IEEE Standards Workshop on Last Mile Connectivity

Learn how IEEE standards are involved in India's development and deployment of home and building automation at this one-day event.


Nadeem Akhtar

Dr. Nadeem Akhtar
Dr. Nadeem Akhtar is currently working as Principal Research Engineer at the Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) in Chennai. He has been associated with CEWiT since January 2008. Dr. Akhtar’s current research focuses on LTE technology, particularly in the area of radio resource management. He represents CEWiT at 3GPP standardisation meetings. Dr. Akhtar is an active member of the Development Organization of Standards for Telecommunications in India (DOSTI). He is also involved in various initiatives towards enhanced support for Indic language in mobile devices.

Dr. Akhtar has authored/co-authored a significant number of publications in international conferences, magazines and journals and also contributed to two books. He has delivered invited talks at various industry events and also conducts LTE workshops, seminars and training courses for academia and industry.

Dr. Akhtar has a PhD in wireless communications from the University of Surrey (UK) and Master degree in Telecommunications from the Indian Institute of Science.

Niranth Amogh

Niranth Amogh
Niranth Amogh is the Sr. Lead Researcher at Huawei India R&D Center at Bangalore and currently leads the NGSI (Next Generation Service Infrastructure) Technology Introduction Group and is responsible for Research and Standardization activities within the organization. His research interests include NGSON, SDN, Context Aware Computing, P2P, Cloud/Grid computing, Carrier Grade Cluster and Middleware and Telecom Network Management and he has filed several patents in his research.

Amogh is a member of various global telecom standardization bodies and technical societies, including a senior member of IEEE, a member of IEEE-SA, IEEE ComSoc, and ACM, as well as being principal contributor and project officer of the IEEE P1903 (NGSON) standards. Amogh is also the Vice-Chair for the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI) Cloud & Service Oriented Networks (CSeON) Working Group focused on standards development in India.

Amogh is an avid innovator and thought leader and has provided several talks, papers and demonstrations in International conferences and workshops and also for Standard Development Organizations like ITU-T and ETSI. He is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani and NIE, Mysore.

Wael Diab

Wael William Diab
Wael William Diab works as a Senior Technical Director in the Office of the CTO at Broadcom. He is responsible for defining technical strategy for the Infrastructure & Networking Group (ING). Named winner of the 2011 TechAmerica Innovator Awards for his leadership in Green Technology, he was recognized by the David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Awards for his leadership in the development of Broadcom's Energy Efficient Ethernet Networking solutions. In 2009, he was awarded Broadcom’s 2009 CEO and President’s Award for his work on energy-efficient Ethernet technologies and green networking.

Prior to Broadcom, Diab worked at Cisco in various technical, architectural, and business leadership roles, focused on next-generation networking technologies. He was a key member of Cisco teams that delivered the first Gigabit Ethernet, Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) products to the industry.

Diab is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was unanimously elected and reelected as the Vice-Chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group, serving in that position since 2008. Prior to his role as Vice-Chair he served as secretary for the IEEE 802.3 Working Group and Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Std 802.3ah™-2004. He is currently the chair of the IEEE 802.3 Working Group’s standing Maintenance Task Force and has served as editor and chair of multiple IEEE 802.3 Task Force projects.

Diab is active in IEEE governance. He is the 2014 Chair-elect for the IEEE Standards Association Corporate Board (CAG) and has been serving on the IEEE-SA Standards Board since 2011.

Diab has served on the IEEE-SA Standard Board’s various committees since 2008 including RevCom, NesCom, AudCom, PatCom and ICCom. He was elected to the IEEE-SA CAG and has been serving since Q4 2010. He was elected as Vice-Chair of the CAG in 2012 and re-elected in 2013. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Education Committee (SEC), the SEC’s eZine Editorial Board, a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors (BoG) Strategic Planning and Portfolio Management Committee since 2010 and currently serves on the Europe strategy team. Diab has chaired the BoG Registration Authority Pricing ad-hoc since 2011.

Diab currently serves as the IEEE-MGA liaison to and from the IEEE-SA. He is also a member of the IEEE-SA Internet of Things (IoT) team and has given a number of industry keynote talks on IoT.

