Monday, October 29, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday, October 29, 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

  • Room: Century Pavilion

    Monday, October 29, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    • Room: Marquis Ballroom
    Tracks:

      Monday, October 29, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

        Providing communication services in networks of mobile nodes without the fixed supporting infrastructure as in mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs) is challenging. In addition to being highly dynamic, the mobile networks are becoming heterogeneous as they interconnect different types of equipment and users having very different communication requirements as they utilize wide range of networked applications. The innovative idea is to exploit the geographical proximity of nodes in these networks in order to improve provisioning of communication services, and to gain understanding of the fundamental performance limitations. The traditional protocol design in MANETs assumes statistically average communication channels to create multi-layer... ...read more...
        Speaker(s)
        Speaker
        Dr. Michael Hirsch
        President
        ISEA TEK LLC
        Speaker
        Dr. Pavel Loskot
        Senior Lecturer in System Engineering
        Swansea University, UK
        Speaker
        Salman Al-Shehri
        Swansea University, UK
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            With the advent of highly sophisticated cyber-physical malware (CPM), a cyber-attack can cripple critical services virtually paralyze the nation. In differentiating CPM from traditional malware, the difference really comes from the open-ended possibilities for malware triggers resulting from the wide spectrum of sensor inputs, and the almost limitless application-specific possibilities for designing malicious payloads. Fundamentally, the challenges of detecting sophisticated CPM stem from the complexities inherent in the software at the heart of cyber-physical systems. We discuss three fundamental challenges: explosion of execution behaviors, computational intractability of checking feasible behaviors, and difficult-to-analyze programming constructs. For each challenge we present a systematic... ...read more...
            Speaker(s)
            Speaker
            Ben Holland
            Iowa State University (ISU)
            Speaker
            Suresh Kothari
            Richardson Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
            Iowa State University (ISU)
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              Monday, October 29, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                Over the past decade, the reliance on embedded system (e.g., Unmanned Aerial/Ground Systems (UxS) to carry out critical missions has grown drastically. With an increased reliance on UxS as mission assets and the dependency of UxS on cyber resources, cyber security and resiliency of embedded system must be improved adopting sound security principles and relevant technologies from the computing community. This proposed panel session discuss where current system stands and what are requirements for future system design and acquisition of secure and resilient embedded system for DoD agencies....
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                  Monday, October 29, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

                  Monday, October 29, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

                  • Room: Marquis Ballroom
                  Speaker(s)
                  Keynote
                  Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, USAF
                  Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center
                  Air Force Space Command
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                    Monday, October 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                    Monday, October 29, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                      This whirlwind tutorial uses novel, easy-to-understand ways to explain our industry's most creative technologies such as OFDM, SC-OFDM, MIMO, and MU-MIMO. We start with a "road-map" of important concepts, and learn how to make reasonable design choices for bandwidthlimited, power-limited, both bandwidth and power-limited systems, while interweaving the subtle relationships among SNR, bandwidth, time, capacity, and robustness. We emphasize multipath channels and the winning techniques to mitigate their degrading effects. We also show how OFDM has "paved the way" for MIMO, a "game-changing" development, which will undoubtedly be specified in all future wireless standards. The tutorial is intended for seasoned... ...read more...
                      Speaker(s)
                      Speaker
                      Dr. Bernard Sklar
                      Director of Advanced Systems
                      Communications Engineering Services
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                          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 data and delivering it back to its consumers. Since NDN adopts this model, the centerpiece of the NDN architecture is named, secured data packets. NDN natively supports data and origin integrity, in-network opportunistic caching and managed storage, stateful and adaptive forwarding, and well as multicast/multipath forwarding. These NDN features have been shown to provide scores of improvements to network resilience (in the face of disruption), efficiency (in utilizing... ...read more...
                          Speaker(s)
                          Speaker
                          Dr. Alexander Afanasyev
                          Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences
                          Florida International University
                          Speaker
                          Dr. Lan Wang
                          Professor and Chair of Computer Science
                          University of Memphis
                          Speaker
                          Dr. Lixia Zhang
                          Professor, Computer Science Department
                          University of California, Los Angeles
                          Speaker
                          Dr. Tamer Refaei
                          Principal Information Security Scientist
                          The MITRE Corporation
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                            Monday, October 29, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                              Cyberattacks on enterprise networks have moved into an era where both attackers and security analysts utilize complex strategies to confuse and mislead one another. Critical attacks often take multitudes of (technical and non-technical) reconnaissance, exploitations, and obfuscation techniques to achieve the goal of cyber espionage and/or sabotage. The discovery and detection of new exploits, though needing continuous efforts, is no longer sufficient. Forecasting or predicting cyberattacks before they happen with high fidelity and sufficient lead time will offer tremendous value to cyber defense. There have been some, but limited works in the area of forecasting cyberattacks through the use of... ...read more...
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                                  A robust and secure public safety communications capability is required to support Department of Defense emergency management and force protection programs, military support to civil authorities, and ongoing preparation for and response to critical events and standing mutual aid requests. The DoD Public Safety Communications Working Group is the designated advisory and action group on all matters pertaining to communications systems relevant to public safety, emergency management, and first responders. Its mission is to provide the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to support the efforts to reduce loss of life and critical infrastructure, to protect... ...read more...
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                                    Monday, October 29, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

