Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Room: Granby Lobby

    Tuesday, November 12, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    • Room: Main Ballroom
    Speaker(s)
    Keynote (confirmed)
    Gen James M. "Mike" Holmes, USAF
    Commander
    Air Combat Command
    Tracks:

      Tuesday, November 12, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        The military relies heavily on networking technology for tactical edge battlefield communications, big data analytics, and cyber warfare operations. Military communications programs of record are tasked with leveraging commercial-off-the-shelf equipment that provides state-of-the-art networking capabilities for the warfighter. Traditionally, networking protocols and feature sets have been driven primarily by vendors who control a vast share of the network equipment market. In this model, network control software is highly proprietary and tightly coupled to specific hardware platforms. Consequently, flexibility in deploying novel networking protocols and features is limited by the vendor product lifecycle. Network function virtualization (NFV) and Software defined networking... ...read more...
        Speaker(s)
        Speaker (confirmed)
        William Kasch
        Wireless R&D Group Director
        Textron Corporation
        Tracks:
            The availability of real-time, high-accuracy positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) is essential for situational awareness and information superiority. Current and future military applications, which rely on PNT include narrow-beam communications, multi-target tracking, autonomous fleet, and sensor networks. For example, PNT enables warfighters to operate amidst GPS-denied and GPS-spoofing situations commonly encountered in contested battlespaces. The coming years will see the implementation of PNT in challenging environments with sub-meter accuracy and minimal infrastructure requirements as the 5G ecosystem evolves. Topics covered will include fundamental bounds, cooperative algorithms, operation strategies, and network experimentation to provide researchers and practitioners with a rigorous, yet concise... ...read more...
            Speaker(s)
            Speaker (confirmed)
            Andrea Conti
            Speaker (confirmed)
            Moe Win
            Tracks:

              Tuesday, November 12, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                The rise of advanced machine learning capabilities is revolutionizing organizational tools, processes, and performance models. For military communicators, the large-scale adoption of these technologies will not only impact capabilities for how each Service provides C4IM services but also the demands upon these services for subscribers. Policy decisions on data standardization, platform consistency, and infrastructure planning are urgently needed. This panel will explore this topic given perspectives from Army Futures Command, Academia, and Industry....
                Speaker(s)
                Moderator (confirmed)
                MAJ Ryan J. Kenny, USA
                S3/NEC Operations Officer, 30th Signal Battalion
                U.S. Army
                Panelist (confirmed)
                Lujo Bauer
                Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
                Carnegie Mellon University
                Panelist (confirmed)
                Alex Davis
                Associate Professor, PhD
                Carnegie Mellon University
                Panelist (confirmed)
                Tyrone Lewis
                Lieutenant Colonel
                U.S. Army Futures Command
                Panelist (confirmed)
                Derek Strausbaugh
                SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST
                MICROSOFT - DOD
                Tracks:
                    Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) such as vehicles, military platforms, and the power grid existed before cyber came along. Cyber has brought tremendous performance gains, operational flexibility, reduced operational cost, and faster technology refresh. However, it has brought new threats from cyber attacks and coordinated cyber and physical attacks. Consequences of cyber attacks in such systems could have devastating impacts on human lives as well as the mission and the time between attack and consequences could be very short. Architecture, design, and operations of such systems should build in resilience, meaning the system itself should minimize the impact of any cyber... ...read more...
                    Speaker(s)
                    Moderator (confirmed)
                    Dr. Bharat Doshi
                    Senior Consutant for Cyber Operations
                    Office of Naval Research (ONR)
                    Panelist (confirmed)
                    Greg Briskin
                    Associate Director
                    Intelligent Automation Institute
                    Panelist (confirmed)
                    Eric Harper
                    Senior Principal Scientist
                    ABB Corporate
                    Panelist (confirmed)
                    Joe Maurio
                    Senior Professional Staff
                    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
                    Panelist (confirmed)
                    Doug Schafer
                    Program Manager and Senior Advisor for Cyber Security
                    Air Force Research Laboratory
                    Panelist (confirmed)
                    Christine Zhang
                    Associate Director and Group Leader for Cyber
                    United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)
                    Tracks:

                      Tuesday, November 12, 9:40 AM - 12:00 PM

                      Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

                      Tuesday, November 12, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                      Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                        In addition to ever-present thermal noise, various communication and sensor systems can be affected by interfering signals that originate from a multitude of other natural and technogenic (man-made) phenomena. Such interfering signals often have intrinsic "outlier" temporal and/or amplitude structures, which are different from the Gaussian structure of the thermal noise. The presence of different types of such outlier noise is widely acknowledged in multiple applications, under various general and application-specific names, most commonly as impulsive, transient, burst, or crackling noise. For example, outlier electromagnetic interference (EMI) is inherent in digital electronics and communication systems, transmitted into a system in... ...read more...
                        Speaker(s)
                        Speaker (confirmed)
                        Ruslan Davidchack
                        Speaker (confirmed)
                        Alexei Nikitin
                        Tracks:
                            Named Data Networks (NDN) has emerged in recent years as a realization of data-centric networking. In a data-centric network model, the focus of the network and its core services is on fetching named data by the end consumers. NDN uses semantically meaningful application names to name data and secure data directly, enabling NDN to natively support data and origin integrity, in-network opportunistic caching, delay/disruption tolerance, and multicast/multipath forwarding with built-in path optimizations. These features have been shown to provide scores of improvements to network resilience in the face of network disruptions, efficiency in utilizing scarce communication resources, and ease of... ...read more...
                            Speaker(s)
                            Speaker (confirmed)
                            Alexander Afanasyev. Ph.D.
                            Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences
                            Florida International University
                            Speaker (confirmed)
                            Tamer Refaei, Ph.D.
                            Principal Information Security Scientist
                            The MITRE Corporation
                            Speaker (confirmed)
                            Lixia Zhang, Ph.D.
                            Professor, Computer Science Department
                            University of California, Los Angeles
                            Tracks:

                              Tuesday, November 12, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                                Experimentation and analysis are important steps in the overall research and development process for network, middleware, and services development for military networks. Such experiments need to be conducted using realistic communications environments and scenarios. Field experimentation with hardware in the loop tends to be expensive and inaccessible to many researchers. While simulation-based experiments are a popular alternative, they are limited in terms of the radio models they offer, the scenarios available, and the inability to use actual systems. Emulation-based experimentation provides a good compromise, allowing systems and software components in the loop while also providing more realistic scenarios and radio... ...read more...
                                Speaker(s)
                                Moderator (confirmed)
                                Niranjan Suri, Ph.D.
                                Associate for Research – Information Sciences Division
                                US Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
                                Panelist (confirmed)
                                Mariann Hauge
                                Principal Scientist
                                Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
                                Panelist (confirmed)
                                Arjen Holtzer
                                Principal Scientist
                                The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
                                Panelist (confirmed)
                                Kelvin Marcus
                                Computer Scientist
                                US Army Research Laboratory
                                Panelist (confirmed)
                                Dr. Jan Nilsson
                                Deputy Research Director
                                Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
                                Tracks:
                                    The panel will discuss what research is going on in the QIS field. It will highlight the very high levels of overseas funding in the area and cover the economic benefits for the country, who can patent the breakthroughs. Government, Academia and Industry will all be represented on the panel of this game changing technology....
                                    Speaker(s)
                                    Moderator (confirmed)
                                    Tommy Gardner
                                    Chief Technology Officer
                                    HP Federal
                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                    Jay Cohen
                                    Chertoff Group
                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                    Duncan Earl
                                    Founder
                                    Qubitekk
                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                    James Gable
                                    President
                                    Bra-Ket Science
                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                    Jason Turner
                                    President
                                    Quantum Entanglement Institute
                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                    John Wharton
                                    Commander
                                    Army Research Labs
                                    Tracks:

                                      Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

                                      Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

                                      • Room: Granby Lobby

                                        Wednesday, November 13, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

                                        • Room: Main Ballroom
                                        Speaker(s)
                                        Keynote (invited)
                                        LTG Eric J. Wesley, USA
                                        Director, Futures and Concepts Center Deputy Commanding General
                                        U.S. Army Futures Command
                                        Tracks:

