IEEE Military Communications Conference
28 October – 1 November 2024 // Washington, DC, USA
C5I Technologies for Military and Intelligence Operations Today and Tomorrow

3rd 5G Military Communications Workshop: Open Modular Architectures, Testbeds, and Cybersecurity

Workshop Organizers:

The 5G Military Communication workshop organizing committee is composed of experts with current relevant experience in 5G military programs, projects, and technologies. The committee intends to coordinate with the MILCOM Workshop chair and other pertaining IEEE contacts via conference calls and update on any changes and additions to this 5G workshop organizing committee. As with the previous two years, the organizers anticipate great attendance for this workshop and will be flexible to make updates to the program as needed. For example, we anticipate the need to support sessions remotely via conference call, we also anticipate needing to have classified/closed sessions as that was requested by some of the attendees. The list for the Workshop Organizers is included in the table below.

Scope, topics, and rationale
The workshop will include a combination of keynote and invited speakers, industry panels, demonstrations, and paper and poster presentations. Finally, the workshop organizers will produce a workshop publication to include the workshop proceedings. The topics will be 5G Stand Alone (SA) testbeds, 5G open modular architectures, 5G Core, 5G RAN, and 5G Cybersecurity. The flexibility, growth, and performance benefits of software-defined architectures such as 5G are best accessed on an open modular hardware base to allow for rapid reconfiguration. Military solutions may need varying degrees of local communication stack instantiation and flexible topology architectures. The Department of Defense is actively investing in testbeds and other 5G-related technologies. This workshop will serve as a technology transfer mechanism from these efforts as it relates to lessons learned and future research activities.

Links to previous successful workshops are included below.

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The workshop will highlight the following topics:

● Application of 5G in DoD Environments

● 5G DoD Cybersecurity Policy

●Open-Source and Commercial 5G Core and RAN / Open RAN solutions / RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC)

● Commercial software-defined radio (SDR) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) platforms

● Commercial 5G-SA UE devices (IoT, AR, and COTS phones)

● Open and open-source 5G testbeds for research and prototyping

● Massive MIMO and FR2 (mmWave) operation

● 5G spectrum policy

Workshop Format

The 5G workshop organizing committee anticipates the following elements for the workshop format:

● Full-day workshop with morning and afternoon sessions

● Anticipated number of refereed papers to be between 10-20

● Keynote and invited speakers

● Industry panel sessions

● 5G technology demonstrations

● Paper and poster presentations

Potential Participants

The 5G workshop organizing committee has actively reached out to industry leaders and invited key experts to be participants. A preliminary list of the potential participants is included in the table below.


Workshop Management Approach

The 5G workshop organizing committee will have weekly scheduled meetings to discuss tasking and status. The team will assign roles (see roles below) and responsibilities and will coordinate with IEEE MILCOM Workshop Chair (Niranjan Suri) for logistical arrangements (call for papers, EDAS, MILCOM website). The team will conduct a Principles of Business Conduct and Conflict of Interest review.

Roles and Responsibilities
The 5G workshop organizing committee anticipates the following roles and responsibilities:
Workshop Chair/Co-Chair: Identify presenters for special sessions, invited papers, and keynotes.
Program Chair/Co-Chair: Organize and moderate calls (set up Google Meet) and will supply agendas in advance of all calls. Updates google workspace. Engage with the local IEEE Chapter chair (if one exists) to see if they can assist with attendance and/or committee duties. Make decisions on the program contents.
Manage workshop activities.
Publication Chair: Coordinate with MILCOM Workshop Chairs related to marketing activities including the IEEE MILCOM website. To ensure accuracy, review all publicity (social media, press releases, webpages, flyers, notices, announcements, posters, etc.). Coordinate EDAS for paper and poster submissions.
Demonstration/Panel Chair: Coordinate with demonstration presenters to ensure coherent alignment to workshop objectives. Coordinate with IEEE on any related logistical requirements for demonstrations.
Select a “host” for the conference to welcome attendees and introduce sessions and moderators.
Moderators will introduce the speakers for each session.
Technical Program Chair: Coordinate with Technical Program Committee to select reviewers and manage paper and poster review activities. Coordinate with other chairs as needed.
Technical Program Committee: Review and accept/decline papers and poster presentations. Can delegate reviews.
Workshop Advisor: Help facilitate and coordinate and propose workshop functions and events to promote the scope of activities.

