Hisashi Kobayashi

Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emeritus
Ph.D. 1967, Princeton University

Since I turned to emeritus status in June 2008 I have been working part-time as an Executive Advisor to the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan on their NeW Generation Network (NWGN) Architecture project. The current Internet will not to be able to continue supporting the ever increasing set of new applications and users/devices with insatiable appetites for higher bandwidths. Some of the original concepts and assumptions of the Internet are no longer valid even today (see my keynote talk at Euroview 2009). Thus, the NICT’s network architecture group has been working closely with the network research communities of Japan, the U.S., Europe and other Asian countries, and is pursuing a so-called “clean-slate” approach, meaning that architectural design of a future Internet should not be dictated or constrained by the design philosophy of today’s Internet. I also serve on the Advisory Board for German Lab (G-Lab), which is pursuing a similar project as part of the EU’s effort on a Future Internet.

Most of my time, however, is devoted to authoring textbooks, which I started while teaching at Princeton. An advanced-level graduate textbook System Modeling and Analysis: Foundations of System Performance Evaluation, (Pearson/Prentice Hall, Inc. 2009, 782 pages) coauthored by Prof. Brian L. Mark (George Mason University) was published a year ago, and was favorably reviewed in the IEEE Communications Magazine, in the October 2009 issue, p. 14.

I am now in the final phase of completing another book (my third one) Probability, Random Processes and Statistical Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2010) coauthored by Prof. Brian L. Mark and Dr. William Turin (AT&T Research Labs). This textbook is designed for first and second year graduate students who major in electrical engineering, computer science, operations research or financial engineering. My other planned books in the pipeline are Digital Communications and Networks and Communication Network Architectures: Protocols, Performance and Security.

As a community service, I serve on the Board of Directors of Friends of Todai, Inc. (FOTI), a non-profit foundation intended to foster scholarly exchanges between Todai (The University of Tokyo) and other universities of Japan on one hand and U.S. universities on the other. I also serve on the Board of Directors of Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation, Inc., established in honor of the late Columbia University Professor Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio. Most recently I was appointed an advisor for the President of Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan.