Advances in Public Safety Technology Workshop

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8 November 2022  |  Free  |  Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA

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Event Venue

The 2022 Advances in Public Safety Technology Workshop will take place at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics lab on 8 November 2022 at the Kossiakoff Conference Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723 USA (Google Map). More information about the traveling to the center can be found on the Applied Physics Laboratory webpage.



Join the IEEE Public Safety Technology (PST) Initiative as it hosts the Advances in Public Safety Technology Workshop on 8 November at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab.

Disasters resulting from climate change or man-made actions impact the public, requiring intervention from emergency personnel and resources. What other major trends are shaping public safety? How is technology addressing these needs, and can we use technology to minimize the risks and complexity? These topics and more require key discussion and insight across all public safety fields.

This half-day, in-person workshop will cover these key questions on how technology will play a critical role in developing more effective public safety solutions.

This event is co-located with the IEEE Future Network Initiative's (FNI) 5G Workshop on First Responder and Tactical Networks taking place on 7 November at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. For more information about the initiative and event, please visit the initiative website.


Event Program

 09:00   Welcome and Introduction   Narendra Mangra (IEEE PST Initiative) 
 09:15   Keynote Presentation: FirstNet: Our Nation’s Public Safety Network  Richard Reed (FirstNet)
 10:00  Keynote Presentation: IEEE MOVE Program: Technology assistance at natural disasters   Grayson Randall (IEEE MOVE Program) 
 10:45   Break 
 11:00  Panel: Public Safety Technology Application Advancements 

 Luis Kun (IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology) 
 Eman Hammad (Texas A&M-Commerce) 
 Danda B. Rawat (Howard University)
 Kamesh Namuduri (U of North Texas)

 Moderator: Narendra Mangra (IEEE PST Initiative) 

 12:00  Workshop Closing: Achieving the Future Together   Matt Borst (IEEE PST Program Manager)

*Note: All times Eastern Time US


Event Partner

Move Truck logo

The MOVE Program is committed to assisting victims of and responders to natural disasters with short-term communications, computer, and power solutions. Visit the MOVE Truck on-site at the workshop to learn more about the program and its impact around the world.


Event Speakers

Richard Reed profileRichard Reed, Network Management Officer, FirstNet Authority
Bio: Mr. Richard Reed brings more than 30 years of government and industry experience in emergency communications to the FirstNet leadership team, and became CCO in June 2016. Rich joined FirstNet in early 2014 as the Director of State Plans. Prior to joining FirstNet, he was with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications, where Mr. Reed managed the office’s technical assistance branch. In his roles within both FirstNet and DHS, Mr. Reed worked directly with the first responder community to understand and address their needs. Mr. Reed also served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves, with assignments in the Office of Naval Intelligence and White House Communications Agency, and holds a B.S. in Business Management from National Louis University.


Grayson Randall profileGrayson Randall, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Ascot Technologies, Inc.
Bio: Grayson Randall is very active in IEEE including Future Directions and Public Safety initiatives. He serves as the Operations Lead for the IEEE-USA MOVE Community Outreach Program, providing power and communications at disasters ( He partners with the NC state emergency response team and other disaster relief organizations. He is a Life Member of the Vestal, NY Fire Department.
Mr. Randall is known in the world of robotics for his leadership of the Insight Racing DARPA Grand Challenge team which boasts final and semi-final positions in the highly competitive international autonomous robotic vehicle races.
Mr. Randall serves as Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at Ascot Technologies, Inc., an award-winning software company. A former IBMer with 13 patents, he has over 40 years of experience in systems design and architecture.

Presentation TitleIEEE MOVE Program: Technology assistance at natural disasters
Abstract: Have you ever pulled out your cell phone and there is NO service? Hove you ever tried to charge your phone and realize that you have no power? This is what people find after a disaster. Today we all expect to have power and communications as part of our daily life but frequently these are not available after a big disaster. IEEE MOVE assists at disasters to provide power and communications when the infrastructure has failed. Today Grayson will talk about how the IEEE MOVE trucks are designed to respond to disasters and how IEEE MOVE delivers our services.

