Talks and News Articles

Slides of some of my talks starting from 2013 (does not include any talks made at conferences to present technical papers, or talks from my pre-NSF days at Bell Labs):

  1. Keynote on "Wireless Spectrum for NextG", 6G Symposium (Vrtual),, October 2020.
  2. Keynote on "Spectrum Future(s): What do the airways foretell?", Silicon Flatirons Evidence-Based Spectrum Policy Conference (Virtual),  October 2020.
  3. Keynote on "Quantum Computing Research at the National Science Foundation", IEEE QCE20 Workshop on Solution Architecture for Quantum Hardware and Software Development (Virtual),  October 2020.
  4. Keynote on "AI in 5G Networks - Why, When and How?", 2020 IEEE 5G World Forum Conference (Virtual),  September 2020.
  5. Keynote on "Wireless Networking and the Industries of the Future (IotF)", 2020 IEEE LANMAN Conference (Virtual), July 2020.
  6. Talk on "Research Testbeds enabling Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Networks", FCC Technical Advisory Committee on Artificial Intelligence, June 2020 (video).
  7. Interview on "How Intel and the National Science Foundation want to use AI to connect trillions of smart devices", The AI Show by John Koetsier, June 2020.
  8. Interview on "AI-Enabled Spectrum Management for 5G and Beyond", 5GX Connect conference (online). (May 2020).
  9. Panel talk on "Industries of the Future: Advanced Wireless at NSF", EPSCoR Conference (online). (May 2020). 
  10. Interview on "What is Quantum Computing and how can it help Feds?", FedTech Magazine (December 2019).
  11. Press Briefing on "Deep Dive: How the US is Addressing 5G and Security", Foreign Press Center, National Press Club, Washington D.C. (November 2019).
  12. Interview on "Quantum Computing and Encryption", NextGov Radio (October 2019).
  13. Keynote talk on "Is it Time for 6G Yet?", IEEE 5G World Forum, Dresden, Germany (September 2019).
  14. Keynote talk on "Electronics Roadmap beyond CMOS andits Demand/Application Drivers" at Center for Advanced Electronic Design (cfAED), TU-Dresden, Dresden, Germany (September 2019). 
  15. Panel talk on "Beyond 5G: Advanced Wireless Research and Testing" at Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) Meeting, Washington, DC (June 2019).
  16. Keynote talk on "5G and 6G for Dummies: Hype and Reality", IEEE SECON 2019, Boston, MA (June 2019).
  17. Talk on "Wireless Spectrum R&DInteragency Working Group Overview", Department of Energy Spectrum Collaboration Meeting, Washington, DC (May 2019).
  18. Panel talk on "Internet of Things, 5G and Edge Computing: An opportunity for inclusion in a smart and connected community", Panel on IoT Government R&D Funding, World Forum on IoT (WF-IoT), Limerick, Ireland, April 2019.
  19. Talk on "The Race to 5G: How to look at the Bigger Picture", Panel on 5G, NITRD, Washington, DC (March 2019).
  20. Talk on "Enhancing Community Response to Aid First Responders", Workshop on 5G Technologies for Tactical and First Responder Networks, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD (October 2018).
  21. Keynote talk on "Powering R&D in Wireless Communications", IEEE ICC 2018, Kansas City, MO (May 2018).
  22. Talk on "The Pitfalls of using Machine Learning in Wireless Research", ACM Mobicom TPC Meeting, Piscataway, NJ (May 2018).
  23. Interview on "A Tale of Two 5G Cities", Telecommunication Industry Association, (May 2018).
  24. Keynote talk on "Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research" at Brooklyn 5G Summit, New York City, NY (April 2018). Video of speech here.
  25. Keynote talk on "Spurring Mobile Systems Research into the Next Decade" at ACM Mobicom, Snowbird, UT (October 2017). Video of speech here.
  26. Keynote talk on "Is Wireless Research Still Hot?" at ACM HotWireless Workshop, Snowbird, UT (October 2017).
  27. Keynote talk on "5G Wireless networks and the future of Wireless Communications Research" at IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Newark, NJ (September 2017).
  28. Talk on "Rural Broadband: Reality, Challenges and Opportunities" at Connected Rural Communities Workshop, Charlottesville, VA (September 2017).
  29. Talk on "5G Wireless Networks: Reality underlying technology trends" at UBS Investor Meet, New York City, NY (April 2017).
  30. Talk on "Research Challenges and Funding Trends in IoT" at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (February 2017). Video of speech available.
  31. Keynote talk on "Key 5G Research projects to watch for" at HetNets Workshop, IEEE Globecom, Washington DC (December 2016).
  32. Talk on "Do Wireless-in-the-middle Network Architectures make sense?" at NSF Low Latency Networks workshop, Arlington, VA (November 2016).
  33. Talk on "Advanced wireless R&D initiatives across the federal government - trends and priorities" at Univ of Texas Wireless Day, Austin, TX (October 2016).
  34. Seminar on "Making Elephants Dance: Forcing rapid evolution in communication networks through academic research" at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Sept 2016).
  35. Keynote talk on "Advancing wireless networking research - Seeking New Frontiers" at Brooklyn 5G Summit, New York City, NY (April 2016).
  36. Seminar on "Wireless Research@NSF: Current Investments and Emerging Priorities" at Berkeley Wireless Research Center, Univ of California, Berkeley (April 2016).
  37. Panel talk on "US Government Perspectives on Wireless Spectrum Research Directions" at IEEE Infocom in San Francisco, CA (April 2016).
  38. Panel talk on "Advanced Wireless Networking Research" at the FCC Spectrum Frontiers Workshop in Washington DC (March 2016)
  39. Talk on "Wireless Research @ NSF - 5G and beyond" at the Large Scale Networking working group of the NITRD, Arlington, VA (Jan 2016)
  40. Panel Discussion on "Driving Innovation in 5G" at Globecom, San Diego, CA (Dec 2015)
  41. Talk on "Academic Funding for 5G Wireless Research" at 5G North American Workshop in Asilomar, CA (November 2014)
  42. Panel on "Sensys in a Dozen: Lessons Learned and Directions to Set" at ACM Sensys 2014 in Memphis, TN  (November 2014)
  43. Dual talks: "Overview of the CISE Directorate" and "Interdisciplinary Research Programs at NSF" at the National Science Foundation Grants Conference, Rosslyn, VA (October 2014)
  44. Talk on "Mobile Networking/Computing Testbeds for the future" at ACM Mobisys 2014 in Bretton Woods, NH (June 2014)
  45. Workshop on "Future Directions in Wireless Networking" at Arlington, VA   (November 2013)
  46. Panel on "Big Data and Wireless Privacy" at IEEE SECON 2013 in New Orleans, LA  (June 2013)

