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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Autonomous Vehicles: What Is Needed to Make Them a Reality?

Moderator:   Jeff Owen, Vodafone, Australia
Panelists:Evan Walker, Smart Innovation Centre at Transport for NSW, Australia
 Jerome Carslake, National Road Safety Partnership Program, Australia
 Wen Tong, Huawei, China
 Robert Olesen, InterDigital Labs, USA
 Michael Graham, Mercurien, Australia
 Glenn Geers, ARRB Group Ltd, Australia
 Michael A. Jensen, Brigham Young University / Wavetronix, LLC, USA
 Brian Haratsis, MacroPlan Dimasi, Australia
 Hugh Bradlow, Telstra Corporation, Australia


Jeff Owen graduated from the University of Queensland with a BSc in 1989 and then in 1990 with a B.E. (Hons) in Electronics and Communications. He commenced his industry career in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in Research & Development for guided weapons and airborne radar whilst undertaking a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1994. He subsequently worked for GEC Marconi Systems contributing to the design of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network. He came to the cellular industry in 2000 being appointed as the National RF Engineering Manager of AAPT in 2000, and then in the same role for Hutchison Telecommunications Australia in 2001. Since the merge with Vodafone he has been in the role of Head of Access Network Strategy for Vodafone Hutchison Australia where he establishes a long-term technology roadmap with a recent focus upon 5G and beam-forming technology. He advocates a quantitative cost-benefit optimisation approach and employs a pull-through framework to establish business cases for spectrum acquisition, technology adoption, and infrastructure investment.

Evan Walker is the Director of the Smart Innovation Centre at Transport for NSW. His role is to work with industry and government agencies to identify and trial future transport technologies. Before taking on this role, Evan worked as the Director of the Divisional Management Office for the Freight Strategy and Planning Division of TfNSW which provided him with a broad overview of Transport in NSW. These roles follow-on from Evan’s 15 years’ experience working in road Safety, where he was the Director of Safer Systems at the NSW Centre for Road Safety for over four years. During his road safety career, Evan lead the development and implementation of new initiatives that contributed to significant improvements in road safety in NSW, including the NSW Speed Camera Strategy, the Plan B campaign and the establishment of the Community Road Safety Fund.

Jerome Carslake is the Manager of the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) and Chair of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Policy and Risk Group, both of which are delivered by ARRB. Jerome has an extensive background in transport including leading the development of the NRSPP and other strategic projects within the National Transport Commission and as a consultant and policy adviser within the agricultural sector on related supply chains. Jerome’s origins are from the northern wheat belt of Western Australia and his background is in agricultural science, agribusiness, project management, strategic research and stakeholder engagement. His passion is in team work and collaboration which originate from his rowing at an elite level in Western Australia as both a rower and coach.

Dr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, CTO, Huawei Wireless. Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995. He had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 4G wireless with 350 granted US patents. Since 2010, Dr. Tong is the vice president of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, he was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, where he currently leads 5G wireless research and development. Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. In 2014, he was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems”. Dr. Tong serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance and he is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Robert Olesen received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from NYU in 1988, and an EMBA from Hofstra University in 2006. He has 36 years of experience in research and development of microwave and wireless communication systems. Since he joined InterDigital in 1999 he has be a project lead and program manager for wireless standards related projects including 802.11 WLAN, 3GPP LTE, 5G wireless, and 3GPP New Radio. He is currently a Senior Director at InterDigital Labs. His research interests include wireless communications, MIMO, microwave transmission, and next generation air interface design. He is the holder of over 70 patents and he has received the IDCC chairman’s innovation award for most important developed technology.

Michael Graham is a Co-Founder and CEO of Mercurien Pty Ltd. After studying languages and politics at the University of Queensland he completed the ICS qualification to become a Company Secretary and gained experience in retail and mining both in Australia and the UK. More recently, Michael’s interest has been in the area of the intersection between telematics, road risk assessment, the monetisation of data from road networks and the human factors that affect road risk. In early 2017 Mercurien will bring together an open ecosystem that is based around the needs of drivers and their managers in the workplace. The BetterDriver platform is a way to manage fleets and their drivers for better safety outcomes, lowered operating costs and optimal taxation outcomes in a pre-road charging environment. Michael has a particular interest in the risk and monetisation strategies for connected cars from insurance to road charging.

