5G: Challenges and Opportunities
September 21, 2015
Confirmed Panelists:
Sudhir Dixit - Wireless World Research Forum (Moderator)
Robert Fish - IEEE Communication Society Standards
Ivan Seskar - WINLAB, Rutgers University
Seshadri Mohan - University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Xiao Feng Qi - Huawei
Reza Arefi - Intel Corp.

Abstract The last couple of years have not only witnessed significant interest in 5G, but definite progress beyond the headlines on technical, research, regulatory and standardization fronts. This panel will bring together ideas, visions, plans and technologies by high-profile speakers from industry, standards bodies, and academia covering such topics as Radio Access (spectrum, massive MIMO), coverage and capacity distribution, standards, and typical use cases. The panel will also discuss new applications which can be supported with 5G that were not possible with 4G/LTE advanced because of the requirements of low latency, high bandwidth, mission critical machine communications, massive machine communication, coexistence of licensed and unlicensed bands, opportunities to deploy fiber-based access networks in distributed networks with rich suite of service offerings from the cloud.

SDN and NFV Based Carrier Network Transformation Strategies and Deployment Considerations
September 22, 2015
Confirmed Panelists:
Subir Das - Applied Communication Sciences (Moderator)
Steven Nurenberg - AT&T
Mark Clougherty - Alcatel Lucent
Martin Körling - Ericsson Labs
Alec Brusilovsky - InterDigital
Douglas M. Freimuth - IBM

Abstract: Network Function virtualization (NFV) is becoming the key pillar of future network components that telecom operators and service providers can leverage in order to provide flexible and cost effective service without compromising the end user quality of service. The goal is to remove the dependencies of custom made hardware by abstracting the underlining networking components into software applications that can run on common of the shelf (COTS) hardware computing platform. There are several advantages to this technology: operators can save their equipment costs, power consumption, specialized maintenance costs and enable network services quicker which are mainly controlled by programmable software. Industry-wide effort has already started, with many standards organizations developing and ratifying standards for interoperability and ease of deployment for network virtualization. For example, , ETSI NFV, ONF, Open Flow, and Open Day Light are actively working in close collaborations with 3GPP, IETF, DMTF, IEEE to enable the rapid deployment of virtualized solutions in the operator’s networks. While network function virtualization opens up the door for flexible service creation and rapid deployment, it also adds several challenges attributed by the cloud computing, virtualization, security and software defined network aspects of the network. Many of these software components have generic requirements including security which are solved for today’s network operations, however, Network Function Virtualization introduces additional deployment specific challenges such as, authentication and authorization of quick VM migration, VM instantiation, hypervisors, orchestrators, service chaining, monitoring the virtualized interfaces, detecting and mitigating the denial of service attacks on the network components and systems resources such as CPU, memory, and finally user and regulator specific privacy issues. With the rapid deployment of 4G LTE networks, operators have started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the components for Evolved Packet Core (EPC), and IP Multimedia Services (IMS) such as, virtualized Residential Gateway, Virtualized Next Generation Firewalls, Virtualized Router, Virtualized Probes, and Virtualized Switch and so on. The proposed panel discussion aims to provide a platform to industry players to discuss various issues and challenges with their solution approach specific to Carrier Network Transformation Strategies and Deployment Considerations. The panel will consist of operators, vendors and experts who are actively involved in research, standards and trial deployment. The audience will benefit from knowing the technology and industry trends, transformation strategies and possible deployment targets along with the opportunity to interact with the industry experts.

Biographies of some panelists:

Ivan Seskar
Ivan Seskar is Associate Director at WINLAB, Rutgers University responsible for experimental systems and prototyping projects. His current research interests are in the areas of mobile networks and software defined radios. Mr. Seskar is currently PI for two NSF GENI projects - the “meso-scale” Open-Flow virtual network deployment at Rutgers University and the Spiral 3 Open WiMAX/LTE base station project which resulted in campus deployments at several US universities as well as the PI of an ongoing NSF CRI project aimed at deployment of a wideband cognitive radio platform (“WiSER”) for community use. He is also co-PI for the NSF-supported ORBIT project at WINLAB and has led technology development and operations activities since the testbed was released as a community resource in 2005.  Ivan is a Senior Member of the IEEE, member of ACM and co-founder and CTO of Upside Wireless Inc.