Tentative Workshop Program Schedule
The 5G workshop organizing committee will prefer to host this event on Monday, October 28, 2024 as this will increase the probability of speakers and government representatives’ attendance. The organizing committee anticipates strong interest from academia, industry, and government groups.

The 5G workshop organizing committee would like to explore the possibility of coordinating with IEEE to have the option for a classified session on Friday, November 1. We received feedback last year to open this as an option to allow presentations from government representatives. We believe this could positively impact attendance at the

Short Bios of the Workshop Organizers

Dr. Ian Wong has been in the wireless field for over 20 years and is presently the Director of RF and Wireless Architecture in the CTO office at VIAVI Solutions, where he is leading RF and wireless technology strategy, standards, and architectures. He is also the current co-chair of the Test and Integration Focus Group (TIFG) in the O-RAN Alliance. From 2009 – Aug 2020, he was with NI (formerly National Instruments) where he was Section Manager of Wireless Systems R&D where he led the development of real-time end-toend 5G wireless test and prototyping systems, and managed the company’s 3GPP wireless standards and IP strategy. From 2007-2009, he was a systems research and standards engineer with Freescale Semiconductor where he represented Freescale in the 3GPP LTE standardization efforts. He is a senior member of the IEEE, was the Director of Industry Communities for IEEE Communications Society 2016-2019, and was the Industry Program Chair for IEEE Globecom 2014 in Austin. His current research interests include 5G wireless systems architecture, standards, and algorithms, with particular focus on advanced physical layer technologies like mmWave and Massive MIMO. Dr. Wong is the co-author of the Springer book “Resource Allocation for Multiuser Multicarrier Wireless Systems,” has over 10 patents, over 25 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and over 40 standards contributions. He was awarded the Texas Telecommunications Engineering Consortium Fellowship in 2003-2004, and the Wireless Networking and Communications Group student leadership award in 2007. He received the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and 2007, respectively, and a BS degree in electronics and communications engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines in 2000.

Dr. Brian Kelley has been 5G Principal Investigator for OUSD R&E. Dr. Kelley is also an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in advanced communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)3. His research interests include 5G-SA, 6G-AI, Security, Augmented Reality wireless, 5G Telemedicine, and connected Autonomous Vehicles. He has over 70 refereed publications, holds 11 U.S. patents, and spent 10+ years in the Telecommunication industry with Motorola. Dr. Kelley received his BSEE from Cornell University, graduating Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He received his MSEE & Ph.D. in E.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was an Office of Naval Research Fellow and a Georgia Tech Presidential Fellow. In 2021, Dr. Kelley was named a Day One Technology Policy Accelerator Fellow in 5G Connected Autonomous Vehicles by the Day One Project and recipient of an NSF REU grant in 5G Electric Vehicles.

Neel Pandeya is a Principal SDR Applications Engineer and an SDR Group Leader at National Instruments (NI), in Austin, Texas, USA.  His background and interests are in open-source software development, wireless communications, DSP and signal processing, 4G/LTE and 5G/NR cellular networks, and software-defined radio (SDR). Prior to NI, he worked at several start-up and defense companies, such as Envoy Networks, Range Networks, Draper Laboratory, Texas Instruments, and Teradyne. He has previous technical management experience and university teaching experience. He is a co-founder and co-organizer of the New England Workshop for SDR (NEWSDR), and is a co-organizer of the GNU Radio Conference (GRCon). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Northeastern University, and is a member of IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu (HKN). He has an Amateur Radio License and is aspiring to obtain a private pilot license.

Gerardo Trevino is an Action Officer for Technology Insertion (TI) Team for the 5G Cross Functional Team (CFT) for the DoD CIO. With over 15 years of applied research experience, in embedded systems, SDR, cyber security, GPS, energy systems, and project management. He began his career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a graduate researcher and then at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) using embedded systems expertise to develop and improve technologies and assess system security for commercial and government clients. He is a senior IEEE member. He holds a B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineering from UT San Antonio and is in the Ph.D. and Cloud Computing programs at UT San Antonio conducting research in 5G and 6G

Dr. Raymond Shen directs 5G/6G Govt Solutions at Keysight Technologies. In this role, he leads Keysight’s vast portfolio of end-to-end 5G test solutions for defense and government. He also leads Keysight’s Cybersecurity and spectrum monitoring solutions, managing solutions that include handheld, outdoor, and modular platforms. He has over 20 years of experience in spectrum monitoring and signal demodulation, with expertise in cellular signals. Shen has a BS EE from Caltech and a MS EE and PhD EE from Stanford University, where his PhD was in neural networks.