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Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary Session
Monday, 8 May 2006: 8.30 – 10.10

1. Opening Speech


John Brumby

Minister for Innovation
Victorian Government, Australia


2. Mobile Broadband Technology Evolution

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Ulf Wahlberg

Vice President
Ericsson Research, Sweden

Abstract: Mobile Broadband using High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is now being rolled out into the market. This new technology will enable cost efficient Triple Play mobile services such as Mobile Broadband for laptops, Mobile Office and Mobile TV. The technology, capacity and performance of HSDPA as well as the next steps, including enhanced uplink, will be described. The 3G Long Term Evolution technology roadmap will also be adressed, including new radio access schemes and advanced antenna technologies such as Muliple Input Multiple Output antennas (MIMO).


About the speaker: Ulf Wahlberg joined Ericsson in 1984, conducting research in the area of speech coding and signal processing. He also played a key role in standardization work for GSM and in building the first test beds for digital mobile systems. Since that time, Mr. Wahlberg has held various senior management positions within product development in the digital mobile systems area. He has played a leading role in development of radio base stations for the GSM, TDMA and WCDMA mobile standards.

Since June 2003 Ulf Wahlberg is Vice President, Ericsson Research.

Ulf Wahlberg was born in 1960 in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.


3. Telecommunications technologies for a “Web 2.0” world

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Hugh Bradlow

Chief Technology Officer
Telstra Corporation, Australia

Abstract: The Phoenix has risen from the ashes. In this case, the "Phoenix" is the 'dot com' world which most people thought had crashed and burned in April 2001. Over the past 5 years the web and its applications have been steadily improving and building up. The catalyst has been the widespread adoption of fixed broadband High Speed Internet (HSI) Services.

This presentation will review current HSI service trends (particularly those centred around "Web 2.0") and how Telstra is addressing these service demands for mobile users. It will then look at the next generation of expectations for fixed and mobile users, based on a new TV experience which will bring "Web 2.0" services to TV viewers. The network infrastructure required to support such services is considerably more demanding and we shall look at the challenges that future generations of wireless network technology must address in order to meet a new cohort of expectations.


About the speaker: Hugh Bradlow is Chief Technology Officer of Telstra Corporation. Professor Bradlow is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. He was previously a Member of IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors, a member of the Federal Government’s CRC Committee, a member of the Victorian Government’s ICT Advisory Group and the Advisory Group that assisted the Chief Scientist in developing the “Backing Australia’s Ability” plan. Prior to joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow directed the Centre for Information Technology Research (CITR) and was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Foundation Director of the NorTel Technology Centre, all at the University of Wollongong. Previously, he worked at the University of Cape Town and ICI Plastics Division in the United Kingdom.



Lunch Sessions

1. Wireless Challenges to Australia
(Monday, 8 May 2006: 12.20 – 13.50)

Jay Guo

Research Director
Wireless Technologies Laboratory
CSIRO, Australia

Abstract: Compared to the rest of the world, Australia has some unique characteristics which impose special challenges to our wireless industry and research community. The technology needs of the nation include fair and ubiquitous communication services to an unevenly distributed population living on a vast land, environment observation and protection, coastal surveillance, safe and efficient mining, and economical farming. In this talk, we shall examine what technologies are required to address the wireless challenges to Australia. Subjects of research to be discussed include broadband wireless communications for urban areas, underground mine and rural communications, and wireless sensor and actuator networks. Some recent programs of wireless research in CSIRO ICT centre will be presented.

