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Keynote Speakers

The JCDL 2004 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce our two Keynote

Vint Cerf, Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy, MCI

Vinton G. Cerf is senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI®. Cerf is responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. In the fast moving world of telecommunications and Internet technology development, technical capabilites can have a critical impact on the success of corporate business strategies including product and service development, infrastructure investment and strategic acquisitions and partnerships.

Previously, Cerf served as senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.

Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.

During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.

Vint Cerf serves as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf has served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education, Folger Shakespeare Library, Gallaudet University, the MarcoPolo Foundation, Digex, Incorporated, Avanex Corporation, Nuance Corporation, CoSine Corporation and the Hynomics Corporation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute on Disability Annual award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend medal.

In December, 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

In addition to his work on behalf of WorldCom and the Internet, Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict." and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and on World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Casper Weinberger. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet.

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; and University of Twente, Eschede, The Netherlands.

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.



Joel Birnbaum, Senior Technical Adviser, Hewlett-Packard Company

Joel S. Birnbaum is Special Technical Assistant to Carly Fiorina, the Chairman and CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Company. Birnbaum’s role is to help the company shape its technology strategy and to communicate this strategy to the marketplace. He is currently chairing a National Research Council study on cybersecurity research. He is located in Palo Alto, Calif.

Before assuming his current role, Birnbaum was senior vice president for research and development (R&D) and director of HP Laboratories -- a role he retired from in February 1999. At that time, HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard Company's central research and development facility, had 1300 employees, with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and additional laboratories in Bristol, England; Cambridge, Mass; Tokyo, Japan; and Haifa, Israel. He was also responsible for the coordination of worldwide activities in R&D and served as the company's chief technical officer on the Executive Council. Birnbaum joined HP in 1980 after 15 years at IBM Corp.'s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., where he had last served as director of computer science. He is best known for his role in the development of the first RISC architecture at IBM, and for extension and commercialization of those principles in PA-RISC, HP’s mainline computer family. For over twenty years he has led research efforts in pervasive computing, leading to the utility/appliance model in vogue in most companies today.

Birnbaum holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and master's and doctoral degrees in nuclear physics from Yale University in New Haven, CT, and was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree by the Technion University of Israel.

He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering of the UK. Birnbaum is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, the California Council on Science and Technology, and is a Sheffield Fellow of Yale University. He was the year 2000 winner of the IEEE Weber Prize, given for career engineering leadership.

He is married to Eileen Shelle, a retired opera singer; they have five children and live in Los Altos Hills, CA.


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