IEEE BlackSeaCom 2015
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Assoc. Prof. Todor Cooklev

Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)

TT1:  Open RF-digital interfaces and wireless ontologies

Abstract: The analog RF –digital interface has become increasingly important together with the advent of software-defined radio platforms and cognitive radio technology. The tutorial will present the different technology alternatives for the RF-digital interface. Then the VME bus International Trade Association (VITA) 49 standard will be presented in detail. This standard can be considered as a software bus and allows all information about the spectrum as seen by a radio at its antenna to be described, stored, and transported to other systems. A complete RF-digital interface will be presented and identified as a hierarchical radio description language that is a new paradigm for radio architectures. In advanced architectures such as SDR clouds the RF-digital interface becomes the interface to the cloud. The metadata parameters defined by the interface can be described by computer-processable semantics provided by ontology descriptions. The tutorial provides an introduction to ontologies and discusses the architecture of a comprehensive wireless ontology.

Bio: Todor Cooklev is the Founding Director of the Wireless Technology Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN, U.S.A., and Harris Chair of Wireless Communication and Applied Research. He is also the co-founder and CEO of a technology start-up company. In addition to his academic experience, he has worked for several years in industry. He has received research grants and as a consultant has performed technology and business development for a number of companies and government organizations. He has been involved with the development of the IEEE 802 standards for wireless communication and the cognitive radio ontology at the Software-Defined Radio Forum. In 2012 he received an IEEE Standards Association award for his contributions to IEEE 802.11aa. He has contributed to more than 100 technical publications and numerous patents. 


Prof. Mehmet Ulema

Manhattan College

TT2: Big Data and Telecom: Telecom Analytics

Abstract: Making decisions based on data collection and analysis is certainly nothing new. In today’s high-bandwidth, cloud-based interconnected world armed with advances in hardware and software, data can be captured and stored at massive scales and analyzed at breathtaking speeds. Data analytics helps the decision makers gain new insights and understanding by relying on data analyses and statistical methods.  Telecomm service providers and network operators are blessed to be in the middle of this big data.  But, they need to be able to take advantage of it by using data analytics in their decision making processes. This talk will discuss and review issues of real-time analytics on network operations, cost reductions, customer experience, revenue assurance, personalized marketing and more. 

Bio: Mehmet Ulema has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications field as a professor, researcher, systems engineer, project manager, network architect, and software developer. Currently he is a professor at the Computer Information Systems Department at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions in, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, Daewoo Telecom, and Hazeltine Corporations. He also serves as the Director of Standards Development in IEEE Communications Society. He served as TPC Chair of GLOBECOM 2009 and General Co-Chair of NOMS 2016. He is on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Journal of IoT and Springer Journal of Network and Services Management. He received his Ph.D. from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, and his B.S. and M.S. from Istanbul Technical University.