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DISINGUISHED EXPERTS PANEL

ABSTRACT

During the last two decades of the 20th Century, we have witnessed a profound alteration in the way we live, work, entertain, and inform ourselves. The eras of interactive broadband multimedia products and services have invoked competition in the marketplace, altered business strategies, and created competition between companies and between countries.

We have entered the Digital Revolution at the approximate turn of the millennium with all the rich symbolism that entails. Vaguely, we begin to see the future on the other side of the divide and hope that, somehow, this new technology can be the catalyst for change. It is full of excitement, promise, and hope. There truly is something exhilarating, even liberating, about navigating around the Internet. The sensation is akin to what a child might feel entering an overstocked candy store without adult supervision, and realizing that everything in sight is free! The Internet has offered a fully functioning Information Highway. As such, it has provided an extraordinary opportunity to test out new and emergent forms of media and entertainment, community and politics, trade and commerce. In effect, the Internet has become the principal R&D lab of the Digital Revolution itself, a sort of planet-wide petri dish in which key genetic strands of twenty-first-century society are already germinating.

This panel session, consisting of distinguished member of the telecom industry from all over the world, will bring the NOMS audience the vision of the future and a broad multi-dimensional picture of the changes that will guide us beyond the twenty first century, with special focus on Internet Beyond the New Millennium.

CHAIRPERSON

Christian Rad
Telcordia Technologies , Red Bank, NJ USA

Biography:
Christian Rad is a Senior Scientist at Telcordia Technologies where he is working on the Service Level Assurance and the dynamics of Service Level Management. Before joining Telcordia, Christian was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at AT&T and a major participant in the AT&T's ATM/SONET Infrastructure Initiatives. His contributions have been in transport provisioning, maintenance and restoration with the development of solutions for multivendor networking and automated transport provisioning. He has made major contributions to AT&T's FASTAR, Transport Self Identification Plan, and ATM/SONET transport network deployment. His concept in fragmenting the network into identifiable and manageable segments known as Service Path and Section is providing solutions for automating the AT&T transport and SONET network provisioning process.

Christian Rad received his Ph.D. in 1973 in Nuclear Physics from Texas A&M University, with postdoctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1984, Christian was on the MIT Physics faculty (1975-1980) and the scientific research staff at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory .

Christian is an active member of IEEE and has served as the technical program chair of Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM) 1996-1998, and he is currently the vice chair of CNOM.

 

PANELIST

Masayoshi Ejiri
Vice President of Transport Systems Group, Fujitsu Ltd.

Biography:
Masayoshi Ejiri is the Vice President and Chief Scientist of Transport Systems Group at Fujitsu Ltd. He is responsible for telecommunications management business/technology strategy for Fujitsu group's global activities. Masayoshi, upon his graduation from the University of Tokyo, began his professional career in 1967 at NTT. He was actively involved in transmission systems development, visual communication systems development, nation-wide digital transmission network planning and management. Prior to his departure in 1995, as executive manger at NTT he was responsible for strategic planning of service/network operations as well as management systems development.

Masayoshi has been an active member of ITU-T (formerly known as CCITT) representing NTT on SG4. He is a regular writer and speaker on telecommunications management and has been the keynote speaker at NOMS '94, ISINM '95 (International Symposium on Integrated Network Management) and IS&N '99 (Intelligence in Services and Networks). He served on the international symposia and conferences as general co-chair of NOMS '96, co-chair of ICC '97 GII Work Shop and general chair of APNOMS '98 (Asia-Pacific NOMS). He also had been a chairman of Telecommunications Management Committee in IEICE, Japan and Board member of TeleManagement Forum. Currently he is a vice chair of IEEE Enterprise Networking Committee and Advisory Board member of international symposia.

 

Hugh Bradlow
Director of Technology, Telstra Research Laboratory, Melbourne, Australia

Biography:
Hugh S. Bradlow is Managing Director of Technology Strategy and Research for Telstra. In this role he is responsible for developing Telstra's strategy with regard to new technology and also for directing Telstra Research Laboratories.

