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 The fully networked human? − Innovations for future networks and services
  ITU Kaleidoscope event, 12 − 14 December 2011, Cape Town, South Africa
Martin Adolph (Project Officer, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T)

Martin Adolph is Programme Officer in ITU’s Standardization Policy and Technology Watch Division. Since joining the organization in 2007, he has played an active role in launching ITU’s work on ICT and climate change, and in organizing annual CTO meetings, bringing together ITU’s management with global ICT leaders.

Martin is also responsible for ITU-T’s Technology Watch, which surveys the ICT environment to capture new topics for standardization activities. Fascinated with innovation and new technologies, he authored several Technology Watch Reports on topics such as biometrics, cloud computing, sensor networks, video games, etc. He is also acting as technical advisor to this year’s ITU Kaleidoscope.

Martin holds a diploma in computer science from Dresden University of Technology, and one in engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris.
Graeme Allan (Executive- Network Infrastructure Provisioning, South Zone, Telkom SA Ltd)

Graeme Allan is currently responsible for network engineering and build in Telkom SA’s South Zone. Since obtaining a B Sc Eng (Electrical) from the University of Cape Town he has worked in various network engineering and operations positions.

He is the Chief Mentor for graduate Engineers and Technologists in Telkom SA, and has occupied various positions in the South African Institute of Electrical Engineering (Western Cape) and the Society of Telkom Engineers.
Rufus Andrew (Managing Director, Nokia Siemens Networks, South Africa)

Mr Rufus Andrew is the Managing Director of Nokia Siemens Networks (“NSN”) in South Africa. NSN is the Global Joint Venture between Nokia Networks (“Nokia NET”) and Siemens Communications. Prior to his role as Managing Director of the local company in South Africa, Rufus was the Head of a Services Business unit for East and Southern Africa. Besides assuming the governance responsibility for NSN, Rufus is also highly focused on new business development in South Africa.

He has a twenty three year career in Sub-Saharan Africa working considerably in the Broadcasting, Information Technology and Telecommunications Sectors.

He commenced his career as a broadcast engineer with then, M-Net Television. He then progressed through the broadcast signal distribution domain within M-Net /Multichoice, a Pan-African Multi-channel Broadcaster and was a key part of their venture into the rest of Africa. He later transitioned across from “technical and operations” to “business development and marketing” and was involved in initiating several ICT development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa with Orbicom, then a company of the MTN Group, a leading African Telecomms Operator. He has contributed to South African State-Owned ICT Enterprises where he served at an executive level at Sentech and Arivia.Kom, before joining Siemens Telecommunications in January 2006.

Rufus is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SAIEE), Chartered Marketers of Southern Africa (CM SA), and Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IODSA). He is a coach and mentor of recently graduated, previously disadvantaged, aspiring entrepreneurs and executives.

He has served on several ICT Industry bodies in Southern Africa including:
• Southern African Broadcasting Association (chairperson of the Technical Committee);
• South African Value-Added Network Providers Association (SAVA)
• Telecommunications Harmonisation Committee of COMESA Region (Common Market for East and Southern Africa)
• Southern Africa Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA)
Mr Andrew is passionate about bridging the digital divide in Africa through leapfrogging the Broadband landscape. This, he believes, will not only increase the accessibility of ICT services but will also be a key catalyst for stimulating rapid economic growth in South Africa and neighbouring countries in the region.
Mohammad Arifuzzaman

Mohammad Arifuzzaman received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2001. He worked as an Assistant professor at IBAIS University, Bangladesh till 2005. After that he joined in the Bangladesh Civil Service and worked as an Assistant secretary to the Government of the Peoples republic of Bangladesh. He is now doing Masters in the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and he is a project research student of Matsumoto Lab. His research interests lie in the area of Communication protocols, wireless ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, and optical communication.
Tohru Asami (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Tohru Asami received B.E. degree and M.E. degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University in 1974 and 1976, and Ph.D. from University of Tokyo in 2005. In 1976, he joined KDD (KDDI). Since that time, he has been working at its R&D Laboratories in several research areas such as facsimile terminals, UNIX-based data communication systems, network management systems, and various access media to the Internet. In 1985, he developed an accounting system for the Internet gateway for Japanese academic networks in cooperation with of UUNET, EUNET, etc. In 1997, he drove the first open xDSL Field Trial in Japan with several companies to promote the possibility of ADSL in the Japanese telecommunication environments. After being C.E.O. of KDDI R&D Labs., Inc. between 2001 and 2005, he moved to a professor of The University of Tokyo (Dept. of Information and Communication Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology). He is a member of the IEEE. From 2003 to 2005, he was a vice chairman oof the board of directors of Information System Society in The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan (IEICE-ISS).
Luigi Atzori (University of Cagliari, Italy)

