2009 International Workshop on
Satellite and Space Communications
(IWSSC 2009)

10th-11th September 2009, Siena-Tuscany, Italy
[Tutorials on September 9, 2009]

International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications (IWSSC 2009)
10th-11th September 2009, Siena-Tuscany, Italy

for info, email to: iswcs09@dii.unisi.it

This workshop will be co-located with ISWCS 2009; for more details please visit the ISWCS 2009 Web page at the URL: http://www.iswcs.org/iswcs2009/


Keynote Speaker

"Next Generation Network Technologies for Emerging Services and Applications"


Next Generation Networking provides ubiquitous global communication infrastructure in which information can be accessed anywhere, anytime, by anyone using anything. As the demand for converged services, multimedia applications and mobility, increases new IP-based net-centric hybrid and integrated network architectures must be developed. Satellite communications have evolved over the years establishing its significant role in achieving global communications. The recent DVB-S/S2 and DVB-RCS technologies have successfully demonstrated the support for multimedia and interactive services including mobile applications. Terrestrial wireless has a unique position in personal and mobile networks supporting triple play services through existing cellular, WLAN, MAN (WiMAX) and evolving long term evolution (LTE) and femto cell technologies. However, the current telecommunications and networking infrastructure is not adequate enough to meet the needs of emerging services such as health, e-learning, e-governance, mobile services in rural and thinly populated urban areas. This keynote will address the complementary role of satellites in supporting the next generation hybrid /integrated satellite-terrestrial architectures meeting the future service requirements. It will also provide an insight into the growing market potential, technical challenges, regulatory and standards development, and research needs for deployment of next generation networks. The presentation concludes with a few thoughts on social implications of pervasive communications on a fast growing “personalized creative society”.


Dr. Kota is a Senior Scientist in Harris Corporation and Adjunct Professor in University of Oulu, Finland He has held technical and management positions at Loral, Lockheed Martin, SRI International, the MITRE Corp, and Xerox Corporation, and contributed to both military and commercial satellite communication systems and broadband (IP, ATM) network design and analysis. He made significant contributions to various programs e.g. MILSTAR, AEHF, AFSATCOM, DSCS, GBS and MSE- programs and early phase of TSAT and WIN-T programs. He was the chief network architect of broadband multimedia services (BMS), a two way IP satellite network and he developed the first phase of Astrolink -ka-band satellite network architecture. Currently he is head of the U.S. delegation and the U.S. chair of the ITU-R Working Party 4B involved with Fixed and Mobile satellite system performance. He led the efforts of development of Recommendations of TCP over Satellite Networks and Satellite ATM performance. He is the principal author of a book Broadband Satellite Communications for Internet Access, and co-edited a book Emerging Location Aware Broadband Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, and wrote book chapters on Satellite TCP/IP in High Performance Networking, Trends in Broadband Networking in Wiley Encyclopedia of Telecommunications. He has published more than 130 papers in conference proceedings, and journals. He served as a guest editor of special issues for IEEE Communications Magazine, International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, Space Communications- an International Journal and Int’l Journal of Wireless Information Networks. He is member of the editorial boards on the International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, and the Space Communications Journal. Dr. Kota received his Ph.D. from the University of Oulu, Finland; Electrical Engineer’s Degree from Northeastern University, Boston, USA; MSEE from IIT; BSEE from BITS, India. Dr. kota has been a keynote speaker, invited speaker and panelist at various international conferences. He served as the Unclassified Technical Program Chair of MILCOM 2007, Technical Committee member of MILCOM2004, 1997, and Asst Technical Chair of MILCOM 1990; Satellite Communications symposium chair of IEEE GLOBECOM 2002, 2000, co-chair of Wireless Communications and networking symposium of GLOBECOM2006, and Technical chair of ISWPC2007, WCNC 2008 panel chair, and invited session chair for PIMRC 2006,2005, 2004. He is the co-chair of Wireless Networking Symposium for GLOBECOM 2009. He is the recipient of Golden Quill awards from Harris Corporation, publication awards from Lockheed Martin and ATM Forum Spotlight Award. In addition, he is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and Member of ACM.