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Sherman Fairchild University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University

Workshop on Modeling and Analysis of Computer and Communication Systems

May 9, 2008

A full day workshop was held at Friend Center of the Princeton Campus to celebrate my retirement and 70th birthday. It was organized by Prof. Brian Mark (George Mason University) and Ms. Cindy Menkes (Princeton University), with assistance of Mr. Chee Wei Tan and Mr. Ankit Gupta, and was co-sponsored by IFIP WG 7.3 (International Federation of Information Processing, Working Group 7.3 on Computer Modeling). The participants included 50 invited guests, plus several Princeton faculty and students.

Technical presentations were made by Prof. Paul J. Kühn (University of Stuttgart), Dr. Gerhard Fasol (Eurotechnology Japan KK), Dr. G. Ramamurthy (Conexant Systems), Prof. Paul Prucnal (Princeton University), Dr. Wai Sum Lai (AT&T Labs), Dr. Sidney Hantler (IBM Research), Dr. Mark Squillante (IBM Research), Dr. V. Ramaswami (AT&T Labs.), Prof. Robert Cole (John Hopkins University), Dr. Jeff Buzen (Independent Consultant), Prof. Zygmunt J. Haas (Cornell University), Dr. Philip Chou (Microsoft Research), Dr. Yaakov Kogan (AT&T Labs), Prof. Mor Harchol-Balter (Carnegie Mellon University), Prof. Hideaki Takagi (University of Tsukuba), Prof. Kin K. Leung (Imperial College), Prof. Aurel Lazar (Columbia University) and Prof. Jan Bajcsy (McGill University).



In Honor of Hisashi Kobayashi on the Occasion of
his 70th Birthday and Retirement

Sponsored by:

May 9, 2008
Friend Center, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey, USA


Hisashi Kobayashi has had a long and distinguished career both in industry, at IBM Research, and in academia, at Princeton University. His wide-ranging research interests have included digital communications, signal processing, random processes, computer system modeling, communication networks, and network security. This workshop will bring together colleagues in the research community having interests in these and related areas, and in particular, modeling and analysis of computer and communication systems.

An invitation is extended to interested colleagues to participate in this one-day workshop, which will be held at Princeton University campus. A block of rooms has been held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Princeton for the dates of May 8 and 9. Shuttle transportation will be provided between the hotel and the conference venue on Princeton campus. For those who can participate, a group dinner will be held at the Hyatt, immediately following the workshop.


  • A special volume of papers in honor of Prof. Kobayashi is being planned. Tentatively, the volume will be edited by Erol Gelenbe, Waisum Lai, Brian Mark, and Mark Squillante. If you are interested in contributing a paper(s), please send an email to Brian Mark. The call is open to colleagues, whether or not they are participating as a presenter at the workshop. For workshop presenters, a contributed paper can be based on the workshop presentation, but need not be.

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Workshop Schedule
7:45 am:
Shuttle bus from Hyatt to Princeton Campus, Friend Center
8:00 am:
Continental breakfast
8:45 am:
Opening remarks (all attendees in one room)
9:00 am:
9:45 am:
Sessions 1.A and 1.B in parallel
11:15 am:
Morning coffee break
12:15 pm:
1:30 pm:
2:15 pm:
Sessions 2.A and 2.B in parallel
3:15 pm:
Afternoon coffee break
5:30 pm:
Shuttle bus to Hyatt Hotel
6:15 pm:
Group Dinner at Hyatt


Plenary Talk 1

Room: Bowl 006, Friend Center

9:00 am:

Paul J. Kühn, University of Stuttgart,

“Challenges of performance modelling in network research”

Session 1.A: Advances in Communication Networks

Room: Bowl 006, Friend Center

9:45 am:

Gerhard Fasol, Eurotechnology Japan KK,

“Global opportunities for Japan’s telecom sector”

10:15 am:

G. Ramamurthy, Conexant Systems,

“Fiber to the home: Current status and challenges”

10:45 am:
Morning coffee break
11:15 am:

Paul Prucnal, Princeton University,

“Providing information security in data networks using optical signal processing”

11:45 am:

Waisum Lai, AT&T Labs,

“Routing scalability”

Session 1.B: Stochastic Models

Room: Bowl 008, Friend Center

9:45 am:

Sidney Hantler, IBM Research

“Multidimensional partially homogeneous random walks”

10:15 am:
Mark Squillante, IBM Research
“Explicit solutions for a general class of random walks in the quarter-plane”
10:45 am:
Morning coffee break
11:15 am:

V. Ramaswami, AT&T Research,

“Stochastic fluid flow models”

11:45 am:

Robert Cole, Johns Hopkins University/APL,

“Stochastic models for hybrid packet /analytic network simulations”


Plenary Talk 2

Room: Bowl 006, Friend Center

1:30 pm:

Jeff Buzen, Independent consultant,

“The improbable success of probabilistic models”

Session 2.A: Routing and Reliability in Networks

Room: Bowl 006, Friend Center

2:15 pm:

Zygmunt J. Haas, Cornell University,

“Stochastic routing in ad hoc and sensor networks”

