Keynote Speakers


Saturday, January 10, 2015 * 8:30
Room: Celebrity 2/3


Moe Tanabian, VP at Samsung and Lab Head for Smart Things Innovations Lab


In his role as head of STI Lab, Moe Tanabian leads a team of highly skilled multi-disciplinary engineers, designers and scientist with a mandate to innovate new experiences and technologies in the IoT, Smart Objects and the new world of connected everything space.


Prior to joining Samsung, Moe worked for Amazon leading the efforts for building and delivering Amazon Android Appstore on Kindle Fire and HD devices, and for the wireless division of Nortel as a lead software architect for CDMA and UMTS Infrastructure products. He additionally worked for Arthur D. Little as a Strategy Management Consultant leading engagements for mobile operators product strategy projects, globally.


He holds a Master’s degree in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, and an MBA from School of Business Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.


Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 8:30

Professor Jon Peha, Full Professor at Carnegie Mellon University


He has addressed information networks from positions in industry, government, and academia. In government, he served at the Federal Communications Commission as Chief Technologist, in the White House as Assistant Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy where he focused on telecommunications and research, in the House Energy & Commerce Committee where he was responsible for telecom and e-commerce issues, and at USAID where he helped launch and lead a US Government interagency program to assist developing countries with information infrastructure. In industry, he has been Chief Technical Officer for three high-tech companies, and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Microsoft.


At Carnegie Mellon, he is a Professor in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Associate Director of the university's Center for Wireless & Broadband Networking. His research spans technical and policy issues of information networks, including spectrum management, broadband Internet, wireless networks, video and voice over IP, communications for emergency responders, universal service, privacy, secure Internet payment systems, online dissemination of copyrighted material, and network security.


Dr. Peha holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford, and a BS from Brown. He is an IEEE Fellow and an AAAS Fellow, and was selected by AAAS as one of 40 "Featured AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows" of the last 40 years ("40@40"). Dr. Peha has received the FCC's "Excellence in Engineering Award," the IEEE Communications Society TCCN Publication Award for career contributions, and the Brown Engineering Medal.

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Sunday, January 11 * 19:00
Room: Celebrity 2/3


Nirwan Ansari, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology


Title: Greening the Last Mile Access Abstract:


Provisioning a myriad of emerging bandwidth-hungry applications and services is exacerbating bandwidth demand across networking infrastructure, notably the access (last mile) portion, as well as revving up energy consumption in this humongous infrastructure, and thus fueling continuous surge of carbon footprints. Reducing carbon footprints is crucial in alleviating the direct impact of greenhouse gases on the earth environment and the climate change. In the future high capacity access networks, the wireline access part will be made up of fiber-to-the-home or hybrid fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), and the wireless part will be provisioned by various advanced technologies, such as advanced antenna techniques, heterogeneous networks with mixed high/low power base stations deployment, and cooperative communications. Greening such high capacity access networks is a great challenge of the coming decade. To tackle the challenge, we advocate and introduce the "capacity-adaptive" feature into the envisioned network to help decrease the network energy consumption. While many applications at end users are bandwidth demanding, end users may not run these applications all the time. Thus, a significant amount of energy and resources have been wasted by provisioning the same high data rate to end users all the time. Taking advantage of the bursty and dynamic nature of the access network traffic, we propose a capacity-adaptive green access network which reduces the network energy consumption by switching from the "high-capacity high-power" mode into the "low-capacity low-power" mode when the network is lightly loaded.


Professor Nirwan Ansari received BSEE (summa cum laude with a perfect GPA) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), MSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and PhD from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NJIT, where he joined in 1988. He has also assumed various administrative positions at NJIT. He has been Visiting (Chair) Professor at several universities including as High-level Visiting Scientist of 111 Base at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Prof. Ansari authored Media Access Control and Resource Allocation (Springer, 2013) with J. Zhang and Computational Intelligence for Optimization (Springer, 1997) with E.S.H. Hou, and edited Neural Networks in Telecommunications (Springer, 1994) with B. Yuhas. He has also (co-)authored over 450 technical papers, over one third of which were published in widely cited refereed journals/magazines. He has guest-edited a number of special issues, covering various emerging topics in communications and networking. His current research focuses on green communications and networking, cloud computing, and various aspects of broadband networks. Prof. Ansari has served on the Editorial Board and Advisory Board of nine journals, including as a Senior Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine (2006-2009). He was elected to serve in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Board of Governors as a member-at-large (2013-2015). He has chaired ComSoc technical committees, and has been actively organizing numerous IEEE international;conferences/Symposia/Workshops, assuming various leadership roles. He is frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, and tutorials. Some of his recognitions include IEEE Fellow (Class of 2009), several Excellence in Teaching Awards, a couple of best paper awards, NCE Excellence in Research Award (2014), ComSoc AHSN TC Outstanding Service Recognition Award (2013), NJ Inventors Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year Award (2012), Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award (2010), and designation as an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer (2006-2009). He has also been granted over twenty-five US patents.