Pacific Telecommunications Councils annual conference, PTC 06, taking place in Honolulu, Jan. 15-18, 2006, will feature keynotes by Internet pioneer Dr. Vinton Cerf and AT&T technology strategist Hossein Eslambolchi.
Cerf, now senior vice president of technology strategy for MCI Inc., is one of the seminal figures in the development of the Internet, having been co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.
While at the U.S. Department of Defenses Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), he led the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.
At MCI, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial e-mail service to be connected to the Internet.
Cerf and partner Robert E. Kahn received the U.S. National Medal of Technology in 1997 for and developing the Internet. In 2004, Cerf and Kahn also were given the Alan M. Turing Award, considered the Nobel Prize of computing.
In addition to his work at MCI, Cerf serves as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum,
As president of Global Networking Technology Services and AT&T Labs; AT&T CTO and CIO AT&T, Eslambolchi is responsible for the corporations strategic technology direction, network operations, research and development, information technology systems and processes, and advises the chairman and senior leaders on technology issues.
At Global Networking Technology Services (GNTS) Eslambolchi leads network development, engineering and operations, as well as the CIO and CTO organizations including AT&T Labs. The GNTS team provides the innovation, networking and technology expertise driving AT&Ts business transformation to improve customer care, sales and network operations. He is responsible for the design, development, engineering, operations and reliability of AT&Ts global network, as well as its Global Network Operations Center, the networking nerve center.