Luigi Atzori received the PhD degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Cagliari (Italy) in 1999, where is currently assistant professor in telecommunications. He teaches telecommunication networks and Internet protocols and conducts research on the following topics: video streaming, IP telephony playout buffering, QoS in multi-service networks and technologies for the implementation of the Internet of Things. In these fields he has published more than 80 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. Dr Atzori has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (2003-2004) to work on video streaming at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Arizona. He is an external evaluator for the European Commission within the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) and for Italian National Research Projects for the MIUR (Ministry of Scientific Research and Education). He has been editor of the ACM/Springer Wireless Networks Journal in the period 2007-2010 and has been the guest editor of the special issue on Multimedia over Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks (Monet Journal, 2008), guest editor of the special issue on Mobile Video (Elsevier Image Communication Journal, 2007), editor of LNCS Visual Content Processing and Representation (Springer LNCS 3893, 2005) and editor of the Springer Book on The Internet of Things (2009). He is member of the Editorial Board of the Hindawi Journal on Advances in Multimedia (since 2010) and is guest editor of the special issue on QoE management in emerging multimedia services to appear on the IEEE Communications Magazine. He is involved in the organization of several international conferences on Multimedia Communications and Networking (MobiMedia, VLBV, ICIP, Packet Video). He is senior member of IEEE, of the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC) and of the ICST.
Antoine Bagula (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Antoine Bagula: received the MEng degree in Computer Engineering from Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and the MSc Degree in computer science from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He obtained a PhD in communication systems from the KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. The focus of his research is on the design, analysis and control of intelligent telecommunication systems and their integration into the emerging Ubiquitous networks. His current interests include the modeling, optimization, performance evaluation, and implementation of RFID and Radar networks, Sensor/Actuator networks as well as next generation IP/optical networks. Besides his strong involvement in research at the academic and industry levels, Dr Bagula is currently involved in training activities in developing countries as an ICTP, ISOC and WirelessU trainer/consultant. At UCT, Dr Bagula leads the Intelligent Systems and Advanced Telecommunication (ISAT) Laboratory of the department of computer science. He is also an active member of the ICT4D centre.
Fatna Belqasmi (Concordia University, Canada)

FATNA BELQASMI ( holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Concordia University, Canada. She is a research associate at the same university. In the past, she worked as a researcher at Ericsson Canada. She was part of the IST Ambient Network project (a research project sponsored by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme, FP6). She worked as a unit managed and as an R&D engineer for Maroc Telecom, Morocco. Her research interests include NGNs, service engineering, distributed systems, and networking technologies for emerging economies.
Giuseppe Cardone (University of Bologna, Italy)

Giuseppe Cardone received his laurea degree in computer science engineering from University of Bologna, Italy, in March 2009. He is now a Ph.D. student in computer science engineering at the same university. His interests include performance and scalability issues of distributed systems, wireless sensor network management and integration, urban and mobile sensing, and power-aware middlewares. He is an IEEE student member.
Wallace Chigona (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Wallace Chigona is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Magdeburg, Germany. Wallace Chigona’s research interests are on the social economic impact of information technology especially on under-privileged communities. He has been involved in a number of research projects involving the designing and the assessment of technological interventions in under-resourced areas. His recent project has looked at the use of ICT in primary schools in South Africa. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is in the editorial board of a number of journals including the African Journal of Information Systems and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
Antonio Corradi (University of Bologna, Italy)

Antonio Corradi graduated from University of Bologna, Italy, and received MS in electrical engineering from Cornell University, USA. He is a full professor of computer engineering at the University of Bologna. His research interests include distributed and parallel systems and solutions, middleware for pervasive and heterogeneous computing, infrastructure support for context-aware multimodal services, network management, mobile agent platforms. He is member of IEEE, ACM, and Italian Association for Computing (AICA).
Ian Graham (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