Prior to joining Telstra in September 1995, Dr. 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 Center 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 Center, an R&D facility established on the campus of the University of Wollongong, by Northern Telecom.

Before coming to Australia in 1987, Dr. 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. D.r 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 and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.

 

Veli Sahin
Senior Director of Strategic Planning at MARCONI Communications,

Biography:
Veli Sahin, Senior Director of Strategic Planning at MARCONI Communications, has been working in communications networks for over 20 years. He spent several years in distinct areas of communications systems such as transmission, switching, packet switching, wireless communications, management systems, and strategic planning working on as a Planner, Strategist, and Developer.His current interest includes end-to-end integrated planning of DWDM, SDH/SONET, ATM, IP, and Wireless Development of TMN based management systems for multi service Products/Platforms/Networks, integrated management of technologies/products, and planning and development of National/Global information Infrastructures for the 21st century.

Veli received his Ph.D. in Multi Hop Packet Radio Networks from Polytechnic University, and before joining MARCONI Communications in April 1999, he was with Bell Labs/Bellcore, NEC America, and SAMSUNG Telecommunications. He has over eighty internal and external publications and co-author of a book entitled "Network Management into the 21st Century," IEEE Press, 1994. He has been active in organizing IEEE Conferences/Symposiums/Workshops. Currently, he is the Chair of IEEE ComSoc technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM), member of Journal on Network and Systems Management (JNSM) Advisory Board and international Journal on Communications Network (JCN) Editorial Board.

Veli is Co-Founder and first chair (12/95-6/98) of the newly formed IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure (TCII); NOMS'98 General, and Group Leader & IEEE ComSoc representative for 1998 Second International Conference on Information Infrastructure (ICII'98).

 

Roberto Saracco
Director - Marketing and Communications, CSELT, Telecom Italia, Turin, Italy

Biography:
Roberto Saracco graduated in Computer Science and Mathematics. During the seventies he was involved in Software Design for the first Italian SPC systems. And, during the eighties he actively participated in standardization activities at CCITT in the area of Formal Description Techniques.

Since mid eighties he led research activities in Telecommunications Management in CSELT. He has been directly or indirectly participating in a number of international standardization organizations including CCITT, OSI, ETSI and T1M1. He chaired the group at EU level for planning European research activities in the area of software technologies and the EURESCOM group designing the framework for European co-operation on TMN. He has led the EURESCOM group on Information modeling for Pan European Services and Network Management. He's a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal on Network and Systems Management, and an active member of IEEE where he chaired the Committee on Network Operations & Management in 1994-1996 and the Committee on Enterprise Networking in 1996-1998. He is currently Secretary of the Technical Affair Council. During 1996-97 he was the chairman of the Visionary Group on Super Intelligent Networks to steer the cooperative research at EU level beyond year 2000. Since 1994 he has been the head of the Marketing & Communications area in CSELT.

 

Tom Rowbotham
Director Technology, British Telecom

Biography:
After a period in BT's Research Labs in the UK, Tom Rowbotham went to Intelsat, Washington DC to lead the Communications R&D. He returned to the UK to head the undersea optical fiber system research, and took charge of the BT R&D Laboratories in 1994. He became a member of the executive team that set up Concert, a joint venture with MCI of USA. He was a Board member of Fulcrum, the joint venture between BT and Fujitsu. He is now Director of Technology at BT, a Group wide function responsible for the technical research, strategy, standards and architecture of the company.

He is non-executive Vice Chairman of Flomerics plc, a specialist in heat flow computer simulation, and is Chairman of KCC Ltd., a specialist in electromagnetic computer analysis.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the founding President of the TINA consortium, and founder of the FSAN consortium. He is also a member of IEEE Foundation Board, the Deputy Chairman of the IEE Electronics and Communications Divisional Board, and currently the General Chairman of WTC 2000, and PIMRC 2000.

He is a visiting Professor at Kings College, London and has written one-book and over 50 papers.

 

 

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