FMN 2009 Keynote Speaker I - June 22nd

Would Collaborative Virtual Environments, Tele-Haptics and Ambient Intelligence Applications Significantly Impact Network Traffic?


Prof. Nicolas D. Georganas

Distinguished University Professor of the University of Ottawa, Canada

Chair of Excellence of the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain



Multimedia Communications, Virtual Environments, Haptics and Gestural Interfaces have been in the forefront of Information Technology for a few years now, but only recently have seen numerous applications in many fields. This presentation will give an introduction to the field of Distributed and Collaborative Hapto-Virtual Environments, with applications in Industrial Training, Medical Education and e-Learning, The impact of these new digital media on future networking will be assessed.


Nicolas D. Georganas Biography

Nicolas D. Georganas is Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa and, currently on sabbatical leave, holds a Chair of Excellence- Univ. Carlos III de Madrid, and is a visiting researcher at the Institute IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain. He received the Dipl.Ing. degree in Electrical  Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 1966 and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering ( Summa cum Laude ) from the University of Ottawa in 1970. He received Honorary Dr.-Ing. Degrees from the Tech. University of Darmstadt, Germany in 2004 and NTUA, Greece, in 2007. He was Dean of Engineering (1986-93) and Associate Vice-President Research (2005-08) at the University of Ottawa. He has supervised over 110 graduate students, 40 postdocs and research engineers, raised over $62 million of research money and published over 450 papers.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Trans. on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Secretary and Fellow of the Academy of Science (Royal Society of Canada) and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a Laureate of the 2002 Killam Prize for Engineering, Canada’s highest award for career achievements in research, and an Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest recognition for a Canadian.