- Vice President, Independent
Alan Carlton is Vice President, InterDigital and Head of InterDigital International Labs Organization spanning Europe and Asia. In these regions Alan is responsible for R&D activities in the areas of 5G and IoT. Alan has led his organization to over a dozen major collaborative project wins. He founded and currently leads the oneTRANSPORT initiative, one of the largest Smart City projects in the UK. In the area of 5G Alan’s research interests include next generation internet and advanced applications of NFV/SDN technologies. Alan has over 25 years wireless industry experience spanning every generation of wireless. Prior to InterDigital, he held senior positions at Nortel, Siemens and several wireless startups both in Europe and United States. Alan is an EEE graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and also holds a MSc. in Communications & Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. Alan holds many patents covering a diverse range of wireless technology areas. He is a regular invited speaker at wireless industry events and is also author of a wireless futures blog for Computerworld.
- CEO, PRFI
Liam is the CEO of Plextek RFI, a UK based design house specialising in the design and development of RFICs, MMICs and microwave/mm-wave modules. He has led the design and development of over 100 custom ICs on a range of GaAs and GaN processes at frequencies up to 90GHz. He has also developed microwave and mm-wave sub-systems using a variety of technologies. He was previously Chief Designer with Marconi Caswell and before that a Research Scientist at Philips Research Laboratories.
- Director of Technology, Anritsu
Dan Fox joined Anritsu in 1999 and has acquired extensive experience in protocol testing throughout his career. As Director of Technology for Anritsu’s Wireless Measurements Division he is responsible for determining the technical direction of this segment of the business. Prior to joining Anritsu, Dan spent 10 years at Motorola (UK) in a variety of roles.
Dan has served as Chair of 3GPP TSG-T1 SIG (now TSG-RAN5), the working group responsible for the development of the UMTS protocol conformance test specifications, and as Vice Chair of TSG-T1.
Dan is the author of “Testing UMTS: Assuring Conformance and Quality of UMTS User Equipment” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) which is still in print today. He frequently represents Anritsu as a subject matter expert and speaker.
Raj has over 20 years of experience in short range and wireless communications technology R&D, business development and marketing. Raj was part of initial IEEE 802.11 team to define first WLAN standard in 1996 – a technology which has now shipped over 5bn units. Raj also helped pioneer the first 3G data transmissions working with Motorola and others to demonstrate one of the first video calls at the 3GSM show in 1998 – many years before 3G licences were awarded. He has also been awarded a number of patents including short range wireless technologies. Raj was a founder member of startup UbiNetics (1999), which successfully exited in 2005 for over $120m USD. As part of that deal, Raj joined CSR and ultimately took the role of VP Marketing where he was part of the team that acquired SiRF Technologies for $136m (2009) to add GPS technology to CSR portfolio. More recently in 2012, he helped sell CSR’s handset business to Samsung in a deal worth $310m for 310 staff to form the SCSC division. As part of that deal, Raj took up the role of VP Marketing responsible for defining future wireless products. In 2014, Raj was promoted to head up the SCSC division leading the silicon and software development for Samsung’s connectivity solutions.
- Managing Director, Radio Design
Martin has been at Radio Design from its inception in 2007 and now holds the position of Managing Director. Previously, he had responsibility for the company‘s technical strategy, regularly advising operators on network sharing options and cell site optimisation whilst overseeing the company’s product and patent portfolios. Martin received a First Class MA in Mathematics and a Masters of Mathematics from Cambridge University followed by a PhD from Leeds University. He subsequently moved to Filtronic where he worked as a System Engineer on base station RF modules before joining Radio Design.
John Haine has spent his career in the electronics and communications industry, working for large corporations and with four Cambridge start-ups. His technical background includes R&D in radio circuitry and microwave circuit theory; and the design of novel radio systems for cordless telephony, mobile data, fixed wireless access and IoT communications. He has led standardisation activities in mobile data and FWA in ETSI, and contributed to WiMax in IEEE. At various times he has been involved in and led fund-raising and M&A activities. In 1999 he joined TTP Communications working on research, technology strategy and M&A; and after the company’s acquisition by Motorola became Director of Technology Strategy in Motorola Mobile Devices. After leaving Motorola he was CTO Enterprise Systems with ip.access, a manufacturer of GSM picocells and 3G femtocells. In early 2010 he joined Cognovo, which was acquired by u-blox AG in 2012. He led u-blox' involvement in 3GPP NB-IoT standardisation and the company's initial development of the first modules for trials and demonstrations. Now retired from u-blox he is a Visiting Professor in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Bristol University, where he chairs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications. He was founder chair and is Board Member Emeritus of the IoT Security Foundation. He served on the CW Board and now chairs the Editorial Board of the CW Journal. John has a first degree from Birmingham (1971) and a PhD from Leeds (1977) universities, and is a Life Member of the IEEE.
