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Project Information

Project Information


2022 Panel on Review of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Communications Technology Laboratory


Project Scope:

NASEM shall form a panel of experts who shall perform an independent technical assessment of the quality of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL). The panel shall hold a virtual site visit to the CTL in Boulder, CO, to conduct an in-depth technical assessment of CTL's work. The panel will then use any materials provided by NIST before the remote site visit, and the results of that site visit, to draft a report that reflects the expert consensus of the panel.  

The assessment will address the following factors at the request of the NIST Director:

1.     Assess the organization’s technical programs.

·       How does the quality of the research compare to similar world-class research in the technical program areas?

·       Is the quality of the technical programs adequate for the organization to reach its technical objectives? How could it be improved?

2. Assess the portfolio of scientific expertise within the organization.

·       Does the organization have world-class scientific expertise in the areas of the organization’s mission and program objectives? If not, in what areas should it be improved?

·       How well does the organization’s scientific expertise support the organization’s technical programs and the organization’s ability to achieve its stated objectives?

3. Assess the adequacy of the organization’s facilities, equipment, and human resources.

·       How well do the facilities, equipment, and human resources support the organization’s technical programs and its ability to achieve its stated objectives? How could they be improved?

4. Assess the effectiveness by which the organization disseminates its program outputs.

·       How well are the organization’s research programs driven by stakeholder needs?

·       How effective are the dissemination methods and technology transfer mechanisms used by the organization? Are these mechanisms sufficiently comprehensive?

·       How well is this organization monitoring stakeholder use and impact of program outputs? How could this be improved?

 


Status: Current

PIN: DEPS-LAB-21-04

Project Duration (months): 12 month(s)

RSO: Myska, James

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Laboratory Assessments Board

Topic(s):

Computers and Information Technology
Engineering and Technology


Parent Project(s): N/A


Child Project(s): N/A



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 05/11/2022

Cynthia S. Hood - (Chair)
CYNTHIA HOOD is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering within the Computer Science Department at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is also the director of the Wireless Networks, Communication and Policy (WiNComP) Research Center. WiNComP operates the IIT Spectrum Observatory which has been monitoring the 30-6000 MHz spectrum in Chicago since 2007. Her current research focuses on utilizing AI/ML techniques to automate the labeling and analysis of spectrum measurements by combining quantitative and qualitative information. Other research interests include spectrum management, network management, socio-technical systems and computing in public policy. Dr. Hood is currently a member of Representative Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) Science, Technology & Environment Advisory Council for the 117th Congress. She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM. She received her B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic in 1987, her M.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1997.
Nathan R. Brooks
NATHAN R. BROOKS is Senior Technical Fellow for Boeing in Electromagnetics (EM) & Antenna Systems. Dr. Brooks primarily provides technical expertise and leadership for Boeing’s Signal Intelligence capabilities. He has 20 years of experience in EM and numerical optimization including graduate and postdoctoral research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Center for Advanced Power Systems, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Dr. Brooks is a key contributor to advanced EM capability efforts for military, government, and commercial customers, including DARPA & IARPA. He performs 3D EM modeling and simulation of antenna systems on air, land, sea, and underwater platforms; antenna selection, characterization, and performance predictions for communication, jamming, beam-forming, and direction-finding; co-site and radio frequency propagation analysis. He develops inverse problem solving algorithms for challenging applications such as navigation in urban or GPS denied areas, power based geo-location, and underground target detection. He is a leading member of site survey, system design, and installation teams for programs around the world. Dr. Brooks received multiple BEYA conference awards; the 2019 NSBE Golden Torch Lifetime Achievement in Industry award; and 2020 Boeing Defense Engineer of the Year. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University.
Milind M. Buddhikot
MILIND M. BUDDHIKOT is currently a Nokia Bell Labs Fellow and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) in Nokia Cloud and Network Services (CNS) business unit. He serves as the Head of Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) New Jersey (NJ) Technology Center and as the Head of End-to-End Spectrum Solutions for NDAC business division. In these roles, he leads a group of engineers to research, develop and build end-to-end wireless and cloud solutions for next generation of networks for industrial automation. In a research career spanning 22+ years, of which 20 were in Bell Laboratories, he has made significant contributions, scientifically as well as to the business aspects of wireless, IP and multi-media networking. Dr. Buddhikot’s areas of expertise include wireless networks, large scale networked systems, video communications, network security and mobile and cloud computing. His recent work focuses on developing end-to-end architectures, systems, protocols and cloud solutions for dynamic spectrum access (DSA), spectrum aggregation and sharing, service load balancers, high capacity video transport, large scale internet-of-things, and emerging drone applications. He has authored 47+ technical papers and holds 18 US or international patents, some of which are in the key areas of spectrum sharing and aggregation. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Buddhikot’s research publications have recorded 9200+ citations (H-index: 43, i10-index: 73) and are well recognized within the research community. Dr. Buddhikot’s research has correctly predicted new technology directions well ahead in time. For example, four concepts he pioneered and researched, namely the concept of database coordinated dynamic spectrum access (2004), ultra-broadband small cells using shared spectrum (2009), policy driven flexible multiband spectrum and link aggregation (2012) and 3.5 GHz CBRS End-To-End Architecture and Protocols (2015) have now emerged or have already been established as new technology and US wireless policy directions. Dr. Buddhikot is a recipient of the Bell Labs President's Silver Award for outstanding innovations and contributions (2003), Bell Labs Team Award (2003), Lucent Chairman's Team Award (2006), Alcatel-Lucent DMTS award (2012), Nokia Bell Labs Fellow Award (2018), Nokia Top Innovator Award (2019) and Nokia Business Excellence Award (2020). Dr. Buddhikot has been a co-founder and chief architect of three wireless technology ventures and has successfully transitioned assets created in his research projects to business divisions. Dr. Buddhikot is a co-founder of the IEEE DySPAN symposium, which has emerged as a premier conference on the topic of Dynamic Spectrum Access. He has served as an Associate Editor of prestigious IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and Elsevier’s Computer Networks Journal, secured 1.35+ million dollars in research funding and regularly participates in FCC, NSF and conference panels and TPC committees of major IEEE and ACM conferences. Dr. Buddhikot has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the WINNFORUM Spectrum Sharing Working Group that developed 3.5 GHz CBRS Industry Standards. In the recent past, he has also served as the Co-chair of FCC TAC Working Group on Future Unlicensed Services (2015), member of FCC TAC Working group on Future Spectrum Sharing and Chair/coordinator of DySPAN Steering Committee (2012-2015). Dr. Buddhikot has frequently delivered invited presentations and tutorials on future technology directions to audiences in top-tier research forums and trade shows and to business customers world-wide.
L. Jean Camp
L JEAN CAMP is currently employed Professor at the Luddy School with appointments in Informatics and Computing Science at Indiana University. She joined Indiana after eight years at Harvard’s Kennedy School where her courses were also listed in Harvard Law, Harvard Business, and the Engineering Systems Division of MIT. Dr. Camp is a member of the 2022 class of Fellows of the ACM. She was selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers since 2018. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017. She was inducted into Sigma Xi the national research honor society in 2017. She spent the year after earning my doctorate from Carnegie Mellon as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. She began her career as an engineer at Catawba Nuclear Station after a double major in electrical engineering and mathematics, followed by a MSEE in optoelectronics at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Thomas C. Clancy, III
T. CHARLES CLANCY serves as a senior vice president at MITRE where he heads MITRE Labs. There he leads a team of over 4,000 scientists, engineers, and clinicians in solving problems for a safer world, through the Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) operated by MITRE on behalf of the federal government. Previously he served as the Bradley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and started his career as a researcher at the National Security Agency. Dr. Clancy’s field of expertise is in wireless communications and information security, with major contributions to the fields of spectrum sharing, wireless/mobile security, and machine learning for signal processing. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2021, and serves on the board of directors for AFCEA. Additionally, Dr. Clancy has helped launch several venture-backed startups in wireless, including Federated Wireless, HawkEye 360, DeepSig, and SecureG. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and BS in Computer Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Andrew Clegg
ANDREW CLEGG is the Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google. He is presently focused primarily on identifying spectrum sharing opportunities wireless networks and services. Prior to joining Google, he served as the spectrum manager for the U.S. National Science Foundation for 11 years. At NSF, he founded the Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) program, a $50 million program dedicated to funding academic and small business research focused on improving spectrum efficiency and access. Prior to NSF, he was a Lead Member of Technical Staff at what is now AT&T Mobility. He has over 20 years' experience in national and international spectrum management for both government, and commercial applications, and He was a member of the U.S. delegation to two World Radiocommunication Conferences. Dr. Clegg has previously served on the National Academies’ panel on Achieving Science with CubeSats, and was the NSF sponsor for the National Academies’ Committee on Radio Frequencies.
Rhonda Franklin
RHONDA R. FRANKLIN is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the IEM Abbott Professor for Innovative Education at the University of Minnesota. She obtained a BSEE from Texas A&M University and MS/PhD from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering. Her research investigates planar circuits and antennas, integration/packaging techniques, and characterizes electronic/magnetic nanomaterials and liquids for communication, biomedical and nanomedicine applications. She has co-authored over 130-refereed conferences and journals, six book chapters, and has nine patents and disclosures. In IEEE MTT-S, she served as MWCL associate editor, Journal of Microwaves Editorial Board member, MTT-S Technical Coordination Committee past chair of Integration and Packaging, and International Microwave Syposium TPRC packaging and interconnect subcommittee chair. To broaden participation, she co-founded and led IMS Project Connect in microwave engineering and is co-Director of the Institute for Engineering and Medicine (IEM) Inspire Program in biomedical engineering. She is a researcher and Integration Director in the NSF ATP-Bio ERC to advance bio-preservation of biological systems. Select awards include NSF PECASE, IEEE N. Walter Cox Service Award, IEEE MGA Diversity, and Inclusion Award, University of Minnesota Sara Evans Faculty Scholar Leader, and University of Michigan’s Distinguished Alumni Educator.
Monish Ghosh
MONISHA GHOSH is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She is also the Policy Outreach Director for SpectrumX (https://www.spectrumx.org/), the first NSF Center for Spectrum Innovation. Her research interests are in the development of next generation wireless systems: cellular, Wi-Fi and IoT, with an emphasis on spectrum sharing and coexistence and applications of machine learning to improve network performance. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame in 2022, Dr. Ghosh was the Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Communications Commission, a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, Research Professor at the University of Chicago and spent 24 years in industry research at Bell Labs, Philips Research and Interdigital. She obtained her B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and Ph.D. from USC. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Thomas L. Marzetta
THOMAS L. MARZETTA, NAE is Distinguished Industry Professor at New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering, ECE Department, and Director of NYU WIRELESS. Prior to joining NYU in 2017, he had three industrial research careers: petroleum exploration (Schlumberger-Doll Research 1978-1987), defense (Nichols Research 1987-1995), and telecommunications (Bell Labs 1995-2017). At Bell Labs, he directed the Communications and Statistical Sciences Department within the former Mathematical Sciences Research Center and he was elected a Bell Labs Fellow. He originated Massive MIMO, the most spectrally efficient wireless scheme yet devised and a foundation of 5G wireless. He is lead-author of the book “Fundamentals of Massive MIMO”. Dr. Marzetta was elected a member of National Academy of Engineering in 2020. Additional recognition includes the 2019 Radio Club of America Armstrong Medal, 2017 IEEE Communication Society Industrial Innovation Award, 2015 IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize, and 2015 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Award. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Linköping University, Sweden, in 2015. Dr. Marzetta received the PhD and SB in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and 1972, and the MS in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania in 1973.
David R. Oran
DAVID ORAN was a Fellow at Cisco Systems until 2016. He is now independent and pursuing his research interests in a number of areas, including in-network computing and Information Centric Networking. He also has an appointment as a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Laboratory. His recent work has been in congestion control for ICN and using ICN as a substrate for modern distributed computing languages. His long-term technical interests lie in the areas of Quality of Service, Internet multimedia, routing, and security. He was part of the original team that started Cisco's Voice-over-IP business in 1996 and helped grow it into a multi-billion dollar revenue stream. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Oran worked in the network architecture group at Digital Equipment, where he designed routing algorithms and a distributed directory system. Mr. Oran has led a number of industry standards efforts. He was a member of the Internet Architecture Board, co-chair of the Speech Services working group, and served a term as area director for Routing in the IETF. He currently serves as co-Chair of the Information Centric Networking Research Group of the IRTF. He was on the board of the SIP Forum from its inception through 2008. He also serves on the technical advisory boards of a number of venture-backed firms in the networking and telecommunication sectors. Mr. Oran has a B.A. in English from Haverford College.
Morris Repeta
MORRIS REPETA leads the Advanced Wireless Technology group in the office of the CTO at Dell. Mr. Repeta has more than 35 years of experience in semiconductor fabrication and design and advanced wireless technology R&D at Nortel Networks, BlackBerry, Huawei Technologies and now Dell. He has involved in radio related work from 2G to now beyond 5G and 6G from 700MHz to 86GHz. His last seven years at Huawei were focused on the design RFICs and Antenna-in-Package used to demonstrate a mulit-hotspot access with 200Gbps data at 71-73.4GHz. Mr. Repeta holds a B.ENG and M.Eng in Engineering Physics from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and a MBA from the University of Ottawa and he is a Senior IEEE Member
Bishal Thapa
BISHAL THAPA is a recognized research leader in the field of cognitive wireless networks and wireless security. Dr. Thapa joined Raytheon BBN in 2011. He got his PhD in wireless communication and security from Northeastern University, Boston MA. His PhD thesis work focused on jamming and anti-jamming of wireless communication. Since he has been in BBN, he has been a PI or a tech lead on many DARPA tactical data networking and wireless security projects. Currently he is a PI on a multi-domain tactical Internet project that connects seabed sensors with space networks in-situ. He is also the networks lead on ongoing 5G Network Enhancement project at Hill AFB. He has won best paper award from ACM WiSec 2011, been nominated as one of the 50 DARPA Risers from across the US defense and academic institutions in 2015, won Raytheon Technical Excellence, Innovation awards and recently received the Presidential coin. He participated in DARPA Hackfest and DARPA Spectrum Challenge where his team won the first prize in the cooperative spectrum challenge. He also recently led a team to 2nd place win on Navy’s Project Overmatch AINETX Networking challenge. He is an open source GNURadio and Battle of Meshes enthusiast
Daniela Tuninetti
DANIELA TUNINETTI is a professor and the department head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), which she joined in 2005. Dr. Tuninetti received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Télécom ParisTech Paris, France, in 2002. She was a post-doctoral research associate with the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, from 2002 to 2004. She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2007. She was named University of Illinois Scholar in 2015. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer and a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Information Theory Society. She is a fellow of IEEE. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter from 2006 to 2008. She was an Editor of IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS from 2006 to 2009, of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications from 2011 to 2014; of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory from 2014 to 2017; she is currently an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications. Dr. Tuninetti is a leader in the area of multi-user information theory--a highly mathematical branch of electrical engineering that seeks to understand the fundamental limits of data communication and compression in networks in a technology independent way. She has published over 200 papers in the most prestigious peer-reviewed international journals and conferences in the field. Her current work is focused on high reliability and low latency wireless communications, and on cache-aided distributed computing.
James Myska - (Staff Officer)

