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Welcome to QUESTnet2005


Keynote Speakers


Wednesday: Peter Sheehan AO, Ken Blackney and Saleem Bhatti

Thursday: Anne-Marie Lansdown and Chandra Kopparapu

Friday: T. Charles Yun


Peter Sheehan AO

Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University

Professor Peter Sheehan AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University on 1 February 1998.

His current committee responsibilities within the sector includes membership of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC) and its Board; the Expert Advisory Group on the Research Quality Framework (RQF); and its modelling sub-group; Chair of the AVCC working party on the RQF; the Board of the Australian Universities Quality Agency; and the Business and Higher Education Round Table.

Professor Sheehan obtained an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney in 1961 and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology in 1965. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (1965-1967), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, he was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the City College of the City University of New York (1967-1968), and then lecturer/senior lecturer at the University of New England, Armidale (1968-1972), and Professor of Psychology at The University of Queensland from 1973-1997.

He was Chair of the Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships and Australian Research Grants Committee from 1983 to 1985 and Chair (for 1992-1993) of the Australian Research Council's Research Grants Committee.

He is Past President of the Australian Psychological Society and was President of the International Congress of Psychology in 1988. From 1991-1993 he held office as President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and was made Honorary Fellow of the Academy in 1996. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Australian College of Education.

His fields of current research interest are imagery, memory distortion, and the effects of media violence on the behaviour and attitudes of children.

Professor Sheehan was a Member of the Commonwealth Cinematograph Films Board of Review from 1982-1987, Deputy Chair of the Board from 1983-1985, and its Chair for 1986-1987. He was also a member of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal's National Inquiry into Violence on Television (1988-1990).

In 1995, he was made an Officer of the General Division of The Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Awards, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his contributions to Psychology and University Administration.


Ken Blackney

Drexel University

Kenneth S. Blackney is Associate Vice President of Core Technology Infrastructure at Drexel University. His primary focus is to scan the computing environment for technologies applicable to Drexel and to research, plan and coordinate strategic projects involving network communications, computing, and security. Mr. Blackney has held roles ranging from academic support to technology assessment, before his current position overseeing multi-campus wired and wireless networks, the Keystone Crossroads Partnership for Internet2, and all servers used in Drexel's Academic Application Service Provider initiative. For more information please see

Extending the Boundaries

Like most institutions, Drexel University faces the challenge of serving a Web-savvy constituency expecting on-demand access to information and university services.

In 1997 Drexel implemented its first wireless hotspot in the central library as a pilot project. It quickly proved to be both popular and practical. In 2000 Drexel became the first major university to implement a campus-wide, high-speed wireless network for all indoor and outdoor areas, including public spaces such as local train platforms and nearby cafes and restaurants. Ubiquitous networking encouraged a shift to mobile computing technologies, helped facilitate a more collaborative learning model, and raised student expectations of services delivery. As a result, Drexel has again extended the boundaries of where and when students should expect university services.

Get a "behind-the-scenes" look at the technical, political and educational issues of building a wireless digital campus--a single point of contact for academic, administrative, and personal services that is accessible via laptop computer, cell phone or handheld devices.


Anne Marie Lansdown

Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training

Anne-Marie Lansdown is the Branch Manager, Innovation and Research Branch, Innovation and Research Systems Group, Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST).

In this role, she has responsibility for the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN), the Australian Information Infrastructure Committee (ARIIC) and the Australian ICT in Education Committee (AICTEC).

She also has carriage of DEST's participation in the recently announced e-Research Coordinating Committee, a joint initiative of Ministers Nelson and Coonan.

Anne-Marie has previously been General Manager responsible for Broadband issues in the National Office for the Information Economy and then DCITA.

She has significant experience in a range of science and technology policy roles. Prior to her work on broadband, she managed the Office of the Chief Scientist and the team responsible for the Innovation Summit that led to the first Backing Australia's Ability package.

e-Research: what's in it for you

Through the Australian Government's 'Backing Australia's Ability' strategy announced in 2001 and expanded in 2004, $8.3 billion (including over $246 million under Systemic Infrastructure Initiative (SII) over 2002-06 for systemic research and research training infrastructure to support world-class research and research training at Australian universities) has been committed over 10 years towards a world-class innovation system through partnerships between governments at all levels, researchers, research funding agencies, and business.

