Sanyogita Shamsunder - 5G Planning and Strategy Executive, Verizon

Tuesday, March 7, 8:30am

Sanyogita Shamsunder

Bio: Sanyogita Shamsunder is the 5G Planning and Strategy executive at Verizon. In her previous roles she led technology and spectrum strategy as well as wireless planning. Sanyogita led the team that launched the first LTE devices in the industry. Prior to Verizon, she held positions at Lucent-Bell Labs, Sandbridge Technologies and Linquest Corporation. Sanyogita has led teams in all facets of the wireless business including device and network technology development, marketing, planning and strategy. She was an assistant professor at Colorado State University and serves on the industrial advisory board for Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers. Sanyogita received an MBA with honors from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in EE from The University of Virginia.

Talk: New Approaches to Spectrum Sharing

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Manuel Uhm - Director of Marketing, Ettus Research, National Instruments

Wednesday, March 8, 8:30am

Manuel Uhm

Bio: Manuel Uhm is the Director of Marketing at Ettus Research, a National Instruments company, the leader in Software Defined Radio platforms. Manuel has business responsibility for the Ettus USRP (GNU Radio open source-based), NI USRP (LabVIEW-based) and NI ATCA portfolios. As such, he has responsibility for portfolio management including product strategy, roadmaps, and pricing. Manuel is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the SDR Forum). He has served on the Board since 2003 in various roles including Chair of the Markets Committee, Chair of the User Requirements Committee, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Previously, Manuel Uhm was the Vice President of Marketing at Coherent Logix, where he was responsible for all marketing and sales activities related to their 100-core DSP product portfolio. Prior to that, Manuel was the Marketing Director of Mobile for MIPS Technologies where he was responsible for leading MIPS’ penetration into the mobile industry, including applications processors, LTE UE baseband processors and mobile connectivity processors. Prior to joining MIPS, Manuel was the Director of Wireless Communications for Xilinx, the leading supplier of programmable logic devices, where he grew the wireless business into Xilinx’s #1 end market.

Talk: Paving the Path to Three Tier Spectrum Sharing

Spectrum scarcity has been a hot topic as spectrum auctions worldwide have brought in unprecedented amounts of money into treasuries. However, most of the available spectrum worldwide has already been allocated on an exclusive basis. Since spectrum is a limited resource, the future of spectrum relies on better utilization – thus the impetus behind spectrum sharing. The FCC and the Wireless Innovation Forum (WINNF) are leading the way by pioneering a three-tier model of spectrum sharing between maritime radar (the incumbent) and commercial data services in the 3.5GHz band, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). This presentation will review CBRS, the three-tier model, and the role of WINNF in defining the technical specifications.

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Dr. Stefanie Tompkins - Acting Deputy Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Wednesday, March 8, 7:15pm, Conference Banquet

Dr. Stefanie Tompkins

Bio: Dr. Stefanie Tompkins is the acting deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She has previously served in several DARPA roles, including, most recently, as director of the Defense Sciences Office, where she led DARPA’s most exploratory office in identifying and accelerating breakthrough technologies for national security.

Dr. Tompkins has spent much of her professional life leading scientists and engineers in developing new technology capabilities. She began her technology career in industry, as a senior scientist and later assistant vice-president and line manager at Science Applications International Corporation, where she spent 10 years both conducting and managing research projects in planetary mapping, geology, and imaging spectroscopy. Later, as a program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, she created and managed programs in ubiquitous GPS-free navigation as well as in optical component manufacturing.

Dr. Tompkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology and geophysics from Princeton University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in geology from Brown University. She has also served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

Talk: Changing What's Possible

Klaus Doppler - Head of Connectivity Lab at Nokia Research Center

Thursday, March 9, 10:15am

Klaus Doppler

Bio: Klaus Doppler joined Nokia Research Center in 2002. He has contributed to Nokia’s 4G, 5G and Wi-Fi research in multiple roles. Currently, he is heading the Connectivity Lab in Nokia Bell Labs and his research focus is on indoor networks. In the past, he has been responsible for the wireless research and standardization (4G, 5G, Wi-Fi) in Nokia Technologies, incubated a new business line, contributed to Nokia’s radio technology vision and has led various research projects. He has pioneered research on Device-to-Device Communications underlaying LTE networks. Klaus received his PhD. from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland in 2010 and his MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Graz University of Technology, Austria in 2003. He has more than 75 pending and granted patent applications and he has published 30 journal and conference publications and book chapters and received several inventor awards at Nokia.

Talk: Unlocking New Spectrum Assets for 5G

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