IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
16-18 April 2019 // Naples, Florida, USA


Tuesday April 16, 2019 – Opening Keynote: Internet Service and Disaster Response in Rural America

Bill Poellmitz
President & CEO of ClearSky Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Poellmitz oversees all company operations at ClearSky, and ensures that leadership is focused on flawless execution of the company’s strategic plan.  A co-founder of ClearSky, Mr. Poellmitz played a major role in defining the “hosted services” business model.  In 1992, he co-founded Cerulean Technology, developer of mobile data software for law enforcement, where he served as CFO and VP Marketing.  After venture funding was completed, Cerulean was sold for $150 million.  Earlier, Mr. Poellmitz ran an eight-person international consulting firm, and managed the Latin American and Far East units of Orion Research, a developer of chemical sensors for laboratory and medical applications.  Mr. Poellmitz also served as a committee chair in the CDPD Forum and was co-founder and co-chairman of the WAP Developer Expert Group of the WAP Forum.  From 1988 to 1995, he served as a Board Member for three cellular companies in the Caribbean.  Mr. Poellmitz holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics, and an MBA, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in business at the University of Florida.  He has been an amateur radio operator since the age of 14, and is passionate about travel, foreign languages and trivia.


Abstract – Coming soon… 


Wednesday April 17, 2019 – Morning Keynote: Intelligent Resiliency for SDN

David H. Lu

Vice President – D2 Platform & Systems Development, AT&T Labs

David Lu is currently responsible for development and engineering of AT&T next generation ECOMP platform and Open ECOMP (ONAP) to enable the AT&T network virtualization (SDN) and target OSS/BSS transformation including API, micro-services, policy control & orchestration, hyper-automation, and advanced data analytics.  He leads an organization with more than 2,000 people across the globe.

David is a well-respected leader in large scale and real time software architecture and engineering, network performance and traffic management, work flow and policy controlled automation, large databases and big data implementation/mining/analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software reliability and quality, and network operations process engineering.  Examples of his achievements include large scale platforms he has led and engineered that process annually: 347 Trillion network performance events and 168 Billion alarms with 99.99%+ automation; 60 Million dispatches with 14.4 Billion automated manual steps; and over 90 Billion API transactions.

Since joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, he has served in various leadership positions at AT&T.  He has led multiple extreme automation initiatives in AT&T that resulted in Multi-Billion Dollars savings in the past 15 years and won AT&T CIO 100 Awards in 2010.  He holds 43 patents and has frequently appeared as a guest speaker at technical and leadership seminars and conferences throughout the world.  He received numerous industry awards including the 2015 Chairman’s Award from IEEE Communication Society for Network and Systems Quality and Reliability and 2017 CIE AAEOY (Asian America Engineer of Year) Award.  He has also been very active in community organizations and activities including AT&T APCA, DFW-CIE, and DFW Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized by AT&T APCA with the 2015 Corporate Leadership Award.

He was accepted to the world-renowned Shanghai Conservatory of Music and came to the U.S. to complete his college education.  He has an undergraduate degree in music, majoring in cello performance and graduate degree in Computer Science.


Abstract As we venture into the era of SDN and 5G Networking, the speed of new technology introduction is accelerating exponentially. While the base cost structure continues to decline, the complexity of network management and control is increasing in the software driven architecture.  Business demands will require unprecedented fast forwarding of new technology introduction and integration in the next 5-10 years.  The enormous challenge of providing ETE software resiliency at such an accelerated pace will be a perfect storm for network service providers as well as engineers.

This talk will share AT&T’s experience in adopting the software defined network architecture using open source platforms and white box strategy to transform our network and operations support systems to rapidly introduce and integrate SDN, vRAN, and 5G technologies into our networks.  We will talk about our goals, SDN architecture, platform approach, and implementation strategy.  Key technologies including rule based meta-data modeling, distributed / highly scalable models, AI/ML for rapid integration, and auto-adaptive software will be described.   We will also discuss how to use the latest open source tools to automate and collaborate across engineering, development, testing, deployment, and operations to achieve the self-resiliency for SDN.




Wednesday April 17, 2019 – Afternoon Keynote: 



Keynote Speaker 3


Abstract – Coming soon…