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Clone of 2011 Orginal Appointed Officers


Treasurer - Harvey Freeman

Harvey is President of HAF Consulting, Inc, a Minneapolis-based technology consulting and project management company.  With over thirty years of experience in the communications field he specializes in designing/managing innovative technology-based solutions.  He received his B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois.

Harvey is a long-term, enthusiastic volunteer in the Communications Society.  As Chief Information Officer, he is in his seventh term on the Board of Governors, recently completing a terms as VP of Membership Services and VP of Technical Activities.  Previously, Harvey was ComSoc Treasurer for four years.  His numerous contributions to the technical growth of and membership advancement in ComSoc include founder/first Editor-in-Chief of the highly regarded IEEE Network Magazine,  founder/first General Chair and current Standing Committee Chair of IEEE INFOCOM, and founder of IEEE SECON, ComSoc’s Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks.  He served on the Meetings & Conferences Board, Strategic Planning Committee, Awards Committee, Staff & Facilities Committee, and Nominations Committee.  In 2001, he was honored with ComSoc’s Meetings & Conferences Exemplary Service Award.  In 2004, he received the Society’s Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award.


Parliamentarian - Douglas N. Zuckerman

Douglas N. Zuckerman received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1969, 1971 and 1976, and is an IEEE Fellow.  His over 38 years of experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, span the operations, management and engineering of emerging networks and services.  He is currently the IEEE Communications Societys President.

His technical career included long-haul millimeter waveguide studies (before fiber), satellite systems engineering, maintenance engineering for the worlds first digital transmission networks, business services operations planning, and most recently IP-centric optical network interoperability.  He was an early contributor to TMN standards and currently chairs the Optical Internetworking Forums OAM&P Working Group.

For over 22 years, Doug's leadership across ComSoc's technical committees, conferences, publications, chapters and Society governance has maintained focus on member interests worldwide, especially making relevant technical information widely and quickly available on line and in conferences, and encouraging more member interaction in the technical committees.  He co-founded technical committees on Network Operations & Management and Enterprise Networking, as well as the IEEE Network Operations & Management Symposium (NOMS).

His sustained contributions were recognized through the Salah Aidarous Memorial Award, the Society's Donald McLellan Meritorious Service Award, its Conference Achievement Award and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.


Chief Information Officer - Standards - Alex Gelman

Alexander D. Gelman received ME and Ph.D. (EE) from the City University of New York.  Currently he is Chief Technical Officer of NETovations, LLC, Networking Research Consulting Group.  During 1998-2007 Alex worked as Chief Scientist at Panasonic Princeton Laboratory, managing research programs in consumer communications and networking; 1984-1998 with Bellcore as Director-Residential Internet Access Architectures Research. During 30 years of industrial research, Alex worked in areas such as: spread spectrum, IPTV, DTV, Ultra Wide Band communications, Information Security, Internet Telephony and Multimedia. He has numerous publications and several patents, e.g. holds some of earliest DSL system patents. Alex served on several ComSoc committees, in publications and conferences, on inaugural steering committees for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia and ICME. He cofounded the Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC). Alex founded the ComSoc Standards Board and initiated several IEEE standardization projects. Alex is past chair of the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee. He served three terms as ComSoc Vice President and on the Board of Governors of IEEE Standards Association.  Currently Alex is ComSoc’s Director of Standards and also member of the IEEE - SA Standards Board. Alex is 2006 winner of IEEE ComSoc´s Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award.


Director - Journals - Larry Greenstein

Larry J. Greenstein received the B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1958, 1961 and 1967, respectively. From 1958 to 1970, he was at IIT Research Institute, where he worked on radio frequency interference and anti-clutter airborne radar. This included co-leading an industry team in the selection of the best proposal for the AWACS radar system, and devising a model of airborne clutter for the U. S. Air Force. He joined Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ in 1970. Over a 32-year AT&T career, he conducted research in digital satellites, point-to-point digital radio, optical transmission techniques and wireless communications. For 21 years during that period (1979-2000), he led a research department renowned for its contributions in these fields. Since 2002, he has been a research professor at Rutgers University’s WINLAB, working on PHY-based security techniques, MIMO-based cellular systems, broadband power line systems, cognitive radio and channel modelingz
Dr. Greenstein is an IEEE Life Fellow, an AT&T Fellow, a recipient of the IEEE Communications Society’s Edwin Howard Armstrong Award, and co-author of several award-winning papers. He has served on numerous editorial boards and technical program committees and was recently Director of Journals for the IEEE Communications Society.


