CARLETON WIRELESS SEMINAR SERIES

Time: Thurday, 29 August 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
Place: Carleton University, Systems and Computer Engineering
The Maker Lab, 4463 Mackenzie Building, map.

Title: CRITICAL THOUGHTS ON DIGITAL SOCIETY
Chances for Urgently Needed Innovations

Speaker: Dr. Rainer Schoenen
Professor, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Hamburg, Germany

* ABSTRACT: As electrical engineers and IP professionals we are working on the products our employers believes to win a sweet spot on the market and as researchers we hope for similar competitive success. In the early years of ICT until ~2000 we were all enthusiastic. Since then technology has matured and we have seen it all. However, the economic approach has also lead to a countless number of unpleasant effects, exponential growth being one of them. Due to the complexity of the hidden technology behind the scenes there are less and less people able to understand what is really going on. As this set of skilled and visionary IT workers is by far not sufficient, companies follow two strategies:
a) Pay crazy salaries for very few.
b) Fill vacancies by lower-skilled and cheaper workforce.
In total, this has lead to lower-quality output for software projects. In this talk we discuss a number of flaws in the system, their root-cause, and potential ways out. The current list includes 65 independent problems, and counting. Shouldn’t we all help solving the real problems?

* 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, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, switching, flow control, quality of service, tariffs, user-in-the-loop, wireless resource and packet scheduling, the medium access control layer of 5G systems, and a sustainable future on this planet.

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