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Innovations for Digital Inclusion
ITU-T Kaleidoscope event, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 31 Aug - 1 Sep 2009


Supavadee Aramvith (Chulalongkorn University, TH)

Ms Supavadee Aramvith took her M.S. in 1996 and Ph.D in 2001 in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. She studied and completed in 1993 her B.Sc. gaining the First Class Honors in Computer Science at Mahidol Univerity, Thailand. She was awarded of the Royal Thai Government Scholarship – Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (1994-2000) and the Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short-term), Information System Synthesis Laboratory, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University, Japan, April 16 – May 30 2005. Supavadee research interests include computer vision techniques in surveillance applications; digital video coding and processing; transmissions of digital video over wireless and IP networks; image/video retrieval techniques - video classification; and applications in multimedia communication System.
Tomonori Aoyama (Keio University, Japan)

Tomonori Aoyama received the B.E., M.E. and Dr. Eng. from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1967, 1969 and 1991, respectively. Since he joined NTT Public Corporation in 1969, he has been engaged in research and development on communication networks and systems in the NTT Electrical Communication Laboratories. From 1973 to 1974, he stayed in MIT as a visiting scientist.

In 1994, he was appointed to Director of the NTT Opto-Electronics Laboratory, and in 1995 he became Director of the NTT Optical Network Systems Laboratory. In 1997, he left NTT, and joined the University of Tokyo where he was Professor in the School of Information Science and Technology. He moved to Keio University in April, 2006 and is currently Professor in the Research Institute for Digital Media and Contents, Keio University. He is also serving as Program Director in National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

Dr. Aoyama is IEEE Fellow and IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers in Japan) Fellow. He served as Vice-President of IEICE. He served as a member of the IEEE ComSoc Board of Governors, and an editor of the IEEE JSAC issues three times previously.

He is a member of Science Council of Japan. He is currently serving as Chair of the Photonic Internet Forum in Japan, and the Digital Cinema Consortium of Japan, and the Digital Cinema Technology Forum, and Vice-chair of the Ubiquitous Networking Forum and the New Generation Network Promotion Forum. He received a number of awards from IEICE and various organizations in Japan.
Tullio Bertini (National Telecommunications Agency, BR)

Tullio Bertini received M.Sc degree in Economics and Finance from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil in 2007. His master’s thesis is about financial integration and the estimation of cost of equity capital in the new Brazilian telecommunications context of regulation tariffs. He has been worked at Anatel (National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil) since 2005. Nowadays, he is working at Anatel's Department of Competition as Specialist on Telecommunication Public Service Regulation.
Mario Canazza (National Telecommunications Agency, BR)

Mario R. Canazza received his Public Administration Degree from Fundaçao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From 2001 to 2006, he performed consulting on CRM, business processes, telecommunication services and billing systems implementation for fixed and mobile telephone operators in Brazil, Europe, Israel, Southeast Asia and the USA.

In 2007, he joined the National Telecommunication Agency of Brazil (Anatel) as a Telecommunication Regulation Specialist, and has been an Adviser at the International Affairs Office of Anatel since January 2008. He was part of the Brazilian delegation at the ITU-T World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly in 2008, occasion in which he debated the elaboration of Resolutions concerning the enhanced participation of developing countries in global telecommunication standardization efforts. Currently, he is one of the representatives of Brazil at the ITU Council meetings related to the role of the ITU in the implementation of the results of the World Summit on the Information Society.
Lina Gomez (Centro de Investigacion de las Telecomunicaciones, CO)

Lina María Gómez is an Industrial Engineer with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

She is currently a staff member of CINTEL, Colombian Telecommunications Research Center. She has participated in several research projects including surveillance technology, telecommunications market research, forecasting telecommunications demand, and measuring impact of ICT-based social programs.
Eva Ibarrola (University of the Basque Country, ES)

Eva Ibarrola received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of the Basque Country, Spain, in 1991. She is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering in Bilbao. She was previously working in the CNSO (National Centre for Supervision and Operations) of Telefónica from 1991-2000. Her research interests focus mainly on user’s oriented Quality of Service (QoS) management models and frameworks. She has been cooperating in different R&D projects related with telecommunications QoS evaluation and measurement. Currently, she is working on her PhD thesis in the area of QoS deployment methodologies.
Masugi Inoue (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan)

Masugi Inoue received the B.E. degree from Kyoto University in 1992 and the M.E. and D.E. degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1994 and 1997, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He is currently a Research Manager of Network Architecture Group at NICT. He is leading researches on future mobile and sensor access networks, ID/locator split architecture, and secure personal and group networking and is a member of AKARI Architecture Design Project for New Generation Networks. He has been engaged in R&D on ultrahigh-speed WLANs, wireless and mobile networks, ubiquitous computing, and future generation network architecture since he joined the Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), which was reorganized as NICT in 2004. He was a visiting researcher at Polytechnic University (now, Polytechnic Institute of NYU), Brooklyn, NY, in 2000. He is a member of Technical Committees on Information Networks, Mobile Multimedia Communications, and Ubiquitous Sensor Networks of IEICE, a member of New Generation Network Promotion Forum, Ubiquitous Networking Forum, and Next Generation IP Network Promotion Forum.
Kai Jakobs (RWTH Aachen University, DE)

