Speakers

Dr. Parag PruthiDr. Parag Pruthi
Founder, Chairman & CEO, NIKSUN


Dr. Pruthi brings over twenty-five years of expertise in the network security, wireless and applications analysis industry. Dr. Pruthi is the founder of NIKSUN which he has built from a startup to a highly successful global company leading the way in the cyber security, wireless and network monitoring markets.

Dr. Pruthi is widely recognized as the founding father of packet capture, stream to disk, bit vacuum, and other similar technologies which he brought to market in 1997 as NetVCR. He is also widely accepted as one of the leading innovators in the field of cyber security. In 2001 he introduced the NetDetector as the only device in the world capable of multi gigabits per second line rate recording and simultaneous analysis, reconstruction and replay in order to discover the source of security incidents and identification of potential information leakage. This invention led to the creation and growth of the field of network forensics.

Recognized as one of the foremost experts in advanced cyber security technologies, Dr. Pruthi advises on cyber defense strategies with some of the highest levels of governments and enterprises around the world. He is a frequent speaker on cyber security issues, including keynotes to delegates from across 28 NATO nations, agencies, and strategic commands at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Pruthi holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also has a Doctorate in Telecommunications from The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and his thesis, “An Application of Chaotic Maps to Packet Traffic Modeling,” was the first to apply chaotic and fractal or self-similar systems to accurately model the seemingly erratic nature of network traffic.

Dr. Pruthi has received many honors, is interviewed frequently by news and media and asked to write various articles on a diverse set of topics. Notable were his interview with General Norman Schwarzkopf on Cyber Security which aired on CNBC and various other media outlets; cover story "Securing You Against The Unknown" in Silicon India Magazine's September 2011 issue; feature cover story in CIO Review's inaugural issue (April-May 2012); and a chapter on "Delivering a Long-Term Vision for Software" in the "Inside The Minds" series on "Growth Strategies For Software Companies." In 2012 SmartCEO magazine awarded Dr. Pruthi CEO of one of the BEST-RUN COMPANIES in the Mid-Atlantic. In the same year, Network Products Guide named Dr. Pruthi Outstanding Leader of the Decade in the Information Technology Industry. In addition to a host of awards, his most cherished award is that from his peers at the IEEE who honored him with the IEEE Region 1 Award of Managerial Excellence for his Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Cybersecurity Vision.




Dr. Walter Willinger
Dr. Walter Willinger
Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs-Research


Dr Willinger is a member of the Information and Software Systems Research Center at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, NJ, has been a leading researcher into the self-similar ("fractal") nature of Internet traffic. Walter Willinger is a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs-Research in Florham Park, NJ. He was a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore Applied Research from 1986 to 1996. His paper "On the Self-Similar Nature of Ethernet Traffic" is featured in "The Best of the Best - Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research," a 2007 IEEE Communications Society book compiling the most outstanding papers published in the communications and networking field in the last half century.He has focused on investigating the topological structure of the Internet and on developing a theoretical foundation for the study of large-scale communication networks such as the Internet.

He received his Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University in 1987.




Charles KologdyMr. Charles Kolodgy
Research Vice President - IDC Security Products


Mr. Kolodgy has been with IDC for over 10 years. In this role, he executes primary research projects, and analyzes markets for both vendors and user customers.

Mr. Kolodgy's research is concentrated in endpoint security (both consumer and enterprise), vulnerability assessment and management, and encryption. Within the vulnerability assessment area he is deeply involved in application and software security. Research areas that cut across product markets include product certification, website security, threats, and security policy. He has taken an innovative approach to the security markets and is best known for the naming of the Unified Threat Management market.

Mr. Kolodgy's perspective on security products and security markets was shaped during his 16 year career with the National Security Agency (NSA). While employed within the nation's intelligence community, he held a variety of analyst and managerial positions within both information assurance and signals intelligence organizations. He was certified under the Agency's Information Security Professionalization program. Among his accomplishments are the codification of business processes under which commercial products were approved for government use, the management of a Business Affairs Branch, and contributions to the export control policies on encryption.

Popular press and trade publications frequently call on Mr. Kolodgy. His comments appear in Time, Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, Information Security Magazine, BusinessWeek, eWeek, ComputerWorld, Network World, CSO, USA Today, Information Week, and others. He also has been a speaker at a number of conferences within the United States, including the RSA Security Conference, Government CIO Conference, and CEIC.

Mr. Kolodgy holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security from Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree from the University of Lowell (MA).




Steve_AntoniewiczMr. Steve_Antoniewicz
Director of McAfee Professional Services


Mr. Antoniewicz has nearly fifteen years of experience within information technology. Immediately prior to joining the McAfee team, Steve held the Vice President of Security Solutions position within a global Tier 1 telecommunications company. In this role, he was solely responsible for leading the Security Solutions practice that provided consulting services to Fortune 100 clients (including 18 out of the 20 largest global financial institutions).

Previous work has placed Steve in BITS / HIPAA / PCI / SOX / IT security and audit, risk assessment, network engineering, UNIX / Windows systems administration, programming, ethical hacking, and business continuity planning. In addition, Mr. Antoniewicz is well acquainted with the key emerging solutions in the security space that span from wired to wireless, VoIP to IPS, and all the latest vulnerability identification, assessment, and exploitation tools.




