Application Sessions

The Applications Sessions are the opportunity for ICC 2007 delegates to hear from, and engage with, domain experts from around the world on exciting areas of communications of general interest to all conference attendees. Each of the 9 scheduled 90 minute Application Session will provide a stimulating forum for discussion and debate, and are free to all ICC 2007 delegates.

Monday 25th June 2007
AP-01: Complementary Access Strategies?
Time: 14.00-15.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Dr. Klaus-D. Korht (Nokia Siemens Networks)
Panelists: Franck Chevalier (Mason Communications), Christian Illmer (Intel), Gennady Sirota (Starent Networks)
For some time now, a public debate has been raging about the relevance and relationship of different radio access technologies for public wireless service, i.e. multiple generations of cellular standards versus products originating from the IEEE 802 family of wireless specifications. This session will help to eliminate the myth that any one radio candidate can make all other technologies obsolete. Instead, we will show that the right combination of radio access capabilities will provide the network operator with the most cost effective solution in order to satisfy customer requirements.In addition to reporting on the latest trends in standardization, the panel will elaborate on how these technologies can interoperate while making the nature of the underlying bitpipe invisible to the end user.
AP-02: 20/20 Vision - The Future of Communications
Time: 16.00-17.30
Venue: to be confirmed
Chair: Dr Walter Tuttlebee (Chief Executive of Mobile VCE), Nigel Jeffries
Panelists: Prof Yrjo Neuvo (Nokia), Bob Schukai (Turner Broadcasting Inc), Prof Rahim Tafazolli (Surrey University),Richard Harper (Microsoft Research)
The world of communications is undergoing a paradigm shift, with convergence of fixed, mobile and content. There are new challenges and market opportunities, both geographically and in terms of advanced, yet low-cost, services. The next decade will see the emergence of networks, services, devices that go well beyond today’s concepts – whether we call them B3G, 4G or something else. What shape will this future take? Asia, America and Europe are not agreed – neither are different industries.This conference session is structured to explore views on possible developments over the next decade. Invited experts will give short, sharp, focussed presentations on specific topics, followed by a structured Q&A session, harnessing questions developed by the audience. The latest interactive mobile tools will enable participants to feed back their own views on the panel’s responses in realtime as the session proceeds, creating a dynamic interaction that perhaps mirrors the way that the future evolution may itself occur.
Tuesday 26th June 2007
AP-03: Towards Cooperative and Cognitive Wireless Networks
Time: 09.00-10.40
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Marcos Katz (VTT, Finland), Frank Fitzek (Univerity of Aalborg, Denmark)
Panelists: Matthias Lott(Siemens), Allen MacKenzie (Virginia Tech), Petri Mahonen (Aachen University), Honggang Zhang, (Create-Net )
The aim of the panel is to discuss cooperative and cognitive techniques for wireless networks. Cooperative and cognitive principles are known as effective strategies in nature to achieve individual or common goals by forming cooperative groups. By having industry and academia representatives the panel will underline the potential of cooperative and cognitive techniques in future wireless networks, identifying and discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with these techniques. The strength of cooperative and cognitive strategies for upcoming generation of wireless communication systems will be discussed and it will be emphasized that such techniques will become one of the key technologies enabling future wireless networks. Advanced and well timed subjects such as cognitive and cooperative wireless networks, peer-to-peer wireless grids and cognitive radio will be discussed in the panel. The panel will be complemented with live demonstrations highlighting the potentials of the mentioned techniques.
AP-04: The Future of Broadcasting- What is it?
Time: 11.00-12.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Peter Dare, Broadcast Consultant, USA
Panelists: Barry Zegel (CBS), Hans Hoffmann (EBU), Khaled Taha (Al Jazeera), Masayuki Sugawara (NHK), Huw Williams (BBC)

