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Communications Networking R/Evolution

A cornucopia of opportunities lies ahead for the electronics, optics, software and related industries as the network of the future evolves from today’s voice and data networks. Although it is impossible to predict exactly how and when changes will occur, the shape of the future can be outlined. Personalized, multiple media services will be available to us anytime, anywhere with a variety of easy-to-use information appliances High-speed access to all services — data, voice, video — will be ubiquitous and cheap Network reliability will approach that of today’s voice network Traffic volume (bits or packets) will replace distance and time to provide breakthrough reductions in cost of services What are the technologies that will enable this future (many, including, most likely, yours) and when will it happen (sooner rather than later than you think!)

Type of Seminar:
New Vistas
Dr. Arun N. Netravali
Vice President, Research, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill NJ 07974
Nov 16, 1998   17:15

Contact Person:

Prof. M. Morari
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Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Arun Netravali is Executive Vice President at Lucent Technologies’ Bell Laboratories. He joined Bell Laboratories in 1972 as a Member of Technical Staff, became Head of the Visual Communications Research Department in 1978, Director of Computing Systems Research in 1983, Communications Sciences Research Vice President in 1992 with added responsibility as a project manager for HDTV in 1990. He became Vice President of Quality, Engineering, Software and Technologies (QUEST) in 1994, and in 1995 he was named Vice President of Research. He was at NASA from 1970 to 1972, where he worked on problems related to filtering, guidance, and control for the space shuttle. Dr. Netravali received the B. Tech (Honors) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1967 and the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees from Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1969 and 1970, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1994, he received an honorary doctorate from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984-1992), and has taught graduate courses at City College, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He served on the editorial board of the Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Inc., from 1980 to 1984, and is currently an editor of several journals. He has served on the Digital Television Committees of the IEEE and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is an advisor to the Center for Telecommunications Research of Columbia University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois. He has organized and chaired sessions at several technical conferences. He has edited several special issues for the IEEE, including two for the Proceedings on Digital Encoding of Graphics, and Visual Communications Systems, and one for the Transactions on Picture Communication Systems. Dr. Netravali is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. He is the author of more than 135 papers and holds over 60 patents in the areas of Computer Networks, Human Interfaces to Machines, Picture Processing, and Digital Television. He is a co-author of three books: (a) Digital Picture Representation and Compression, (Plenum, 1987); (b) Visual Communications Systems, (IEEE Press, 1989); and (c) Digital Video: An Introduction to MPEG-2 (Chapman-Hall, 1997). He received the Donald G. Fink Award for the best review paper published in the Proceedings of the IEEE in 1980, the journal award for the best paper from the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers in 1982, the L. G. Abraham Award for the best papers by the IEEE Communications Society in 1985, the Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 1991, the OCA National Corporate Employee Achievement Award in 1991, Engineer of the Year Award from the Association of Engineers from India in 1992, Thomas A. Edison Patent Award in 1996, and the Japanese C&C Computers and Communications Prize in 1997. He served on the New Jersey Governor’s Committee on ‘Schools’ programs. Dr. Netravali is married to Dr. Chitra Netravali, a pediatrician, and has two children, Ilka and Ravi.