Dan SchutzerDr. Dan Schutzer
Chief Technology Officer - BITS


As CTO of BITS, Dr. Schutzer provides guidance on developing technologies and their impact on electronic commerce, risk management, operational solutions, and research and development for the financial services industry. Prior to BITS, Dr.Schutzer served as President of the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) from 2005 until The Financial Services Roundtable/BITS acquired FSTC in June 2009. Dr. Schutzer spent more than 20 years at Citigroup in risk management, advanced technology, payments and security roles, including as a Director and Senior Vice President. Dr. Schutzer also worked as Technical Director of U.S. Naval Intelligence and as Director of Systems and Technical Sales Support for the Univac division of Sperry Rand, New York Metropolitan Region. He currently serves as co-chair of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council's (FSSCC) R&D Committee and is a Fellow and Advisory Board member of the New York Academy of Sciences. Dr. Schutzer has been published in over 65 publications and has authored 7 books.

He is a graduate of City College of New York and received a Master of Science of Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Syracuse University.




Dr. Anand R. Prasand
Dr. Anand R. Prasad
Senior Manager at NEC Corporation, Japan


Dr. Anand R. Prasad, Ph.D. & Ir. (MScEngg), Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Senior Member IEEE and Member ACM, is a NEC Certified Professional (NCP) and works as a Senior Expert at NEC Corporation, Japan, where he leads the security activity in 3GPP. Anand is Member of the Governing Council of Global ICT Standardisation Forum for India (GISFI) where he also chairs the Green ICT group and founded the Security SIG. He has several years of professional experience in all aspects of wireless networking industry.

Before joining NEC he led the network security team in DoCoMo Euro-Labs, Munich, Germany, as a manager. He started his carrier as a researcher developing embedded solutions like MAC and ARQ for WLANs and later project leader of software modem team at Uniden Corporation, Japan. Subsequently he worked as systems architect for IEEE 802.11 based WLANs (WaveLAN and ORiNOCO) in Lucent Technologies, The Netherlands, and as technical director at Genista Corporation, Japan, with the focus on perceptual QoS. He has also provided business and technical consultancy to several start-ups. Anand has applied for over 30 patents, has published 6 books and authored over 50 peer reviewed papers in international journals and conferences. His recent 3 books published by River Publishers are on "Security in Next Generation Mobile Networks: 3GPP SAE/LTE and WiMAX", "Advances in Next Generation Services and Service Architectures" and "Future Internet Services and Service Architectures". He is also active in several conferences as program committee member.




Dr. Jack Brassil
Dr. Jack Brassil
Research Scientist and Program Manager, HP Labs


Jack Brassil received the B.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1981, the M.Eng. degree from Cornell University in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego, in 1991, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Brassil has been with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories since 1999. He currently is a Research Scientist and Program Manager at HP in Princeton, NJ. Prior to that he managed a research team in Palo Alto, CA, investigating internet streaming media, content distribution architectures, and communication networks and protocols. He is currently focused on mobile computing systems, and particularly enjoys collaborative teaming with startups, universities and industrial research partners.

Before joining HP he held multiple research positions at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill and Holmdel, NJ. Dr. Brassil is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE Communications Society, a member of the ACM, and a member of ACM SIGCOMM.




Dr. Raghu Kalavai
Dr. Raghu Kalavai
Director of Engineering, Cebatech Inc


Raghu Kalavai has 16 years of experience leading and developing semiconductor solutions for new and emerging technology applications. Starting his career with Lucent technologies, Dr. Kalavai was the principal architect for the industry's first ever HDTV and cable-modem chips, initially deployed in Sony and Mitsubishi TVs. He was a core was a member of the Lucent technical team spun-out to form Ibiquity, a venture focused on developing new digital AM/FM radio receivers for the US market. At Sandbridge Technologies Dr. Kalavai worked on software-defined radio chips for cellular handsets and lead the team that developed next-generation chips for Sirius satellite radio receivers. At Cebatech System, he led the design, modeling, and implementation on ASIC, DSP or FPGA for wireless communication systems.

Dr Kalavai has 12 patents as the lead innovator, 18 technical papers and contributions to books. He holds Ph.D degree from University of Minnesota, and MS from the Indian Institute of Science.




James Van Bokkelen
Mr. James Van Bokkelen
VP, Security Forensics, NIKSUN


Mr. Van Bokkelen joins NIKSUN with 28 years of experience in operations, sales, marketing and software development. He has been an entrepreneur with broad interest in networking and communication. His recent focus has been on recognition, analysis, forensics and visualization of network traffic and data.

Prior to joining NIKSUN, Mr. Van Bokkelen was Founder and President of Sandstorm Enterprises Inc., a developer of IP network and security monitoring solutions and telephone systems scanning software. Mr. Van Bokkelen was with Sandstorm from its inception in 1998 to its acquisition by NIKSUN in 2010. At Sandstorm, he also served as the primary architect of NetIntercept, a network forensics analysis tool. Previously, he had been a founder of FTP Software, a pioneer in the internet access field, serving at various times as President, VP Sales and Marketing and VP Engineering. Earlier in his career, he worked as Manager of Software Development at Perception Technology, a pioneer in the Voice Response area.

Mr. Van Bokkelen attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His publications include internet RFCs and other contributions to the IETF.




