Press Release

San Diego, CA, August 22, 2011

2011 Symposium — “How Will The Internet Survive?”

2011 Marconi Symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR), explores the vast potential and challenges of keeping the Internet alive

The Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) at UCSD and the nonprofit Marconi Society will cosponsor the 2011 Marconi Symposium at the University of California at San Diego on Thursday, September 8th. The program is open to the public.

“How Will the Internet Survive?”, a point/counter-point dialogue that emphasizes the need for more collaboration between infrastructure and applications developers, presents a visionary look at the Internet’s future, and a realistic take on the challenges it will need to overcome. The program features talks by Qualcomm co-founder Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs and Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and considered one of the Fathers of the Internet.

The first session, moderated by Dr. Ramesh Rao, Director of CalIT2, kicks off with a dazzling demonstration of advanced technology from UCSD Prof. Tom DeFanti, pioneer in visualization and virtual reality technologies, and UCSD research scientist Albert Lin, who has developed innovative platforms for remote sensing and co-innovated massive data analysis through crowd-sourcing and web based public participation. Jacobs will talk about a new breed of smart phone apps, and Cerf will speak about the “Internet of things.”
The second session is moderated by Andrew Chraplyvy, Director of Lightwave Research at Bell Labs, and Prof. Ted Rappaport, Director of the Wireless Research Laboratory at UT-Austin. From infrastructure to capacity issues, ever-increasing energy consumption and growing vulnerabilities, it calls to attention all of the issues which must be addressed to insure the Internet’s survival. Bell Labs Researchers Bob Tkach and Peter J. Winzer will discuss the limits of optical fiber capacity and a bold initiative to solve the problem of capacity exhaust; Rappaport and Cerf will address the major challenges and technological advances on the mobile side.

The symposium runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and advance registration is required. General admission, which includes continental breakfast and a box lunch, is $50, and students with valid I.D. pay $15. Paid parking is available on the UCSD campus.

Hatti Hamlin