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IEEE San Francisco Communications Society and the Distinguished Lecture Tour Presents:

"Internet 2.0: Hype or Hope?"

Speaker: Professor Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University

Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009, 6:30PM
Location: The California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

The Internet has become a core civilizational infrastructure, along with energy, water and transportation. However, there are increasing concerns that the current design of the Internet has ossified, yielding ever more complex systems that remain unreliable. I will try to outline some of the key challenges facing the Internet, from address exhaustion, routing scaling and fairness to security and manageability, and summarize some of the research and early standardization efforts that try to address these problems.

Prof. Henning Schulzrinne received degrees from Darmstadt (Germany) University of Technology,the University of Cincinnati and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has held research positions at GMD Fokus, Berlin and Bell Laboratories before joining the faculty of Columbia University, New York. He is currently chairing the Department of Computer Science. His research interests encompass real-time network services, ubiquitous and mobile computing and network reliability. He is a co-author of more than 50 RFCs, including RTP, RTSP, SIP and GIST.

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The Public Utilities Commission is on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister diagonally across from City Hall. There is a parking lot on Franklin between McAllister and Golden Gate and underground lots at Opera Plaza on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness and at Civic Center Plaza on McAllister between Polk and Larkin. Parking under the PUC is not open to the public. Parking meters west of Van Ness are inactive after 6:00 PM. Any bus running on VanNess will stop on the corner.

Coming from the East by BART or Metro, it is best to transfer to a No. 5 Bus going west at the Powel Street Station. Alternatively, it is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Civic Center Station and about the same from Van Ness Station.

Coming from the West by Metro or bus, transfer to a bus going North on Van Ness.
There are two entrances to the building.  One is under the state seal at the top of the steps on the corner of Van Ness and McAllister. The other is on Golden Gate between Franklin and Van Ness. The gates for both entrances close at 5:30 pm. It is better to use the Golden Gate entrance because the meeting room is just inside.