Ian Graham graduated with a degree in Production Engineering and Management. After working in the engineering and automotive industries he began lecturing in Operations Management, first at Heriot-Watt University and latterly at the University of Edinburgh. He first became involved in standards research as part of a European Union study of EDI nearly twenty years ago and since then has been involved in a series of projects analysing ICT standardisation drawing on concepts from the sociology of technology.
Michael Andres Feliu Gutierrez (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Michael Andres Feliu Gutierrez received his BSc (Hon) in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2009 from the University of Cape Town and is presently studying towards his Master of Science degree at the same institution. His research interests include Mobile Cloud Computing, Service provisioning in Next Generation Networks and Policy Management.
Masum Z. Hasan (Cisco Systems, USA)

Dr. Masum Z. Hasan is currently a Principal Engineer / Architect at Cisco Systems, San Jose, USA, where he has been working and leading R&D projects in a number of areas, including Network Software Architecture, Cloud Computing and Networking, Virtualization, High-performance/Distributed/Parallel Computing, Network Management, and Healthcare Computing and Networking. Masum’s prior job experiences include Principal Investigator at Bell Labs, USA, Research Scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada, and software developer at a number of software companies.

Masum obtained his MMath and PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Canada and combined BEng-MEng in Computer Engineering from Odessa National Polytechnic University in Ukraine. Masum has been participating on the organizing and technical program committees of a number of IEEE/IFIP International Conferences, as editor of a number of journals and scientific/technical magazines, and has been publishing and presenting papers, tutorials, and on panels at various well-known academic and industrial conferences. Masum also has been participating in and contributing to a number of standards development organizations, such as IETF, ITU, OASIS and OIF. Personal website and contact information:
Suhaidi Hassan (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia)

Suhaidi Hassan is an Associate Professor and Assistant Vice Chancellor at UUM College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

He has a PHD in Computing (computer networks) from the School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2003. An MS in Information Science (telecomm/networks), School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 1993 and BS in Computer Science Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York USA, 1991.
Hirofumi Horikoshi (Technology Planning Department, NTT Corporation, Japan)

Hirofumi Horikoshi graduated from Dept. of Physics, Tokyo University of Science in 1987, and joined NTT Corporation in 1987. Now he is a General Manager of NGN Promotion Office, Technology Planning Department, NTT Corporation.He is in charge of the investigation of the fundamental construction plan of NGN and the promotion of its R&D. He is a member of IEICE in Japan.
Eva Ibarrola (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Eva Ibarrola received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, in 1991. In 2010 she received the Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from the same University for her work in the area of user-centric QoS management models.

Prior to joining University of the Basque Country in January 2000, she worked as an expert engineer in the CNSO (National Centre for Supervision and Operations) of Telefónica.

She has been cooperating in different R&D projects related with telecommunications QoS evaluation and measurement. Her research interests focus mainly on user’s oriented Quality of Service (QoS) management models and frameworks and Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation.
Antonio Iera (University "Mediterranea" of Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Antonio Iera is a Full Professor of Telecommunications at the University ‘‘Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Italy. He graduated in Computer Engineering at the University of Calabria in 1991; then he received a Master Diploma in Information Technology from CEFRIEL/Politecnico di Milano and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Calabria. From 1994 to 1995 he has been with Siemens AG in Munich, Germany to participate in the RACE II ATDMA (Advanced TDMA Mobile Access) project under a CEC Fellowship Contract. Since 1997 he has been with the University Mediterranea, Reggio Calabria, where he currently holds the positions of scientific coordinator of the local Research Units of the National Group of Telecommunications and Information Theory (GTTI) and of the National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Director of the ARTS – Laboratory for Advanced Research into Telecommunication Systems (, and Head of the Department DIMET. His research interests include: new generation mobile and wireless systems, broadband satellite systems, Internet of Things. Elevated to the IEEE Senior Member status in 2007.
Yoshikazu Ikeda (Otani University, Japan)

Yoshikazu IKEDA is a professor at Otani University, Kyoto, Japan. He was a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology during 2003 and 2007, a visiting professor at National Institute of Informatics in Japan, CEO of JPIX(Internet Exchange), and Executive Director for Multimedia Business of KDD company (International telecom operator in Japan) before 2000. He worked with ITU as a Rapporteur for SS-7 signaling network in ITU-T SG.11 in 1980’s. He graduated from University of Tokyo in 1969.
Kai Jakobs (Professor, RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Kai joined RWTH Aachen University's Computer Science Department as a member of technical staff in 1985. Since 1987, he has been Head of Technical Staff at the Chair of Informatik 4 (Communication & Distributed Systems). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.

