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Open RAN Summit (Hybrid)

Thursday, 26 May 2022 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

  • Virtual
  • Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Open RAN is a key enabler of 5G and future network technologies. It will make the Radio Access Network of an end-to-end 6G system more distributed and disaggregated.


Through open RAN, we will embrace new functionalities such as software-defined networking, virtualization, programmability, closed-loop automation, and orchestration, which will enable a more resilient network, dynamic resource scheduling, dynamic spectrum sharing, and edge security monitoring.


At IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA), we have seen an enormous interest in open RAN and how to accelerate the development, deployment, and advancement of this technology.


This hybrid summit will provide a platform for vendors, operators, academics, and regulators to discuss the research, standardization, trials, and application of open RAN in various areas beyond telecom.




Technical Co-Sponsor:



Purva Rajkotia Headshot

Purva Rajkotia is the Connectivity and Telecom Practice Lead at IEEE SA. Prior to IEEE SA, Purva held leadership positions with Qualcomm, Samsung, and Disney in various capacities. Purva also held leadership positions in various standards organizations such ITU, 3GPP, 3GPP2, CENELEC, etc. He has authored more than 100 patents granted by the USPTO (US Patent Office) and other worldwide patent organizations.

Ashutosh Dutta Headshot

Ashutosh Dutta (F'20) is Senior Scientist and 5G Chief Strategist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, testbed, publications, and roadmap activities.

Amit Malhotra

Marketing Director, VIAVI Solutions

Brian Daly

Assistant Vice President, AT&T

Chih Lin I

Chief Scientist, 


Haseeb Akhtar

Head of E2E Network Evolution, Ericsson

Irfan Lateef

Principal Solution Architect, NEC

Ivan Seskar

Chief Technologist, Rutgers University/WINLAB

Kevin Bross

Principal Engineer, Intel


Mari Silbey

Program Director, PAWR, US Ignite

Michele Polese

Principal Research Scientist, Northeastern University

Murali Ranganathan

Technical Lead- Ecosystems Development, Meta Connectivity

Murat Torlak

Program Director, National Science Foundation

Nicholas Karter

Director of Strategic Marketing, Analog Devices

Padma Sudarsan

Director of E2E Telco Architecture, VMWare

Raymond Shen

Director of 5G/6G/Cyber Govt Solns, Keysight

Sanjiv Katwala

Senior Professional Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Sassan Ahmadi

VP of Technology and Strategy, Mavenir

Scott Poretsky

Director of Security, North America, Ericsson

Venkatesh Ramaswamy

Chief Technologist for NextG, MITRE Labs

Vish Nandlall

VP of Global Technology Strategy, Dell Technologies


Opening Remarks | 09:00 - 09:10 AM

Purva Rajkotia, IEEE SA

Ashutosh Dutta, JHU/APL

Protecting the Open RAN Attack Surface

Scott Poretsky, Ericsson | 01:20 - 01:40 PM

Open and Smart RAN for 4G/5G and Beyond

Chih Lin I, CMCC | 09:10 - 09:30 AM

Deployment Models and Synchronization Needs for O-RAN Networks

Kevin Bross, Intel | 01:40 - 02:00 PM

PAWR: Research Infrastructure for Realizing the Potential of Open RAN 

Mari Silbey, US Ignite | 09:30 - 09:50 AM

Assuring Performance and Interoperability of the Open RAN

Amit Malhotra, VIAVI Solutions | 02:00 - 02:20 PM

Resiliency Adventures in Open RAN-Land

Venkatesh Ramaswamy, MITRE Labs | 09:50 - 10:10 AM

Open RAN: Cloud-native, Disaggregated, Intelligent, Service-based, and Scalable RAN Architecture of the Future

Sassan Ahmadi, Mavenir | 02:20 - 02:40 PM

NextG Research Challenges and Opportunities in the Era of Open RAN

Murat Torlak, National Science Foundation | 10:10 - 10:30 AM

Intelligent Networks with Open RAN – Challenges and Opportunities

Michele Polese, Northeastern University | 02:40 - 03:00 PM

Coffee Break and Networking

10:30 - 10:50 AM

Coffee Break and Networking

03:00 - 03:20 PM

Unlocking O-RAN

Padma Sudarsan, VMWare | 10:50 - 11:10 AM

5G Open RAN Deployment Challenges and Opportunities

Irfan Lateef, NEC | 03:20 - 03:40 PM

Open RAN Update

Brian Daly, AT&T | 11:10 - 11:30 AM

Open RAN…So Far Away?

Vish Nandlall, Dell Technologies | 03:40 - 04:00 PM

O-RAN Architecture – Key Challenges and Opportunities

Haseeb Akhtar, Ericsson | 11:30 - 11:50 AM

Enabling Intelligent Optimization and Automation Solutions in Open RAN

Murali Ranganathan, Meta Connectivity | 04:00 - 04:20 PM

Open Radio Enabled Innovation

Nicholas Karter, Analog Devices | 11:50 AM - 12:10 PM

Report on O-RAN PlugFest and PoC

Ivan Seskar, Rutgers University/WINLAB | 04:20 - 04:40 PM

Lunch and Networking

12:10 - 01:00 PM

5G Development Progression to O-RAN and Future 5G Feature

Sanjiv Katwala, JHU/APL | 04:40 - 05:00 PM

Leveraging O-RAN Architecture for Network Performance Characterization

Raymond Shen, Keysight | 01:00 - 1:20 PM

Closing Remarks | 05:00 - 05:10 PM

Purva Rajkotia, IEEE SA

Ashutosh Dutta, JHU/APL



In-Person Summit Location:


Kossiakoff Center

11100 Johns Hopkins Road

Laurel, MD 20723-6099



From Johns Hopkins Road, turn right onto Pond Road. The Kossiakoff Center is located on the left; parking is to the lower right, off of Pond Road.


Parking tags are not required. The lower-level parking lot near the Kossiakoff Center is recommended when visiting the Kossiakoff Center. Ample parking is also available near the entrance to MP7.


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