Organizing Committee

Doug Zuckerman, General Chair

Mahmoud Daneshmand, Program Co-Chair

Stuart Mason Dambrot, Program Co-Chair

John Barr, Treasurer

Celia Desmond, DEP Chair

Tom Coughlin

Steve Diamond

Upkar Dhaliwal

Kathy Grise

Bichlien Hoang

Kathleen Kramer

Rakesh Kumar

Fabrizio Lombardi

Christine Miyachi

Roberto Saracco

Raj Tiwari

William Tonti

Yu Yuan


Doug Zuckerman, TTM 2018 General Chair

An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Doug Zuckerman is a past IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, USA, and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he is still active in standards as a representative to the OpenFog Consortium as a board member. He is also a consulting employee for Vencore Labs. He currently serves on the IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors and the IEEE Future Directions Committee.


Mahmoud DaneshmandMahmoud Daneshmand, TTM 2018 Program Co-Chair, Emeritus, Assistant Chief Scientist, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, and Executive Director, AT&T Shannon Labs

Dr. Daneshmand is Professor of Department of Business Intelligence & Analytics as well as Department of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 35 years of Industry & University experience as Professor, Researcher, Assistant Chief Scientist, Executive Director, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Technology Leader, Chairman of Department, and Dean of College at: Bell Laboratories; AT&T Shannon Labs–Research; University of California, Berkeley; University of Texas, Austin; Sharif University of Technology; University of Tehran; New York University; and Stevens Institute of Technology.

He has Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley; M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Tehran.

He is well recognized within the academia and industry and holds key leadership roles in IEEE Journal Publications, Conferences, and Industry – IEEE Partnership. He has served as General Chair, Keynote Chair, Panel Chair, and Technical Chair of many IEEE major conferences. He has given several Keynote speeches in IEEE as well as international conferences. He is an expert on IoT and Big Data Streams Analytics.


Stuart Mason Dambrot, TTM 2018 Program Co-Chair, Transdisciplinary Researcher, Research Fellow at Brain Machine Interface Consortium, and Research Fellow at Artificial General Intelligence Society

Stuart Mason Dambrot is a Transdisciplinary Researcher, Research Fellow at Brain Machine Interface Consortium, and Research Fellow at Artificial General Intelligence Society. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society; IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society; IEEE Brain Community; IEEE Life Sciences Community; IEEE Nanotechnology Council; IEEE Sensors Council; World Future Society; Humanity+ (previous Board Member); and Lifeboat Foundation (Advisory Board). Stuart has recently published (on IEEE Xplore) Exocortical Cognition: Heads in the Cloud, and (on The Zeitgeist of Change: The evolutionary neurobiology of political behavior and Of Mind and Money: Post-scarcity economics and human nature.


John BarrJohn Barr, TTM 2018 Treasurer

John Barr retired after 37 years from Agilent Technologies / Hewlett Packard in 2008. He served in various engineering R&D roles, including as the R&D Manager/Director for Agilent’s Wireless Semiconductor Test Solutions. John was involved in the development and design of RF and Microwave component measurement systems for R&D labs and high volume RFIC manufacturing test systems.

John is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and has been active in the IEEE for many years including as 2002 President of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTTS), active on the IEEE Technical Activities Board & also the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board and in 2013-2014 served on the IEEE Board of Directors and was IEEE Treasurer.

John has been in involved in many IEEE conferences including as General Chair of the 2006 IEEE MTTS International Microwave Symposium and the General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Radio & Wireless Week.


Celia DesmondCelia Desmond, TTM 2018 DEP Chair, M.Eng, PMP, SM IEEE, Lead Project Manager at Echologics and Owner, World Class – Telecommunications

Celia Desmond, Lead Project Manager for Echologics Engineering has established a Project Management Office for a rapidly growing company, where her team manages all proposals, contracts and processes for the project managers. She is also President of World Class – Telecommunications, which provides training in telecommunications management. Celia has lectured internationally on programs for success in today’s changing environment. She recently completed a project converting the network of a major Canadian bank to an MPLS network. As a Director at Stentor Resource Center Inc., she was instrumental in establishing culture and new processes for service/product development and for project governance. At Bell Canada, Celia provided strategic direction to corporate planners, ran technology/service trials, standardized equipment, and provided technical and project management support to large business clients.

