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

Seamless Mobility in Wireless Network: Are We There Yet?
Forum Chair:  Prof. Linda (Jiang) Xie, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA

Wireless telecommunication networks are proliferating. We encounter all sorts of wireless networks in everyday life, e.g., WiFi for Internet access, Bluetooth for short term data exchange, ZigBee/Z-Wave for wireless personal area networks, WiMax for long range, up to 10Mbps urban broadband access, etc.. One of the paramount demands of the mobile users is seamless mobility, which gives the users access to mobile content with automatic switching between protocols, networks, communication channel and physical environment, offers seamless access and connectivity across personal, local and wide area networks, and allows the users to roam among home, office, car, hotspots, airports, campus and beyond without interruption. In this panel, the panelist will present their view of the current wireless network technologies and the move to achieve seamless mobility. We will discuss the key challenges, solutions, and opportunities to reach the wonderland of seamless mobility.


Prof. Mario Gerla (IEEE Fellow)
Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Mario Gerla is a Professor in the Computer Science at UCLA. He holds an Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA. He became IEEE Fellow in 2002. At UCLA, he was part of the team that developed the early ARPANET protocols under the guidance of Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. He joined the UCLA Faculty in 1976. At UCLA he has designed and implemented network protocols including ad hoc wireless clustering, multicast (ODMRP and CODECast) and Internet transport (TCP Westwood). He has lead the $12M, 6 year ONR MINUTEMAN project, designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet for tactical and homeland defense scenarios. He is now leading two advanced wireless network projects under ARMY and IBM funding. His team is developing a Vehicular Testbed for safe navigation, urban sensing and intelligent transport. A parallel research activity explores personal communications for cooperative, networked medical monitoring (see for recent publications). 

Prof. Lajos Hanzo (IEEE/IET/RAEng Fellow)
Chair Professor in Telecommunications, University of Southampton, UK

Lajos Hanzo received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983.  During his career he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been with the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he holds the chair in telecommunications.  He has co-authored 19 Wiley - IEEE Press books on wireless communications totaling in excess of 10 000, has 678 research papers at IEEE Xplore, acted as TPC Chair of IEEE conferences, presented keynote lectures and been awarded a number of distinctions. Currently he is directing an academic research team, working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European Community and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE), UK.  He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and he offers a range of industrial courses.  He is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as a Governor of both the IEEE ComSoc and the VTS.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to


Prof. Ness B. Shroff (IEEE Fellow)
Ohio Eminent Scholar of Networking and Communications
Professor, Ohio State University, USA

Ness B. Shroff received his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University, NY in 1994 and joined Purdue university immediately thereafter as an Assistant Professor. At Purdue, he became Professor of the school of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003 and director of CWSA in 2004, a university-wide center on wireless systems and applications. In July 2007, he joined The Ohio State University as the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Networking and Communications, and Professor of ECE and CSE.
His research interests span the areas of wireless and wireline communication networks.  He is especially interested in fundamental problems in the design, performance, pricing, and security of these networks.  His research is funded by various companies such as Motorola, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Nortel, AT&T, BAE systems, and L. G. Electronics; and government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Indiana Dept. of Transportation, and the Indiana 21st Century fund.

Dr. Shroff is an editor for IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking and the Computer Networks Journal, and past editor of IEEE Communications Letters.  He has served on the technical and executive committees of several major conferences and workshops. He was the technical program co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM'03, the premier conference in communication networking. He was also the conference chair of the 14th Annual IEEE Computer Communications Workshop (CCW'99), the program co-chair for the symposium on high-speed networks, Globecom 2001, and the panel co-chair for ACM Mobicom'02.  Dr. Shroff was also a co-organizer of the NSF workshop on Fundamental Research in Networking, held in Arlie House Virginia, in 2003. In 2008, he will serve as the technical program co-chair of ACM Mobihoc 2008.

Dr. Shroff is a fellow of the IEEE. He received the IEEE INFOCOM 2008 best paper award, the IEEE INFOCOM 2006 best paper award, the IEEE IWQoS 2006 best student paper award, the 2005 best paper of the year award for the Journal of Commnications and Networking, the 2003 best paper of the year award for Computer Networks, and the NSF CAREER award in 1996 (his INFOCOM 2005 paper was also selected as one of two runner-up papers for the best paper award).


Prof. Kang G. Shin (ACM/IEEE Fellow, KAE Member)
Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor, University of Michigan, USA

Kang G. Shin is the Kevin and Nancy O'Connor Professor of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Real-Time Computing Laboratory in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. His current research focuses on QoS-sensitive networking and computing as well as on embedded real-time OS, middleware and applications, all with emphasis on timeliness and dependability. He has supervised the completion of 66 Ph.D. theses, and authored/coauthored about 740 technical papers (more than 260 of which are in archival journals) and numerous book chapters in the areas of distributed real-time computing and control, computer networking, fault-tolerant computing, and intelligent manufacturing. He has co-authored (jointly with C.M. Krishna) a textbook "Real-Time Systems," McGraw Hill, 1997. He has received a number of best paper awards, including the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize Paper Award in 2003, the Best Paper Award from the IWQoS'03 in 2003, and an Outstanding IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control Paper Award in 1987. He has also coauthored papers with his students which received the Best Student Paper Awards from the 1996 IEEE Real-Time Technology and Application Symposium, and the 2000 UNSENIX Technical Conference. He has also received several institutional awards, including the Research Excellence Award in 1989, Outstanding Achievement Award in 1999, Service Excellence Award in 2000, Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2001, and Stephen Attwood Award in 2004 from The University of Michigan; a Distinguished Alumni Award of the College of Engineering, Seoul National University in 2002; 2003 IEEE RTC Technical Achievement Award; and 2006 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering.

He received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 1970, and both the M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York in 1976 and 1978, respectively. From 1978 to 1982 he was on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He has held visiting positions at the U.S. Airforce Flight Dynamics Laboratory, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Computer Science Division within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, and International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, CA, IBM T. J.Watson Research Center, Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and HP Research Laboratories. He also chaired the Computer Science and Engineering Division, EECS Department, The University of Michigan for three years beginning January 1991.

He is Fellow of IEEE and ACM, and member of the Korean Academy of Engineering, is serving as the General Co-Chair for 2009 ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom'09), was the General Chair for 2008 IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON'08), the 3rd ACM/USENIX International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys'05) and 2000 IEEE Real-Time Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS'00), the Program Chair of the 1986 IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), the General Chair of the 1987 RTSS, the Guest Editor of the 1987 August special issue of IEEE Transactions on Computers on Real-Time Systems, a Program Co- Chair for the 1992 International Conference on Parallel Processing, and served numerous technical program committees. He also chaired the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems during 1991-93, was a Distinguished Visitor of the Computer Society of the IEEE, an Editor of IEEE Trans. On Parallel and Distributed Computing, and an Area Editor of International Journal of Time-Critical Computing Systems, Computer Networks, and ACM Transactions on Embedded Systems.