Ultrabroadband Networks and the Personal Media Cloud

June 22, 2007


Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center
530 West 120th Street
New York, New York
For a map to Davis Auditorium, click here

With broadband penetration progressing rapidly, one must think ahead to the next stage, where broadband transmission rates of over 1Gbps on the consumer level will likely be the driver of major changes in ICT, mass media, and consumer electronics. To advance the understanding of the issues, the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information will host an international conference, with the participation of academics, industry, and users.

The conference will bring together researchers to address the various aspects of ultrabroadband network technologies, strategies, trials, applications, and policies.


8:30 - 9:00am - Conference Registration

9:00 - 9:05am - Introduction

  • Eli Noam - Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia University Graduate School of Business & Director, CITI

9:05am - 10:30am - User supplied content and P2P Ultrabroadband

  • Keith Ross - Professor, Polytechnic University, The Challenges of Live User-Generated Internet Video [Presentation]
  • Daeho Kim - Professor, Inha University, Korea, Visiting Scholar, CITI, Columbia University. Growth and Adoption of User Generated Content in Korea [Presentation]
  • Ramon Casadesus-Masanell - Professor, Harvard Business School.
  • Andres Hervas-Drane, Harvard Business School and Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Peer-to-Peer File Sharing and the Market for Digital Information Goods [Presentation]
  • Jun Shu, Professor, Department of Supply Chain and Information Technology Penn State University, A New Service Model for Content Distribution over Point-to-Point Networks [Presentation]
Moderator: Bob Atkinson, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

10:30am - 10:45am - Coffee break

10:45am - 11:35am - Enablers and obstacles of the Ultrabroadband deployment

  • Ken Wacks - Management Consultant, Chair of ISO/IEC Home Systems, Home Systems and International Standards [Presentation]
  • Benjamin Chiao - School of Information, University of Michigan, The Standardization of Early Internet Protocols and its Implications
  • Anastassios Gentzoglanis - Professor, University of Sherbrooke, Forecast Models of Broadband Demand and Other Information Technologies [Presentation]
Discussant: Steve Ross, Broadband Properties
Moderator: Darcy Gerbarg, Cinegrid & Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

11:40am - 12:30pm - The wireless impact on the Ultrabroadband Media Cloud
  • Roy Hasson - Solutions Architect, Motorola Home and Networks Mobility [Presentation]
  • J.H. Snider - Research Director, Wireless Future Program, New America Foundation, Washington, Spectrum Policy Wonderland: A Critique of Conventional Property Rights and Commons Theory in a World of Low Power Wireless Devices [Presentation]
  • Laura Forlano - Columbia University, Measurement at the Edges: A Survey of WiFi Hotspots in New York [Presentation]
Discussant: Pascal Chesnais, Orange Labs/France Telecom Group
Moderator: Elias Aravantinos, Stevens Institute of Technology

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch Break

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Media firms strategies

  • Carlos Domingo - Internet and Multimedia, Director of Telefonica R&D
  • Armando Calabrese - Professor, Roma University, Ultrabroadband Competition in the two-sided market [Presentation]
  • Ron Yurman - President, Short Hills Media Group

Moderator: John Heywood, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

2:30pm - 2:45pm - Coffee Break

2:45pm - 3:30pm - Impact on consumers

  • Ken Zita - Management Consultant, NAdventures. Social interactions with an intelligent infrastructure and the virtualization of social space
  • Jed Kolko - Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California, Digital divide of the social networks [Presentation]
Moderator: Raul Katz, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

3:30pm - 4:30pm - The role of the government and new policies
  • Russell Neuman - Professor of Media Technology, University of Michigan, Content, Conduit and Commercials [Presentation]
  • Chuck Davidson - Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute at New York Law School [Presentation]
  • Dennis Weller - Chief Economist, Verizon
Discussant: Raul Katz - Director, Business Strategy Research, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

4:30pm - Closing and Reception

  • Eli Noam - Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia University Graduate School of Business & Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information

Conference Organized By Eli Noam, Elias Aravantinos, Raul Katz, Bob Atkinson and John Heywood