Asia Pacific Advanced Network Meeting

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland 5th – 9th August 2018

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Plenary

Prof. Shigeki Goto
Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, Waseda University, Japan

APAN from Simple to Complex

Prof Shigeki Goto

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.


Dr Shigeki Goto is a professor at Computer Science and Engineering department in Waseda University, Japan. He joined NTT Laboratories, Tokyo, after earning MS in mathematics from the University of Tokyo in 1973. His primary research area was AI (Artificial Intelligence). He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA from 1984 to 1985 under the leadership of Professor John McCarthy (who coined the term "Artificial Intelligence"). Although he successfully earned his PhD in Information Engineering, he has spent more and more time on computer networking. He is now the president of JPNIC and a visiting professor at the National Institute of Informatics in Japan.

In September 2017 Prof Goto was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society (ISOC).

Dr. David Lassner
President of the University of Hawaiʻi System, USA

Pacific networking, the voyage continues

David Lassner

The Pacific Islands have been the last region of the world to develop Research &and 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.


David Lassner is the 15th president of the University of Hawaiʻi (UH), the statewide system comprising all public higher education in Hawaiʻi. He also currently serves as interim Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the flagship research campus of the UH System. Lassner’s current agenda includes a focus on helping more Hawaiʻi residents earn college credentials and developing an innovation sector to strengthen the Hawaiʻi economy while creating high-quality jobs. He is also advancing the UH commitments to sustainability and to becoming a model indigenous-serving university.

Lassner has worked at the university since 1977, holding the position of vice president for information technology and chief information officer for many years before being appointed President. Lassner is also a member of the university’s cooperating graduate faculty and has taught both online and in-person in computer science, communications, business and education.

Lassner is currently a commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), a board member for the National Association of System Heads (NASH), and a member of the Board of Governors of the East West Center. In his prior positions Lassner played an active leadership role in a variety of local, national and international information and communications technology organizations. He served on the boards of Hawaiʻi’s High Technology Development Corporation and Public Broadcasting Service affiliate and he chaired the Hawaiʻi’s Broadband Task Force. Lassner also served on the board of Internet2, was a co-founder and board member of the Kuali Foundation, and past-chair of the boards of the Pacific Telecommunications Council and of EDUCAUSE.

Lassner led Hawaiʻi’s major statewide federally funded project that interconnected all public schools, libraries and higher education campuses on six islands with fiber optics. He has received multiple National Science Foundation grants over the past 20 years focused on research and education networking and cyberinfrastructure. He is principal investigator for the DoD’s Maui High Performance Computing Center and for the Pacific Disaster Center, which provides information support for disaster managers and planners in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. He remains an active principal investigator, with over $400 million in extramural contracts and grants.

Lassner earned an AB in economics summa cum laude and MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawaiʻi. He has been recognized with Internet2’s Richard Rose Award, WCET’s Richard Jonsen Award, CENIC’s inaugural Christine Haska Distinguished Service Award and as a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Hawaiʻi.

For more information, please see his profiles at University of Hawai'i and Businesswire.

Dr. Gill Jolly
Director, Natural Hazards Division, GNS Science, New Zealand

Delivering geohazards monitoring and advice for New Zealand and the SW Pacific

Gill Jolly

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.


Gill went to Cambridge University to read Geological Sciences. This then led to a Ph.D. at Lancaster University on the physical properties of lavas, including the physical properties of lavas from Mt. Etna, Italy and Oldoinyo Lengai in Tanzania.

After completing her Ph.D, she joined the British Geological Survey working on mineral exploration, using 3D modelling software for mine design and structural geology interpretations, and environmental geochemistry.

From 1996 to 2005, she was involved in the monitoring of Soufrière Hills Volcano on Montserrat, in the West Indies. From 1997 to 1999, she acted as Deputy Chief Scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, and then became the Director of MVO for various periods between 1999 to 2005.

Gill came to New Zealand in 2006 and became the Head of the Volcanology Department at GNS (NZ’s primary Geological and Nuclear Sciences research institute).

In 2014, she became the Director of Natural Hazards at GNS. She leads a team of over 150 people who are responsible for research and monitoring of New Zealand’s geological hazards and for providing advice to the New Zealand government.

APAN Research Workshop

Prof. Brian Carpenter
Honorary Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Autonomic Networking in Limited Domains

Prof Brian Carpenter

Work on standardised solutions for autonomic network management is progressing in the IETF, with stable specifications for secure enrolment of network devices, a secure autonomic control plane, and GRASP, the generic autonomic signalling protocol. An important open topic, which seems to have much wider implications, is the need to automatically identify the security boundary of a limited network domain.


Brian E. Carpenter is an Honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Auckland. He joined the University of Auckland in September 2007. He was appointed Professor in January 2009 (part-time appointment). He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board of the Huawei Network Technology Laboratory. His research interests are in Internet protocols, especially the infrastructure layers, as well as computing history.

Previously, he spent ten years with IBM, working on Internet standards and technology. From 1997 he was at IBM's Hursley Laboratory in England. From 1999 to 2001 he was at iCAIR, the international Center for Advanced Internet Research, sponsored by IBM at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. From 2002 he was based in Switzerland as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

From 1985 to 1996, he led the networking group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in Geneva, Switzerland. This followed ten years in software for process control systems at CERN, interrupted by three years teaching undergraduate computer science at Massey University, New Zealand.

He holds a first degree in physics and a Ph.D. in computer science, and was a Chartered Engineer (UK). He has been an active participant in the Global Grid Forum, and in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where he has worked on IPv6, Differentiated Services and Autonomic Networking. He has chaired the IETF, the Internet Architecture Board, and the Internet Society.

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