João da Silva

Former Director, DG INFSO.D "Converged Networks and Services" European Commission, EC Directorate General for the Information Society

Dr. João Schwarz da Silva received a PhD on the Performance Analysis of Mobile Packet Radio Systems from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1981 and a Master and Bachelors degree on Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Canada in 1971 and 1970.

After numerous positions in Canada with the Communications Research Center and Switzerland with the International Telecommunications Union, he joined the European Commission in 1991.  In 2004 he was appointed Director of the Network and Communication and further on Director of Converged Networks and Services, where he had the overall responsibility for all the R&D work relating to mobile communications, broadband networks including satellite communications, audio-visual and home networks; trust and security, software engineering and ICT for business applications.

In 2005 he initiated a major European R&D drive toward the Future Internet, which has led to the establishment of the Future Internet Assembly and the Future Internet Forum and of a European Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership .  He retired from the European Commission in 2010 and is now a  Research Fellow with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Security, Reliability and Trust with the University of Luxembourg.

He is the recipient of the first UMTS award by the UMTS Forum. He is a Fellow  member of the Wireless World Research Forum. He is the author of some 100 technical and scientific papers and books and has been invited as guest editor of IEEE Communications and Personal Communications Magazine.

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