&A session led by the panel leads, followed by interactive discussion with the audience. The topics will tend towards current hot applications and future developments in visual processing and navigation.

    Al Bovik  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    Todd Humphreys  |  Associate Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

    Zak Kassas  |  Assistant Professor, Univ. of California at Riverside
    Gautam Muralidhar  |  Principal Data Scientist, NIO
    Kalpana Seshadrinathan  |  Senior Research Scientist and Research Manager, Intel Labs
    Hamid Sheikh  |  Senior Director, Samsung MPI Lab
    Anush Moorthy  |  Senior Software Engineer, Netflix
    Kyle Wesson  |  Institute of Navigation Congressional Fellow and Science & Technology Adviser, U.S. Senate

  • 10:10 am - Coffee Break

  • 11:45 am - Lunch Break

  • 10:30 am - Panel: Startups & Entrepreneurship

    The panel will feature short talks by the panelists, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. The topics range from fundraising and incubation of startups to technology challenges in the wireless and AI/ML space.

    Sanjay Shakkottai  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    Sriram Vishwanath  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

    Ayan Acharya  |  Technical leader, Cognitive Scale
    Sandeep Bhadra  |  Partner, Vertex Ventures
    Vidur Bhargava | CTO, M87
    Bob Daniels  |  Co-founder and Vice President of Technology, PHAZR
    Chris Slaughter  |  Entrepreneur in Residence, Capital Factory

  • 12:30 pm - WNCG Student Poster Session

  • 1:45 pm - Machine Learning & Applications

    Constantine Caramanis  |  Associate Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    Alex Dimakis  |  Associate Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    Joydeep Ghosh  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin


    Siddhartha Banerjee  |  Assistant Professor, Cornell Univ.
    "Personalization, for everyone"

    Yudong Chen  |  Assistant Professor, Cornell Univ.
    "Finding Clusters Exponentially Fast"

    Aditya Gopalan  |  Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science
    "Online learning in complex environments"

    Ioannis Mitliagkas  |  Assistant Professor, Univ. of Montreal
    "Studying momentum dynamics to scale and tune deep learning system"

    Dimitris Papailiopoulos  |  Assistant Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison
    "Overcoming the Challenges of Learning in Parallel"

  • 3:10 pm - Coffee Break

  • 3:30 pm - Panel: Emerging Directions in Communications

    This panel will debate the future of wireless communication, at physical, medium access control, and networking layers. Topics including molecular communication, control of multi-resource infrastructures, context-aware wireless networking, and self-powered wireless sensors.

    Robert Heath  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin
    Gustavo de Veciana  |  Professor, Univ. of Texas at Austin

    Chan-Byoung Chae  |  Associate Professor, Yonsei Univ.
    Kapil Dandekar  |  Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Drexel Univ.
    Eric Rozner  |  Member of Research Staff, Austin Research Lab, IBM
    Song Chong  |  Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Antonio Forenza  |  Co-founder and CTO, Artemis Networks
    Sharayu Moharir  |  Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay

  • 4:45 pm - Closing Remarks

  • 5:00 pm - Day 2 Closes

2017 Speakers & Panelists

Sanjay Shakkottai

Director, WNCG

Ted Rappaport

Professor, New York University

Chan-Byoung Chae is currently the Underwood Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University, Korea and a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University.  Dr. Chae is a co-recipient of the IEEE INFOCOM Best Demo Award (2015) and the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award with Prof. Robert W. Heath, Jr. (2013).
Chan-Byoung Chae

Underwood Distinguished Professor, Yonsei University

Song Chong is a Professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and is Head of the Computing, Networking & Security Division. His current research interests include wireless networks, mobile systems, performance evaluation, and distributed algorithms. He received the 2013 and 2016 IEEE Communication Society William R. Bennett Prize Paper Awards and the 2013 IEEE SECON Best Paper Award. 
Song Chong

Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Eric Rozner is a Research Staff Member & Master Inventor at IBM Research in Austin, TX. Eric’s interests include wireless networking, network management, software-defined networking, datacenter networking, and mobile computing. He has published over 20 technical documents in esteemed international conferences, workshops and journals. He has also filed over 65 patents.
Eric Rozner

Research Staff Member, IBM Research

Sharayu Moharir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay. Previously, she was a visiting fellow in the School of Technology and Computer Science at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai. She received the Best Poster Award at ACM MobiHoc 2017 and Best Paper at COMSNETS 2017.  
Sharayu Moharir

