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

This year’s Texas Wireless Summit, to be held October 18 at the Blanton Musuem of Art Edgar Smith Building, 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.

Video of TWS 2016

RCR Wireless News recorded all presentations and panel sessions at TWS 2016.  You can access the videos here.


A World Debut:  First Demonstration of AT&T and Ericsson’s 5G Millimeter-Wave Technology

We are thrilled this year to feature the first-ever public demonstration of AT&T and Ericsson’s 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology. mmWave is an essential and fundamental component of AT&T’s plans and for 5G mobile networks.  The 5G demo will showcase the possibility and feasibility of mmWave radio access technology for the cellular networks of the future.  Developed by Ericsson, the system incorporates key 5G technologies:  large system bandwidth, phased arrays with ultra-fast beam steering, feedback-based hybrid precoding, multi-user MIMO, dynamic beam tracking and beam acquisition.  Over the past several months, AT&T and Ericsson have done extensive lab and field testing to optimize the performance of their system.  Some specific tests/features that will be demonstrated at the Texas Wireless Summit: (a) multi-Gbps of bandwidth, (b) multiple 4K HD video streams, (c) multi-user MIMO, (d) dynamic beam tracking and acquisition.


2016 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: Sanjiv Nanda

VP Engineering with Qualcomm Research

Peter Stone is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor and Chair of the Robotics Portfolio Program at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests in Artificial Intelligence include machine learning, multiagent systems, robotics, and e-commerce. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Guggenheim Fellow, AAAI Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, 2003 NSF CAREER Awardee, and 2004 ONR Young Investigator. In 2007 he received the prestigious IJCAI Computers and Thought Award, given biannually to the top AI researcher under the age of 35, and in 2016 he was awarded the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award.  Stone received his Ph.D in Computer Science in 1998 from Carnegie Mellon University.
Afternoon Keynote: Peter Stone

David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor, Computer Science, The University of Texas at Austin

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


Greg Kregoski is Automotive Segment Manager at Rohde & Schwarz. Previously, he worked as the video technology business development manager and was instrumental in Rohde & Schwarz’s development of next generation test generators and signal analyzers for the new DOCSIS cable TV standard.  He is an engineering graduate from the University of Michigan.

Greg Kregoski

Automotive Segment Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

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


Vice President of Product Marketing for RF and Wireless Communications, Charles Schroeder leads the global team responsible for product management, product marketing, and application segments of NI’s RF and wireless communications business.  He has held various leadership roles across the IMAQ, DAQ, modular instruments, and RF product lines.  He holds a BS and MS in EE from Texas A&M.

Charles Schroeder

Vice President of Product Marketing for RF and Wireless Communications, National Instruments

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

Thyaga is an NSF Program Director in the CISE Directorate, where he manages wireless networking and mobile computing research. He is spearheading the NSF Advanced Wireless Initiative, a $400M effort announced in July 2016, and serves as co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group, which co-ordinates spectrum-related R&D activities across the Federal government. An IEEE Fellow, he obtained his Ph.D from UIUC.
Thyagarajan Nandagopal

Program Director at the National Science Foundation

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

Prakash Kartha has spent the majority of his career as an automotive marketing leader and technologist. He is currently responsible for driving Intel’s connected car strategy into new areas such as 5G V2X, in-vehicle commerce and advanced telematics. Prakash formerly managed Intel’s automotive market development efforts in Japan and Korea, launching solutions with leading car makers.  He has an MS from Virginia Tech and an MBA from UT Austin.
Prakash Kartha

Director of Market Development at Intel

David Brenner is director of wireless solutions business development at Intel Corporation where he is particularly involved with IoT standards and ecosystems.  He also serves as chairperson of the Liaison Group and Events Task Group of the Open Connectivity Foundation.  He has over 30 years of experience in communications and networking. He has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University,          
David Brenner

Director of Wireless Solutions Business Development at Intel

Jianming Ma coordinates connected and automated vehicle activities at TxDOT, and is the Research Coordinator for the Transportation Research Board Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation and a member of SAE DSRC Technical Committee.  He holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jianming Ma

Engineer at the Texas Department of Transportation

2016 Summit Agenda


Morning Session
  • 7:30 am - Breakfast

  • 8:30 am - Welcome and Introduction to TWS

    Todd Humphreys and Constantine Caramanis

  • 8:45 am - Players, Trends, and Investment at the Nexus of Automated Vehicles and Wireless

    Brian Modoff, Qualcomm

  • 9:00 am - Morning Keynote: Enabling Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles

    Sanjiv Nanda, Qualcomm

  • 9:40 am - Designing Ultra-Dense Networks for 5G

    Arunabha Ghosh, AT&T

  • 10:00 am - Break: WNCG Poster Session + AT&T Demonstration

  • 10:40 am - DSRC Technology Readiness & LTE Complementarity for Safer Transportation

    Sue Bai, Honda

  • 11:00 am - Inauguration of UT SAVES Center

    Robert Heath and Todd Humphreys, The University of Texas at Austin

  • 11:20 am - Panel: V2X Connectivity: What's hype, what's useful, what's essential?

    1. Chris Borroni-Bird, Qualcomm
    2. Geoff Waters, NXP
    3. Gaurav Bansal, Toyota
    4. David Brenner, OCF/Intel

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

  • 1:20 pm - Afternoon Keynote: The Intersection of Automated Vehicles and AI

    Peter Stone, The University of Texas at Austin

  • 2:00 pm - Autonomous Driving from Vehicle to Data Center: an End-to-End Perspective

    Prakash Kartha, Intel

  • 2:20 pm - Advanced Wireless R&D across the Federal Government

    Thyagarajan Nandagopal, National Science Foundation 

  • 2:40pm - Startup Showcase: Elevator Pitches

  • 2:50 pm - Break: Startup Showcase

    Led by Kathleen Baireuther, Austin Technology Incubator

    Panel of Judges:
    1. Bob Metcalfe, The University of Texas at Austin
    2. Eric Thorn, Southwest Research Institute
    3. Roger Keen, NXP
    4. Natalia Ruiz Juri, UT Center for Transportation Research
    5. Rachel Charlesworth, moovel

  • 3:30 pm - Automotive Radar Signals: Analysis and Limitations

    Greg Kregoski, Rohde and Schwarz

  • 3:50 pm - Panel: The Daunting Demands of Vehicle Sensing

    1. Kris Kozak, Southwest Research Institue
    2. Charles Schroeder, National Instruments
    3. Jianming Ma, Texas Department of Transportation

  • 4:50pm - Presentation of award to Startup Showcase winner

  • 5:00 pm - Informal Reception


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    Austin, Texas 78701

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