ICST Conference icst
research conference europe communications workshop

Keynote speakers

David G. Belanger
AT&T Labs Chief Scientist
Information & Software Systems Research V.P.
AT&T Labs

180 Park Avenue, Room D251
Florham Park, NJ   07932
(973) 360-8600

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David Belanger is currently the AT&T Labs Chief Scientist, and the Vice President of Information & Software Systems Research at AT&T Labs in Florham Park, NJ.  As Chief Scientist, he is responsible to the AT&T Labs CEO for: identifying pre-product technology important to the future of AT&T, evaluating technology, building alignment within AT&T on technology directions, and serving as AT&T liaison to external technical communities, specifically universities, government agencies and industrial laboratories.  The Information & Software Systems Research Lab conducts research in:  large scale and real time information mining related to operations of a (communications) service business; interactive, information visualization; scaleable, reliable software systems; and new, information based, communications services.  It is also responsible for delivery and operations of very large scale (e.g. >300TB) near real time service management capabilities to AT&T and its customers.

Dave joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1979 working in the area of database support for economic analysis for product lifecycles.  This was followed by research on large scale data and information systems, and program generation for data manipulation systems. He has subsequently led research efforts in software systems and engineering, and information mining, and visualization.

Prior to joining AT&T, Dave was on the Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty at University of South Alabama, a consultant for a variety of organizations, and co-founder/VP of Gulf Coast Data Systems (a computing services company).  He received his B. S. from Union College (NY) in Mathematics, and an
M. S. and Ph.D., also in Mathematics, from Case Western Reserve University.

In 1998, Dave was awarded the AT&T Science and Technology Medal for his contributions in very large scale information mining technology.  In 2006, he was named an AT&T Fellow for “lifetime contributions in software, software tools, and information mining”.

Senior member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Research Collaborator – Princeton University, 2002 – 2003
Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) Board of Directors – 2004 -


Paulo T. de Sousa
is Head of Sector, Internet of the Future,
in the Directorate-General Information Society,
European Commission.

Previously he headed the sector Mobile
and Wireless beyond 3G, the largest strategic
objective of the IST Programme,
funding leading research on future
telecommunications systems.


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He coordinated the Broadband Access For All strategic objective in the Information Society Programme (IST), with the aim of creating a cheaper, faster and more reliable internet. He has been instrumental in the pursuing of a Broadband Europe, with emphasis on alternate technologies such as power line communications. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Luanda, Angola and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia (USA). He has an extensive background on telecommunications network planning and design with several multinational companies, including Rockwell International, Nortel and Verizon. He served as an ITU consultant in BanglaDesh and received two IEEE Outstanding Service Awards. He is co-author of the book "Network Systems" and a former Rotary Foundation Fellow.