IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications


Title: IoT Developments in Connectivity for Industrial, Infrastructure, and Individual Applications

The Internet of Things Applications are the ultimate manifestation of value.  In IoT the composition of solutions, their development, deployment, and operation varies widely as do the specific implementations for connectivity.  This panel brings together business leaders and technologists who are intimately Involved with and responsible for IoT Applications.  The panelists will share their experiences and views with a focus on connectivity and communications, describing how current and future planned approaches can fulfill their connectivity needs.  The panel will also discuss the work that needs to be done to enable IoT to reach its full potential.


Adam DrobotAdam Drobot, Chairman, OpenTechWorks, Inc. and Chair, IEEE IoT Activities Board

Dr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with management expertise and over forty years of experience with business, government, and academia. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies and the company’s CTO from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC from 1975 to 2002. Adam has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems and software for managing the design and production of complex platforms. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. He is currently a member of Several Corporate Boards, the FCC Technology Advisory Council, and he also Chairs the Awards Recognition Council for the IEEE and the IEEE IoT Activities Board. Adam is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Chairs the TIA Technology Committee. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.


Michael StarsinicMike Starsinic, Principle Engineer - InterDigital, USA

Michael Starsinic in a Principal Engineer in InterDigital’s IoT Solutions Business Unit. For the past 7 years, his research interests have been centered on IoT related communication technologies. Since 2015, he has represented Convida Wireless in 3GPP’s System Architecture Working Group 2 (SA2). While participating in 3GPP SA2, he has been active contributor on IoT related topics such as Service Capability Exposure, Non-IP Data Delivery, Power Saving Mode, Cellular IoT, etc. Prior to his participation in 3GPP, he represented InterDigital in the Small Cell Forum’s Network Architecture Group where he focused on Integrated Small Cell Wi-Fi Networks (ISWNs). Michael has been working on cellular communications technologies such as 3G FDD/TDD, LTE, and 5G since 2001. His experience spans multiple areas of the network and protocol stack including the physical layer, application layer, and mobile core network.

Presentation: Creating Scalable IoT Platforms


christopher vossChristopher Voss, Electronic Design Engineer, CAE Healthcare

Christopher Voss is an electronic design engineer at CAE Healthcare, a position he has occupied since 2013. Prior to joining CAE he developed medical devices at several startup companies dating back to 2007. He worked as a RF engineer at Qualcomm from 2003 to 2006. He received a M.S. in from Stanford University in 2002 and a B. Eng. from McGill University in 2000, both in the field of Electrical Engineering.


Presentation: IoT Developments in Connectivity Panel

Yang YangYang Yang, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, ShanghaiTech University, China

Yang Yang is currently a professor with Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, serving as the Director of CAS Key Laboratory of Wireless Sensor Network and Communication, and the Director of Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications (WiCO). He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor with the School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University. Prior to that, he has held faculty positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Brunel University, and University College London (UCL), Yang is a member of the Chief Technical Committee of the National Science and Technology Major Project “New Generation Mobile Wireless Broadband Communication Networks” (2008-2020), which is funded by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. In addition, he is on the Chief Technical Committee for the National 863 Hi-Tech R&D Program “5G System R&D Major Projects”, which is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China. Since January 2017, he has been serving the OpenFog Consortium as the Director for Greater China Region. Yang’s current research interests include wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, Fog computing, Open 5G, and advanced wireless testbeds. He has published more than 150 papers and filed over 80 technical patents in wireless communications.

Presentation: Massive IoT Monitoring System for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China


Juan Carlos ZúñigaJuan Carlos Zúñiga, Senior Standardization Expert, Sigfox

Juan Carlos Zúñiga is Senior Standardization Expert, currently leading the networking standardization activities at SIGFOX, a global IoT LPWAN Service Provider.  He has contributed and held leadership roles in different standards fora, such as IEEE 802, IETF, ETSI and 3GPP. He is currently co-chair of the IETF Internet Area WG and he used to chair the IEEE 802 EC Privacy Recommendation SG. He has previously worked with InterDigital and Harris Communications in Canada, Nortel Networks in the UK, and Kb/Tel in Mexico. Juan Carlos received his engineering degree from the UNAM, Mexico, and his MSc from the Imperial College London, UK. He has several peer-reviewed publications and he has been guest editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine. Juan Carlos is inventor of over 50 granted patents.

Presentation: LPWAN & the Real Massive IoT