Speakers at the anniversary events on September 5 include the following luminaries :
Dean / Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, Keio University in 1987, majored in Computer Science, Computer Network and Computer Communication. He developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET) in 1984, established WIDE Project in 1988, aiming to research and develop the computer networks, currently the Founder.
He is a member of the Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society (IT Strategic Headquarters), a member of the Cyber Security Policy Council, National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity(NISC), Cabinet Secretariat, chairs and serves on many other governmental committees, and is active in numerous international scientific associations. He is known as the “Internet samurai” and, in Japan has also been called “the father of the Internet in Japan”.
He was a Member of Internet Architecture Board (IAB) from 1993-1995, Board of trustee of Internet Society (ISOC) from 1997-2000, Board of Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from1998-2000. He was inducted into The 2013 Internet Hall of Fame/ 2011 IEEE Internet Award / 2005 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award.
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut is the first Thai national to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society on August 2013. She was named in the ‘Pioneer’ category, which recognizes individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the internet. Prof. Kanchana was among the Thai Internet pioneers who brought the idea of electronic mail and the Internet to Thailand in the late’80s.
She has since maintained her interests in the Internet through her research works with current interests in challenged an emergency networks, digital media communication and tele-education. She is actively involved in the Internet development in the region paying particular attention on the human resource development issue.
Prof. Kanchana is currently the Director of the Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab) and the former Vice President for Research at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, where she is also a Professor in Computer Science and Information Technology at the AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology. In addition, she is the Vice Chairman of Thai Network Information Center Foundation. She received her PhD from the University of Melbourne and her BSc from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Onno Widodo Purbo
Born in Bandung, Indonesia, 17 August 1962, Onno Widodo Purbo is an ICT evangelist in Indonesia. He is very active in writing ICT books with more than 40 books published in Indonesian. He is a promoter of copyleft / creative common licensing and freely publishes most of his work on the Web. He is pushing low cost Internet access through neighborhood network including the use of simple Wokbolic technology.
Onno Purbo and a couple of his students in 1993 built a simple 1200bps packet radio gateway to the Internet at the best engineering school Institute of Technology Bandung in Indonesia using refurbished 286 computer. Using the simple technology, a connection to a dozen schools and universities were made. In 1996, the network was grown into a larger Indonesian Education Network as part of Asia Internet Interconnection Initiatives (AI3) connected to WIDE Network lead by Prof. Jun Murai from Japan. Today, the early small education network is grown into Indonesian Education Network on 155Mbps backbone connecting almost all Universities and more than 20.000 schools in Indonesia.
He received his undergraduate degree from Institute of Technology in Bandung in 1987 and his master degree from McMaster University in Canada in 1989. In 1993 He completed his Ph.D from the University of Waterloo, Canada. During his career he received several acknowledgement and awards, including, Eisenhower Fellow (2002), IDRC Sabbatical Award (2003), Ashoka Senior Fellow (2005), Indonesia Goes Open Source Award (2008), Indonesian 100 Innovators (2008), Indonesian Todays Hero (2008).
Professor Sureswaran Ramadass is a Visiting Professor at the International University of Malaya Wales (IUMW). He is currently a Primary Member of APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Networks) as well as the Head of APAN Malaysia. He also holds the position as Technology Area Director of APAN, managing over 6 technical WGs under that area. He is also the Treasurer for APAN Board.
Prior to this, he was the founding Director and Professor at the National Advanced IPv6 Centre of Excellence (NAV6), Universiti Sains Malaysia.
In 1992, he returned to Malaysia to join USM as a lecturer. In 1993, he formed and grew the Network Research Group to become a world recognized research center. In 2005, he became the first Director of NAv6 (the Next Generation Internet Center) in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Prof Sureswaran is involved in the Global IPv6 Forum and is currently part of the IPv6 Forum Education Certification Program. He is also the Malaysian IPv6 Forum Chairman. Prof Sureswaran was also the first Chairman of the Research Steering Committee for MYREN (Malaysian Research and Education Network) and is currently the IPv6 Domain Head. He was the Chairman of the Asia Pacific IPv6 Task Force (APV6TF) and was involved in promoting IPv6 within the region and globally.