Keynote Speakers

Plenary Speaker: Jean Pierre Hubaux

Title: Toward self-organized mobile ad-hoc WANs: Terminodes
Abstract: The Terminode project is a 10-year-long research program (2000-2010) that investigates wide area, large, totally infrastructure-less networks that we call "mobile ad-hoc wide area networks". In this project, we take a radically distributed approach in which all networking functions are embedded in the terminals themselves. Because they act as nodes and terminals at the same time, we call these devices "terminodes". A network of terminodes is an autonomous, self-organized network, completely independent of any infrastructure or other equipment.

The talk will address the motivations and the main technical options we have taken so far; it will also stress the originality of the work, compared to other projects such as Monarch, WIND and the MANET working group of IETF.

Biography: Jean-Pierre Hubaux joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne (EPFL) as an associate professor in 1990; he was promoted full professor in 1996. He is co-founder and co-director of the Institute for computer Communications and Applications. His research activity has been on service engineering, with a special emphasis on multimedia, security and mobility services. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in this area and holds several related patents. More recently, he has focused on mobile networking, with a special interest in mobile ad hoc wide-area networks and terminodes.

Prior to this position, he spent 10 years in France with Alcatel, where he was involved in R&D activities, mostly in the area of switching systems architecture and software. At the beginning of his activity at EPFL, he defined the first curriculum in Communication Systems; after this initial phase, he has continued being strongly involved in the development of communication systems at EPFL. Since October 1999, he has been the first chairman of the Communication Systems Department.


Plenary Speaker: Hossein Eslambolshi

Note: We are sorry to announce that Mr. Eslambolshi had to cancel his talk due to other obligations.

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Koichi Asatani

Title: Next generation networks/services and IP
Abstract: Telecommunication networks are providing real-time-base services with guaranteed QoS (Quality of Services) based on the connection-oriented networks. The IP based networks are, based on connectionless networks, providing non-real-time and non-guaranteed QoS services, such as e-mail, ftp and WWW.

Internet is being enhanced to support connection-oriented emulation applications such as IP telephony, IP facsimile, and IP teleconferencing, whereas the telecommunication networks are going to support multigrade of services including non-guaranteed QoS to accommodate the requirements of IP based applications.

The next generation networks which will be based on enhanced IP technology will provide very wide variety of services with wide variety QoS classes ranging from non-guaranteed QoS to high-guaranteed QoS, real-time and non-real time bases. This presentation will introduce the current status of development on the next generation networks, services and IP technology.

Biography: Koichi Asatani received his B.E.E.E., M.E.E.E. and Ph. D degrees from Kyoto University in 1969, 1971 and 1974, respectively. From 1974 to 1997, Dr. Asatani was engaged in R&D on optical fiber communication systems, hi-definition video transmission systems, optical fiber subscriber loops, ISDN, B-ISDN, ATM networks and their strategic planning.

Currently he is Professor, Information Communication Networks Laboratory, Department of Electronic Engineering, Kogakuin University, and Professor, Waseda University. He has published more than thirty papers in these areas. He is co-author of several books including "Introductions to ATM Networks and B-ISDN)" (John Wiley and Sons, 1997), Multimedia Communications Networks - Technologies and Services - (Artech House, 1998), and the Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (Marcel Dekker, 1998).

He is Vice-Chairman of ITU-T SG 13 (formerly CCITT SG XVIII) since 1988, and is Chair-Elect of IEEE Technical Committee on Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR-TC), Ex-Chairman of IEICJ Technical Committee on Communication Quality (CQ-TC), Senior Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, Chairman of Ninth Special Committee of Telecommunication Technology Council, Senior Advisor to Committee on GII of TTC (Telecommunication Technology Committee). His current interests include ATM Networking, B-ISDN, Internet Interworking and GII.


Dinner Speaker: Yazid Sabegh

Biography: Mr. Yazid Sabegh is the CEO of Communications & Systems (formerly la Compagnie des Signaux) since 1991. He has 25 years of professional experience in several industrial and financial companies in France. Some of these companies include UBAF (a subsidiary of the Crédit Lyonnais bank), DATAR (the research arm of the French Army), SPIE BATIGNOLLES, ENERFINANCE, EURIS and QUADRAL. He holds the degree of Docteur ès Sciences.

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz

Title: The future of networking is in the sky
Abstract: There is no doubt that the Satellites (LEO, MEO, GEO) will be an essential part of the Next Generation Internet (NGI). There are several reasons that Satellites are important in the NGI:
  • Internet services can be provided over a wide geographical area including remote, rural, urban and inaccessible areas via satellite.
  • Satellite communication systems have a global reach with very flexible bandwidth-on-demand capabilities.
  • Alternative channels can be provided for connections for which the bandwidth demands and traffic characteristics are unpredictable which may result in maximum resource utilization.
  • New users can be easily added to the system by simply installing the Internet interfaces at customer premises. As a result, possible network expansions will be a simple task.
  • Satellites can act as a safety valve for NGI. Fiber failure, or network congestion problems, can be recovered easily by routing traffic through a satellite channel.

However, there are many obstacles which need to be overcome so that satellite networks can operate in full service.In this talk the issues and challenges for satellite networks will be presented.

Biography: Ian F. Akyildiz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Currently, he is a Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

He is an editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, ACM-Springer Journal for Multimedia Systems, ACM-Baltzer Journal of Wireless Networks and Journal of Cluster Computing. He is a past editor for IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992-1996) and for Computer Networks and ISDN Systems Journal (1989-1999). Dr. Akyildiz is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks Journal (Elsevier). He guest-edited dozen special issues for several journals. He was the program chair of the "9th IEEE Computer Communications'94" workshop. He also served as the program chair for ACM/IEEE MOBICOM'96 (Mobile Computing and Networking) conference as well as for the IEEE INFOCOM'98 conference.

Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW and an ACM FELLOW. He received the "Don Federico Santa Maria Medal" for his services to the Universidad of Federico Santa Maria in Chile. He served as a National Lecturer for ACM from 1989 until 1998 and received the ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994. Dr. Akyildiz received the 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award for his paper entitled "Multimedia Group Synchronization Protocols for Integrated Services Architectures" published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) in January 1996.

His current research interests are in Wireless Networks, Satellite Networks, ATM Networks, Internet, Multimedia Communication Systems.


Plenary Speaker: Gilles Kahn

Title: Research in the Convergence Era
Biography: Born in 1946, Gilles Kahn is a former student of École Polytechnique (class of 1964). He began his career as a researcher at Stanford University in California where CEA, the french atomic energy agency, had sent him. His work was concerned with parallel programming. He rejoined INRIA in 1971. As project head, he conducted research on programming environments and later on computer proof environments. From January 1980 to July 1983 he was part of INRIA's management. In 1983, he participated in the creation of the INRIA Sophia Antipolis research unit where he started a research project on a programming environment: the Centaur system, based on a mathematical description of programming languages.

Among the scientific responsibilities exercised by Gilles Kahn, in addition to his research work, is his participation in the commission of enquiry on the 501 Ariane flight in July 1996. He was also responsible, with Didier Lombard, for the publication of the report on "Research and Development, the Key to a New Expansion of Telecommunications in France" in November 1996.

Gilles Kahn is also a member of the Academia Europæa and of the Scientific Board of the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon. He also chairs the Scientific Board of Cermics (the research center of the École des Ponts) and takes part in the Steering Committee of the International Institute of Software Technology of the United Nations University. In 1992, he received the Michel Monpetit Prize from the Academy of Science. In 1998, he was the first researcher in computer science to enter the French Academy of Science in the division of "mathematical and physical sciences and their applications".


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