5G is one of the key investments for the next decade. The challenges of network connectivity and edge computing have driven research in Millimeter Waves, Small cells, MIMO, Beam-forming, Optical transport, and other semiconductor technologies, to help realize the 5G vision of tactile internet applications and beyond. Industry and governments are pushing to develop more of the wireless spectrum to support mission critical low latency, cloud-to-edge, innovative mobile applications.
To rein in the massive costs of research and inventions, open source has become a vehicle for shared efforts to standardization for mass deployments of Infrastructure & newer Radio (NR, MEC,NSA/eNdodeB, SA/ gNodeB) and dis-aggregated Packet Core (vEPC) NFV/SDN Platforms. DevOps, Micro Services, CI/CD, modular and agile ways to architect, design, build and deploy is the new norm, and change will accelerate as these approaches move out into our homes through IoT and old industries like health care with AR assisted medicine, and education with VR.
Globalization, immigration, energy insecurity, and economies warped by trade tariffs and protectionism are also disrupting the employment market for people building infrastructure for this digital transformation. In this dynamic challenging environment NFIC-2019 brings to you the Industry and academic leaders who will throw light and new perspectives on how providers are redefining and deploying 5G and Edge Services, through to emerging technologies like Photon Cell site routers and how AI/ML will be applied with new Silicon architectures (NPUs).
Through keynotes and presentations, NFIC will provide a better understanding of the problems and capabilities that come with 5G, for the next generation of engineers or those changing career, so that they can bring the innovation needed to maximize the benefit of this new technology. For those who wish to participate in this revolution, NFIC 2019 offers an opportunity to engage in a conversation about where we are, where we are headed, and what technologies will best get us there.
At the end of this conference, we hope you are equipped with the knowledge and tools to collaborate with your communities. Most importantly, we hope that you will carry forth the vision of bringing cutting-edge technologies and innovations to ensure that all benefit from the improved standards of living that 5G and networks of the future offer.
Program 1 - Emerging Systems and Technologies
Jeni Panhorst is a vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of Network Strategy and Programs at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for leading a team of business and technical strategists, market intelligence analysts, product and technology planners, and program and business operations managers driving the definition and execution of the portfolio of investments for one of Intel’s fastest growing businesses.
Upon graduating college, Panhorst joined Intel in 1999 as part of the Rotation Engineers Program. Since then, she has held a variety of technical and leadership positions. As platform applications engineer, she drove the creation of the first low-power Intel® Xeon® processors and served as technical account owner for one of Intel’s largest customers. She was a platform applications engineering manager in the Embedded Intel Architecture Division where she was responsible for leading a worldwide customer enabling organization. In her role as platform solutions architect, she helped establish the foundation for Intel’s network media processing business. Panhorst also served as the product line director for the Communications Infrastructure Division responsible for defining and marketing Intel products for network infrastructure equipment. More recently, she was chief of staff for the Network Platforms Group managing the executive office and the group’s strategic initiatives.
Panhorst graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a minor in artificial intelligence from Case Western Reserve University. A strong advocate for causes in education and women in technology, she serves in leadership roles for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Experience Matters, Arizona Academic Decathlon Association, National Charity League, and numerous Intel diversity and inclusion initiatives and Arizona community organizations.
Udayan Mukherjee is an Intel Fellow in the Network Platforms Group and chief technologist for network infrastructure at Intel Corporation. He leads technology and product development related to wireless radio access and core networks, including Cloud-RAN, virtual RAN, base stations based on the LTE and LTE-Advanced standards, and mobile edge platforms, as well as gateways and packet core solutions. Mukherjee is also responsible for establishing new growth areas for Intel in the telecommunications market segment, a role that includes developing technologies and optimizations for telecom platforms designed for software-based networking and network function virtualization, developing wireless-specific intellectual property, and leading Intel’s 5G wireless network technology development.
Mukherjee’s research interests include mobile computing and communication platforms; heterogeneous networks; next-generation air interface technologies; network virtualization; and mobile edge services and applications.