2:45 pm:

Phillip Chou, Microsoft Research,

“Packing multicast trees”

3:15 pm:
Afternoon coffee break
3:45 pm:

Yaakov Kogan, AT&T Labs,

“Non-stationary problems in reliability of data networks”

4:15 pm:

Mor Harchol-Balter, Carnegie Mellon University,

“Analysis of join-the-shortest-queue routing for web server farms”

Session 2.B: Design of Communication Systems

Room: Bowl 008, Friend Center

2:15 pm:

Hideaki Takagi, University of Tsukuba,

“Methodology for calculating the required spectrum for IMT-advanced in mobile communication networks”

2:45 pm:

Kin K. Leung, Imperial College,

“Cross-layer design for wireless mesh networks”

3:15 pm:
Afternoon coffee break
3:45 pm: Aurel Lazar, Columbia University,

“Time encoding machines”

4:15 pm: Jan Bajcsy, McGill University,

“Two new channel capacity results and their potential implications for practical communication systems”


  1. Ioannis Avramopoulos, Princeton University
  2. Jan Bajcsy, McGill University
  3. Andre Bondi, Siemens Research
  4. Jeff Buzen, Independent consultant
  5. Robert Calderbank, Princeton University
  6. Gary Chan, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  7. Mung Chiang, Princeton University
  8. Philip Chou, Microsoft Research
  9. Erhan Çinlar, Princeton University
  10. Ed Coffman, Columbia University
  11. Robert Cole, Johns Hopkins University/APL
  12. Bharat Doshi, Johns Hopkins University/APL
  13. A. E. (Ted) Eckberg, Mitre
  14. Gerhard Fasol, Eurotechnology Japan KK
  15. Sandy Fraser, Fraser Research
  16. W. Donald Frazer
  17. Kaiser Fung, Sirius Satellite Radio
  18. Richard Gail
  19. Ankit Gupta, Princeton University
  20. Zygmunt J. Haas, Cornell University
  21. Sidney Hantler, IBM Research
  22. Mor Harchol-Balter, Carnegie Mellon University
  23. Helen Karatza, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  24. Hisashi Kobayashi, Princeton University
  25. Yaakov Kogan, AT&T Labs
  26. Paul J. Kühn, University of Stuttgart
  27. Waisum Lai, AT&T Labs
  28. Harvey Lam, Princeton University
  29. Steve Lavenberg, IBM Research
  30. Aurel Lazar, Columbia University
  31. K. C. Lee, Panasonic
  32. Kin K. Leung, Imperial College
  33. Zhen Liu, IBM Research
  34. Brian L. Mark, George Mason University
  35. Debasis Mitra, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
  36. Yoshikuni Onozato, Gunma University
  37. Paul Prucnal, Princeton University
  38. G. Ramamurthy, Conexant Systems
  39. V. Ramaswami, AT&T Labs
  40. D. Raychaudhuri, Rutgers University
  41. Bhaskar Sengupta, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
  42. Mark Squillante, IBM Research
  43. Bart Stuck, Independent consultant
  44. Tatsuya Suda, University of California at Irvine
  45. Hideaki Takagi, University of Tsukuba
  46. Chee Wei Tan, Princeton University
  47. Asser Tantawi, IBM Research
  48. Wade Trappe, Rutgers University
  49. Lei Xu, NEC Labs
  50. Linda Zeger, MIT Lincoln Laboratories
  51. Shun-Zheng Yu, Sun-Yat Sen University

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For further information on the workshop, please contact:

Dr. Brian L. Mark

Dept. of Electrical and Comp. Eng.

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA 22030

tel: 703-993-2049

fax: 703-993-1601

email: bmark [at] gmu.edu


Ms. Cindy Menkes

Dept. of Electrical Engineering

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ 08540

tel: 609.258.3500

fax: 609.258.3745

email: cmenkes [at] princeton.edu

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A block of rooms has been set aside for dates of May 8 and 9 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton hotel at the special rate of $129 per room plus 7% New Jersey state tax and 8% occupancy tax for single/double occupancy. Please call the hotel directly to book a room at this special rate before the cutoff date of April 18. Be sure to mention “Princeton University Electrical Engineering” when you reserve your room. Shuttle transportation will be provided between the Hyatt hotel and the conference venue on Princeton campus. http://princeton.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp
The nearest airport is Newark airport, which is 40 miles northeast of Princeton and Philadelphia airport, which is 55 miles southwest of Princeton. Princeton University is accessible by rail and various forms of transporation are available from the airports to Princeton campus. Please refer to the Princeton University website for information on various ways of traveling to Princeton University. http://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/
For workshop participants staying at the Hyatt, a shuttle bus has been arranged to drive participants from the hotel to the Friend Center at 7:45 am and from the Friend Center back to the hotel at 5:30 pm. The shuttle ride is about 15 minutes.The Friend Center is located at the northeast end of the campus, across from the Engineering Quadrangle (E-Quad) on Olden Street.


Visitors may park in Lot 21 (Faculty Rd.). There is shuttle service from Lot 21 directly to the Friend Center. Please click on the link below to see the Lot 21 location.


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