Dr. Rajarathnam Chandramouli
Dr. Rajarathnam Chandramouli
Thomas E. Hattrick Chair Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology


Chandramouli of Stevens Institute of Technology is the Thomas E. Hattrick Chair Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a prolific researcher in cognitive radio, wireless networks, and applications in Internet data security. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Army, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Research Lab, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), other Department of Defense agencies, and industry. He is the President and Co-Founder of InStream Media, Inc., which provides a suite of software and Internet applications for identifying deception in text data.

Dr. Chandramoulis research focuses on the advancement in several specialties, including; cognitive radio networks, wireless security, Internet media security and forensics (steganography, text forensics, etc.) computational biology and applied probability theory. He is the Founding Chair of the IEEE COMSOC Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks, Member of the IEEE COMSOC Standards Board and serves on several journal Editoral Boards and international conference organization committees. He has given plenary and keynote talks in several major international conferences. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award.




Chris Mac-Stoker Mr. Chris Mac-Stoker
Distinguished Engineer and ED, Product Management


Chris "Skip" Mac-Stoker is a twenty-year technology industry veteran with depths in the large-scale networking, infrastructure, high-performance & super-computing industry sectors. As Distinguished Engineer and Executive Director, Product Management, Chris steers the technical direction of NIKSUN's product portfolio. Together with the Product Management and NIKSUN Innovation Centre teams, Chris executes prototypes of future product releases with a hands-on, practical approach. Prior to NIKSUN, Chris began his career on Wall St. as a NOC Manager, becoming a consulting design engineer for trading infrastructures generating billions in revenue at tier one banks and hedge funds, specializing in high availability, data integrity / security issues, and multi-discipline failure analysis. Chris also maintains a non-profit service provider, keeping ties to the FOSS, OSDN, *BSD and cybersecurity communities.




Mr. Jonathan HamMr. Jonathan Ham
Senior Member Technical Staff & Forensics Expert


Jonathan Ham is a Security and Forensics Expert specializing in large-scale enterprise security issues, from policy and procedure, through staffing and training, to scalable prevention, detection, and response technology and techniques. He's been commissioned to teach NCIS investigators how to use Snort, performed packet analysis from a facility more than 2000 feet underground, taught intrusion analysis to the NSA, and chartered and trained the CIRT for one of the largest U.S. civilian Federal agencies. He is an author and Certified Instructor on faculty at the SANS Institute, co-author and instructor of courses for Black Hat, and co-author of the textbook Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace, published by Prentice Hall in 2012.




Dr. TK Srinivas Dr. TK Srinivas
VP of Engineering


Dr. TK Srinivas brings significant software development experience to NIKSUN. Previously, he was an entrepreneur, leveraging his background in building large scale software systems in a variety of roles spanning three decades at Bell Labs and Avaya Labs. In these past roles, Dr Srinivas directed and managed the development and enhancements of systems involving millions of lines of code, from requirements through global deployment and maintenance utilizing fast but effective processes to ensure the timely delivery of quality code. Dr Srinivas is experienced in building systems for Enterprise and Service Provider customers. He has a proven track record for building and managing teams across multiple international locations as well as creating long-term strategic relationships with business partners and vendors. Most recently, Dr Srinivas held roles such as Director of Architecture & Engineering at Avaya and before that served as Chief Architect for the Avaya Global Services organization, which was a two billion dollar business.

Dr Srinivas has an MSc in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Kanpur and an MS degree in Computer Science and PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.




Dr. Michael DavidDr. Michael David
Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Safe, Secure Energy Technologies


Dr. David has pursued successful military and civilian careers in technology assessment, information operations, information security, political-military relations, program management and contract negotiations on a worldwide basis. Dr. David is currently working as a subject matter expert (SME) in the Washington DC area, focused on energy infrastructure cyber and supply chain security issues. He works closely with organizations like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Energy (DoE), North American Energy Reliability Corporation (NERC), Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resource (NESCOR). He is fluent in the Japanese language, with basic French language skills.

Dr. David founded the Global Institute for Safe, Secure Energy Technologies (GISSET), based in Fukuoka, Japan in August 2007. Previously, Dr. David worked for the Cubic Corporation of San Diego, Ca. from 1982. He served as vice president in Tokyo, New York City, Singapore and Brussels. He traveled extensively throughout Asia, the EU, Middle East and North Africa developing new markets and relationships with major corporate partners, the EU and NATO. He served on active duty in the US Army in Korea, Okinawa and Japan from 1971 - 1981, and in the Army Reserve from 1981 - 1999.

Dr. David graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Industrial Engineering and BA in Foreign Affairs . He holds an MS in System Management from the University of Southern California. Dr. David is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program, and has also studied Cryptography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). Dr. David wrote his doctoral thesis on Critical Infrastructure Protection at Kyushu University, Japan. His research has focused on secure identity and access control systems, information analysis systems, security for the electrical power infrastructure and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.




Dr. Rajit Gadh Dr. Rajit Gadh
Founder and Director, the Smart Grid Energy Research Center


Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu) and Founder and Director of the UCLA WINMEC Consortium (http://winmec.ucla.edu). He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.

Dr. Gadhs current research interests include modeling and control of Smart Grids, wireless monitoring and control of distribution and consumer-premise power grids, Electric Vehicle aggregation, modeling and control, optimized EV charging under grid and local constraints, Grid-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-grid and Grid-to-home architectures, automation and home area network for Demand Response, Micro-grid modeling and control, and, wireless-sensor and RFID middleware architectures.

