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International Open House Preview at Upcoming 2019 Internet2 Global Summit

Feb 27, 2019, by Taleitha Pytlowanyj
Tags: 2019 Internet2 Global Summit, Asia and Oceania Research and Education Community, European Research and Education Community, Frontpage News, International, International Community, International Strategy, Latin America and Caribbean Research and Education Community, Research & Education Networks

We are excited to welcome our international partners and colleagues in Washington, D.C. next week at the annual Global Summit. A new program feature making a debut at this year’s event is the International Open House on Tuesday, March 5 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. local time.
The International Open House is an opportunity to hear and learn about the value national research and education networks (NRENs) and international collaboration brings to the collective efforts of supporting research and scholarship. During this session there will be poster displays, lightning talks, presentations from six organizations, as well as roundtable discussions highlighting developments, projects, case studies, and opportunities for collaboration.

Here is a preview of subject-matter experts you can expect to hear from:
Lourino Chemane is the Mozambique Research and Education Network (MoRENet) CEO at UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking. He is also the advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology, Higher Education and Professional Technician for the area of information technologies and communication. Lourino holds a doctorate in computer and systems science from the University of Stockholm, an executive master’s degree in eGovernance from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, a licentiate of philosophy in computer science/systems science from the University of Stockholm, a master’s degree in electronic engineering from University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a bachelor’s degree in electrotechnical engineering from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. His presentation will showcase MoRENet’s 2018 achievements and their future objectives, including continuing the expansion and establishment of WiFi networks in university campuses, increasing the number of beneficiary institutions of the MoRENet network, and increasing the backbone connections capacity.
Luis Eliecer Cadenas is the executive director for RedCLARA, with almost 30 years of experience in information technologies and telecommunications. He is a computer engineer with postgraduate studies in economics, telematics, networking, and computer science. Luis was a co-founder, president and member of the board of directors of the National Academic Network of Venezuela, REACCIUN. His presentation at the International Open House will provide attendees with a preview of his panel participation for the Latin America REN & NRENs: Fostering Science and Accelerating LA Innovation session taking place later in the week.

Ramaz Kvatadze has been the executive director for Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association (GRENA) since 1999. He has a doctorate in physics and conducted research in high-energy physics at several leading scientific centres in Russia, Denmark, Switzerland, and France. He has been the team leader in 16 European Commission projects, 14 NATO Science for Peace and Security Programmes, as well as other projects. His presentation will focus on his current project, the EaPConnect which has the goal of increasing connectivity in the region with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Rajan Parajuli is the director of Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) and one of the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)-Internet2 fellowship recipients at this year’s Global Summit. Rajan is currently spearheading a national campaign to provide research & education network connectivity to universities, colleges, research organizations, teaching hospitals, and many more across Nepal. He also works with the NSRC team at the University of Oregon as a development partner to help strengthen the network infrastructure and technical capacity of Nepali human resources for the advancement of the NREN community in Nepal. His presentation will focus on the development of NREN and his expansion efforts across Nepal.

Khamphanh Sithavong is a network engineer, system administrator, and IT manager with the IT Center for the National University of Laos. He is the second Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)-Internet2 fellowship recipient at this year’s Global Summit. He has been actively involved in many projects including establishing the network backbone of the university, designing campus networks for universities in Laos, network security and the Internet. More recently, he has been helping establish the Laos Education and Research Network (LERNET) under the leadership of the IT Center at the National University of Laos and collaboration with NSRC. Khamphanh will share the story of Laos and the development of its NREN.
There will also be a presentation about LandSage, a project aimed at providing decision support for monitoring and mitigating natural disasters in Southeastern Asia using Cyber-enabled Collaboration, Analysis, Navigation and Observation Environments (CyberCANOEs). This project is being spearheaded by Jason Leigh and William Chang of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization & Applications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Jason Haga of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. Their current countries of focus for this project are Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, with support from Japan and Korea.
We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, March 5 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. for these engaging discussions from around the world!