This application session will deal with the technology changes being faced by the broadcast and related industry. Broadcasters world wide are faced with the transition to digital transmission, along with the introduction of High Definition Television (HDTV) and now Internet Protocol TV (IPTV). A major enabling tool to achieve the introduction of these technologies is compression, both audio and video. As we have seen, the compression technologies, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (H.264) have addressed the bandwidth requirements of the broadcaster, they have however also exaggerated the lack of audio and video synchronization, commonly known as lip sync. In addition they introduce latency that visibly impacts response time of reporters in the field during live telecasts. Yet another issue is the utilization of the frequency spectrum, some administrations would prefer to see the spectrum currently utilized by terrestrial broadcasters auctioned to the highest bidder, who may not be a broadcaster. So what will become of the free to air services, are they infact required? The commercial or financial model utilized by the broadcasters is changing dramatically. Some national broadcasters have simply become content providers having little or no transmission hardware, while others struggle with subscription services. Delivery systems utilizing satellites to provide world wide coverage of their programming have impacted news organizations and content owners. The now ubiquitous internet is providing an additional pipeline for content distribution, while mobile TV has the potential for offering Yet more services. The consumer is faced with the daunting task of deciding what services he or she will choose. Technology innovation does mot stand still, further developments promise yet high resolution images, more programming choices, and a greater challenge for content owners and content distributors to solve differences of distribution rights, costs, and copying. The panel of experts selected to participate in this session have all faced the new technology implementation and impacts it has had to their industry sectors. There is no one single answer or opinion to the solutions chosen by different broadcasters.

So what of the future?

AP-05: Personal Area Networks
Time: 14.00-15.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Duncan Bremner ITI TechMedia, UK
Panelists: Finn Helmer, Steve Wood (Intel), Nick Hall (NDS), Mark Norris (Cambridge Consultants - Wireless Group)
Personal Area Network (PAN) connectivity has moved beyond simple headset pairing and extended to users demanding permanent connectivity to their stored resources for work, leisure and information. The sophisticated user now expects to access his/her information and entertainment libraries via a plethora of devices simply and seamlessly; confident that access privileges, file security and rights management are all being handled appropriately behind the scenes.

The members of this panel will discuss the software and hardware use cases and challenges of implementing PANs from distinctly different viewpoints:

• Residential High speed network connectivity
• Entertainment media rights, storage and access
• Short range wireless network technologies
• The role of the PC in the home of the future

The focus of this panel session is to discuss the barriers to on-line connectivity and how technology can interoperate to address these issues.
AP-06: Industry Academia Collaborations
Time: 16.00-17.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Mahmoud Daneshmand (Executive Director of University Collaborations, AT&T Labs Research, USA)
Panelists: David Belanger (AT&T Labs Research) Andrew Chien (Intel Research and UCSD), Hamid Aghvami (King’s College London), John Waclawsky (Motorola), Nikil Jayant (Georgia Tech)
Abstract: the objective of this panel is to present the current practices in Industry-Academic Research Collaborations and to discuss new approaches in promoting joint research collaborations leading to faster industrial innovations and enhanced academic education. Researchers from academia and industry will share their current experience and suggest future directions to ensure maximum benefit for both academia and industry. The challenges related to the administrative issues of collaboration including the legal process & procedures as well as protection of the Intellectual Property Rights of academia and industry will be discussed. Practical steps to simplify and facilitate the industry-academia collaborations will be covered. Target fields of discussion include computer (hardware and software), telecommunications, mathematics, statistics, and electrical engineering.
Wednesday 27th June 2007
AP-07: Miniaturised, Mobile Distributed Wireless Sensor Networks
Time: 09.00-10.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Professor Iain Thayne University of Glasgow, UK
Panelists: D K Arvind (Univ of Edinburgh), Roger Meike (SUN Research Labs), Walter Stockwell (Crossbow Inc).
As 1st generation distributed wireless sensor networks are now being deployed in a wide range of applications areas, attention is turning to the issues to be addressed by future generation solutions – for example, inter-node mobility. Via interactive methods with the audience, key challenges for future wireless sensor network systems will be identified and addressed by panelists with reference to all levels in the system from the battery through sensor integration, communications methods via the physical layer to the necessary protocols, networks and routing algorithms
AP-08: Funding Communications R&D – Who Pays?

Time: 11.00-12.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: Rabi N. Madan, ONR
Panelists: Debbie Crawford (NSF), John Hand (EPSRC),Michael Arentoft (EU)

This panel will review the various mechanisms to support R&D activities in the broad area of communications in the US, Europe and Asia. Key issues to be explored include the identification of the best ways to fund and subsequently manage R&D from both the governmental agency and industrial perspectives with reference to choice of project, team, virtual or real centres, the outcome expectations, and the subsequent exploitation of successful research and development programs.
AP-09: Standards, Spectrum and Regulation

Time: 14.00-15.30
Venue: Lomond
Chair: tbc
Panelists: Walter Wiegel (ETSI), Anirban Roy, (OFCOM), Javier Arregui (EU), Pete Cain (Agilent)

This session will discuss contemporary issues in standards, spectrum and regulation from the perspective of both the regulators and industrial users. Comments, and questions from the floor will be welcomed, and will be dealt with by leading regulatory experts from Europe.

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