Kai is (co)-author/editor of a text book on data communication networks and, more recently, fourteen books on standards and standardisation processes, with a focus on the ICT sector. More than 170 of his papers have been published in conference proceedings, books, and journals. He has been on the programme committee and editorial board of numerous international conferences and journals, respectively, and has served as an external expert on evaluation panels of various European R&D programmes, on both technical and socio-economic issues. Kai is also Vice President of the European Academy for Standardisation (EURAS), as well as founder and editor-in-chief of the 'International Journal on IT Standards & Standardization Research', and of the 'Advances in Information Technology Standards and Standardization Research' book series.
Ved P. Kafle (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Ved P. Kafle has been working as a researcher at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan. He is also a member of the AKARI Architecture Design Project for New Generation Networks. He is involved in designing new generation network architectures and protocols, considering emerging (as well as future) network environments and application requirements. In particular, he is currently investigating the research challenges of node identification and location architectures of the New Generation Network or future Internet. He has been awarded with the ITU Association of Japan Award in 2009 for his active contributions to the standardization of Next Generation Network architectures. He also received the best paper award (second prize) at the ITU-T Kaleidoscope event on Innovations for Digital Inclusion, 2009. Dr. Kafle received the B.E. degree in electronics and electrical communications from Punjab Engineering College (now PEC University of Technology), Chandigarh, India, the M.S. degree in computer science and engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, and the Ph.D. in informatics from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan.
Heejoong Kim (Keio University, Japan)

Heejoong Kim received his Master of Radio Communications Engineering from Yonsei University, Korea, in 1998. He had worked as a mobile and satellite communication R&D engineer at LIG Nex1 from 1998 to 2005. After working at LIG Nex1 as an engineer, he began working for Korean Broadcasting Commission (KBC) for Korean government, and he moved his working place to Korea Communications Commission (KCC) in 2008 due to integration of two ministries, i.e. KBC and Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC). He is currently engaged in KCC, and he is also studying on radio spectrum policy and technology at graduate school of media design, Keio University in Japan for his doctoral degree from 2009.
Dhananjay Kumar (Anna University, India)

Dhananjay Kumar received his undergraduate degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from the Institution of Engineers (India), Calcutta, in the year 1997. He was rewarded a Master of Engineering (M. E.) degree in Electronic Engineering at the M. S. University, Baroda, in the year 1999 and subsequently a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) degree in Communication Engineering at the Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry in the year 2001. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degree was conferred to him by Anna University, Chennai in the year 2009 for his research work on high quality multimedia support in next generation multi-carrier wireless mobile networks. Currently he is professor-in-charge of undergraduate program in the department of Information Technology, Anna University, MIT, Chennai. Dr. Dhananjay Kumar and his student team have developed a webcam assisted hand gesture based user interface that intends to replace conventional mouse in desktop computers. His present research work includes video streaming, multimedia surveillance, and cognitive radio systems.
Leo Lehmann (OFCOM, Switzerland)

Leo Lehmann is working at the Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM) in Switzerland, taking care on the regulation of mobile and fixed/mobile converged networks. Since October 2008 Leo also serves the ITU-T as vice-chairman of Study Group 13 (Future networks including mobile and NGN). Further on in this role he functions as the interface of SG13 to the Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF) of ITU-T. Afore he was the Rapporteur on “multimedia service mobility management” in the ITU-T Study Group 16 (Multimedia Services) for many years. Leo has been working since 20 years in the telecommunication business, being responsible as senior manager and expert for network system design and engineering at mayor players of the telecommunication market. As designated expert on mobile networks and multimedia he has contributed to several scientific conferences.
Alessia Magliarditi (Kaleidoscope Coordinator, ITU)

Alessia Magliarditi is Programme Officer in the Workshops and Promotion Division (WPD) of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). She is the TSB focal point for academia and, from 2011, she is the Coordinator of the Kaleidoscope conferences, the main ITU interface with universities and research institutions. She previously worked as Promotion Officer in WPD.

Alessia joined ITU in 2006 working in the External Affairs and Corporate Communication Division of the General Secretariat. She was in charge of external relations, liaising with governments, permanent missions, UN agencies, international organizations, ITU regional offices, and universities.

Prior to joining ITU, Alessia Magliarditi worked at the ILO from 2003. She was responsible for external relations with UN agencies, social partners, NGOs and universities, encouraging them to sign partnership agreements with ILO.

