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Information and communications infrastructures – The nerve centres of modern societies

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

The plenary session on information and communications infrastructures as nerve centers of modern society will focus on the nature, role and potential vulnerability of these infrastructures. How critical are they? In the context of overall homeland security, what priority should be attached to their defense? How likely is an all-out attack on them? How have attacks upon them been thwarted in the past? How can they best be thwarted in the future? What new technologies in both hardware and software may be coming to the rescue? Meanwhile, how can the confidentiality of private communications be protected from unwarranted eavesdropping? These questions will be addressed from both European and American perspectives.

Speakers

Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Generaldirektor, Alcatel-Lucent Austria AG; Head of Central Europe, Alcatel-Lucent, Wien Abstract
Information and communication technologies have great influence on today's world. They have become an essential integral part of our private and professional life. There is no doubt about the positive effects information and communication technologies have on the economy. With a gross domestic product of 6%, information and communication technologies contribute a significant part to Austria's economic growth. Users claim for constant availability of ICT-Services. To that effect, there is increasing pressure on operators, in a world that is "always on".

Data Security and always-on-availability are an essential topic for individuals as well as for companies. These attributes have high importance for public safety organizations and authorities in their daily affairs and particularly in case of disaster.
Especially public safety organizations and authorities have an essential need to be able to rely on fail-proof, stable communications infrastructure. Fast reaction in case of emergency is a must, even if networks are overloaded.
International and national awareness on that topic is rising. A lot of actions for the safety of critical infrastructures are being taken already.
For the time being, Austria is building a specific network for public safety organizations and authorities. This digital radio network is being designed to ensure full interoperation between emergency service organizations in case of disaster, when other networks may be destroyed, overloaded or broken down.
Foresighted investment in such measures by public authorities is necessary to minimize impacts of disaster and guarantee reliable communications.
Professor, Formal Methods in Systems Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt; Adjunct Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Abstract
Our technical infrastructures are increasingly governed by computer systems which take responsibility for our communication, transportation, manufacturing, health and entertainment needs. Ever more often, these systems are performing intelligent human tasks which involve perception and decision making. Malfunctions of the computer systems can therefore compromise the safety of the infrastructure, endanger human lives, and incur drastic economic losses. Regarding their potential damage, there is no difference between plain engineering errors and criminal malicious attacks against the infrastructure.

The susceptibility of computer programs to human malice and error is rooted in the mathematical complexity of computing. While computer programming is increasingly considered a commodity to be measured in person months and outsourced to the emerging economies of Asia and Eastern Europe, the industrial production and validation of critical systems is a technical and scientific challenge to be met by the leading players in academia and industry.
Dean emeritus and distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Chair

A.B. (Princeton) Raymond F. DuBois

Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.

1990-1995 Director of Strategy of the Aerospace, Defense Electronics and Government Group, Digital Equipment Corporation
1995-2000 President of Potomac Strategies International LLC
2001 Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense
2001-2004 Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment
2002-2004 Director of Washington Headquarters Services, Department of Defense
2002-2005 Director of Administration and Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense
2005-2006 Acting Under Secretary of the Army
since 2006 Senior Adviser, CSIS - Focus on international security policy and defense management

Mag. Harald HIMMER

Generaldirektor, Alcatel-Lucent Austria AG; Head of Central Europe, Alcatel-Lucent, Wien

1992 Eintritt bei Alcatel Austria
1998-2001 Bereichsleiter Access and Transmission Systems Divisions, Austria
1998 Ernennung zum Mitglied der Geschäftsleitung der Alcatel Austria AG
2000-2002 Vice President Business Development, Carrier Internet Division (Region Europe/Middle East/Africa/India)
2002-2006 Direktor Marketing und Vertrieb der Alcatel-Lucent Austria AG
seit 2007 Generaldirektor der Alcatel-Lucent Austria AG
seit 2008 Head of Central Europe Alcatel-Lucent (und damit verantwortlich für die Länder Österreich, Ungarn, Tschechien, Slowakei)

DI Dr. techn. Helmut VEITH

Professor, Formal Methods in Systems Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt; Adjunct Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

1994 Diplom in Computationaler Logik (studium irregulare), Technische Universität Wien
1995-2001 Univ.-Assistent, Technische Universität Wien
1999 Doktorat in Informatik bei G. Gottlob an der Technischen Universität Wien
1999-2000 Max Kade Scholar an der Carnegie Mellon University bei E. Clarke
2001 Habilitation in Angewandter und Theoretischer Informatik
2001-2003 Außerordentlicher Professor, Technische Universität Wien
2003-2007 Professor (C3), Technische Universität München
seit 2005 Adjunct Full Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
seit 2008 Professor (W3), Technische Universität Darmstadt

Dr. Peter F. KROGH

Dean emeritus and distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

 Studied Arts in Law and Diplomacy and Philosophy at Tufts University
1958-1960 Trainee and Acting Assistant Branch Manager, The New England Merchants Bank, Boston
1961-1962 Instructor in Government, Tufts University
1962-1967 Assistant Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
1963-1967 Host, television interview program, "Backgrounds" - WGBH-TV, Boston
1965 Visiting Scholar, The Brookings Institute
1967-1968 White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State
1968-1970 Associate Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
1970-1995 Dean and Professor of International Affairs, School of Foreign Service
1982-1988 Moderator, weekly PBS television program on foreign affairs "American Interests"
1988-2005 Moderator, PBS television foreign affairs series: "Great Decisions"
since 1995 Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Technology Forum

show timetable

21.08.2008

10:00 - 12:30Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
13:00 - 13:20Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
13:20 - 14:00Plenary sessionPlenary
14:00 - 14:30Plenary sessionPlenary
15:00 - 15:45Ethics of sciencePlenary
15:45 - 16:30Stem cellsPlenary
17:00 - 18:00Politics and science - Advice through sciencePlenary
20:00 - 21:30BionicsPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial

22.08.2008

09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 01: From basic research to economic valueBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 02: Research integrity in scienceBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequencesBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 04: Aviation and the environmentBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 05: Think Tanks in AustriaBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarilyBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 07: Success factor human resources - Regions in competitionBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 08: Climate change - The future of transportBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resourcesBreakout
09:00 - 16:00Working Group 10: Digital healthcareBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and technology for kidsBreakout
10:00 - 15:00Special Event: From the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe to the Regional Cooperation Council - A New Momentum for the Western Balkans' Perspective in Higher Education and Research?Breakout
10:00 - 16:00Working Group 11: Energy efficiency - Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentialsBreakout
16:30 - 17:15The frontiers of science, part IPlenary
17:15 - 18:30Global competition for global talentsPlenary
20:00 - 21:30Information and communications infrastructures - The nerve centres of modern societiesPlenary

23.08.2008

10:00 - 10:30Science education for a science-driven societyPlenary
10:30 - 11:15The frontiers of science, part IIPlenary
11:15 - 11:45The future of the environment and agriculturePlenary
12:00 - 12:15Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children's University Alpbach 2008Plenary
12:15 - 13:15Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizePlenary
13:15 - 14:00Snack reception, hosted by AVL List GmbHSocial