December 2004 newsletter

Newsletter to the TCCC Membership

Welcome from the Chair - Joe Bumblis

This is the first newsletter published by a TCCC chair in the many years the TCCC has been in existence. My hope is to have quarterly newsletters available for the TCCC membership to keep you abreast of TCCC activities. The Executive Committee (ExCom) has been working very hard to bring you value-added activities making your membership in the TCCC a valuable and rewarding experience.

For example, we are about to launch a publications area on the TCCC web page (http://tab.computer.org) where members can read about TCCC activities and the many conferences and workshops sponsored by the TCCC. Our longer-term hope is to offer articles and papers in PDF format you will be able to download and review. Our first step is to offer conference reports; the IEEE Computer Society international conference on Local Computer Networks (http://www.ieeelcn.org) will be the first conference report available on the TCCC web page within the next couple of months. Conferences like PerCom ( http://www.percom.org/ ) and WoWMoM (http://www.perlab.it/wowmom2005/ ) will be available later in 2005.

I invite all of you to visit the TCCC web page and review the information currently there. As we progress through 2005, many additional offerings will appear for your educational and enlightenment activities.

Meet the TCCC Executive Committee (ExCom)

During my first two years as Chair of the TCCC, my efforts were focused on major rebuilding of the TCCC. Since that time I have assembled a very impressive team of folks to comprise the Executive Committee. Today the TCCC ExCom currently has nine members. They include:

Joe Bumblis - Chair, TCCC (and acting Finance Chair). Joe is currently an IT Project Manager/System Architect at UDLP in Fridley, Minnesota. You can review Joe’s bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/jbumblis.html

Sajal K. Das - Vice-Chair, TCCC. Sajal is currently Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. You can review Sajal’s bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/Das%20Bio.htm

Gary Kessler - Security Technology Chair (and acting Web Master). Gary is currently an Associate Professor and program director of the Computer Networking and Computer & Digital Forensics majors at Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont. You can review Gary’s bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/gkessler.html

Archan Misra - Un-tethered Network Technology Chair. Archan is currently a Research Staff Member with the Pervasive Security and Networking Department at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, New York. You can review Archan’s bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/ARCHAN%20MISRA%20Bio.html

Ellis Nolley - Strategic Planning Chair. Ellis currently heads a strategic planning firm (Strategic Growth) to position technology businesses to target markets. You can review Ellis’ bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/Ellis_Bio.htm

ExCom Members-at-Large:

Douglas Comer - Douglas is currently a Distinguished Professor in the School of Computer Science at Purdue University. You can review Douglas’ bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/comer.htm

Sanjay Jha - Sanjay is currently an Associate Professor and the head of the Network Group at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. You can review Sanjay’s bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/Sanjay.htm

Charles Perkins - Charles is currently a Research Fellow at Nokia Corporation, in the Silicon Valley division of Nokia Research Center, Mountain View, CA. You can review Charles’ bio at: http://people.nokia.net/charliep/

Howard Salwen - Howard founded Proteon, Inc. in 1972 and was Chairman of its Board of Directors until it merged with Netrix Corp. in December of 1999. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Turbine Entertainment Software Corporation. You can review Howard’s bio at: http://tab.computer.org/tccc/bio/Howard.htm

Several ExCom positions remain unfilled; they include:

  • A permanent Finance Chair,
  • Tethered Network Technology Chair, and a
  • Protocol Technology Chair

I encourage all of you to consider joining the TCCC ExCom. If you have an interest in filling any of these Chair positions, please send your area of interest and a resume/c.v. to me at j.bumblis@ieee.org

Conferences and Workshops Supported by the TCCC

All IEEE Computer Society Technical Committees sponsor conferences and workshops. The TCCC is no exception. The following is a list of conferences and workshops sponsored by the TCCC.

