Monday, 5 June 2017

RFIC Panel Session: 5th Generation Wireless - Where is that Going and What's in it for Me?

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 313C
Time: 11:45-12:45

Panel Organizers and Moderators: Oren Eliezer, PHAZR, USA; Brian Floyd, North Carolina State University, USA; Bodhisatwa Sadhu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

A panel of five experts from the industry and academia will debate different challenges associated with the development and deployment of 5th-generation wireless systems; when and how the advancements in technologies such as massive MIMO, beamforming, phased arrays, and millimeter wave ICs will allow such systems to reach their performance and cost targets; and, of course, how will all that impact us, the community of RF engineers and end users.

• Amitava Ghosh, Nokia Fellow and Head of Small Cell Research, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
• Gregory Chance, Principal Engineer and 5G RF Architect, Intel, USA
• Nitin Jain, Founder, Chairman and CTO, Anokiwave, USA
• Joy Laskar, Co-Founder, CTO and Senior VP, Maja Systems, USA
• Gabriel Rebeiz, Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Joint Panel Session with RFIC, Game/Quiz: “Who Wants to be a Millimeterwavionaire?

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 316C
Time: 11:45-12:45

In this game, two teams of contestants, including preselected and randomly selected contestants from the audience, will compete in answering questions on RF and microwave theory and history, including IMS/RFIC conference trivia. Prizes will be awarded to the contestants, as well as to others in the audience who may be called upon for answers. Bring your lunch and be prepared for a great deal of entertainment and a little bit of learning too!

Organizers and Moderators: Earl McCune, Eridan Communications; Sherry Hess, National Instruments; Bodhisatwa Sadhu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center; Oren Eliezer, PHAZR

Young Professionals Panel Session and Networking Event: Catching the Right Wave for Your Career

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, Ala Halawai Concourse
Time: 17:00-19:00

Organizers: Katie Allen, The Aerospace Corporation; Alex Zamora, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems


Traditionally, IMS has a panel session focused on Young Professional engineers, in which leading industry experts come to inspire the next generation of microwave engineers. In the days of IMS past, a laid-back networking event would follow at a different venue in which Young Professionals would get the opportunity to network and further exchange ideas. For IMS2017 we are doing something special. We are merging both the panel session and the networking event. Inspiration in one hand, and a beer in another. Young Professionals will be able to participate in a dynamic forum to interact with heavy hitters from the aerospace industry, academia, science, and private enterprise. There are many different paths a young microwave engineer can choose in his or her career, and IMS2017’s panel session aims to shed light on the success that can be mined on each of the different avenues our field has to offer. It aims to help Young Professionals learn from anecdotal success stories, to “Catch the Right Wave for Their Careers”.

Moderator: Katie Allen, The Aerospace Corporation
• Katie Allen, The Aerospace Corporation
• Adrian Tang, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• Mona Jarrahi, UCLA
• Bill Deal, Northrop Grumman
• Rashaunda Henderson, University of Texas at Dallas
• Tom Crowe, Virginia Diodes Inc.


Thursday, 8  June 2017

Panel Session: Opportunities and Challenges of the Biggest Spectrum Opening in History for New Services in the 24–450 GHz Range
Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 313C
Time: 12:15-13:15
Organizers: Michael Marcus, Virginia Tech; Ferdo Ivanek, Stanford University
This lunchtime panel focuses on the ITU-R work in progress toward the adoption of new frequency allocations by the World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) that vastly surpass all existing allocations. Two spectrum ranges of interest to MTT-S are targeted by WRC-19:
  • 24.25–86 GHz for the future development of International Mobile Telecommunications 2020 (IMT 2020) and beyond
  • 275–450 GHz for terrestrial fixed and mobile allocations, as well as for passive services
In addition, for the US case, the FCC is now seeking suggestions for types of radio systems to use spectrum above 95 GHz and share with many passive uses in much of that spectrum. The panel presents and assesses the opportunities and challenges of these developments of vital interest to MTT-S.
Moderator: Michael Marcus, Virginia Tech
• Ho-Jin Song, Pohang University of Science and Technology
• Iwao Hosako, National Institute of Communications Technology
• Hiroyuki Atarashi, NTT-DOCOMO
• Takao Inoue, National Instruments
Women in Microwaves Panel Session: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Engineers

Location: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 313C
Time: 15:30-17:00
Organizers: Carolynn Kitamura, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems; Sasha Yamada, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa; Andy Pham, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

Find out what it takes to "make it" in this male-dominated occupation from some of the most successful women engineers in the microwave field. Each panelist will share their personal trials and tribulations (and perhaps their secrets to success) to encourage women of all ages to have a successful STEM career. All are welcome to swing by and be inspired!
Moderator: Dr. Katherine Herrick, Raytheon
• Dr. Wenquan Che, Nanjing University of Science and Technology
• Dr. Lorene Samoska, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
• Dr. Olga Boric-Lubecke, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
• Ms. Sherry Hess, AWR Group, National Instruments
• Dr. Dimitra Psychogiou, University of Colorado Boulder