Panel Sessions

Panel Sessions: Persuasive Presentations: Getting your message across and getting results

Monday, 22 June 2020
12:00 - 13:30
Abstract: We’ve all sat through a multitude of humdrum and muddled presentations. They don’t hold the audience’s attention and they don’t clearly convey the message the presenter wanted to make. Clear and persuasive presentations not only help you get your message across, they boost your career. If you want to be an effective communicator, this panel session will get you started on your way. The panelists will share approaches to putting together an effective presentation, and provide guidance on how to deliver it for maximum effect. The panel session is organized in cooperation with the IEEE Professional Communication Society (PCS) and the panelists are past and present leaders of the Society.
Brenda Huettner, independent technical communication consultant
Necia Werner, Carnegie-Mellon, President IEEE Professional Communication Society
Micheal Opsteegh, California State University


Panel Sessions: Automotive Radar and AI – Can I trust my Car?

Tuesday, 23 June 2020
12:00 - 13:30
Abstract: This session will give an outlook on the future of autonomous driving with special focus on the use of RF Technologies Radar and LIDAR, discussing their limitations, and how the work with other sensors to get to increase autonomy. Is there already a clear path to autonomous driving? What are the critical issues that still exist? Will AI help to solve the puzzle? Or is it still a long way to full safety? While it’s to early to reach a final conclusion of the level of autonomy we can expect, our experts will give us their perspectives. Outstanding panelists from visionary startups, established automotive electronics suppliers, and academia will discuss the limitations and next steps of this technology. They will provide insights into the outlook of how AI will combine with the other technologies to provide autonomy and safety.


Francois Rivet, University of Bordeaux
Vito Giannini, Uhnder, Inc.
Magnus Wiklund, Qualcomm
Panelists TBD

Panel Sessions: Who needs RF when we can digitize at the antenna?

Wednesday, 24 June 2020
12:00 - 13:30
Lawrence Kushner
Raytheon Technologies
Abstract: With the advent of GS/s data converters driven by Moore's law and advances in converter architectures, it is now possible to digitize directly at RF. The question is, should we? On the one hand, eliminating mixers, filters, amplifiers, and local oscillators reduces RF complexity and allows more flexible, multi-function designs. On the other hand, do we really want to digitize the entire spectrum from DC to daylight and process 10's of GS/s of data if the information BW we care about is orders of magnitude lower? In the context of phased arrays, element-level digital beamforming allows simultaneous beams with different beamwidths and pointing angles, but may be more susceptible than analog-beam-formed arrays to interferers since spatial filtering occurs after the analog-to-digital conversion. What is the right approach? Our distinguished panel will debate the pros and cons of competing system architectures and the audience will be engaged to judge who is right.

Organizer(s): Larry Kushner , Raytheon Technologies


• Tim Hancock, DARPA Microelectronics Technology Office
• Gabriel Rebeiz, University of California San Diego
• Craig Hornbuckle, Jariet Technologies
• Chris Rudell, University of Washington
• Harold Pratt, Raytheon Technologies
• Boris Murmann, Stanford University

Panel Sessions: Should my car kill me or you?

Wednesday, 24 June 2020
12:00 - 13:30

Abstract: In the past few years autonomous vehicles have placed the ethics of technology center stage. Suddenly we realize our design decisions have immediate and possibly deadly consequences. Yet people working with technology have been considering life threatening situations for many years. This panel, organized in cooperation with the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), will host a discussion between ethics experts from robotics, medical technology ethics and professional ethics. Prof. Arkin is Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory, at Ga Tech and has worked on the autonomous vehicles challenge. Prof. Saha is Editor-in-Chief, Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine and has hosted the conference of the same name for two decades. Prof. Herkel is Visiting Scholar, Genetic Engineering & Society Center, North Carolina State University.

Organizer: Greg Adamson, University of Melbourne, Past President IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

Ronald C. Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology
Subrata Saha, University of Washington School of Dentistry
Joe Herkert, Arizona State University.

Panel Sessions: Connecting the Unconnected Enabled by Wireless Broadband Technologies

Thursday, 25 June 2020
12:00 - 13:30
Timothy Lee, Kartik Kulkarni
Boeing, Oracle
Abstract: The major theme of IMS2020 is "Connectivity Matters." Connectivity is vital to addressing many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. The question is: what the microwave engineering community should be doing to advance the use of our technology to solving some of the world’s toughest problems. In two words: CONNECTIVITY MATTERS.
This Panel bring together global experts from the technical and policy communities to address the challenge and progress for digital inclusion to the 4 billion people who are unconnected. We are now seeing the emergence of new technology like 5G or low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites. How can the changing landscape, enabled by mobile carriers, equipment makers and individual engineers, be reached?