Wednesday, 2 December 2009 • 8:00ن- 9:45 • Tapa Ballroom 2 & 3ن

The world's communications and information systems are rapidly accelerating their scale, scope and impact. Extending well beyond traditional telecom offerings, new services and applications are becoming embedded components in nearly every vertical. These developments are driving the growth in capacity and interoperability of the underlying infrastructure. The resulting need for truly global interconnectivity presents historic opportunities - - and challenges.ن

Speaking from their own experiences, this session's panel of industry executives will address several critical aspects of global deployments, including:ن

  • What are the most difficult remaining challenges in achieving true global connectivity?
  • Which emerging technologies are now being favored to dominate the major infrastructure, and wireless, fiber,
    businessنand residential markets?
  • What services and applications will lead the surge towards a truly Digitized Society?
  • How will corporate research, development and marketing strategies evolve to reflect the unique demands of globalن

Adam Drobot, CTO, Telcordiaن

Manish Vyas, Tech Mahindraن
Youngky Kim, Executive VP, Samsungن

Ravinder Shergill, Fellow, TELUS Communications Inc.نن
Roberto Saracco, Director, Telecom Italiaن

Speaker Bios:

Adam T. Drobot

As Chief Technology Officer and President of Advanced Technology Solutions, Dr. Drobot is responsible for the company's Applied Research and Government & Public Sector groups. He oversees an Applied Research organization of more than 250 researchers who are involved in many aspects of Internet, broadband, information networking, and software technologies. The Applied Research group is renowned for developing such groundbreaking technologies as ADSL, AIN, ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, PCS, SMDS, SONET, video-on-demand, and Internet Telephony.

The Government & Public Sector group, with over 100 senior consultants, is the single focal point that concentrates all Telcordia resources to accelerate company growth in the government space.ن This group is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing systems engineering solutions for Federal, State and Local governments. These solutions span telecommunications and IT areas, including networking and operations for traditional, as well as IP and converged general purpose and mission-specific networks. The two groups combined give Dr. Drobot the unique opportunity to exploit synergies in many areas including cyber security, reliability, and information assurance to create value for Telcordia customers.

Prior to Telcordia, Dr. Drobot managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a $7B Fortune 250 firm. He also served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology in his 26 years at SAIC.ن While at SAIC he served as the principal investigator on projects dealing with high energy plasmas at the Naval Research Laboratory, as the principal investigator on theن NASA Tethered Satellite System, and was responsible for SAIC's Deep Water Program for recapitalization of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dr. Drobot's main research interest is in the development of multidisciplinary, computationally-based tools for life cycle support of complex products. He strongly supports research in secure, highly-reliable communications across the industry's most complex networks, operations and systems technologies. He has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems. He has also published more than 100 journal articles, is a frequent contributor to industry literature and conference presentations and holds 16 patents. Dr. Drobot is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Phi Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr. Drobot serves as a board member for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA), Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) where he is also the chair of the research division, and the Intellectual Property Knowledge Management Task Force. In addition, he is a director of OpenTechWorks Inc., and is on the advisory board of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). He has been the organizer of several major conferences including MILCOM 2005 and Access06 at IEEE GLOBECOM.

Dr. Drobot is the 2007 recipient of IEEE's Managerial Excellence Award in recognition of his leadership excellence in managing innovative research and development in telecommunications. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Manish Vyas

Manish is a senior executive with Tech Mahindra, a Solutions Provider dedicated to the Communications ecosystem globally. He has led various strategic initiatives in North America, Asia Pacific and India.ن Currently servicing the firm as a VP and Geo-Head, Manish heads Client Strategy and Relationships for Tech Mahindra, North America. Over the years Manish has helped various marquee partners of Tech Mahindra to not only implement transformational and optimization programs but also in setting up operations to meet the dynamic and fast paced needs of telecom customers globally.

Some of Manish's past responsibilities were as Head of Business, Asia Pacific Region & Business Lead, OEM Segment for Godrej Telecom India.

Manish is an MBA from Mumbai University and Engineering Graduate from Nagpur University.

Youngky Kim

At Samsung Electronics, Dr. Youngky Kim is currently responsible for LTE end-to-end system development and WiMAX wireless technology in the Digital Media & Communications R&D Center. He has been internationally recognized for his expertise in wireless network technology, and led end-to-end CDMA system development, WCDMA system development, Mobile WiMAX system development, DSL network development, Core network development, IMS development and application server development. He has produced 72 US patents covering IS-54 wireless technology, IS-95 technology, EV-DO, IEEE 802.16, WCDMA, network and applications.

He has led developing and commercializing the world's first CDMA, CDMA2000-1X, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, and Mobile WiMAX network in 1996, 2000, 2002, and 2006 respectively. He is known as one of the founders of Mobile WiMAX technology and business. As general manager of WiBro/Mobile WiMAX division, he successfully led Mobile WiMAX standardization, the world first KT WiBro commercialization, and Sprint-Nextel's decision on Mobile WiMAX network deployment.

Under his leadership, Samsung successfully entered KDDI CDMA2000 1X EV-DO and Mobile WiMAX network market as a principal network vendor. He started his career in modem algorithm development and expanded his area to network, applications, and business development.

He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a master's degree in electronics engineering from Seoul National University, as well as a bachelor's degree.ن

Ravinder Shergillن

Ravinder Shergill is a 'TELUS Fellow' responsible for Technology Strategy and Architecture for the IP networks at TELUS Communications Inc. In this role, he is prime for the roadmap and evolution of the Converged IP/MPLS Core and the Converged IP/Ethernet Edge networks that deliver business, consumer and partner services across both; wire-line and wireless access networks.

Mr. Shergill has 20 years of Telecom experience, helping transform TELUS infrastructure from 'IP over everything' towards 'Everything over IP'. His significant contributions in the past decade include; Toll/Tandem Voice migration to the IP/MPLS Traffic Engineered Core, TELUS TV Network Architecture to deliver Multiplay services to the Future Friendly Homeے and the MSO connectivity for the HSPA network over the IP/MPLS Core (and the IP RAN backhaul over the Metro Ethernet network). He is leading and actively helping implement a convergent network strategy of 'One Network and Many Service' at TELUS that will collapse physical and logical functions into fewer platforms, retire legacy platforms, streamline systems development, make the network dynamically policy driven and reduce service delivery lifecycle. Furthermore, he has guided network vendor community towards control-plane convergence (Layers 1 thru 3) for operational simplicity through a unified view of the network. Currently, he's leading development of the holistic IP re-numbering plan for TELUS towards IPv6 that will encompass network, systems and applications.

Mr. Shergill has academic background in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Internet Society (ISOC) for TELUS. He has held various vendor certifications in Switching, Routing and Network Operating Systems over the years. ن ن

Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco is Director of the Future Centre in Venice and responsible for long-term research and scientific communications reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer of Telecom Italia.

In 2001, he became director of the Future Centre, a research centre focusing on the economic impact of innovations in the telecommunications area. During 1999 and 2000, Roberto proposed and delivered a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to speed entrepreneurship in Latin American countries, and prior, 1999 and 2000, he proposed and carried out a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to foster entrepreneurship in Latin America countries.

Roberto chaired the Visionary Group (1996-1997) on Super Intelligent Networks to steer the cooperative research at the European Union (EU) level beyond the year 2000. He is currently part of the Visionary Book Project of the EU. In 1994, he launched the Marketing & Communications area in CSELT, ensuring dissemination of innovation.

In the eighties, Roberto led research in Telecommunications Management in CSELT, and actively participated in standardization activities at CCITT, in the area of formal description techniques. Prior this role, he was involved in software design for the first Italian SPC systems.

In addition to CCITT, Roberto has directly, and indirectly, participated in a number of international standardization organizations including OSI, ETSI and T1M1. His leadership includes chairing an EU-level group for planning, leading European research activities in the area of software technologies, and the EURESCOM group in designing the framework for European co-operation on TMN. He has led the EURESCOM group in information modeling for Pan European Services and Network Management. He is a senior member of IEEE where he has held several leading roles. Currently he is the Director of the Sister and Related Societies of COMSOC, a member of the Strategic Board of IEEE, and VP of the Italian Telecommunication Association (AICT).

On the FISTERA project focused on steering research funding at the EU level, Roberto has the responsibility of forecasting technology trajectories for the next fifteen years in the area of information and communications technologies.ن He is also a leader of the Council of Advisors, and has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines, six books - including "The Disappearance of Telecommunications," which was published in the USA, and several articles in the scientific section of daily newspapers. He has also delivered speeches and keynotes at many international conferences.

At several stages in his career, Roberto has taught at Universities in Italy and around the world on the subject of Telecommunications, and most recently, on the New Economy. He currently lectures at the Turin Polytechnic on the aspects of multimedia and telecommunications.