Director - Magazines - Andrzej Jajszczyk

Andrzej Jajszczyk is a professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He received his M.S., Ph.D., and Dr.Hab. degrees from Poznan University of Technology in 1974, 1979 and 1986, respectively. He is the author or co-author of six books and over 200 papers, as well as 19 patents in the areas of telecommunications switching, high-speed networking, and network management. He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies. Andrzej was the founding Editor of the IEEE Global Communications Newsletter, an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine. In 2004 – 2005 he was Director of Magazines for the IEEE Communications Society. He was director of the Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region (EAME) in the same Society from 2006-2007. He is currently Vice President of Technical Activities for IEEE Communications Society. Andrzej has served on the technical program and steering committees of numerous conferences. He organized the first IEEE Workshop on IP Operations & Management and the first IEEE BSS that later became IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Workshop. From 2000 to 2005 he was a Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer. Andrzej is Vice-President of the Board of the Kyoto-Krakow Foundation, fostering cultural and scientific relations between Asia and Poland.


Director - Conference Operations - Merrily Hartmann

Merrily retired from SBC Communications, Inc. (formerly Southwestern Bell and now AT&T) in 2000 with 25 years of service.  Her tenure with the company included positions in Equipment Engineering, Network Planning, Long Range Technical Planning, Network Mechanization, Network Sales Support, Business Sales Support, Corporate Human Resources, and at retirement she was Executive Director of Global Markets Sales Support managing all sales operations for SBC’s 200 largest customers.  Prior to joining Southwestern Bell, she started her career with Bell Telephone Laboratories (Indian Hill Laboratory – Naperville, IL) as a Senior Technical Aide.  She was a member of the 1AESS Processor Project and contributed to the programming and coding of the internal system maintenance processes.

Hartmann has been an IEEE member for 25 years and has served on numerous conference organizing committees:  NTC ’82, Globecom ’86, Globecom ’89, Globecom ’93, Globecom 2001 and Globecom 2004.  She served (2006-2007) on the IEEE Communications Society’s Globecom/ICC Management and Strategy (GIMS) Committee which is responsible for providing strategic guidance and management oversight of the Society’s flagship conferences:  ICC and Globecom.  Her current position with the Communications Society is Director – Conference Operations.  In this position, she is responsible for all operational issues associated with all Society-sponsored conferences.

Merrily received her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the University of Illinois, Chicago.


Director - Conference Development - Heinrich Stuttgen

Heinrich Stüttgen was a Fulbright scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo (NY) from where he holds a Master of Science degree (1979). He obtained Diploma (1979) and Doctor of Science (1985) degrees in computer science from the University of Dortmund.
In 1985 he joined the IBM Research and Development Laboratory in Germany, developing one of the first mainframe UNIX systems. In
1987 he moved to IBM’s European Networking Center at Heidelberg, where he researched protocols for high-speed networks and multimedia communications. In 1991 he was appointed manager of ENC's Broadband Multimedia Communication department. In this function he was responsible for various research, development, marketing and services projects.
In July 1997 Heinrich joined NEC Europe Ltd. as founding manager of NEC’s Network Laboratories in Heidelberg. Since June 2007 he is Vice President of NEC Laboratories Europe, responsible for NEC’s network and IT related R&D activities in Europe.
Heinrich has widely published in various scientific conferences, journals and books. He was a guest lecturer at Mannheim University in Computer Networks and has been project auditor and proposal evaluator for the European Commission in the ICT area.
Heinrich is an IEEE Fellow and served as a Member at Large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society 2004 to 2006. He was chair of ComSoc's Technical Committee on Communications Switching and Routing 2004 and 2005 and has been chair of ComSoc’s IEEE Globecom and ICC Technical Content Committee (GITC) 2005 - 2009. He is a technical editor for IEEE Communications Magazine. From 1998 to 2009 he served as vice-chair of the German Information Technology Society’s special interest group on communications and distributed systems (GI/ITG KuVS).
Heinrich was general chair of the IEEE High Performance Switching and Routing Conference in Heidelberg in 2000. In 2009 he acted as Technical Program Vice-Chair of IEEE ICC 2009 in Dresden, one of the most successful ICC’s ever. In 2009 he received Comsoc’s Harold Sobol Award for Exemplary Services to Meeting and Conferences.