100% Sponsorship

  • The IEEE International Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2005)
  • IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2003)
  • International Symposium on “A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks” (WoWMoM 2005)

50% Sponsorship

  • International Symposium on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom)
    [Co-sponsored with TCCC (50%) and TCPP (50%)]
  • International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC)
    [Co-sponsored with TCI (50%) and TCCC (50%)]
  • IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC)
    [Co-sponsorship with the IEEE Communications Society]

25% Sponsorship

  • International Conference on Information Networking (ICOIN)
    [Co-sponsored with IEEE Communications Society (50%), TCDP (25%) and TCCC (25%)]
  • The 2005 International Conference on Computer Networks and Mobile Computing (ICCNMC’05)
    [Co-sponsored with China Computer Federation (CCF) and Hunan Computer Federation (HCF)]
  • The Second IEEE Workshop on Embedded Networked Sensors (EmNetS-II)
    [Co-sponsored with the University of New South Wale, National ICT Australia, CSIRO Australia, and ARC (Sensor Networks)] Final approval pending

Associations

  • Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR)
    [Sponsorship of this conference is through the Government of Canada in cooperation with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF)]

ExCom Meeting Minutes

The TCCC ExCom held four meetings in 2004. You can review the minutes of these meetings at http://tab.computer.org/tccc

TCCC-sponsored Conference and Workshop Reports

As mentioned above, the ExCom is working very hard to publish conference reports. I will send out a general notification after the first report is available on the TCCC web page.

On-line Publications

We are still planning the addition of on-line publications of white papers, conference papers, and submissions by TCCC members. I will send out a general notification when the ExCom has finalized plans for TCCC web page publications.

Vitality Screening

The TCCC has recently completed a Computer Society vitality screening. The Computer Society found the TCCC to be a vibrant TC and continues to fund TCCC activities. The vitality report is pasted below for your review.

TCCC
TC on Computer Communications
ChairJoseph R. Bumblis
Year TC Established1985
Number of TC Members4,813
Professional Conferences/Meetings ORGANIZED by the TC in the Last 3 Years (please state their names) InfoCom ... 50%
Local Computer Networks ... 100%
IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols ... 100%
Data Compression ... 100%
International Conference on Computers and Communications ... 50%
International Conference on Advanced Information Networking ... 50%
International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication ... 50%
IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications ... 50%
Professional Conferences/Meetings SPONSORED by the TC in the Last 3 Years (please state their names) Communication Networks and Services Research (CNSR) ... Cooperative TMRF
BroadNets Conference ... Cooperative TMRF (pending)
Tutorials ORGANIZED by the TC in the Last 3 Years (please state their names) N/A - Tutorials have been organized by conferences sponsored by TCCC
Journals Sponsored/Initiated by the TC (please state their titles)N/A
URL of TC Web Pagehttp://tab.computer.org/tccc
Awards Given by the TC in the Last 3 YearsN/A - Awards given by individual conferences sponsored by TCCC
Unique TC InitiativesNone completed as yet
Relevance and Impact of the TC on research, education & industry. Any idea as to ratio of academic vs industrial members? Any idea if the TC “products” followed a commercial path ? Many Gigabit routers have been built using MPLS, packet hashing/classification algorithms that have been presented at LCN over the years and at ICNP recently (in ICNP 2004, Lucent had a paper on CAM that probably has been incorporated into their routers). The "Everyplace display" paper at IEEE PERCOM last year that won the best paper award refers to a product that IBM is now piloting in stores commercially. Protocols for high-speed home networking (such as HomePNA) have obviously been researched extensively in LCN, ISCC and other conferences.
Last Elections of TC Officers (year)Chair on January 2004
Next Elections of TC Officers (year)Chair in December 2005

Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the ExCom members if you have any questions or concerns regarding TCCC activities. In particular, we would love to have your feedback on what you would like to see in the online publications area, ranging from tutorial-style articles on emerging technical areas by experts to original research articles to reports on ongoing TCCC-related activities in different IEEE regions. Your feedback will enable us to serve our common interests in a more productive way.

Thank you,

Joe Bumblis
Chair, TCCC