34th Annual IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference


Thursday: Joint COMPSAC/SAINT Plenary Panel

Joint COMPSAC/SAINT Plenary Panel

Thursday: Joint COMPSAC/SAINT Plenary Panel, International Perspectives on Computed World: Software Beyond the Digital Society
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Time: Thursday, July 21, 2011 -- 8:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Location: TBD

Chair: Stephen S. Yau, Arizona State University, USA


Alan Blatecky, NSF, USA
Kazuo Furukawa, Senior Corporate Adviser, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan
Zhi Jin, Peking University, China
Wolfgang Kellerer, NTT DOCOMO, Germany
Alkis Konstantellos, Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, Belgium

Creating the digital society and beyond needs all aspects of computing, software development, and software systems engineering. The computed world embraces not only the Information Technology world, but also the physical world. Building on computationally smart environments, and trustworthy, secure, and dependable distributed software this panel explores different perspectives on developing software beyond the digital society

Panelists will each address several international perspectives in a brief statement, with the bulk of the panel being discussion and audience interaction. Panelists will address their vision for software beyond the digital society the major impediments to achieving this vision; opportunities for collaboration across industry, academic, funding agency, and international boundaries; possible negative impacts or risks of developing software beyond the digital society, including societal, security, and ethical considerations; and educating students, architects, and society as users of the proposed vision.

Alan Blatecky

Alan Blatecky is currently the Acting Director for the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI) at the National Science Foundation. Before coming to NSF, Alan was the Deputy Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and also served as Interim Director. RENCI is an institute that develops and deploys advanced technologies to support and enable research discoveries and practical innovations. The institute was launched in 2004 as a collaborative effort involving the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

Previously, Alan was the Executive Director of Research and Programs at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, Acting Division Director of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research, Computer Information Science and Engineering at NSF; Vice President of Information Technology at MCNC; Vice President of Networking (NCREN) and the North Carolina Supercomputing Center.

Alan has focused on establishing, developing and operating a variety of advanced high performance networking, computing, data, and visualization facilities as well as developing research programs and initiatives. He has also been deeply involved in the research, development and deployment of cyberinfrastructure and collaborative technologies to support multidisciplinary research and education. He has also served on many state, national and international networking and computing boards and commissions.

Kazuro Furukawa

Kazuo Furukawa currently serves as Senior Corporate Adviser of Hitachi, Ltd.

He was previously Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of the company, a position he held from April 1,2009. Prior to this, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, a position he held from April 1, 2006. And prior to this, he was Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi, Ltd. and President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi’s Information & Telecommunication Systems Group.

Mr. Furukawa joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1971, since then he has held a number of other key leadership positions within Hitachi in the IT field, including Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi Ltd.; Chief Operating Officer of Information & Telecommunication Systems Group; and General Manager of Network Systems & Platform Solutions Division and IP Systems Division.

He spent approximately three years in North America as Chief Technology Officer of Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc. from 1994, where he was responsible for the successful formation of a business partnership with an American telecommunications carrier, and made a major contribution to the promotion of Hitachi’s overseas telecommunication systems business. He subsequently led the company’s communication network business using IP technology and contributed to the expansion of its solutions business in the IT field.

Mr. Furukawa is a graduate of the University of Tokyo, where he gained a B.S. degree in electronics (1969) and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering (1971).

Along with his current position at Hitachi, Mr. Furukawa has also served as International Advisory Board Member of THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION and Auditor of Center for International Public Policy Studies (CIPPS) and Adviser of Nippon Keidanren. He had served as Vice Chairman of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) from May, 2007 to May, 2009.

Zhi Jin

Zhi Jin is a professor of Computer Science at the Peking University, Beijing, China and deputy director of High Confidence Software Technologies (Peking University), Ministry of Education, China. Her research interests include software requirements engineering and knowledge engineering. She has published a co-authored monograph by Kluwer Academic Publishers and more than 80 referred journal/conference papers in these areas. She is the leader of over 10 national competitive grants, including 3 China NSF grants, 2 China 973 program grants and 2 China 863 program grants. She served as a PC co-chair, area chair, or PC member for various conferences. She is one of the program co-chairs of COMPSAC 2011.

Wolfgang Kellerer

Wolfgang Kellerer is Director and Head of the Network Research department at NTT DOCOMO's European research laboratories in Munich, Germany. His research interests include mobile networking, future Internet, QoE-based resource management, service platforms, and overlay networks. For 2004 and 2005 he has served as the elected Vice Chairman of the Working Group 2 (Service Architecture for the Wireless World) of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). He is member of the editorial board of Elseviers International Journal of Computer and Telecommunications Networking (COMNET), steering board member of the IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing (P2P) and serves as guest editor for an IEEE Communications Magazine feature topic in 2006. He serves as an reviewer for the European Commission and several other research programs. He has published over 100 papers in respective journals, conferences and workshops in the area of service platforms and mobile networking and holds 13 patents in this area. For one of his outstanding scientific publications he has been awarded with the ITG Award 2008.

Before he joined DOCOMO Euro-Labs, he has been a member of the research and teaching staff at the Institute of Communication Networks at Munich University of Technology (TUM). In 2001 he was a visiting researcher at the Information Systems Laboratory of Stanford University, California, US. He received a Dipl.-Ing. Univ. (MSc) and a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in electrical engineering and information technology from Munich University of Technology, Germany, in December 1995 and in January 2002, respectively. He is still related to TUM, lecturing on 。ーAdvanced Network Architectures and Services。ア (IP-based signaling, service platforms, Peer-to-Peer). He is a member of IEEE ComSoc and the German VDE/ITG. He is member of the Steering Board of the GI/ITG Technical Committee on Communication and Distributed Systems ( Kommunikation und Verteilte Systeme, KuVS).

Alkis Konstantellos

Dr. Konstantellos studied electrical and mechanical engineering in Athens and systems and control engineering at the University of Hannover, Germany where he received his PhD in stochastic non-linear estimation and control [Prof. Manfred Thoma/Helmut Schwarz]. He had several years industrial career as senior C&I engineer with Exxon Chemicals and as control systems group leader at the Joint European Fusion in the UK.  He then jointed the European Commission in Brussels, where during 1995-2002 was principle scientific officer managing a portfolio of projects in the fields of manufacturing systems, controls and intelligent networks. He initiated the first multi-sectoral IT reference projects and clusters. Since summer 2000 he has been promoting an EU-US cooperation in embedded systems and controls.  From 2003 - 2011 he has been Deputy Head of the unit Embedded systems and Control and since February 2011 is principal scientific officer in the R&D area of monitoring and control and complex systems engineering.

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