A specialist in communications and compute system design and development, Mukherjee joined Intel in 2000. Before assuming his current role, he led AdvancedTCA-based telecom server development as principal engineer in Intel’s Modular Communications Platform Group. He also led technology development in areas such as memory power management and chassis-, shelf- and rack-based manageability software, and he spearheaded Intel’s efforts to deliver the industry’s first draft of a carrier-grade telecom Linux specification.
Before joining Intel, Mukherjee spent more than a decade leading engineering teams at various technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and First Data Corp.
A three-time recipient of the Intel Achievement Award, Mukherjee was appointed an Intel Fellow in 2016. He has been granted 10 U.S. patents, with additional patents pending, and is the author or co-author of multiple papers on topics related to wireless and telecom technologies.
Mukherjee holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Durgapur in India, and earned dual master’s degrees in systems science and industrial engineering from Louisiana State University.
Time: 4:30PM - 5:05PM
Speakers: Jeni Panhorst and Udayan Mukherjee
Speech Title: Are we ready for Edge Cloud & 5G?
The massive 3G/4G global deployment was focused on communications - bringing people around the world together, anywhere, anytime. And since the inception of NFV, the industry has made admirable progress virtualizing the network to build scale and flexibility. But how close are we really to the agile, cloud-based networks of the future that will fuel the 5G and Edge Cloud inflection points? And how soon will the use cases of the future – in mission critical IOT, massive IOT, ultra-mobile broadband – materialize to demand that transformation? We’ll dive into several critical attributes of next-generation networks and examine the most pressing work ahead of us to deliver the infrastructure of tomorrow.
Tom Tofigh has been responsible for planning and implementation of large-scale telecommunications equipment He has extensive experience that spans across many disciplines including emerging 5G mobility networks, switches, cross layer design, smart devices, and chip designs. Products introduced include innovative SDN solutions for the mobile network devices, RAN, and access platforms,
Tom worked for AT&T as Principal member of Technical Staff, his responsibilities spanned from Technical Program Management functions to detailed technical design and development of Mobile-CORD, 5G disaggregation, SDN/NFV strategy that required to keep the big picture in focus while being able to dive into the unique engineering challenges we face daily. As a Technical representative of AT&T at ONF, Tom helped with complex, multi-disciplinary integration projects. He planned requirements with internal stake holders such as M-CORD, Packet Optical and lead Proof of concepts (POCs) through the entire development lifecycle. Many times Tom was presetting at conferences explaining open source and disaggregation benefits and methodologies & analyses and recommendations to the community discussing the technical trade-offs in product development with engineers. As a Subject Matter Expert in Telecommunications in Partnerships with our vendors and startups , HE worked closely with external Partners, Business Development, Product, Engineering, and Cross-functional teams to coordinate new product integrations and launches, develop and execute operational processes, and help scale partner on-boarding from early access through full launch phases. Tom has about 80 patents awarded and many more are pending.
Time: 5:05PM - 5:40PM
Speaker: Tom Tofigh
Speech Title: 5G Impact Beyond Technology
The impact of 5G although may be obvious or predictable with respect to emerging vertical markets in health care, education, agriculture, mission critical IOT, it is not clear what impacts will have on our lives. Beyond BW, and Delay we are expecting the edge cloud services will bring us new visionary devices, wearables and robots that will heavily depend on last 100 meter connectivities, compute, memory, SSD, and accelerations. 5G and beyond will need to look beyond packet switching technologies. Given the power of edge clouds, and rise of open platforms and super programability of data pipelines, we need to start to look into Object and meta data switching. Ability to accelerate, classify, learn and observe though bump in the wires object switching cannot be too far away from realities. Service providers increased relationships with open source communities, ODM and chip vendors can only accelerate their innovations.
Dr. Jelena Vuckovic (PhD Caltech 2002) is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also the director of the Q-FARM: the Stanford-SLAC Quantum Initiative. Vuckovic has won numerous prizes including the Humboldt Prize, the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. She is a Distinguished Scholar of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).