                                    Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

                                    Tuesday, October 30, 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

                                    • Room: Century Pavilion

                                      Tuesday, October 30, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

                                      • Room: Marquis Ballroom
                                      Speaker(s)
                                      Keynote
                                      RADM Christian "Boris" Becker, USN (Confirmed)
                                      Commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
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                                        Tuesday, October 30, 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
                                          Jack L. Burbank
                                          Senior Wireless Network Engineer
                                          Sabre Systems
                                          Speaker
                                          Julia Andrusenko
                                          Senior Communications Engineer and Chief Engineer of the Tactical Wireless Systems Group
                                          Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
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                                              This tutorial provides an introduction to mobile network protocol security and exploitation, with specific focus on the long-term evolution (LTE) and the recently released 5G specifications. Starting from the physical and link layers, the tutorial covers the basics of the LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and Enhanced Packet Core (EPC). Focusing on the RAN, we analyze the threat of advanced protocol-aware radio frequency (RF) jamming and spoofing. We present our methodology and metrics for analyzing the vulnerabilities of LTE. It is based on experimental evaluation in a controlled radio environment using Virginia Tech’s integrated LTE testbed. The testbed uses software-defined... ...read more...
                                              Speaker(s)
                                              Speaker
                                              Jeff Reed
                                              Willis G. Worcester Professor
                                              Virginia Tech
                                              Speaker
                                              Roger Piqueras Jover
                                              Security Research Scientist and Senior Security Architect
                                              Bloomberg LP
                                              Speaker
                                              Vuk Marojevic
                                              Associate Professor
                                              Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mississippi State Univeristy
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                                                Tuesday, October 30, 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                • Room: Imperial Ballroom

                                                  Tuesday, October 30, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                    Data dissemination is one of the fundamental requirements for tactical military networks. Academic and commercial research has recently led the development of Information Centric Networking (ICN), with Named Data Networking (NDN) and Content Centric Networking (CCN) being the most prominent architectures. However, tactical networking environments are typically heterogeneous and composed of multiple networking technologies with vastly different capabilities. Furthermore, they exhibit high network dynamics, limited bandwidth, variable latency, and are prone to disconnection. The NATO IST-161 Research Task Group on Efficient Group and Information Centric Communications in Mobile Military Heterogeneous Networks was established to examine the applicability of ICN to... ...read more...
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                                                        Terahertz (THz) communication is envisioned as a key wireless technology of the next decade, which can address multiple relevant challenges in defense and commercial applications. First and foremost, the THz band supports huge transmission bandwidths (from hundreds of GHz up to a few THz), which can enable, for the first time, wireless Terabit-per-second (Tbps) links and opens the door to transformative applications, including massive-data sharing for real-time monitoring, decision and actuation in human-machine cyber-physical systems in ground, air and space. In addition, the THz band remains almost completely unutilized for communication; hence, being the first to exploit this band provides... ...read more...
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                                                          Tuesday, October 30, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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

