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Eugene J. Huang

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy - Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer
Eugene J. Huang currently serves in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer. From August 2009 to April 2009, Mr. Huang served as the Government Operations Director for the National Broadband Task Force at the Federal Communications Commission, and was part of the team responsible for authoring “Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan”.

Mr. Huang served at the United States Department of the Treasury under two Secretaries of the Treasury from 2006 to 2009, as Policy Advisor to the Secretary and previously as a White House Fellow. In these roles, Mr. Huang covered a wide range of international economic and finance issues with a special responsibility for U.S. bilateral relations with China. Previously, Mr. Huang was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at Stanford University.

From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Huang served the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor Mark R. Warner as the Secretary of Technology and previously as the Deputy Secretary of Technology. At the time of his appointment as Secretary of Technology in 2004, he was the youngest cabinet member in Virginia history at the age of 28. Mr. Huang graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering.

He received a Thouron Award from the University of Pennsylvania and studied at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, where he received a M.Phil., with distinction, in Economic History. Mr. Huang is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Professor Michael McRobbie

President, Indiana University
Michael A. McRobbie is an information technologist & the 18th president of Indiana University . It is one of the five largest university systems in the US with eight campuses, a total budget of around US$2.7 billion (US), and over 5,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and 100,000 students. Under his leadership IU is seeing a major improvement in the quality of IU’s student body, research activity, the completion of a US$1.1 billion endowment campaign, and a billion dollar expansion of IU’s facilities.

McRobbie also holds faculty appointments in computer science, philosophy, cognitive science, informatics, library & information science, and computer technology. He has been an active researcher in information technology and logic over his career.

 He has received numerous large multi-million dollar grants from funding organizations around the world such as the NSF in the US and the ARC in Australia, has published a number of books, many articles, and has served on editorial boards and conference committees. He has a BA (Hons I) for the University of Queensland, a PhD from ANU and honorary doctorates of science from the University of Queensland and Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea. He is an honorary member of the Australian Academy of Humanities and holds numerous other awards and honors and in 2007 was made a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow.

He serves on many government and other committees, a number of private boards such as the IU Health System (Clarian) ---one of the largest hospital systems in the US with a budget of US$4 billion, the OneAmerica insurance company, the Indianapolis Symphony, and is a trustee of Internet2. He is the in-coming chairman of the Big 10, one of America’s oldest and largest inter-collegiate athletics conferences.

Professor Michael Blumenstein

Dean (Research) Science, Environment, Engineering & Technology Griffith University

Michael Blumenstein is an Associate Professor and the Dean (Research) of the Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology Group at Griffith University where he previously served as Head of the School of Information and Communication Technology. Michael is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the areas of automated Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. He has published over 80 papers in refereed conferences and journals. His research spans numerous projects applying Artificial Intelligence to the fields of Engineering, Environmental Science, Neurobiology and Coastal Management. Michael has secured a number of internal/nationally competitive research grants to undertake these projects with funds exceeding $3.5 Million. Components of his research into the predictive assessment of beach conditions have been developed for use by local government agencies, coastal management authorities and in commercial applications.

Michael has been invited to serve on a number of Journal Editorial Boards and to act as Organising Chair, Program Chair and Committee member for numerous national/international conferences in his areas of expertise. He is also the Gold Coast Chapter Convener of the Australian Computer Society in Queensland. In 2009 Michael was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in the Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders Series supported by Microsoft. 

The data connection - challenges at the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence research
The quest to develop artificially intelligent machines that exhibit the behaviour of their biological counterparts has yielded decades of inspired investigation. Recently, a number of significant outcomes have been proffered in the domain of "Artificial Intelligence" research, however despite tremendous progress in the field, a number of challenges still remain.

These include the inherent difficulties in replicating the biological complexities of the human brain, but also relate to the practical problems of having rapid and convenient access to real-world data, the ability to effectively manipulate, process and classify unknown records, as well as the efficient management of large quantities of categorised information. This presentation explores the groundbreaking developments in the areas of computer vision, automated pattern recognition and artificial intelligence in the context of real-world problems that are underpinned by the need to apply large volumes of accurate data for training and processing.

A number of applications are presented including research into intelligent on-line water quality monitoring technology to ensure sustainable, safe supplies of freshwater across large-scale networks, in addition to the development of automatic systems for monitoring the activities of visitors at our beaches and coastal zones, as well as technologies for preventing the deterioration and collapse of bridges, and finally software that can be used for the early diagnosis and treatment of such brain disorders as Parkinson's disease. Further discussion is dedicated to the future data and resource requirements of artificial intelligence research, implications of the National Broadband Network roll-out, and finally possible directions for attaining the goal of conscious machines.

Dennis O'Reilly

Network Architect - University of British Columbia
Dennis works at the University of British Columbia which is one of the largest universities in Canada. In his role as Network Architect he has designed and implemented every generation of the UBC campus network. He has been a software developer for 40 years, and pioneered the Internet in western Canada in the mid 1980s. He recently spoke at the Educause 2009 conference in Denver, Colorado.

Innovations in Campus Network Design & Service Delivery through Network Virtualization
The University of British Columbia (UBC) has a campus network like no other in the world. It's a large network. Some 60,000 ethernet ports. 2,000 wireless access points. 15,000 simultaneously connected wireless users. But it's not the size of the UBC network that sets it apart.

Rather, what makes the UBC network different is that it's the first university network in the world to be completely virtualized (Network Virtualization)  using hundreds of BGP MPLS VRFs. Throw in virtual firewalls, virtual load balancers, virtual wireless, virtual servers, virtual storage, virtual desktops, and voilå you have the campus network of the future.

Imagine being able to access virtual storage in the virtual data centre (using CIFS, NFS, or iSCSI) across the campus network at multi-gigabit speeds in a fully secure way without requiring a firewall. And how could this possibly pave the way for multicasting HDTV streams across the campus network? And why would departments who had not trusted the central IT department for years suddenly be clamoring to put their virtual servers in the virtual data centre?

This session is a real life experience and case study of the actual implementation at the University of British Columbia. It will include a brief summary of how the business case was formulated and on what basis the funding was provided.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Master Ceremonies
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the man with the answers when it comes to Science and Technology. The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, Dr Karl spreads the word about science. With weekly Radio shows in Australia and in the UK on the BBC, regular television appearances, magazine articles and 28 published books, Dr Karl is constantly in demand by the media and for corporate appearances.

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into “Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue”. In September 2003 Dr Karl was named ‘Australian Father of the Year’. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list. His enthusiasm for science is totally infectious and no one is better able to convey the excitement and wonder of it all than Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is.

Jason Rylands

Enterprise Sales Manager Powerfirm
Jason Rylands has been involved in the design and implementation of Datacentres in Australia and the Asian region for more than 12 years. Over this time he has built up a considerable amount of information on how data centers are designed, built and operated for optimal efficiency.
Jason in conjunction with Powerfirm and Rittal has recently designed and implemented a world leading Datacentre for clients such as the Port of Brisbane and The University of Southern Queensland.
Jason currently works as the Enterprise Sales Manager for Powerfirm and is based in Brisbane.