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M1 Wednesday, May 2 10:30-12:00
Invited Talks
M2 Thursday, May 3 10:30-12:00
Invited Talks

M1 Wednesday, May 2 10:30 - 11:00
Technology Drivers and Business Directions for Electronic Commerce

Dr Stuart Feldman
Director, The Institute for Advanced Commerce, IBM


The rapid growth of electronic commerce has been caused by a combination of technical and business factors. Technology will continue to improve rapidly, as will e-business experience, so we expect even greater impact upon the economy and society.

This talk will discuss some of the enabling technologies as well as the sorts of applications and business models that we anticipate for the coming years.


Stuart I. Feldman has been named director of the newly established IBM Institute for Advanced Commerce in Hawthorne, New York. The Institute brings together top leaders in business and academia to research the impact of emerging technologies on the future of business and commerce. As director, Feldman oversees the work of more than 50 IBM scientists whose projects focus primarily on advanced solutions and technologies for complex business-to-business applications.

In addition, Feldman manages a technical staff of more than 100 researchers in network-related technologies including web servers, anti-virus software, content management, multimedia, collaboration, high-performance databases, distributed computing, and electronic commerce.

Feldman joined IBM in 1995 as Department Group Manager, Network Applications Research. Prior to coming to IBM, Feldman spent eleven years at Bellcore, where he held several research management positions in software engineering and computing systems. He was also chief architect of a major new product line for operations support of broadband networks. Feldman was the Technical Leader of the Telecommunications Information Networking Architecture Consortium (TINA-C), an international research group made up of leading telecommunications and computing companies around the world.

Before joining Bellcore, he spent ten years as a computer science researcher at Bell Labs. Feldman was a member of the original UNIX research team, and is best known as the creator of the Make configuration management system, as well as the author of the first Fortran-77 compiler.

Feldman has published numerous research papers in software engineering, programming languages, and scientific computing. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He is a member of the AAAS National Council on Science and Technology Education and the Steering Board of the Joint ACM-IEEE Task Force on Software Engineering as a Profession. He has served on the board of the Computing Research Association and as chair of ACM SIGPLAN.

Feldman received an A.B. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University and a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

M1 Wednesday, May 2 11:00 - 11:30
Some Observations of the Web based E-commerce Activities in Mainland China

Professor Xing LI
Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University
Deputy Director, Centre for Study of Information Networking Engineering, Tsinghua University


This talk will present some observations of the web-based e-commerce A ctivities in Mainland China. The history of the Chinese Internet, the business model and the current trend will be discussed. As a special example, the e-commerce model of the distance learning system will be studied.


Xing Li received his B. S. degree in radio electronics from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 1982, and his M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University, USA in 1985 and 1989 respectively.

He is currently a Professor in the Electronic Engineering Department at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research activities and interests include statistical signal processing, multimedia communication and compute networks. He has published one book and more than 70 papers in his research areas.

He is deputy director of China Education and Research Network (CERNET) Center. He is vice chairman of Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) and a member of executive council of Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC).

M1 Wednesday, May 2 11:30 - 12:00
Broadband and E-Commerce Opportunities in Asia

Dr Paul Cheung
Senior Vice President, Pacific Century CyberWorks


With the consolidation of the Internet companies around the world, many people are asking if there are any opportunities for Internet and E-Business in Asia. Broadband was once considered the next big thing in the West but took off rather slowly. Would Asia offer a different set of challenges? In this talk, we shall examine the issues, challenges and opportunities in E-Commerce offered by the Internet in Asia, in particular, with the deployment of broadband networks. Hong Kong will be used as an example.


Dr. Paul CHEUNG received his B.Sc.(Eng) degree with first class honours and his Ph.D. degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London in 1973 and 1978 respectively. He joined the University of Hong Kong in 1980, where he was the Dean of Engineering from 1994-2000. He was elected the Asia Pacific Region Director of IEEE in 1995-96 and the IEEE Secretary in 1997. He is a Charter Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was an independent non-executive director of Pacific Century CyberWorks from 1999-2000, a Director of Versitech and a founding Director of the Information Technology Entrepreneur Association. He is also the honorary Program Director of the MSc in E-commerce and Internet Computing at the University of Hong Kong. Since October 2000, he has joined Pacific Century CyberWorks as the Group's Senior Vice-President in Technology.

