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UMFK PROFESSOR TO CHAIR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND NETWORKING CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG, CHINA

January 19, 2007

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University of Maine at Fort Kent Assistant Professor of Computer Applications, Dr. Wei Ding, will chair a session on wireless multicasting at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Wireless Communication and Networking Conference 2007, March 11-15, in Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.

The IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference is the premier wireless event for wireless communications researchers, industry professionals, and academics interested in the latest development and design of wireless systems. It is organized by the IEEE Communications Society and has a history of bringing together academia, industry and regulatory bodies.

The Multicast Session to be chaired by Dr. Ding will focus on the application of multicast techniques in wireless, mobile ad-hoc, and peer-to-peer networks in the movement of decentralization. YouTube.com is a well-known example of decentralization.

Dr. Ding submitted a research paper to the conference, which was accepted and highly appraised in peer review. The IEEE assigned Dr. Ding to chair a session at the conference. The UMFK Academic Development Fund will cover travel expenses.

This chair position, to be assumed by Dr. Ding, will juxtapose UMFK with other top universities and research labs in the world, including: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; the State University of New York at Stony Brook; Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; IBM's T. J. Watson Research Laboratory; Intel Corporation; and Nokia Research Center, among others.