About the speaker: Dr Y. Jay Guo serves as the director of the Wireless Technologies Laboratory in ICT Centre, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, where he leads 60 research scientists and engineers working on broadband and adaptive wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, millimetre-wave and terahertz imaging, and antennas and propagation. Prior to this appointment in August 2005, Jay held a senior position for five years at Mobisphere Ltd, U. K., a Siemens and NEC joint venture managing the development of the third generation (3G) mobile communications infrastructure. He was responsible for Advanced Development, Strategic Planning and Technology Roadmap. In particular, he played an instrumental role in the timely development of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA).
Jay has eight years of industrial experience and ten years of academic experience in Australia, U.K. and China. He holds over ten patents in wireless technologies. He has published two scientific books on mobile communications technologies and antennas, and over eighty scientific papers in top-tier research journals and at international conferences. Jay holds a BSc degree in electrical engineering, a Master degree in RF engineering, and a Ph. D degree in antennas and propagation. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


2. 4G - what does it really mean?
(Tuesday, 9 May 2006: 12.30 – 13.50)

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Dave Wisely

Head of Mobility Research
BT Group, UK


Abstract: There is much talk about 4th Generation (4G) mobile in the industry and standards bodies today but little consensus. 4G has been suggested variously as:
- A new air interface, spectrum and network - up to 100Mbit/s to the user WiMAX, with
OFDM and new antenna technologies (as the new 4G).
- An all-IP converged network with many access technologies (WLAN, WiMAX, 3G).
- Mobile Broadband Internet Access - as in Google's WLAN network in San Francisco.

This talk will look at these concepts, in the light of the 3G and broadband experiences of operators around the world, and address the issue of whether speed really is king. The talk will examine the commercial drivers for operators over the next 5 years - as they attempt to avoid becoming IP bit carriers and resist the rise of Voice over IP. Using the BT $20B 21C network as an example, the talk will show how value from the network can be retained by operators - by offering functions such as location, security and QoS- and put forward the author's view that this is the most likely and commercially viable 4th Generation network.


About the speaker: Dave Wisely has worked for BT for 15 years in the fields of networks and mobility research. He pioneered optical wireless links in the early 1990s constructing a 4km, 1500nm system using optical amplifiers. He has worked in the field of mobility for the past eight years, looking firstly at wireless ATM and HIPERLAN type 1 systems and, more recently, into the combination of cellular mobile and WLAN systems.

Dave was one of the pioneers of an all-IP solution for future developments of 3G. and previously headed up BT's UMTS and 4G research unit. Dave also acted as technical manger for the influential EU IST BRAIN/MIND EU IST project ( He has contributed over 50 papers to journals and conferences and has published a book entitled "IP for 3G".

Currently Dave is the head of Fixed-Mobile Research at BT and is directing research into the mobility aspects of BT’s 21st Century Networks programme, converged terminals and Broadband Wireless Access.


Banquet Speech
Beyond 3G – Opportunity or Hype?
Tuesday, 9 May 2006: 19.00 – 22.00


Chris Nicol

Managing Director
Agere Systems, Australia

Abstract: There is considerable interest in the technologies that are collectively termed B3G. In particular, 3GPP Long Term Evolution is positioned as the next big thing for mobile wireless data – but will LTE be deployed in the next 5 years? This talk will attempt to sort out the opportunities from the hype surrounding B3G systems that promise mobile data services over 10Mb/s. Of particular interest are the technical issues emerging in B3G development for these create opportunities for research groups to have global impact in the industry. I will also introduce Agere systems’ B3G R&D activities in Australia.

About the speaker: Dr Chris Nicol was awarded the B.Sc and Ph.D. degrees, in 1991 and 1995 respectively. From 1995 to 1998 he joined AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey as a Principal Investigator of Research. In 1998 he returned to Australia and established a team for the first Bell Labs Research facility for Lucent Technologies in Asia Pacific. He then built a Wireless Product IC Design team for designing integrated circuits for 3G mobile wireless infrastructure systems.

Holding the position of Head of Bell Labs Australia from 2000-2003 he then transferred the Bell Labs Australia organisation to Agere Systems which he is the founder and current Managing Director.

He has served on the program committee of the International Solid State Circuits Conference, the International Low Power Symposium, the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems and as an editor of the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas of Communications (JSAC) and the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits (JSSC). He addressed the Australian Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Committee (PMSEIC) in June 2000, served on the Australian Major National Research Facility Selection Committee in 2001, the ICT Centre of Excellence Selection Committee in 2002 and was a member of the Board of the Australian Research Council (ARC) from 2001-2004. He is a member of the Federal Government’s new e-Research Coordinating Committee. He holds 14 U.S. patents.





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