13 January 2005, 6.15 p.m. - 8.45 p.m.
Abstract: The Technical Commitee BRAN (Broadband Radio Access Networks) is responsible for the development of all types of interoperable broadband wireless systems within ETSI (European Telecommunications Standardization Institute).
The main current activities of BRAN include
· HiperMAN technology for frequencies below 11 GHz and non-LOS propagation (based on OFDM/OFDMA), this is a PMP (Point-to-MultiPoint) system optimized for wireless DSL and packet-based core networks, addressing fixed and portable applications. Extensions for mesh networks, adaptive antennas, network management, etc. are under development.
· HiperAccess technology for the 10 – 60 GHz frequency range under LOS conditions (based on single carrier transmission), this is a fixed PMP system optimized for cellular and hot-spot backhauling with very high throughput and spectral efficiency due to comprehensive adaptive concepts.
· Regulatory and spectrum competence center, especially focusing on the 5.0 and 5.8 GHz domains. This includes also co-operation with ITU-R and many other forums around the world.
· Future activities are expected to cover also fixed non-interoperable point-to-point microwave links in all frequency ranges as well as the new class of advanced Gigabit radio LANs.
BRAN-compliant networks were deployed in December 2004 in
Generally, ETSI standards are not restricted to base specifications but include also test specifications serving as basis for certification schemes to ensure interoperability over the air between equipment from different manufacturers.
The development of HiperMAN and HiperAccess systems is performed in close co-operation with
· IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN to ensure the harmonization of the base standards in order to achieve the goal of a common global wireless infrastructure, and
· the WiMAX forum, where recently a co-operation for the joint development of test specifications was agreed, in order to benefit from the combination of the expertise of the ETSI Protcol and Testing Comptence Center (PTCC) and the promotional and certification strength of WiMAX.
The mutual benefits of these harmonization and co-operation activities are outlined.
The presentation also adresses some regulatory requirements (frequency bands, transmit power, power flux densities, etc.) in order to maximize the throughput of PMP systems.
joined ETSI BRAN standardization in 1998, and since 2002 he has been Chairman
of the ETSI BRAN project, comprising the Hiperlan/2, HiperAccess
and HiperMan areas. In particular, he
contributed to the architecture of HiperAccess
systems, including optimization of spectral efficiency, design of the DLC
layer and appropriate testing methods (together with ETSI PTCC). Bernd
also supported the harmonization between BRAN HiperAccess
and IEEE 902.16 Wireless MAN-SC as well as the co-operation between ETSI and WiMax. Since 1980, he has been with Marconi
Communications in Backnang, Germany (formerly known
as AEG-Telefunken, ANT Telecommunications, Bosch
Telecom), now working in the R&D department of wireless access systems,
in particular on the system design of broadband wireless cellular
systems. He is also a lecturer at the
Subject: IEEE Standard 802.16 for Broadband Wireless Metropolitan Area
Networks <not available>
Abstract: While the world's data transmission capacities are growing at an enormous rate, relatively few users have broadband access to them. Wired solutions, including fiber, cable modems, and digital subscriber lines, have limitations that prevent ubiquitous deployment. Broadband wireless access (BWA) is an alternative that offers quick build-out at a low cost. A key issue for the success of these systems is global standardization. Within the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, the 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access, with hundreds of participants worldwide, has recently completed the WirelessMAN air interface standard for fixed wireless metropolitan area networks. Supporting industry groups, such as the WiMAX Forum, have blossomed, and Working Group is nearing completion of the P802.16e project to extend the standard to address mobile terminals as well. This talk provides an overview of the 802.16 technology, which is based on a QoS-oriented point-to-multipoint medium access control layer and both single-carrier and OFDM/OFDMA physical layers.
B. Marks (email@example.com)
is with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in
09 February 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: The user expectations of wireless mobile communications are increasing with regard to a large variety of services and applications with different degree of quality of service (QoS), which is related to delay, data rate and bit error requirements. Therefore, seamless services and applications via different access systems and technologies that maximize the use of available spectrum will be the driving forces for future developments.
Given the increasing demand for flexibility and individuality in society, the mean for the end-user might be assessed. Potentially, the value would be in the diversity of mobile applications, hidden from the complexity of the underlying communications schemes. This complexity would be absorbed into an intelligent personality management mechan! ism, which would learn and understand the needs of the user, and control the behavior of their reconfigurable and open wireless terminals accordingly in terms of application behavior and access to future support services.