Dr. Gadh is the author of over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings and 4 patents. His team has developed the WINSmartEVTM and WINSmartGridTMresearch platforms at UCLA.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, NSF Research Initiation Award, and, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Fellow Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Educational award, IEEE WTS second best student paper award, ASME Kodak Best Technical Paper award, AT&T Industrial ecology fellow award, Engineering Education Foundation Research Initiation Award, the William Mong Fellowship from University of Hong Kong, and other accolades in his career. He has lectured and given keynote/distinguished addresses worldwide in countries such as Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and, Thailand. Dr. Gadh serves as advisor to a handful of technology-based startups.

Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur, all in engineering.




Ziqian Dong
Prof. Ziqian Dong
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering School of Engineering and Computing Sciences New York Institute of Technology, New York NY


Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China, M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ.

She was awarded the Hashimoto Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering, NJIT. She is the recipient of 2006 and 2007 Hashimoto Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and recipient of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Award for her inventions in network switches. Her research interests include architecture design and analysis of practical buffered crossbar packet switches, network security and forensics, wireless sensor networks, social networks and assistive medical devices. She was associated with Networking Research Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology and MySYNC Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology for her postdoctoral research. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Motorola Solutions and NYIT. Currently she serves as the principal investigator for the NYIT Research Experience for Undergraduates site funded by NSF to engage undergraduates in mobile device and network security research. She is a member of IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Women in Engineering and American Society for Engineering Education. She has served as a technical committee member in the IEEE HPSR, IEEE Sarnoff, IEEE Greencom and ChinaCom.




Ziqian Dong
Dr. Miodrag Mihaljevic
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade


Dr. Miodrag J. Mihaljevic is a research professor and the projects leader at the Mathematical Institute, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade. His main research areas are cryptology and information security. He has published more than 90 research papers in the leading international journals and conference proceedings (including over 50 papers in IEEE journals, Journal of Cryptology, Phys. Rev. A, Computing, IET Information Security, Inform. Process. Lett., LNCS, IEICE Transactions, and as certain book chapters), and over 150 publications in total. He is co-inventor of 6 granted patents in U.S, Japan and China. His research results have been cited more than 1500 times in the leading international publications. He has participated in over 10 international research projects and has served over 150 times as the reviewer for the leading international journals and conferences.

He has held long-term visiting positions at the University of Tokyo, IMAI Lab (1997-2001 and 2004-2005), Sony Computer Science Labs (2001-2002), Sony Corporation Labs (2002-2003), Tokyo, the Research Center for Information Security (RCIS), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo, Japan (2006-2012), and currently (from April 1, 2012) he holds the position of an Invited Senior Researcher at the Research Institute for Secure Systems (RISEC), National Institute AIST, Tsukuba, Japan.




Chris Root
Mr. Chris Root
Senior Vice President of Network Strategy at National Grid


Christopher Root has recently retired as Senior Vice President of Network Strategy for National Grid after 29 years. His career has been split between Power System Engineering in all facets of the utility industry and Operations where he was Senior VP of T&D Operations for over 10 years dealing with all opearational aspects of an utility. Root is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Masters in Power Systems Engineering) and Northeastern University (Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering). In 1997, he completed the Program for Management Development of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been a member since 1980 and has been active in the Governing Board as a Member At Large and as Secretary for 4 years. He has authored, co-authored and presented papers at various IEEE forums. Root was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Engineer Award for initiating and leading the successful renewal of the Boston Chapter of IEEE PES and for his overall contributions to the Power and Energy Society. He is the Chairman of the PES Leadership in Power Award.




Paul Cuff
Dr. Paul Cuff
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University


Dr.Paul Cuff is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University since 2009. He currently advises four PhD students working on information theory and co-advises two PhD students working on recommendation and voting systems.

Dr. Cuff received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University in 2004 and M.S and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2006 and 2009. He was awarded the ISIT 2008 Student Paper Award for his work titled "Communication Requirements for Generating Correlated Random Variables" and was a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and the Numerical Technologies Fellowship as a graduate student.

Edward G. Amoroso 
Dr. Edward G. Amoroso
Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for AT&T Services, Inc


Dr. Edward G. Amoroso serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for AT&T Services, Inc. His responsibilities include real-time protection of AT&T's vast network and computing infrastructure, security policy, planning, and architecture for AT&T's enterprise, digital rights management (DRM) and security support for AT&T's IPTV and entertainment initiatives, and lead design, development, and operations support for AT&T's managed and network-based security services.

Ed's twenty-two year career at AT&T began at Bell Laboratories, where he worked on securing the Unix operating system, as well as numerous federal government security initiatives. More recently, he has championed AT&T's network-based security strategy, centered around emerging in-the-cloud protection services such as Internet Protect and DDOS Defense. Ed also created the AT&T Tech Channel which offers Internet-based technical and security news and entertainment.

Ed has authored research papers and four books on information security including "Cyber Security" (Silicon Press, 2007), which is written for mainstream readers. Ed holds the MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the Stevens Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia Business School. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stevens for the past eighteen years, and his work has been featured in many publications such as the Wall Street Journal.




