2011 TCCC Chair Candidate

Burkhard Stiller

Position Statement
Communications and networking in terms of wired and wireless technologies determines the major pillar for today’s information technology-driven society, which can be seen by starting at ATMs for cash withdraws and not ending at pure data communications for distributed simulations of weather or earthquake scenarios. Therefore, it is a great privilege and honor to be nominated a second time for the position of the TCCC chair.

Within the last two years of the TCCC, the committee has established a selected number of relevant chair positions, focused on several important and emerging new areas. Since the live and active process of work of interactions can happen in the context of workshops and conferences, the TCCC has kept the range of sponsored conferences quite stable, however, started to approve a number of technical co-sponsorships for new workshops, amongst others, in the Asian South and American parts of the world. Of course, since technology shifts happen frequently and fast, an ongoing consideration and careful technology-watch has to be implemented within TCCC to be able to detect early trends and changes. However, the telecommunications and Internet convergence is now supported at least partially by a set of suitable mechanisms. These ones include besides pure technology-internal areas, such as access management, accounting, and security support (authentication, authorization, and electronic identity provisioning), also technology-operational areas, such as wireless sensor and adhoc networks, management functions for an efficient network operation, energy efficiency in particular and related Smart Grids, traffic management functionality, and operations dimensions of converged networking infrastructures. In this context, the TCCC should focus on mechanisms and management approaches for wired and wireless networking technologies, which will make these converged infrastructures easier to manage.

Second, there is a clear demand from “application domains” to intensify the direct support and benefit of such mechanisms and management approaches for applications of communications to specific sectors, such as eHealth and infotainment. To make TCCC relevant to industry professionals, it should try to develop new initiatives or support workshops in those areas focusing on communication infrastructures in specific domains, where an impact of new communication approaches will be high.

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller received his diploma degree in computer science and his doctoral degree from the University of Karlsruhe, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From 1991 until 1995 he has been a Research Assistant at the University of Karlsruhe. From November 1995, he has been with the Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory TIK of ETH Zürich, where he was an Assistant Professor for Communication Systems from 1999-2004. Burkhard Stiller held additionally from April 2002 until August 2004 a Chair at UniBwM, where he headed the Information Systems Laboratory IIS and had a part-time appointment with ETH Zurich. Since September 2004 Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller holds the Communications Chair at UZH, IFI. He participated in or managed national research projects of Germany, Switzerland, and the UK as well as EU IST projects, such as SESERV, AMAAIS, SmoothIT, Akogrimo, Daidalos, Moby Dick, CATI, DaCaPo++, and F-CSS.

Prof. Stiller’s main research interests include charging and accounting for IP-based networks, economics of IPof IP services, Grid services, auctions for services, communication protocols in the Internet, biometric access control, Quality-of-Service aspects, peer-to-peer systems, network management, and supporting functions for wireless access networks including biometrics. He published well over 100 research and survey papers on these areas in leading journals (e.g., IEEE JSAC, IEEE Network and ACM CRR), IEEE conferences (e.g., IEEE/IFIP NOMS and IM, LCN) and others, and workshops (e.g., IEEE LANMAN, QofIS, Networking, and Global Grid Forum). Finally, he edited a number of special issues for journals, serves as an editorial board member in TNSM, Netnomics, PIK, JNMS, Telecommunication Systems, and CMS, and served as an editor on books in the areas of network management, traffic management, and Quality-of-Service.