Distinguished Experts Panel



Thursday, 22 April 2004, 15:40 - 17:40 (Grand Ballroom 105)

Title: The Role of Network Management in Reviving Telecom Industry

Chair: Mehmet Ulema, Professor, Manhattan College, USA


It has been more than two years now, and yet, there seems to be no significant improvement in its worst crisis of the telecom industry. The crisis is global and affecting every region and every segment of the industry. New visions and ideas are required to get us through these bad times. Network management is an area that, by definition, needs to play a critical role in this process of revitalization of the telecom industry. Not only it should be instrumental in running the networks and services more efficiently, but also it should play a direct and major role in generating demands and thus revenues needed desperately. The distinguished experts assembled for this panel will discuss their visions of how network and service management may help overcoming the challenges facing and reviewing the global telecom industry.


Distinguished Experts:

  • Ilsoo Ahn, Vice President, Network Management Solutions Lab, Telecommunication Systems Division, Samsung Electronics Co., Korea
  • Tadanobu Okada, Vice President and Director of NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories, Japan
  • Rolf Stadler, Professor, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Fernando Cuervo, Senior Researcher, Alcatel, Canada
  • M. Duane Elmquist, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Asia-Pacific Region, Telcordia Technologies, USA



Mehmet Ulema has more than 25 years experience in the telecommunications field as a professor, director, project manager, researcher, systems engineer, network architect, and software developer. Currently he is a professor of Computer Information Systems at Manhattan College, New York. Previously, he held management and technical positions in Daewoo Telecom, Bellcore, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Hazeltine Corporations. He is involved in numerous international conferences. More recently, he is the program chair of the first IEEE conference on Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC 2004); he was the program co-chair of IEEE NOMS 2002 conference and IEEE Symposium on Computer and Communications (ISCC 2000), and co-chair of the workshops for the ACM Mobicom 2002. He is the co-founder of the IEEE Communications Society¡¯s Information Infrastructure Technical Committee and a past chairman of the Radio Communications Technical Committee. He is on the editorial board of the IEEE Communications Magazine, the ACM Wireless Network Journal, and the Journal of Communications and Networks. He received MS & Ph.D. in Computer Science at Polytechnic University, New York. He also received BS & MS degrees at Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey.



Ilsoo Ahn is a Vice President in charge of Network Management Solutions Lab. of Telecommunication Systems Division in Samsung Electronics Co., Korea. The lab has developed various network management solutions for telecommunications equipment such as NGN, xDSL, IP, CDMA and W-CDMA cellular systems. Prior to this, he worked for AT&T Bell Labs in U.S.A., developing network management and operations support systems. He received a B.S. and a M.S. degree in electronic engineering from Seoul National University and Korea Advanced Institute of Science, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from University of North Carolina at Chapel. (PDF)



Rolf Stadler has been a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2001. He received an M.S. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1984 and 1990, respectively. In 1991, he was with the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory. From 1992-1994, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Telecommunications Research at Columbia University, which he joined in 1994 as a Research Scientist. From 1998-1999, he was a Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich. Rolf serves on the editorial boards of Computer Networks. He has been program co-chair of the Tenth IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Distributed Systems Operations and Management (DSOM'99) in Zurich and program co-chair of the 2002 IFIP/IEEE Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS'02) in Florence, Italy. His research interests include network and service management, specifically aspects of self-management, and decentralized management in large-scale networks and systems. (PDF)



Mr. Tadanobu OKADA has been a vice president, director of NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories since July 2001. His responsibility includes design of IP network architecture as well as optical network architecture, mainly up to layer three, focusing on core part of the network rather than access part. Also included are developments of network node and link systems of carrier class, and evaluation of available products offered by various venders. Mr. Okada joined NTT Laboratories in 1976. Since then he was involved in Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) system research and its international standardization. He contributed especially in terms of the establishment of the basic network architecture, key cell format, and protocol design of ATM as a regular and core Japanese delegate to CCITT Study Group XVIII for 6 years. He was also involved national standardization of PHS (Japanese Personal Handyphone System) interface, NS8000 digital switching systems development and its rollout plan establishment, among others. Mr. Okada gained a master degree in mathematics from Tohoku University. He is a senior member of IEEE Communication Society, and a member of the Communication Society of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan. From 2001 to 2003, he was a vice president of the Communication Society of IEICE. He is the organizing committee chair of International Conference on Communication and Broadband Networking (ICBN). (PDF)



Fernando Cuervo is a Senior Researcher Next Generation Network and Service Management in Alcatel's Research and Innovation Organisation. Over the last two years Fernando's has been the Chief Architect for the Alcatel Policy Architecture and the Cross Domain Integration Project. These projects are a response to the needs of operators to be more efficient providing flexible network services. Fernando's experience covers wide range of management topics, including, information modeling, performance of management systems, management process re-engineering, workflow integration, outsourced services, and integration of management and control. Fernando has addressed these topics in relation to key technologies such as SONET, IN, DSL broadband services and IP-Ethernet services. (PDF)



M. Duane Elmquist has extensive managerial and technical experience in the international and US telecommunications industry including business development, strategic planning, product line management, software systems development, and business process reengineering. Duane launched Telcordia's new generation Operations Support Systems (OSS) product line. Duane, as a Senior Vice President, led business development for Telcordia's professional services, Network Systems and Operations Support Systems for international and domestic markets. He has extensive experience with Asia Pacific carriers and European carriers. Duane was employed previously by Lucent as Vice President where he led the Internet Software Solutions organization that was responsible for the definition and development of security and Ecommerce applications. Products included firewall, VPN gateway and a suite of Electronic Commerce applications based on Netscape product line. Before Lucent, he was with Bellcore as Vice President where he led team to define Bellcore's new generation Operations Support Systems product line. Duane analyzed telecommunications industry's revenue projections, business directions, service opportunities, technology trends and re-engineering activities. Results led to the successful development and deployment of Bellcore's new OSS product line. Performed marketing, sales, contract negotiation and program management functions for domestic and international clients. Duane earlier held various management positions in Bellcore and Bell Laboratories. Duane holds BS and MS in EE from North Dakota State University and Professional Degree in EE from Columbia University. (PDF)