Select Criteria: Tracks = Technical Tutorials

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

    Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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    William Kasch
    Wireless R&D Group Director
    Textron Corporation
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        Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: Network+ 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... ...read more...
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        Andrea Conti, Ph.D.
        Department of Engineering (DE) and CNIT
        University of Ferrara
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        Moe Win, Ph.D.
        Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
        MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society
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          Tuesday, November 12, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

            Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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            Ruslan L. Davidchack
            Professor of Mathematical Modelling and Computation, Department of Mathematics
            University of Leicester
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            Alexei V. Nikitin
            Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer
            Nonlinear LLC
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                Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network; 3 GIAC CPEs 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,... ...read more...
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                Alexander Afanasyev, Ph.D.
                Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences
                Florida International University
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                Tamer Refaei, Ph.D.
                Principal Information Security Scientist
                The MITRE Corporation
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                Lixia Zhang, Ph.D.
                Professor, Computer Science Department
                University of California, Los Angeles
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                  Wednesday, November 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                    Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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                    Julia Andrusenko
                    Senior Communications Engineer and Chief Engineer of the Tactical Wireless Systems Group
                    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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                    Jack L. Burbank
                    Senior Wireless Network Engineer
                    Sabre Systems
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                        Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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                        Salman M. Al-Shehri
                        Swansea University
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                        Michael Hirsch, Ph.D.
                        President & Chief Technologist
                        ISEA TEK LLC
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                        Pavel Loskot, Ph.D.
                        Senior Lecturer in Information and System Engineering
                        Swansea University
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                          Wednesday, November 13, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                            Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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,... ...read more...
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                            Bryse Flowers
                            University of California San Diego
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                            William "Chris" Headley, Ph.D.
                            Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Electronic Systems Lab
                            Ted & Karyn Hume Center for National Security & Technology
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                                Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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                                Khanh Pham
                                Senior Aerospace Engineer
                                Air Force Research Laboratory-Space Vehicles Directorate
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                                Dan Shen, Ph.D.
                                Assistant Professor of Statistics
                                University of South Florida
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                                Xin Tian
                                Network and Communication Research Director
                                Intelligent Fusion Technology, Inc.
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                                  Thursday, November 14, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                                    Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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                                    Kaushik Chowdhury, Ph.D.
                                    Associate Professor and Faculty Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
                                    Northeastern University
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                                    Stratis Ioannidis, Ph.D.
                                    Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
                                    Northeastern University
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                                    Tommaso Melodia, Ph.D.
                                    William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor
                                    Northeastern University
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                                        Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+ 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.... ...read more...
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                                        Gideon Bass, Ph.D.
                                        Lead Data Scientist
                                        Booz Allen Hamilton
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                                        Daniel Campbell, Ph.D.
                                        Postdoctoral Associate, Research Laboratory of Electronics
                                        MIT
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                                        JD Dulny, Ph.D.
                                        Chief Scientist
                                        Booz Allen Hamilton
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                                        Steven Silverman, Ph.D.
                                        Adjunct Professor, UCLA Samueli Masters OnLine Program
                                        Senior Lead Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
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                                        Casey Tomlin, Ph.D.
                                        Lead Scientist
                                        Booz Allen Hamilton
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                                          Thursday, November 14, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                                            Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+ 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... ...read more...
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                                            Jack L. Burbank
                                            Senior Wireless Network Engineer
                                            Sabre Systems
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                                                Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: A+, Network+; 3 CertNexus CFR CECs; 3 GIAC CPEs 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... ...read more...
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                                                Suraj "Suresh" Kothari, Ph.D.
                                                Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
                                                Iowa State University
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