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology

Kalpana Seshadrinathan is a Senior Research Scientist and Research Manager with Intel Labs, focusing on multi-camera and mobile imaging, mobile computer vision, computational photography, real-time image processing, video quality assessment and human visual perception. She is a two-time recipient of the Intel High Five award with 11 granted patents and several pending.
Kalpana Seshadrinathan

Senior Research Scientist & Research Manager, Intel Labs

Ioannis Mitliagkas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO) at the University of Montreal, and member of Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms. His research focuses on large-scale statistical learning and inference problems, focusing on efficient large-scale and distributed algorithms, tight theoretical and data-dependent guarantees and tuning complex systems.
Ioannis Mitliagkas

Assistant Professor, University of Montreal

Yudong Chen is an assistant professor at the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell University. His research interests include machine learning, high-dimensional and robust statistics, convex and non-convex optimization, and applications in networks and financial systems.
Yudong Chen

Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Kyle Wesson is the 2016-2017 Institute of Navigation Congressional Fellow, where he served in the U.S. Senate as a science & technology adviser to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). His policy portfolio included navigation, spectrum, autonomous vehicles, and aviation. Previously, Kyle consulted with the Federal Aviation Administration on security and reliability of civil aviation navigation systems.
Kyle Wesson

Institute of Navigation Congressional Fellow and Science & Technology Adviser, U.S. Senate

Ayan Acharya is a technical leader of the Machine Learning team at Cognitive Scale. His research focuses on developing generative models and efficient inference algorithms for solving transfer learning problems in text document analysis, social network study, recommender systems and object recognition. He is widely published, with over 30 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers.
Ayan Acharya

Technical leader, Cognitive Scale

Dr. Bob Daniels is co-founder and Vice President of Technology at Phazr Inc., a 5G startup offering products for millimeter-wave gigabit-per-second fixed and mobile wireless access systems. Prior to Phazr, Bob was co-founder and CEO of Kuma Signals, LLC, a business focused on transitioning state of the art wireless communications technology to military and aerospace systems.
Bob Daniels

Co-founder & Vice President of Technology, Phazr Inc.

Sid Banerjee is an assistant professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering at Cornell, where he researches stochastic modeling and the design of algorithms and incentives for large-scale systems. After receiving his PhD from UT Austin, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Algorithms Lab at Stanford and a technical consultant at Lyft.
Siddhartha Banerjee

Assistant Professor, Cornell Univ.

Dimitris Papailiopoulos is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests span machine learning, coding theory, and distributed algorithms, with a current focus on coordination-avoiding distributed machine learning and the use of erasure codes to speed up distributed computation.
Dimitris Papailiopoulos

Assistant Professor, Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison

Harpreet S. Dhillon joined Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor in 2014 after one year at USC as a Viterbi Postdoctoral Fellow. He was named Outstanding New Assistant Professor in 2017. Dr. Dhillon's research interests revolve around the mathematical analysis of wireless systems, on which he has received multiple awards from the IEEE Communications Society.
Harpreet S. Dhillon

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

Zukang Shen has worked on 3GPP standards and industrial wireless research for over 10 years. Currently a senior expert with Huawei, he was previously with Texas Instruments and Datang Mobile. Dr. Shen serves as editor for 3GPP NR specification “TS38.212: Multiplexing and channel coding”. He has published over 20 journal and conference papers, and is co-inventor on more than 100 granted patents.
Zukang Shen

Senior Expert, 5G New Radio, Huawei

Zak Kassas is an Assistant Professor at The University of California, Riverside (UCR). Prof. Kassas’ research in navigation in GPS-challenged environments has been featured in dozens of national and international media outlets and received several awards. Since joining UCR in Fall 2014, his research has attracted nearly $2M in federal grants from ONR, NSF, and NIST.
Zak Kassas

Assistant Professor, Univ. of California, Riverside

Kapil R. Dandekar is currently a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University; the Director of the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory (DWSL); Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Drexel University College of Engineering. Dandekar’s current research interests and publications involve wireless, ultrasonic, and optical communications, reconfigurable antennas, and smart textiles.
Kapil Dandekar

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Drexel University

Dr. Hamid Sheikh leads the Advanced Imaging team focusing on computational imaging techniques and applications to mobile and wearable devices. His research interests include computational imaging algorithms and systems. In 2015, along with Dr. Zhou Wang and Prof. Al Bovik, he won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding research in engineering.
Hamid R. Sheikh

