Draft Agenda

ISART 2018
Path Lost: Navigating propagation challenges for ultra-dense wireless systems

July 24-26, 2018 • Broomfield, Colorado

Registration Desk open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm every day
Product Demos 8:00 am - 5:00 pm every day
Poster Session 8:00 am - 5:00 pm every day

Morning Events
9:00 AM
  • CSMAC Meeting
  • Demos from the ITS Labs
12:00 PM
Opening Keynote Addresss
1:00 PM

David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator

Plenary Address — Ultra-dense Networks
1:50 PM

Scott Townley, Fellow, Network Technology, RF Technology Planning, Verizon

2:30 PM
Panel — Mapping a Path Forward: Economics, Applications, and Policy Implications
3:00 PM
  • Giulia McHenry, NTIA Chief Economist, Moderator
  • Julius Knapp, FCC, Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology
  • Scott Wallsten, Technology Policy Institute
  • Paige Atkins, NTIA Office of Spectrum Management
Keynote Address
8:30 AM

Heidi King, Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Invited)

Technical Talk – TBD
9:00 AM


Technical Talk — Data and More Data: Inputs to Modern Propagation Prediction Tools
9:20 AM

Roger Skidmore, CEO, EDX Wireless, Inc.

9:45 AM
Panel — Preparing the Road: Recent Advances in Modeling Infrastructure
10:15 AM
  • William Kozma, NTIA-ITS, Moderator
  • Roger Skidmore, EDX
  • Ben Hilburn, DeepSig
  • Dan Bretton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)
  • Kate Horgan, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Frank Rotondo, Institute for Defense Analyses
Lunch Break
12:15 PM
Roadside Chat — Visions of the Road Ahead
1:30 PM
  • Mark Gibson, CommScope, Moderator
  • Preston Marshall, principal wireless architect, Google Access
  • Patricia Cooper, ‎Vice President for Satellite Government Affairs,  ‎SpaceX (Invited)
Technical Talk — Link Budget Uncertainty
2:30 PM

Tom Schwengler, principal architect and chief wireless architect, CenturyLink

3:00 PM
Panel — Driving Forward: Advances in Propagation Modeling
3:30 PM
  • Kevin Sowerby, University of Auckland (Invited)
  • Haneda Katsuyuki (Aalto University)
  • Zhen Peng, University of New Mexico
  • Paul McKenna, NTIA-ITS
  • David Matolak, University of South Carolina
Technical Talk — Current Propagation Challenges that DoD Deals With
8:30 AM

Howard McDonald, Defense Spectrum Organization, Defense Information Systems Agency

Technical Talk — Measuring and Reducing Uncertainties
9:00 AM

Pierre de Vries, Silicon Flatirons Center

Technical Talk – Overview of 5G Channel Models in 3GPP
9:30 AM

Jean-Aicard Fabien, NTIA/ITS

10:00 AM
Panel — Tuning for Precision: Best Practices for Measurements and Models
10:20 AM
  • Jacquelynne Houts, NASA, Moderator
  • Mark Poletti, CableLabs
  • Jeanne Quimby, NIST
  • Chriss Hammerschmidt, NTIA-ITS
Moderators' Wrap Up
12:05 PM
Lunch Break
12:25 PM
Hands-On Workshop and Demo Session — Benchmarking Measurements and Modeling
1:40 PM

Introductory talks:

  • Precision propagation measurement systems
  • Best practices for doing accurate propagation measurements
  • How to assess measurement uncertainty of measurement systems


Live demos with actual propagation measurement systems to demonstrate best measurement practices and How to get the best out of a propagation measurement system, and problems that can occur if best practices are not followed.