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UC Irvine teams up with Tel Aviv University to explore future of communication

Event: “Communications & Information Technology 2025,” a collaborative conference organized by UC Irvine and Tel Aviv University, will explore the future roles of cellphones, tablets, social media and more in society.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 16 - Wednesday, Oct. 17
Time: Noon-8:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Location: California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology, UCI (grid H8, bldg. 325 on campus map)
Supplemental Information: Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or clawhon@uci.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

1 p.m.: Welcome and introductory talk by Gregory Washington, dean of UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering

3:30 p.m.: “Cloud & Mobile Technologies,” chaired by Israel Cidon, professor of electrical engineering at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

4:30 p.m.: Reception, poster session and open house at Calit2

6:30 p.m.: Dinner at the University Club, adjacent to Calit2, with keynote speakers David Siegel, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles; and Ehud Heyman, dean of Tel Aviv University’s Iby & Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering

Wednesday, Oct. 17

9 a.m.: “Micro- & Nanotechnologies for Information Processing,” chaired by Chen Tsai, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of electrical engineering & computer science

11:45 a.m.: Luncheon address by Henry Samueli, co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom Corp.

1:45 p.m.: “Communication, Interface & Media,” chaired by Yosi Shacham, Tel Aviv University professor of electrical engineering

4:45 p.m.: Industry panel discussion on “Living & Working in the Hyper-Connected World,” moderated by G.P. Li, director of Calit2 at UCI


Communication has seen a radical transformation in the last 20 years. Telecommunications bandwidth has increased by 100,000 times since 2000. The number of cellphone users has grown from two per 1,000 people in 1990 to more than 500 per 1,000 people today. And social media are mobilizing mass rallies capable of toppling governments. The pace of growth is escalating. What does the future hold?

This question and others are bringing together thought leaders from academia, industry and government in a conference hosted jointly by UCI and Tel Aviv University. Both excel in communications and information technology education. UCI is located in Southern California, home to more than 600 telecommunications companies, anchored by Broadcom Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. Tel Aviv University is a technological powerhouse in Israel. It has educated a large number of scientists and engineers who have launched companies contributing to Israel’s reputation as the start-up nation. In collaboration, the two universities hope to educate the best possible scientists and engineers, giving them both technical expertise and a sense of social responsibility.

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