Keynote Speakers

Torsten Braun

Title: Autonomic Communications in Software-Driven Networks

Torsten Braun University of Bern

Summary: Autonomic Communications aims to provide quality-of-service in networks using self-management mechanisms. Autonomic Communications inherits many characteristics from Autonomic Computing, in particular, when communication systems are running as specialized applications in software-driven networks, i.e. networks based on Software-Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization. We focus on network self-management as well as on-going research projects and standardization activities (ETSI, IETF) on different perspectives of self-management of networks. Another important purpose of Autonomic Communications is to automate network performance optimization by analyzing real-time network data. Therefore, we discuss the importance of applying machine learning approaches to implement network self-management and self-optimization. We discuss several example use cases of Autonomic Communications based on optimization mechanisms, statistical prediction and machine learning.

Short bio: Torsten Braun got his Ph.D. degree from University of Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1993. From 1994 to 1995 he has been a guest scientist at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis (France). From 1995 to 1997 he has been working at the IBM European Networking Centre Heidelberg (Germany) as a project leader and senior consultant. He has been a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and head of the research group ‘‘Communication and Distributed Systems” since 1998. He has been member of the SWITCH (Swiss education and research network) board of trustees since 2001. Since 2011, he has been vice president of the SWITCH foundation. Since 2017, he has been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at University of Bern.

Marilia Curado

Title: Resource management in 5G networks: clean slate or the same boring stuff?

Marilia Curado University of Coimbra, Portugal

Summary: Everybody is talking about 5G and some even say it will come out before planned. There are however many challenges regarding resource management in 5G networks which need to be addressed. Latency, energy, and resilience within extremely dense and heterogeneous environments are conflicting objectives within the 5G context. This talk will present results of ongoing I&D projects comprising academy and industry partners which are targeting 5G challenges from both the clean slate and evolutionary perspectives.

Short Bio: Marilia Curado is a Tenured Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, from where she got a PhD in Informatics Engineering on the subject of Quality of Service Routing, in 2005. She is the coordinator of the Masters on Informatics Engineering. Her research interests are Quality of Service, Quality of Experience, Energy efficiency, Internet of Things, Mobility, Cloud Systems, and Software Defined Networks. She is the coordinator of the Laboratory of Communications and Telematics of the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra. She has been general and TPC chair of several conferences and belongs to the editorial board of Elsevier Computer Networks, Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and Internet Technology Letters. She has participated in several national projects and international projects such as IST FP6 Integrated Projects, EuQoS and WEIRD, ICT FP7 STREPs MICIE, GINSENG, COCKPIT and H2020 ATENA and EU-Brasil BIGSEA. She acts regularly as an evaluator for EU projects and proposals.