Speaker Bios for AWG Conference

Here are bios and photos of your Panelists and Moderator for the May 30th AWG Conference IPNSIG Academy presentation.

Your Panelists

Marc Blanchet

Marc Blanchet is an Internet network engineer from Quebec who contributed over the last 30 years to the engineering of new Internet technologies such as IPv6, Internationalized Domain Names (idn), RDAP and Delay-Tolerant Networking. He has co-authored 17 RFCs, has co-chaired more than 15 IETF working groups, including the dtn working group, was member of the Internet Architecture Board and has been IANA transition working group co-chair, and as such received the ICANN leadership award. Marc likes to keep his hands dirty by developing applications in various languages and platforms.  Recently, he proposed and implemented ways to reuse Internet protocols and applications over DTN networks in space. On his Fridays, to give back, Marc volunteers in a local food bank and a homeless shelter.

Vint Cerf

Vint is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist with Google

At Google, Vint Cerf contributes to global policy and business development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Vint Cerf sat on the US National Science Board and is a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Computer Society, Worshipful Companies of Information Technologists and Stationers and is a member of the National Academies of Engineering and Science. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.

Yosuke Kaneko

Yosuke Kaneko currently serves as the President of the Interplanetary Chapter of the Internet Society (also known as IPNSIG), an
international non-profit organization that envisions expanding networking to interplanetary space. Under his dedication and along with the entire membership, in June 2022, the IPNSIG successfully became a standing chapter of ISOC, known as the Interplanetary Chapter to promote its vision and to enhance the goals of the Internet Society.

Since he assumed leadership in September 2020, he has been leading efforts toward creating a common vision shaping the future of the interplanetary network and promoting activities including the establishment of six working groups and the publication of the “Strategy Toward a Solar System Internet for Humanity” in July 2021.

 With his engineering background in avionics and communications, he has about 20 years of experience in the space field.  At the national space agency in Japan, JAXA, he has contributed to the development and operations of the International Space Station (ISS), including establishing a bi-directional communication link using Internet Protocol between the ISS and the Japanese ground system. He also led the Japanese flight control team as Flight Director between 2009 – 2010.

From April 2020 to March 2022, he had served at the Strategic Planning and Management Department of JAXA, where he had led the overall coordination of JAXA’s human spaceflight, space science and exploration programs. 

Today, he serves at the Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center to promote research and development of innovative technology with non-space private sectors to enable future space explorations.

Your Moderator

Jim Schier

Jim Schier is currently the Chief Architect for NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Program at NASA Headquarters. He leads NASA-wide and international studies defining the evolution of space communications networks including NASA’s Near Space Network and Deep Space Network, and the emerging international lunar network, LunaNet. He co-chairs the international Committee to Study LunaNet Governance. He joined NASA in 2004 after 25 years in industry where he worked on civil, defense, intelligence, and commercial space systems. He worked for Northrop Grumman supporting the National Reconnaissance Office where he was responsible for system-of-systems architecting for America’s network of reconnaissance satellites. He developed avionics on the MILSTAR communication relay satellites and led system engineering tasks on commercial satellite systems including Iridium. Mr. Schier was Avionics Manager and Chief System Engineer on the International Space Station at Grumman. He received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his work on space communications and navigation, a NASA Administrator’s Group Award on behalf of the team that redesigned the Space Station, a Silver Snoopy award for his work on Spacelab 3, and numerous other corporate and NASA awards. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In his spare time, he is a docent giving public tours at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.