2009 International Workshop on
Satellite and Space Communications
(IWSSC 2009)

10th-11th September 2009, Siena-Tuscany, Italy
[Tutorials on September 9, 2009]

International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications (IWSSC 2009)
10th-11th September 2009, Siena-Tuscany, Italy

for info, email to: iswcs09@dii.unisi.it

This workshop will be co-located with ISWCS 2009; for more details please visit the ISWCS 2009 Web page at the URL: http://www.iswcs.org/iswcs2009/


IWSSC 2009 Panel Session
Organized by Dr. Yi Qian, NIST, USA

Key R&D Directions for Satellite Communications & Networking 2020

Time: September 10, 2009



In this panel we will depict possible application scenarios for future SATCOM networks, together with the associated key challenges as well as critical techniques and technologies which in the panelists’ opinion show enough potential to justify the development in the coming 10 to 20 years’ time.
Despite the pessimistic view about the commercial SATCOM perspective already emerging in the ’80s and the bankruptcies of several big SATCOM systems at the end of the ’90s, telecom satellites do still represent the most important commercial application of satellites. But the past success should not relax the need for a continuous yet reinforced innovation effort to guarantee a comparable role in the medium long term. This is particularly true when we look at the fast pace at which terrestrial wire line and wireless technologies are developing and the extreme competition existing in this field that makes service quality constantly growing with reduced provisioning cost.
In the panel we will identify key challenges for the satellite broadband interactive and broadcasting services, backbone services provision, satellite components of mobile terrestrial networks. We will also discuss directions and strategic development initiatives in European and US satellite communications and networking field.



Panelists participants biographies

Sastri Kota received his B.S Physics from Andhra University, B.S.E.E. from BITS, Pilani, M.S.E.E. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India. He received the Electrical Engineer’s Degree from Northeastern University, Boston, U.S.A and Ph.D. in Electrical and Information Engineering from University of Oulu, Finland. Since 2003 he has been a Senior Scientist in Harris Corporation involved with Corporate Technologies and Standards with special emphasis on Wireless and Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, satellite communication networks and Standardization. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Telecommunications Laboratory of University of Oulu. His research interests include wireless and mobile Information networks, satellite IP networks, QoS and traffic management, broadband satellite access, and ATM networks. Over the years, he held technical and management positions and contributed to military and commercial communication systems at Loral Skynet, Lockheed Martin, SRI International, The MITRE Corp and Xerox Corp. He has been very active in telecommunications and networking standards development. Currently he is the US chair for ITU-R, Working Party 4B and International Rapporteur for Ka-Band Fixed Satellite Systems. He was the chair for Wireless ATM Working Group and has been an ATM Forum Ambassador. He was the recipient of the ATM Forum Spotlight award and Golden Quill award from Harris Corporation for his contributions to Broadband Satellite Communications and Assured Communications. Dr. Kota has been a keynote speaker, invited speaker and panelist at various International Conferences.  He also served as Tutorial chair and Asst. Technical chair of MILCOM2004, 1997, 1990; symposium chair, co-chair of satellite Communications symposium of GLOBECOM 2000, 2002 and invited session chair of PIMRC 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is the co-chair of Wireless Communications and networking symposium of GLOBECOM2006 and Technical chair of ISWPC2007. He has been a member of technical program committees of several IEEE, AIAA, SPIE and ACM conferences and workshops. He is a senior member of IEEE, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and member of ACM.


