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Keynote Speaker

Aug. 1st


Dr. Joseph Mitola III, Consulting Scientist, The MITRE Corporation


Note: Please email Dr. Joseph Mitola III (jmitola@mitre.org) for a copy of the slides if interested.


Dr. Mitola will characterize the emerging interplay among computer vision, automatic speech recognition, and cognitive radio in the synthesis of sentient spaces, places that deliver context-dependent information wirelessly without placing undue burden on users to describe the context to the radio.


Dr. Mitola is an internationally recognized expert on software and cognitive radio systems and technologies who addresses critical DoD communications and information processing challenges in MITRE's Department of Defense (DoD) Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC). Between 2002 and 2005, he was on loan to the US DoD to develop trustable cognitive systems with DARPA. In addition to having published the first paper on software radio architecture in 1991, he has taught short courses on software radio in the US, Asia, and Europe. He was founding chair of the SDR Forum in 1996 and first to receive the Forum's Achievement Award. In his 1999 Licentiate in Teleinformatics, he coined the term cognitive radio to refer to technologies integrating machine perception of vision and language and machine learning into software radio. His doctoral dissertation, Cognitive Radio [KTH, June 2000], created the first teleinformatics framework for autonomous software radios. Cognitive radio integrates machine learning with machine vision and natural language processing for the situation-dependent control of software-defined radio (www.it.kth.se/~jmitola). Dr. Mitola published the first interdisciplinary graduate text on software radio, Software Radio Architecture and the first text on Cognitive Radio Architecture [Wiley 2006]. Also as a Consulting Scientist with the MITRE Corporation, Dr. Mitola was General Systems Engineer of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO). Prior to MITRE, Dr. Mitola was the Chief Scientist of Electronic Systems, E-Systems Melpar Division culminating a career at E-Systems that began in 1976. He has also held positions of technical leadership with Harris Corporation, Advanced Decision Systems, and ITT Corporation. He began his career with the US DoD in 1967. Dr. Mitola holds the BS in EE (Northeastern University '72); MSE (The Johns Hopkins University '74); Licentiate in Engineering (May, 99); and Doctorate in Teleinformatics (both from The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, June, 2000).

*Dr. Mitola's affiliation with The MITRE Corporation is provided for identification purposes and does not imply the endorsement by MITRE nor its sponsors of the event.

Aug. 2nd


Dr. Robert O'Dea, Motorola Fellow, Motorola, Inc.



Bob O'Dea is a pioneer and thought leader in the area of non-traditional wireless communications. In his role as Director of Wireless Research for Motorola Labs, he is engaged in cutting edge research in such areas as cognitive radio, SDR, social networking, things-to-things communications and ad-hoc routing. Over the past decade, has lab has made important contributions to many of the standards that shape our industry, including IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4, IEEE 802.22 and ZigBee. His current focus is on positioning Motorola's wireless communications businesses for a future shaped by cognitive radio.

Dr. O'Dea received his BS in Computer Science from Valparaiso University in 1984 and his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Motorola Dan Noble Fellow. He holds 19 US Patents and has over 20 publications.


Dr. Victor Lawrence, Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology.



Victor Lawrence, is the Associate Dean and Batchelor Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering in Stevens Institute of Technology's Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering. He is also the Director of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems (iNetS), which was established to explore opportunities for insertion of intelligence within networked systems to achieve "smart" systems whose components easily work with one another. Networked systems extend from large scale systems of diverse interconnected networks through specialized networks optimized for targeted applications to the end-points of networks. iNetS explores the systematic insertion of intelligence at all points throughout this complex system of systems to achieve ease of operation and quality of service. For this purpose, iNetS explores insertion of intelligence within points of the overall networked system, consistent with the needs of adjacent connected components

A pioneer in the application of digital signal processing concepts and techniques to data communications, Lawrence has made seminal contributions to the evolution of voiceband modems, digital subscriber line technology and broadband transmission. His work on V-series modem technology and international standards has paved the way for worldwide Internet access and made high-speed data communication over international networks possible. He has served on the IEEE Fellow Committee, as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Communications, as chair of the IEEE Awards Board and on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors.

An IEEE Fellow, his many awards include the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society's Guillemin-Cauer Prize Award and an Emmy Award. A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow, Lawrence was formerly vice president of Lucent Technologies' advanced communications technology center in Holmdel , N.J.

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