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Qualcomm Distinguished Lectures

ICNC 2012 features 3 Distinguished Lectures on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, which are OPEN to ALL attendees of the conference and workshops.The Distinguished Lectures Program in ICNC 2012 is fully sponsored by Qualcomm.

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 Raj Jain, Washington Univ.    Mike Luby, Qualcomm                  Sujit Dey, UCSD

Lecture I:  Next Generation Internet: Architectures for Future Internet Evolution

Speaker: Prof. Raj Jain, Washington University in St. Louis, USA (IEEE/ACM Fellow)

Time: 10:00-12:00, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012


The key trend driving the growth of Internet over the last decade is the profusion of services over the Internet. Google, Facebook, YouTube and similar services form the bulk of the Internet traffic. Cloud computing and proliferation of mobile devices has lead to further growth in services over the Internet. The current Internet architecture designed for point-to-point communication is not suitable for service delivery since most services are distributed (world-wide) and have multiple points of attachment. Many application service providers, therefore, bypass the Internet either by implementing their own WANs (e.g., Google WAN) or by leasing services from other private WANs (e.g., Akamai).

An open and secure service delivery network (SDN) will allow telecommunication carriers to offer SDN services that can be used by many application service providers (ASPs). For example, an ASP wanting to use multiple cloud computing centers could use it to setup their own world-wide application specific SDN and customize it. Clouds make computing a service. Open SDN introduces the concept of networking as a service and will allow setting up new services using these clouds as easily as the clouds themselves. Networking research funding agencies in USA, Europe, Japan, and other countries are encouraging research on revolutionary architectures that may or may not be bound by the restrictions of the current TCP/IP based Internet.  Our proposed openSDN architecture is evolutionary in the sense that it is able to coexist and is backward compatible with the current Internet.


Raj Jain is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ACM, a winner of ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time award, CDAC-ACCS Foundation Award 2009, and Hind Rattan Award 2011. Dr. Jain is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he was one of the Co-founders of Nayna Networks, Inc - a next generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, CA. He was a Senior Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in Littleton, Mass and then a professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. For his publications and talks, please see

Lecture II:  Raptor Codes: Algorithms and Applications (download slides in pdf)

Speaker: Dr. Mike Luby, Vice President of Technology, Qualcomm, USA (IEEE Fellow)

Time: 13:30-15:30, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Abstract: TBA


Michael Luby has made breakthrough research contributions in the areas of coding theory, randomized algorithm design and analysis, communication technologies and cryptography. He is the inventor of LT codes, the first practical realization of a fountain code.

Michael has received the 2002 IEEE Information Theory Society Information Theory Paper Award, the 2003 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, the 2007 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Communications Theory Award, and the 2009 ACM SIGCOMM Test of TIme award. He is also an IEEE Fellow.

Michael earned his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently a VP of Technology at Qualcomm Incorporated, Michael held several teaching and leadership positions with the University of Toronto, UC Berkeley, and the International Computer Science Institute, and was CTO and Co-founder of Digital Fountain Incorporated.

Lecture III: Wireless Cloud Computing to Enable Rich Mobile Multimedia Applications

Speaker: Prof. Sujit Dey, University of California, San Diego, USA

Time: 16:00-18:00, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

Abstract: TBA


Sujit Dey is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, where he heads the Mobile Systems Design Laboratory, engaged in developing adaptive hardware, software, and networking techniques to enable the next generation of mobile broadband applications. He is affiliated with the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-IT2), and the UCSD Center for Wireless Communications.  Based on innovative technologies developed in his lab at UCSD, he founded Ortiva Wireless in 2004, where he has served as its CEO and CTO. He has served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of Zyray Wireless, and as an advisor to ST Microelectronics. Prior to joining UCSD in 1998, he was a Senior Research Staff Member at the NEC C&C Research Laboratories, Princeton, NJ.  He received his PhD. Degree in Computer Science from Duke University, Durham, NC in 1991. Dr. Dey has co-authored more than 180 publications, including journal and conference papers, a book on low-power design and several book chapters.  He is the co-inventor of sixteen US and two international patents, resulting in multiple technology licensing. He has been the recipient of several Best Paper awards, and has chaired multiple IEEE conferences and workshops.