Panel 1 : 3G: Third Generation Gets Going - or Going, Going, Gone?
(Thursday, July 19, 2001, 14:30-16:30)
Chair: Ram Ramjee (Lucent Technologies)
Panel Members: Petri Mahonen (University of Oulu), Charlie Perkins (Nokia Labs), Andrew Campbell (Columbia University), Yabusaki Masami (DoCoMo Labs), Rajiv Laroia (Flarion)
Third generation wireless networks came out with a vision of providing
anywhere, anytime, and anyhow connectivity. The alphabet soup of
acronyms that populate the 3G standards world and the ever-escalating
costs of 3G deployment has resulted in questions on the viability of
3G deployment. On the other hand, there is a slew of emerging
alternative technologies, loosely classified under the umbrella of 4G,
such as 802.11, HiperLAN, OFDM, and all-IP wireless network
architectures. The panelists will debate the evolution and future of
Panel 2 : Wireless Killer Apps - Have Apps killed the Mobile Internet?
(Friday, July 20, 2001, 09:00-10:30)
Chair: David B. Johnson (Rice University)
Panel Members: Michael Karasick (IBM), John SanGiovanni (Microsoft), Maurizio Montagna (Alcatel), Nigel Davies (University of Arizona)
The next area for explosive growth for networks has long been expected
to be the mobile Internet. This is a natural expectation with the
growth of the wired Internet and parallel growth of wireless
communications. Indeed, with the sophistication of new handsets
increasing, and the addition of bandwidth and packet data services to
wireless networks, the stage seems set. However, this growth has not
occurred. The introduction of WAP has had very little impact on the
wireless data market. Which applications will make use of increased
bandwidth in 3G networks, and fuel the growth of the mobile Internet
is an unanswered question. In this panel, we will discuss the reasons
for the success of certain applications and failures of others, and
look ahead to the future of applications on the mobile Internet.
Panel 3 : Is there ever going to be a commercial market for wireless ad hoc networks?
(Friday, July 20, 2001, 11:00-12:30)
Chairs: Adam Wolisz and Holger Karl (Technical University of Berlin)
Panel Members: Hari Balakrishnan (MIT), Mario Gerla (UCLA), Jean-Pierre Hubaux (EPFL Lousanne), Michael Karasick (IBM)
While ad hoc networks are generally agreed to be important for some
specific applications (e.g., military applications), their potential
commercial impact and market share (particularly the lack of even the
prospects of any substantial products despite the vast amount of
research that has been done in this context) as well as their
importance in the face of ever-increasing coverage with high-bitrate
wireless access networks might be questioned.