Sr. Director Advanced Imaging, Samsung Mobile Processor Innovation (MPI) Lab

Aditya Gopalan is an Assistant Professor and INSPIRE Faculty Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science. He received the Ph.D. degree from UT Austin and the B.Tech. & M.Tech. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He was an Andrew and Erna Viterbi Post-doc Fellow at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. His research interests include learning, control, communication networks, performance analysis & modeling.
Aditya Gopalan

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science

Vidur is the CTO and Co-Founder of M87. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin and his research is the basis for M87’s technology. Vidur holds both a BS and MS from UT Austin in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Vidur Bhargava

CTO, M87

Sundar joined Qualcomm in 2008 and has contributed to the design, standardization, development and commercialization of various communication systems including peer-to-peer, vehicular and millimeter-wave systems. Sundar has represented Qualcomm inETSI-ITS and 3GPP-RAN1 and currently leads the systems team in Qualcomm working on5G millimeter-wave related areas. He holds over 150 granted patents.
Sundar Subramanian

Principal Engineer & Manager, Qualcomm

Salam Akoum is a principal member of technical staff at AT&T labs, in the advanced radio technology group. She is an active contributor to 3GPP 5G standardization, and responsible for specifications of the physical layer of the radio interface. Dr. Akoum previously worked at the Center for Social Innovation at Hitachi America R&D, where she received the Hitachi Above and Beyond Award in 2014.
Salam Akoum

Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs

Sarabjot Singh is a Principal Engineer at Uhana, a venture-backed startup focused on software defined mobile networks. He has also worked on cellular and WiFi network protocol & algorithm design at Intel, Nokia Technologies, Bell Labs, and Qualcomm. He is co-author of more than 40 patent applications. Dr. Singh received the President of India Gold Medal in 2010 and the ICC Best Paper Award in 2013.
Sarabjot Singh

Principal Engineer, Uhana Inc.

Xingqin Lin is a researcher and standards delegate with Ericsson Research Silicon Valley, where he currently leads air-ground broadband communications research and standardization. Dr. Lin received special recognition for outstanding contributions to Narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) research and standardization in 2015, and was nominated for Ericsson Business Innovation Leader in 2017. 
Xingqin Lin

Researcher and Standards Delegate, Ericsson Research

Antonio Forenza is Co-founder and CTO of Artemis Networks, a startup based in San Francisco developing pCell wireless technology to deliver 5G performance to standard 4G LTE devices. He has 20 years of R&D and product engineering experience in the wireless industry and academia. Antonio is an inventor of over 40 issued and 170 pending patents worldwide, has made standards contributions and authored several international IEEE publications.
Antonio Forenza

Co-founder and CTO, Artemis Networks

At Vertex, Sandeep focuses primarily on cloud infrastructure, data-driven business applications and cybersecurity. He has worked as a Principal with Menlo Ventures and on Cisco’s Corporate Development team; Sandeep started his career at Texas Instruments’ R&D Center, where he desiged protocols for 4G/LTE wireless networks and led a team to spec out the first software-defined network switch-chip.
Sandeep Bhadra

Partner, Vertex Ventures

Austin-based entrepreneur Chris Slaughter founded Lynx Laboratories in 2013 based on research he did at UT Austin. Lynx Laboratories was acquired by Occipital, where Chris led deep learning research and business development. Chris is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Capital Factory focusing on AI and Computer Vision companies.
Chris Slaughter

Entrepreneur in Residence, Capital Factory

Gautam S. Muralidhar is a Principal Data Scientist at NIO where he leads their efforts developing algorithms for product features spanning intelligent navigation and autonomous driving. Previously, he was at Pivotal, where he worked on data science R&D and consulting engagements with large automotive companies.  At UT Austin, Gautam studied Image Processing under the supervision of Prof. Al Bovik and Prof. Mia Markey.
Gautam S. Muralidhar

Principal Data Scientist, NIO

Anush Moorthy is a Sr. Software Engineer in Video Algorithms and Research at Netflix, where he advances research in video compression @ scale, perceptual video quality and video source artifact inspection. He previously developed algorithms for perceptual video compression and perceptual image processing at Qualcomm and Texas Instruments.
Anush Moorthy

Sr. Software Engineer, Netflix

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