Director - Conference Publications - Zhisheng Niu

Zhisheng Niu graduated from Northern Jiaotong University (currently Beijing Jiaotong University), Beijing, China, in 1985, and got his M.E. and D.E. degrees from Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan, in 1989 and 1992, respectively.  After spending 2 years in Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan, he joined with Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1994, where he is now a full professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering.  He is also an adjunction professor of Beijing Jiaotong University. His current research interests include teletraffic theory, mobile Internet, radio resource management of wireless networks, and integrated communication and broadcast networks.  He has published more than 100 journal and conference papers so far.

From October 1995 to February 1996, he was a visiting research fellow of the Communications Research Laboratory of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Japan.  From February 1997 to February 1998, he was a visiting senior researcher of Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd.  He received the PAACS Friendship Award from the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan in 1991, the Best Paper Award (1st prize) from the 6th Chinese Youth Conference on Communication Technology in 1999, and the Best Paper Award from the 13th Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications (APCC) in 2007.  He also received the Japanese Government Research Awards for Foreign Specialists from Science and Technology Agency (STA) of Japan and the Award for the Telecommunications Advancement Research Fellowship from Telecommunication Advancement Organization (TAO) of Japan in 1995.

Dr. Niu is a fellow of the IEICE, a senior member of the IEEE, Director of Asia-Pacific Board of IEEE Communication Society, and council member of Chinese Institute of Electronics.


Director - Education - Stefano Bregni

Stefano Bregni is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches telecommunications networks. He was born in Milano, Italy, in 1965 and he graduated in telecommunications engineering in 1990. After 9 years in industry, he joined Politecnico di Milano as tenured Assistant Professor in 1999.

He has been Senior Member of the IEEE since 1999. Since 2004, he has been Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society, where he holds the following positions: Member at Large on the Board of Governors (2010-12), Director of Education (2008-10), Chair of the Transmission, Access and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee and Member at Large of the Globecom/ICC Technical Content (GITC) committee. He is or has been Symposia Chair of GLOBECOM 2009, Technical Program Vice-Chair of GLOBECOM 2012 and Symposium Chair in eight other ICC/GLOBECOM conferences. He was also TPC Vice-Chair of the IEEE Optical Network Design and Modelling 2005 conference (ONDM 2005). He is Editor of the IEEE ComSoc Global Communications Newsletter and Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal. He was tutorial lecturer in 4 ICC and GLOBECOM conferences. He served on ETSI and ITU-T committees on digital network synchronization.

He is author or co-author of about 70 papers, mostly in IEEE conferences and journals, and of the books Synchronization of Digital Telecommunications Networks (Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2002; translated and published in Russian by MIR Publishers, Moskow, 2003) and Sistemi di trasmissione PDH e SDH - Multiplazione (PDH and SDH Transmission Systems Multiplexing. Milano, Italy: McGraw-Hill, 2004). His current research interests focus mainly on traffic modelling and optical networks.


Director - Online Content - James Hong

James Won-Ki Hong received his HBSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and the PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada in 1991.

From 1992 to 1995, he was a research professor in the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. In 1995, he joined the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering at POSTECH, Pohang, Korea, as an assistant professor and then became an associate professor in 1999 and full professor in 2007. From 1998 to 2000, he served as an Associate Dean for the Graduate School of Information Technology at POSTECH. From 1998 to 2000 and 2005 to 2007, he also served as an Associate Director of POSTECH Information Research Laboratories. From 2000 to 2002, he was a co-founder and chief technology officer of Netstech, a US venture funded startup in Palo Alto, USA developing network integrated ultra-dense, blade servers. From 2004 to 2005, he was a visiting professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto.
He is currently a full professor and Head in the Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering ( at POSTECH, Pohang, Korea. He is also a Dean of Graduate School for Information Technology and a Director of POSTECH Information Research Laboratories at POSTECH ( He is also the Principle Investigator for the MKE’s WCU Program on IT Convergence Engineering at POSTECH (
At POSTECH, he founded the Distributed Processing and Network Management Lab. in 1995 and has supervised and produced 47 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. graduates.  He has received more than 40 government and industry research grants. He performed various projects on network and systems management, which utilize Web, Java, CORBA, and XML technologies for companies including KT, POSCO, KEPCO, POSDATA, Samsung, DACOM, and Samsung Thales.
He has been very active as a program committee member and organizing committee member for IEEE CNOM sponsored symposiums such as NOMS, IM, DSOM and APNOMS. He has served as Technical Chair (1998-2000), Vice Chair (2003-2005) and Chair (2005-2009) for IEEE Comsoc Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM). He has also served as Director of Online Content for the IEEE Comsoc (2004-2005). He is a NOMS/IM Steering Committee Member and a Steering Committee Member of APNOMS. He was technical co-chair of NOMS 2000 and APNOMS'99. He was Finance Chair for NOMS 2006, IM 2005 and Finance Chair and Chair of Local Planning Committee for NOMS 2004. He was the General Chair for APNOMS 2006 and General Co-Chair for APNOMS 2008. Since 2007, he has been serving as an Executive Director of International Affairs for Korea Information and Communications Society (KICS). He is a core member of TM Forum University Program. He is a board member of Autonomic Communication Forum (ACF). He is the Conference Operations Chair of IEEE Globecom 2009, He is also serving as General Co-Chair for 2010 IEEE Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2010).
He has also been serving as an editorial member of several prestigious international journals in the areas of network and service management. He has been an editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM, 2004-present). He has been an editorial advisory board member of Elsevier’s Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM, 2005-present). He has been serving as an editorial member of Wiley’s International Journal of Network Management (IJNM, 1999-2007) and as an associate editor since 2008. He has also served as an editorial board member of Henry Stewart Publications’ Journal of Telecommunications Management (JTM, 2007-present) and KICS Journal on Communications and Networks (JCN, 2004-present). He is also editor-in-chief of KNOM Review Journal since 1998.
His current research interests include Internet Traffic Monitoring and Analysis, Network and System Management, Network Security, Web and XML-based Management, Autonomic Management and Peer-to-Peer Computing. He has written three books and numerous book chapters, 32 international journal papers, 113 international conference papers, 22 domestic journal papers, 41 domestic conference papers, three international patents and seven domestic patents.  He gave tutorials on “Internet Traffic Monitoring and Analysis” at Globecom 2003, ICC 2004, Globecom 2004, and IM 2003. He also gave tutorials on “Web-based Network and Systems Management” at APCC 2000, IM 1999, APNOMS 1998 and APNOMS 1997.
He is a senior member of IEEE, Communications Society, lifetime member of KICS and KISS and advisory board member of KNOM.



Director - Marketing & Industry Relations - Stan Moyer

Stanley L. Moyer is Executive Director and Strategic Research Program Manager in the Applied Research organization of Telcordia Technologies, where he has worked since 1990.  Recently, he has led research and business development activities related to mobile applications and services, digital content services, and home networking.  Stan received his M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1990, his B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Maine in 1987, and received an M.B.A. in technology management from the University of Phoenix in 2004.

He is currently Treasurer of the IEEE Communications Society and was a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors (2004-2006).  Stan was the founding chair (and now Vice Chair) of the steering committee for the IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC).  Stan was the inaugural editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine In-Home Networking Series, Multimedia Communications Technical Committee chair (2001-2003), ComSoc representative to IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2002-2004), and member of the steering committee for the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME).  He was also Program Chair of ICC ‘01 and ICC ‘02 Next Generation Internet symposium, chair (1997-1999) and secretary (1995-1997) of the Communications Software Technical Committee, Vice Chair of the Enterprise Networking Technical Committee (1996-1998), and session organizer for many ICCs and IEEE GLOBECOMs.

Stan is also president (2005-present) of the OSGi Alliance, an industry consortium creating specifications for the networked delivery of managed services. Stan has been a board member of the OSGi Alliance since 2001.


Director - Membership Programs Development - Shri Goyal

Shri K. Goyal [F] received his M.Sc. degree in Electronics from Allahabad University in India and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Shri worked 25 plus years at GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories. He provided direction and managed technical programs in the area of service definition, delivery and service assurance. Currently, he is Dean of College of Technology & Management in St Petersburg, Florida.

An IEEE fellow, Shri has contributed more than thirty refereed publications and three book chapters on Intelligent Systems, Information Technology applications and Network/Service Management. He has organized numerous global symposia including NOMS and IM. He was Chair of CNOM and EntNet Technical Program Committees and served on GICC as M&C and TAC Liaison before assuming responsibility as Director of Meetings and Conferences (2004-6). Shri is currently ComSoc's Director of Membership Programs Development.


Director - Asia/Pacific Region - Naoaki Yamanaka

Naoaki Yamanaka graduated from Keio University, Japan where he received B.E., M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering in 1981, 1983 and 1991, respectively.
In 1983 he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation’s (NTT’s) Communication Switching Laboratories, Tokyo Japan, where he was engaged in research and development of a high-speed switching system and high-speed switching technologies for Broadband ISDN services. Since 1994, he has been active in the development of ATM base backbone network and system including Tb/s electrical/optical backbone switching as NTT’s Distinguished Technical Member. He moved to Keio University in 2004. He is currently a Professor in Dept. of Information and Computer Science, Keio University, Japan and representative of Photonic Internet Labs. He has published over 122 peer-reviewed journal and transaction articles, written 82 international conference papers, and been awarded 174 patents including 17 international patents.
Dr. Yamanaka received Best of Conference Awards from the 40th, 44th, and 48th IEEE Electronic Components and Technology Conference in 1990, 1994 and 1998, TELECOM System Technology Prize from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation in 1994, IEEE CPMT Transactions Part B: Best Transactions Paper Award in 1996 and IEICE Transaction Paper award in 1999. Dr. Yamanaka is Technical Editor of IEEE Communication Magazine, Broadband Network Area Editor of IEEE Communication Surveys, Former Editor of IEICE Transaction, TAC Chair of Asia Pacific Board at IEEE Communications Society as well as Board member of IEEE CPMT Society. Dr.
Yamanaka is an IEEE Fellow and a fellow of the IEICE.



Director - Europe, Africa & Middle-East Region- Tariq Durrani

Tariq Durrani obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Southampton University UK. He is Professor in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK since 1982. He was Department Head 1990-94, University Deputy Principal (Provost equivalent) 2000-06 and supervised ~40 PhDs. Tariq held visiting/external appointments at Princeton, University of Southern California, and Hong Kong. He has authored/coauthored over 330 papers and six books.

Tariq was President of IEEE Signal Processing Society (1994-95); President of IEEE Engineering Management Society (2006-07); Member IEEE Technical Activities Board Management Committee (1996-97); Chair IEEE TAB Periodicals Review Committee (1998-99); and IEEE Periodicals Council (1996-97) with oversight responsibility for all IEEE Transactions, Journals, Magazines and Newsletters. He was a member of IEEE Edison Medal Committee (1995-97), Jack Kilby Medal Committee (1996-99), IEEE Medal of Honor Committee (2005-08); and IEEE Awards Board (2006-07).

He was a member of IEEE Spectrum Editorial Board (2002-04), Vice Chair IEEE Publications Board (1996-97), Chair IEEE Region 8 Conference Committee (2001-02), Vice Chair Technical Activities IEEE Region 8 (2003-04), member IEEE Education Activities Board (2001-05), and Chair of EAB Awards & Recognition Committee (2003-05). Tariq was Executive Chair of the hugely successful ICC 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland, June 2007.


Director - Latin America Region - Jose- David Cely

Jose David Cely C. received B.S degree from Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas in (Bogota, Colombia) in Electronics Engineering. He worked for Telecommunications Research Center of Colombia CINTEL, TELECOM Colombia, Universidad Catolica de Colombia and currently he works for Universidad Distrital as assistant professor.  He has served in IEEE and ComSoc in several appointed and elected positions. He has participated as part of the organizing committee of IEEE Conferences: LATINCOM 2009 and LATINCOM 2010, between others. Currently he is Director of IEEE Communications Society in L. A. Region. In 2009 he was awarded by IEEE Communications Society with “Latin America Region Distinguished Service Award” and in 2010 he was awarded by IEEE MGA with Achievement Award “for engaging and developing members by organizing conferences within the IEEE Colombia Section”.


Director - North America Region - Gabe Jakobson

Dr. Gabriel Jakobson is Chief Scientist of Altusys Corp., a consulting firm specializing in situation management technologies for defense, cyber security and disaster situation management applications. He received his MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Tallinn Technical University, Estonia, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Institute of Cybernetics, Estonia. Dr. Jakobson has authored 90 technical publications, holds 4 US patents on innovative real-time event correlation methods, and has 4 US patents pending on situation management models and algorithms. During 20 plus years tenure at Verizon (formerly GTE Laboratories) he lead advanced database, expert systems, artificial intelligence, wireless network design, and telecommunication network management projects. Prior to that he was Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Cybernetics, Tallinn, Estonia.

Dr. Jakobson is IEEE Senior Member and Distinguished IEEE ComSoc Lecturer. He has served in the organizing committees of numerous US and international conferences. He is the chair of the Workshop on Situation Management SIMA 2005-2007 and chair of the International Conferences of Enterprise Networking and Services (EntNet) 2003-2007. Dr. Jakobson is the vice-chair of the Tactical Communications and Operations Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc, chair of the IEEE ComSoc Sub-Committee on Situation Management, and Director of the North American Region of the Communication Society.