Luid Kun profileLuis Kun, President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
Dr. Luis Kun is the 2022 IEEE President Elect for the Society for Social Implications of Technology and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of National Security (CHDS/NDU). Born in Montevideo, he graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Uruguay and holds a BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degree in BME, all from UCLA. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. He is the founding Editor in Chief of Springer's Journal of Health and Technology 2010-2020. He spent 14 years at IBM and was the Director of Medical Systems Technology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. As Senior IT Advisor to AHCPR, he formulated the IT vision and was the lead staff for High Performance Computers and Communications program and Telehealth. In July 1997, he was an invited speaker to the White House and was largely responsible for the first Telemedicine Homecare Legislation signed by President Clinton in August 1997. As a Distinguished Fellow at the CDC and an Acting Chief IT Officer for the National Immunization Program, he formulated their IT vision on 10/2000. Dr. Kun received many awards including: AIMBE's first-ever Fellow Advocate Award in 2009; IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award with a citation, "For exemplary contributions in the inception and implementation of a health care IT vision in the US." In 2009, he was named "Profesor Honoris Causa" by Favaloro University, (Argentina) and "Distinguished Visitor" by City of Puebla, Mexico in 2013. He served as the IEEE Distinguished Visitor for the CS and as a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) for the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and SSIT where he chairs the DL Program since 2016. Since 2014, he serves as an Honorary Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at the School of Engineering of the University (UDELAR) in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received the Medal of Merit on October, 2016 in Mexico by the National Unit of Engineering Associations and was named Visiting Professor by the National Technological University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2017.

Eman Hammad Profile2Eman Hammad, Professor, Texas A&M RELLIS
Dr. Eman Hammad is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on cybersecurity, trustworthy & resilient critical infrastructure systems. She obtained her PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. Eman combines practical experience and theoretical research to shape her vision for resilient-by-design solutions in the connected world. Eman's primary focus is on how a deeper understanding of interactions between critical physical systems, communication and enabling technologies can help design new classes of operational solutions that are more resilient to cyber/physical disruptions. Her research has been recognized with merit awards (best paper award, best poster award) and has been featured on the Smart Cybersecurity Network.

Kamesh Namaduri profileKamesh Namuduri, Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of North Texas
Kamesh Namuduri is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the director of Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the University of North Texas (UNT). He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, India, in 1984, M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad in 1986, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of South Florida in 1992. Over the past eleven years, his research is focused on aerial networking and communications. He is serving as the chair for two Standards Working Groups (IEEE 1920.1: Aerial Communications and Networking and IEEE P1920.2: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems). Namuduri is named as a “Distinguished Lecturer” by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society for the term 2021-2023.
He is serving as the Chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society’s Ad Hoc Committee on Drones, as the Vice Chair for “Aerial Communications”, an emerging technology initiative of the IEEE Communication Society, and as an Expert Adviser on UAVs, COM/Access Core Standards Committee, IEEE Communications Society. He is a co-editor for the book titled “UAV Networks and Communications” published by the Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is leading the Smart and Connected Community project on “Deployable Communication Systems” in collaboration with the government, public, and private organizations. This living laboratory project was demonstrated thrice during the Global City Teams Challenge hosted jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He contributed to the development of research agenda, requirements and blueprints highly deployable communications systems led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. In 2020, Namuduri successfully led a team of seven organizations including three universities and four private companies engaging as an airspace partner in the Advanced Air Mobility, National Campaign Developmental Test project directed by NASA. During 2022-2023, he has been leading the North Texas Cohort engaging as an infrastructure partner in the AAM National Campaign directed by NASA. This team will be conducting several flight tests in the near future aimed at understanding the challenges when UAVs are deployed at scale in real-world.

NarendraMangraNarendra Mangra,Principal, GlobeNet LLC
Narendra Mangra is the Principal at GlobeNet LLC, where he provides advisory and consulting services for clients in academia, industry, and government. He has both a deep foundation in the wireless telecommunications ecosystem and wide experience across mobile and fixed broadband telecommunications, public safety, agriculture, transportation, and health care ecosystems. His experience spans several key roles within the end-to-end mobile ecosystem, mobile network design and deployment lifecycle, procurement lifecycle, and the program/project management lifecycles.
Narendra is also the Co-Chair for several IEEE technology roadmaps, standards development, and industry connection activities that include the Future Networks International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR), Applications and Services WG, Young Professionals Education, IEEE SA P1950.1 Smart Cities Architecture Standards Development, Transdisciplinary Framework Industry Connections, and the Telehealth Industry Connections. He also contributes to the Public Safety Task Force initiative. His current interests include comprehensive transdisciplinary frameworks, 5G and technology convergence, smart regions, and related ecosystems