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Tuesday, 10 December 2013
8:30 - 9:25 am 

Lew Tucker // Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Computing
Cisco Systems, Inc. 


Cloud Computing and the Promise of Networking-as-a-Service


Software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), and the emergence of cloud computing platforms promise to transform the traditional approach for deployment of networking services.  Just as infrastructure is turning into infrastructure-as-service, open source cloud platforms such as OpenStack open up the possibility to develop a network-centric platform for the delivery of elastic, software-based, networking services.

Web app developers have long enjoyed the benefits of building on an infrastructure-as-service cloud platform. Why shouldn’t networking application and service developers be able to similarly take advantage of a cloud software platform that exposes APIs for interacting with the underlying infrastructure? What new service possibilities emerge as networking functionality becomes software? Why shouldn’t networking services become as easy to deploy as virtual machine apps out of a catalog?

Software platforms for development of applications and services make this possible. This talk will address how OpenStack enables this networking-as-a-service approach along with the challenges and opportunities it holds for the evolution of software-based networkingservices.

Biography: Lew Tucker is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Computing at Cisco, where he is responsible for shaping the future cloud strategy and products. Tucker has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from distributed systemsand artificial intelligence to software development and systems architecture. Prior to Cisco, he was VP and CTO for Cloud Computing at SunMicrosystems and led the development of the Sun Cloud. Other achievements in his career include’s AppExchange, the developer community, and the massively parallel Connection Machine. He’s currently driving Cisco’s contribution to the OpenStack open source cloud project and is vice-chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors.

Tucker holds a B.A. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.


Wednesday, 11 December 2013
8:30 - 9:25 am


Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Wireless Communications: A Regulatory Perspective


Wireless services are revolutionizing the way we live and the way we work. The number of smart devices is increasing at breathtaking speed. We are now a Nation with more wireless phones than people. Roughly half of these are smartphones, which generate 35 times the traffic of traditional wireless phones. Tablet computers generate 121 times the traffic of traditional wireless phones. Global mobile data traffic grew 70 percent in 2012 alone. With the Internet of Things right around the bend, the demand for mobile broadband data will only grow.

Meeting this rising demand will require innovation in several forms. This talk will address how the government can help encourage innovation by fostering developments in technology, encouraging evolutions in network topology, and finding solutions in regulatory policy. This talk will also discuss the importance of engineers to informing lawmakers' decision making.

Biography:  Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012.

Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

Before joining the staff of the Committee, she served as Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Commissioner Rosenworcel is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.



Thursday, 12 December 2013
8:30 - 9:25 am

Branko Bjelajac

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

ICT – A Key Enabler of Smart Grid Innovation

Challenges associated with increasing demand and decentralized generation of electricity require a fundamental transformation and modernization of our energy systems including the electrical grid. ICT plays a key role as an enabler and catalyst of these changes. The Smart Grid uses ICT to gather and act on information, such as information about the behavior of suppliers and consumers, in an automated fashion to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production, distribution and consumption of electricity. From an innovation perspective, the Smart Grid has become a platform for the creation of new game changing business models, applications for new customer benefits and disruptive technologies including ICT.

This talk will cover some historical perspectives on how ICT for (Smart) Grid applications has evolved to where it is today, will present some innovative Smart Grid applications enabled by ICT, will review the current state-of-the-art of Smart Grid standardization, architecture and technology with focus on ICT, and will give some conjectures on the needs on ICT for future Smart Grid applications.


Biography: Branko Bjelajac is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Landis+Gyr, the global industry leader in energy measurement solutions for utilities and since 2011 a member of the Toshiba Corporation. He is responsible for technology strategy, global alignment of research and development priorities, processes and resources as well as quality management. Before joining Landis+Gyr in 2007 he has held executive positions in Research & Development, Product Management, Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Mannesmann (now Vodafone), Grundig, SITA (Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques) and France Telecom/Orange. Dr. Bjelajac holds a diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Aachen University of Technology, Germany. He gained executive qualifications from INSEAD (France), IMD (Switzerland) and the Stanford University GSB (U.S.A.). Dr. Bjelajac is a board member of Electrosuisse CES, the Swiss national committee in IEC and Cenelec, a board member of the PRIME Alliance, a member of the research committee of the Münchner Kreis, a non-profit supra-national association dedicated to communications research, and a member of the IEEE and the German VDE.



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