Letter From Chair & Vice-Chair

It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us at the Application Sessions and Panels during the IEEE International Communications Conference to be held on 11-15 May 2003 in Anchorage, Alaska.

If you are interested in finding out what the applications are, if you are concerned about the future of our business, and if you seriously want to know the latest in research, technology, and business applications, please attend our Application Sessions and Panels. Come join us not only to listen, but also to actively participate, ask questions and share your views with industry experts and business leaders.




Mehmet Ulema
Chair



Edwin Chong
Vice-Chair
Our application sessions and panels include 18 major topics that are of great importance to our field. Leaders and experts in this field will share their views and answer your questions. The Wi-Fi phenomenon and its relationship to 3G wireless developments will be the main topic of several sessions and panels. In the aftermath of 9/11, security concerns have become critically important and will be the topic of two panels. Other interesting topics include universal global services, voice over packet applications, telecom financing, service level agreements and end-to-end networking. Also included in our panel sessions are the emerging nanotechnology and its applications in communications. Several of our panels will be highly technical in nature, addressing important research topics such as cross-layer design issues and equalization of high data rate systems.

Based on the overwhelming demand for these types of sessions at previous ICCs and Globecoms, we organized these Application Sessions and Panels into two parallel tracks. They will start right after the plenary sessions each day. On the third day (Wednesday), the plenary is actually an executive panel that will address the most pressing issue of our time: How to get out of the telecom crisis.

We are confident that the ICC 2003 Application Sessions and Panels constitute a high-quality program that will be attractive to a wide spectrum of researchers, practioners, as well as the business community. Please join us. See you in Alaska!

Mehmet Ulema Chair, Applications Sessions and Panels
Edwin Chong Vice-Chair, Applications Sessions and Panels



Application Session and Panels


3G and WLANs, Competing or Complementing?

Chair:
Mehmet Unsoy, Former VP & Chief Architect, mmO2, USA
Panelists:

Mark Grayson, Consulting Engineer, Cisco, U.K.

Brian Collie, CEO, Chantry Networks, Canada
Carl Panasik, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, TI, USA
Rajeev Chand, Senior Equity Analyst, Rutberg & Co., USA


Wireless operators are busy planning for or rolling out 3G networks to meet capacity and higher speed requirements. However, 802.11-based WLAN solutions are also becoming widely available, offering cost-effective support for higher speeds, despite limited mobility. Wireless operators are evaluating and some are deploying WLANs for hot spot coverage as a compliment to 2.5 and 3G networks. However, others see WLANs as competing with the deployment of 3G. This session will address the opportunities as well as the challenges associated with the positioning of WLANs as a complimentary technology to public wide-area wireless networks.

Voice Over Packet Applications: Show Me The Money
Chair: Fred Burg, Technical Manager, AT&T Labs, USA
Panelists:
Glen Gerhard, Prestotel, USA
Richard Dowling, GCI, USA
Jeff Pulver, President, Pulver.com, USA
Bob Dye, VP Strategic Marketing, Sonus Networks, USA

Many companies are investing in Voice Over Packet services as an opportunity for the future. Examples include adding voice to existing data applications for convergence reasons, combining voice with data on access arrangements such as cable access, and others. This session provides a look at several of these applications and their future growth. Experts from industry will share their expertise on these opportunities.


Seamless Mobile Services: Can They Cope With Access, Domain and Device Heterogeneity?
Chairs:

Hemant Chaskar, Nokia Research Center, USA
Do van Thanh, Telenor R&D, Norway
Panelists:

Dirk Trossen, Nokia Research Center, USA
Friedhelm Ramme, Ericsson Eurolab, Germany
Michael Gardner, BT Exact, UK
Mikael Nilsson, Ericsson, Sweden

The proliferation of wireless access technologies (GPRS, 3G, CDMA, WLAN, bluetooth etc.), providers (cellular operators, WISPs, third-party service providers etc.) and handheld models (phones, PDAs, laptops etc.) poses a challenge in providing seamless mobile services and applications to end users. Ideally, the end user would like to have consistent service parameters irrespective of their preferred access method at a given time. Further, smart and adaptive applications that automatically adapt to characteristics of the current access in order to present best possible performance to end user are required. The ability to switch between different wireless access networks and handheld devices in the middle of the session is also desirable. This panel will focus on the technological enablers needed to make this happen. The panelists will set the stage for discussion by highlighting the issues, expectations and challenges in providing seamless mobile services in heterogeneous environments, and pointing out potential technologies where development is happening or needs to happen to achieve the goal of seamless mobile services. Then the audience will be given an opportunity to express their opinions.

