Exhibitor Reception, Wednesday, September 9
“Role of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) to Enable an Intelligent Air Transportation System”: The growth of AI/ML, AI/ML use-cases and applications in aviation and air traffic safety, AI maturity model, and a road map to success in the AI journey. The talk will cover AI/ML seven layers of technology stack and the importance and techniques of data preparation/wrangling, and appropriate feature extraction for a successful AI/ML implementation.
Prem Jadhwani is a chief technology officer for Government Acquisitions Inc. (GAI), an IT solutions provider and trusted advisor to the federal government. His primary responsibilities include defining IT solutions, capabilities, standard operating procedures and “go-to-market” strategy involving data center, networking, cyber security, data analytics and emerging technologies.
Mr. Jadhwani has 20 years of experience working in the enterprise IT space with both commercial and federal customers. He has a strong blend of technology and marketing background and has worked with a number of technology and software firms, including TIBCO Software, See Beyond Technology Corporation (now acquired by Sun/Oracle), Infogix Systems Inc., GTSI Corporation and Unicom Government Inc.
He has extensive solution management experience and a proven track record of successfully architecting hardware and software based IT solutions from concept to launch. He provides technical and business expertise in data center, mobility & end user computing, information assurance & network security, wireless, big data and internet of things, virtualization, and cloud computing solutions to GAI customers. He is a prominent public speaker at various tradeshows, panel discussions and conferences including AFITC, TribalNet, AFCEA, ISACA and several others. He also served as a commissioner for the 2012 TechAmerica STLG Cloud Computing Commission as well as TechAmerica Public Sector Big Data Commission.
Plenary I: Global Harmonization
Paul Bosman has worked for EUROCONTROL for over 25 years in many different roles and functions. He is now the head of the (ATM) Infrastructure Division. This newly created division in the Network Manager Directorate aims, in close cooperation with all ATM stakeholders, to manage & support European ATM/CNS planning, deployment, reporting, and monitoring programs digitizing the Single European Sky (SES).
Plenary II: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
Marouan Chida is the head of digital transformation and innovation at SESAR JU (SJU), the European ATM modernisation program. He is in charge of the strategic research and is leading the digitalization of aviation together with its related technological innovations (ATM/UTM, CNS, avionics, autonomy, artificial intelligence, and connectivity). He is experienced in advanced ATM concepts, avionics and ground systems, involved in technology and architecture development across the SESAR program. Before joining the SJU, Marouan worked for Airbus, where he led ATM and avionics development teams. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), the French school of civil aviation, where he achieved an engineering degree in civil aviation as well as a master’s degree in air-ground collaborative systems engineering.
Joseph Post is the acting director of Systems Engineering & Integration at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Mr. Post has over 35 years of experience in aerospace, defense, and civil aviation. He has worked at Sikorsky Aircraft, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Princeton Consultants, TRW, and the CNA Corporation. Immediately before joining FAA, Mr. Post was the military space analyst in the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
Mr. Post earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from M.I.T., a master’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University, and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. Mr. Post is a co-inventor of three patents relating to helicopter flight controls, and holds FAA commercial pilot and remote pilot certificates.
Plenary III A: CNS Cybersecurity and Safety
Mr. Aloke Roy is a senior program manager with Honeywell Advanced Technology. He currently manages data communication, information security and radio technology development programs supporting Honeywell Aerospace. Previously, Mr. Roy was director of programs at Flextronics Corporation managing several major telecommunications OEM accounts. In this role, Mr. Roy was responsible for business development, outsourcing, and globalization of hardware design activities supporting large volume contract electronic manufacturing. His prior experience includes various positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories and ARINC Aviation Systems Division.
As systems engineering director at ARINC, Mr. Roy oversaw development and deployments of SATCOM, HF, VDL, ATIS, and PDC standards and services. Currently, Mr. Roy chairs IEEE AESS Avionics System Panel, ICAO ACP Working Group “S” and RTCA Special Committee 223, which are developing the requirements and operational performance standards for future aviation communication systems such as the internet protocol suite (IPS) and aeronautical mobile airport communication system (AeroMACS). Mr. Roy holds several patents on aeronautical, wireless and secure communications.
Plenary III B: Spectrum, Certification and Standards
Bob Lee is director, strategy development, CNS/ATM, at Collins Aerospace. He joined Collins Aerospace in 1989 in avionics systems engineering. He has held various technical and management roles in both business and commercial aviation segments.
He is currently responsible for oversight of Collins’ industry engagement for all CNS products and the services from their Information Management Services unit, formerly ARINC. He also serves as chair of the CNS/ATM committee for ICCAIA and serves on various committees and panels at ICAO, EUROCONTROL, RTCA, GAMA and AIA.
Prior to joining Collins, Lee had engineering and engineering leadership roles with a banking equipment company and with the US Navy. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
ICNS Conference Chairs
Conference General Chair
Dr. Gregory Woo is chief of the Aviation Systems Engineering division at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. He has more than 30 years of broad experience encompassing data center management, information technology and network management, risk management, and leadership of technical research and new product development programs. He has led a wide variety of projects at the Volpe Center ranging from air traffic systems engineering projects, to aviation risk management and safety assessment exercises, to testing of instrumentation and technologies for low-visibility operations in the airport terminal environment. The Aviation Systems Engineering division that Dr. Woo oversees provides safety risk analysis; safety risk management; complex data analysis, modeling, and simulation; and systems engineering analysis for emerging aviation system technologies and new air traffic management systems.
