<<July 1, 2000>>

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto <frmlitto@usp.br>

Dr. Pablo Pulido <pablopulido1@compuserve.com>

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D. <rrodrigues@paho.org>

Mrs. Maria Alice Roschke <roschkem@paho.org>

Mr. Carlos Alberto Primo Braga <cbraga@worldbank.org>

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Dr. Fernando Antonio Menezes <fernando_menezes@hotmail.com>

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP <daj@utk.edu>

Marcos Costa <marcos_costa@agilent.com>

Alexandre Tunes <alexandre_tunes@agilent.com>

Drisha Leggitt <drisha_leggitt@agilent.com>


Francisco Evangelista Vieira <franciscov@iadb.org>

Dear Fred:

(1) Many thanks for your msg with your kind word for our Manaus event (ATTACHMENT I).

Your msg was in response to my listserve distribution of "Possible
brainstorming in Caracas, Venezuela in November - June 6, 2000"
which is now retrievable at <http://www.friends-partners.org/~utsumi/gu-l/mid-2000/index.html>.

(2) I also greatly appreciated your and Brazilian Association of Distance
Education's (ABED's) enthusiastic and strong interest and willingness to
participate in our GLOSAS/GUS/GSTF projects.

(3) Yes, I agree and welcome your starting e-brainstorming on the deployment
of broadband wireless and satellite Internet private virtual network in
Amazon, South Brazil, South and Latin America, and the Caribbean.

This e-brainstorming can produce a draft of fund raising application for
the feasibility study for the deployment of broadband Internet in those
regions and areas which will be finalized at the proposed mtg in
Caracas, Venezuela in November, if Pablo will convene it there.

Dear Pablo:

Pls inform me of your decision ASAP -- also about your invitation
for my visit to Caracas in this summer which you proposed me
during our mtg in NYC.

As mentioned in my distribution, this deployment is for the benefit of
your Brazilian Association of Distance Education, UNAMAZ consortium
members, Pablo's PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical
Schools and PAHO, etc.

(4) Since I came back from Manaus, I was very busy with;

(a) our brainstorming workshop on "Rescue Iridium" and GSTF on 6/20th,

this was reported in "GLOSAS Board, Rescue Iridium report &
GSTF Summit plan - June 24, 2000" which can be retrievable
at the aforementioned web site.


(b) my paper on "Global University System" for The 14th Annual
Conference of The Asian Association of Open Universities at The
University of Philippines/Open University, Manila, Philippines,
25-27 October 2000.

This is now retrievable at <http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Manila%20Workshop/GUS_Paper/Manila_conf_10-00/GUS_Paper_Manila_conf.html>.

This is a comprehensive summary of the current status of our
projects on the Global University System (GUS) and the Global
Service Trust Fund (GSTF).

Your e-brainstorming can start (or utilize) from this paper.

(5) The deployment of broadband Internet requires huge investment, thus, we
need to come up a very good and solid feasibility study. Therefor, our
fund raising for the study will be very important which may be submitted
to the InfoDev of the World Bank. This can be a starting point of our
GSTF project, too.

BTW, Carlos Braga's (who is the manager of the InfoDev and came
from your Univ. of Sao Paulo) msg to Peter Knight once suggested
that we should have a project to test the concept of the GSTF. I
think that Brazil can become a good example to do it -- asking the
fund to Japanese government, as the University of South Pacific
did for their USPNet (about $11 million).

(6) With the above in mind, I am very happy to receive your cordial
invitation to attend your ICDE/ABED conference in Sao Paulo 13-19,
August -- especially even with your kind offer of setting up a session
for our project.

I would very much like to accept your invitation to have an excellent
occasion to meet with your ABED people to discuss a formal relationship
between us, should you kindly arrange my travel and hotel expenses.

This is because our highly successful Tampere event in Finland
last August has necessitated me to meet many people at many
locations for our further developments, thus many travels which
start straining our limited resources.

If I can attend, my wife would also like to accompany with me --
with her own fund -- to witness the celebrations of 500 years
since the first Portuguese landed Brazil.

Peter told me the other day that he would attend your conference. Alex
Rivas told me that he was not sure yet, but by a copy of this msg, I am
urging him to do so.

Dear Fernando:

(7) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II).

I look forward to receiving your proposal. Roger Boston would be very
happy to hear of your use of his template for your course -- after you
saw his exciting demonstration during our Manaus workshop.

(8) ATTACHMENT III is an excerpt from ANNEX II: "Global University System in
South America/Amazon Region" in my aforementioned paper for Manila conference.

(9) During your invitational visit after the Manaus event, you told me that
your university will have 45 Mbps Internet-2 line from this month, and
you would like to have a workshop with Roger Boston's demonstration as
utilizing the newly installed broadband Internet.

