IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity

Patron Descriptions

Sprint logoSprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of December 31, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

qualcomm logoQualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, all of our engineering, research and development functions, and all of our products and services businesses, including, the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

cisco logoCisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. At Cisco, customers come first, and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success. The concept of solutions being driven to address specific customer challenges has been with Cisco since its inception in 1984. Husband and wife Len Bosack and Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices located in different buildings but were unable to, due to technological shortcomings. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols… and as a result of solving their challenge, the multi-protocol router was born.Since then, Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for our customers, employees, investors and ecosystem partners and has become the worldwide leader in networking – transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate.

As our customers add billions of new connections to their enterprises, we believe the network is becoming more critical than ever. Across networking, security, collaboration and the cloud, our evolving intent-based technologies are constantly learning and adapting to provide customers with a highly secure, intelligent platform for their digital business. Discover more at and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by a commitment to sound operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology and services. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. With 180,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.

National Instruments is collaborating with top researchers focused on 5G wireless communications and advanced wireless research. NI’s technology platform is driving connectivity and innovation from design to prototype to test and measurement applications including mmWave, Massive MIMO, LTE-A and application frameworks.

We create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

Nokia is enabling the infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, and shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience.

Our programs, people, and materials provide mentoring and support for women at every level of the research pipeline: undergraduate studentsgraduate studentsfaculty, and industry and government researchers.

We strive to ensure that our activities have a positive impact on all underrepresented groups in CSE. We are committed to improving the working environment and increasing the success of all Computer Scientists and Engineers, without regard for gender, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background.

CRA-W was established in 1991.

Juniper Networks logoJuniper Networks brings simplicity to networking with products, solutions and services that connect the world. Through engineering innovation, we remove the constraints and complexities of networking in the cloud era to solve the toughest challenges our customers and partners face daily. At Juniper Networks, we believe that the network is a resource for sharing knowledge and human advancement that changes the world. We are committed to imagining groundbreaking ways to deliver automated, scalable and secure networks to move at the speed of business.

Garmin logoFor decades, Garmin has pioneered new devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Founded in 1989 with a commitment to designing products that fuel people’s passions, Garmin brings GPS navigation and wearable technology automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation markets, with products that are engineered on the inside for life on the outside. Headquartered in Olathe, Kan., Garmin is a global company with more than 11,500 associates in 60 offices around the world. At Garmin, every day is an opportunity to innovate, and a chance to beat yesterday.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by the US Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." NSF is vital because it supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.

Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division at the NSF supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. The Division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. The Division also supports the computing infrastructure that is required for experimental computer science, and it coordinates cross-divisional activities that foster the integration of research, education, and workforce development.

Samsung logoAbout Samsung Electronics America

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands.

About Samsung Networks. Samsung’s network technology offers a pathway to meeting ever-growing demand for data in an increasingly connected world. The company’s advanced networking and wireless solutions – including small cell, 4G LTE and 5G technologies – are expected to drive the next wave of mobile application development and Internet of Things (IoT), connecting billions of devices and accelerating low latency gigabit speeds for richer experiences.

Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world. For more than 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have changed the world: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.

We enable communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity and develop, deliver and manage networks by providing hardware, software, and services to unlock this value. From 5G and IoT to virtualization, we support digital transformation for the next generation of mobile services. 

Our wide solution portfolio spans NetworksDigital ServicesManaged Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. We put enormous time and effort into collaborating to set open standards that make global communications and connections possible. Research & Development (R&D) is at the heart of our business, and we have approximately 24,000 employees dedicated to R&D activities. With more than 45,000 granted patents, we have one of the strongest intellectual property rights portfolios in the industry.  The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York.

UMKC logoThe UMKC School of Computing and Engineering is Kansas City's only accredited university for engineering and computer science. Comprised of two departments, Computer Science Electrical Engineering and Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the school has approximately 1600 students currently enrolled. We offer five undergraduate degrees; Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology. Additionally, we offer Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as master's degrees and have robust doctoral programs that allow students to conduct research on a wide range of topics. Our over 50 full-time faculty have a range of research interests that include big data, nanotechnology, deep learning, artificial intelligence, water resources, unmanned aircraft, biomechanics and much more. In 2017 we had our biggest year ever for research funding with faculty securing over $15 million in grants. 

KU logoThe Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at the University of Kansas is known for academic and research programs in communications systems, computer networking, cyber security, and radar systems. The vision of the department is to provide a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment; to have our classes populated by exceptional students taught by outstanding professors (including three IEEE Fellows); to be world-class in selected areas of research; and to have our graduates make an impact on society.  The department offers five undergraduate programs; Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Computing (like CS+X), and Information Technology, four master of science programs EE, CoE, CS, and IT; and two Ph.D. degrees, EE and CS.

The department is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.  The department is home for the Jayhawk Scholarship for Service cyber security program for  students focused on cyber security; preparing them for careers in government to enhance security of our infrastructure. This program is funded by a $4.7 million, five-year NSF grant. KU EECS is associated with the Information and Telecommuni­cation Technology Center, a KU research center that advances knowledge and creates innovative technologies in cyber security, communications, and radar. It’s one of the largest research centers at KU, with resources and state-of-the-art facilities providing multidisciplinary support. In 2016 EECS had over $5M in research expenditures. Several of our faculty mem­bers have served as federal program directors at NSF, DARPA, and NASA.

MathWorks logoThe MATLAB and Simulink product families are fundamental applied math and computational tools at the world's educational institutions. Adopted by more than 5000 universities and colleges, MathWorks products accelerate the pace of learning, teaching, and research in engineering and science. MathWorks products also help prepare students for careers in industry worldwide, where the tools are widely used for data analysis, mathematical modeling, and algorithm development in collaborative research and new product development. Application areas include data analytics, mechatronics, communication systems, image processing, computational finance, and computational biology.

Tetcos NetSim logo

NetSim - Accelerating Network R & D: NetSim is a leading network simulation/emulation software, used for research and development by 400 + customers across 15 countries. NetSim features an extensive set of protocol libraries including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 802.15.4 based WSNs, IOT, 802.22 Cognitive Radio, LTE / LTE-Advanced, MANET, VANET, IP, TCP and a variety of application models. An easy to use GUI enables users to create network designs and set properties. NetSim provides an animator to visualize packet flow, tabular and graphical view of throughput, delay, loss, utilization etc. A detailed packet and event trace is also available. Researchers can develop their own protocols/algorithms by modifying NetSim's source C code. NetSim has well-designed APIs for interfacing with other software such as MATLAB, SUMO, Wireshark etc. While NetSim simulator is virtual, NetSim Emulator enables users to link NetSim to live applications running on real devices. This allows live traffic to flow via the emulator and experience network effects. NetSim support eco-system features extensive videos libraries to help shorten the learning curve; helpdesk & phone tech support; monthly live webinars and regular product updates to customers.

PAWR logo

PAWR is enabling experimental exploration of robust new wireless devices, communication techniques, networks, systems, and services that will revolutionize the nation’s wireless ecosystem while sustaining US leadership and economic competitiveness for decades to come.

Participating companies will benefit by: helping to sustain US industry leadership; shaping design of research platforms; and securing cutting-edge research returns well in excess of initial investment. Participating communities will benefit by: building core wireless capabilities through creative university partnerships; attracting government and corporate research funding and local wireless jobs; and utilizing advanced wireless capabilities to enhance city services and economic development.

The PAWR Project Office is managing this $100 million public-private partnership to deploy and manage 4 city-scale research testbeds.

PAWR is funded by the NSF and a wireless Industry Consortium of over 25 companies.

The initiative will accelerate research and commercialization of wireless technologies.