Roshan Ragel
Consulting CEO, LEARN – Professor in Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya

Roshan Ragel is a full professor in Computer Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and the consulting Chief Executive Officer at the Lanka Research and Education Network (LEARN), the national NREN. He is a skilled university lecturer and researcher with a doctorate in computer science and engineering and a passion for teaching, research and administration. His research interest is in fault-tolerant and dependable computing, accelerated and high-performance computing, wearable computing and synthesis of secure and reliable embedded processors.

At LEARN, he works on establishing an effective organizational structure to achieve corporate strategic goals. He has spent many years building and managing Information and Communication Technology infrastructure dedicated to supporting the research and education communities in Sri Lanka. With his involvement, LEARN was able to step up for a significant milestone by launching the [email protected] Project in Sri Lanka in 2017, which brings a lot of opportunities for LEARN R&E network community to get involved and utilize the project resources and funds.

With Covid-19 lockdowns, LEARN is helping the university community in the country connect and engage in productive research and education activities online. Prof. Ragel received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2007 and his BSc in Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2001. He was appointed a Senior Lecturer in Computer Engineering at the University of Peradeniya in December 2007 and a Full Professor since October 2017.

Roshan Ragel's Keynote


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Mohammad Tawrit
Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN)

Mohammad Tawrit is having 29 years of experience in the Telecommunication and Data communication field and has been working as Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh Research and Education Network (BdREN) since April, 2019. He joined BdREN a project initiated by Ministry of Education and being implemented by University Grants Commission (UGC), as Operations Director in April, 2013. During his tenure in BdREN, he was involved in the design and implementation of a full-fledged Research and Education Network. He has drafted a number of presentations on different aspects of NRENs. He has worked in-depth on NREN sustainability. On “NREN sustainability” he presented a paper at the Governors’ Meeting  in APAN45 at Singapore as “Guest Speaker”. He is also one of the authors of the first [email protected] Compendium and presented the draft compendium at the Governors’ Meeting in APAN47 at Seoul, South Korea. Currently he is working as one of the Principal Investigators of the “NREN Needs Assessment” project of the [email protected] grant.

Mohammad Tawrit's Keynote

NREN Needs Assessment (NNA) under the [email protected] Project

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The NREN Need Analysis grant project was initiated by TEIN*CC under the [email protected] project to provide comprehensive insight and analysis of NREN needs leading to activities that will benefit NRENs. The information is gathered through  both surveys and interviews with the various NRENs organisations and some of their members.

The session will start with a presentation introducing the background and the preliminary findings of the NREN Needs Assessment (NNA) under the [email protected] project. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the key findings, their impact on the NRENs, possible remedial actions to be taken, etc.
David Wilde
Chief Technology Officer of AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network

David Wilde is the Chief Technology Officer of AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network.  AARNet connects more than two million end users, interconnecting Australian universities, the CSIRO, research institutes, scientific instruments, schools, colleges, libraries, archives and museums.

For the past 10 years David has driven future technology direction and the development of leading edge applications while building, growing and securing the AARNet network.  David has developed extensive collaborations with AARNet’s international peers supporting Australian researchers and educators in achieving world-class technology outcomes in order to overcome the tyranny of distance.

David Wilde's Keynote

Global research and education networks: looking to the future

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The Global Network Advancement Group (GNA-G) embodies a vision for the international collaboration of national research and education (R&E) networks. The set of networks that comprise the Global R&E infrastructure is large and diverse. There are differences in speed, accessibility and capacity. Building on the work of groups like the GNA and GLIF the GNA-G was started to continue the work of making the interconnection of these networks more effective for science and providing a model for the more effective use of resources in building these networks. By working together, the NRENs of the world can both provide better services and agree to a blueprint which will enable R&E networks to align their spending for intercontinental bandwidth.