Panel A: Innovation through Joint Industry-Academic Partnerships 
10:30 – 12:00 Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Room: Georgia 2-3

Panel Theme:
Industry and academia are the two major pillars that drive innovation and research, and historically, significant cross-pollination of ideas and expertise occurs between them. The goal of this panel is to discuss shared experiences, identify time-tested and new strategies, as well as role responsibilities in situations when industry and academia work together towards driving ambitious, open-ended research. The panel includes representatives from major research laboratories associated with the leading networking companies, startups, as well as industry consortiums for large wireless platform development projects committed to working with academic partners.

1. Dr. Nada Golmie, Chief, Wireless Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
2. Dr. Haris Gačanin, Department Head, Indoor Networking Systems, Nokia Bell Labs, Belgium
3. Dr. Jeff Foerster, Principal Engineer at Intel, USA
4. Dr. Arturo Azcorra, Director, IMDEA Networks Institute, Spain
5. Mr. Paul Challoner, Vice President Network Product Solutions, Ericsson USA

Panel B: Establishing and Sustaining International Research Collaborations: Benefits, Challenges and Experiences 
10:30 – 12:00 Thursday, May 4, 2017
Room: Georgia 2-3

Panel Theme:
The panel focuses on developing and strengthening international collaborations among researchers in the area of computer networking and communication. It represents the viewpoints of funding agencies and faculty experiences and discusses the opportunities, challenges and benefits in context of facilitating joint international research. We hope the panel will catalyze bilateral ties and joint research projects that spans expertise across countries, bringing us together as a community in the pursuit of a common goal. 

1. Dr. Jim Kurose, Assistant Director (AD) of NSF for CISE, USA
2. Dr. Baochun Li, Bell Canada Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
3. Dr. Serge Fdida, Vice President for Europe and International Partnerships, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), France
4. Dr. Edmundo de Souza e Silva, Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil