IEEE Benelux COM/VT Jt. Chapter


Event 20100428

IEEE Distinguished Speaker Roberto Saracco

On the evening of Wednesday 28 April, IEEE Distinguished Speaker Roberto Saracco (Director of Telecom Italia Future Centre) presented for our chapter.

Venue: Novotel Leuven Centrum, Vuurkruisenlaan 4, B-3000 LEUVEN

18u15 Welcome
18u30 Roberto Saracco, “Evolution of technology in the next decade and impact on the telecommunication business” [Slides]

Changes in telecommunications and biz paradigms in this decade. The talk will present the expected technology evolution in this decade and considers what are the implications on market demands and the following investment strategies that in turn will steer the evolution of the network. The Information Society will become a reality, in most parts of the world and the talk will show that the Information Society we are about to enter is quite different from the Information Society we have been talking about in the last decade. Practical examples of changes in the business environment will be presented, leveraging on the research being carried out at the Future Centre in Venice.

20u00 End

CV of Roberto Saracco:
College degree in Computer Science, University degree in Math, and post doc in Physics. He joined Telecom Italia in 1971 contributing to the development of the first SPC system in Italy. Through the years he worked on Data Transmission, Switching, Network Management. In the last 10 years he has worked on the economic side of telecommunications, creating and directing a research group at the Future Centre in Venice. Author of many papers and 9 books in the area of Telecommunications, with the last 5 on the topic of Living and Communicating in the next decade, he has worked in the foresight Panel of the European Commission, harged to imagine Internet beyond 2020. He is currently Director of Telecom Italia Future Centre, in Venice, and co Chair of the Edge-Core group of the Communications Future Program of the MIT. Since 2007 he is rapporteur on Information Communications Technologies at the Science, Technology and Society Forum tracking the progress in the application of the Kyoto agreements and proposing their evolution. Senior member of IEEE-COMSOC, he has served in many roles, including TC Secretary, NM Chair, VP Membership Relations. He is currently COMSOC Director for Sister and Related Societies and member of the Strategic Committee and Emerging Technology Committee of IEEE.. He received the Salah Aidarous Award in 2005 for his contribution to network management and the 2007 Donald McLellan Meritorious Service Award for his contribution to strengthening the Communications Society presence worldwide.