In the News

  1. "Government Officials Looking Forward to Myriad 5G Use Cases", MeriTalk, Nov 5, 2020.
  2. "AI + IoT = 1000X More Dense Networking Environments: How Intel, NSF Are Planning For Tomorrow", Forbes,com, July 11, 2020.
  3. "DoD gives $2.7M to fund a 5G spectrum-sharing initiative in Salt Lake City",, May 28, 2020.
  4. "DoD to invest $2.7 million in spectrum-sharing research", RCR Wireless News, May 28, 2020.
  5. "DOD Spectrum Sharing AI Project Could Hold Significant Promise for Wireless Industry", Telecompetitor, May 27, 2020. 
  6. "The 5G Race: China and U.S. Battle to Control World’s Fastest Wireless Internet",  Wall Street Journal, September 9, 2018.
  7. "IEEE Future Directions Talks 5G: Thyaga Nandagopal", IEEE 5G Initiative, July 6, 2018.
  8. "A Tale of Two 5G Cities", TIANow, May 2, 2018. (Youtube)
  9. "Salt Lake City and New York to Lead New Wireless Tech Research", FutureStructure, April 26, 2018.
  10. "Salt Lake City, NYC land wireless testbed pilot", GCN, 18 April 2018.
  11. "Two U.S. Cities Win Support for 5G Wireless Test Beds", IEEE Spectrum, 9 April 2018.
  12. "Salt Lake City, New York City to support wireless test beds that go beyond 5G", Fierce Wireless, 9 April 2018.
  13. "Verizon and AT&T Prepare to Bring 5G to Market", IEEE Spectrum, 30 December 2016.
  14. Alumni Board honors thirteen ECE alumni with awards", Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 12 September 2016.
  15. "NSF and NRF announce agreement and the Institute of Cognitive Networking (iCON) between South Africa and the USA launched",  National Research Foundation, South Africa, 26 July 2016.
  16. "Virginia Tech faculty awarded $2.5 million from NSF to advance future wireless technologies", Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 22 July 2016.
  17. "To catch a wireless thief", University of Utah, 19 July 2016.
  18. "UW-Madison engineers will shape 5G wireless networks", University of Wisconsin, 19 July 2016.
  19. "NSF awards engineers $705K to improve Wi-Fi, smartphones", University of Buffalo, 19 July 2016.
  20. "5G Wireless well within reach", NYU Press Room, 6 May 2016.
  21. "Researchers all EARS for spectrum solutions", SIGNAL Magazine, 1 May, 2016.
  22. "NYU WIRELESS, SiBeam, and NI Announce Pioneering Public Testbed to Speed the Path to Ultra-Fast 5G ", PR Newswire, 19 Jan 2016.
  23. "Rice wins $2.4 million to study many-antenna wireless",, 24 Nov 2015
  24. "The new wave in wireless communication",, 3 Nov 2015
  25. "Virginia Tech engineers to study wireless networks in dense venues such as arenas, theaters with $1.37 million international grant", Virginia Tech, 27 Oct 2015.
  26. "NYU WIRELESS and NYU Stern School of Business Awarded Grant for Study of Millimeter Wave Networks", NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 7th Oct 2015.
  27. "Telecom Experts Plot a Path to 5G", IEEE Spectrum, 6th Oct 2015.
  28. "Local inventors recognized for telecommunications patent work", RedBank Hub, 6 Jan 2011.