Alessia holds a M.A in Social Sciences from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, and a M.A in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from “Lumsa” University of Rome. Alessia completed United Nations proficiency courses in English and French, and she is finishing a five-year UN Spanish course.
Muthoni Masinde (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Muthoni ( is a PhD student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she is a member of the HPI Research School in ICT4D and the Intelligent Systems and Advanced Telecommunication (ISAT) Laboratory. Muthoni is also a lecturer at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi (, Kenya. Prior to this, she worked as Software Systems Analyst/ Programmer/ Team Leader at the same University.

Muthoni holds an MSc. in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, and a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her research objective is to come up with a drought and climate change monitoring/warning solution that is based on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and Mobile Phones and how these two technologies can complement African indigenous knowledge on droughts. This research topic saw Muthoni emerge in the top 5 in the 2011 ITU Green ICT Application Challenge(,date,2011-10-31.aspx).
Mitsuji Matsumoto (Waseda University, Japan)

Since joining NTT Labs in 1970, Mitsuji Matsumoto has been engaged in Research in the field of terminal design for Telematics and Multimedia systems. In 1994, he received the Doctor’s Degree of Engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo Japan. In 1996, he joined Waseda University as a Professor. After that he has been studying in the graduate school of the Global Information from 2000. From April 2008, he visit the Center of Excellence for Information and Communication Engineering, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, PISA Italy as a visiting Professor.

He started International Standardization activities from 1979 and worked on Facsimile, Telematics, Non voice Services and Multimedia. In 2000-2004 study period, he became a Vice Chairman of ITU-T SG16.

His current research is the Wireless communication using Infrared, Visible Light and Radio wave. He also research on the e-Everything, like e-Learning, Accessibility, ITS, Emergency Call system. He is a member of IEEE, ACM and IEICE, IPSJ, IIEEJ in Japan.
Ajay Ranjan Mishra (NSN – India)

Mr Ajay Ranjan Mishra is the Global Head of Industry Environment - India & Emerging Markets, CTO Office for Nokia Siemens Networks.

Ajay graduated in 1997 from the University of Delhi with Masters of Technology in Microwave Electronics and since then he has been working in Nokia/ Nokia Siemens Networks and. His previous roles included Global Head of Business Development (Emerging Markets) and Global Head of Services Innovation Management.

Ajay has authored many research papers in technology & management domain. He has also authored three books on Cellular Technologies.

Ajay’s other affiliations include:

· Academic Board Member of Telecom Centre of Excellence (Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad)
· Founding Member & Vice-President of GISFI (Global ICT Standardisation Forum of India).
· Invited to be on Advisory Board on Unatek Inc, a network security company from US.
· Board of Director, Chairman of Focus Group: New Technologies, CMAI (Communications Multimedia and Infrastructure Association of India)
· “Executive in Residence”, invited by E-labs, INSEAD Business School Fontainebleau, France
· Invited Council Member of Council of Telecommunication Advisors (NY-USA)
· Member of ITU-APT, CeWIT, BWCI (Telecom Organisations in India)
· Invited to join Vision 2020 board of top education institute in India

Ajay’s current interests are issues associated with innovations and development of the cellular network globally, both technically and commercially with emphasis on Emerging markets. He is currently based in New Delhi, India.
Boris Moltchanov (Telecom Italia, Italy)

Boris Moltchanov received a Ing. Degree in information technologies and computer since from Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in August 1997 – Summa Cum Laude; and bachelor degree in management, marketing and world economy from Volgograd State Technical University (Russian Federation) in January 1999 – Summa Cum Laude.

In 1999-2000 he held researcher position at Politecnico di Torino (Italy).

In 2000 he joined TILab (formerly CSELT) as expert of Mobile Terminals, SIM/SmartCards and Value Added Service platforms. In a moment of biggest Telecom Italia expansion in the International arena he was involved in strategy and roadmap definition for VAS and Service Platforms evolution for all international Telecom Italia’s subsidiaries.

Currently he has moved step forward and is involved in definition and prototyping of disruptive services accordingly to the Research&Trends initiative of Telecom Italia. He is involved in a number of EU projects addressing innovative services.

In the last couple of years he’s delivering his know-how of the Service Layer evolution performed in Telecom Italia to foreign companies within Telecom Italia’s interests.

