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Technology Standards Roundtable 

Industry Dynamics and Standardization: Rapid Technology Evolution Demands New Approaches
Addressing Challenges and Setting Standards for Emerging Technologies



This special complimentary live, virtual event was held on 26 July, 2022. During the event, moderated by Mehmet Ulemas, a panel of subject matter experts focussed on new approaches to combat the challenges and urgent need for technology standardization.

Standards are an integral part of technology’s progress as well as industry dynamics. Industry has become impatient and expects innovation to enter the production phase in a much shorter time than possible or likely. Therefore, it becomes critical to standardize technology in early phases of the technology evolution. Standardization of emerging technologies requires new approaches and new constituencies for standards development. This panel brought together standardization experts to explore and address these issues and more.

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    • Roundtable Intro with Mehmet Ulema (PDF, 0.5 MB)
    • Market-Driven/Relevant Standards in the Face of Fast Changing Industry Dynamics with Laura Pullum (PDF, 1.9 MB)
    • Innovations and Standardization: Market Driving/Disrupting Standards at Every Life-Cycle Phase with Mehmet Ulema (PDF, 0.73 MB)
    • IEEE Standardization of Emerging Technologies Involving Industrial and Academic Researchers with Alex Gelman (PDF, 0.62 MB)
    • Open Source “Versus” Standardization in the Face of Fast Changing Industry Dynamics with Robby Robson (PDF, 0.55 MB)
    • Ethical Considerations in Technology Standardization & Certification with Ali Hessami (PDF, 3.12 MB)

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Dr. Mehmet Ulema is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions in AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bellcore, and Daewoo Telecom. He has been on the editorial board of a number of journals. He is also the co-editor of a IEEE Press-Wiley book series on Network and Service Management. Dr. Ulema is the author of a book entitled “Fundamentals of Public Safety Networks and Critical Communications” published by Wiley. Mehmet was actively involved in standardization in ITU, TIA, ATIS, and IEEE. Currently, he is a member of IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors. He is also a co-chair of the IEEE Public Safety Technology Initiative. Dr. Ulema had leading roles in numerous IEEE ComSoc conferences including IEEE ICC and IEEE GLOBECOM. He is the co-founder of IEEE BlackSeaCom conference series. Dr. Ulema has received a number of awards including IEEE SA Standards Medallion award and IEEE ComSoc Harold Sobol Award. Dr. Ulema holds MS & Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science at Polytechnic University (now the New York University Tandon School of Engineering). He also received BS and MS degrees at Istanbul Technical University.



Dr. Alexander Gelman is an IEEE Life Fellow. He received M.E. and Ph.D. (EE) from the City University of New York. Presently he is CTO of NETovations Consulting Group. During 1998-2007 Alex was the Chief Scientist of Panasonic Research Laboratory located in Princeton NJ and San Jose Ca; during 1984-1998 worked at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), lastly as Director-Internet Access Architectures Research. Alex has numerous publications and several patents. He pioneered Multimedia Multi-point communications, Streaming Video over Networks, XDSL-based Internet Access. Alex co-founded eight IEEE conferences and two publications; initiated ComSoc Standards Activities; initiated ComSoc Technical Committee and standardization in Power Line Communications and IEEE standardization in the area of cognitive radio; chaired the Technical Committee on Multimedia Communications; served four terms as ComSoc Vice President, e.g. was elected as ComSoc’s first Vice President-Standards Activities. Alex served two terms on IEEE SA BoG, e.g. as Vice President-Technical Innovation and Engagement; served several terms on IEEE SA Standards Board, e.g. representing TAB; chaired TAB Ad Hoc Committee on Standards in 2008 and served as the Inaugural Vice-chair of the TAB committee on Standards in 2018.Presently Alex is a chair of the IEEE Access and Core Networks Standards Committee, Vice Chair of the IEEE SA Fellow Nominations Support Committee, co-chair of the Standardization Building Blocks Working Groups of the FDC INGR Initiative. Alex is a recipient of ComSoc Donald McLellan Meritorious Service Award, IEEE SA Corporate Standards Sponsor Award and IEEE SA Standards Medallion.


Dr. Ali G. Hessami is the Director of R&D and Innovation at Vega Systems. He has extensive track record in systems assurance and safety, security, sustainability, knowledge assessment/management methodologies and has a background in design and development of advanced control systems for business and safety critical industrial applications. Ali represents UK on CENELEC & IEC safety systems, hardware & software safety & security standards committees. During 2017 Ali joined the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) as a committee member for the landmark IEEE 7000 standard focused on “Addressing Ethical Concerns in System Design” and was subsequently appointed as the Technical Editor and the Chair of standard. In November 2018, he was appointed as the VC and Process Architect of the IEEE‘s global Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous & Intelligent Systems. Ali is a Visiting Professor at London City University’s Centre for Systems and Control in the School of Engineering and at Beijing Jiaotong University School of Electronics & Information Engineering. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the UK Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and a Life Senior Member of IEEE.


Dr. Laura L. Pullum conducts R&D in dependability (robustness, safety, trustworthiness, etc.) of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in a wide range of applications. She has authored over 200 publications including books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed papers; holds a patent; and serves in AI standards development bodies and on technical advisory boards. Dr. Pullum holds a BS in Math; MS degrees in Operations Research, Business Administration, and Geology; and a doctorate in Systems Engineering and Operations Research. She is a senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Computer Science and Mathematics division. She has significant participation in standards development for dependable ML and AI for the following organizations: IEEE, ISO, INCITS, SAE, ASME, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Recent representative projects in AI/ML dependability include Explainable high-confidence models for dynamic systems; Robustness of reinforcement learning and deep neural networks; V&V and uncertainty quantification of machine learning; and Dependability of multi-modal learning systems.


Dr. Robby Robson is a researcher, entrepreneur, and standards professional. He is currently a member of the IEEE Standards Association (SA) Standards Board and chairs the IEEE SA Open Source Committee and the Working Group developing a standard for inclusive language in technical documentation. He is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Eduworks Corporation, where he is currently developing the next generation of competency management, talent analytics, and skills-based talent pipeline solutions.

Robby holds a doctorate in mathematics from Stanford University and spent the first part of his career making contributions to the fields of real algebraic geometry and computational number theory.



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