                                          Wednesday, November 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                                            This tutorial aims to provide attendees with practical knowledge of advanced intelligent learning algorithms and how they can be applied to communications and networking problems. The tutorial will first provide attendees with an introduction to intelligent algorithms as well as a crash course on some of the theory behind intelligent algorithms. The tutorial will then provide an overview of many of the key types of learning algorithms, including machine learning algorithms, genetic algorithms, bio-inspired algorithms, deep learning, and then discuss the emerging field of multi-agent learning algorithms. The tutorial will then go on to compare and contrast the strengths and... ...read more...
                                            Speaker(s)
                                            Speaker (confirmed)
                                            Julia Andrusenko
                                            Senior Communications Engineer and Chief Engineer of the Tactical Wireless Systems Group
                                            Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
                                            Speaker (confirmed)
                                            Jack L. Burbank
                                            Senior Wireless Network Engineer
                                            Sabre Systems
                                            Tracks:
                                                Mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) represent key communication infrastructure within tactical networks. The basic requirement for MANETs is to provide a minimum level of connectivity under a wide range of operating conditions. The connectivity must be sustained despite unpredictable and adverse radio propagation conditions, unexpected environmental and technical events including jamming, equipment failures, network overload and varying QoS demands. In addition, the connectivity must support coordinated activities of many distributed sub-systems to enable increasingly autonomous operations, and timely and appropriate responses to events and changes in the environment. For these reasons, information not delivered in time to where it is needed... ...read more...
                                                Speaker(s)
                                                Speaker (confirmed)
                                                Salman Alshehri
                                                Speaker (confirmed)
                                                Michael Hirsch, Ph.D.
                                                President & Chief Technologist
                                                ISEA TEK LLC
                                                Speaker (confirmed)
                                                Pavel Loskot, Ph.D.
                                                Senior Lecturer in Information and System Engineering
                                                Swansea University
                                                Tracks:

                                                  Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                    In the era of network centric warfare, highly resilient communications capacity is required in an environment of increasing space and cyber threats. MILSATCOM system resiliency is enabled by technology, system architecture improvements, and enhanced operations. Convergence of mission needs and these rapidly evolving capabilities and threats stresses our current operations constructs and demands revolutionary approaches to address the challenge.  Combatant commanders will soon need to know what the probability of success is for all aspects of a given mission or campaign.  Current efforts to move DoD satcom into the 3 and 5G age may provide solutions to this real-time observe–orient–decide–act... ...read more...
                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                    Moderator (confirmed)
                                                    Lt Col Joseph Tringe
                                                    Air Force
                                                    Panelist (invited)
                                                    James Beall
                                                    Stratcomm
                                                    Panelist (invited)
                                                    Samuel Davis
                                                    CTR
                                                    USAF AFSPC AFSPC/A36SP
                                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                                    Kurt Fiscko, Ph.D.
                                                    Technical Director, (PMW/A 170) Navy Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I)
                                                    Naval Information Warfare Systems Command
                                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                                    John Kirk
                                                    Army Stratcom
                                                    Panelist (confirmed)
                                                    Patrick Rayermann
                                                    DoD-CIO
                                                    Tracks:
                                                        This panel will include the Co-Chairs of the DHS Supply Chain Cyber Risk Management Task Force Working Group on Threats.  It will focus on the different categories of threats, the vulnerabilities and risk as well as policy options of dealing with them in the IT and Communications sectors....
                                                        Speaker(s)
                                                        Moderator (confirmed)
                                                        Tommy Gardner
                                                        Chief Technology Officer
                                                        HP Federal
                                                        Panelist (confirmed)
                                                        Smith Angela
                                                        Cybersecurity Division
                                                        DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
                                                        Panelist (confirmed)
                                                        George Duchak, PhD PE
                                                        Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, Cyber & Business Systems C3CB
                                                        Panelist (confirmed)
                                                        Drew Morin
                                                        Director, Futures and Concepts Center Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Futures Command
                                                        T-Mobile
                                                        Tracks:

                                                          Wednesday, November 13, 9:40 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                          Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

                                                          • Room: Main Ballroom
                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                          Keynote (confirmed)
                                                          LtGen Robert F. Hedelund, USMC
                                                          Commander
                                                          U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command
                                                          Tracks:

                                                            Wednesday, November 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                                                            Wednesday, November 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                                                              The concept of deep learning has revitalized machine learning research in recent years. In particular, researchers have demonstrated the use of deep learning for a multitude of tasks in wireless communications, such as signal classification, waveform creation, and cognitive radio, colloquially coined Radio Frequency Machine Learning (RFML) by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Traditionally, these deep learning solutions are developed using static datasets or require the interfacing of a digital signal processing framework, such as GNU Radio or LiquidDSP, with a machine learning framework, such as Keras or PyTorch. Given these facts, this tutorial aims to: introduce the... ...read more...
                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                              Speaker (confirmed)
                                                              Bryse Flowers
                                                              Speaker (confirmed)
                                                              William Headley
                                                              Tracks:
                                                                  This tutorial presents the basics of transponded satellite communication (SATCOM) system operations including Dynamic Resource Allocation (DRA) decision making, Radio Frequency (RF) situational awareness, transponder performance optimization with pre-distortion, as well as networking related problems. The material assumes a basic understanding of communications and of basic engineering. The course will cover basics of transponded SATCOM systems and important aspects of its operations including link budgets, SATCOM waveforms, protected SATCOM waveforms with frequency hopping (FH), quality measure of transponded SATCOM links, traditional RF situational awareness and advanced RF situational awareness with information fusion, DRA problem in transponded SATCOM systems, conventional approach... ...read more...
                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                  Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                  Khanh Pham
                                                                  Tracks:

                                                                    Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                      Speaker (invited)
                                                                      Lt Gen Bradford J. "B.J." Shwedo, USAF
                                                                      Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) /Cyber
                                                                      Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6
                                                                      Tracks:

                                                                        Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                                                                          5G represents a promising new chapter in the evolution of wireless communications. Industry continues to make enormous investments into next-generation 5G technologies, hoping to deliver unprecedented wireless capabilities. The military domain appears eager to adopt advanced 5G technologies. 5G indeed presents a unique opportunity to provide enhanced networking capabilities to the military and enable a wide range of future applications and use cases. 5G promises extremely high data rates, very low latency, as well as greatly improved network scalability, reliability, and security. Furthermore, 5G offers a wide range of new feature sets and architectural enhancements to enable peer-to-peer communications and vehicular... ...read more...
                                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                                          Moderator (confirmed)
                                                                          Jack L. Burbank
                                                                          Senior Wireless Network Engineer
                                                                          Sabre Systems
                                                                          Panelist (invited)
                                                                          Dr. Ashutosh Dutta
                                                                          Co-Chair, IEEE Future Networks Initiative
                                                                          The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
                                                                          Panelist (invited)
                                                                          DJ Shyy
                                                                          Principal Communications Engineer
                                                                          The Mitre Corporation
                                                                          Panelist (confirmed)
                                                                          David Debrecht
                                                                          CTO, US Majors Customer Team
                                                                          Nokia
                                                                          Panelist (confirmed)
                                                                          Anthony "Tony" Triolo
                                                                          Chief Scientist / Senior Manager
                                                                          Perspecta Labs
                                                                          Tracks:
                                                                              The military deploys countless IoT devices globally, creating a serious burden in managing and exploiting vast quantities of data. With sensors mounted everywhere from satellites to jet engines to airmen’s flight suits, the Air Force alone collects more than 22 terabytes of data daily, according to Defense Department officials. Meeting the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance needs of today’s operational and tactical missions means processing this growing volume of data closer to the sensors—at the edge.    The difference between falling behind and enhancing the decisive edge depends on the ability to quickly disseminate insights to commanders and warfighters, but the majority of... ...read more...
                                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                                              Moderator (confirmed)
                                                                              Amber Corrin
                                                                              Director of Content
                                                                              Sage Communications
                                                                              Panelist (confirmed)
                                                                              Mark Barnell
                                                                              Principal Computer Scientist
                                                                              Air Force Research Laboratory
                                                                              Panelist (confirmed)
                                                                              Yemaya Bordain
                                                                              Internet of Things Group Public Sector Sales
                                                                              Intel
                                                                              Panelist (confirmed)
                                                                              Jim Shaw
                                                                              Executive Vice President of Engineering
                                                                              Crystal Group
                                                                              Tracks:

                                                                                Thursday, November 14, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

                                                                                • Room: Granby Lobby

                                                                                  Thursday, November 14, 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

                                                                                  • Room: Main Ballroom
                                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                                  Moderator (confirmed)
                                                                                  Scott Gustafson
                                                                                  Vice President, Satellite Centers of Excellence
                                                                                  Lockheed Martin Space
                                                                                  Panelist (invited)
                                                                                  Todd M. Nygren
                                                                                  Corporate Chief Engineer and General Manager
                                                                                  The Aerospace Corporation
                                                                                  Tracks:

                                                                                    Thursday, November 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                                                      Due to the unprecedented scale of connected devices today, designing scalable, accurate, energy-efficient and tamper-proof authentication mechanisms has now become more important than ever. Moreover, with reconfigurable radios, there is a rich diversity of protocols and standards, modulation schemes, and other dynamic transmitter-side settings that cannot be decided ahead of deployment. Drawing from hands-on experiences as a performer in the DARPA Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems (RFMLS) program, this tutorial presents practical methodologies of extracting "RF fingerprints", i.e., unique signatures embedded in the transmitted signals arising from unchangeable and device-specific hardware characteristics. Using pre-developed code blocks, the tutorial will provide... ...read more...
                                                                                      Speaker(s)
                                                                                      Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                      Kaushik Chowdhury
                                                                                      Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                      Stratis Ioannidis
                                                                                      Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                      Tommaso Melodia
                                                                                      Tracks:
                                                                                          Quantum computing is a new model of computing, one that uses quantum mechanical effects to improve computational speed and power. Strong theoretical proofs show that, when certain engineering challenges are overcome, quantum devices can do amazing things. Quantum devices should be able to model chemical and molecular physics in ways that are impossible today, create proven guarantees of secure encryption, and crack current, RSA-based, encryption. Many other advances in the fields of cryptography, artificial intelligence, and optimization are also possible. However, current devices are still significantly limited. Today, we have so-called "NISQ" (Noisy, Intermediate-Scale Quantum) devices. These devices are currently being... ...read more...
                                                                                          Speaker(s)
                                                                                          Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                          Gideon Bass
                                                                                          Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                          Daniel Campbell
                                                                                          Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                          JD Dulny
                                                                                          Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                          Steven Silverman
                                                                                          Adjunct Professor, UCLA Samueli Masters OnLine Program
                                                                                          Senior Lead Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
                                                                                          Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                          Casey Tomlin
                                                                                          Tracks:

                                                                                            Thursday, November 14, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                                                            Thursday, November 14, 9:40 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                                                            Thursday, November 14, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                                                            Thursday, November 14, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

                                                                                            Thursday, November 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                                                                                            Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                                                                                              This tutorial aims to provide attendees a solid understanding of the emerging Fifth-Generation (5G) wireless communications architecture. The tutorial will discuss the various technologies that will compromise the overall 5G network architecture and how these technologies are either complimentary or competitive in nature. This tutorial will provide attendees with a strong familiarity of 1) the emerging 5G cellular standards as defined in 3GPP Release 15 and 16, and 2) key IEEE 802.11 technologies that are emerging to support 5G usage cases.  Rather than simply regurgitating material directly from standards documents, this tutorial will present material in a straightforward and easy to... ...read more...
                                                                                              Speaker(s)
                                                                                              Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                              Jack L. Burbank
                                                                                              Senior Wireless Network Engineer
                                                                                              Sabre Systems
                                                                                              Tracks:
                                                                                                  Fundamentally, the safety and cyber security problems stem from the complexities inherent in the software at the heart of cyber-physical systems. The objective of the tutorial is to expose the attendees to software model checking as a state-of-the-art technology for verifying critical software.  Software model checking is the algorithmic analysis of programs to prove properties of their executions. It traces its roots to logic and theorem proving, both to provide the conceptual framework in which to formalize the fundamental questions and to provide algorithmic procedures for the analysis of logical questions. We have crystalized advanced research into material that is fit for... ...read more...
                                                                                                  Speaker(s)
                                                                                                  Speaker (confirmed)
                                                                                                  Suraj Kothari
                                                                                                  Tracks:

                                                                                                    Thursday, November 14, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM