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IT Innovations 09 Keynote Speakers

We are very pleased to welcome Costas A Courcoubetis as one of our conference keynote speakers

Costas A Courcoubetis


Socio-economic challenges for the Internet of the future


The Internet is founded on a very simple premise: sharing! Shared communications links are more efficient than dedicated connections that lie idle much of the time. Hence the rules we use for sharing are extremely vital for the healthy operation of the Internet ecosystem and directly affect the value of the network to its users. It becomes a great paradigm of merging the disciplines of computer science and economics, and presents a great number of challenges to the Internet research community. In this talk we will discuss a number of questions like: what is wrong with today’s Internet sharing technologies? Are these consistent with economics? More specifically, is TCP sensible from an economic point of view? Which network sharing technologies justify end-to-end from an economics perspective? What is required to make p2p a blessing instead of a curse? Are there bad applications or just inefficient combinations of sharing technologies and pricing schemes? 


Prof. Costas A Courcoubetis is heading the Network Economics and Services Group and the Theory, Economics and Systems Lab at the Athens University of Economics and Business. He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1982 until 1990 he was Member of the Technical Staff in the Mathematical Sciences Research Center at Bell Laboratories, from 1990 until 1999 he was with the CS Department at the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece, where he headed the Telecommunications and Networks Group at the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, and since then he is with the CS Department at the Athens University of Economics and Business. His research interests include economics of communication networks, resource allocation and optimization, peer-to-peer computing, and regulation policy. He has participated in many projects related to pricing network services and the Internet. He is a co-author with Richard Weber of “Pricing Communication Networks: Economics, Technology and Modeling” (Wiley, 2004).


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