Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, 7 April 2010
8:45 - 9:30

Dan Reed
Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy
and Strategy and eXtreme Computing Group
Microsoft Corporation, USA

"Digital Convergence and Flexible Communication"

Abstract: As computing and communications deliver user experiences that adapt and transit many networks and devices during daily life, the historical boundaries that separated print and digital media, personal and business computing, and wired and wireless communications are vanishing. Inexpensive, diverse personal computing devices, embedded intelligence in everyday objects, ubiquitous sensors, massive information stores, new cloud services, and natural user interfaces are all harbingers of a new world of interconnected information and entertainment services and seamless, anywhere, anytime access.

The corollary of this transformative technological change is the critical need for worldwide harmonization of communication and spectrum policies that enable more flexible and adaptive management in the face of rapidly evolving services and usage. These include new formulations of operating rights, new spectrum allocations to meet exploding data capacity needs, provisioning of high quality spectrum in important markets and recognition that historical regulatory boundaries among service types are no longer appropriate. For wireless communications, these include white spaces and cognitive and software defined radios (SDRs). Simply put, we must manage spectrum and broadband access more flexibly and intelligently to enable full access to emerging and not-yet-anticipated converged services.

This talk will outline Microsoft's research and technology prototyping for next-generation communications, as well as its policy positions on the future of flexible communications in world of digital convergence.

Biography: As Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy and leader of the eXtreme Computing Group (XCG), Dan Reed helps shape Microsoft's long-term vision and strategy for technology innovations and the company's associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world. Given the centrality of information technology to communication and social interaction, research and development, education and learning, health and safety, the environment and economic development, such strategic technology identification and policy coordination are critical to our future. In this capacity, Reed reports to and works closely with Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer.

As leader of XCG within Microsoft Research (MSR), Reed is responsible for R&D on the cutting edge of parallel and ultrafast computing, as well as Microsoft's cloud computing research. In addition to directing Microsoft's research in these areas, he spearheads collaborations with university and government researchers working in the field. In this capacity, Reed reports to and works closely with Rick Rashid, head of MSR.

XCG was formed in June of 2009 with the goal of developing radical new approaches to ultrascale and high-performance computing hardware and software, an area of research that the U.S. government has identified as critical for the future. The group's research activities include work in computer security, cryptography, operating system design, parallel programming models, cloud software, data center architectures, specialty hardware accelerators and quantum computing.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010
9:30 - 10:15

Geok Leng Tan
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director (Technology & Planning)
Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore

Dr. Tan is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director (Technology & Planning) at the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore. He is responsible to provide technical leadership and strategic planning at IDA and to communicate IDA's vision for infocomm directions to stakeholders across Singapore.

Before joining IDA, Dr. Tan worked in Motorola developing pagers and walkie-talkies for the US and global market. After Motorola, he took up a scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in Digital Communications at Cambridge University, UK and subsequently worked for Scientific Generics, a Cambridge-based technology consulting company working in area of communications. On his return to Singapore, Dr. Tan was involved in several technology start-ups that provided consultancy, wireless communications product development and product miniaturization using advanced packaging technologies.

He holds a B.Sc in Electronics and Communications from Birmingham University and a Ph.D. in Digital Communications from Cambridge University, UK. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010
13:30 - 14:15

Dr. Hideo Miyahara
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan

Dr. Hideo Miyahara, born in Osaka, Japan in 1943, has been the president of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan since September 2007. He was the president of Osaka University from August 2003 to August 2007. He also was a Visiting Scientist at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center from 1983 to 1984.

Dr. Miyahara is a Life Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan. His research interests include performance evaluation of computer communication networks and distributed multimedia systems.

Dr. Miyahara has received numerous awards, including the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Distinguished Achievement and Contributions Award in 2008, and the 6th Ericsson Telecommunications Award in 2002. He also received recognition from the Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2003.

Thursday, 8 April 2010
8:30 - 9:15

Dr. Liu Yan
Director General & Professor
The State Radio Monitoring Center, MIIT, China

"The Current Status and Future Trend of Radio Spectrum Management in China"

 This speech will give an overview on the latest developments in radio applications and the increasing trend in the amount of radio stations deployed in China in recent years.  Based on this overview, it is pointed out that a common question that should be addressed by radio administrators is how to utilize radio spectrum resources effectively. Meanwhile, through analyzing the utilization conditions of the global radio spectrum resources, it is pointed out that Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) is the key idea for future radio resource management. Moreover, this speech will introduce the current status of radio spectrum management and recent research activities in DSA in China, and look at the future trend of Chinese Radio Spectrum Management.
Biography:  Dr. Liu Yan is Director-General of the State Radio Monitoring Center (SRMC) of People's Republic of China. SRMC is under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and is responsible for radio monitoring and radio spectrum management in China. Dr Liu is also Standing Director of Radio Association of China, Director of China Institute of Communications, and Fellow of China Institute of Electronics.
Dr. Liu is also an adjunct professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Jilin University. He has been actively teaching in universities and doing scientific and policy research in the field of radio telecommunications, including communication software, network management, spectrum engineering, and radio management technology and monitoring aspects, etc.  Dr. Liu has published more than 60 scientific papers and 7 books in the field mentioned in both domestic and international  journals/conferences. He has been leading more than 20 research projects, 6 of which have achieved the scientific awards in Ministry, Province, and State levels. Presently, Dr. Liu is in charge of one project--Interference Analysis and Spectrum Planning for Broadband Wireless Mobile Communications, which is one part of National Key Technology R&D Program in the New Generation Telecommunicating Networks for Broadband Mobile Communication.  He is also in charge of another project--Technical Research of Telecommunication Testing in RFID Applications, which belongs to the National High-tech R&D Program (863 Program).

Friday, 9 April 2010
8:30 - 9:15

Hossein Moiin
21CN Mobility Lead Architect & Mobility Fellow, BT Group
Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN)


Hossein Moiin is the mobility fellow in BT Design where he is responsible for the mobile architecture of the BT group and implementing its mobility strategy. Prior to his current role Hossein Moiin was the group vice president for technical strategy at T-Mobile, International where he led the development of the Next Generation of Mobile Networks, , an industry-wide initiative that sets the future vision of the mobile industry and has resulted in LTE & SAE. Before joining T-Mobile, Dr. Moiin worked for Sun Microsystems in US and Europe to develop strategic platforms for telecommunication and financial sectors. Dr. Moiin has over twenty years of experience in the ICT industries and holds a Ph. D. from University of California in Computer Engineering.