Glenn Geers is Principal Engineer, ITS at ARRB; Australia's largest, independent transport research organisation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales; and is a member of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and Association of Computing Machinery. Glenn holds honours degrees in electrical engineering and theoretical physics and received his PhD in the field of computational electromagnetism. He is on the editorial board of GeoInformatica. From 1994 to 2005 Glenn worked on biometrics, image processing and distributed systems at CSIRO and in private industry. In 2005 Glenn joined National ICT Australia (NICTA) as Systems Engineering Manager, Intelligent Transport Systems. From 2010 to 2015 he held the role of Technology Director, Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics at NICTA. During the same period he was a Director of ITS Australia

Michael Jensen received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1990 and 1991, respectively, and the Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994, all in Electrical Engineering. Since 1994, he has been at BYU where he is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. He is co-founder of Wavetronix, LLC, a leading manufacturer of vehicle detection systems, and currently functions as a Senior Scientist and member of the Management Board. He has published over 275 articles and book chapters on the topics of antennas, propagation, and signal processing for wireless communication, radar, and sensing systems. He received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Symposium in 1993, the H. A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation in 2002, and several outstanding faculty awards at BYU. He was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2008. He is the immediate Past-President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and has previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.

Brian established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and has devoted the last 30 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects / policies. Brian is a leader in demographic analysis and property trends and has extensive experience in forecasting demand for retirement living, aged care and is currently advising on the development of major health hubs on the Sunshine Coast and in Victoria in relation to the Sunshine Health + Wellbeing Cluster.

Some of Brian's achievements include: Appointed Board Member of Plan Melbourne and Plan Melbourne Refresh Ministerial Advisory Committee; Appointed Board Member of the Victorian Planning Authority; Key Analyst for the development of the RACV Club in Melbourne ($160m); Key Analyst on the first and largest mixed use development in Australia – the QV Building ($700m); Key Analyst in the development of Australia’s first new generation ‘main street’ in Brighton Butler, Perth; Key Analyst on Australia’s first fully integrated transit-oriented development at Parramatta; Key Analyst for the development of Eureka Towers (99 storeys, $700m); Key Analyst for the development of a major integrated resort/casino/residential project on the Gold Coast

Also recently / ADVI related: ADVI Position Paper ‘Economics Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Jobs & Investment’ (November 2016); ADVI Conference panel, ARRB 18th November; GoToWebinar – ‘Economic Impacts of Automated Vehicles on Jobs & Investment’ 29th November

His new thinking is currently transforming projects in residential, commercial, retirement living/aged care and mixed use development.

Brian's third book Destructive Cities analyses how the service sector, globalisation and technology can reshape Australia. The book builds on Australia 2050: A Big Australia (2010) and Beyond the Fringe (2012) and informs transformational rather than trend thinking.

Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation. In the latter role he acts as a “forward scout” looking at the longer term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the introduction of new technologies into Telstra’s business. Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town. Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. He is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and Smart Company designated him as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

How Integrated Infrastructures and Processes Improve Cities' Quality of Life

Moderator:   David Soldani, Nokia, Germany
Panelists:Markus Mueck, Intel Germany
 Sami Makelainen, Telstra Corporation, Australia
 Nevio Marinelli, ACMA, Australia
 Easwaren Siva, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Australia

Summary—In Australia, congestion, poor access to jobs and services, reduced housing affordability and increasing pollution are the main challenges to the quality of life cities offer. The panelists will present and discuss how ICT infrastructures, spectrum utilization and services could help systems of people interacting with and using flows of energy, materials and services, and financing to catalyze sustainable economic development, resilience, and high quality of life in Australia.

