GEOFF HUSTON AM, is the Chief Scientist with APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry serving the Asia Pacific region. He has been closely involved with the development of the Internet for many years, particularly within Australia, where he was responsible for the initial deployment of the Internet in Australia. He is author of a number of Internet-related books, and has been active in the Internet Engineering Task Force for many years. His current research interests include transport protocols, security and the domain name system.
Michael A. McRobbie has served since 2007 as president of Indiana University. He previously served as IU’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, as vice president for research, and as interim provost of IU Bloomington.
Under McRobbie’s leadership, IU has seen a major expansion in the size, quality, and diversity of its student body; the establishment of ten new schools; a reinvigoration of its global engagement; the construction or renovation of nearly 200 major new facilities across all campuses with a total value of approaching $2.75 billion; and the successful conclusion of the Bicentennial Campaign,and the launch of the highly successful Bicentennial Campaign, which has raised more than $3 billion to help ensure the university’s continued success in its third century.
A native of Australia, McRobbie was inducted as an elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2020 and as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012. He was appointed a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2016. He is also an Officer of the Order of Australia, Australia’s national honors system.
McRobbie has been an active researcher in computer science and logic over his career. He has been principal investigator on numerous large grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Outside of the United States, he has had special experience working with industry, research, and government organizations in Asia, especially in Japan, and was a co-founder of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network in 1996.
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee comprising members of the Joint Universities Computer Centre (JUCC), we would like to extend our warmest welcome to all delegates and guests to the 50th Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN50) Meeting & Conference to be held online from 3 August to 7 August 2020 in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world and the fact that many nations will not fully lift their travel restrictions within the next few months.
The Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) is an international consortium of many national research and education networks (NRENs) in the Asia Pacific region. Over the past three decades since 1996, APAN meeting has been providing an international and networking platform for IT practitioners, academics, educators and researchers from the Asia Pacific as well as other parts of the world to meet, interact and collaborate on advanced network technologies, services and applications to support innovative research and education.