Director - Sister & Related Societies-  Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco is responsible for long-term research and scientific communications reporting directly to the Chief Technology Officer of Telecom Italia.

In 2001 he became director of the Future Centre, a research centre focusing on the economic impact of innovations in the telecommunications area. During 1999 and 2000, Roberto proposed and delivered a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to speed entrepreneurship in Latin American countries, and prior, 1999 and 2000, he proposed and carried out a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to foster entrepreneurship in Latin America countries.

Roberto chaired the Visionary Group (1996-1997) on Super Intelligent Networks to steer the cooperative research at the European Union (EU) level beyond the year 2000. He is currently part of the Visionary Book Project of the EU. In 1994 he launched the Marketing & Communications area in CSELT, ensuring dissemination of innovation.

In the eighties, Roberto led research in Telecommunications Management in CSELT, and actively participated in standardization activities at CCITT, in the area of formal description techniques. Prior this role, he was involved in software design for the first Italian SPC systems.

In addition to CCITT, Roberto has directly, and indirectly, participated in a number of international standardization organizations including OSI, ETSI and T1M1. His leadership includes chairing an EU-level group for planning, leading European research activities in the area of software technologies, and the EURESCOM group in designing the framework for European co-operation on TMN. He has led the EURESCOM group in information modeling for Pan European Services and Network Management. He is a senior member of IEEE where he has held several leading roles. Currently he is the Director of the Sister and Related Societies of COMSOC, a member of the Strategic Board of IEEE, and VP of the Italian Telecommunication Association (AICT).

On the FISTERA project focused on steering research funding at the EU level, Roberto has the responsibility of forecasting technology trajectories for the next fifteen years in the area of information and communications technologies.  He is also a leader of the Council of Advisors, and has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines, six books – including “The Disappearance of Telecommunications,” which was published in the USA, and several articles in the scientific section of daily newspapers. He has also delivered speeches and keynotes at many international conferences.

At several stages in his career, Roberto has taught at Universities in Italy and around the world on the subject of Telecommunications, and most recently, on the New Economy. He currently lectures at the Turin Polytechnic on the aspects of multimedia and telecommunications.


Director - Standards -  Curtis Siller

Curtis Siller is Founder and Principal Officer of Enginnovation LLC, an independent consulting practice engaged in fostering, developing, maintaining, and defending client intellectual property. He previously enjoyed a 30-year career at Bell Laboratories, where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He subsequently worked with Cetacean Networks and Rivulet Communications, as their Chief Technology Officer. Early in his career he conducted pioneering research in antenna theory and microwave communications, notably in propagation and satellite networks.  Dr. Siller’s interests later turned to applied research in adaptive equalization and digital filter design; synchronous optical network product conception and management; wide-area voice/data enterprise networks; cable modem protocols; and time-based routing for packet networks. He co-edited a popular IEEE Press book on SONET/SDH; contributed to other reference texts; holds eight patents; actively participated in global standards bodies (IEEE 802, ATM Forum, IETF); has written over 70 refereed publications; and been an invited speaker at numerous international venues.  Curtis received AT&T and Bell Labs technology excellence awards; and was named both an AT&T Bell Labs and IEEE Fellow. He earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering (1966 – Highest Honors, ’67, ’69, respectively) from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Siller’s IEEE volunteer activities date back over 35 years; he has been especially active in the IEEE Communications Society for the past 25.  He has held administrative roles in over 30 conferences, and continues by helping create new venues.  Curtis was an officer of three ComSoc Technical Committees (chaired two), and served on the editorial board of four publications, including Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine and Steering Committee Chair for IEEE Multimedia. He was appointed Director of Magazines and Director of Related Societies, and elected to two Vice Presidential terms, Membership Services and Technical Activities. Dr. Siller has been a member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors since 1997, twice served on the Nominations and Elections Committee, was President Elect in 2003, President during 2004-2005, and Past President in 2006 (when he also chaired the society’s Strategic Planning Committee. He became IEEE Division III Director in 2007, and in 2008 serves on IEEE Conferences and Conference Publications Committees. In recognition of his volunteer contributions, Curtis received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE Communications Society Publications Exemplary Service Award, and the IEEE Communications Society David W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award.