M2 Thursday, May 3 10:30 - 11:00
Law's Inabilty to Safeguard Labour Skill Investment in Web Based Works - Policy Options

Dr Michael Pendleton
Director, Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Law Institute


Registered and unregistered trademarks, patents, copyright, registere d designs, confidential information and silicon chip design rights all protect labour skill & investment of time and money in certain types of intellectual creation from multimedia works such as films to running shoe logos to trde secrets. Despite unprecedented uniformity in these laws across nations, largely due to the Work Trade Orgainsation TRIPs agreement, there is general consensus that these laws are unable to cope when such works are placed on the World Wide Web. This paper isolates why and what may be considered as policy options to address the need for preserving legal protection against misappropriation in order to give the necessary incentive to innovate and as well as protecting the creator of a works integrity. To do this while preserving as much access to information as possible, the reason d'etre of the Internet is the challenge the law faces.


Professor Pendleton, the Director of the Institute, has published extensively in the area of Asian intellectual property law. He is the author of Law of Intellectual and Industrial Property in Hong Kong (1984) and Intellectual Property Law in the People's Republic of China (1986) and the co-author of Chinese Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Law (1987), Copyright Law in China and Law of Intellectual Property and Industrial Property Law in Hong Kong, 2nd ed. (1993).

Professor Pendleton is a member of the Editorial Board of Intellectual Property Studies and taught for over a decade at Hong Kong University before becoming Chair of the West Australian Law Reform Commission.

He currently teaches East Asian Legal Cultures and Asian Intellectual Property Law at Murdoch University.

M2 Thursday, May 3 11:00 - 11:30
Electronic Markets

Dr Manoj Kumar
Director, IBM India Research Lab


Internet is changing the basic methodology of economic activity, i.e., the way business gets done. In this paper we discuss e-Markets, the electronic marketplaces supported by the Internet to automate the above mentioned economic activity. The e-Markets provide value to their members by providing a unified view of the set of goods and services traded in the market and by providing a variety of mechanisms to facilitate trade in such products. Furthermore, the e-Market system must be capable of supporting configurable processes since processes vary with business model. This talk covers the role of e-Markets in commerce today, issues in organizing the information on goods traded in electronic catalogs, and proper design of trading mechanisms and appropriate selection of a suitable mechanisms for a particular economic environment.


Dr. Kumar is currently the director of IBM's India Research Laboratory in New Delhi. The lab. has significant research initiatives in electronic commerce, e-governance, new software business models, computational biology, weather for ecasting, and technologies for human computer interaction.

Prior to his current assignment at IBM India Research Lab since July 2000, Dr. Kumar was with IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in New York, USA from 1983. He lead project in electronic commerce, video delivery and encoding technologies, and architecture and design of processors and of parallel computers. Dr. Kumar received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur in 1979, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, in 1981 and 1984 respectively, all in electrical engineering.

M2 Thursday, May 3 11:30 - 12:00
Architecture and Performance of Information Delivery Systems

Professor Johnny Wong
Director of Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo, Canada


In an information delivery system, units of information, called pages, are delivered to requesting users. Of interest are architectural features that could lead to improvement in system response time, especially when the number of users is large. Two such features are multicast and caching. In this talk, performance results for information delivery systems that use multicast and/or caching are discussed.


Johnny W. Wong received his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 1975. Since 1975, he has been with the University of Waterloo, where he is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Institute for Computer Research. From 1989 to 1994, he was Associate Provost, Computing and Information Systems. Dr. Wong has served on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Communications, Performance Evaluation, and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He was Technical Program Chair of IEEE INFOCOM '84.

Last Updated: Februray 8, 2001