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 Kafle (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, JP)

After receiving a Ph.D. in Informatics in 2006, Ved P. Kafle has been working as a researcher at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan. He is involved in designing the new generation network architecture and protocols, considering the newly emerged (as well as future) network environment and application requirements. More specifically, he is currently investigating the research challenges of node identifying and locating in the future Internet. He is a member of the IEEE, and actively participating in the IETF and ITU-T standardization activities.
Kamugisha Kazaura (Waseda University, JP)

Kamugisha Kazaura received the B.Eng. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Bath, in U.K., in 1995. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Global Information and Telecommunication Studies from Waseda University's Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Prior to joining Waseda University he worked as an Executive Engineer for the Tanzania telecommunications Company Ltd. (TTCL) between 1996 and 2002. Since 2008, he has been a visiting lecturer with the Research Institute for Science and Engineering of Waseda University and a principal investigator in various projects. His research interests lie in the general field of fixed and mobile high-speed wireless communications networks, communication network design and free-space optics systems.
Dhananjay Kumar (Anna University, IN)

Mr. Dhananjay Kumar has received an undergraduate degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Institution of Engineers, Calcutta, India in year 1997. He was rewarded a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Electronic Engineering at M. S. University, Baroda, in the year 1999 and subsequently a Master of Technology (M.Tech.) degree in Communication Engineering at Pondicherry Engineering College, Pondicherry in the year 2001. He has concluded his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Mobile Computing. Currently he is working as Senior Lecturer in the department of Information Technology, Anna University, Chennai. His research area includes mobile communication & computing, multimedia communication, and signal processing.
Louis Masi (IBM Corporation)

Louis Masi led strategy and operations that transformed and extended IBM's university outreach.

Areas of particular focus include collaborative research enablement, growth market university outreach, university and industry IP practice efficiency, technology skills education and minority serving university enablement.

Recent successful program launches and collaborations include; the IBM Academic Initiative and its Ambassador Program, the University & Industry Innovation Forum, IBM’s Open Collaborative Research Initiative, Services Science university outreach, and the 2008 Latin American Grid Project (LA Grid).

Before moving to University Programs, Lou was a services business offering executive and managed IBM's Return on Web Investment Consulting Practice. His worldwide practitioner teams helped clients focus on the strategic value of information technology.

Lou earned his dual undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Rutger's University and his MBA in Financial Management from Drexel University.
Yoshitoshi Murata (Iwate Prefectural University, JP)

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 and a researcher of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. 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 network, sensor database and integrated media communication. He is a member of IEEE, IEICE and IPSJ.
Virgilio Puglia (IT)

Virgilio Puglia is currently a Solution Technical Leader at Italtel (Italian Telecommunication Company), he has more than 10 years of experience in telecommunication system integration of complex networks. He 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 uppers 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 received his Engineering Degree at the University of Florence (Italy) in 1996. In the past, he worked as software developer.
Sigurd Schuster (Nokia Siemens Networks, Germany)

Mr. Schuster is currently Head of Technology in Nokia Siemens Networks’ Team serving Telefónica globally. Telefónica is one of the company’s largest customers and one of the leading telecommunication carriers worldwide, with operations throughout Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Schuster qualified as Engineer in Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Munich Technical University, where he also made his MBA. In 1984, he began his career in Siemens’ Corporate Research and Development as a Strategic Research and Development Planning consultant. He held various management positions in the company’s communications businesses in R&D, Sales, and General Management, in Germany and abroad. From 1999 until 2004, Mr. Schuster was first responsible for the Product Portfolio Management in Siemens’ Mobile Networks Division and then for Strategy Development in the I&C Networks Group. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Head of Strategic Portfolio Management in the Chief Technology Office in Siemens’ Communications Group.
DongBack Seo (University of Groningen, NL)

DongBack Seo has worked as a software engineer at Aeris wireless telecommunications company in Silicon Valley and as an entrepreneur in Seoul, Korea. Her publications include two books in Korean, as well as a class manual and several chapters. Her papers was published many journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests include modeling and analyzing competitive dynamics in rapidly changing industries including tranport and logistic fields, organizational standards strategy, converge in information and communications technology (ICT) areas, analysis of organizations’ and users’ behaviors toward ICT, and datamining. She holds a Ph.D in Management of Information Systems from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an assistant professor in the department of Business and ICT at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and fellow of the SOM research school.
Jose Simões (FOKUS Fraunhofer Institute, DE)

Jose Simões has graduated with distinction in Telecommunications and Computer Engineering in 2006 at Instituto Superior das Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE), Portugal. He also studied at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil. In the past he has worked for Netcall (1st VoIP Provider in Portugal) as Network Engineer and Business Consultant. Currently he is a Ph.D student at Technical University of Berlin and a research fellow at Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS in the competence center for next generation network infrastructures - NGNI. His current interests are User Quality of Experience (QoE) applied to next generation services (personalization, contextualization, adaptation, mobility and interactivity) and advertising, focusing on architectures for next generation heterogeneous networks.
Vasileios Spyropoulos (Technological Education Institute of Athens, GR)

