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Keynote Speakers


Mr. Chris Whitney

Director, Data Center Design for Cloud Computing Lab, Hewlett Packard, Singapore



Chris Whitney is currently the Managing Director of HPL Labs Singapore where his labs undertake exploratory and applied research in data center design, cloud computing, social media and mobility. Before joining HP in 2006, Chris was the Founder & Chief Technology Officer for Active Reasoning, Vice President of Engineering for Cable & Wireless North America and Vice President of Service Development for Exodus Communications. Before that, Chris held senior management and research positions for Marconi Software Research, British Telecom Research Labs, AT&T Network Systems International, and also at HP where he served as CTO for the Customer Relationship Software Division as well as working at HP Labs Bristol.


Talk Abstract

Secured Cloud and Sustainable Data Centers

In the past few years, the research team at HP Labs has been focusing on the delivery of secure application and computing end-state of “Everything-as-a-Service” based on the concept of cloud computing in the enterprise. The security analytics that will automate enterprise-grade security and address one of the biggest obstacles in the broad adoption of the cloud in the enterprise has also been studied.

In this talk, the research being undertaken at HP Labs worldwide will be described with the focuses on three important and connected areas of information technology; the rise of Cloud Computing as a dominant force in the delivery of computing resources, the design of infrastructure that will be needed to support the global adoption of cloud computing, and the future of data centers as the facilities to house future information technology needs.

In addition, this talk offers the discussions on an Intelligent Infrastructure, which is about IT working together in a way that makes sense: a system of smarter, more secure enterprise computing devices, networks, and storage built on scalable architectures.  In order to provide massive-scale, intelligent infrastructures, sustainable data centers are required.  New data center technologies can improve worldwide access to IT services making it possible to deconstruct conventional, wasteful business processes and replace them with new models that have a lower impact on the environment.   Researchers in Sustainability at HP Labs have been working on exploring and modeling the way resources can be utilized in the data centers.  Many of the principles and efficiencies identified through this research can be used to inform planning and design at a city-scale. Moreover, when sustainability guides the development of technology and the rethinking of design and processes, incremental steps and advancements can add up to big-picture environmentally gains.




Prof.Dr. Bundhit Eua-arporn

Director, Energy Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand




  • Ph.D., Imperial CollegeUniversity of London, 1992
  • M.Eng., Chulalongkorn University, 1989
  • B.Eng., Chulalongkorn University, 1987

Current Position

  • Professor in Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, chulalongkorn University
  • Director of Energy Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University.

Areas of Interest

  • Power System Planning and Reliability
  • Electric Power Economics and Regulation
  • Energy Policy and Modeling


    1. Council member, Chulalongkorn university, 2010-present
    2. Board member: Metropolitan Electricity Authority, 2008-2009
    3. Researcher, Consultant, Committee member for governmental organizations, ministries, and private sectors. 1992-present

Talk Abstract

Electrical Energy Technology for Green Society

Serious concerns on green house gas emission and its consequences have been widely recognized for several years. More efficient energy consumption and production with less environmental impacts are key issues to attend to for a better green society. As electrical energy is a key element of human livings, improving the technology in this area will play an important role toward a better future of our society. The increase of efficiency in all concerned parts, i.e. generation, transmission, distribution, and electrical appliances, will be a key driving force toward the green society.

On generation, we have seen the new development of fossil based power plants, e.g. clean-coal, combined of electricity and heat, whereas on a smaller scale, we have seen considerable development of renewable based power plants in recent years, especially solar PV, wind turbine, bio-fuel.  On the transmission and distribution networks, we have seen development focusing on reducing power loss and increasing service reliability.  Finally on, electrical appliances, we have witnessed dramatically increase of communication gadgets and systems which serve a new life-style and would certainly help to increase the efficiency of energy generation and consumption.

To possibly create a green society, the integration of technology and management on energy production and consumption is unavoidable. A proper management needs, on one hand, accurate information of which the information and communication technology will play an important role, and on the other, appropriate control signals. Such integration has been put in place and continuously developed for decades, as we can clearly see from the composite of generation and transmission system. Information of all concerned power plants and transmission lines status are sent to the control center for economic generation dispatch, whereas operating status of all concerned components including load point information are coordinated and controlled to achieve system security.  However, with the increase of renewable energy based generation and participation from the demand side in various forms, e.g. electric vehicles, energy storage devices, information utilization, we require a new distribution system, called smart grid, which occupies a similar characteristic to the conventional composite system, to be capable of coping with these new development. It is widely anticipated that such development would help to increase the overall efficiency of the electrical energy sector.

This keynote will cover the technology development of generation and distribution systems, the anticipated impact of such development on Thailand electrical energy outlook. Finally key driving measures to approach the green society from the perspective of electrical energy sector will be drawn




Dr. Qin Zheng

Scientist, Computing Science, Agency for Science, Technology and Research(A*STAR), Singapore


Qin Zheng received the B. Eng. degree in Information Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore, Singapore in 2006. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the same department till November 2007 before he joined the Institute of High Performance Computing(IHPC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research(A*STAR), Singapore. His current research interests include Cloud computing, data analytics and green computing. He is Workshop Chair for IEEE ICPADS 2012 and Vice Program Chair for HCW 2011.


Talk Abstract

Green Computing in Cloud Data Centers

With the popularity and growth of cloud computing, cloud technology vendors have been rapidly building giant data centers. In 2010, data centers around the world consume approximately 1.1 to 1.5 percent of electricity generated globally.  Minimizing energy consumption and increasing resources utilization efficiency are two of the most important steps to enable green computing for cloud applications.

This keynote will explore several existing green computing technologies used in modern data enters and discuss the relationship between energy consumption and computer utilization.  In addition, the speaker will talk about the current cloud pricing models of heterogeneous  computing resources and its implication for vendors and end users.  Finally the speaker will describe a recent work on using pricing mechanisms to optimize power costs and vendor revenues.

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