Thursday, 9 December 2010
14:00 - 15:30

Towards Glitch Free Multimedia Communication
Forum Chair:  Dr. Jin Li, Microsoft Research, USA

Multimedia traffic is and will continuously be the dominant traffic on the Internet. With the increased adoption of broadband networks, all sorts of multimedia communications are being used every day. For example, we are watching on-demand TV on YouTube and Hulu, watching Olympics on P2P IPTV (e.g., PPLive, UUSee, PPStream), making phone call (VoIP) and video conferencing over the Internet, playing online multiplayer games, etc.. Unlike non-realtime service such as file download, multimedia traffic is time critical, with glitches easily observed by the user. How to ensure a reliable quality of service for multimedia communication over the Internet? What technologies, such as audio/video processing and coding, network architecture and interface, routing and scheduling, congestion control and QoS/error correction, need to be developed to ensure a glitch free experience on the Internet? 


Prof. P. R. Kumar
(NAE member, IEEE Fellow)
Franklin W. Woeltge Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

P. R. Kumar obtained his B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) from I.I.T. Madras in 1973, and the M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University, St. Louis, in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He was awarded a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich in 2008.

From 1977-84 he was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Since 1985 he has been at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Research professor in the Information Trust Institute, and Affiliate Professor of the Department of Computer Science.

He has worked on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queueing networks, manufacturing systems, scheduling, and wafer fabrication plants. His current research interests are in wireless networks, sensor networks, and networked embedded control systems.

He has received the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the IEEE Field Award in Control Systems, and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded a Guest Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, Beijing.


Prof. C.-C. Jay Kuo 
(IEEE/SPIE Fellow)
Professor, University of Southern California, USA

C.-C. Jay Kuo received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.  He is the Director of the Signal and Image Processing Institute and a Professor of electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics in the Ming-Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Southern California. His research interests include digital image/video analysis and modeling, multimedia data compression, communication and networking, and biological signal/image processing. He is the coauthor of 170 journal papers, 800 conference papers and 10 books. He has guided 100 students to their Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Kuo is a Fellow of IEEE and SPIE.


Dr. Adam Drobot
Managing Director & CTO, 2M Companies, USA

Dr. Drobot serves as a board member for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association, Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, New Jersey Technology Council, and the Telecommunications Industry Association where he is also the chair of the research division, the Intellectual Property Knowledge Management Task Force, and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.  In addition, he is a director of OpenTechWorks Inc., and is on the advisory board of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.  He has been the organizer of several major conferences including MILCOM and various IEEE GLOBECOM Forums.  Most recently, he was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).

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 17 patents. Dr. Drobot is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Phi Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi, and is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Dr. Drobot is a recent recipient of IEEE's Managerial Excellence Award for his leadership excellence in managing innovative research and development in telecommunications.   In recognition of Dr. Drobot's sustained industry contributions, the IEEE presented him with its 2009 Chairman's Award for Communications Quality and Reliability. Dr. Drobot holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.


Prof. Mung Chiang
Associate Professor, Princeton University, USA

Mung Chiang is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and an Affiliated Faculty of Applied and Computational Mathematics and of Computer Science, at Princeton University. He received the B.S. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999, 2000, and 2003, respectively, and was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University 2003-2008. His research areas include optimization, distributed control, and stochastic analysis of communication networks, with applications to the Internet, wireless networks, broadband access, content distribution and network economics. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009.
His awards include Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers 2008 from the White House, Young Investigator Award 2007 from ONR, TR35 Young Innovator Award 2007 from Technology Review, Young Researcher Award Runner-up 2004-2007 from Mathematical Programming Society, CAREER Award 2005 from NSF, as well as Frontiers of Engineering Symposium participant 2008 from NAE and Engineering Teaching Commendation 2007 from Princeton University. He was a Princeton University Howard B. Wentz Junior Faculty and a Hertz Foundation Fellow. His paper awards include ISI citation Fast Breaking Paper in Computer Science, IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper three times, and IEEE INFOCOM Best Paper finalist. His guest and associate editorial services include IEEE/ACM Trans. Netw., IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, IEEE J. Sel. Area Comm., IEEE Trans. Comm., IEEE Trans. Wireless Comm., and J. Optimization and Engineering. He has filed 16 patents and co-chaired 38th Conference on Information Sciences and Systems.

Prof. Chang Wen Chen

(IEEE/SPIE Fellow)
Professor, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA

Chang Wen Chen has been a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, since 2008. Previously, he was Allen S. Henry Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, from 2003 to 2007. He was on the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri - Columbia from 1996 to 2003 and at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, from 1992 to 1996. From 2000 to 2002, he served as the Head of the Interactive Media Group at the David Sarnoff Research Laboratories, Princeton, NJ. He has also consulted with Kodak Research Labs, Microsoft Research, Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Air Force Rome Laboratories, Intel, Thomson, and Huawei.

Professor Chen has been the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology for two terms from January 2006 to December 2009. He has served as an Editor for Proceedings of IEEE, IEEE Trans. Multimedia, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Multimedia Magazine, Journal of Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing, EUROSIP Journal of Signal Processing: Image Communications, and Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation. He has also chaired and served in numerous technical program committees for IEEE, ACM and other international conferences.

He has received numerous achievement and best paper awards, including Sigma Xi Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring Award in 2003 and Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2009. His current research interests include: reliable and secure multimedia streaming over P2P, wireless and ad hoc networks, mobile multimedia systems - processing, and analysis for mobile systems and devices, medical image analysis and biomedical information processing, distributed source coding for distributed systems and DSP for communications, collaborative signal processing and data aggregation for sensor networks.

He received his BS from University of Science and Technology of China in 1983, MSEE from University of Southern California in 1986, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992. He was elected an IEEE Fellow for his contributions in digital image and video processing, analysis, and communications and an SPIE Fellow for his contributions in electronic imaging and visual communications.