IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things
5-9 April 2020 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Plenary Program

Plenary Speakers: 
Thayagarajan Nandagopal, National Science Foundation

Dipankar Raychaudhuri, Rutgers University, USA

Ismail Guvenc, North Carolina State University, USA

Jacobus “Kobus” Van der Merwe, University of Utah, USA

Rob Barton,  Cisco, Canada

Tom Bradicich, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)


Plenary Speakers

Thayagarajan Nandagopal

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal is the Deputy Division Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE) at the National Science Foundation. In this role, he oversees the division’s investments in the theory and foundations of computing systems and communications technologies, with an annual budget of over $200M. He previously served as a Program Director at the NSF in the Networking Technologies and Systems (NeTS) program, where he managed mobile systems and wireless networking research across multiple funding programs with an annual budget of over $50M. At NSF, Thyaga is also leading the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research program, a $100M effort over the 2017 – 2024 timeframe. He serves as the co-chair of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development Senior Steering Group (WSRD SSG), which co-ordinates spectrum-related research and development activities across the Federal government. Dr. Nandagopal is also a co-chair of the NSF-wide Quantum Leap Steering Committee, that coordinates NSF investments in inter-disciplinary research in quantum computing, communications and sensing. He is an IEEE Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Talk Title: Experimentation and the future of wireless systems

Abstract: Rapid growth in the scale and diversity of wireless communication technologies are having a significant impact on multiple industries, with more growth to come. The key to maintaining this growth is to enable quick translation of experimental technologies through extensive testing and validation. The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program funded by the National Science Foundation and a consortium of wireless companies provides these opportunities for extensive and flexible experimentation on an end-to-end-basis, enabling novel applications with widespread societal impact.

Dipankar Raychaudhuri

Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. As WINLAB’s Director, he is responsible for an internationally recognized industry-university research center specializing in wireless technology. He has served as Principal Investigator for several large multi-institutional U.S. National Science Foundation grants including the “ORBIT” wireless testbed and the “MobilityFirst” future Internet architecture (FIA) project, and is currently leading the “COSMOS” project under the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program.

Dr. Raychaudhuri has previously held corporate R&D positions including Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), Assistant General Manager & Department Head, NEC Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92).  He obtained the B.Tech (Hons) from IIT Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of several professional awards including the Rutgers School of Engineering Faculty of the Year Award (2017), IEEE Donald J. Fink Award (2014),  Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur, Distinguished Alumni Award (2012), and the Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation (2008).

Talk Title: COSMOS: An Open Programmable City-Scale Research Testbed for 5G and Beyond

Abstract: This talk presents an overview of the new COSMOS testbed being developed jointly by Rutgers,Columbia and NYU under the National Science Foundation’s Platforms for Advanced Wireless (PAWR)program. The COSMOS testbed, which is being deployed in uptown Manhattan, has a particular focuson “beyond 5G” ultra-high bandwidth and low latency communication tightly integrated with edgecomputing, and is intended to provide a suitable platform for real-world evaluation of future edge-cloude nhanced mobile networks and services. Motivating applications such as augmented reality, cloud-assisted vehicular and smart intersection are identified in terms of typical functionality and bandwidth/latency requirements. The COSMOS open, programmable testbed architecture based oncloud radio access networks (CRAN), software defined optical x-haul networks (SDN) and mobile edgecloud (MEC) is introduced. Design considerations for key technologies in COSMOS including SDR base stations, mmWave radio, optical wavelength division switching, next-generation mobile core network and distributed edge cloud are also discussed. The current status of Phase I COSMOS deployment inNYC and sample results from early experimental research using the testbed are given in conclusion.

Ismail Guvenc

Dr. Ismail Guvenc (senior member, IEEE) received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of South Florida in 2006. He was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs during 2005, with DOCOMO Innovations between 2006-2012, and with Florida International University between 2012-2016. Since 2016, he has been an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. His recent research interests include 5G wireless systems, communications and networking with drones, and heterogeneous wireless networks. He has published more than 200 conference/journal papers and book chapters, and several standardization contributions. He co-authored/co-edited three books for Cambridge University Press, served as an editor for IEEE Communications Letters (2010-2015), IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (2011-2016), and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2016-present), and as a guest editor for several other journals. Dr. Guvenc is an inventor/coinventor in some 30 U.S. patents and he is a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a recipient of the NCSU ECE R. Ray Bennett Faculty Fellow Award (2019), FIU College of Engineering Faculty Research Award (2016), NSF CAREER Award (2015), Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2014), and USF Outstanding Dissertation Award (2006).

