Global Collaborations Session
Agenda :

IANA Functions' Stewardship Transition - Slides

Presenter: Dr. Kuo-wei Wu


In March 2014, the US Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intention to transition its stewardship over the key Internet domain name functions to global stakeholders, tasking ICANN, as the one that administers the contract with NTIA, to convene the discussion with the global community on the transition process. This was kick-started at the 49th ICANN Public Meeting in Singapore in late-March, and a bottom-up process is being developed on how the global multi-stakeholder community will be taking over the reins from the US government. The objective is clear: keeping the Internet open and unified - fundamentals to sustaining the Internet's growth and benefits.

Global collaboration is required for the process to be as inclusive as possible. The session will highlight how the APAN community can participate actively in the transition process.

Internet and Information Technology: Updates and New Developments in IRNC - Slides

Presenter: William Chang

Short Bio:

Dr. William Y. B. Chang is the Head of its East Asia and the Pacific Region, National Science Foundation. He was the first Director of the National Science Foundation's Beijing Office and S&T Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing starting in May, 2005. After completing his service in China, he returned to the Office of the Director in November, 2008.

Prior to heading NSF's Beijing Office, Dr. Chang was the Program Director responsible for the Foundation's cooperative programs with China, Taiwan, Mongolia and Southeast Asia, in the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE). He joined the Foundation in 1988 as China Program Manager in the Division of International Programs. He has long been active in NSF activities related to cyberinfrastructure development. For example, he initiated the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA), the Pacific Rim Experience for Undergraduates (PRIME) and served on NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Working Group. He also contributed to the successful connection of GLORIAD, an advanced Internet linkage for research and education between U.S.-China-Korea-Russia. He started the East Asia Long-Term Ecological Research Network in 1995. In additional to his regular NSF responsibilities, he also served as Program Director of the International Research Network Connection Program between November, 2008 and January, 2010.

Before coming to NSF, Dr. Chang was a faculty member in aquatic ecology at the University of Michigan between 1979 and 1988. He received his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) in biology from Indiana University, with a minor in mathematics and statistics. He earned his M.S. in marine science from the University of the Pacific in 1973. From 1990-1993, in addition to his NSF position, he also served as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the U.S. EPA's Environmental Research Laboratory at Corvallis, Oregon, leading an international research effort on the impact of monsoons on large lake ecosystems.

He has served as science advisor to many research institutes and national committees, and as Senior Technical Adviser to the United Nations Development Program. Dr. Chang is the author of more than ninety publications in the areas of ecology, environmental science, and water resources. He has edited three books, and serves on the advisory and editorial boards of five learned societies.


Communications and information technology are fundamental to economic prosperity and national security, and a key driver of competitiveness and sustainable economic growth. They accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation, and are vital to achieve major societal priorities. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania named Internet and mobile phones the most important inventions in the last 30 years, leading to life changes for all people.

The NSF International Research Network Connection (IRNC) Program has contributed substantially to the global development of research and education connections in the last 20 years. It provides network connections linking U.S. research with international peer networks, stimulates the deployment and operational understanding of emerging network technology and standards, and supports science and engineering research and education applications. I will provide an update on our efforts and new development in research and education networks, celebrate our joint accomplishments, and look ahead to the next generation of science and education that we are enabling.

An Asian Regional Integration Observatory - Slides

Presenter: Hans Peter Brunner

Short Bio:

Hans-Peter Brunner is Senior Economist at the Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI) at the Asian Development Bank. He obtained his PhD in 1990 in Political Economy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and he has an MA of International Relations (Johns Hopkins) and an MBA (Free Univ. Berlin). He has worked in South Asia and South East Asia investment operations with ADB. Prior to ADB, he worked with the German Government on re-unification strategies. Current focus of work is on trade facilitation, developing inter-modal transport and logistics facilities for regional and global production chains; application of an economic geography and network modeling approach to regional economic integration investment strategies.



TEIN project: Opportunities for collaboration - Slides

Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Francis Lee

Short Bio:

Bu Sung Lee received his B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD from the Electrical and Electronics Department, Loughborough University of Technology, UK in 1982 and 1987 respectively. He has held various senior administrative positions(Head of Division, Associate Chair for Research) in the School of Computing Engineering, Nanyang Technological University over the period from 2003-2010. He is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang technological University. In addition, to the academic activities he also holds a Joint appointment as Director, Service Platform Lab, HP Labs. Singapore since July 2010 - June 2012. He has published over 350 referred paper and co-authored multiple Best papers award in the area of Grid/Cloud computing and network.

He has been actively involved with the Asia-Pacific research and education network since the formation of Singapore Advance Research and Education Network(SingAREN). He is the founding president of SingAREN society, 2003-2007, and is currently the President of SingAREN(2011-2015). Since 2004, he is a member of the technical management team of Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN-2); the first large-scale research and education network for the Asia-Pacific. It connects ten countries in the region, and provides direct connectivity to Europe's GEANT2 network. His involvements continue into the new phase of the project TEIN-3 and TEIN-4. He was elected the founding Chair of the governors and a Steering committee member of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network Cooperation Center(TEIN*CC), in May 2012, which manages the TEIN-4 project.


14 years on, TEIN has grown in both its reach and capabilities. It has evolved from the EC managed project to one managed by our regional entity, TEIN*CC. Over the past years, the TEIN project has seen greater collaborations with regional and international entities, eg. APAN, APNIC, NSRC, TERENA and Internet2.

On top of the network connectivity, the TEIN project has also focused on manpower development, working with member NRENs to organise seminars and training for its engineers. In addition, the TEIN project has been actively supporting the development of application communities within the region.

Over the past year, global NRENs are fast changing and they are facing different challenges. Moving ahead, it is important that Regional NRENs work closely together to better support their members as well as link up with other Regional NRENs. Thus, this talk will reflect on the past and the opportunities ahead for collaborations in our region and beyond.