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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.

Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Generaldirektor, Alcatel-Lucent Austria AG; Head of Central Europe, Alcatel-Lucent, Wien
Professor, Formal Methods in Systems Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt; Adjunct Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
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.

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show timetable

21.08.2008

08:00 - 10:30Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 11:20Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
11:20 - 12:00Plenary sessionPlenary
12:00 - 12:30Plenary sessionPlenary
13:00 - 13:45Ethics of sciencePlenary
13:45 - 14:30Stem cellsPlenary
15:00 - 16:00Politics and science – Advice through sciencePlenary
18:00 - 19:30BionicsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial

22.08.2008

07:00 - 14:00Working Group 01: From basic research to economic valueBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 02: Research integrity in scienceBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequencesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 04: Aviation and the environmentBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 05: Think Tanks in AustriaBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarilyBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 07: Success factor human resources – Regions in competitionBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 08: Climate change – The future of transportBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resourcesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 10: Digital healthcareBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kidsBreakout
08:00 - 14:00Working Group 11: Energy efficiency – Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentialsBreakout
08:00 - 13:00Special 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
14:30 - 15:15The frontiers of science, part IPlenary
15:15 - 16:30Global competition for global talentsPlenary
18:00 - 19:30Information and communications infrastructures – The nerve centres of modern societiesPlenary

23.08.2008

08:00 - 08:30Science education for a science-driven societyPlenary
08:30 - 09:15The frontiers of science, part IIPlenary
09:15 - 09:45The future of the environment and agriculturePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach 2008Plenary
10:15 - 11:15Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizePlenary
11:15 - 12:00Snack reception, hosted by AVL List GmbHSocial