B.Sc. in Physics, University of Athens, Greece, Ph.D. Universities of Heidelberg and Saarland, Germany. Positions in CERN, Switzerland, in the Radiology and Clinical Chemistry Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany, Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department of the Hospital Construction Authority, Athens, Greece, 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. Head of the Biomedical Technology Laboratory of TEI, encompassing activities related to Health-Care Information Technology, Biomedical Technology and Hospital Management, Medical Decision Supporting Systems, and Radiological Protection Methods and Policies. He served or still serves as Visiting Professor/Researcher in the National Schools of Public Health, of Public Administration, Athens, NIKHEF, Amsterdam, in the Universities of Athens, Crete and Patras, Greece, Heidelberg and Ilmenau, Germany, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, in the USA.
Richard M Stallman (President, Free Software Foundation, USA)

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the Free Software Movement in 1983 and began development of the GNU operating system (see in 1984. GNU is free as in freedom (libre): everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU system with Linux added, is now used on tens of millions of computers. Stallman launched the Free Software Foundation in 1985 and remains its president. Now he campaigns for computer users' freedom to change and redistribute software and other functional works, and to noncommercially share all published works.

Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, and the Premio Extremadura al Conocimiento Libre, as well as several honorary doctorates.
Erkki Allan Sutinen, University of Joensuu, Finland

Professor Erkki Sutinen is the leader of the edTechΔ group ( He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki in 1998. Since 2006, he is the head of the Department of Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Joensuu. His research interests include ICT for development (ICT4D) and designing and analyzing technologies for complex subject domains, like programming, in developing countries, and within special education. The applied techniques cover visualization, information retrieval, data mining, robotics, and design models. Most of his research projects, funded by e.g. the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation TEKES, and EU (ESF, ERDF, EDULINK), have involved diverse users as active designers of novel technical solutions. He has co-authored and published over 100 research papers, and twelve of his supervised or co-supervised PhD students have completed their studies. He has been working also at Purdue University (1998-99), University of Linköping (2000-01) and Massey University (2006), and is an adjunct professor at Tumaini University, Tanzania.
Alfredo Terzoli (Rhodes University, ZA)

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, South Africa, in 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 Developmental e-Commerce, hosted by the nearby University of Fort Hare. His main technical research interest is the building of advanced telecom services that merge realtime and non-realtime multimedia streams, in the context of convergence. A strong ancillary interest is ICT for development, where he started and leads a multi-disciplinary, long term, cooperative research project sited in the marginalized rural area of Dwesa, South Africa.
Hannah Thinyane (Rhodes University, ZA)

Hannah Thinyane completed her PhD at University of South Australia, where she investigated interaction techniques for next generation command and control centres with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. She moved to South Africa in mid 2005 and completed her post doctoral research with the Telkom Centre of Excellence at Rhodes University. Since completing this post, she has taken up a lecturing position in the Computer Science Department at Rhodes University. Dr. Thinyane’s current research focuses on mobile human computer interaction, in particular within the development context.
Daniele Trinchero (Politecnico di Torino, IT)

Daniele Trinchero (IEEE an SCA Member) was born in Torino, Italy, on December 23, 1968. He received the Laurea Degree in electronic engineering in 1993 and the PhD degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering in 1997, both from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

He worked for the Italian National Council of Research in Torino, Italy. In 1997 he was in charged with a visiting position at Loughborough University, UK. Starting from December 1997 he has been working for the Electronics Department of Politecnico di Torino, Italy, where in Semptember 2005 he founded the iXem Labs, and since then he has been the responsible. His research interests are in the following fields: Wireless Sensor Networks, Geographical Wireless Networks, Long Distance Communications, Antennas, Propagation, Electromagnetic Field Measurements, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Microwave Devices, Frequency Selective Surfaces, Shielding Devices. He coauthored more than 120 refereed publications.

Dr. Trinchero is member of the Italian Electrotechnical Committee. Since 2005 he has been convenor of the Italian working group on wideband digital measurements. He is member of the IEC TC 106, IEEE TC 34, Cenelec TC 106, Cost BM 0704 working group. He is serving as a reviewer for many international publications.
Carlos Uzal (Telefónica Latin America, Argentina) Carlos Uzal is Regional Technology and Innovation Manager in Telefónica’s Latin America CTO office. He has studied in the National Technological University in Buenos Aires where he graded as Electronics Engineer in 1983. In addition, he made his MBA in El Salvador University in 2002.

Carlos Uzal has joined the Telefónica Group in November 1991. His current main responsibility is to drive and coordinate technology projects for Telefónica’s Latin American operations across all layers of the network. At the same time he is in charge of the Labtest, evaluating the latest technological developments and innovations regarding to their value for Telefónica’s business.

From 1991 on he was a project and engineering Manager concerning Radio, Satellite, NGN and Infrastructure systems.

As a previous experience, he worked in GTE Telecommunications from 1978 to 1991 in several positions like Project leader and System Engineer.
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