Evolution of the Metro - What’s the new wave?
Chair: Sab Gosal, Director of Product Marketing, Polaris Networks
Panelists:
Jim Archuleta, Sr. Mgr, Corporate Product Marketing, Ciena
Jeff Bodin, Sr. Product Line Mgr, Cisco
Rick Thompson, Principal Analyst, PointEast Research

With increasing focusing on services and revenues, service providers are being forced to re-evaluate their metro network strategies. Since the metro network is the critical bridge between access and long-distance segments of the network, service providers require an architecture that can respond and adapt to the continuously changing demands more rapidly and cost-effectively. Therefore there is a need for non-disruptive new generation solutions that allow them to leverage their existing revenue-generating bases while migrating to a network architecture that provides dramatic economic and operational advantages. This panel will examine how advances in metro optical networking technologies and systems are now making it possible for a network architecture that simple, autonomous, and leverage the operational power of a software-defined migration path.


Nanotechnology and its Applications in Communications

Chair:
N.K.Cheung, Executive Consultant, Telcordia Technologies, USA
Panelists:

M. Meyyappan, Director, Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Edward (Ted) H. Sargent, Nortel Networks – Canada Research Chair in Emerging Technologies,
University of Toronto, Canada

G. S. Kuo, Professor, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, ROC


Nanotechnology involves the creation of functional materials, devices and systems at nano-meter scale with novel physical, electrical, and chemical properties arising solely at nano-dimensions. This is a broad, enabling technology with expected impact on materials and manufacturing, electronics and computing, health and medicine, energy, transportation, national security and space exploration. The basic science and applications are of great interest to IEEE and related communities. The talks will provide an overview of novel nanoelectronic concepts based on carbon nanotubes and molecular electronics, nanosensors and detectors, nanoelectromechanical systems, nanoscale materials and fabrication techniques. In this session, we have invited a distinguished panel of nanotechnology experts who will provide us an overview of state-of-the-art nanotechnologies and their potential applications in communications and networking. The session includes the following presentations: An Overview of Recent Developments in Nanotechnology by M. Meyyappan, Nanotechnology for an Agile Optical Internet by Ted Sargent, and From Micro- to Nano-Technologies by G. S. Kuo.

Global Universal Service: How do we get there?

Chair: Robert Walp, President and Chairman Emeritus, GCI, USA
Panelists:
Martin Cary, VP Broadband Services, GCI, USA
Ronald G. Choura, Michigan State University, USA
Paul Hartman, Beacon Telecommunications Advisors
Heather E. Hudson, University of San Francisco, USA

In this era of advanced telecommunications, vast numbers of people have limited, if any, access to adequate services. Although the essential importance of communicating is universally acknowledged, investment has been skewed toward the affluent regions. In rural and remote areas of industrialized countries, access to broadband is limited, whereas in developing regions, access to narrowband services (limited to voice and e-mail) may be unavailable or unreliable. This session will explore strategies to extend services to underserved areas, drawing on experience in Alaska (where village schools have broadband access via satellite), innovative projects and policies in several U.S. states, and lessons from incentive-based strategies to extend access in developing countries.

Tours will visit sites in Anchorage providing services for rural Alaska:
Tour 1: Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN), to get an overview and demonstration of inexpensive PC-based technology that is providing telehealth/telemedicine applications for more than 100 rural clinics across the State.
Tour 2: GCI South Anchorage Distribution Center, the termination of the Alaska United fiber optics system connecting Alaska to the continental United States, and the center of the largest Internet system in the state, serving both urban areas and isolated villages, as well as the switching center for GCI’s long distance and local service network.

Tours will be on Wednesday, May 14. Details will be provided at the session.
Space for these free tours will be limited. Sign up for these tours at the Registration Desk.


Should Operators Worry about Wireless LANs?
Chair:
Ibrahim Habib, City University of New York, USA
Panelists:

Klaus D. Kohrt, VP Wireless Networks, Siemens, Germany
Franco Vatalaro, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Julie Harmer, Product Manager, Btexact, England

Wireless LANs based upon standards such as IEEE 802.11, HipperLan, among others, are gaining wider acceptance in the marketplace for their simplicity, cost effectiveness, and the ever increasing demands for economical high speed connectivity in enterprises, hotels, hospitals, airports, shopping complexes and almost every place of business or leisure. Many analysts believe that Wireless LANs is a ubiquitous technology that will gain significant market share, but not from the 3G services market, and thus should not be viewed as a competitor to 3G. Both technologies will have different market shares and will co-exist together. Others, however, believe that Wireless LANs is a disruptive technology that is competing with 3G and could take a big segment of the future lucrative 3G markets. This will certainly pose a serious threat to the business case and value-added proposition of 3G for the many operators who invested billions in purchasing 3G licenses, developing 3G systems, and expect high return on their investments. Will Wireless LANs be a serious threat to 3G? Will they co-exist or compete? Should operators worry about Wireless LANs? This panel will attempt to answer the above questions and address many of the business case issues pertaining to the Wireless LANs market vis-à-vis 3G.