She has held numerous senior management positions at IEEE including Project Director for Certification in Wireless Engineering Technology, managing a team of over 200 people in 8 different development areas, Director and Secretary of IEEE, IEEE Vice President – Technical Activities, President of IEEE Communications Society. President of IEEE Canada, Division Director, Vice President Engineering Management Society.. Celia holds MSc. Engineering, B.Sc. Mathematics & Psychology, Ontario Teaching Certificate and PMP certification. Celia is the author of Project Management for Telecommunications Managers (Springer). Her pocket book Project Management for Telecommunications Projects was published by Wiley in 2010.


Tom CoughlinTom Coughlin,  President Elect, IEEE-USA, President, Coughlin Associates

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant. He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies. Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which was published by Newnes Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, the IEEE (he is Director for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (, a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the Creative Storage Conference ( He is the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit. He is a Senior member of the IEEE, Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV). For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to


Upkar Dhaliwal, IEEE TTM 2018 Local Arrangements, IEEE San Diego Section Chair, IEEE COM-SOC Region 6 NA Board Member,IEEE IOT-J Steering ExCOM, SDN-I, 5G-I, CEO FutureWireless Technologies, Biz Dev: Cognition Systems, Phluido, AgShift, Big DataFederation

Upkar Dhaliwal is an Parallel Entrepreneur and Wireless Technology subject matter expert on Mobility, He has hands on wireless and internet experience undertaking Application, Intellectual Property, Business Development and Technical advisor support on Present and Future Wireless Technologies and its product development for start ups, OEMs, private equity and with most of Market Leaders.A Professional Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council UK, He is a Senior Wireless & RF System Architect Executive an industry expert serving on numerous industrial/technical/policy bodies with US National Policy influences and technical societies with specialized knowledge and technical leadership for many Start up and the investment community.

At present, he is working on beyond 4G charting towards 5G in terms of Cognitive Radios, Distributed Mesh Sensor Radios and beyond LTE-Advance into the World of Big Data and Internet of Things IoT that will drive next generation of Internet. He is a volunteer in many IEEE roles. He grew up in West London England and studied for Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Engineering, Leeds and University College London Universities respectively, leading to early career experiences & contributions in device modeling, circuit design and subsystem developments where he led World wide engineering teams in some World Class Firsts. Some new Firsts are still being implemented in MANET connected devices, Hybrid Cloud Services and Predictive Insight Big Data.


Stephen L. Diamond, IEEE Future Directions Committee Chair

Stephen Diamond is the founder and chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative and the IEEE Cloud Computing Standards Committee. He was 2003 President of the IEEE Computer Society, and served as Computer Society Treasurer in 2001, Vice President for Standards in 1999-2000, and Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Micro Magazine from 1995-98. Steve served on the IEEE Board of Directors twice, in 2005-06 and 2009-10, and chaired its Marketing & Sales and Strategic Planning Committees. He was a founding member and Vice Chair of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors in 2001-02. Steve has more than 30 years of senior management, marketing, mergers & acquisitions, business development, industry standards, strategic planning, and engineering management experience in computer hardware, software, and semiconductors.

He is Global Standards Officer and General Manager of the Industry Standards Office at EMC Corporation, a multinational Fortune 500 cloud computing, big data, and IT solutions provider headquartered in Hopkinton, MA. Prior to EMC, Steve was Director of Product Management for Intercloud Computing at Cisco Systems, where he built what was at the time the largest AWS-compatible cloud outside of Amazon, and was responsible for Cisco’s cloud computing industry standards program. Before that, he was Vice President of Marketing at Equator Technologies, a very-long-instruction-word signal-processing chip startup, Vice President of Business Development at Tycho Networks, Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at National Semiconductor, and Director of SPARC Marketing at Sun Microsystems.