Questions on how IoT could maximize the cities potential:

  • Intelligent lighting
  • Transformation of energy chain/energy machinery
  • Parking systems
  • Urban mobility, peer to peer transport information
  • Smart waste
  • Smart meters, e.g. water, gas, energy, and air
  • Adverse events and people tracking
  • Logistic (e.g. containers)
  • Crowd-flow management (e.g. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games)
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Connected construction


David Soldani received a M.Sc. degree, Laura Vecchio Ordinamento, in Electronic Engineering with magna cum laude from Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, in 1994; and a D.Sc. degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University), Finland, in 2006. In 2014 and 2016, he was appointed Visiting Professor and Industry Professor at University of Surrey, UK, and University of Technology Sydney, Australia, respectively. From 1997 to 2006 he was at Nokia in various technical and research management positions. From 2007 to 2009 he served at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as Head of Customer Networks & Solutions and Solutions & Services Innovation functions, Research Technology & Platforms (RTP), Munich, Germany. Prior to joining Nokia, he was a research engineer at Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) and Sirti S.p.A., in Milan, Italy, and officer (lieutenant) at the Italian Military Navy, Livorno, Italy. From Feb 2009 to Aug 2016, he was at Huawei European Research Centre, Munich, Germany, as Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation, in Europe; and represented Huawei in the Board of Directors of The 5G Infrastructure Association (5G-IA) and NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP), in Europe. He is currently back at Nokia serving as the Head of 5G Technology, End to End, Global. Areas of his responsibilities and expertise include, but not limited to: future wireless, network, big data value, computing, IoT and multimedia technologies.

Dr. Markus Mueck oversees Intel’s technology development, standardization and partnerships in the field of spectrum sharing. In this capacity, he has contributed to standardization and regulatory efforts on various topics including spectrum sharing within numerous industry standards/regulation bodies, including ETSI, 3GPP, IEEE, the Wireless Innovation Forum and CEPT. Dr. Mueck is an adjunct professor of engineering at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, he acts as ETSI Board Member supported by INTEL and as general Chairman of ETSI RRS Technical Body (Software Radio and Cognitive Radio Standardization). He has earned engineering degrees from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris, France, as well as a doctorate degree of ENST in Communications.

Sami Makelainen has been involved in building the online and mobile worlds since mid 1990's. Having participated in design and development of one of the first full-service online banking platforms, Sami spent a number of years hands-on with various aspects of the mobile business, from developing mobile payment solutions in North America to defining network systems architectures for Nokia in Finland. Since 2009, Sami has been at Telstra Corporation in Australia, currently in charge of technology foresight at the Chief Technology Office. Sami holds an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki and lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.

Nevio Marinelli is the Manager of the Spectrum Planning Section of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The Section’s primary role is to undertake the technical and frequency planning aspects of, and provide technical advice and input to, various projects related to wireless broadband and the Internet of Things. In particular, projects relating to the introduction of wireless broadband services into new and existing frequency bands. Nevio also lead Australia’s involvement in WRC-15 agenda item 1.1 which looked at the possible identification of additional spectrum for International Mobile Telephony (IMT). He is currently the chair of work stream four the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) dealing with radiofrequency spectrum issues. Nevio has a Bachelor of Engineering in Communications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne Australia. He has worked as a spectrum planning engineer in the Department of Communications where he was involved in the planning of radio and television services and the replanning of spectrum to allow for the introduction of GSM services in Australia. From 1996 he worked for telecommunications operator Optus and equipment vendors Lucent and Nortel in the Middle East and Europe as a radiofrequency planning and optimisation engineer.

Easwaren Siva, General Manager, Technology Strategy & Governance at Vodafone Hutchison Australia, has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Australian telecommunications industry. Mr Siva has previously held senior positions at Vodafone, Orange and 3 Mobile delivering ‘first to market’ digital media and mobile data services. More recently, he has led the ‘transformation and growth’ technology strategy for Vodafone Hutchison Australia and has played a key role in re-farming spectrum from 3G to 4G, Network Functions Virtualisation and the Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure.


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