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Opening Plenary

Tuesday 07 September 2010, 08:30–10:30 (Confederation II/III)

Matt Bross, Global CTO, Huawei

Mr. Matt Bross is the Global Chief Technology Officer of Huawei. In this role, Mr. Bross focuses on identifying global telecommunications industry and network architecture trends that will guide Huawei' s continuous customer-centric innovation of products and solutions. He will also support the company's efforts in delivering the latest products and solutions for North American customers.

Mr. Bross has had a long and distinguished career in the telecommunications industry. Most recently, he was Group Chief Technology Officer of BT Group and CEO of BT innovate, responsible for technology strategy, vision and innovation across all BT divisions. Mr. Bross was a driving force behind BT's multi-billion pound 21st Century Network transformation program and led a global BT technology and research organization that spanned the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. and Europe. Previously, Mr. Bross held senior positions at ConTel, MasterCard,Critical technology a company he founded and Williams Communication.

Mr. Bross is widely regarded as a visionary speaker on technology and innovation. In 2007, he was awarded a Stevie International Business award for "Best MIS & IT Executive" and a William Pitt Fellowship by Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. In 2008, Matt was listed in the Global Telecoms Business top 100 most influential people in the telecoms industry.

Mr. Bross is married with 5 children and proud to have one of the coolest jobs on the planet.

Opening Plenary

Tuesday 07 September 2010, 08:30–10:30 (Confederation II/III)

Dr. Alex Vukovic, VP Wireless, Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)

Dr. Alex Vukovic is Vice-President of Terrestrial Wireless Systems Research Branch at Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC). Currently, his focus is on executive leadership of innovative wireless network communication concepts, technologies and applications, as well as broadband radio communication building blocks, to best position and support the Canadian ICT sector, Industry Canada and Canadian economic development strategies.

Dr. Vukovic has over 20 years in science and technology leadership in communications and network architectures acquired at industry, research laboratories and academia. Before joining CRC in 2001, Dr. Vukovic managed technology integration at Nortel, a multi-billion-dollar investment.
Dr. Vukovic is an internationally recognized authority, technology adviser, industrial research project leader. In 2006, for example, he was selected to be a Canadian Technology Ambassador, representing Canada by helping further develop Canada’s and Japan’s technology relationship in photonics. He is also a distinguish speaker, leader of international committees, editor and author of over 100 journal and conference papers, and scientific and committee chairman. Recently, he was General Chair of the international Wireless and Optical Communications conference (2007 and 2008). In addition, Dr. Vukovic proudly represented CRC and Industry Canada at the international level by sharing his visionary thinking about future communication technologies (European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication 2006, 2007 and 2009).
Dr. Vukovic has received national and international recognition for his leadership in science and technology, including the Nortel Gold Award, IEEE Award, NSERC Synergy Award (team), IASTED Achievement Award, Industry Canada Award and CRC’s President Leadership Award (2009). He earned his M.A.Sc. degree in 1987 and his Ph.D. degree from combined studies at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Friedrich - Alexander University, Germany, in 1990. Dr. Vukovic is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Senior Member of IEEE and a Professional Engineer in Ontario. He also completed Music Conservatorium for piano.

VTC Plenary

Wednesday 08 September 2010, 08:30–10:30 (Confederation II/III)

Jan Färjh, Vice President Head of Ericsson Research

Jan Färjh, Vice President Head of Ericsson Research is heading Ericsson's global research organisation.

Jan Färjh took his M.Sc in telecommunication at the royal institute of Technology in Stockholm,1985. After his graduation he developed signal processing algorithms for airborne radar systems. In 1990 he joined Ericsson and started to work with radio access technologies. He has a strong background in wireless research and was part of Ericsson's pioneering activities in WCDMA in the early 90's. In 1996 he became manager of the unit responsible for radio access research. The research performed in this unit has substantially contributed to the evolution of WCDMA, HSPA and 3G LTE, technologies that today provide Mobile Broadband on global base.

In 2007 he became Head of Ericsson Research. Ericsson Resarch is a global organisation present in North America, Europe and Asia.

Ericsson Research consists of 600 researchers in 10 different countries and are responsible for technology research in areas such as wireless, transport, packet, services, software, multimedia, security emf safety and sustainability.

VTC Plenary

Wednesday 08 September 2010, 08:30–10:30 (Confederation II/III)

Dr. Adam Drobot, CEO, Telcordia USA

As CTO and President of Advanced Technology Solutions, Dr. Drobot is responsible for the company's Applied Research and Government & Public Sector groups. He oversees an Applied Research organization of more than 250 researchers who are involved in many aspects of Internet, broadband, information networking, and software technologies. The Applied Research group is renowned for developing such groundbreaking technologies as ADSL, AIN, ATM, ISDN, Frame Relay, PCS, SMDS, SONET, video-on-demand, and Internet Telephony.

The Government & Public Sector group, with over 100 senior consultants, is the single focal point that concentrates all Telcordia resources to accelerate company growth in the government space.  This group is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing systems engineering solutions for Federal, State and Local governments. These solutions span telecommunications and IT areas, including networking and operations for traditional, as well as IP and converged general purpose and mission-specific networks. The two groups combined give Dr. Drobot the unique opportunity to exploit synergies in many areas including cyber security, reliability, and information assurance to create value for Telcordia customers.

Prior to Telcordia, Dr. Drobot managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a $7B Fortune 250 firm. He also served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology in his 26 years at SAIC.  While at SAIC he served as the principal investigator on projects dealing with high energy plasmas at the Naval Research Laboratory, as the principal investigator on the  NASA Tethered Satellite System, and was responsible for SAIC's Deep Water Program for recapitalization of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dr. Drobot's main research interest is in the development of multidisciplinary, computationally-based tools for life cycle support of complex products. He strongly supports research in secure, highly-reliable communications across the industry’s most complex networks, operations and systems technologies. He has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific code systems. He has also published more than 100 journal articles, is a frequent contributor to industry literature and conference presentations and holds 16 patents.

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