Steve is a prolific speaker on cloud computing, the Intercloud, and big data, recently serving as General Co-Chair of IEEE CloudCom, and has authored more than 20 technical publications on cloud computing, memory and microprocessor technology, signal processing, expert systems, and computer graphics. Steve was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the IEEE Computer Society “Golden Core” in 1997.


Kathy GriseKathy Grise,Senior Program Director – IEEE Future Directions

Kathy Grise is the Senior Program Director of IEEE Future Directions which supports new technology initiatives and is the IEEE Staff Program Director for the Big Data Initiative, Smart Materials Initiative, the IEEE Technology Navigator, and manages the digital presence team for Future Directions. Prior to joining the IEEE staff, Ms. Grise held numerous positions at IBM, and most recently was a Senior Engineering Manager for Process Design Kit Enablement in the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center. Ms. Grise led the overall IT infrastructure implementation and software development in support of semiconductor device modeling verification, packaging, and delivery; device measurement and characterization data collection and management, and automation for device modeling engineers. Ms. Grise is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, and an IEEE Senior member.


Bichlien HoangBichlien Hoang,IEEE Senior Member

Bichlien Hoang is a former Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions. She managed the Life Sciences Initiative and was the Program Manager for the IEEE Rebooting Computing initiative. Prior to joining the IEEE staff in 2004, Bichlien spent 24 years in the telecommunications industry, at Bell Labs, Bellcore and Telcordia, where her latest position was Vice-President, Network Engineering. Bichlien is an IEEE Senior Member.


Kathleen KramerKathleen Kramer, Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of San Diego, California

Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego and Director-Elect to IEEE Region 6 (Western USA). She also serves as a Vice-President for the IEEE Aerospace Electronics Systems Society (AESS), leading its Distinguished Lecturer program and the AESS cyber security technical panel. She has been a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, Hewlett Packard, and Bell Communications Research. She is a former department chair and Director of Engineering for the University of San Diego and currently serves as a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. She has recent publications in the areas of multisensor data fusion, intelligent systems, and neural and fuzzy systems, and cyber security. She received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering magna cum laude with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She supports a number of student outreach activities including IEEE Region 6 Student Mentoring initiative and San Diego Expand Your Horizons.


Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D., President and CEO, TCX Technology Connexions

Dr. Rakesh Kumar is a semiconductor industry veteran, an entrepreneur, and an educator. He is President and CEO of TCX Technology Connexions, a company which provides management, business, entrepreneurial and technical ‘bridging the gaps’ consulting services in advanced semiconductor technology and virtual operations areas. Clients include emerging fabless IC companies, mid-size and large, Fortune 500 IC companies, as well as leading research organizations. Currently he educates and mentors potential entrepreneurs at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Kumar authored the book “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”, published by McGraw Hill. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and active volunteer since late 1980’s. He was the President of IEEE’s 10,000 member Solid-State Circuits Society during 2012-13.

During his 42 year career in the semiconductor industry Dr. Kumar has also been the VP&GM of Cadence Design’s worldwide Silicon Technology Services business unit, and has held various technical and management positions at Unisys and Motorola.

He received the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1974 and 1971 respectively. He graduated from IIT Delhi in 1969 with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He received an Executive MBA from the University of California, San Diego in 1989.


Fabrizio LombardiFabrizio Lombardi, ITC Endowed Professor, Northeastern University, Boston.