Talk Title: AERPAW: Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform on Advanced Wireless

Abstract: In this talk, we will overview AERPAW: Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless. AERPAW is one of the three NSF PAWR projects funded by the National Science Foundation (along with POWDER and COSMOS), to develop large-scale advanced-wireless experimentation platforms. A unique aspect of AERPAW will be to support emerging wireless and Internet of things (IoT) experimental research involving both aerial and ground mobile vehicles as well as fixed ground nodes. AERPAW users will have the opportunity to design and rapidly prototype next-generation wireless technology, systems, and applications in both emulated and real-world environments. This talk will review the overall scope and plans for the project, experimentation equipment that will be supported, deployment environments, and user interface. Use of AERPAW for IoT verticals and use cases such as smart-agriculture and smart-cities will also be discussed, along with some specific examples on types of experiments that are envisioned to be supported.

 Kobus Van der Merwe

Kobus Van der Merwe is the Jay Lepreau Professor in the School of Computing and Director of the Flux Research Group at the University of Utah. He joined the University of Utah in 2012 after fourteen years at AT&T Labs – Research. He does networking systems research in a broad range of areas including network management, control and operation, mobile networking, network evolution, network security and cloud computing. He has more than 90 peer reviewed publications and more than 80 issued patents. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the POWDER project (Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research), an NSF funded city-scale mobile and wireless research platform being deployed in Salt Lake City.

Rob Barton

Rob Barton, CCIE #6660 (R&S and Security), CCDE 2013::6 is a Cisco Distinguished Systems Engineer based in Canada. Rob is a registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, the last 18 of which have been at Cisco. Rob Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Engineering Physics where he specialized in computer and wireless communications. Rob holds several patents in diverse technology areas and is the author of four books published by Cisco Press and is the holder of several patents. Rob is a regular presenter at the global Cisco Live events and is a multi-year Distinguished Speaker award winner.  Rob’s current areas of work include wireless communications, IoT, Fog Computing, Machine Learning and Data Analytics.


Tom Bradicich

Dr. Tom Bradicich is Vice President, Hewlett Packard Fellow, and Global Head of Edge and IoT Labs & CoE, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He and his team develop and commercialize advanced connectivity, compute, and controls software, with a focus on AI, WiFi, 5G, and converged IT/Operational Technologies (OT). Tom directs the Edge & IoT Center of Excellence (CoE), leading company-wide strategies, venture/M&A assessments, and the HPE Channel-to-Edge Institute channel partner program.
Recently Tom was HPE VP and General Manager, leading the global business unit, Servers, Edge & IoT Systems and Software, with P&L, worldwide sales, R&D, and customer experience ownership. In 2018, achieving revenue growth of over $250M, Tom’s business unit was the fastest growing in HPE. He directed the founding of HPE’s three global IoT Innovation Labs for partner and customer collaborations, and led HPE’s first corporate IoT strategy. His teams are noted for exceeding sales quotas, and delivering first-of-a-kind products that greatly enhance customer business outcomes.
Tom serves on the Board of Directors of Aspen Technology, a publicly traded AI and OT software company.
Beginning his career at IBM, Tom was an IBM Fellow, Vice President, Distinguished Engineer, and Server CTO. Prior to HPE, Tom was a Corporate Fellow and officer at National Instruments, an Operational Technolgies (OT) company.
Tom is named in CRN’s Top 100 Executives and Top 25 Disrupters in 2016, 2017, and 2019, inducted into the NC State University Alumni Hall of Fame, received the IBM Chairman’s Award, and elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. See:
Tom serves on the Board of Advisors of the University of Florida and the IoT Community industry body.
Throughout his career, Tom has led teams to develop, launch, and manage dozens of hardware and software products. And, the creation of several new product categories such as notebook computers, smartphones (IBM Simon™), Converged Systems (IBM BladeCenter™), Converged Edge Systems & Sofware (HPE Edgeline™), and OT and edge management software (HPE OTLink). Tom’s teams designed and launched the first 64 bit enterprise ARM server, the first x86 server with on-chip graphics, and IBM’s first prototype notebook computer.
Tom’s products have won many industry recognitions such as an InfoWorld Technology of the Year, Network World Product of the Year, CRN Product of the Year, CRN Coolest IoT Hardware, Frost & Sullivan Best Practice, ARM TechCon Best of Show, IoT World Congress Best IoT Solution, IT Brand Pulse Leader, Gartner Modular Server Magic Quadrant Leader, Mobile World Congress Top Edge Infrastructure, 451 Research Firestarter Award, and Automation World Edge Compute Leadership Award.
Tom led the team to incept HPE’s first corporate IoT Strategy, and launched the GL™ and Edgeline™ hardware and software product lines as HPE’s first line of rugged systems expressly designed for the IoT and Intelligent Edge. And, the OTLink product line, entering HPE for the first time in the Operational Technology (OT) and IoT Platform software businesses. He serves as an advisor to his companies’ corporate legal teams on acquisitions, IP, and business contracts. During his tenure at IBM, the x86 system business grew from several $260M to a multi-billion dollar business. Tom managed teams developing systems mangement software, the world wide VGA™ graphics and PCTV™ businesses, and embedded server virtualization. He and his team led IBM’s xArchitecture™

