Wednesday, 8 December 2010
17:20 - 18:30

IEEE GLOBECOM 2010 Funding Forum
(Forum Co-Chair: Sajal K. Das, NSF, USA, and Robert Ulman, ARO, USA)


Funds are essential for Science, Research and Technological Development. In GC10, a Funding Forum is arranged to is arranged to help research communities meet the program managers and directors of Funding Agencies, like NSF, DARPA, ARO, ONR, AFOSR, DHS and so on. The target audiences include professorial and non-professorial faculty of universities, research managers and administrators, researchers in university and industrial labs, and business developers.

Dr. Robert Bonneau
Program Manager, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USA

Dr. Bonneau
 is a Program Manager of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and has established programs in Networking and Communications in the Mathematics, Information, and Biological Sciences Division. Previously, Dr. Bonneau was a Senior Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate in networking, communications, sensing, and computing, and a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in communications. He has held academic positions in communications and sensing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University. Dr Bonneau has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a Masters and Bachelors in electrical engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Bonneau is a Senior Member of IEEE and has over 75 journal and conference papers, 1 book co-authorship, contributed to 2 book chapters, and holds 3 patents.

Dr. Fette has 36 patents, and has edited and compiled two editions of the book Cognitive Radio Technology. Dr. Fette earned his BSEE degree from University of Cincinnati, and MSEE and PhD from Arizona State University.

Dr. Demetrios Kazakos
Program Director, NSF, USA


Demetrios Kazakos is presently  a Program Director in the Human Resources Development Division,  of the National Science Foundation, managing the  Centers of  Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering  (HBCU-RISE) program.

From 2006 to 2008, he was the Dean of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University. Before this, he was Department Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept of the University of Idaho (2004-2006), and Department Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dept of the University of Toledo. (2001-2004). He is an Electrical Engineer, specializing in Statistical Communication and Information Theory, as well as Statistical Information Processing. He has 34 years of academic experience as a Professor in several Universities. He has published about 165 refereed journal and conference proceedings publications. He was elevated to the grade of Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE) as a recognition for his research in multiuser communication protocols and statistical communications theory. In the past, he had also been the Associate Vice President for Research of HITEC, INC for 12 years.  He has also been active in organizing IEEE conferences, and held several Editorial positions for Journals.

He received his Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, his M.A. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Sajal K. Das
Program Director, NSF, USA
University Distinguished Scholar Professor, UTA, USA


Dr. Sajal K. Das is a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He is currently a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Computer Networks and Systems. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur, an Honorary Professor of Fudan University in Shanghai, and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Infocom Research (I2R) in Singapore.

His current research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, smart environments, security and privacy, cloud computing, biological networking, applied graph theory and game theory. He has published over 400 papers and over 35 invited book chapters in these areas, and holds five US patents in wireless networks and mobile Internet. Dr. Das has coauthored the books: "Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications" (Wiley, 2005) and "Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking (Wiley, 2010). He is a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2009) for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing; IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award (2008); and several Best Paper Awards in such conferences as QShine'09, EWSN'08, IEEE PerCom'06, and ACM MobiCom'99. He is also a recipient of the Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award (2009), UTA Academy of Distinguished Scholars Award (2006), University Award for Distinguished Record of Research (2005), College of Engineering Research Excellence Award (2003), and Outstanding Faculty Research Award in Computer Science (2001 and 2003). He is frequently invited as keynote speaker at international conferences and symposia.

Dr. Das serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC) journal, and also as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and Journal of Peer-to-Peer Networking. He is the founder of IEEE WoWMoM symposium and co-founder of IEEE PerCom conference. He has served as General and Technical Program Chair as well as TPC member of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences.

Dr. Santanu Das
Program Manager, Office of Naval Research, USA


Dr. Santanu Das is the Program Manager of Communications and Networking program within the C4ISR Dept. of Office of Naval Research, where he has broad responsibility for planning, executing and providing leadership for integrated Science & technology projects to develop new capabilities for Naval communication networks. In this role he also participates and serves as the Navy lead and subject matter expert with other DoD, national and international groups to coordinate and optimize S&T investments and technology transfer and transition to the fleet. Prior to joining ONR, Dr Das held various positions as a researcher, systems engineer, manager and department Director in areas of wireless and optical communications at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Whippany, NJ. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly IEE) and a senior member of the IEEE.

Dr. Robert Ulman
Program Manager, Army Research Office, USA

Dr. Ulman
received his BS in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984, his MS from The Ohio State University in 1986, his PhD from University of Maryland in 1998.  He worked as a system engineer and research engineer at the National Security Agency from 1987-2000.  From 2000-present, he has worked as the program manager for the Wireless Communications and Networks Program Manager at the Army Research Office.

Dr. Ulman has done research in communications signal processing, radio geolocation, and ultra-wideband communications.  Dr. Ulman manages a research program which encompasses all aspects of wireless multi-hop networking, including protocols from the physical layer to the transportlayer and security.  Specific emphasis areas include MANETs, low energy sensor networks, and wireless network theory.  He has managed DoD Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives in Low Power Networking, Ultra-Widband Communications, Sensor Networks, Networking with MIMO, and Wireless Network Science.

Ms. Stephanie Willett
Program Director, DHS, USA


Ms. Stephanie Willett is a career federal employee.  Since coming to DHS in 2008, she has been Director of Education, Office of University Programs, Science and Technology Directorate.  Her responsibilities include the planning, coordination and assessment of all K-12 and post-secondary programs and other education initiatives supported with OUP S&T funding. Here contributions to the improvement of the OUP Education Programs have been recognized by the Under Secretary for Science & Technology.

In the five years prior to coming to DHS, Stephanie managed fellowship programs and other education-related activities within the National Center for Environmental Research, Office of Research and Development, US EPA.  She held many other science administration positions within EPA during her 21 year tenure there.  Stephanie started her career as a food safety chemist at USDA, and also worked briefly at the Department of Treasury as a physical scientist.   She taught chemistry, biology and math at the high school and community college levels prior to starting her federal service.  She has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Virginia State University and a Masters in Public Health from Morgan State University.