In the future wireless service provision will be characterized by global mobile access (terminal and personal mobility), high quality of services (full coverage, intelligible, no drop and no/lower call blocking and latency), and easy and simple access to multimedia services for voice, data, message, video, world-wide web, GPS, etc. via one user single terminal.
This vision from the user perspective can be implemented by integration of these different evolving and emerging wireless access technologies in a common flexible and expandable platform to provide a multiplicity of possibilities for current and future services and applications to users in a single terminal. Systems of 4G mobile will mainly be characterized by a horizontal communication model, where different access technologies as cellular, cordless, WLAN type systems, short range wireless connectivity and wired systems will be combined on a common platform to complement each other in an optimum way for different service requirements and radio environments which is technically called “Converged Broadband Wireless Platform, or Open Wireless Architecture (OWA)”.
OWA will eventually become the global industry leading solution to integrate various wireless air-interfaces into one wireless open terminal where the same end equipment can flexibly work in the wireless access domain as well as in the mobile cellular networks. As mobile terminal (rather than wireline phone) will become the most important communicator in future, this single equipment with single number and multiple air-interfaces (powered by OWA) will definitely dominate the wireless communication industries.
Based on the “Mission 2020 Plan in Wireless and Mobile
Communications” in many countries including European Union and
Biography: Willie W. Lu, is a special
advisor on emerging technologies and strategies in several
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
09 March 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: WiFi, WiMax, Mesh Networks, Smart Antennas, OFDM, UWB, CDMA: The proliferation of wireless systems and technologies continues to generate tremendous amounts of excitement and a commensurate amount of confusion and uncertainty Claims of performance breakthroughs and improvements abound, making it difficult to sort out fact from fiction.
This talk focuses on the performance of the physical layer of wireless
communication systems, the tradeoffs and limits of throughput/capacity and
range/coverage of broadband wireless access systems will be discussed. We
take some of the common performance claims made in the industry regarding
802.11, 802.16 in its various flavors, and other broadband access
technologies, and analyze them to address questions such as: What do these
claims really mean? How credible are they? How can we make useful comparisons
between different systems? We identify some of the questions you should
always ask when someone is trying to sell you on a new
Biography: The Speaker is Professor B. Friedlander from the
Department of Electrical Engineering,
He is currently working on: interference mitigation techniques for
reliable operation in the license exempt spectrum using WiFi,
WiMax and other wireless systems; using multiple
antennas for diversity and spatial multiplexing (MIMO, smart antennas);
advanced techniques for fixed-point and mobile broadband; evaluating the
performance of wireless systems; 2G, 3G, 4G and beyond; wireless location
estimation; and sensor networks (radar, sonar, and imaging systems).
13 April 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: Ever since the announcement of mandates to
suppliers of Wal-Mart, Target, Albertsons, Best Buy and the U.S. Department
of Defense to use radio frequency identification (RFID) to track pallets and
cartons in the supply chain, RFID has garnered major interest in all corners
of the high-tech industry. The casino industry is just the latest to find new
uses for RFID technology. The
The talk will briefly discuss various components of RFID eco system, role of EPCglobal and various factors which is fueling this growth in the market.
Biography: Sam Patadia is senior information technology professional with over 25 years experience as project manager, software architect, systems engineer, instructor, and trainer in RFID application integration, software design and development, middleware, and data acquisition and control systems.
Sam has taught several short courses in RFID technology at places like Mitre Institute, National Institute of Standards and
Technology, Software Development Forum,
He holds a bachelor's degree in
Mechanical Engineering from
He lives with his family in
11 May 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: This talk begins with an overview of packet voice telephony. The key facets of this technology are also briefly presented.
We then focus on voice quality and examine some of the different governing factors. We primarily consider the signal processing layer in this talk, since this layer is generic and is hardly affected by the actual packet voice transport medium. The impact of functions such as voice codecs, silence suppression, echo cancellation, packet loss concealment, etc. is discussed.
A few trends for the future are highlighted.
Biography: Krishna (V V K) is a
Principal Solutions Architect in the DSP Products Division at LSI Logic in
08 June 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: Despite the efforts to converge the different wireless communication standards world-wide, the number of coexisting WiFi and mobile phone standards is still increasing. Future cell phones as the universal communication devices will have to support even more standards and protocols than today. A software programmable baseband processor platform looks like a promising way to reduce NRE and development costs for multi-standard hand sets. The challenge to reconcile the flexibility and versatility goals with high processing power, long battery life, and small footprint is extremely demanding however. Within Infineon's Corporate Research Department, a programmable baseband processor is being developed that is able to meet all of these requirements. In this talk, the Infineon approach will be discussed and the principles of the new architecture will be presented.
Biography: Nikolaus Bruels received the Master's degree in electrical
engineering from the RWTH Aachen in 1989. From 1990
to 1999, he was with the Siemens Corporate Research, where he worked on data
path architectures for neural networks and image processing systems. Since
1999, he is a project manager with the Infineon
Corporate Research, department for Systems Technology in
14 September 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: Driven by the
compelling economics, customer care has gone global, with delivery centers in
offshore locations like the
Biography: With more than 25 years of software development
and management experience, Mukesh is the driving
force behind many communications and networking innovations. He has
successfully contributed to the development of several next generation
standards, including voice communications and network management protocols,
managed services architectures, and web technologies. Mukesh
joined Genesys in mid-2002 when the company he
co-founded, Telera, was acquired by Genesys and its parent company, Alcatel. While at Telera, Mukesh served as Chief
Technical Officer, and guided the development of Telera's
patented Voice Web Application Platform™, which subsequently became the the Genesys GVP, earning
Gartner’s highest ranking in the 2004 and 2005 IVR and Voice Portal report.
Gartner recognized the platform for product completeness, ability to deliver
value to the marketplace and innovation. Prior to co-founding Telera, Mukesh Vice President
of Engineering at VOIS Corporation. Previous positions also include Director
of Engineering at Novell, spearheading the ManageWise
product line, and engineering management positions at Excelan
and Ungerman-Bass. Mukesh
holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the
12 October 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: Dynamic Signal (or Spectrum) Management (DSM) improves the rates, ranges, and operational costs for Digital Subscriber Line deployments, and is beginning use at several major telephone companies. This talk overviews the area, specifically addressing the DSM methods for polite power and spectra use, impulse noise control, and vectored crosstalk coordination. The architecture of a typical DSM system is also overviewed and the stages of implementation are also enumerated.
Biography: BSEE, 1978, Illinois; PhDEE, 1984, Stanford; Bell Laboratories, 1978-1984; IBM Research, 1984-1986; EE Prof., Stanford, 1986-present. Cioffi founded Amati Com. Corp in 1991 (purchased by TI in 1997) and was officer/director from 1991-1997. He currently is on the Board of Directors of Marvell, ASSIA (Chair), Teranetics, and ClariPhy. He is on the advisory board of Portview Ventures and Wavion. Cioffi's specific interests are in the area of high-performance digital transmission. Various Awards: Holder of Hitachi America Professorship in Electrical Engineering at Stanford (2002); Member, National Academy of Engineering (2001); IEEE Kobayashi Medal (2001); IEEE Millennium Medal (2000); IEEE Fellow (1996); IEE JJ Tomson Medal (2000); 1999 U. of Illinois Outstanding Alumnus, 1991 IEEE Comm. Mag. best paper; 1995 ANSI T1 Outstanding Achievement Award; NSF Presidential Investigator (1987-1992), ISSLS 2004 Outstanding Paper award. Cioffi has published over 250 papers and holds over 80 patents.
09 November 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: Powerline Communications (PLC) is broadband, audio and video, from the backbone to every outlet in every home. Potentially connect to the Internet from 600 billion access points worldwide. Access to broadband services is as easy as plugging into an outlet. Distribute audio and video throughout your home. 200 Mbps PLC technology is available today and is being used by electricity utilities, telecom operators, networking equipment and consumer electronic manufacturers worldwide.
Biography: Chano Gomez is Vice President for Technology and
Strategic Partnerships for DS2 and heads the
14 December 2005, 6.00 p.m.
Abstract: 802.16e is mobile amendment to the 802.16-2004 Fixed Broadband Wireless standard. It defines OFDMA PHY layer techniques for high speed mobility using various subchannelization schemes, Channel quality feedback, Hybrid ARQ link adaptation and MIMO transmission schemes.
Biography: Jose Puthenkulam
is responsible for WiMAX Standards in the Broadband
Wireless Division. He joined Intel in 1998, and has worked on multimedia
communication protocols, information management, wireless protocols and
security related technologies. He is currently the assistant editor of the
IEEE 802.16e Mobile Broadband Wireless Standard and the Chief Technical
Editor of the upcoming IEEE 802.16g Air Interface Management Project. He has
won several awards including the 2004 Intel Achievement Award for efforts on
Broadband Wireless Standardization, 2003 GSM Association CEO Award for WLAN
Authentication efforts, 1995 Motorola India Individual Performance Award for
his work on H.320 Multimedia Communication Protocol based system
implementation. He has an M.Tech (1994) in
Electronics Design and Technology from Indian Institute of Science,