Strengthening collaboration and linkages across the science and innovation system is a key feature of the broad strategy. As part of that strategy, the Government has committed approximately $1 billion towards investment in modern research infrastructure. Commonwealth and state funding agencies including the Australian Research Council, Department of Education, Science and Training, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, have through various funding mechanisms funded e-Research.

In common with the USA, the UK, the European Commission and Japan, Australia has already made considerable investments collectively in system-wide infrastructure to support e-Research to ensure that our researchers remain globally relevant and competitive. Hence the fabric required to support e-Research in Australia is already highly advanced. What is needed is a coordinated strategy to harness these investments so that there is a national e-Research strategy. The investments in infrastructure by governments and research institutions to date, and those in the pipeline, will greatly assist e-Research to be accelerated. These investments include affordable broadband communications, high performance computing and major data repositories and services.

Borrowing the theme of the conference, those collective investments happened Yesterday and still happen Today, in an uncoordinated way. We are now collectively facing various issues of common interest:

  • Accessibility to research data and outputs, which has implications for resource management, and, development and availability of middleware
  • Cultural issues, including awareness by researchers of opportunities of e-Research and the benefits of collaboration
  • Skills issues, to ensure that the relevant skills to support e-Research are available
  • Legal issues including intellectual property and privacy
  • Engagement by industry, as many barriers need to be overcome
  • International linkage and collaboration, which is vital if Australia is to participate in e-Research in the most efficient and effective way
  • Data issues, such as data storage and management, including those obtained from instruments and sensors
  • Research issues if Australia wishes to develop a capability and capacity to work in this discipline internationally.

In contemplating the Future, the Australian Government has recognised that the future of research will be collaborative, across research organisations, across countries and across the globe. To capitalise on the potential of Australia's research capabilities and infrastructure, the Government has established an overarching e-Research Coordinating Committee.

One of the objectives of the e-Research Coordinating Committee is to coordinate the activities across these diverse portfolios so that there is a coherent and consistent national e-Research strategy to oversee investments in various aspects of e-Research for economic and social benefits of the society.

The work of the Committee is expected to better inform e-Research investment decisions made under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) announced in Backing Australia's Ability - Building Our Future through Science and Innovation (BAA-BOFSI) as well as government funding programs administered by various portfolios and agencies, such as the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the Arts (DCITA) and the Australian Research Council (ARC). The Committee is expected to contribute substantially to the development of the Accessibility Framework which is intended to provide a strategic framework to improve access to and quality of research information, outputs and infrastructure e-Research by Australian researchers has the potential to produce significant economic benefits in such areas as agriculture, environment, health, security, finance, biotechnology, water resources management, mining and manufacturing. The skills and know-how created, and knowledge captured, will contribute to Australia's capacity to exploit advances in leading technologies and will aid our competitiveness. Given the internationally distributed nature of research that these technologies are promoting, an active and receptive e-Research agenda is essential if Australia is to participate on a serious and equal basis in international science and research more generally.

While the provision of the infrastructure is a necessary condition for participation in e-Research it is not a sufficient condition. Equally important is the engagement of stakeholders in the adoption of e-Research in their organisations to take advantage of the infrastructure available in Australia and overseas. Currently e-Research developments are the product of a small number of researchers and there is a need to disseminate the benefits of e-Research to the wider research community. Therefore the coordination of the relevant capacities, improved collaboration and governance arrangements are vital to ensure that Australia maximises its e-Research opportunities.

The e-Research Coordinating Committee will be assisted by a broader Reference Group, comprising representatives from Australian Government and State Government departments, research institutions, industry representatives (both ICT and industries with an involvement in research), research network providers and funding agencies. Reference Group members will provide channels into their respective organisations, enabling a two-way flow of information and ideas about the Committee's endeavours and building the collaborative model that the Government wishes to promote. We expect the research community will make substantial commitments to sustain an Australian e-Research Framework comprising considered approaches and an associated suite of measures/ activities to support a national coordination of efforts to build Australia's e-Research capabilities.


Chandra Kopparapu

Foundry Networks

Chandra Kopparapu is Vice President for sales & marketing for South Asia Pacific at Foundry Networks. Prior to that, Chandra worked at Tandem and Compaq computers to help bring new clustering and server technologies to the market. Chandra has more than 16 years of industry experience in mission-critical computing, applications and networking. Chandra is the author of the book 'Load balancing servers, firewalls, and caches' published by John Wiley, the most authoritative source for multi-layer switching concepts and fundamentals. Chandra has contributed to numerous technology articles to global networking magazines.

10 Gigabit Ethernet - Technology Update and Impact on LAN/MAN/WAN

10 Gigabit Ethernet has now been shipping for over three years, and has undergone dramatic price declines. This has had a profound impact on a range of networking areas from enterprise LANs to grid computing to metro and wide area networks. The WAN PHY, a physical interface for 10 Gigabit Ethernet that provides compatibility with SONET/SDH at Layer 1, has now been shipping for the last few months even though it's been part of the original standard three years ago. The WAN PHY for 10 GbE makes it possible to leverage existing SONET/SDH networks while using Ethernet at Layer 2. This technique offers the traditional benefits of SONET/SDH including APS, long reach and network monitoring capabilities at 1/10th price of traditional OC-192c technology. In fact, researchers at University of Tokyo recently used this technology to create the world's longest native Ethernet connection with CERN, Netherlands. To address the need for network monitoring at high speeds, there are new techniques now implemented based on RFC 3176 for 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks.

This presentation will examine the recent technology updates in 10 Gigabit Ethernet including the WAN PHY, high -speed network monitoring techniques for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and the overall impact of 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology in LAN, MAN and WAN.


Saleem Bhatti

Department of Computer Science, University College London

Saleem Bhatti is currently a Senior Lecturer in Data Communications and Networking in the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL), and is a member of the Networks Research Group and the college-wide Networked Systems Research Group. Since 1991 he has been part of the Research Staff at UCL, involved with several pan-European collaborative projects as well as UK funded projects. The project partners have included telcos, equipment manufacturers, CATV companies, and academic institutions from all over Europe. His work has involved aspects of multi-service networking, tele-working, multicast, network and systems management, network security, IPv6, the consideration of QoS (Quality of Service) adaptability support for Internet applications and adaptive systems, and Grid networking & Grid computing. He is PI and Director of the national e-Science Centre of Excellence in Networked Systems based at UCL and sits on the UKLIGHT Technical Advisory Group. He is also involved with industry in various consultancy roles in the area of networking technology and systems.

High Performance Networking for e-Science in the UK

The Grid and e-Science users in the UK are producing requirements for transporting large amounts of data quickly between sites. This talk will look at some of the diverse sets of requirements from users, what problems they create for the network, and also some of the work that is in progress to address the needs of such users. Much of the work has been undertaken in research projects funded by the UK Research Councils and the UK e-Science Programme.


T. Charles Yun

Internet2 Program Manager for Sciences, Engineering and Security

T. Charles Yun is currently directing Internet2's activities in the fast evolving security arena. In 2003, Charles organized the NSF funded Security at Line Speed (SALS) Workshop and helped produce the whitepaper that bears the workshop's name. The workshop resulted in several activities and working groups, most importantly Salsa, Internet2's oversight group who advise and set directions in the security space.

Charles is a founding member of Salsa and currently participates as an ex officio member. Charles supports security activities throughout the Internet2 community through participation in groups such as the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force where he sits on the executive task force. Charles joined Internet2 in November 2001 to support advanced applications activities in the sciences and engineering. He has provided assistance to communities such as NEES (the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation), HENP-WG (High Energy and Nuclear Physics Working Group), and eVLBI (electronic very long baseline interferometry).

Charles has an undergraduate degree in English with concentrations in Physics and Mathematics from Albion College. He has a Master's from the University of Michigan School of Information where he focused on human computer interaction and the emerging open source software community. Before joining Internet2 he worked in several consultancies focusing on technology development and operationalization in automotive finite element analysis and custom software deployment.

Internet2 - more than a network

This presentation will describe the network architecture of Internet2 and how it is managed. It will discuss the important role of members and how they are supported. It will cover security as well as the derived end-to-end performance. It will include future plans and thoughts about next generation architectures such as lambda switching, virtual circuits, light paths, HOPI and NLR. It will finish by briefly describing some of the important projects using Internet2.



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