Time: 5:40 PM - 6:15 PM
Speaker: Dr. Jelena Vuckovic
Title: From inverse design to implementation of robust and efficient photonics for computing
It is estimated that nearly 10% of the world electricity is consumed in information processing and computing, including data centers [D.A.B. Miller, Journal of Lightwave Technology, 2017]. It is clear that the exponential growth in use of these technologies is not sustainable unless dramatic changes are made to computing hardware, in order to increase its speed and energy efficiency. Optical interconnects are considered a solution to these obstacles, with potential to reduce energy consumption in on-chip optical interconnects to atto-Joule per bit (aJ/bit), while increasing operating speed beyond 20GHz. However, the state of the art photonics is bulky, inefficient, sensitive to environment, lossy, and its performance is severely degraded in real-world environment as opposed to ideal laboratory conditions, which has prevented from using it in many practical applications, including interconnects. Therefore, it is clear that new approaches for implementing photonics are crucial.
We have recently developed a computational approach to inverse-design photonics based on desired performance, with fabrication constraints and structure robustness incorporated in design process. Our approach performs physics guided search through the full parameter space until the optimal solution is reached. Resulting device designs are non-intuitive, but are fabricable using standard techniques, resistant to temperature variations of hundreds of degrees, typical fabrication errors, and they outperform state of the art counterparts by many orders of magnitude in footprint, efficiency and stability. This is completely different from conventional approach to design photonics, which is almost always performed by brute-force or intuition-guided tuning of a few parameters of known structures, until satisfactory performance is achieved, and which almost always leads to sub-optimal designs.
Apart from integrated photonics, our approach is also applicable to any other optical and quantum optical devices and systems.
Program 2 - Future Critical Applications
Anand Chandrasekher is a seasoned global operating and management executive with a track record for delivering innovation. He is an expert on China. And, is recognized as a visionary with the ability to create and exploit disruptions in the marketplace. During his 24 year tenure at Intel Corporation, Chandrasekher held a variety of roles including head of Intel’s mobile business, server and workstation business, global sales organization; and, global marketing. Most recently, he was President of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. and Vice Chairman of Huaxintong Semiconductor, Inc. (China). He is known for his pioneering efforts on the Intel Centrino™ and Atom™ platforms which helped usher in the modern era of mobility; and, for his work on Qualcomm’s Centriq™ARM servers. Chandrasekher presently serves on the board of Avalanche Technology Inc.
Chandrasekher is a founding board member on Cornell’s College of Computing and Information Sciences; a member of Cornell’s Trustee Council; and, a charter member at The Indus Entrepreneurs. Chandrasekher was named CRN’s “Innovator of the year” in 2004 for his work on the Intel Centrino™ platform; and, was named one of the “Top 25 CMO’s” in 2014 by Forbes. He is cited in Steve Hamm’s book “The race for perfect”; and, in Judy Estrin’s book “Closing the innovation gap”. Chandrasekher has also been a visiting lecturer on strategy at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. Chandrasekher received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cornell University, his Master’s in Operations Research from Cornell University; and, his MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Time: 7:00 PM - 7:35 PM
Speaker: Anand Chandrasekher
Speech Title: Perspectives on computing trends - implications for the edge
This talk will look at market and technology trends over the last 2 decades and trends over the next decade; and, will make some observations and projections regarding likely outcomes.
Dr. Ajith Amerasekera is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) at the University of California, Berkeley and an IEEE Fellow. Ajith received his PhD in 1986 and joined Philips Research Labs, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where he worked on the first submicron CMOS technology. In 1991, he joined Texas Instruments, Dallas, where he made technical contributions ranging from transistors to circuits and systems. He joined UC Berkeley in 2016, and his research interests are in ubiquitous connected systems leveraging electronics in new application areas. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Ajith was CTO for the High Performance Analog Division at Texas Instruments, and a TI Fellow, responsible for strategic technology and business development. In 2008, he was the founding director of TI’s Kilby Research Labs where he was responsible for creating the research processes to address long-term exploration and innovation for new markets and technologies. His innovations have been in use in many of TI’s industry leadership products for over two decades. Ajith has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Solid State Circuits Society, and has over 150 papers and presentations as well as 4 books on integrated circuits. He has been on the technical program committees of many international conferences including the ISSCC, VLSI Symposium, and the IEDM.
