Dr. Joseph Mitola of Stevens Served on MILCOM 2010 Panel on Cognitive Networks

Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology Distinguished Professor and Vice President for The Research Enterprise, Dr. Joseph Mitola, was a panelist at MILCOM 2010 in San Jose, California earlier this month. As the annual Military Communications Conference, MILCOM is the premiere international meeting, with participants sourced from government, military, industry, and academia gathered to learn and discuss new developments in military communications.

Dr. Mitola provided his expertise for the panel discussion, "Cognitive Networking for Future Wireless Networks," appropriate to the MILCOM 2010 theme, "Next Decade of Military Communications." This unclassified discussion covered the future and application of cognitive principles to support tactical communication networks. Addressing the intersection of civilian and military research communities, the panel included academics from the University of California San Diego, Rutgers University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kansas.

"Military communications may be slower to capitalize on globalization of wireless than commercial products driven by $100B markets," explained Dr. Mitola. "Yet there is much that the US and coalition military organizations can contribute to securing the Internet if executive branch cybersecurity policies were somewhat more proactive."

Dr. Mitola is recognized internationally for his formulation and groundbreaking research in software-defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio systems and technologies. In addition to having published the first technical paper on software radio architecture in 1991, Dr. Mitola has published widely and taught courses in software radio in the US, Europe, and Asia. His 1999 Licentiate Thesis in Teleinformatics, coined the term cognitive radio for the integration of machine perception of RF, visual and speech domains with machine learning into SDR to make dynamic spectrum access technically viable. His doctoral dissertation, Cognitive Radio [KTH, June 2000], created the first architecture for such autonomous radios, formulating the cognition cycle on which the sensing and opportunistic use of radio spectrum whitespace is based. As distinguished professor, Dr. Mitola continues to contribute to cognitive systems research and education.
Dr. Mitola is the recipient of many awards including the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2005) and the Inaugural Recipient of the SDR Forum Industry Achievement Award (2002). He has also served as the Editor in Chief of the Radio Communications Series IEEE Communications Magazine 1998-2003.

As Vice President for The Research Enterprise at Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Mitola is instrumental to the strategic alignment of academic research with innovation, entrepreneurship, teaching, and the creation of strategic global partnerships. His extensive experience in industry and government, as well as track record of innovative research in emerging technologies, are an essential asset to the Technogenesis® environment of academic entrepreneurship practiced at Stevens.

Dr. Mitola contributes to research events around the country as an invited presenter and panelist. Earlier this fall, he was a keynote speaker at Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Research Day, where he reviewed the state of the art and proposed the future of advanced systems providing efficient and secure support for wirelessly networked technologies.

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