Riccardo De Gaudenzi was born in Italy in 1960. He received his Doctor Engineer degree (cum Laude) in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy in 1985 and the PhD from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands in 1999. From 1986 to 1988 he was with the European Space Agency (ESA), Stations and Communications Engineering Department, Darmstadt (Germany) where he was involved in satellite telecommunication ground systems design and testing. In particular, he followed the development of two new ESA's satellite tracking systems. In 1988, he joined ESA’s Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands where in 2000 he has been appointed head of the Communication Systems Section and since 2005 he is Head of the RF Payload and Systems Division. The division is responsible for the definition and development of advanced satellite system, subsystems and technologies for telecommunications, navigation and earth observation applications. In 1996 he spent one year with Qualcomm Inc., San Diego USA, in the Globalstar LEO project system group under an ESA fellowship.  His current interest is mainly related with efficient digital modulation and multiple access techniques for fixed and mobile satellite services, synchronization topics, adaptive interference mitigation techniques and communication systems simulation techniques. From 2001 to 2005 he has been serving as Associate Editor for CDMA and Synchronization for IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is co-recipient of the VTS Jack Neubauer Best System Paper Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.


Aradhana Narula-Tam received the B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1990and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees also in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, in 1992 and 1997, respectively.  At MIT she developed and analyzed antenna diversity methods for mobile communication systems. From 1997-1998 she was in the Research and Advanced Development Group at Motorola Information Systems Group, Mansfield, MA where she developed methods for improving ADSL modems.  Since 1998, she has been a member of the technical staff in the Advanced Networks and Applications Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she has worked in a variety of areas including optical networking, dynamic resource allocation for future satellite communication systems, and Quality of Service for IP satellite networks. She is currently working with the Air Force on the Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) acquisition program. She has co-authored over 30 papers.


WANG2Julian Seseña has a Ph. degree on Radiocommunications. He has the Master in Communications Systems and Networks and he has diplomas on European Communities, Advanced Telecommunications Services, Marketing Management, Business Development, Strategic Management, Negotiation, etc. He has served as Executive Director of Teledesic Communications Spain, Director of Telecommunications in Hispasat, Head of Research and Development in the Spanish General Direction of Telecommunications (Ministry of Science and Technology). Currently, he is Executive VP at ROSE Vision, a Spanish firm specialized on, with expertise on ICT technology and regulation. Areas of activity include: mobile communications, digital television, satellite communications, telecom regulation, research and innovation. He has wide experience working at many international groups as ITU, CEPT, ETSI, DVB, GVF, TF-ASMS, etc. He has managed several European R+D projects: Digismatv, Digisat, S3M, Avista and participated in many others: NEMi, 4NEM, MOSSA, BROADWAN, SFERA, MOVISAT, etc. Dr. Seseña is Chairman of CENELEC TC 206 and the Working Group Regulatory as well as ViceChair of the Integral SatCom Initiative (ISI). He is elected member of the Steering Committee of European Technology Platform NEM and European Technology Platform ISI. He is coordinator of the Spanish Aprotech Office of AETIC and project manager of the European project SALA+, dealing with cooperation in the international domain on audiovisual and mobile audiovisual technologies with Latin America. He has lectured more than 70 conferences and he has published more than 50 papers. He has also served as Chairman of the specialized European Group DVB-RC mandated to produce specifications for the Interactive Digital Television, and was Special Rapporteur of the ITU for converging to a world-wide standard for the digital multiprogramme television by satellite.


Vincenzo Fogliati was born in Turin (Italy). He received the degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (graduated with full marks) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He attended advanced post-graduate courses on Business Management at the Business School of the LUISS University of Rome. He has around 20 year experience in the Satellite Communications and Navigation domains. During the last five years he has been Head of Security Initiatives and Responsible of R&D Financing Institutions Relations within Telespazio S.p.A. (a Finmeccanica/Thales space company). At international level, he is the Chairman of the ISI European Technology Platform on Satellite Communications. His areas of competence and experience include both Satellite Communications and Satellite Navigation Programmes (Galileo). Previously, he was Head of the Business Development and Regulatory department within MCS Europe (a European mobile communications company set up by some major industrial and financial entities), his areas of responsibilities including the management of European innovative projects and initiatives in the field of integrated Satellite/Terrestrial Mobile Communications and Satellite Navigation (Galileo/GPS).