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IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Commences with Introduction of Revolutionary Prototyping System & Annual Dialogue with Industry Executives

Nearly 2,000 International Professionals, Researchers & Scientists Convene in Austin, Texas for Premier Global Conference Dedicated to Entire Spectrum of Next Generation Communications.

Austin, TX, December 11, 2014 --( The opening ceremonies of IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 (, the premier global conference dedicated to driving advancement in nearly every telecommunications field, commenced on Tuesday morning with Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO and Cofounder of National Instruments, highlighting his company’s “never before seen approach to prototyping next generation wireless systems” during his keynote address on “Next-Generation Tools for Next-Generation Wireless Research.”

During his presentation, Dr. Truchard highlighted National Instruments’ “drive to make life easier” by “accelerating the speed of innovation and ability to try new things.” This includes the development of new platforms that synchronize hardware, software and algorithm research at the system design level enabling faster implementations and “the migration to the latest technologies with great efficiency.”

As a result, the LabView Communications System Design Suite was demonstrated at IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 as a revolutionary method for rapidly prototyping real-time software defined radio and wireless systems. In addition to showcasing several highly-innovative applications designed with LabView at the conference’s exhibition hall, National Instruments also hosted a complimentary, half-day tutorial offering hands-on experience in designing, simulating, and deploying to hardware a prototype of a 20 MHz LTE-based real-time OFDM link on a high-performance FPGA. This was followed by transmitting data over the air using the link created by the participant to illustrate the integrated algorithm-to-FPGA flow made possible by LabVIEW Communications software and NI SDR hardware.

Later in the day and after a full day of technical presentations, industry panels and interactive demonstrations, the first official day of the conference concluded Tuesday night with the Dialogue with Industry Executives, which provided the viewpoints of Tareq Bustami, VP of Product Management, Freescale; Rod Naphan, CTO & Senior VP, Fujitsu Network Communications; Farooq Khan, President, Samsung Research America; Bob Gessel, Head of Technology Strategy Development, Ericsson North America; and Mike Murphy, CTO, Networks, North America, Nokia. Moderated by David Lu, Vice President, Business Solutions Development, AT&T, these panelists were tasked with providing insights to wide ranging audience questions that focused on increasing the role of women in science, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and the fundamental use of technology to further the quality of life.

Throughout the exchange, the participants accentuated the need of industry to motivate young individuals through the ongoing support of programs like STEM, internships, participation in academic advisory boards and most importantly helping them to “find the spark” in this “exciting age of innovation and human empowerment” where “a lot of good comes from chasing the lofty goal.” While foreseeing roads filled with self-driving vehicles, all agreed that this future was still far off given the amount of challenges and depth of logistical, real-time and pervasive innovations needed to “guarantee nothing goes wrong.” However, everyone rallied behind the pursuits of such goals as a means to “revolutionize other industries” through the creation of technologies that will help solve “real-human problems” ranging from energy, water and food shortages to terrorism.

Designated IEEE Week by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 will proceed throughout the week with more than 1,000 business discussions, workshops, tutorials, demonstrations and presentations offered under the “The Great State of Communications” banner. This includes the keynotes of senior industry experts like Dr. Alicia Abella, Assistant Vice President (AVP), AT&T Labs, and Rajesh Pankaj, Senior Vice President, Engineering at Qualcomm Research, as well as a comprehensive schedule of executive forums and industry panels exploring topics like “Internet of Things: From Standardization to Deployment & Commercialization,” “5G System Design” and “Making Spectrum Sharing a Reality.”

For more information on IEEE GLOBECOM 2014, please visit or contact Heather Ann Sweeney of the IEEE Communications Society at 212-705-8938 and/or The website’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter links are also available for sharing thoughts and comments with peers based worldwide.
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