strategy, conceived the IBM BladeCenter™ which created the multi-billion dollar Converged Systems new product category, and conceived the IBM PureFlex™ / PureSystem™ systems.
Organizing cross company and industry teams, Tom led IBM corporate strategies reporting to IBM’s CEO, on Home Networking, Product Usability, Data Center Networking, Power™ Servers, Blade Servers, and x86 Virtualization software.
Tom co-founded and directed the IBM Personal Systems Institute, a management systems for rapid commercialization from IBM Research Labs to the market. Tom served as a lead technical advisor on legal agreements for the sale of the IBM PC business to Lenovo, and was the IBM executive sponsor for the Financial Services industry and the IBM Labs in India and China.
While at National Instruments, Tom conceived and led NI’s big data strategy, Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He led teams developing end-to-end solutions for the IoT and Industrial Internet, pioneering the convergence of OT and IT. Tom conceived and led the NI corporate strategy for RASM (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability, and Manageability) for test, embedded control, and data acquisition products.
Tom is active in marketing and external messaging, incepting and driving technical marketing events, and conceived the trademarks HPE Edgeline™ Systems, IBM xArchitecture™ Systems, IBM MXT™ Memory, and National Instruments Big Analog Data™ Solutions. He frequently consults with marketing and sales, and develops and delivers sales content and training.
With many customer collaboration successes, Tom incepted and led projects pioneering Linux on x86, converged systems, VDI, open source virtualization, and cloud computing. He co-founded seven industry standards, and served as a director or executive sponsor for industry trade associations such as the,, the PCI SIG, VESA Net2Display, the RDMA Consortium, DMTF/SMASH, IPMI, InfiniBand Trade Association, 1394, PICMG, HyperTransport Consortium, Ethernet Alliance, Open Virtualization, ATCA, OASIS, STAC Benchmark Council, and Industrial Internet Consortium.
Tom received the Telly Award for his video on IT infrastructure, the Intel Embedded Innovator Article Award, and the IEEE TestCon Best Paper Award. Regularly sought by the media, Tom has interviewed with major technical and business publications. He has delivered numerous keynotes for customer, investor and analyst events, IT trade associations, and industry and university conferences. Tom blogs and authors articles on business, sustainability, people management, and technology trends and directions.
Tom holds several U.S. patents in computer architecture and converged IT systems design, and the BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees. He is a sought after keynote speaker and lecturer on leadership, business innovation, and technology trends, and has served adjunct faculties at several universities.
Active in mentoring, Tom served as the executive sponsor for the IBM Women Inventors Network, is an advisor to, and an exeutive sponsor for the HPE Young Employees Network.
Tom founded the charities Soc ( and the SIVA Awards (, helping the homeless, addicted, and children in need, and is the executive sponsor for HPE’s Salvation Army partnership. He is currently writing the book, The 1st Mover, advising and sharing his experiences in business leadership, creating new product categories, and first-of-a-kind technical innovation.