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27th Annual Wireless Symposium & Summer School, 2017


When: May 16 - 17, 2017

Where: Virginia Tech National Capital Region
Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center (EBC)
in the Virginia Tech Research Center
900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203

New Dates And Format:


The agenda has now been posted (subject to change)

Tuesday, May 16 (full day) and Wednesday, May 17th (half day) 2017

Wireless @ Virginia Tech will be hosting the 27th Annual Wireless Symposium & Summer School at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center located on the second floor of the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA. We are changing the format to 1 1/2 days this year, so the symposium is all day on Tuesday, May 16, and 1/2 day on Wednesday, May 17, ending at noon. The available seating capacity is 90 due to the space limitations of the Executive Briefing Center. Registration will open in February, 2017. We will have a panel session on Tuesday morning and tutorials Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. We will post the agenda once it has been finalized. Information will be posted to our LinkedIn page first, so if you are not a member of our LinkedIn group, now is the perfect time to join!

Wireless @ Virginia Tech is pleased to announce our keynote speakers, Mr. Paul Tilghman, Program Manager with DARPA, and Ms. Ellen Purdy, from the Department of Defense.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mr. Paul Tilghman, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Program Manager


Paul TilghmanMr. Paul Tilghman joined DARPA in December 2014 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office. His research interests include intelligent and adaptive RF systems, digital signal processing, machine learning, wireless communications and electronic warfare.

Prior to joining DARPA, Mr. Tilghman was a senior research engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories where he led programs in adaptive electronic warfare, signals intelligence and non-cooperative geolocation. While at Lockheed Martin, Tilghman led the development of a real-time cognitive electronic warfare system, which used machine learning techniques to characterize and counter previously unknown radio emitters on the battlefield. He is a recipient of Lockheed Martin’s highest award, the NOVA award, and was also previously honored as the company’s Engineer of the Year.

Mr. Tilghman received a bachelor of science in computer engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master of science in electrical engineering from Drexel University.

Title and abstract coming soon!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Ms. Ellen Purdy, Director, Emerging Capabilities & Prototyping Initiatives & Analysis Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering)

Ellen PurdyMrs. Ellen M. Purdy currently serves as the Director, Emerging Capabilities & Prototyping Initiatives & Analysis in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering). She is responsible for rapid development of fieldable prototypes and capability supporting emerging needs in autonomy, communications, sensing, and electronic warfare. She leads the Spectrum Access R&D Program and Rapid Innovation Fund Program. Mrs. Purdy focuses on assessing resilience of new capabilities against adaptive adversaries. She fosters collaborative engagement with traditional defense industry, non-traditional commercial sector organizations, and academia to pursue innovative solutions. Pursuits range from enhancing commercially available technology to military-unique, solid state, software reconfigurable based technology solutions. Mrs. Purdy joined Research & Engineering in 2010 and served as Deputy Director for the Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations (JCTD) Office. Her responsibilities included financial and technical oversight of JCTD projects that rapidly matured emerging operational concepts and technologies in support of Combatant Commands.

Previously, Mrs. Purdy served as the Enterprise Director, Joint Ground Robotics where she had oversight of the unmanned ground systems portfolio, strategic planning for ground robotics and the annual RDT&E funding for ground robotic technology development. During her tenure, Mrs. Purdy secured Congressional support and Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) approval for a $175M Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the Robotics Technology Consortium. This unique approach with industry resulted in rapid transition of technologies into a ground robotics inventory that grew from under 1000 systems to over 6000 during her tenure.

Prior to her robotics assignment, Mrs. Purdy served in the US Army Program Management Office, Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team in a variety of positions including Director, Combined Test Organization; Deputy Director, Combined Test Organization; Manager, Test, Analysis, Modeling and Simulation; and Integrated Product Team Lead for Integrated Simulation and Test.

Mrs. Purdy has a University of South Florida BS degree in Chemical Engineering, and George Washington University Masters degree in Engineering Management. She has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; an elected member of the City of Manassas School Board; an elected member of the Board of Directors, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); and the Board of Advisors, Virginia Modeling and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University. Her awards include two Superior Civilian Service Award medals, two Commander’s Award for Civilian Service medals, and the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Mrs. Purdy has authored over 20 published technical and journal reports, and periodical articles.


Registration Fees:

Early Bird Standard Registration Fee: $400

Early Bird Student Registration Fee: $350

After April 15, regular standard registration fees apply:

Standard Registration Fee: $500

Standard Student Registration Fee: $450

Registration is now open. You can register here.

About the Virginia Tech Research Center

VT Research Center"The Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington, at 900 N. Glebe Road, is a highly visible state-of-the-art facility designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the National Capital Region. The region offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations. The building is located in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, a short distance from many of the leading science and research agencies of the federal government and many high-technology companies.

The building is among the best connected research facilities in the world, incorporating next-generation Internet with direct fiber access to Internet 2 and multiple federal networks. High-performance connectivity links this research center to Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, as well as to other major universities. The network provides access to international peering points in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Florida, and the building includes a secure data center for high performance computing (HPC)-based research. A number of established Virginia Tech research centers and institutes are located in this facility."


About the Executive Briefing Center

The Ballston Room"With state-of-the-art technology and beautifully elegant meeting rooms, the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center is designed to accommodate executive seminars, training programs, workshops, receptions, and many other events. The conference center is located on the second floor of the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington, just blocks from the Metro station and Interstate 66 and in the heart of the vibrant Ballston area rich with restaurants, shops, and nearby hotels."