In addition to IEEE, Wael served as Director and Secretary of the Board of EFM Alliance (EFMA), Vice-Chair of the MSAD group in the FTTH (fiber to the home) Council and was part of the launch of the FTTH Council in Europe. He participates in ISO/IEC SC25 and its Working Group 3 as an ex-officio member of the US TAG and is active in industry STOs, MSAs, entities, alliances including EPA, ITU-T, TIA, Ethernet Alliance and others.

In the field of green networking, Wael represents Broadcom’s interests in a number of forums including Climate Savers Computing, Green Grid, Green Touch and Energy Star.

Diab is a published author co-authoring "Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone", an IEEE published book, and a contributing author to “Broadband Services: Business Models and Technologies for Community Networks”, a Wiley published book. In addition, he has published several notable white papers on Ethernet topics including 10G Ethernet, EFM and energy-efficient Ethernet networking.

Diab has been a featured speaker at a number of industry conventions, universities, seminars and panels, often serving as a keynote speaker or panel leader. At Cisco, Wael served as a Technology Research Director and was a member of Cisco's University Research Board championing multiple grants.

Wael holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a BA degree in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of Business. He holds over 150 US issued patents and has developed over 350 patents and patents-pending in the networking space. In 2011 Wael was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)’s 2011 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering. In 2012 he received Computerworld Honors Laureate award on behalf of the work at Broadcom for Energy Efficient Ethernet.

Bruce Kraemer

Bruce Kraemer
Bruce Kraemer currently serves as Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing for Marvell Semiconductor and has previously been involved in communications product development for wired and wireless systems for Intersil, Globespan, Conexant and Harris Semiconductor.

He has been participating in IEEE activities since 1996. Within the IEEE he is currently serving as 802.11 chair. Additionally within the IEEE Standards Association he is a member of RevCom, AudCom and is a member of the Board of Governors.

He participates in various standards development organizations such as ETSI BRAN, ITU-R, and ISO/JTC1, in industry groups such as and Bluetooth as well as Smart Grid activities such as NIST/Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and Open SG. He has actively participated in the Wi-Fi Alliance having served there as Chair of the Long Range task group and vice chair of the Spectrum and Regulatory task group.

He holds a BS degree in Chemistry from MIT and a Masters in Management Science from Worcester Polytech.

Karen McCabe

Karen McCabe
Karen McCabe is Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Product Development at the IEEE Standards Association, where she leads the global marketing, communications and community engagement efforts for IEEE standards and consensus-building programs and activities and leads standards product development and publishing toward the fulfillment of the IEEE-SA’s strategic goals and mission of enabling and promoting the collaborative application of technical knowledge to advance economic and social well-being.

Ms. McCabe has over 20 years experience in marketing, research and strategic planning, and product development and management. A graduate of Kean University and a Certified Marketing Executive, Ms. McCabe started her career at Rutgers University Press where she promoted a specialized series of technical publications. Prior to joining the IEEE, Ms. McCabe managed sales, marketing and public relations programs for Pennwalt Industries industrial divisions.

In her career at IEEE, Ms. McCabe has managed marketing communications and events, has lead industry, market and product research and analysis, has lead branding activities, has spearheaded strategic planning, oversaw new product development, and managed intellectual property and sales channels. Other contributions include the establishment of a formal research discipline at the IEEE-SA, the establishment of a global public relations program and leading IEEE-SA’s entrance into digital marketing and its evolution into social media and community engagement.

Neelesh Mehta

Dr. Neelesh B. Mehta
Dr. Neelesh B. Mehta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India.

Dr. Mehta works on next generation wireless communication systems such as cellular systems, wireless local area networks, and wireless ad hoc networks. His research typically focuses on the design, invention, and performance analysis of various technologies relevant to physical and multiple access layers, and associated resource allocation issues of next generation wireless systems.

Apurva Mody

Dr. Apurva N. Mody
Dr. Apurva N. Mody is the Chairman of IEEE 802.22 Working Group (WG) on Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs) ( He is also the Chairman of the Whitespace Alliance. The IEEE 802.22 Wi-FARTM/ Super Wi-Fi Standards will support Cognitive Radio (CR) based use of the TV Band WhiteSpaces to enable regional and rural broadband wireless access serving more than 3.5 Billion people. Other Machine to Machine applications will drive the volumes. Under Dr. Mody' s leadership, the IEEE 802.22 WG is the recipient of the IEEE SA Emerging Technology Award. Dr. Mody received his Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Since June 2005, he has been also performing research on Cognitive Radio systems. Dr. Mody has contributed to the field of Machine Learning based Cognitive Communications in White as well as Gray Spaces, feature based spectrum sensing, signal classification, co-existence techniques, security for CR based systems, information fusion, game theoretical decision making, policy based management etc. Dr. Mody has been a key contributor on many programs and invited speaker at many Government and commercial events. Dr. Mody has published more than 50 conference and journal publications and is an author of more than 15 US and international patents. Recently, Dr. Mody has been organizing TVWS Workshops in many countries including India and Brazil to create awareness and outreach.

Dr. Mody is the Senior Member of the IEEE, President's Fellow while at Georgia Tech, Member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies.

Shri R. Pitchiah

Shri R. Pitchiah
Shri R.Pitchiah has been working with Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity), Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, since 1981 in various capacities and currently he is functioning as Scientist-F/ Director. He was involved in the development of real-time control systems for process industry, and laboratory automation at Appropriate Automation Promotion Laboratory of Department of Electronics. He was functioning as Group Coordinator, Real-time Systems Development Group at C-DAC, Bangalore from 1995 to 2002, on deputation from DIT, and was responsible for initiating R&D projects in the area of Dependable Computing. Since September 2007, he is heading the National Ubiquitous Computing Research Centre at C-DAC Chennai.

He was Member- Convener of Monitoring and Steering Group for R&D projects in the area of Quantum Computing, Virtual Observatory, PARAM for Weather Forecasting and many other initiatives.

Pitchiah obtained his M.E. degree in Electronics and Communication from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University. He underwent UNIDO Fellowship training in the area of, "Microprocessor based control of Process Plants," at Liverpool Polytechnic, UK and University of Bremen, Germany and EEC expert training on, "Transputers and Parallel Processing," at University of Ghent, Belgium. His areas of interest include Real-time systems, Dependable computing and Ubiquitous Computing. He has more than 15 research publications.

A. David Selvakumar

A. David Selvakumar
A. David Selvakumar is Head Ubiquitous Computing and Hardware Research Group, C-DAC Bangalore. He has been working in the areas of real-time embedded system design, fault-tolerant system, FPGA based high speed system design and hardware accelerators for security, wireless sensor network systems and system design for high speed network testing. He has been involved in projects on real-time fault tolerance system, Compact PCI based high availability systems, hardware and software accelerators for cryptography, wireless sensor network hardware systems, FPGA based network protocol testers for L1/L2 and above. Selvakumar has approximately 10 research publications.

Rahul Sinha

Dr. Rahul Sinha
Dr. Rahul Sinha is a Scientist with the TCS Innovation Labs. His industry experience includes contributions to IEEE Standards, and design of 3G cellular systems and short-range wireless communication systems.

He has published articles in IEEE journals and conferences, reviewed book chapters on wireless communications for Pearson, and has contributions accepted by the IEEE 802.21 Media Independent Handover protocol Security Study Group.

He has taught post-graduate level courses in wireless communications at Illinois Institute of Technology and has delivered invited talks on Telecom standards at major universities in India.

Dr. Sinha serves on the executive committees of the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Standards Interest group, Bangalore chapter.

Dr. Sinha received his Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. His research interests are in wireless communications, technology standards and policy.

Kasi Visweswaran
Kasi Visweswaran is working with BBA to head the Network division at Bangalore after working in Dubai for 7 years to set up an associate office of BNA. Mr. Visweswaran has been involved in IP based integration projects as well at BNA. Mr. Visweswaran started in the field of medical equipment from 1987-1993 before getting into IT domain and trained in IT infrastructure with AT&T. Mr. Visweswaran is a post graduate in science.

Mr. Visweswaran is engaged with Internation Copper for promotion of smart wiring program in India.