Fabrizio Lombardi graduated in 1977 from the University of Essex (UK) with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering. In 1977 he joined the Microwave Research Unit at University College London, where he received the Master in Microwaves and Modern Optics (1978), the Diploma in Microwave Engineering (1978) and the Ph.D. from the University of London (1982).
He is currently the holder of the International Test Conference (ITC) Endowed Chair Professorship at Northeastern University, Boston. His research interests are bio-inspired and nano manufacturing/computing, VLSI design, testing, and fault/defect tolerance of digital systems. He has extensively published in these areas and coauthored/edited seven books.

Christine Miyachi, Xerox

Christine Miyachi has almost 30 years of experience working for startups and large corporations. She writes a blog about software architecture: She is currently a systems engineer  at Xerox Corporation and holds several patents.  She works on Xerox’s Extensible Interface Platform which is a software platform upon which developers can use standard web-based tools to create  applications that can be configured to use on Xerox devices. Miyachi graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in electrical engineering. She holds two MIT degrees: an MS in technology and policy/electrical engineering and computer science and an MS in System Design and Management. See more about Chris at


Roberto SaraccoRoberto Saracco, President of EIT ICTLABS Italy and Head of EIT Digital (European Institute of Innovation and Technology for the Digital Transformation) Industrial Doctoral School, IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Chair.

Roberto Saracco is the President of EIT ICTLABS Italy and Head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital. His background is in math and computer science. Up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 16 books.

Rajiv Tiwari (Raj), IEEE Digital Reality Co-Chair

Raj Tiwari is a Futurist and leading Digital Transformation leader. In last 23 years of his global experience, Raj has shared his expertise and helped several Fortune 500 Companies. Raj is Johnson & Johnson Technology manger and Immersive Technologies Global Service Owner (JJTS).  Raj is serving Judge panel of MIT’s flagship initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) – The Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC).

Raj is also associated with several world’s leading professional associations (IEEE, APICS and CSCMP) and contributing to many industries. He has been Vice Chair (PACE-NJC) of IEEE, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation.

For five consecutive years, Raj was nominated as a Board of Directors member and elected as Vice-President (PSJC) of APICS, the leading professional association since 1957 for supply chain and operations management.

Raj’s contributions doesn’t limited to helping industry level. Raj is dedicated and passionate about helping and advancing millennials STEM skills and the workforce for the future via innovation.

Bill TontiBill Tonti, Director, IEEE Future Directions

Dr. Tonti holds a BSEE from Northeastern University, an MSEE and a P.h.D from the University of Vermont, and an MBA from St. Michael’s College. He retired from IBM in 2009 after 30+ years of service, working as the lead semiconductor technologist for a large part of his career. Dr. Tonti holds in excess of 290 issued patents, and has been recognized as an IBM Master Inventor. He was honored by having his 250’th patent issue transcribed into the U.S. Congressional Record. Dr. Tonti is a Fellow of the IEEE, a past IEEE Reliability Society President, a recipient of the IEEE Reliability Engineer of the Year award, and the IEEE 3rd Millennium medal. Dr. Tonti joined IEEE in 2009 as the Director of IEEE Future Directions where he works alongside staff and volunteers to incubate new technologies within the IEEE.


Yu YuanYu Yuan, Founder, CATE Global and CEO, Motiveware Technology

Dr. Yu Yuan founded CATE Global, a multinational think tank focusing on bringing world-class expertise to clients and projects in China, USA, and the rest of the world. He is also serving as the CEO of Motiveware Technology, a company developing and providing technologies and standards for mobile internet, location based services, connected vehicles, drones, and 3D printing. Prior to this he had been working for IBM Research and was a key contributor to IBM IoT Technology Center. Dr. Yuan is a veteran researcher and practitioner in the areas of Transportation, Consumer Electronics, and Internet of Things.

Dr. Yuan is serving as the Standards Chair of IEEE CE Society, the Chair of China Operations at IEEE CE Society, the Chair of IEEE Digital Senses Initiative, the Chair of IEEE SCC42 Transportation, the Secretary & Standards Chair of IEEE Transportation Electrification Community, a Board Member and the SCC Coordinator of IEEE-SA Standards Board, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine.