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Unleashed with wireless

Experts to discuss 'wi-fi' technologies at conference

Published October 6, 2003; Category: TECHNOLOGY


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In early October, leading thinkers in wireless computing are coming to Hanover for "Unleashed," a three-day, invitation-only conference dedicated to the "wi-fi" revolution. Information technology professionals from higher education and business will join industry experts at Unleashed to discuss wireless technology and how it is used on campuses nationwide. The conference, Oct. 8-10, will explore what it takes to implement a large wireless network, sustain it and secure it.

"Wireless technology is showing early maturity in the college and university market," says Dave Kotz '86, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Mobile Computing, and one of the organizers of the conference. "Increasingly, it is deployed pervasively in campus environments like Dartmouth, and we're studying how it's being used here in Hanover. This conference is one way to share what we've learned."

According to Larry Levine, Director of Computing Services and another conference organizer, there is a competitive imperative to offer extensive wireless computing in higher education environments. This conference will bring together nearly 100 participants and 30 panelists to examine how wireless technology can be used effectively for teaching in the classroom and for facilitating and conducting research projects.

"Wireless capability, once deployed, can be utilized across all disciplines: in all of the arts and sciences and at our three professional schools of business, engineering and medicine. It's a powerful technology," says Levine.

Adds Ted Cooley, Assistant Professor of Engineering, Director of Information Technology at the Thayer School of Engineering and a conference panelist, "The wireless network has allowed me to enhance my teaching and my research. Course material, formerly handed out on paper, is now "pushed" to the students' wireless-enabled tablet, laptop or PDA. And live links and multimedia-rich content now enliven and improve the learning experience."

Unleashed begins with a keynote speech by Reed Hundt, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997 and a senior advisor to McKinsey and Co., a global management consulting firm. The morning workshops on Oct. 9 will feature wireless deployment, security and usage. Afternoon topics include applications, learning technology, budget and voice-over internet protocol. The conference concludes on Oct. 10 with a look at policy, research trends and the future of wireless.

Unleashed presenting sponsors are Cisco Systems and Intel. Supporting sponsors are Aeroprise, Bearing Point, Newbury Networks, Microsoft Research, Telesym and Datavision.

For more information, go to the conference website.

By SUE KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08