Professor Ramjee Prasad  
Prof. Ramjee Prasad
Director CTIF, Aalborg University Founding head and program director: The International Research Centre for Telecommunications-Transmission and Radar (IRCTR) at Delft University of Technology (DUT), The Netherlands


Professor Dr Ramjee Prasad has been holding the Professorial Chair of Wireless Information and Multimedia Communications at Aalborg University, Denmark (AAU) since June 1999. Since 2004 he is the Founding Director of the Center for TeleInfrastruktur (CTIF), established as large multi-area research center at the premises of Aalborg University. Ramjee Prasad is a Fellow of IEEE, the IET and IETE is a world-wide established scientist, which has given fundamental contributions towards development of wireless communications. He achieved fundamental results towards the development of CDMA and OFDM, taking the leading role by being the first in the world to publish books in the subjects of CDMA (1996) and OFDM (1999).

He is the recipient of many international academic, industrial and governmental awards and distinctions of which the most recently is the cross of the order of chivalry (Ridderkorset af Dannebrogordenen) from the Danish Queen due internationalization of top-class telecommunication research and education. He has published a huge number of books (more than 25), journals and conferences publications (together more than 750), more than 15 patents, a sizeable amount of graduated PhD students (over 60) and an even larger amount of graduated M.Sc. students (over 200). Several of his students are today worldwide telecommunication leaders themselves.

He is the founding chairman of the Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI) and was the founding chairman of the European Center of Excellence in Telecommunications known as HERMES of which he is now the honorary chairman. Recently, under his initiative, international M.Sc. and PhD programmes have been started with the Sinhgad Technical Education Society in India, the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia and with the Athens Information Technology (AIT) in Greece.

Ramjee Prasad has a long path of achievements until to date and a rich experience in the academic, managerial, research, and business spheres of the mobile and wireless communication area. Namely, he played an important role in the success that the Future Radio Wideband Multiple Access Systems (FRAMES) achieved. He was the leader of successful EU projects like the MAGNET and MAGNET Beyond, among others, as well as the driver of fruitful cooperation with companies in projects, like Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Telenor, among others. He is advisor to several multinational companies. He started as a Senior Research Fellow (1970-1972) and continued as an Assistant Professor (1972-1980) at the Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, Ranchi, India. He was appointed as an Associate Professor in 1980-1983 and head of the Microwave Laboratory there. From 1983-1988 Ramjee Prasad worked at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania, where he became Full Professor of Telecommunications in the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1986.

From February 1988 till May 1999 Ramjee Prasad worked at the Delft University of Technology (DUT), The Netherlands at the Telecommunications and Traffic Control Systems Group. He was the founding head and program director of the Centre for Wireless and Personal Communications (CWPC) of the International Research Centre for Telecommunications-Transmission and Radar (IRCTR) at DUT, The Netherlands. Prior to founding CTIF, Ramjee Prasad was the Co-Director of the Center for PersonKommunikation until December 2002. He became the research director of the department of Communication and Technology in 2003. Prof. Prasad has authored or co-authored more than 700 high cited scientific articles published in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and international journals. Since 1999, he has published 8 monographs, 22 books, 18 book chapters and more than 70 and 190 articles in journals and conference proceedings. Furthermore he has 15 patents within his research areas.




Dr. Ashok Erramilli 
Dr. Ashok Erramilli
Co-Founder & CTO, Optessa Inc.


Ashok Erramilli has been a serial entrepreneur, founding several startups that specialize in developing solutions that apply the latest research to solve real world engineering problems. He has been the Chief Technical Officer of Optessa Inc since 2003, designing an optimization engine that can be applied to a wide range of combinatorial optimization problems with applications in networking and manufacturing. The Optessa scheduling system has been implemented at some of the world¹s largest manufacturers, including Honda, Ford and Chrysler, delivering significant operational efficiencies.

He served as an expert witness in an important patent case involving MPLS and developed feature specifications for broadband and 3G network performance management systems.

Prior to that he was the founder and President of Qnetworx Inc, a network consulting company that worked with numerous start ups and Fortune 500 companies to develop broadband and wireless network engineering and management solutions.

He worked at Bellcore (now Telcordia) for 9 years, specializing in the engineering of  networking technologies and products. He also pioneered  the applications of emerging mathematical methods such as chaotic maps, fractal processes and combinatorial optimization in network analysis. He headed Bellcore's research program in network analysis and design in 1994 to 1996.

Prior to this, he worked at ITT Advanced Technology Center between 1983 to 1986, designing high speed packet switching systems.

Ashok obtained his M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1981 and 1984 respectively, and before that his B.E. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1980. He has authored over 45 papers and has over 1546 citations.  in the field of networking, He  worked as a Visiting Professor at KTH Sweden in 1993, and at RMIT in 1999.




Christopher Novak
Mr. Christopher Novak
Managing Principal Verizon Business


Christopher Novak is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Investigative Response and Computer Forensics. He has been involved with information security for over 10 years. He has assisted corporations, government agencies, and attorneys with all matters involving IT security compliance, computer forensics, fraud investigations, and computer security incident response matters. He has been certified in various jurisdictions as an expert witness and has testified in both civil litigation and criminal prosecutions.

Christopher is a co-founder of the Verizon Business Investigative Response Unit and an active senior investigator. He has led dozens of tactical response cases over the past 18 months and continues to respond to high-profile cases on a global basis. He works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as joint investigative operations coordinated with foreign law enforcement.