I would suggest that you talk with Fred to share the cost of my and
Roger's travel, if you can have the workshop after Fred's conference in Sao Paulo.

BTW, David Johnson, one of our GLOSAS board members, is very much
interested in the planning of your new university set-up in 560
acres -- he is a world renown scholar on community/city planning.

I also made a preliminary inquiry to one of the largest landscape
design firms in England through my relative who lived in
Edinburgh, Scotland. They would like to participate in this
project, and would like to have;

1 site photo
2 square meter of building
3 what kind of facilities
4 site survey map
5 boundary of the site
6 location plan, etc.

Their rep also would like to visit your university for the site survey.

You may configure their (David and the rep) visits at the same
time with the workshop (or after the workshop) at your university.

Dear Fred and Fernando:

(10) During our Tampere event last August, we successfully tested NetMeeting
videoconferencing between the University of Tampere in Finland and
Montana State University. The former had 165 Mbps and the latter 45
Mbps linkage to outside Internet. The demonstration site at the former
was at 10 Mbps through their campus LAN.

Both of you witnessed another successful NetMeeting demonstration by
Roger Boston during our Manaus workshop in a conference room of the TV
Amazonas which had 1.5 Mbps line to the outside Internet. However, it
trickled down to 70 Kbps during Roger's demonstration, yet, the audio
and video were very good even from NYC, Houston and England.

During our Manaus workshop, you also witnessed the successful
telemedicine demonstration as sending echocardiogram image of diagnostic
quality to the University of Michigan which was made through ISDN at 384 Kbps.

The ISDN line is a combination of ordinary telephone line at 64
Kbps, thus, 384 Kbps is 6 times of ordinary telephone cost from
Brazil to the US. It is cheaper than satellite, but still expensive.

(11) Subsequently, I am very much interested in a possibility of
demonstrating echocardiogram image transmission through broadband (165
Mbps or 45 Mbps) Internet as mentioned in ATTACHMENT III, since this
possibility will reduce the transmission cost to near zero, yet having a
very good High Definition TV like video quality.

Since the image signal from the echocardiogram goes into a video input
of a PC in the same way as from a camera for NetMeeting
videoconferencing, what we would need for this demonstration is only the
echocardiogram machine -- you can download the NetMeeting software free
of charge from <www.microsoft.com>.

Pls let me know your interest in this demo. I will then ask Agilent
Technology people if they still have the same echocardiogram machine as
we had during the Manaus workshop, and if they can bring it to your location.

Since time is very short, pls let me know your decision ASAP.

Dear Ed:

(12) It was my great pleasure to have met with you at JFK airport on 6/9th.

Referring to our conversation at that time, I wonder if you would be
interested in attending Fred's conference in Sao Paulo.

You may be able to meet with many people from Latin American countries
for your project -- with support from the Inter-American Development
Bank, BellAtlantic, and AT&T, etc.

Best, Tak

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 05:46:48 -0400
From: "Fredric M. Litto" <frmlitto@usp.br>
To: utsumi@friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Possible brainstorming in Caracas, Venezuela in November

dear Tak and other friends:
i also enjoyed participating in the manaus meeting, and thought it was
highly useful. please consider that abed-the brazilian distance education
association is highly interested in supporting and collaborating with the
actions developed below.....
but i don't understand why it is necessary to wait for november to brainstorm.....
(1) we can start a discussion list specifically for this purpose......
(2) i can arrange rooms for F2F discussions during the ICDE/ABED meetings
here in sao paulo 13-18 august...i can even put it on the agenda of the abed
meeting (16-18 august) if Tak wishes me to do so.....i think there is
something to be said for bringing tak's work as an integrator into a
regular, formal setting, such as the abed congresses (and others)....i
remember attending tak's demo sessions at the icde scop meeting in moscow
(1994?)...but there wasn't continuity within icde for this work....my
proposal is to develop a formal relationship between abed and glosas, such
that there is a glosas interest/working group permanently within abed,
working all year round, and with a permanent place on the annual congress
program....i think alex rivas could be an excellent group leader for this
task, involving brazilians from all over the country, both in the specific
amazonia tasks, and in other tasks within brazil using the glosas
leadership, international personal networking and projects....the idea would
be to grow from the stage of demos and move up to the higher stage of
full-blown glosas projects, either within a single country, or extended over
several countries.....make sense?
cheers to all
fred litto

From: "Fernando Menezes" <fernando_menezes@hotmail.com>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Subject: Message received
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 07:49:35 WST

Dear Takeshi,

Thanks for your message
(1) Just now, we are working to send you a proposal of using internet in our medical school
(2) I decide to use Roger Boston's template to create my own surgical oncology course

Best wishes,

(a) University of Roraima:

The federal universities in Brazil will soon have the broadband (45
Mbps) Internet. It will come to the University of Roraima in Boa Vista (about
one and a half hour flight from Manaus to north) via satellite from Sao Paulo
to the EMBRATEL in Boa Vista, and microwaved to the university. It may be
extended further to a nearby hospital with the use of a spread spectrum (2 to
10 Mbps) wireless approach.