He’s author of some international patents, papers and frequent speaker in various conferences, workshops and congresses as well as participant and member of some standardisation entities such as OMA and TMF.
Yoshitoshi Murata (Iwate Prefectural University, Japan)

Yoshitoshi Murata received his M.E from Nagoya University, Japan. He received his Ph.D from Shizuoka University, Japan. From 1979 to 2006, he was belonging to NTT and NTT DoCoMo and developing mobile communication systems, mobile terminals and services. Since 2006, he is a professor of faculty of Software and Information Science, Iwate Prefectural University. Prof. Murata was awarded the best paper of the ITU-T “Innovations in NGN” Kaleidoscope Academic Conference 2008. His research interests include mobile communication, sensor usage application and integrated media communication. He is a member of IEEE, IEICE and IPSJ.
Nikesh Nageshar (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Nikesh Nageshar graduated with a BSc and MSc Electrical Engineering (Light Current) from the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He has worked as an electrical engineer on, VoIP, IP and Submarine cable systems within the telecommunications sector in South Africa. His prior research includes universal telecommunication access for rural areas.

At present Nikesh, is a student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and is also employed by Neotel South Africa as a Senior Specialist at the Technology and Innovation division. He research interests include the quality of service mechanisms for voice in packet wireless networks.

Nikesh is a Member of the SA Institute of Electrical Engineers and a registered Professional Engineer with the engineering council of South Africa.
Chedlia Ben Naila (Waseda University, Japan)

Chedlia Ben Naila received the B.S. degree in telecommunications and networking in 2004 from National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (INSAT), Tunisia, and the M.Sc. degree in telecommunications from Graduate School of Communications (Sup'com), Tunisia, in 2005. She is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications at Waseda University’s GITS, Japan. She worked as a Junior Lecturer at Sup'com, Tunisia, between 2005 and 2008.

Her research interests include FSO, RoF and optical fiber communication. She received in 2011 the 26th Telecom System Technology Award from the Japanese Telecommunication Advancement Foundation (TAF).

Ms. Ben Naila is a student member of IEEE, OSA, SPIE and IEICE in Japan.
Kanagaraj Nachimuthu Nallasamy (Alcatel-Lucent India Limited, India)

Kanagaraj Nachimuthu Nallasamy received his B.Tech. degree in Information Technology from Anna University, Chennai, in the year 2011. Currently, he is working as an engineer in Alcatel-Lucent India Limited, Chennai. His research interests include cognitive radio networks and routing in IP networks.
Monontši Paul Nthontho (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Monontši Paul Nthontho: MSc student at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained a BSc Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering from UCT. His Research interests are Next Generation Telecommunications and their applications in Smart Grid.
Francis William Petersen (Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Francis Petersen is Dean: Engineering & the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He has formerly been Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo Platinum Corporation and Executive Vice-President: Research and Development at Mintek. He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with the B. Ing (Chem), M. Ing (Metal) and Ph.D (Ing) degrees, and completed a short course on Financial Skills for Executive Management with IIR Training. He is a recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) Researcher of the Year Awards and is a regular reviewer, and member of a range of editorial boards for international journals. He is a non-executive director on the Boards of the Royal Bafokeng Platinum and Pragma Holdings. Furthermore, he is a member of the South African Minister of Science & Technology’s National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), chairman of the Board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and a member of the Board of the South African Precious Metal and Diamond Regulator. Francis is also a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He is an advisor to the Anglo Platinum Beneficiation Fund and is a Fellow of both the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the South African Academy of Engineers.

Francis has extensive experience of management at various levels within the University and industry sectors, and is an extraordinary professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. He believes in teamwork, and has played a key role in various initiatives within higher education, industry and science councils. He is the founder of the first cohort of industry research organisations in the minerals and energy sectors (M & E G9), and has been actively involved in strategic planning with regard to R&D in the Science and Technology Sector, Joint Venture formation and Scenario Development. Francis is serving on various national and international technical, editorial and advisory committees, is actively involved and has consulted widely to the South African engineering & the built environment industries. He has published over 150 technical papers & conference proceedings in international journals.
Mahdi Pirmoradian (Kingston University London, United Kingdom)

Mahdi Pirmoradian received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering, from Azad University, Iran. He is a member of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department at Azad University in Iran. Mahdi is a student Member of IEEE. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D degree in wireless communication with the Wireless Multimedia and Networking (WMN) research group at Kingston University in London. His research interests are in wireless networks, especially cognitive radio, spectrum management and radio resource management.
Virgilio Puglia (Italtel, Italy)