Christopher is an active public speaker, discussing various topics ranging from high-level best practices to in-depth technical training and data breach investigations. He has been a co-author of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report since its first publication in 2008. Christopher is an active member among multiple industry trade groups and a frequent guest lecturer at universities.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.




Dr. Sandeep Shukla
Prof. Sandeep Shukla
Associate Professor Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic and State University


Sandeep K. Shukla is an associate professor computer engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, VA, USA. He is also a founder and deputy director of the Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA), and director of the FERMAT research lab. He has published more than 100 articles in journals, books and conference proceedings. He co-authored SystemC Kernel Extensions for Heterogeneous Modeling, and co-edited Nano, Quantum and Molecular Computing: Implications to High Level Design and Validation and Formal Methods and Models for System Design: a System Level Perspective, all published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. He was awarded the PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) award for his research in design automation for embedded systems design, which in particular focuses on system level design languages, formal methods, formal specification languages, probabilistic modeling and model checking, dynamic power management, application of stochastic models and model analysis tools for fault-tolerant nano-scale system design, reliability measurement of faulttolerant nano-systems, and embedded software engineering.

Prof. Shukla has also been elected as a College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. Prof. Shukla is a senior member of the IEEE, and of ACM. He has also been ASEE/ONR senior faculty fellow at the Naval Research Labs, USA in 2005, and ASEE/Air Force Faculty fellow at the Air Force Labs, Rome, NY, USA in 2007. His corporation experience includes stints at GTE (now Verizon) and Intel.




Paul Giura
Dr. Paul Giura
Researcher with the Chief Security Office, AT&T.


He received his Ph.D. and Masters degrees from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and Bachelors from University of Bucharest, Romania. Before joining AT&T he worked as a Research Assistant at ISIS lab at the Fornet and NetStore projects to design and develop new payload attribution and storage methods to support network forensics, monitoring and fast querying of large amounts of network historical data. He was also a summer research intern at Ricoh Innovations in Menlo Park, CA in 2007 and at AT&T Security in Middletown, NJ in 2008 working on security related projects..




Chris Dervishian
Mr. Chris Dervishian
VP, Operations, NIKSUN


Chris Dervishian is NIKSUNs VP, Operations. He holds multiple degrees in electrical engineering, with a hands-on engineering background. In addition, Chris earned a law degree, with commensurate experience negotiating high-tech transactions. This provides Chris with a balanced perspective to manage both operational and in-house legal matters, as senior counsel. Mr. Dervishian's area of expertise includes electronics and software technologies, intellectual property protection, semiconductor design and fabrication, computer architecture, networking and image processing. Prior to joining NIKSUN, Mr. Dervishian practiced at the law firm of RatnerPrestia, and worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore (now Telcordia) and as a Development Engineer at Moore Products, where he gained significant operations expertise. Mr. Dervishian graduated Cum Laude with a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.




Remzi Seker
Prof. Remzi Seker
Professor of Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Dr. Remzi Seker, the College leader in the area of cyber-security, focuses on ways to addresses the asymmetric threats arising from rapid, yet necessary use of technology. He has published more than 60 technical publications, and serves as an associate editor for both Computers and Electrical Engineering and the Journal of Cyber Security and Mobility. His research has been funded by Acxiom, the Office of Rural Health, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Seker is a Professor of Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before joining Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he was Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he was also leading the Assurance, Security and Software Usability Research and Education (ASSURE) Lab.

His research interests are safety and security critical systems and computer forensics. His research is motivated by the trend in rapid penetration of computer-based technologies into our society. When computer-based technologies become commodities on which people rely, the vulnerability of the society to disruptions offered by these technologies increase. Dr. Seker, as a researcher, focuses on ways to address the asymmetric threats that arise from rapid, yet necessary use of technology. He is co-author of one of the first papers that was published on Mobile Phishing, and possible techniques for preventing it.

Dr. Seker serves on the ACM and IEEE Computer Society Computing Curriculum: Computer Science 2013 (CS2013) Committee. In this committee, he is the lead person for the Operating Systems Knowledge Area, and he is member of the three-person committee designing the first Cyber Security Knowledge Area. In addition, Dr. Seker was selected to teach a short course for IEEE, titled Secure Software Development, in October 2012. He served as a Department of Homeland Security Software Assurance (SwA) Forum Working Group member.




Prof. H. Vincent Poor
Prof. H. Vincent Poor
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University


H. Vincent Poor is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Princeton University, where he is also the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering. He joined Princetons faculty in 1990, and has served as dean of SEAS since 2006. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, he was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, and he has held visiting appointments at a number of other institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, and Imperial College (London).

As dean, Dr. Poor is responsible for the leadership of SEAS, which comprises six academic departments and multiple research centers, and involves approximately 1/6 of Princetons faculty, 1/5 of its undergraduates, 1/4 of its graduate students, and 1/3 of its research expenditures. In particular, he is responsible for realizing the SEAS vision of educating leaders for a technological world, with a focus on four major areas of societal need: energy, environment, health, and security.

As a faculty member, Dr. Poors teaching and research interests lie primarily in the area of wireless networking and related fields. He has authored or co-authored more than 1,000 publications in these fields, including a dozen books. Dr. Poor is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and the IEEE Education Medal in 2005. Recent recognition of his work includes the 2009 Edwin Howard Armstrong Award of the IEEE Communications Society, the 2010 Ambrose Fleming Medal of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the 2011 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award, and an honorary D.Sc. degree from the University of Edinburgh, awarded in June 2011.



