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Dean Bubley

Founder of Disruptive Analysis

Wednesday Keynote Address

Bubley’s presentation, “What the future holds for Asterisk (and what’s overhyped)” will take place on Wednesday, October 4th, at 9 a.m. ET. The Community is familiar with IoT, AI, Blockchain, Robots, 3D-printing and other technologies on the list of “next big things” promised by futurists. But what do any of these mean for communications and IP telephony? This session explores the possible intersection-points between IP communications platforms, and emerging technologies and trends. Can blockchain be used for “data integrity protection,” to ensure anti-tamper controls on call records or even voice recordings? How can AI improve voice? Is it just about speaking home or mobile “assistants,” or can it be applied in contact centers, or sales team applications? And what about IoT? Focusing on where machines or sensors can trigger actual human interaction, whether by voice or video, and the fact that all of this has to set against the real world of deployment – skills, costs, and regulation. What might happen when all these intersections bring contradictions, for example, when lawful intercept of calls clashes with medical confidentiality (and device certification) for telemedicine?

BIO

Dean Bubley ( @disruptivedean ) is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm. An analyst & futurist with over 25 years’ experience, he specialises in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields. He is one of the leading market observers covering network infrastructure & software, service provider business models, voice/video communications and telecoms policy.

He is a contrarian and visionary, with challenging opinions that go against industry consensus. His focus is on 4G/5G/WiFi network technology, NFV/SDN, the “future of voice and video”, AI, blockchain & contextual communications. He advises on trends in telco business models, mobile networks, IoT, applications ecosystems, broad futurism and telecoms regulation/spectrum policy. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecom operators, vendors, regulators and industry associations.

Mr Bubley was formerly an equity analyst with Granville Baird, the UK arm of US-based investment bank Robert W. Baird. Prior to that, he spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business, managed the Internet & Networking area and custom consulting operations, with roles of Chief Analyst & Director of Consulting.

He holds a BA in Physics from Keble College, Oxford University.


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Brian Capouch

Chair of the Computer Science Department, Retired

Thursday Keynote Address

Capouch will present "Asterisk and Me: A Telephony Love Story" on Thursday, October 5th, at 9 a.m.ET. He will discuss his use of Asterisk on his personal projects and those projects in his classroom at Saint Joseph’s College. He retired in 2016, as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, after 34 years of teaching there. Saint Joseph’s became one of the first colleges with a full-time Internet connection in 1988, and began offering a for-credit course in VoIP in 2002. He has been a longtime advocate for Open Source software, participated in the process of developing the MIME standard, and was a co-author of RFC 5456, which formalizes the IAX protocol. His current interests focus on the future of the browser as a universal application container, and the technologies used to implement progressive web applications. He has developed a great fondness for modern JavaScript, Node, and React.

BIO

Brian Capouch retired in 2016 as Chair of the Computer Science Department at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, after 34 years of teaching there. Saint Joe became one of the first colleges with a full-time Internet connection in 1988, and began offering a for-credit course in VoIP in 2002. He has been a longtime advocate for Open Source software, participated in the process of developing the MIME standard, and was a co-author of RFC 5456, which formalizes the IAX protocol.

His current interests focus on the future of the browser as a universal application container, and the technologies used to implement progressive web applications. He has developed a great fondness for modern JavaScript, Node, and React.

Brian lives on a small farm in the Milltown community near Monon, Indiana. He owns eight historic properties in a neighboring small town. They include a railroad hotel, doctor's home and office, and telephone exchange, which will soon be open as a museum of magneto telephony. He sits on the boards of three historical societies, and is a fanatical student of the late Settlement Period in local history. He is learning the baker's craft, and bakes 30 pounds of bread every week which he gives to family, friends, and neighbors.