- Business Development Director, EnSilica
Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business. He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products. He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China. Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.
- Former Head of Section, BBC R&D, Chris Nokes
Chris is Head of Distribution Core Technologies Section at BBC Research & Development. With over thirty years' experience in Broadcasting R&D, Chris has been involved in the development of digital television since 1994, including as a key contributor to the DVB-T2 technical study group, and editor of the DVB-T2 specification. He is also Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG). The work of Distribution Core Technologies Section includes amongst others, projects investigating broadcasting to mobile devices including contributions to 4G/5G standardisation, massive MIMO technology and video compression.
Graham has over 20 years’ experience in the satellite industry across the value chain covering satellite design, operations, software / simulation, EEE parts procurement and satellite applications. He presently heads the consulting division for Avanti working with business, institutional and residential customers. Customers include the European Space Agency, European Union and Technology Strategy Board. He chairs the UK Space European Affairs Group, and participates in activities of the European Space Operators Association (ESOA) and Industry Satcom Initiative (ISI).
Moray Rumney received a BSc in EE from Heriot-Watt University in 1984. He joined Hewlett-Packard that year and remained with the company through the transition to Agilent Technologies in 1999 and Keysight Technologies in 2015. Moray joined ETSI in 1991 and 3GPP in 1999 where he participated in the development of cellular communications standards and conformance test methods. His recent work has focused on radiated test methods for mobile phones. He was editor and major contributor to Agilent’s book “LTE and the Evolution to 4G Wireless”. Since 2018 Moray has been an independent consultant but still represents Keysight at 3GPP RAN plenary who oversee the development of the 5G radio standards. His recent interests include the evolution of the test methods required for 5G to validate that base stations and mobile phones comply with safety regulations.
- Technology Industry Leader, PwC UK
Jass has spent the last 14 years working with a variety of technology companies. These have included listed companies and young, high growth companies. In this regard Jass has seen many of the issues technology companies face as they innovate, develop and execute.
Alexander Schertz is a member of the research staff in the Frequency Management Section of the Institut fur Rundfuncktechnik (IRT) in Germany.
Alexander joined the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in 1981 and has been involved in the planning and management of digital communications systems for many years. He specialises in the distribution of broadcast content via mobile radio and has expertise in both terrestrial broadcasting standards such as DVB-T2 and mobile commination standards such as Long Term Evolution (LTE).
Alexander Schertz gained a Diploma in physics from the University of Saarbrucken in the German state of Saarland, in 1979.
Sami Susiaho has worked for European blue chip MNOs and ISPs for the last 15 years. During the last few years, at BSKYB as the Head of Edge Technologies of the Cloud business unit, focusing on WiFi R&D and helping the business to build one of the most advanced WiFi hotspot networks in the world. He researches technologies used on the edge of the network; last mile connections, wireless and wired technologies. Sami runs the Wi-Fi test lab, sits on various industry workgroups and contributes in numerous efforts towards the best possible user experience on WiFi.
- Principal Network Architect, BT
Andy Sutton is a Principal Network Architect within BT Architecture and Strategy team. He is responsible for 5G end to end network architecture, RAN architecture evolution and mobile backhaul strategy and architecture. Andy holds an MSc in mobile communications from the University of Salford and has over 30 years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Andy’s research interests include; distributed and centralised RAN and core architectures and protocols, network dimensioning, QoS and mobile backhaul (optical transmission, microwave and millimetre wave radio systems, network architecture and protocols along with synchronisation and time distribution in telecommunications networks). He also works on low latency and ultra-reliable networks architecture and design. During his career Andy has worked for Mercury Communications Ltd, Orange, H3G, EE and BT. Andy holds the post of Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and University of Salford. Andy is a chartered engineer and holds fellowships from the IET, BCS and ITP. Andy contributes to International telecommunications standardisation activities and several industry forums. Andy also has an interest in the history and heritage of telecommunications and is a CW Heritage SIG Champion.