As soon as there is the broadband Internet, a mini-workshop will be held
at the university with the use of NetMeeting videoconferencing and Internet
telephony. A similar telemedicine demonstration may also be held, but via the
broadband Internet instead of ISDN. This will be a very unique demonstration
of collaborative telemedicine with one of the world most advanced medical
schools in the US and the world remotest corner in the middle of Amazon, yet
utilizing the most advanced broadband Internet -- and most inexpensively.

As being the youngest among the Brazilian federal universities, the
University of Roraima has a very unique privilege. Although there are several
campuses in the middle of town, the university has a completely empty real
estate of 560 acres in a plateau savanna outskirts of the town with a large
lake and a nearby river.

Our Global University System was requested to be involved in formulating
its vision as the future of the university, looking into a next millennium.
The vision will then be articulated for designing the surroundings,
environment and facilities for the world class educational and research

It could be several campuses of theme-park style setting (e.g.,
environment, agriculture, healthcare, international study, etc.) with
multimedia seminar and conference rooms with global connections where outreach
students gather occasionally. The university should take into account of
cherishing the special conditions in its locality, e.g., indigenous community
and the Amazon jungle as the source of new pharmacology, etc.
List of Distribution

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto
President, Brazilian Association of Distance Education
Professor and General Coordinator
Technologies as Applied to Education
Research Nucleus Investigating the New Communications
The School of the Future
University of Sao Paulo
Av. Prof. Lucio Martins Rodrigues, Trav. 4,
No. 33 - Bloco 18 - Cidade Universitaria
CEP - 05508-900 - Sao Paulo
Fax: +55+11+815.3083

Dr. Pablo Pulido
Executive Director
PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools
Apartado de Correos 60411
Caracus 1060-A
Fax: +58-2-945-4275
Sede de la Direccion Ejecutiva
Calle el Torreon, Quinta FEPAFEM
Urb. Sorocaima, La Trinidad
+58-2-93-0875 / 943-2840 / 93-0857
Fax: +58-2-943-285-40

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.
Regional Advisor in Health Services Information Technology
Essential Drugs and Technology Program
Division of Health Systems and Services Development
Pan American Health Organization
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Fax: 202-974-3614
NetMeeting Server: ils.paho.org

Mrs. Maria Alice Roschke
Human Resource Development Program
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037

Mr. Carlos Alberto Primo Braga
Program Manager
Information for Development (InfoDev)
The World Bank
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20433
Fax: (202) 522 3186

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe:
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
http://www.knight-moore.com/partners/partnerindex.htm -- bio
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences
University of Amazonas - Brazil
C.P. 4208, Manaus 69053-140
+55-92-644 23 22
Fax: +55-92-644 23 84

Dr. Fernando Antonio Menezes
University of Roraima
Universidade Federal de Roraima
Campus do Paricarana/BR 174 S/N
Boa Vista, RORAIMA
Tel: 95-623-9067, 9065
Fax: 95-623-9063

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair/Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy Street
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301
boston_r@hccs.cc.tx.us (secondary)

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-865-974 5227
Fax: +1-865-974 5229

Marcos Costa
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
Alameda Araguaia, 1142 - 2 Andar
06455-000 - Barueri - SP - Brasil
Fax: +55-11-7297-3793

Alexandre Tunes
Director, International Business Development
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
SCN Qd 2 - Bl. A - Ed. Corporate
Finan. Center - 5 Andar - Sl. 33
70712-900 - Brasilia -DF - Brazil
Fax: +55-61-329-6199
Cel: +55-61-9965-3545

Drisha Leggitt
Corporate Community Relations Manager
US Community Relations Manager
Agilent Technologies
8000 Foothills Blvd. MS 5778
Roseville, CA 95747-5778
(916) 748-3826 phone
(916) 785-9236 fax

Dr. Edward A. Friedman
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Professor of Technology Management
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Fax: 201-216-8069
EIES No. 1871

Francisco Evangelista Vieira
Consultant of Education, Health, Science & Technology
Information Technology for Development Unit (ROS/IDU)
c/o, Inter-American Development Bank
1300 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20577
Fax: 202-623-1862
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
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* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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