Virgilio Puglia is currently working as Program Manager at Italtel (an Italian Telecommunication Company). He was Program Manager on various Next Generation Networks projects for Telco Service Providers and Large Enterprises (power companies, banking groups). He has 15 years of experience in telecommunication system integration of complex networks. He worked as Solution Technical Leader at Italtel and was involved in projects related to IP and MPLS Backbone, DCN, LAN, Access Network (IP, Dial UP and DSL), SS7 and SIGTRAN Signaling Network and SDH/DWDM/CWDM Backbone/Regional/MAN infrastructures. He collaborated in National Network services implementation for IP Services Shaping/Policing based on levels that are over the three ISO/OSI layers, Disaster Recovery solutions based on SDH/DWDM technology, QoS, MPLS VPN, VPLS and VoIP and in OSS System integration. For several years, he was the Technical Leader for migration and integration of the IP National Backbone of a challenge Italian Service Provider.

He is also an Energetic Certifier of buildings and he is associated to Lombardy Order of Energy certifiers (CENED) and to the Milan Order of Engineers.

He received his Engineering Degree at the University of Florence (Italy) in 1996. In the past, he also worked as software developer.
Papa Ousmane Sanghare (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal)

Papa Ousmane Sangharé received Master and Master’s degree in computer Science from the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in 2006 and 2010.

He has worked in Internet measurements, focusing on Internet Coordinate Systems (ICS). He studied the impact of Triangle Inequality Violations (TIVs) on ICS and how to use the TIVs to improve the routing in networks. He is also interested by Wireless Sensors Networks (WSN).
Mostafa Hashem Sherif, AT&T, USA

Mostafa Hashem Sherif has been with AT&T in various capacities since 1983. He has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and both an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. from Cairo University, Egypt. He has a M.S. in the Management of Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology, N.J., and is a certified project manager from the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is the author of Protocols for Secure Electronic Commerce, CRC Press, 2nd ed. (2003), Paiements électroniques sécurisés, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2006, Managing Projects in Telecommunication Services, John Wiley and Sons, 2006 and is a contributor to Managing IP Networks, IEEE Press, 2003. He is the editor of Handbook of Entreprise Integration, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2009; a co-editor of Management of Technology Innovation and Value Creation, World Scientific Publications, Singapore, 2008 and New Directions in Technology Management, Elsevier Science, Ltd., 2006, Elsevier, 2006. He is also a standards editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine, an associate editor of the International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research and in the editorial board of the International Journal of Technology Marketing.
Boyan Soubachov (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Boyan Soubachov completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2009. He commenced PhD degree studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town in 2010 with research focus on cognitive radio systems. Boyan has published full research papers in international conferences and is currently progressing with his postgraduate studies as of 2011. His main research interests are signal processing aspects of cognitive radio systems and modulation systems, currently dealing with power loading & control and channel estimation in OFDM modulation systems.
Vasileios P. Spyropoulos (Medical Instrumentation Technology Department, Technological Education Institute of Athens, Greece)

Vasileios (Basile) P. Spyropoulos, born in Thessaloniki, Greece on August 5th, 1953, received a B.Sc. Degree in Physics, from the University of Athens, Greece in 1976, and a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) Degree in Physics from the Universities of Heidelberg and Saarland, Germany, in 1982. He held positions in the ISR Division of CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, in the Radiology and Clinical Chemistry Institutes of the Medical School of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, he was Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department of the Public Enterprise for Hospital Construction, Athens, Greece, and he served as Patent Examiner, in the European Patent Office, Munich, Germany.

Since 1987, he is full Professor of Biomedical Technology, in the Medical Instrumentation Technology Department, of the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Athens, Greece and he served or still serves as Visiting Professor in the National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece, University of Patras Medical School, Greece, National School of Public Administration, Athens, Greece, Greek Army Medical Corps Applications’ School, Athens, Greece, University of Athens Department of Informatics, Greece, University of Heidelberg Medical School, Germany, Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, National Nuclear Physics and High-Energy Physics Institute (NIKHEF), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, University of Crete, Greece, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA.

