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Monday 19 April 2010, 9:00am – 10:30am

Title: The Future of the Wireless Communications

Dr. Adam T. Drobot
CTO and President Advanced Technology Solutions, Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Speaker Biography: 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 and 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.
Dr. Drobot's Government & Public Sector group is the single focal point that concentrates all Telcordia resources to accelerate company growth in the government space.  As its head, he is responsible for planning and implementing systems engineering solutions that are applicable to Federal, State and Local government problems.  These solutions span telecommunications and IT areas, including networking and operations for traditional, as well as evolving IP and converged general purpose and mission-specific networks.  The Government & Public Sector group's areas of expertise include security, reliability, and information assurance as well as business process outsourcing.
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.  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 the 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 17 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, Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, New Jersey Technology Council, and the Telecommunications Industry Association where he is also the chair of the research division, the Intellectual Property Knowledge Management Task Force, and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.  In addition, he is a director of OpenTechWorks Inc., and is on the advisory board of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.  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.   In recognition of Dr. Drobot’s sustained industry contributions, the IEEE presented him with its 2009 Chairman’s Award for Communications Quality and Reliability.  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.






Tuesday 20 April 2010, 9:00am – 10:30am

Title: The Future of the Mobile Internet

Dr. Hugh S. Bradlow
Chief Technology Officer, Telstra Corporation Limited

Speaker Biography: Hugh S. Bradlow is Chief Technology Officer for Telstra Corporation Limited and leads a group responsible for investigating the future technologies that will impact Telstra’s business.
Prior to joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia. During his time at the University of Wollongong (from 1987 to 1995), he directed the Centre for Information Technology Research (CITR) and was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also took leave of absence from his University duties for 4 years to be Foundation Director of the NorTel Technology Centre, a R&D facility established on the campus of the University of Wollongong, by Nortel Networks.

Before coming to Australia in 1987, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town and a Control Systems Engineer at ICI Plastics Division in the United Kingdom.
Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne and a Member of IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors. He is a member of the Federal Government’s CRC Committee, and was previously a member of the Victorian Government’s ICT Advisory Group and the Advisory Group that assisted the Chief Scientist in developing the “Backing Australia’s Ability” plan.

 




Wednesday 21 April 2010, 9:00am – 10:30am

Title: Towards a New World of Cognitive and Agile Networks

Professor Khaled Ben Letaief, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Speaker Biography: Professor Letaief (http://www.ece.ust.hk/~eekhaled) received the Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA in 1990.  From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Since 1993, he has been with HKUST where he is currently the Dean of Engineering.  He is Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering as well as the Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology.
Dr. Letaief is an acknowledged authority in the area of wireless and mobile communications.  He served as consultants for different organizations and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has served on the editorial board of other prestigious journals including the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Wireless Series (as Editor-in-Chief). He has been involved in organizing a number of major international conferences and events. These include serving as the General Co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC07, in Hong Kong; Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Communication, ICC08 in Beijing; and Vice General Chair of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communication, ICC’10, in Cape Town.
Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE. He served as an elected member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors, and IEEE Distinguished lecturer. He also served as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Wireless Communications, Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and Chair of the 2008 IEEE Technical Activities/Member and Geographic Activities Visits Program. He is currently serving as member of both the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Fellow Evaluation Committees, member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board/PSPB Products & Services Committee as well as Vice-President Elect for Conferences of the IEEE Communications Society.
He is the recipient of many distinguished awards including the 2007 IEEE Communications Society Publications Exemplary Award, 8 Best Paper Awards with the latest being the prestigious 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, as well as, the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award at HKUST).