Events


Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This will be a follow-up meeting on Next-Generation Wireless research with CTL.

Please contact Azeb Getachew at agetachew@nas.edu or Jim Myska at Jmyska@nas.edu for more information.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
https://CTL-Next-Gen-Wireless.eventbrite.com

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This will be a follow-up meeting on Public Safety Communications Research with CTL PSCR Team.

Please contact Azeb Getachew at agetachew@nas.edu or Jim Myska at Jmyska@nas.edu for more information.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
https://CTL-PSCR.eventbrite.com

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
-

Description :   

This will be a follow-up session on Spectrum Sensing and Sharing with CTL staff.

Please contact Azeb Getachew at agetachew@nas.edu or Jim Myska at Jmyska@nas.edu for more information.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
https://CTL-Spectrum-Sharing-and-Sensing.eventbrite.com

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This will be a follow up meeting on Smart infrastructure and Manufacturing with CTL staff..

Please contact Azeb Getachew at agetachew@nas.edu or Jim Myska at Jmyska@nas.edu for more information.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
https://CTL-SIM.eventbrite.com

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This will be a follow up Q&A (questions and answers) session on Core Networks with CTL staff.

Registration information to come. Please contact Azeb Getachew at agetachew@nas.edu for more information.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
https://CTL-Core-Networks.eventbrite.com

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This will be the panel's meeting with the Communications Technology Laboratory. It will consist mostly of open information-gathering sessions with some closed committee deliberation sessions. More information, including an agenda and registration information, will be coming soon.

Register at the link provided. Registrations will be accepted through May 19.



Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Cindy Hood
chair
Nathan Brooks
Milind Buddhikot
Jean Camp
Charles Clancy
Andy Clegg
Rhonda Franklin
Monisha Gosh
Tom Marzetta
David Oran
Morris Repeta
Bishal Thapa
Daniela Tuninetti

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The panel discussed the presentations from the Communications Technology Laboratory, what further information they need to draft the report, and planned the path forward.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 03, 2022
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

This will be an entirely closed meeting to conduct panel business and organize the panel for its work.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
N/A

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
N/A


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Jim Myska
Contact Email:  jmyska@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Cynthia Hood
chair
Nathan Brooks
Milind Buddhikot
Rhonda Franklin
Monish Gosh
Jean Camp
Andrew Clegg
Thomas Marzetta
David Oran
Bishal Thapa
Daniela Tuninetti

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The panel conducted its balance and composition discussion. The study director reviewed the statement of task, discussed the report drafting process, and presented the project plan. The chair organized the panel for the meeting next week and its work afterward.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Bias and composition slides, report realization process slides, project plan, agenda for May 23-25 meeting, chair's slides to organize the panel

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
May 16, 2022
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications

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