He is the Head of the Biomedical Technology Laboratory of TEI of Athens, encompassing activities related to Health-Care Information Technology, Biomedical Technology and Hospital Management, Medical Decision Supporting Systems, and Radiological Protection Methods and Policies. About 300 contributions in International and National Conference Proceedings with Referral System and in International Scientific Journals, 8 Volumes of Lecture-Notes and extensive Digital Educational Material in the E-class of his Department and of the Department of Informatics of the University of Athens, related to the above mentioned fields.
Takeshi Takahashi (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Takeshi Takahashi received his Ph.D. degree in Global Information and Telecommunication Studies from Waseda University. He was a researcher at Tampere University of Technology in Finland from 2002 to 2004 and worked for mobile IP and multicast communication techniques. He became a researcher at Waseda University in Japan from 2004 to 2006 and continued the research. From 2006 to 2009, he became a strategic consultant at Roland Berger Japan and worked for assorted client organizations to assist their business strategy building and operations. He is currently a researcher in the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan and is working for cybersecurity research and standardization activities. His research interests include internet security, network protocols and content delivery system.
Alfredo Terzoli (Rhodes University, South Africa)

Alfredo Terzoli obtained a Laurea cum Laude in Physics from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 1980. Having developed a keen interest in computing, he soon left academia for the industry, working first for the internal Information Systems of Honeywell Italia and later for Snamprogetti, an engineering society supporting the activity of ENI (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, a large Italian parastatal in mining and oil sector). After spending a few years teaching Computer Science and computer-assisted Industrial Automation in an Italian technical high school, he joined Rhodes University in South Africa at end of 1989.

He is currently Professor in the department of Computer Science at that university, where he heads the Telkom Centre of Excellence in Distributed Multimedia. He is also Research Director of the Telkom Centre of Excellence in ICT for Development hosted by the nearby University of Fort Hare. His research interests are the building of advanced telecom services that merge realtime and non-realtime multimedia streams, and ICT for Development. In the context of the latter, he started and leads a multi-disciplinary, long term, cooperative research project in the marginalized rural area of Dwesa, South Africa, now known as the Siyakhula Living Lab ( Since 2010, ideas and prototypes originating from the Siyakhula Living Lab are ‘productized’ in Reed House Systems (, a solution provider specializing in products for ICT for Development.
Mamello Thinyane (Telkom Centre of Excellence in ICTD, South Africa)

Mamello received his PhD in Computer Science from Rhodes University. He is the Head of the Telkom Centre of Excellence in ICT for Development at the University of Fort Hare. He is also a senior lecturer within the Department of Computer Science at the same university. Besides overseeing and managing the operations of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) he is also involved with lecturing a number of postgraduate modules in the department, supervising students, involved with the operations at the Siyakhula Living Lab (the field site of the CoE research) and also with operations at ReedHouseSystems (an ICTD software factory linked to the CoE).

His research interest include ICT for Development , Multi-Agent Systems, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Mobile Applications, and Social Media.
Mosiuoa Tsietsi (Rhodes University, South Africa)

Mosiuoa Tsietsi obtained an MSc in Computer Science at Rhodes University, where he developed a hybrid P2P/SIP framework that enables the creation of dynamic, self-healing overlay networks for realtime and non-realtime applications. In his PhD he investigated service creation and delivery in IMS - a core subsystem of 3G/4G mobile networks - extending the service layer to realise complex, personalised telecommunication services. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher for the department and is the Technical Lead of the Convergence Research Group.
George Wells (Rhodes University, South Africa)

George Wells is Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at Rhodes University. He completed his PhD degree in coordination languages for parallel and distributed programming at the University of Bristol. His research interests include parallel and distributed processing, with a particular interest in methods for the simple, efficient use of multicore processors, and multimedia network applications.
Hanno Wirtz (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Hanno Wirtz received his diploma (M.Sc. equivalent) from RWTH Aachen University in 2008. In his diploma thesis, he investigated topological DHT overlays for Wireless Mesh Networks.

Currently, he is working towards his Ph.D. at the Chair of Communication and Distributed Systems at RWTH Aachen, where he is a member of the Mobile ACcess project. His research interests include wireless multi-hop networks, especially mesh and ad-hoc networks.
Luis Zabala (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Luis Zabala received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, in 1998. Prior to joining University of the Basque Country in November 2008, he worked as a network engineer for Gamesa Corporation. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. He has been cooperating in different R&D projects related to telecommunications QoS evaluation and measurement and also in projects about traffic monitoring and analysis in high speed networks. His research interests focus mainly on Quality of Service (QoS) analysis and modelling and performance evaluation in high speed networks.
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