Wireless LAN Conference Brings Together International Experts

Conference Organized by Worcester Polytechnic Institute and IEEE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 19, 2001
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WORCESTER, Mass. - Scores of international experts will come together at the third IEEE Workshop on Wireless Area Networks. The conference, organized by Worcester Polytechnic Institute Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS), and chaired by Professor Kaveh Pahlavan, is scheduled for September 27-28 at the Marriott Hotel in Newton.

"The IEEE Workshop on Wireless Lans, begun in 1991, is the oldest IEEE workshop in wireless broadband local and ad-hoc networks," said Professor Pahlavan. "This workshop has been organized every five years, to bring together researchers, leading industry developers and end users. With the expansion of the wireless LAN industry toward WPAN and WHAN, the field has become so large that relying only on a few invited lectures could limit the scope of the workshop. Therefore, the organizers decided to issue an open call for papers and to increase the number of presentations. Thus the technical program of the Third Workshop includes four parallel sessions with sixty papers from ten different countries."

Three panels of invited speakers will address chip development, market development, and product demonstrations. Ten technical sessions will address important emerging technologies such as UWB, indoor geolocation, OFDM, Blueetooth, HIPERLAN-2, and performance monitoring , as well as user perspectives in this industry.

The keynote speech "The Past as Prologue" is given by Mr. Edson de Castro. Engineer, entrepreneur, Fortune 500 CEO, corporate director, and teacher, Mr. De Castro is best known as the founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Data General Corporation. In these positions, he led the company for more than 22 years from its inception.

During this time the company grew from a ground zero startup to a global Fortune 300 corporation with revenues in excess of $1.25 billion and employing more than 18,000 people. Some of his design work is preserved in the Computer History Collection of the Smithsonian, at the National Museum of American History.

Panels include "Enabling Technologies for next generation WLAN, WPAN, WHAN: What Will Win?" as well as "Limited-Range Wireless Communications" and "Emerging Home Network Boxes". Panel chairs are Dr. Geoff Dawe, President/CEO Global Communication Devices; Craig Mathias, Principal of Farpoint Group; and Dr. Marie-Jose Montpetit, Network Architect, Nokia Home Communications.

For more information about the program, please visit www.wlan01.wpi.edu.

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