Vice President for The Research Enterprise at Stevens Institute of Technology and Distinguished Professor Joseph Mitola is participating as a group moderator for the EastWest Institute Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit. An international gathering to promote multi-lateral cooperation between nations to address critical cybersecurity issues, the Summit will be held in London, June 1-2.
Keynote speakers and featured panelists at the Summit will include high-ranking government officials from the US, UK, India, and China; global business executives; and top consultants and researchers in the cybersecurity technology and policy space. Conference events will be highly interactive, prompting small groups to generate innovative responses to troubling issues. Dr. Mitola has been invited to attend the Summit to enhance this dialogue by bringing his experience at the cutting edge of communications research to the ongoing cybersecurity debate.
Dr. Mitola believes that the conference is re-shaping the global landscape on cybersecurity policy to find a balance between advocates of total cyberspace freedom and proponents of expression that conforms to societal norms and government standards. These ideological positions exert strong influence on national and international policies, and are fundamentally connected to technology. Dr. Mitola will be focused on faithfully capturing all perspectives in this ongoing debate, with particular interest in how the intersection of cyberspace, wearable wireless devices, and holistic systems engineering can usher in precision policy solutions versus inaction prompted by today's limiting technologies.
Worldwide initiatives, such as President Obama's recently announced International Strategy for Cyberspace, make it clear that multi-national cooperation is essential to the success of cybersecurity strategy. The White House especially supports new commercial activity in network security and communications technologies to kick start the innovation cycle and add economic value to cybersecurity defense projects. The Summit is responding to and supporting such initiatives by bringing together leading experts from industry, government, military, and academia to discuss the challenges to creating international partnerships that protect businesses and Internet users.
Dr. Mitola is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking research in software-defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio systems and technologies. In addition to having published the first technical paper on software radio architecture in 1991, Dr. Mitola coined the term cognitive radio for the integration of machine perception of RF, visual, and speech domains with machine learning into SDR to make dynamic spectrum access technically viable. His doctoral dissertation, Cognitive Radio (KTH, June 2000), created the first architecture for such autonomous radios, formulating the cognition cycle on which the sensing and opportunistic use of radio spectrum whitespace is based.
Stevens is a leading institution producing new knowledge and educated professionals for the cybersecure future. Since 2003, Stevens has been designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. In 2008, Stevens was one of the first schools receiving the designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. Since 2004, the National Science Foundation has recognized these elite computer security programs through capacity-building grants.