Asia Pacific Advanced Network Meeting

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland 5th - 9th August 2018

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Session Details

Opening Plenary

Session Co-ordinator(s)Andrea Jones, REANNZ, New Zealand
Douglas Harre, REANNZ, New Zealand
Expected No. of Participants250

Session 1

Date:Tuesday 2018-08-07
Time:09:00 - 10:15
Location:Grand Millennium Ballroom
Session Chair(s):Nicole Ferguson, REANNZ, New Zealand
1.  Welcome Cultural Event
2.  Welcome Speech from APAN46 LOC
Nicole Ferguson, REANNZ, New Zealand
3.  Welcome Speech from APAN Chair
Gerrit Bahlman, Asia Pacific Advanced Network
4.  Keynote: Pacific Networking, the Voyage Continues   Slides (PDF)
David Lassner, University of Hawai'i, USA

The Pacific Islands have been the last region of the world to develop Research & Education networks - with the longstanding dearth of fiber optic connectivity a seemingly insurmountable barrier. Concerted discussions for over a decade, coupled with an explosion of new fiber projects in the Pacific, are making the seemingly impossible possible at last. This talk about the Pacific, from the Pacific, will outline the importance of R&E networking for these remote locations, provide updates on actual progress in Pacific R&E network development, and share the many more hopeful prospects ahead.

Session 2

Date:Tuesday 2018-08-07
Time:10:45 - 11:45
Location:Grand Millennium Ballroom
Session Chair(s):Nicole Ferguson, REANNZ, New Zealand
1.  Keynote: APAN from Simple to Complex   Slides (PDF)
Shigeki Goto, Waseda University, Japan
APAN has been in existence serving the research and education community in the Asia-Pacific region for 20+ years. It has grown from a simple organisation formed by a few like-minded people with vision and ambition, to a complex, vibrant organisation. This talk starts with the initiation of APAN in 1996, which was inspired by Dr Steve Goldstein from the NSF in the USA. He suggested to build an Intra-Asia Pacific network so that NSF could support research connections between Asia Pacific and USA. It was a simple, but challenging task. We have successfully realised our goal, helped by the strong leadership of Prof. Kilnam Chon. Our network is APAN, and the connection to the USA is TransPAC. Then the early 2000s, our European friends proposed a plan for TEIN (Trans-Eurasia Information Network) - that had gained strength over the past 15 years. We have now built a triangle shape among USA, Europe and Asia Pacific, which is solid and dependable. This talk emphasizes that the triangle shape is also important among human beings as well as computer networks.
2.  Keynote: Delivering Geohazards Monitoring and Advice for New Zealand and the SW Pacific   Slides (PDF)
Gill Jolly, GNS Science, New Zealand
New Zealand is well known as the “shaky isles”. We sit astride a boundary between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates which results in the generation of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and tsunami. GNS Science is the NZ government agency charged with providing scientific advice about geological hazards to a range of national stakeholders such as emergency managers, local and regional councils and the MetService. We build and maintain the national geological hazards monitoring network, GeoNet, which relies on over 600 field instruments collecting data and transmitting it back to allow our scientists to analyse and respond to events. We undertake world-class science to understand the processes that drive the geological hazards. And we partner with stakeholders to assess and mitigate geological risks. As well as applying our skills and knowledge in New Zealand, we collaborate with our Pacific neighbours to build scientific capacity and capability. In this talk, I will show some examples of our work, both nationally and internationally, including responding the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake and Tsunami and supporting Vanuatu in their response to volcanic activity in their islands.