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Dr. Lawrence G. Roberts
CEO, Anagran Inc.
Dr. Vinton Cerf
Senior Vice President
Tecnology Strategy, MCI
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October 27, 2004 [Wednesday] 08:00 - 09:30 AM
Kenote Address by Dr. Lawrence G. Roberts
Biography: Lawrence G. Roberts is the Founder, CEO of Anagran and Founder, Vice Chairman of Caspian Networks. Anagran is developing the next generation IP router. At Caspian Networks he has designed and built an IP Flow Routers, a new QoS capable type of Internet router. Dr. Roberts has been instrumental in packet data communications since the early 1960.s. His pioneering work on computer communications resulted in the Internet and his subsequent networking innovations permit the integration of voice and video into the Internet.

Dr. Roberts has BS, MS, and Ph.D. Degrees from MIT and was responsible for the design, initiation, planning and development of ARPANET, the world.s first major packet network, the predecessor to Internet, while the Director of Information Processing Techniques for DARPA.

After developing packet switching, Dr. Roberts founded the world's first packet data communications carrier, Telenet, which was sold to GTE in 1979 and subsequently became the data division of Sprint. In 1982, Dr. Roberts became CEO of DHL Corporation, from 1983 to 1993, Dr. Roberts was CEO of NetExpress, and from 1993-1998 CEO of ATM Systems.

Dr. Roberts has received numerous awards for his work, including the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Harry Goode Memorial Award from the American Federation of Information Processing, the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award, the Interface Conference Award, in 1982, the L.M. Ericsson prize for research in data communications, in 1992 the IEEE Computer Society.s most prestigious award in the communications field, the W. Wallace McDowell Award, in 1998 the ACM SIGCOMM Award for lifetime achievement in communications, in 2000 IEEE 2000 Internet Award, in 2001 the NAE Draper award, and in 2002.the Principe de Asturias Award.

October 28, 2004 [Thursday] 08:00 - 09:30 AM
KEYNOTE: Broadband Internet - what are the implications?
In this talk Dr. Cerf will try to articulate some of the implications of introducing broadband access to the Internet. Some applications are not attractive in asymmetric broadband conditions and this suggests that the evolution towards broadband is not done until we have symmetric capacity.The basic backbone will need additional capacity simply to handle the growth of the Internet itself, and as broadband access penetrates more widely, the backbone will need capacity to deal with higher dynamic ranges of input andoutput. In addition, we are seeing some applications requiring transfer of very large databases (integrated circuit designs, visual simulation output,video files, scientific data, etc.). Broadband also has the effect of reducing transmission delay and this can have an impact on some interactive services.

Biography: Vinton G. Cerf is senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf is responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. In the fast moving world of telecommunications and Internet technology development, technical capabilities can have a critical impact on the success of corporate business strategies including product and service development, infrastructure investment and strategic acquisitions and partnerships.

Previously, Cerf served as senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.

Vint Cerf serves as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education, Folger Shakespeare Library, Gallaudet University, the MarcoPolo Foundation, Digex, Incorporated, Avanex Corporation, Nuance Corporation, and the Hynomics Corporation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute on Disability Annual award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend medal.

In December, 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

In addition to his work on behalf of MCI and the Internet, Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict." and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and on World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet.

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; and University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.