                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                            Keynote
                                                            Lt Gen Bradford J. "B.J." Shwedo, USAF (invited)
                                                            Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) /Cyber
                                                            Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6,
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                                                              Tuesday, October 30, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                                                              Tuesday, October 30, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                                                                This tutorial provides practical guidance to systems engineers seeking to improve the cyber resiliency of systems in a wide variety of situations. It introduces and explains the constructs of NIST SP 800-160 Volume 2: Systems Security Engineering: Cyber Resiliency Considerations for the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems. NIST SP 800-160 V2 is the first national guideline focused on the topic of cyber resiliency, and the proposers of this tutorial are three-quarters of the authoring team. The tutorial also discusses ways to assess the cyber resiliency of a system and to define and evaluate measures of effectiveness (MOEs) for alternative cyber... ...read more...
                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                Speaker
                                                                Deborah J. Bodeau
                                                                Senior Principal Cyber Security Engineer
                                                                The MITRE Corporation
                                                                Speaker
                                                                Richard Graubart
                                                                Senior Principal Cyber Security Engineer
                                                                The MITRE Corporation
                                                                Speaker
                                                                Rosalie McQuaid
                                                                Cyber Resiliency Department Head
                                                                The MITRE Corporation
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                                                                    The military relies heavily on networking technology for tactical edge battlefield communications and cyber warfare operations. Military communications programs of record are tasked with leveraging commercial-offthe-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. Software defined networking (SDN) breaks this model by decoupling the tight... ...read more...
                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                    Speaker
                                                                    Alexander Hom
                                                                    Software Engineer
                                                                    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
                                                                    Speaker
                                                                    William Kasch
                                                                    Wireless R&D Group Director
                                                                    Textron Corporation
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                                                                      Tuesday, October 30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                                                                        The DOD demand for beyond line of site capacity, driven by a more connected tactical environment and explosion in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), has continued to grow substantially over the past several decades.  Free space optical, or laser communications, has been rapidly maturing since the early 2000’s and has become a proven beyond line of sight technology capable of delivering more than multi-Gbps links via very small terminals. This provides a new means for high data rate, protected connectivity for the DOD.  Not only does it help solve the relevant mission issues that persist today, but it opens up... ...read more...
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                                                                            The United States continues to lead the world in Research and Development. Every day, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFDRCs), Universities, and Private Corporations are looking to provide technology to organizations and companies charged with creating products for our military and armed services. When our freedom is secured, our companies and innovation can continue to flourish. In this panel, we will talk to experts with from the various sectors of research and methods for acquiring needed technology to create and sustain our global advantage....
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                                                                              Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

                                                                              Wednesday, October 31, 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

                                                                              • Room: Century Pavilion

                                                                                Wednesday, October 31, 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

                                                                                • Room: Marquis Ballroom
                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                Keynote
                                                                                Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, USAF (invited)
                                                                                Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command
                                                                                Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command
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                                                                                  Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                                                    Digital Signal Processing has become the standard method of signal conditioning and signal processing in modulators and demodulators of modern communication systems. These systems require acquisition and tracking of frequency and phase of carrier and timing clock from the received signal when neither carrier nor clock is present. The synchronization information must be extracted from implicit side information embedded in the modulated signal or from explicit side information accompanying the modulated signal in pilot signals. Synchronization techniques abound with ad-hoc methods developed by clever analog designers. Many sub-optimal synchronization techniques evolved prior to the development of optimal synchronization techniques. Many... ...read more...
                                                                                    Speaker(s)
                                                                                    Speaker
                                                                                    Dr. fredric harris
                                                                                    Professor
                                                                                    Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego
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                                                                                      Wednesday, October 31, 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                                                      • Room: Imperial Ballroom

                                                                                        Wednesday, October 31, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

                                                                                          NATO plans to modernize its Deployable Communications and Information System (DCIS) to better meet the challenges imposed by today’s security environment. The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) envisions for NATO a DCIS that is more agile, that is less complex and at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), than it owns today.  To achieve that, NCI Agency has reached out to the commercial ICT industry to collaboratively develop a modern DCIS architecture.  The resulting DCIS architecture is named “DCIS Cube”. The DCIS Cube Architecture is state-of-the art yet proven commercial industry best practice. The DCIS Cube Architecture... ...read more...
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                                                                                            Wednesday, October 31, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

                                                                                            Wednesday, October 31, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

                                                                                            • Room: Marquis Ballroom
                                                                                            Speaker(s)
                                                                                            Keynote
                                                                                            LTG Bruce T. Crawford, USA (invited)
                                                                                            Chief Information Officer/G6
                                                                                            U.S. Army
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                                                                                              Wednesday, October 31, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

                                                                                              Wednesday, October 31, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                                                                                                Learning from dynamic and large volumes of data is expected to bring significant science and engineering advances along with consequent improvements in quality of human life, and robustness to tactical networks. The overarching goal of this tutorial is a unifying framework encompassing resilient and scalable interactive learning and learning-aided decision making through contemporary machine learning and optimization techniques. Exposition will start with robust active learning on graphs that is featured with performance comparable to state-of-the-art deep neural networks yet at reduced complexity. Robustness to adversaries will be monitored and accounted for via moment-based blind ensemble learning. A host of scalable function... ...read more...
                                                                                                Speaker(s)
                                                                                                Speaker
                                                                                                Georgios B. Giannakis
                                                                                                University of Minnesota
                                                                                                Speaker
                                                                                                Tianyi Chen
                                                                                                University of Minnesota
                                                                                                Speaker
                                                                                                Yanning Shen
                                                                                                University of Minnesota
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                                                                                                  Wednesday, October 31, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

                                                                                                    Extension of Pilot 2 Working Group and provides an update on the standards definition efforts of a flexible modem interface that enables switching between multiple modems within a terminal in order to access different (heterogeneous) provider services....
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