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Prof. Aminata Garba

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Title: Data Infrastructure for Development


Aminata A. Garba is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University Africa. She has worked at the National Institute for Scientific Research (Canada), the National Center for Scientific Research (France) and the Regulatory Authority of Niger in the development and implementation of telecommunications and utilities regulatory frameworks. Her research interests include information theory, data processing, communication systems, ICT for development and public policy.

Prof. Nick Feamster

University of Chicago

Title: The Past, Present, and Future of DNS Privacy


Nick Feamster is Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) at the University of Chicago. Previously, he was a full professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, where he directed the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP); prior to Princeton, he was a full professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magedanz

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Title: Understanding the Role of 5G Campus Networks to leapfrog in the Digital Transformation


Thomas Magedanz (Ph.D.) has been a professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next-generation networks (www.av.tu-berlin.de) since 2004. In addition, since 2003 he has been Director of the Business Unit Software-based Networks (NGNI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS (www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/go/ngni) in Berlin.  In the course of his applied research and development activities, he created many internationally recognized prototype implementations of global telecommunications standards that provide the foundations for the efficient development of various open technology testbeds around the globe. His current interest is in software-based 5G networks for different verticals, with a strong focus on edge computing, network slicing, and private industrial networks. The Fraunhofer 5G Playground (www.5G-Playground.org) represents, in this regard, the world´s most advanced Open 5G testbed which is based on the Open5GCore software toolkit (www.open5Gcore.org), representing the first reference implementation of the current 3GPP 5G standalone architecture.

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