Prof. Henning Schulzrinne
Columbia University, New York, USA

Principles and Lessons for a New Internet and 4G Wireless Networks


In the last few years, there has been a lot of discussion on "blank slate" designs and moving from third-generation wireless to a somewhat ill-defined 4G network. These discussions reflect a frustration with the current state of networking technology and the inability to effect change via networking research. In this talk, I'll present a highly biased summary of some of the challenges and lessons as we move towards researching, planning and implementing next-generation networks. In particular, it is instructive to look at why certain promising networking technologies have failed to take off in the past and which key ideas should be fundamental going forward.

Short biography

Prof.  Henning Schulzrinne received his undergraduate degree in economics and electrical engineering from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, his MSEE degree as a Fulbright scholar from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and his Ph.D.  degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He was a member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University, New York.  He is currently chair of the Department of Computer Science.

He is editor of the "IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking", the "ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing" and the "ComSoc Surveys & Tutorials" and former editor of the "IEEE Internet Computing Magazine", "IEEE Transactions on Image Processing" and "Journal of Communications and Networks".

He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society and the ACM SIGCOMM Executive Committee, former chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committees on Computer Communications and the Internet and has been technical program chair of Global Internet, Infocom, NOSSDAV and IPtel and was General Chair of ACM Multimedia 2004.  He also was a member of the IAB (Internet Architecture Board).

Protocols co-developed by him are now Internet standards, used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, quality of service, and performance evaluation.

He serves as Chief Scientist for FirstHand Technologies and as former Chief Scientific Advisor for Ubiquity Software Corporation.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award.