Thursday, 3 December 2009 • 7:45ن- 9:45 • Tapa Ballroom 2 & 3

In their "How Much Information? 2003" studies, UC Berkeley Team (Lyman, Varian, etl) estimate that "Information flows through electronic channels -- telephone, radio, TV, and the Internet -- contained almost 18 Exabytes (133,200 times of the size of the US library of congress) of new information in 2002." Ninety eight percent of this total is the information sent and received in telephone calls - including both voice and data on both fixed lines and wireless estimate.

Global Connectivity is witnessing "information explosion" or IT Tsunami. A major challenge is the information and software systems to design, operate, manage and support the network infrastructure; protect it from fraud and intrusion; and increasingly generate revenue to justify enormous investment in information systems for smooth flow of mountains of information generated every second. Some of the issues are:

. The information software and systems research and applications necessary for global connectivity;
. The compression and storage technologies enabling large-scale information management of streaming and temporal as well asن structured information; and
. Challenges of the real time large-scale information mining, knowledge extraction that leads to intelligent business and operation support systems.

Industry executives will share their insights on critical issues of our "information explosion" era.

Mahmoud Daneshmand, DMTS, AT&T Labs Researchن

David G. Belanger, Chief Scientist & VP, AT&T Labs
Joe Burton, VP & CTO, Unified Communications, Cisco
Fredrick L. Kitson, CVP, Motorola
David Lassner, VP, IT & CIO, University of Hawaii

Speaker Bios:

Mahmoud Daneshmand

Mahmoud Daneshmand is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS), AT&T Labs Research; Executive Director of the University Collaborations Program, AT&T Labs; Affiliate Professor, School of Technology Management, and Adjunct Professor, Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 35 years of teaching, research & publications, and management experience in academia and industry including Bell Laboratories, AT&T Labs, and University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, National University of Iran, Sharif University of Technology, University of Tehran, New York University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. His current areas of research are Sensor Networks and RFID Systems including reliability, performance and data mining of sensor and RFID data. He reports to the AT&T Labs Chief Scientist and Vice President, Information & Software Systems Research.

He has published more than 70 papers; authored/co-authored two books; holds US patents on RFID and Cognitive Radio. Made extensive contributions to the Standards and regulatory organizations including ITU, ANSI, and FCC (invented the well known standardized Networks Outage Index). He has chaired multiple international conferences including IEE 2003 (London), IEEE ISCC2002 (Sicily), IEEE ISCC2006 (Italy), IEEE ISCC 2007 (Portugal), IEEE ICC 2007 (Scotland), IEEE ICC 2009 (Dresden), and IEEE GLOBECOM 2009. Organized and led conference sessions and panels; gave invited and keynotes talks. Held and chaired AT&T Labs Academia-Industry Joint Research Collaborations Symposiums (UC Symposiums 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008).

He is the Founding Chair of the Department of Statistics and Founding Dean of the School of Informatics & Management Sciences at National University of Iran.

He has a Ph.D and MS in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley and MS and BS in Mathematics from the University of Tehran.

David G. Belanger

David G. Belanger is currently the AT&T Labs Chief Scientist, and the Vice President of Information & Software Systems Research at AT&T Labs in Florham Park, NJ.

As Chief Scientist, he is responsible to the AT&T Labs President for: identifying pre-product technology important to the future of AT&T, evaluating technology, building alignment within AT&T on technology directions, and serving as AT&T liaison to external technical communities, specifically universities, government agencies and industrial laboratories. The Information & Software Systems Research Lab conducts research in:ن large scale and real time information mining related to operations of a (communications) service business; interactive, information visualization; scaleable, dependable software systems; and new, information based, communications services. It is also responsible for delivery and operations of very large scale (e.g. >400TB) near real time service management capabilities to AT&T and its customers, as well as a wide variety of analytic and information mining services.

Dave joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1979 working in the area of database support for economic analysis for product lifecycles. This was followed by research on large scale data and information systems, and program generation for data manipulation systems. He has subsequently led research efforts in software systems and engineering, and information mining, and visualization.

Prior to joining AT&T, Dave was on the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty at University of South Alabama, a consultant for a variety of organizations, and co-founder/VP of Gulf Coast Data Systems (a computing services company). He received his B. S. from Union College (NY) in Mathematics, and an M. S. and Ph.D also in Mathematics, from Case Western Reserve University.

In 1998, Dave was awarded the AT&T Science and Technology Medal for his contributions in very large scale information mining technology. In 2006, he was named an AT&T Fellow for "lifetime contributions in software, software tools, and information mining."

Senior member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) Board of Directors - 2004 -
Distinguished Engineer Award, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Board of Advisors at several universities.

Joe Burton

Joe Burton is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in Cisco's Voice Technology Group. His team is responsible for vision, technical strategy and advanced research for Unified Communications at Cisco. Unified Communications is suite of Internet Protocol (IP) voice, data and video products and applications designed to help organizations of all sizes streamline business processes and work more efficiently.

Additionally, he and his team represent Cisco in many Unified Communications industry standards organizations, and represent the Cisco Unified Communications team in many cross-Cisco initiatives.

Joe is a highly regarded visionary in our industry and an evangelist for Cisco. He has a passion for technology and innovation, as well as a demonstrated business savvy that has been instrumental in several of our acquisitions including Latitude, WebEx, and Securent.

During his career at Cisco, Joe has led the development of many of Cisco's Unified Communications products including MeetingPlace voice, video, and data conferencing products, IPVC video conferencing, IP Communicator, Unified Advantage, Cisco Unified Personal Communicator, productivity application integrations, and Cisco Unity Connection integrated voice messaging products.

Fredrick L.نKitson

Fred Kitson leads the Motorola Research Center, a global team of researchers working to uncover the next big things in media mobility. Under his leadership, the Center identifies, researches and develops disruptive breakthroughs and technology foundations that spawn new businesses for Motorola and innovative approaches to solving customer and market problems. The Center leverages Motorola's technical expertise in broadband communications to deliver multimedia without limits.

Kitson joined Motorola in 2005 as head of the Applications Research Center of Excellence, an international team of researchers focused on personal content handling and entertainment platforms. He has deep expertise in mobile systems, computer systems, consumer appliances and specific technologies such as multimedia digital signal processing, communications, and computer graphics.

The Applications Research vision and architecture led by Kitson had a major impact on the corporate agenda, messaging and technological roadmaps of Motorola. Some of the most significant contributions include the development of a highly resilient MPEG-4 encoder/decoder that delivers high-quality video on mobile phones, liquid media concept and demonstrators to facilitate "seamless media" for different devices and applications, and home media servers to enable enhanced communications with ease of use.

Kitson joined Motorola from Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he had world-wide responsibility for mobile and media systems research for the corporate research labs. There he led and contributed to such projects as HP's first workstation graphics accelerator, Precision Wide Word Architecture, VOD system, cable modem/set-top box development, mobile devices and services infrastructure, as well as the first mobile content delivery system with DoCoMo.

Recently, Kitson has served an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2001. He was the 1991-1992 Clyde Chair visiting associate professor at the University of Utah's Computer Science Department and has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, and Colorado State University.

Kitson serves on the engineering advisory boards of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California-Davis, and the University of Colorado. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Wireless Center at the University of California-San Diego, the Board of Directors for the USC Marshall School of Business Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM), the Board of Counselors at the University of Southern California's integrated media systems, and the UCLA-WINMEC Carrier Advisory Board.

Kitson received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a doctorate degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado. He is a prolific publisher of technical papers and holds five patents.ن

David Lassner

David Lassner serves as the first Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the University of Hawaii, Hawaii's statewide system of public higher education comprised of 10 campuses and 7 education centers serving over 50,000 students on 6 islands. David is also a member of the University's Graduate Faculty and has taught both online and in-person in Computer Science, Communications, Business, and Education.

David has played an active leadership role in a variety of additional local, national and international ICT organizations.ن He chairs the Hawaii Broadband Task Force and is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Pacific Telecommunications Council. He has served on the Board and in leadership roles for Hawaii's High Technology Development Corporation, Internet2, the Internet Society and was recently elected to the Board of FirstMile.US.ن

David is Principal Investigator for the Maui High Performance Computing Center, co-PI for the Pacific Disaster Center, and has served as PI for several additional NSF and DoD projects in networking, cyberinfrastructure and educational technology.

David holds AB and MS degrees from the University of Illinois in economics and computer science respectively, and a Ph.D in communication & information sciences from the University of Hawaii.