New Frontiers in Telecom Financing
Chair: Bruce Broquet, VP Finance, GCI, USA
Panelists:
TBD

Access to capital is the catalyst needed to bring new technologies to market. Traditional sources have included equity, debt and venture capital funding. However the unprecedented contraction in the capital markets over the past three years has had a profound impact on telecom financing. Many telecommunication companies with seemingly unlimited access to capital in the late 1990's are struggling to stay out of bankruptcy, in bankruptcy or no longer in existence today. This panel will examine the past, present and future of telecom financing.


Powerline vs Wireless LANs for Home Networking

Chair:
Haniph A. Latchman, University of Florida, USA
Panelists:

Tom Reed, President of HomePlug, USA
Richard Newman, University of Florida, USA
Larry Yonge, VP, R&D, Intellon Corporation, USA
Srinivas Katar, Sr. Research Engineer, Intellon Corporation, USA

The emergence of Powerline (PL) LANs for residential home networking has triggered an interest in the comparison between wireless LANs and this new entrant to the networking marketplace in terms of supporting current and future multimedia traffic. This panel, consisting of leading experts from academia and industry will discuss the theoretical and measured capabilities of wireless IEEE 802.11x and PL HomePlug 1.0 LANs for residential applications.

Challenges to the Deployment of Security Capabilities for the Internet

Chair: Scott Marcus, Senior Advisor for Internet Technology, Federal Communications Commission, USA
Panelists:
Sean Donelan, Director of Security, SBC Internet Services, USA
Bill Hancock, Vice President, Chief Security Officer, Cable and Wireless, USA
Adam Golodner, Deputy Director, Institute for Security Technology Studies, Dartmouth College, USA

In a post-September 11 world there is increasing recognition of the need to improve the security and robustness of Internet infrastructure. In many instances, vulnerabilities have been recognized for years, and techniques to at least mitigate the exposures are well known; nonetheless, commercial deployment has been slow. What are the technical, business and economic impediments to deployment? Are there things that industry or government could or should do to proactively accelerate deployment?



Beyond IMT-2000/NGN: Next Generation Converged Networks, Supporting Heterogeneous (Wired and Wireless) Access Links
Chairs:

Masami Yabusaki, Executive Research Engineer, NTT DoCoMo, Japan
Syed Husain, Senior Manager, Network Advanced Technology, GTSS, Motorola, USA
Panelists:

Mark Gannon, Fellow of the Technical Staff, and Manager, Motorola Labs, USA
John Visser, Senior Manager, ITU-T SSG Chair, Nortel Network, Canada
Abbas Jamalipour, University of Sydney, Australia
Toshikane Oda, Nippon Ericsson, Japan


A quote from ITU-T Recommendation Q.1702, "There is a definite trend towards integration of access networks (e.g., cellular, wireless local area network, personal area wireless network, satellite systems, and Internet.). Based on this trend, it is envisioned that the network environment of Systems Beyond IMT-2000 will consist of packet-based network infrastructure offering a plethora of converged services." The integration of access networks is happening, e.g., cellular/WLAN interworking. Also, movement towards a packet-based (IP) network infrastructure is also happening. This is due to the fact that Internet protocols are emerging as a dominant player for handling peer-to-peer network signaling. Moreover, there is a demand from the users to receive seamless service no matter where they are making the use of IP essential for linking ad hoc networks. In addition, the IP networks were designed for data in mind whereas the telecom networks were designed with voice in mind. It appears that data networks have won out, as they are cheaper to deploy (a claim to be verified) and will handle voice as well (VoIP). The focus of this session will be to present the current status of the study on future converged networks and their realization.

Security and Information Assurance
Chair: Manu Malek, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Panelists:
Farooq Anjum, Research Scientist, Telcordia Technologies, USA
Daniel Massey, Research Assistant Professor, USC/ISI, USA
Susanne Wetzel, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Jun Li, Computer and Information Science Department, University of
Oregon, USA


Information is one of the major assets of any organization or business. Therefore, its security, reliability, and availability are of paramount importance. Additional issues related to information are awareness, access, authorization, and accountability. Information Assurance refers to operations that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring information availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. It is recognized as a critical issue in Information Technology today. This session addresses some of these issues with an emphasis on their business impacts.



