co-sponsored by IEEE Vehicular Technology Society – Ottawa Chapter

Date and Time: Thursday, February 8, 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Carleton University, 4359 ME (Mackenzie Building), campus map

Title: Digital Transformation and the Dark Side of the Force

Speaker: Dr. Rainer Schoenen, Professor, HAW-Hamburg, Germany

Abstract: Digital transformation, sustainability and globalization are
the heavy topics of the 21st century. Many are afraid of this. For a
good reason? We critically discuss the new digital world and why this
development is not sustainable in many cases. It is also connected to
how much the truth is prevaricated these days. Numerous examples point
at how much we move away from digital (data) self control and how
hopelessly far behind legislation is to protect consumers and
citizens. Another aspect to discover is how far the beastly appetite
for growth has driven IT+ITC into a wasteful inefficiency. This makes
us engineers responsible for the climate change, too. As an example we
see the growth of CPU instruction rates by Moore’s law being eaten up
mostly by wasteful operating systems, big software, newest apps and
graphical gimmicks. One solution approach is suggested which by
peaceful means, but not entirely voluntary, will bind us into
obligation to protect the future.

Speaker Bio: Rainer Schoenen (SM’13) received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees
in electrical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen,
Germany, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation was
entitled “System Components for Broadband Universal Networks with QoS
Guarantee”, which was written within the ISS Group of Prof. H. Meyr.
In 2000, he became self-employed. From 2005 to 2009, he was a Senior
Researcher with the Communication Networks Research Group, RWTH Aachen
University, with Prof. B. Walke, working on computer networks, queuing
theory, Petri-nets, LTE-Advanced, frequency-division duplex relaying,
scheduling, OSI layer 2 (MAC), and IMT-Advanced Evaluation within
WINNER+. From 2010 to 2014, he was a Project Manager with Prof. H.
Yanikomeroglu at Carleton University. Since 2015, he has been a
Professor with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Hamburg,
Germany. His research interests include stochastic Petri-nets and
queuing systems, asynchronous transfer mode, Transmission Control
Protocol/Internet Protocol, switching, flow control, quality of
service, tariffs, user-in-the-loop, wireless resource and packet
scheduling, and the medium access control layer of 5G systems.

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