Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Panel Session: Patents – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Panel Organizers and Moderators:
Oren EliezerApplied Research Center, University of Texas at Dallas
Alfy RiddleKumu Networks, Sunnyvale, CA                                   
Osama Shanaa, MediaTek, Senior Director, RF Design
Shahriar Shahramian, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, NJ Technical Manager
Bogdan (Robert) Staszewski, University College Dublin, Ireland, Professor, IEEE Fellow
Howard Zaretsky, Zaretsky Group, Patent Attorney  
Curtis Ling, Maxlinear, San Diego, CA, Co-founder and CTO
Greg Kisor, Intellectual Ventures, Chief Technologist   
Patents have become an inseparable part of our engineering careers, and are often used (or abused?...) in evaluating companies or even individuals.  While the government’s patenting system was intended to allow inventors to capitalize on their intellectual property (IP), the sale or cross-licensing of patents, as well as royalty based revenues, appear to be overshadowed by a multi-billion industry of patent related lawsuits at present. Authors are often forbidden by their companies to publish their work at conferences such as this one, so as not to inadvertently reveal details that may trigger claims by a so-called “patent trolls”, and university collaboration is sometimes hindered by concerns over ownership of the IP. Our panelist will debate, with the audience’s participation, their views on the advantages and shortcomings in the existing system, including the discussion of specific examples.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Panel Session: Using Amateur Radio to Enhance Engineering Education

Panel Organizers and Moderators:

Suresh Ojha, National Instruments, Santa Clara, CA
David Witkowski, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
Beric Dunn, Tarana Wireless, Santa Clara, CA

Dennis Derickson, California Polytechnic University
Bob Iannucci, Carnegie Mellon University
Xiaoguang Liu, University of California, Davis 
Sanjeeb Panday, Tribhuvan University

Professors from universities in the United States and elsewhere will discuss the specific ways amateur radio is being integrated into their engineering education. They will discuss how they are using amateur radio, why electronics/engineering education using amateur radio is effective, and the impact amateur radio-based instruction has had on their curriculae and success of their graduates. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Panel Session: Are S-Parameters Dying? 
Panel Organizers and Moderators:
Alfy Riddle, Kumu Networks, Sunnyvale, CA
Jon Martens, Anritsu, Morgan Hill, CAIEEE Fellow 
Steven Maas, Nonlinear Technologies, Long Beach, CA, President, IEEE Fellow
Steve Cripps, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, Professor, IEEE Fellow
Dylan Williams, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder CO, President-Elect IEEE MTT Society, IEEE Fellow
Earl McCune, Eridan Communications, San Francisco, CA, CTO
This comes from a statement made in the book Practical Microwave Circuits by S. Maas – “Today one could argue that the need for S-parameters has disappeared”. Given the progress made by CMOS differential circuits and digital sampling possibly some people can now have a career in microwave hardware without using S-parameters. However, there should be enough people building power amplifiers and needing to measure their circuits (or LNAs that need matching for optimum source impedance) that an argument can be made that S-parameters are far from dead. We plan on six panelists with three arguing each side of the issue. The panel can also be informative about how the microwave industry is changing. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016
Panel Session: Doing Business in China
Panel Organizers and Moderators:
Richard Snyder, RS Microwave, Butler, NJ, President 
Jin-Cheng Zhao, CCPIT, in the PRC
Brandon Smith
, eMedia Asia, UBM
Ivar Bazzy
, Horizon House
Hu Aimin and Li Junwei, President CETC, China, Director General of International Cooperation, CETC
Doing business in China is no easy task! The presenters will provide guidance, ranging from “what is needed” to “how to provide it”, “where and with whom to start”, with coverage of hardware needs, publicity modalities and methodology and geopolitical concerns. In short, the session will provide a “starter kit” of the tools necessary for anyone or any company considering exporting products or services to, or potentially importing goods and services from, the rapidly burgeoning marketplace in China!