Future WLANs Operated for Profitability
Chair:
Carl R. Nassar, Colorado State University
Panelists:

Clarence Buckner, President and CEO, Magnus, USA
David King, COO, Proxim, USA
David Tahmassebi, President & CEO, Resonext, USA


Topics in this panel discussion will include, (1) emerging market trends, and how WLANs best capitalize on these, (2) limits to the ongoing proliferation of WLAN technology, and how to overcome these issues; (3) the feasibility and marketing of transitioning WLANs from "hot spot" coverage to "roaming" capabilities; (4) how future WLAN networks are managed for profitability, QOS, and security; and (5) WLAN and 3G – cooperation or competition?


Defining Cross-Layer Design for Wireless Networking

Chair: Junshan Zhang, Arizona State University, USA
Panelists:
Tony Ephremides, University of Maryland, USA
Lang Tong, Cornell University, USA
Andrea Goldsmith, Stanford University, USA
P. R. Kumar, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

In recent years we have witnessed a tremendous demand for ubiquitous information access, such as wireless web browsing and wireless video streaming – to name a few. A central problem in designing wireless networks is how to efficiently transmit multimedia traffic over fading channels. The time-varying channel conditions, together with highly bursty traffic, makes it very challenging to achieve efficient resource provisioning so as to meet the demand. It is expected that developing network-level solutions that take advantage of the interplay between multiple protocol layers would yield significant performance gains. Indeed, optimal design across multiple layers opens a new promising avenue with many issues to be resolved. This panel, consisting of leading researchers in the cross-layer design area, will explore and discuss fundamental issues on cross-layer design from many perspectives, such as networking theory, system theory, information theory, communication theory, and signal processing. We expect that the discussions will identify research directions and pave the way for future development in this area.



WLANs: Technology, Trends and Evolution

Chair:
Carl R. Nassar, Colorado State University
Panelists:

Benny Madsen, President and CEO, Litepoint Corporation, USA
Arnold Alagar, President and CEO, CIAN Systems, USA
Timothy Brown, Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

This panel will focus on the technology itself, addressing issues that include: (1) the most promising, emerging trends in WLAN technology, and what these have to offer; (2) limits to today’s WLAN technology, and how we might overcome them; (3) visions of the future of the IEEE802.11 standardization process, and the future of unlicensed bands; (4) WLAN and 3G – making the technologies work together at lower cost; (5) directions for future WLAN research.

Industry Collaboration to Increase Network Security
Chair: J. M. Goldthorp, Chief of Network Technology Division, FCC, USA
Panelists:
Bill Hancock, VP Security, Chief Security Officer, Cable and Wireless, USA
Karl Rauscher, Director, Network Reliability, Lucent Technologies, USA
Sean Donelan, Senior Technology Security Manager, SBC Internet Services, USA
Scott Marcus, Senior Advisor for Internet Technology, FCC, USA

The Federal Communications Commission’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Committee (NRIC) has produced voluntary best practices for the communications industry for nearly a decade. NRIC was chartered in the aftermath of 9/11 to develop best practices to improve network security. That work is now complete. What new methods has the industry devised to mitigate the effects of an attack? What are the best ways to restore service in the event of an attack? How do public/private partnerships like NRIC work better than regulatory mandates to achieve desired results?


Optical Networking Architectures and Protocols
Chair:
Mehmet Toy, Director, Axiowave, Networks, USA
Panelists:
TBD

The immense capacity of fibers needs to be matched by switches, cross connects, and routers. Optical networking is the best candidate for it by providing virtually unlimited bandwidth scalability, transparency for multiple protocols, and faster installation and reconfiguration of bandwidth. In this panel, we will discuss optical networking architectures and protocols for access and backbone. More specifically, routing and scalability, network restoration, and management of optical networks will be discussed by the leaders of the optical networking industry.

Emergence Of SLA as Information Technology Business Workhorse

Chair: Raouf Boutaba, Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada
Panelists:
Jeffrey S. Wheeler; President, Data Technical Services, Inc., USA
Masayoshi Ejiri, Vice President, Fujitsu, Japan
Raouf Boutaba, Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

The nature of packet switched technology has complicated the ability of the IT manager to monitor the performance of their WAN service provider. Hence, performance guarantees have emerged as a means for IT managers to ensure that their critical business data is delivered in a reliable, consistent manner. These performance guarantees, coupled with traditional support such as Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) and Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) are now referred to, in the industry, as Service Level Agreements (SLA). In this panel we will review the basic elements of the broader topics of Service Level Agreements (SLA), Service Level Management (SLM) and Service Level Assurance (SLA). Topics will include SLA parameters and associated definitions, description of the current direction in network architecture and it’s impact on SLA monitoring, challenges in data collection, survey of the industry with respect to SLA monitoring schemes, business needs and requirements, and a review of commercial tools.