IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
27-29 November 2018 – Verona, Italy


Panel #1: NFV as a Platform for Open Innovation

Date:  Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Moderator: Fabrizio Granelli

Panelists: Ashutosh Dutta, Martin Halstead, Ildiko Vancsa, Daniel Corujo


Can NFV solutions evolve from basic enablers of network virtualization at single operators into platforms that facilitate open innovation of services supporting and utilizing future global 5G infrastructures? We would like to discuss the status and open challenges related to the realization of services spanning large geographical areas with multiple providers, administrative domains, and heterogeneous technology environments. These challenges may include, but are by no means limited to, business related aspects as well as issues with proper handling of security and privacy. Furthermore, innovation and new business models will require NFV infrastructure to open up for hosting also non-telco software products, and we would like to shed light on if and how 3rd party SW products with their support function would be integrated into future NFV platforms.

CV of Moderator:

Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy), IEEE ComSoc Director for Educational Services (2018-19) and Chair of the Joint IEEE VTS/ComSoc Italian Chapter. He got the national full-professorship habilitation in 2017.

He received the «Laurea» (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Since 2000 he collaborates with the University of Trento (Italy), currently as coordinator of the Networking Laboratory. Between 2004 and 2015 for a total of six months, he was visiting professor at the State University of Campinas (Brasil) and in 2016 he was visiting professor at the University of Tokyo (Japan).

He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for the period 2012-15 (2 terms), ComSoc Director for Online Content in 2016-17 and Delegate for Education at DISI in 2015-2017.

Prof. Granelli is General Vice-Chair of the First International Conference on Wireless Internet (WICON’05) and General Chair of the 11th, 15th and 18th IEEE Workshop on Computer-Aided Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Communication Links and Networks (IEEE CAMAD ’06 – ’10 – ’13). He is TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2007-2009 and 2012 Symposia on “Communications QoS, Reliability and Performance Modeling”, TPC Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2014 Symposium on “Selected Areas in Communications – Green Communications Track” and TPC Co-Chair of IEEE ICC 2018 Symposium on “Green Communications and Networking”. He is TPC Co-Chair of the IEEE NFV SDN 2018 conference.

He is author or co-author of more than 200 papers published in international journals, books and conferences (H-index: 24 (Scopus), 30 (Google Scholar)).

He is Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and Area Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking.


CV of Panelists:


Ashutosh Dutta is currently Senior Wireless Communication Systems Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs(JHU/APL). Most recently he served as Principal Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs in Middletown, New Jersey. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead
Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty
at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. He has more than 90 conference and journal publications, three book chapters, and 30 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application,” published by IEEE and John & Wiley that has recently been translated into Chinese Language. Ashutosh served as the chair for IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Industry Relation Chair for Region 1 and MGA, Pre-University Coordinator for IEEE MGA and vice chair of Education Society Chapter of PCJS. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering
Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh currently serves as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society and is the founding co-chair for IEEE 5G initiative. He also serves as IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2018. Ashutosh serves as the general co-chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forum. He was recipient of the prestigious 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA
professional leadership award. Ashutosh obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from NIT Rourkela, India, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne.


Martin Halstead is the worldwide Chief Technologist, Strategy and Planning for HPE Telco Servers. Prior to this role, Martin was worldwide Chief Technologist for Communications, Media and Entertainment within HPE’s BEST (Business Development, Enablement, Solutions & Technology) organisation.

Martin has in-depth knowledge of industry trends in SDN and NFV with over 20 years experience specializing in Communications Services Provider networking environments where he lead several engineering teams in developing innovative networking solutions.

Prior to joining HPE, Martin has held senior engineering leadership positions at Nortel Networks, FirstMark Communications and Nexagent which was acquired by EDS. He has co-authored several Internet Drafts, as well as holding a patent on Inter Service Provider communications networking.

Martin attended the University of West London where he majored in Computer Studies. He is based in Maidenhead in the United Kingdom.



IldikóVancsa started her journey with virtualization during the university years and has been in connection with this technology different ways since then. She started her career at a small research and development company in Budapest, where she was focusing on areas like system management and business process modelling and optimization. Ildikó got in touch with OpenStack when she started to work in the cloud project at Ericsson in 2013. She was a member of the Ceilometer and Aodh core teams, now she drives NFV related feature development activities in projects like Nova and Cinder and leading the Edge Computing related efforts in the community. Beyond code and documentation contributions she is also very passionate about on boarding and training activities, which is one of her focus areas within the OpenStack Foundation.


Daniel Corujo is a Doctorate Researcher and lecturer from the University of Aveiro, where he concluded his PhD on Computer Science, in 2013. He is the coordinator of the Telecommunications and Networking research team at the “Instituto de Telecomunicações”, in Aveiro, Portugal, a team of over 50 people. He has been an active researcher and contributor to standardization in the fields of mobility management, through the IETF/IRTF, and Media Independent Handovers, through the IEEE. He has pursued such concepts under the scope of a broad range of EU FP7 and H2020 research projects. Parallel to his 10 years of experience on mobility management research, he has been more recently developing work on the areas of the 5G, Network Function Virtualization, Software Defined Networking and Information Centric Networking, deploying new visions and enhancements of such concepts over wireless networks, in national and international research projects.





Panel #2: Accelerating Computation for NFV

Date:  Thursday, November 29, 2018

Time: 14:15 – 15:15

Moderator: Andreas Kassler

Panelists: Larry Horner, Flavio Esposito, Barbara Martini


One of key objectives of virtualization is high utilization of industry standard hardware (e.g. COTS servers). It is broadly accepted that many applications will benefit from special-purpose or programmable hardware assistance to improve computational efficiency, minimize energy consumption and meet requirements for low latency. The topic is commonly referred to as hardware acceleration. Example acceleration technologies include GPUs e.g., for machine learning and video applications, FPGAs e.g., for data plane accelerations, and special-purpose hardware e.g., for AI, cryptography or to provide trusted execution environments to meet the stringent security requirements for carrier-grade networks. In this discussion, we would like to explore application requirements for acceleration in NFV infrastructures (for instance, standardized APIs which enable VNFs to access acceleration resources), as well as the problems along with potential solutions.

CV of Moderator:

Andreas J. Kassler is currently Full Professor of Computer Science at Karlstads Universitet, Karlstad, Sweden, which he joined in 2005. From 2003 to 2004, Dr. Andreas J. Kassler was Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is co-chairing the Distributed Systems and Communication group (DISCO) and maintains an active research program in the fields of networking and cloud computing with main research focus on Wireless (Meshed) Networks, Software Defined Networking, Future Internet, Datacenter Networking and, Quality of Service.

Dr. Andreas J. Kassler received the Docent title (Habilitation) in Computer Science from Karlstads Universitet in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Universität Ulm, Germany, in 2002. He received the M. Sc. degree in Mathematics/Computer Science in 1995 from Universität Augsburg, Germany.

He is co-author of around 130 peer reviewed conference and journal publications, 6 European or international patents, co-editor of a book published in the LNCS book series of Springer. He served as a guest editor of a feature topic in EURASIP Wireless Communications and Networking Journal, and served as Associate Editor on the editorial boards of some refereed international journals, such as: Journal of Internet Engineering, International Journal On Advances in Networks and Services. Finally, he was appointed as Editor-in Chief of the IARIA International Journal On Advances in Internet Technology.

He served as a technical program committee member for many international conferences, chaired the TPC of International Conference on Advances in Mesh Networks and of International Workshop on Wireless Mesh Networks. He is Track co-chair for VTC 2015 fall (Boston) track on “Next Generation Wireless Networks”. He served as general chair for, among others, Wired / Wireless Internet Communications Conference and Workshop on Wireless Broadband Access for Communities and Rural Developing Regions. He served as publicity (co-) chair for the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Workshop and for IFIP networking conference. He served as publication chair for International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference and as tutorial chair for International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems.

Dr. Andreas J. Kassler is a senior member of IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Communications. He is also management committee member of several COST actions including COST290 (Traffic and QoS Management in Wireless Multimedia Networks), the COST IC0703 “Data Traffic Monitoring and Analysis (TMA): theory, techniques, tools and applications for the future networks”, COST WINEMO: “Wireless Networking for Moving Objects”, COST ACROSS: “Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services”.



CV of Panelists:


Sujata Tibrewala is an Intel community development manager and technology evangelist who defines programs and training events to ensure that the network developer ecosystem works together toward a common goal: to drive SDN/NFV adoption in the industry using open source ingredients such as DPDK,, Tungsten Fabric, Open VSwitch, Open Stack, ONAP, and more. She is a frequent presenter at various IEEE and industry conferences in SDN/NFV, Director at Silicon Valley Engineering Council and TSC chair for Documentation Sub-committee Akraino.

Sujata has worked at several companies, including CISCO, Agere, Ericsson, Avaya, Brocade, leading all phases of diverse software technology projects such as an SDN open flow implementation, TCP/IP/Ethernet/VLAN forwarding software development on CISCO switches, and network processors and cloud deployments using virtualization technologies. She has a Masters from IISc Bangalore and Bachelors from IIT Kharagpur and has completed an Executive Women Leadership Program from Stanford.



Flavio Esposito received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Boston University in 2013, and his Master of Science in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Florence, Italy. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Saint Louis University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. His research interests include Music-Defined Networking, and other architectures for (virtual) network management. Flavio worked at Alcatel-Lucent, at Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ and at Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, MA. He was also a visiting researcher at Eurecom, France, MediaTeam, Oulu and at the Centre for Wireless Communication, Oulu, Finland. Flavio currently has postdoc and graduate student openings.



Barbara Martini is a Head of Research at the CNIT National Laboratory of Photonic Networks and Technologies (CNIT-LNRF) and affiliate researcher at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy. Before joining CNIT-LNRF,  she worked for two large telco companies, Italtel and Marconi Communications (now Ericsson). Her research interests include network virtualization and orchestration  in SDN/NFV/5G environments, service platforms for next-generation networks, security solutions for multi-domain IP/optical networks, control/management architectures. She is Adjunt Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and University of Pisa. She has been involved in several national/EU research projects, the recent ones 5GPPP 5GEx and 5GTRANSFORMER, and in several FIRE projects (OFELIA, Fed4FIRE+, TRIANGLE, 5GINFIRE) with leading roles. She co-authored 90+ papers in international journals and conference proceedings. She serves as TPC member in many IEEE conferences, she is in the OC of IEEE NFV-SDN 2018 and IEEE IM 2019 and serves as editor for IEEE Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN) and Future Internet journals.