Plenary Session

Plenary Session 1:

  • Metamaterials-Enabled Ultra low C-SWAP Radar for Commercial Airborne Sense And Avoid - Abstract
    (Tom Driscoll, Founder and CTO, Echodyne - Bio)

Plenary Session 2:

  • 5G: Opportunities, Challenges, and Technologies - The Internet of Tomorrow - Abstract
    (Richard D. Gitlin, Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida - Bio)

Metamaterials-Enabled Ultra low C-SWAP Radar for Commercial Airborne Sense And Avoid

Abstract: Radar is the ideal sensor for Airborne Sense And Avoid (ABSAA), providing access to high-resolution bearing, range, and velocity data at long ranges and in all-weather environments for both collaborative and noncollaborative objects. Unfortunately, radars which possess the capability to nimbly scan beams and track objects over a wide field of view in azimuth and elevation have traditionally been phased-arrays so large and expensive as to confine their use to military platforms. In a push to create a commercially viable ABSAA radar, Echodyne has developed a new architecture for imaging radar systems which utilizes metamaterials to eliminate the need for phase-shifters. This architecture, the Metamaterials Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) offers many of the capabilities of a phased-array, but at a fraction of the Cost, Size, Weight, and Power (C-SWaP).

This paper presents the basic attributes of the MESA architecture, and how key differences drive significantly lower Cost-Size-Weight and Power (CSWaP). We then give performance specifications for a MESA FMCW-radar designed specifically for ABSAA, and its detection metrics for non-cooperative objects at the long-ranges and wide oblique angles that will be required for many commercial and industrial applications. These detection metrics are the output of a MATLAB TDD behavioral model encompassing the radar hardware-chain as well as environmental considerations such as clutter. The proposed MESA-ABSAA system is compact and lightweight enough to mount on group-2 (21lbs MGTOW) UAS, yet capable enough to meet the requirements of much larger and faster platforms. Top of Page

FPOTom Driscoll is Founder and CTO of Echodyne. Prior to Echodyne, Tom was Managing Director of the Metamaterials Commercialization Center at Intellectual Ventures, where he led metamaterials R&D, including the initial technology behind both Echodyne and Evolv Technologies. Tom holds a PhD in physics with a concentration in metamaterials from UCSD, and a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd. Top of Page

5G: Opportunities, Challenges, and Technologies - The Internet of Tomorrow

Abstract: The upcoming fifth generation (5G) of mobile communication systems will impact our life more than any other wireless technology in the past by enabling a seamlessly connected society in the 2020 timeframe. This presentation will preview the expected disruptive market opportunities, new applications, and the technologies needed to facilitate the holistic integration of cellular, WiFi, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other wireless systems into a heterogeneous Internet of Tomorrow with extraordinary capabilities that brings together people, data, and “things”, and a myriad of new applications.

5G is expected to create massive new markets in secure autonomous transport systems, smart cities and grids, health care, agriculture, construction, and many more market disruptions. Key technological challenges and research directions will be discussed in the domains of network architecture, air interface, security, and utilization of cloud systems to address the daunting 5G/IoT requirements of latencies of 1ms, significant increases in security and resilience, as well as a massive increase in throughput. Top of Page

FPORichard D. Gitlin is a State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar, Distinguished University Professor, and the Agere Systems Chaired Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has a record of significant contributions that have been sustained and prolific over several decades.

Dr. Gitlin is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the IEEE, a Bell Laboratories Fellow, and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is also a co-recipient of the 2005 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and the IEEE S.O. Rice prize (1995), has co-authored a communications text, published more than 100 papers, including 3 prize-winning papers, and holds 55 US patents.

After receiving his doctorate at Columbia University, he joined Bell Laboratories, where he worked for 32-years performing and leading pioneering research and development in digital communications, broadband networking, and wireless systems including: co-invention of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), multicode CDMA (used in 3/4G wireless), and pioneering the use of smart antennas (“MIMO”) for wireless systems At his retirement, Dr. Gitlin was Senior VP for Communications and Networking Research at Bell Labs, a multi-national research organization with over 500 professionals. After retiring from Lucent, he was visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, and later he was Chief Technology Officer of Hammerhead Systems, a venture funded networking company in Silicon Valley.

Since joining USF in 2008, his research has focused on the intersection of communications with bio-medical engineering and created an interdisciplinary team that is focused on wireless networking in vivo miniature wirelessly controlled devices to advance minimally invasive surgery and other cyber-physical health care systems as well as on 5G systems.

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