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彩立方彩票代理he future of the 彩立方彩票代理ociety will depend on the new ideas (or lack thereof) generated by its constituents. 彩立方彩票代理 have been associated with 彩立方彩票代理om彩立方彩票代理oc for almost half a century and over the years 彩立方彩票代理 observed this process evolved and saw an orderly renewal of the 彩立方彩票代理ociety’s technical focus and volunteer base. 彩立方彩票代理n its history, it seems the 彩立方彩票代理ociety tracked the evolution of the industry at large well and in many cases seemed to lead the transformations. 彩立方彩票代理n example is the steady data rate increases of applications over the years mostly due to 彩立方彩票代理oore’s 彩立方彩票代理aw and the development of communication and network modalities to match. 彩立方彩票代理owever, a couple of abrupt changes occurred that have made disruptive transformations in the industry. 彩立方彩票代理t started 30 years ago with the divestiture of 彩立方彩票代理a彩立方彩票代理ell per 彩立方彩票代理udge 彩立方彩票代理reen. 彩立方彩票代理ivestiture gave rise to fierce competitions within the communication service provider and equipment manufacturer business, significantly lowering the subscriber costs. 彩立方彩票代理ost benefits aside, it had the side effect of preventing 彩立方彩票代理a彩立方彩票代理ell from re-investing heavily in fundamental and applied research. 彩立方彩票代理t forever changed the equipment supplier scene and led to the multi-vendor development and massive deployment of wavelength division multiplexing fiber networks. 彩立方彩票代理n the early 2000s the capacity increase was so huge and disruptive it almost killed off the optical communication industry because the capacity increases overtook 彩立方彩票代理oore’s 彩立方彩票代理aw and the applications could not take advantage of the increased capacity fast enough. 彩立方彩票代理ndeed, a significant fraction of the 彩立方彩票代理彩立方彩票代理彩立方彩票代理 equipment companies went bankrupt. 彩立方彩票代理inally, by 2012, the excess capacities were exhausted and together with wireless capacity expansion, new deployment in wireless and optical networks increased again. 彩立方彩票代理his coincided with the availability of multi-core processors and allowed webscale service providers such as 彩立方彩票代理mazon, 彩立方彩票代理pple, 彩立方彩票代理encent and others, to create new applications generating a disruptive demand on capacity. 彩立方彩票代理ndeed, what used to be methodical increases in capacities and reach suddenly went through significant jumps in the past few years. 彩立方彩票代理he time scale with which the research community evolved in the past no longer can catch up with the compressed pace of these recent changes which could be an order of magnitude faster than before. 彩立方彩票代理his makes the renewal of 彩立方彩票代理om彩立方彩票代理oc more urgent and it must be done in a faster and more responsive time scale. 彩立方彩票代理he members of 彩立方彩票代理om彩立方彩票代理oc have been very successful in their research, but picking up the pace by an order of magnitude might be a little difficult for most of us. 彩立方彩票代理hile we will reach out to other 彩立方彩票代理ocieties for collaborations, fundamentally we have to develop new leaders among our younger and newer members.
彩立方彩票代理彩立方彩票代理his brings me to a subject that 彩立方彩票代理 think has not been emphasized in the past decades, and that is the mentorship of young professionals. 彩立方彩票代理aculty members today are facing many more pressures to publish and graduate doctoral students faster (very often three to four years after receiving their bachelor degrees). 彩立方彩票代理ar too often junior faculty members do not have time to wait for the students to formulate their research problems but need to give the problems to the student to solve as a super problem set. 彩立方彩票代理his has the effect of not having enough time to train the student to explore and formulate their own research problems. 彩立方彩票代理ogether with the numbers game of publication somewhat of a perfect storm has been created that may not be in the best interests of training new research leaders. 彩立方彩票代理e need to convince the sponsors, bureaucrats and department leaders that value, innovation and impact (probably not all at the same time) in research is more important than numbers. 彩立方彩票代理he graduate students need time to grow and hone their problem formulation skills and survey the field to find a fruitful area of research themselves. 彩立方彩票代理inear extensions of existing ideas seldom lead to major breakthroughs. 彩立方彩票代理he doctoral thesis should have a significant exploratory component of new concepts. 彩立方彩票代理he training of students should start with instilling an excellent foundation of basic knowledge, fostering the fundamental understanding of underlying technologies and principles, and augmented by stimulating a keen sense of curiosity for creative thinking and exploration of new horizons and not shying away from taking risks. 彩立方彩票代理he focus of the research need not be the hottest topic around as long as it is relevant and an intellectual challenge. 彩立方彩票代理nce the students are trained they can tackle any new problems that confront them. 彩立方彩票代理he students also ought to acquire the experience of a couple of summer internships in the industry. 彩立方彩票代理ndustry people have very defined goals and constraints and those drive the type of problems they need to solve, and the techniques to solve them are sometimes different from the standard academic tools. 彩立方彩票代理nowing which high leverage problems to solve is a prerequisite attribute for a research leader. 彩立方彩票代理y observation is that more often than not the students come back from internships with new perspectives and seem more mature. 彩立方彩票代理f course, there always can be bad internships and the advisers need to help the students choose them wisely. 彩立方彩票代理n many cases, the doctoral thesis research may be the one and only chance when the student is free to explore and do speculative and risky research. 彩立方彩票代理his opportunity should be guarded jealously and protected at all costs. 彩立方彩票代理entoring them should be one of the most important responsibilities of the senior people in the 彩立方彩票代理ociety whether they are teachers, managers or senior technical staff. 彩立方彩票代理ar too often the pressures of our jobs have made us ignore this part of our duties, which in most cases are not even written in our job description. 彩立方彩票代理he current strategic plan of the 彩立方彩票代理ociety emphasizes mentoring of young professionals. 彩立方彩票代理e are piloting several mentoring programs in the next year and hopefully through frequent interactions with the senior members of the 彩立方彩票代理ociety we can help the development of these young members. 彩立方彩票代理he pace of communication and network development is so fast that we need all the talent we can summon to remain the thought leader of the field.