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Magosa, Cyprus
December 11-13, 2013
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International HONET Speakers

The Keynote and the Invited Speakers represent Higher Education and ICT Sectors of Governments, Universities and Educational Research Centers, and the ICT related high-tech Industry and Service Sectors.

Chief Guest  
Keynote Speakers
Mr. Richard Jones
Chairman of the Smart Cities – Apps and Ops Committee Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council – MENA

Topic: The Future of Telecoms
The presentation for 10th HONET-CNS will look at the way our need for telecoms is evolving over time.  From changes in our usage patterns to the challenges that this creates for infrastructure; this will be both pragmatic and focused on the real world rather than unrealistic fantasies.  Major points will include the potential economic impact of improving telecoms in a country through to aspects of competition (closed versus open-access networks).  Matched against these points, the real performance limits of existing technologies will be discussed as well as the practical problems faced in deploying some of these (capital expenditure, payback etc.).

Richard Jones serves as chairman of the Smart Cities – Apps and Ops Committee for the Fibre To The Home (FTTH) Council – MENA.  This involves sharing knowledge and best practice about the telecoms ‘nervous system’ that underpins smart cities and developments from some of the stunning developments in the region as well as across the globe.

Richard has led under-fire teams across four continents – managing or turning around major technology programs and operations. He has worked in technology consulting and start-ups for more than 25 years - including designing new businesses for BT and building a number of new operations from scratch.  He has created/helped a number of start-ups achieve returns of up to 75 times for shareholders with one that is on Nasdaq post-acquisition.  In 2004, he founded a telecom consultancy that also bootstrapped its own successful operator in the highly competitive Swedish market – now serving 155,000 subscribers and ranked number 4 in the world for broadband service value.  He is now taking the market leading, network management elements of the operation global. His areas of interest are strategy, marketing and change management.  He recently led a change project for the United Nations in Baghdad. In part of his time, Richard shares his experience in workshops and also delivers training to a number of professional bodies as well as to senior managers from companies like Nike, Santander, Shell and St.  Gobain. 

He also provides operational and engagement training to teams in one of the ‘big four’ consultancies. He is the author of Project Management Survival (published by Kogan Page but also available in Chinese, Polish and Latvian) and The One Day MBA – a book on the different skills required by executives that want to gain experience fast.He has a BSc (hons) in electronics (carried out in the UK and France), a M
Mr. Steven Woodward
CEO founder of Cloud Perspectives, Canada
NIST Cloud Carrier Sub-Group

Topic: Cloud Computing – Cultural, Carrier Perspectives and Progress

Many organizations are evaluating and migrating towards cloud computing solutions.  In 2013, the challenges are less technological, and more cultural and policy, related. The emerging cloud computing solution model is disruptive for traditional IT, however, the benefits can be substantial.  Often the carrier connectivity is frequently a forgotten consideration! Steven shares key carrier cloud considerations, while using real-life examples to clarify prominent cloud models. In Canada, Steven leads and advises several of the cloud computing initiatives in both the private and public sectors.
Steven describes key cloud ecosystems models, with communication, policy, security, privacy, and cultural considerations in the context of cloud solution engineering.  When considering cloud computing service models, old habits need to be reassessed and refined.  Steven relates real-life practical scenarios to emphasize cultural and business perspectives for cloud computing opportunities and the benefits already quantified.

Steven Woodward is CEO founder of Cloud Perspectives and is the leader of the NIST Cloud Carrier Sub-Group.  He is a leading contributor to the National Institute of Standards for Technology (NIST), TM Forum, Object Management Group Cloud Standards Customer Council, Canadian Cloud Council, IEEE and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Joint Collaboration Activity working groups.  Steven represents the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance at the Shared Services Canada Architecture Advisory Committee and is defining the Canadian Federal Government Cloud Computing Strategy.  Steven is also one of the founding executives at the Canadian Chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).  In addition to cloud standards and best practices guides, he authored the “Cloud Computing Solution Measurement” chapter in the 2012 CRC Press published book, “The IFPUG Guide to IT and Software Measurement.”  A frequent international instructor, keynote presenter and leader, he continues to help establish realistic roadmaps, plans, contracts, SLAs and governance practices for cloud computing.    

Dr. Ian Ferguson
Prof. & Chair, Department of ECE
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Thermoelectric Materials for Green Energy
Dr. Harry G Perros
Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor
Prof., Dept. Computer Science,
North Carolina State University, USA

Networking Service Signaling and QoS

Analysis of the end-to-end delay in an IP network

In this tutorial, we will examine various queueing-based solutions for obtaining the end-to-end delay of packets in an IP network. We will start with simple closed-form solutions obtained assuming that the arrival process of the packets is Poisson distributed. Then, we will consider the case where the arrival process is bursty and also when it is depicted by a packet trace. We will conclude this tutorial discussing the issue of bandwidth allocation for a real-time application, such as interactive video, under QoS constraints of statistically bounded end-to-end delay, jitter and packet loss.

Elementary knowledge of queuing theory is assumed!

Invited Speakers
Dr Zafar Iqbal
Dept. of Physics
COMSATS, Islamabad, Pakistan

Topic: New Paradigms in Semiconductor Technology

Semiconductor technology is entering a new phase of development, with limits to miniaturization fast approaching and Moore’s law about to witness its ultimate limit. Three new paradigms that seem to be emerging for further development are
1- Scaling – continuing march to shrinking of device dimensions to 10nm and below, finally yielding to   3D (three-dimensional) Integration
2- Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography
3- Transition to 450mm dia silicon wafer
These new paradigms are being focused on to go beyond the current volume – near $310 billion – of revenues of the semiconductor industry, whence the industry is being perceived to have “matured”. All of these new paradigm shifts are proving to be harbingers of new technologies representing milestones of new phases of progress in semiconductor research and development. This talk will address the details of these turning points in semiconductor R&D.


Dr. M. Zafar Iqbal is currently Professor and Advisor in Physics at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. Prior to his current portion, he spent over 3 decades at the Quid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad, Pakistan at various faculty positions from assistant to full professorship and two terms as Chairman of the Department of Physics. Dr. Zafar Iqbal after completing his M.Phil at the University of Islamabad (now QAU) proceeded to University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1970; where he conducted his dissertation research on ‘Deep Level Studies in GaP’—then an emergent III-V semiconductor for red LEDs. Dr. Iqbal continued his studied as post-doctoral fellow until 1974 and then he returned to QAU.

Having returned to Islamabad University, he established a research laboratory in semiconductor physics where he continued and expanded his research on defect studies to include a variety of other semiconductor materials, with the assistance of research students at the M.Phil and Ph.D. levels. He has more than 120 research publications in leading international journals and conferences in the field, covering diverse areas of defect physics, including native defects, radiation-induced defects and defect complexes in semiconductor materials ranging from the elemental semiconductor, Si to compound semiconductors of III-V and II-VI classes. He has used a variety of experimental techniques, including deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS), low temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy, photocapacitance spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. In addition to defect studies on semiconductors, he has also carried out research on high temperature oxide superconductors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK (FInstP), Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (FPAS), Senior Member of IEEE, Member of the American Physical Society (APS), Member of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAC) and has been a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He founded the Pakistan Society for Semiconductor Science and Technology (PS3T) and has been its Chairman. He is currently involved in research on defect characterization semiconductors as well as on nanostructures, nanoparticles and their applications.

Dr Muhammad Manshad Satti
CEO, IT Butler E-services (FZ-LLC)
Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE

Topic: The role of Private Social Media for Enterprises and Community Services
The private Social Media Networking platform for enterprises and Communities forums will create a new type of social corridor. It has been widely realized that people seeks new and more meaningful ways to connect and engage with each other. Private Social Media Platform fills a gap in the current social spectrum by empowering sharing and conversation that is effortless but not automatic. A Private Social Media Networking can be the foundation for a Social Media campaign that also includes facebook posts, Twitter posts and e-mail messages. This branded website provides the members with the ability to engage their customers in a deeper, more meaningful conversation that will fully develop its public level relationship with other peer country – turning them from an ordinary relationship to closer friends (fans) and their advocates. It has all of the functionality of facebook with the ability to create groups, chat rooms, conversation sub-sites for each member community forums and anything else they need. Additionally, all of the data about the users and their activities is available through dashboards and activity reports. Since it`s a custom environment, one can develop special functionality at each Internet II application needs. Social media monitoring is active monitoring of social media channels for information about a business vertical or an academic institutions, universities, usually tracking of various social media content such as websites, facebook, Twitter, video, photo sharing websites and forums as a way to determine the volume and sentiment of online conversation about a brand or topic. It lets you know what people are talking about online and provides an insight into how they are feeling. In HONET 2013 I shall reveal the benefits of private Social Media next generation Platform using state of the arts Big Data Techniques.
Dr. Abasefreke Ebong
Prof., Dept. of ECE
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Topic: Developing the Next Generation Low-Cost Inks for high efficiency Multi Crystalline Silicon Solar Cellsl

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