Dr. Neeli Prasad 
Dr. Neeli Prasad
IEEE Senior Member, Director of CTIF-USA, Princeton


Dr. Neeli Prasad is head of research at the Center for TeleInfrastruktur (CTIF) at Aalborg University and director of CTIF-USA, Princeton, USA. She has over 14 years of management and research experience both in industry and academia. She has gained strong experience with project coordination of EU-funded and industrial research projects. She joined Libertel (now Vodafone NL), the Netherlands in 1997 as radio engineer and team leader. Till May 2001, she worked as systems architect and corporate member of the architecture team at Wireless LANs in Wireless Communications and Networking Division of Lucent Technologies, the Netherlands. From June 2001 to July 2003, she was with T-Mobile the Netherlands as Senior Core Network architect. Subsequently, from July 2003 to April 2004, at PCOM:I3, Aalborg, Denmark. She has been involved in a number of EU-funded R&D projects, including FP7 CIP-PSP LIFE 2.0, FP7 CIP-PSP ISISEMD, FP7 IP ASPIRE, FP7 IP FUTON, FP6 IP eSENSE, FP6 NoE CRUISE, FP6 IP MAGNET, and FP6 IP Magnet Beyond. She is currently the project coordinator of the FP7 IST IP ASPIRE, FP7 CIP-PSP LIFE 2.0 and was project coordinator of FP6 NoE CRUISE. She was also the leader of EC Cluster for Mesh and Sensor Networks and is Counsellor of IEEE Student Branch, Aalborg. Her current research interests are in the area of QoL, SON, IoT, Identity Management, mobility, network management and monitoring, practical radio resource management; cognitive learning capabilities and modelling, Security, Privacy and Trust.

Experience in other fields includes physical layer techniques, policy based management, short range communications. Her publications range from top journals, international conferences and chapters in books. She has also co-edited and co-authored two books and has over 50 peer reviewed papers in international journals and conferences. She is also very active in several conferences as chair and as program committee member.




Dr. Cristina Comaniciu  
Dr. Cristina Comaniciu
Stevens Institute of Technology


Dr. Comaniciu joined Stevens Institute of Technology on August 2003, where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. From September 2011 she will be a visiting professor at Princeton University for her sabbatical leave. Cristina is co-recipient of the 2007 Marconi paper prize award, and co-author of a book on cross-layer design for wireless networks, appeared in 2005. She currently serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Communication letters and she is a member of the IEEE interest group on Green Multimedia Communications. Her research interests focus on energy efficient resource allocation for wireless networks, green wireless design, dynamic spectrum management for cognitive radio networks, game theoretic approaches for cooperative algorithms in wireless networks, cross-layer design, and energy-security tradeoffs.

Dr. Comaniciu received the M.S. degree in Electronics from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University in 2002. From 2002 to 2003, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University.




Dr. Kazukuni Kobara
Dr. Kazukuni Kobara
Leader, Control System Security Research Group at Research Institute for Secure Systems (RISEC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)


In addition to his duties as Leader of the Control System Security Research Group at Research Institute for Secure Systems,Dr . Kobara is a professor at the Center for Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University in Japan. From 2000 to 2006 he was a research associate at the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo. In 2006, he joined AIST.

His research interests include cryptography, computer security, and cybersecurity. He received the SCIS Paper Award and the Vigentennial Award from IEICE in 1996 and 2003, respectively. He also received the Best Paper Award of WISA, the ISITA Paper Award for Young Researchers, the IEICE Best Paper Award and Inose Award,the JSSM Best Paper Award and RISONA Industry-Academia-Government Coordination Award in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2013, respectively. He served as a member of ETC (Electronic Toll Collection System) security committees from 1999 to present, CRYPTREC (Cryptography Research and Evaluation Committees) from 2000 to 2008, the vice chairperson of MIC WLAN security committee in 2003, the chief investigator of INSTAC identity management committee from 2007 to 2009, and the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC27 WG2 expert from 2012 to present.

He received his Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2003.




Nader Nassar
Mr. Nader Nassar
Software Engineer, Technical Lead IBM CIO Lab


Nader Nassar has been working with IBM Corp for over 12 years. Currently he works as a software Engineer and a technical lead at IBM CIO Lab in Somers NY. As a part of innovation for Security Group which is the innovation wing for IBM CIO Organization. His area of interest revolves around Web Application Vulnerability, Security-As-A-Service, Secure Browsing, Identity Management and Secure Internet of Things.

Mr Nassar is Group one and IBM certified IT Specialist as well as Certified IT Architect. He also is a member of IBM IT Specialist certification board where he evaluates IT Specialists certification candidates and conduct a technical interview with them to validate their skills in the profession.