Dr. Woo is a volunteer member of the FAA’s New England Safety Team, serving as a safety counselor and stage check pilot in the general aviation industry. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate for multi-engine aircraft and is type-rated in the Boeing 737NG. He also holds an FAA Remote Pilot certificate. Dr. Woo is an active flight instructor training general aviation pilots to fly technically advanced aircraft with advanced automation and flight management systems. He also serves as a member of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) supporting the uncontrolled flight risk identification and mitigation workgroup.
Woo holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Yale University, a master’s degree in organizational management and development from Fielding Graduate University, and a doctorate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a focus on aviation safety, human factors, and the operation of unmanned aircraft systems.
Plenary Program Chairs
Dr. Nikos Fistas is a senior communications expert at EUROCONTROL. He has more than 20 years of experience in the investigation, definition, development and standardization of data links for communication, such as VHF Digital Links (VDL2/3/4), SATCOM, Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS) and L-Band Digital Aviation Communication System (LDACS), as well as for surveillance purposes, such as Extended Squitter (ES) and Universal Access Transceiver (UAT).
At EUROCONTROL, he oversees the activities relating to the future aeronautical communication infrastructure (FCI). In the context of SESAR, he is responsible for supporting the various COM solutions in the SESAR2020 PJ14 project, as well as overseeing the relevant international coordination aspects with ICAO and the US FAA under Coordination Plan 4.4. Since 2018, he has also been supporting the ongoing datalink deployment activities in Europe and the SESAR Deployment Manager, leading EUROCONTROL’s technical contribution to the relevant European-funded projects.
He has been representing EUROCONTROL in various international standardization groups, such as ICAO, EUROCAE, RTCA, AEEC and ETSI, covering data link aspects. He currently leads the ICAO Communication Panel Project Team SATCOM, which is tasked to update the ICAO SATCOM provisions (SARPs and Manual).
He holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Science in communications and signal processing and a doctorate in digital communications and array signal processing, both from Imperial College, London.
Brent Phillips is a senior systems engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen Organization and the U.S. panel member to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Communications Panel. Mr. Phillips is also the program co-lead for the joint FAA/SESAR Future Communications Infrastructure Study including the development of the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) and the Next Generation SATCOM Systems.
He is currently leading the internet protocol suite (IPS) standards development for aviation use in the FAA. He is also serving as the communications lead on the NAS Enterprise Architecture Roadmap Team. Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Science in engineering management from George Washington University.
Technical Program Chairs
Michael Olive is technology fellow within Honeywell’s Aerospace Advanced Technology organization, with nearly 39 years of hardware and systems engineering experience. Mr. Olive leads Honeywell’s Aeronautical Communications/Datalink Technology Council providing technology oversight and strategic planning; serves as the principal investigator for Honeywell internal advanced datalink technology R&D projects; and provides subject matter expertise to global engineering teams in Europe and China. Mr. Olive participates actively on several aviation industry standards committees, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Communications Panel (CP) Working Group-I and the AEEC Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) Subcommittee.
Mr. Olive received a Master of Science in computer science from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He holds several patents in communications and information security, and he is the recipient of the Airline Avionics Institute (AAI) Volare Award.
Sherry Yang is the manager of airspace operation efficiency (AOE) at Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) in Chantilly, Virginia. She is responsible for executing AOE’s missions and collaborating with government agencies and industry partners for more intelligent technology development in the areas of trajectory based operations (TBO), autonomous operations (AO), artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), air traffic management (ATM), and urban air mobility (UAM). Working across technologies and business modes, Yang is a facilitator for the public and private partnership to develop and evaluate new concepts for the aviation ecosystem. Previously, Yang led numerous Boeing proprietary programs and U.S. government contracts. Yang is an aviation practitioner with focuses on connected aircraft and airspace operations for manned and unmanned aircraft. She serves as secretary of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) and is a Boeing member of Airspace Industries Association (AIA) Airspace Working Group.
Ms. Denise S. Ponchak is the deputy branch chief of the Communications Architectures, Networks and Systems Branch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The branch is responsible for designing advanced networking concepts, architectures, technologies and system integration for aeronautics and space applications.
Prior to becoming a supervisor, Ms. Ponchak was an aeronautical communications project manager focusing on increasing the National Airspace System (NAS) telecommunications capability, and a communications research engineer supporting future satellite-based communications. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University in 1983 and 1988 respectively.
Lance Sherry is associate professor of systems engineering and operations research at George Mason University. Dr. Sherry also serves as the director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at George Mason University. Dr. Sherry has over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry serving as a flight-test engineer, flight control engineer, system engineer, lead system architect, program manager, strategic planning and business development.
Dr. Sherry served as a fellow at RAND Corporation 1999-2001. He has published over 100 papers and journal articles, holds several patents, and has received awards for his work. Dr. Sherry is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, and he holds both a Master of Science and a doctorate in industrial and system engineering from Arizona State University.