Time: 7:35 PM - 8:10 PM
Speaker: Dr. Ajith Amerasekera
Speech Title: Towards the Next Generation of Communications for intelligent Traffic and Autonomous Vehicles
As we look to a future of intelligent traffic and autonomous driving, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications will require significant advances in data rates and latency to meet the required needs for information, control and adaptability to make this happen. Multiple vehicles will need to simultaneously send and receive large amounts of information about the conditions around them using a variety of sensors. Video, radar, Lidar, and many other sensors will be gathering information that will need to be transmitted and processed between vehicles in real time with very low latencies. We see mmWave communications as being an important technology where beamforming and tracking with datarates of the order of 10Gbps are achievable under mobile conditions. There are many challenges in adapting these technologies to high mobility environments including coherency, interference, and adaptability. This presentation will provide a high level overview of the research in that area, and how some of these challenges will be addressed to enable intelligent and predictive traffic with vehicles that are closely networked and learning from each other.
Amy LaMeyer is Managing Partner at the WXR Fund investing in early stage companies with female leadership that are transforming business and human interaction using spatial computing (VR/AR) and AI. Amy is also on the board of ARVR Academy which promotes diversity in emerging technologies through education. She is the author of ‘Sound and AR’ in the book “Convergence: how the world will be painted with data”. She created EnteringVR.netto assist others to learn about the potential of AR/VR across industries. Amy has over 18 years of experience in a high growth technology industry in corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, engineering and finance.
Time: 8:10 PM - 8:45 PM
Speaker: Amy LaMeyer
Speech Title: Content Creation and Consumption Changes with 5G
The way humans compute, collaborate, and communicate is rapidly changing with the advent of spatial computing technologies like XR— and with 5G, creating and consuming content in virtual and augmented reality will become faster or more accessible. Immersive tech will alter the fundamental ways we do business, and is already innovating industries like healthcare, enterprise, education, and media.
Leveraging 5G’s high bandwidth and low-latency to power XR tools, spatial computing startups are showing established companies the way of the future with higher learning retention and engagement, decreased costs, and saved time. A 5G network is an important component to enable our next phase of human computing.
Brian Zahnstecher is a Sr. Member of the IEEE, Chair (Emeritus) of the IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS) awarded 2017 Best Chapter awards at the local/national/worldwide levels concurrently (an unprecedented achievement), sits on the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Board of Directors, is Co-founder & Co-chair of the PSMA Reliability Committee, Co-chair of the PSMA Energy Harvesting Committee, and is the Principal of PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications, OEM market penetration, market research/analysis, and private seminars for power electronics. He Co-chairs the IEEE Future Directions (formerly 5G) Initiative webinar series and leads Power for the IEEE 5G Roadmap Applications & Services Working Group, authored the Group’s position paper, and has lectured on this topic at major industry conferences. He has been a regular contributor to the industry as an invited keynote speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator, and volunteer. He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Time: 8:45 PM - 9:20 PM
Speaker: Brian Zahnstecher
Speech Title: Power Management - 5G is broken!!! Can it be fixed?
The next-generation cellular network known as 5G is propelled with more marketing hype than foundational substance. The exponential projections for billions or even trillions of edge devices attached to the network utilizing massive bandwidth and traffic growth are starting from an assumption that both the network and energy infrastructures exist to support such projections, which is a fundamental flaw as things exist today when you look at it from a more pragmatic view. This talk is intended to provide some simple, yet realistic examples of the gaps that exist between the marketing projections and the reality of the situation from a number of different perspectives, including technical, market opportunity, and how these all intersect to determine the viability of the business case for what we are calling “5G” today.