Nader has filed over ten patents into the US Patent Office, and he is currently a member of three IBM patent evaluation boards. In addition, Mr Nassar is a guest lecturer at Pace University where he introduces graduate CIS students to the latest web application vulnerabilities. Finally, Mr Nassar has served as a program commettee ( PC ) in a number of conferences and has a track record of publications in reputable IEEE sponsored conferences as well as within IBM as he is an active contributor to IBM Intellectual




Marco Valdivia
Mr. Marco Valdivia
Director Reliability and Security, NJ Board of Public Utilities


Marco Valdivia, Emergency Management Analyst to the Division of Reliability and Security to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). Prior to this position, he held the position of Bureau Chief in the Division of Water from 2007-2013 during which he has awarded the NJBPU Manager of the Year Award in 2008. Mr. Valdivia came to the NJBPU in 2002 as an aide to the former president of the Board, Jeanne M. Fox. During this time, Mr. Valdivia has worked on numerous state utility related matters like the NJ Energy Master Plan of 2008, Water Distribution System Improvement Charge of 2012, NJ Smart Growth Initiative, Homeland Security Grant Program, Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, and many more. The NJBPU has the regulatory jurisdiction over telephone, electric, gas, water, wastewater and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, proper, and adequate service at reasonable rates.

Prior to his work in state government, Mr. Valdivia worked for the gubernatorial campaign that elected the 51st Governor of the State of New Jersey, James E. McGreevey. During this time as Deputy Treasurer to the campaign, he was responsible for all compliance matters concerning gubernatorial funding and overall operational matters of the office. Hired as a consultant, Mr. Valdivia also acted in the capacity of Deputy Campaign Manager to the 14th Legislative District located in the Hamilton area in 2001.

Mr. Valdivia also worked as a Laboratory Manager in Linden, NJ and in the Caribbean for ITS/Caleb Brett, a third party petroleum tester and quantifier. During this time, Mr. Valdivia oversaw the quality control programs set in place and prepared the staff for the ISO 9002 Certification program. As a highlight, Mr. Valdivia also had the unique opportunity to test product that was being used by AIR FORCE 1 during the Presidents visit to the area.

Mr. Valdivia has been involved with University Academy Charter High School in Jersey City, NJ since its inception. Serving as a trustee and later as Board Secretary, he now sits as President of the Board since being elected in 2008.

Mr. Valdivia received a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Rutgers College, Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers College of Newark, Rutgers University. He is currently a Doctorate candidate at New Jersey City University in the Civil Security Leadership, Management & Policy program with an expected graduation date of May 2015. Along with his loving wife, Nancy, they have two children, Marco Jr. and Macy.




Azzam-ul-Assar
Dr. Azzam-ul-Assar
Dean, CECOS University, Peshawar, Pakistan


Prof. Azzam ul Asar did his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar and received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Strathclyde Glasgow, U.K. He has completed his Post Doctoral studies from New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. His research areas include power system, smart grid, microgrid, and intelligent system. Besides teaching, his primary agenda centers on focusing research work which have led to produce Ph.D, MS and BS graduates. He has supervised a number of research projects on energy systems. His name has been included in Whos Who Engineering Education (WWEE). During his academic career, he has been involved not only in participating in the international and national conferences, but also led the task of organizing conferences, symposiums, workshop and seminars both at international and national levels. While participating in international conferences, he chaired and co-chaired several technical sessions of IEEE Conferences organized in various parts of the world.

He has over 100 publications in international journals and conference proceedings. He has been the recipient of several fellowships which he availed during the course of his research conducted in USA and UK. He has also served as a visiting Professor in the New Jersey institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Asar held several administrative positions during his service including Dean, Chairman, and Director graduate program. Currently, he is full Professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, CECOS University, Peshawar, Pakistan.

He is a member of several professional societies including IEEE USA, IEE UK, IE Pak and IEEE Pak. He acted as a referee for IEEE, U.S.A. and IEE U.K. technical journals and has reviewed several papers. He is currently Chair, IEEE Peshawar Subsection, Chair IEEE PES/PEL Joint Society Chapter working under Islamabad Section and an Executive member of IEEE Islamabad Section. He has organized several international Conferences and Symposia under IEEE Umbrella.




Mr. Stan Pietrowicz 
Mr. Stan Pietrowicz
Senior Principal/Manager Applied Communication Sciences, Ericsson


Stan Pietrowicz, ACSs lead in the Smart Grid Cyber Security area, can more than ably speak at your conference and participate in the panel session in my stead. Stan Pietrowicz is Senior Principal and Smart Grid Managed Security Services Program Manager with Applied Communication Sciences. A uniquely talented and innovative individual, Stan has over 22 years of combined experience in the Communications, Smart Energy, and Intelligent Transportation sectors. Stan is responsible for business development, project management, technical delivery and research on government and commercial programs. Working for Bellcore/Telcordia and now Applied Communication Sciences since 1990, Stan has held chief technologist, district management, and business strategy positions in Smart Grid security, cyber security, vehicle networking, embedded systems development and communication system engineering. Directing primary Smart Grid research and building a new business based on first-of-its-kind technology, Stan launched SecureSmart Managed Security Services in 2013. In 2011, Stan received Telcordias first CEO Award for Innovation for pioneering 4-Quadrant security assessments of Advanced Meter Infrastructures. In 2000, Stan received the Telcordia CEO Award for founding and successfully launching a new embedded software business called Telcordia DeviceWare. In Vehicle Network research, Stan made significant contributions to the US DOT IntelliDrive program and published several papers on vehicle network security, including a chapter on security in the Handbook of Intelligent Vehicles by Springer publishing. Stan holds numerous domestic and international patents in signal detection, echo cancellation, short messaging, public alerting, VoIP technology, vehicle networking, public key infrastructure, and Smart Grid technologies. He received his MSEE from Rutgers University and his BEEE from Stevens Institute of Technology.