Selected students present their ideas at TNC2011


Postgraduate students met leading figures from TERENA and Cisco at the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) on Tuesday, 17 May. For the fourth consecutive year, students from relevant fields were invited to present a poster on any of the subjects relevant to the spirit and objectives of the conference. The selected posters are being displayed this week at TNC2011 and can be viewed online. This is a unique opportunity for students to share their ideas with a knowledgeable captive audience keen on innovation.

For the second year, Cisco Systems provided sponsorship to allow selected European students from all fields related to research networking to attend the conference free of charge, thereby giving them access to experts from across Europe who have gathered at TNC2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Klaas Wierenga, Cisco’s representative in TERENA, explains why the company decided to support this opportunity: “One of Cisco’s objectives is to stimulate the development of networking. We decided to sponsor students' TNC2011 participation because we see students as an ideal source of fresh ideas that will ultimately benefit research and education." He continues, "Our sponsorship is really an investment in our collective future in research networking." Cisco supports ground-breaking ideas in the research community in other ways, such as providing equipment and expertise to qualified research projects.

TERENA’s President, Janne Kanner, and Vice-President Conferences, Miroslav Milinović, warmly welcomed the students and encouraged them to meet as many people as possible at the conference, not only to expand their network of contacts, but more importantly, to share and evangelise their ideas.

Some of the poster topics covered by the students include ‘Multi-Touch Tiled Screens - New Collaborative Workspace Headstone’, ‘Internet Bad Neighborhoods: the Spam Case’, ‘Media Streams Planning for Larger Groups’ and 'Open Wi-Fi Maps,' which summarises a research initiative to map wireless access points in Slovenia and identify the ratio of unprotected to encrypted access points. This information can potentially support future national Internet safety projects in the country.

The students travelled from various parts of Europe to attend this year’s TNC, including Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Slovenia. Their studies include disciplines such as network communications, system network engineering, telecommunications and electronics engineering.

Further information

A full list of all posters presented at the conference, including those of the nine students and other TNC2011 participants is available on https://tnc2011.terena.org/core/poster/list.