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Prof. Arun K. Somani
Iowa State University

Title: Capacity Balanced Efficient Protection and Grooming Architecture for Optical Networks

Arun K. Somani is currently Jerry R. Junkins Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University where he first served as David C. Nicholas Professor during 1997-2002. He earned his MSEE and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1983 and 1985, respectively. He worked as Scientific Officer for Govt. of India, New Delhi from 1974 to 1982 and as a faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA from 1985 to 1997 in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering departments where he was promoted to the level of Professor in September 1995.

Professor Somani's research interests are in the area of fault tolerant computing, computer interconnection networks, WDM-based optical networking, and reconfigurable and parallel computer system architecture. He has taught courses in these areas and published more than 250 technical papers, several book chapters, and has supervised more than 60 MS and more than 25 PhD students. He is the chief architect of an anti-submarine warfare system (developed for Indian navy) and Meshkin fault-tolerant computer system architecture (developed for the Boeing Company). He has also developed several robust interconnection topologies. He architected, designed, and implemented a 46-node multi-computer cluster-based system, Proteus, using a large grain message-passing model and separate data and control planes that uses fiber optic communication for data plane while electronics and software for control plane. The architecture had provision for spare capacity for fault detection and diagnosis.

His current research is in developing scalable architectures and algorithms to manage, control, and deliver dependable service efficiently for network employing optical fiber technology, wavelength division multiplexing, wavelength conversion, wavelength sharing, traffic grooming, access network design, Fault and Attack Management (FAM) in optical networking. His research is supported by several NSF- and DARPA-funded projects. He is also addressing issues in reconfigurable architecture including FPGA-based hardware components to improve computational efficiency of programs at the runtime.

He has served on several program committees of various conferences in his research areas. He was the General Chair of IEEE Fault Tolerant Computing Symposium - 1997 and Technical Program Committee Chair of International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks, 1999, and OPTICOMM 2003. He also served as the General Chair of BroadNets 2005. He has served as IEEE distinguished visitor and IEEE distinguished tutorial speaker. He has delivered several key note speeches, tutorials and distinguished and invited talks all over the world. He has been elected a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to theory and applications of computer networks. He has been awarded a Distinguished Scientist member grade of ACM in 2006.


Matisse Networks - MeshWave Optical Burst Reservation System
(WOBS Workshop Keynote)

Claude Hamou
Founder, President, and COO
Matisse Networks

With over 20 years of experience in various management roles, Mr. Hamou brings a wealth of experience from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to having founded Matisse, Mr. Hamou is currently responsible for all engineering and operational activities for the company. Previously, Mr. Hamou was Executive VP and General Manager of Terayon Communications' Data Cable Division. Prior to Terayon, he was VP of Engineering and Operation at Apache Systems and Director of Engineering with Adaptec.

Mr. Hamou holds a BSc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and MS in Management from Santa Clara University, California.