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  • From: "Lauren B. Kallens" <>
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  • Subject: University of Pennsylvania Hosts Internet2's Fall Member Mee ting
  • Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 10:50:01 -0400

University of Pennsylvania Hosts Internet2's Fall Member Meeting

From a Kite in the Sky to Wireless Internet Access on the Fly:
As Host of Internet2's Member Meeting, The University of Pennsylvania
Celebrates 300 years of Philadelphia's Technology Leadership

Ann Arbor, MI/Philadelphia, PA - September 16, 2005 - Philadelphia has long
been the home of many technological innovations -- from Ben Franklin's
electric discoveries in 1752 to the University of Pennsylvania's development
of ENIAC, the world's first electronic digital computer to the city's
upcoming roll-out of wireless Internet connectivity.

Keeping in this tradition, the University of Pennsylvania, an
internationally recognized Ivy League school and Internet2 member, announced
that it will host the annual Internet2 Fall Member Meeting taking place from
September 19-22, 2005. Internet2, the foremost U.S. advanced networking
consortium led by research and higher education, is leading the way in
investigating and developing advanced Internet services that will
fundamentally change the way we live, learn, work, and play.

The Internet2 community's nationwide high-speed network provides connected
members with speeds 1000 times faster than the average household broadband
connection. The network reaches over three million users, 240 research and
educational institutions, and 34 state education networks. It helps
students, researchers and scientists redefine the way they do their
day-to-day work. And, through the organization's partnerships with over 70
leading corporations, Internet2 works to assure these same technologies will
be adopted by average consumers in the future.

With attendees representing more than 300 universities, corporations,
partners and government entities, Internet2's 2005 Fall Member Meeting will
provide a comprehensive view into the latest advances in Internet
technology. Internet2, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania
and MAGPI, has assembled an impressive roster of live demonstrations,
discussion sessions, and plenary sessions to highlight the progress made by
the Internet2 member community and to illustrate these real-life
applications of advanced networking.

Media are invited to attend all Demonstrations, the Museum Gala Event, and
the General Sessions.

Internet2's 2005 Fall Member Meeting program highlights include:
Museum Gala event:
September 21, 2005, 6:30-9:30 pm EDT
"Bridging the Ancient and Modern: New Ways of Thinking about Archaeology and
Anthropology Using Internet2's Network"
The event program, hosted by Museum Director, Dr. Richard Leventhal, will
demonstrate the new and innovative ways that scientists and researchers are
using advanced networks in the study of cultures - both ancient and modern.
Dr. Leventhal will be talking live via videoconference with Tlingit artists
in Anchorage, Alaska and with the Director of the Grande Museum in Cairo,
Egypt to discuss and demonstrate the role of technology in their important
work. Dr. Leventhal's presentation will be offered at 7:00 pm and again at
8:00 pm. There will also be two exciting demonstration stations in the
Museum, one featuring a virtual archive of major skeletal collections, and
the other titled, "3D Archaeological Structures from Subsurface Surveying,"
which seeks to investigate methods for the recovery of underground
structures in the Andes.
For more information:

General Sessions:
First General Session Keynote featuring: Richard Bendis, CEO Innovation
Philadelphia Mr. Bendis will discuss the significant growth of Bio-Tech and
Bio-Pharmaceutical initiatives and the deployment of technology tools such
as the Wireless Philadelphia Project to underscore the relevance of opening
new communication links between industry and academia for the purpose of
collaborative research.

Second General Session Keynote featuring: Dr. Larry Peterson, Professor and
Chair of Computer Science, Princeton University. Today's Internet, based on
design decisions made in the 1970's, is very successful, and yet assumptions
built into its design limit its potential. Mr. Peterson's discussion will
consider the challenge in making fundamental changes to the Internet's
architecture, and proposes a strategy for continual evolution.

Highlighted Demonstrations:
Live Music Instruction with New World Symphony and Northwestern University
using new high definition video communications from LifeSize Demo time:
September 20, 2005, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM EDT New World Symphony and
Northwestern University will collaborate live between Miami, Chicago and
Philadelphia to demonstrate a musical instruction class over Internet2's
network using High Definition quality videoconferencing technology from
Internet2 Corporate member, LifeSize Communications. A coach at Northwestern
University in Chicago will use the network link to a fellow student at the
New World Symphony in Miami to present a strings instruction session. The
Philadelphia location will include presenter Tom Snook, Chief Technology
Officer of New World Symphony and Larry Amiot of Northwestern University. A
live call will enable Philadelphia participants to view the demo in high
definition and ask questions.

Live Video Delivery from the Aquarius Underwater Medical Research Habitat
New technology by NASA has been developed enabling astronauts to train in an
environment that replicates the conditions they will experience in space.
This demonstration will use the Aquarius, an underwater habitat situated off
the coast of Key Largo, Florida, and operated by the National Undersea
Research Center (NURC) of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for
the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for
training. Using Internet2 corporate sponsor VBrick System's leading-edge
videoconferencing technology, the demonstrators will be able to provide
high-quality videoconferencing from shore to the Aquarius. In this
demonstration the video will be sent via Internet2's network from Key Largo,
Fl to the Internet2 Fall meeting location in Philadelphia. Observers can ask
questions have them answered in real-time.

Resources to Lessons: A Hands-On Demonstration of Applications and
Supporting Infrastructure for Digital Anatomy This demonstration will show
multiple applications developed by Stanford and the University of Wisconsin
- La Crosse as a part of National Library of Medicine funded projects. The
demonstration will show how to use technology in the health sciences
including virtual surgery techniques that enable medical students to receive
"hands-on" instruction from experts all over the world using the latest in
immersive or "virtual" technology.

For more information on the Fall Member Meeting and a full list of all
demonstrations, visit:

Internet2 Fall Member Meeting Location:
Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza
17th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

About Internet2
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and
government, Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia,
industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information about Internet2, visit:

About the University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania, the country's first university, is an Ivy
League institution with more than 250 years of distinguished
accomplishments, from the development of ENIAC, the world's first computer,
in the 1940s to backpacks that convert energy from walking into electricity
to power electronics, announced just last week. Founded by Benjamin
Franklin, its 12 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools are
located in Philadelphia on an attractive urban campus that today serves a
diverse community of more than 20,000 students from throughout the nation
and around the world. Ranked consistently among the top 10 universities in
the nation, Penn is a world-renowned research university with a
long-standing reputation for excellence in graduate and professional
education, with a number of its schools ranked at or near the top in their

MAGPI is the Internet2 Gigapop run by Information Systems & Computing at the
University of Pennsylvania. MAGPI provides regional and Internet2
connectivity to its member institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and
Delaware. MAGPI is committed to promoting advanced applications,
collaborations, and services for the K20 research and education community
through high performance networking technology. For more information about
MAGPI, visit:

For more information or for media registration information, please contact:
Lauren Kallens

Julie S. McWilliams
University of Pennsylvania
215-898-1422 office

  • University of Pennsylvania Hosts Internet2's Fall Member Mee ting, Lauren B. Kallens, 09/16/2005

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