Seshadri Mohan
Seshadri Mohan is currently a professor in Systems Engineering Department at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where, from August 2004 to June 2013, he served as the Chair of the Department of Systems Engineering. Prior to the current position he served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Acting CEO of IP SerVoniX, where he consulted for several telecommunication firms and venture firms, and served as the CTO of Telsima (formerly known as Kinera).  Besides these positions, his industry experience spans a decade at New Jersey-based Telcordia (formerly Bellcore) and Bell Laboratories. Prior to joining Telcordia, he was an associate professor at Clarkson and Wayne State Universities.

Dr. Mohan has authored/coauthored over 100 publications in the form of books, patents, and papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings with. He has co-authored the textbook Source and Channel Coding: An Algorithmic Approach and has contributed to several books, including Mobile Communications Handbook and The Communications Handbook (both CRC Press). He holds fourteen patents in the area of wireless location management and authentication strategies as well as in the area of enhanced services for wireless. He is the recipient of the SAIC Publication Prize for Information and Communications Technology. He has served or is serving on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Personal Communications, IEEE Surveys, IEEE Communications Magazine and has chaired sessions in many international conferences and workshops. He has also served as a Guest Editor for several special issues of IEEE Network, IEEE Communications Magazine, and ACM MONET.  His recent effort in this role includes the upcoming October 2015 IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic titled “Social Networks Meet Next Generation Mobile Multimedia Internet.” He is the recipient of 2010 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award and the best paper award for the paper “A Multi-Path Routing Scheme for GMPLS-Controlled WDM Networks,” presented at the 4th IEEE Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems (ANTS) Conference.

Dr. Mohan holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University, Canada, Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Madras (now Anna University), India.

Mark Clougherty

Mark Clougherty is a CTO Partner in the Alcatel-Lucent Corporate CTO group in Murray Hill, New Jersey. His current focus is on the application of SDN and NFV technologies to telecom networks and, in particular, Alcatel-Lucent's role in this transition. He also works with several Bell Labs teams exploring ways to enhance end users' communications experience, create flexible and borderless work and home network spaces, as well as to define the next generation of SDN/NFV enhanced Fixed Access networks. Prior to joining corporate CTO, Mark spent the bulk of his 30+ year career as a hardware and software developer, and software and system architect, building Fixed Access systems, including Digital Loop Carrier systems, DSLAMs, and GPON OLTs and ONTs. Mark holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, Mark was named a Bell Labs Fellow for his "contributions to networking technical strategy, product design, and architectural vision".

Reza Arefi

Biography: Reza Arefi leads spectrum strategies and global
radiocommunication standards at Next Gen-eration systems & Standards division of Intel’s Communications & Devices Group. He de-velops market-driven spectrum strategies for Intel’s wireless products and assists with global public policy efforts. Reza has been actively contributing to standards and various industry groups on wireless systems for the past fifteen years, often in leadership positions (ITU-R, IEEE, WiGig Alliance, etc.). Since 2004, Reza has regularly represented Intel in regional and international regulatory standards organizations including in World Radio Conferences (WRC). His current focus is on enabling spectrum for 5G cellular systems. He holds several patents in various areas of wireless communications including mm-wave technologies and spectrum sharing. Reza holds an EE bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology and a Master’s degree from West Virginia University.

Alec Brusilovsky

Alec Brusilovsky
Biography: Alec Brusilovsky is Manager, Security Standardization at Interdigital. He has  extensive experience in security architecture, design, consulting and applications development for wireline, wireless and IP networks for key operator, as well as major vendor. His interests include NFV security, platform integrity, security and privacy for 4G/5G Wireless Networks and associated standardization issues. Alec joined Interdigital Communications in 2012. Prior to that Alec was with Bell Labs / Alcatel-Lucent for 15 years as well as with US Cellular (wireless operator). Mr. Brusilovsky is a co-chair of Trusted Mobility Solutions (TMS) WG in Trusted Computing Group (TCG), active in 3GPP SA3 (security) WG, ETSI NFV SEC, and OMA. In the past, Alec served as a co-chair of the IETF SPIRITS Working Group. Alec is IEEE Senior Member and is active in the IEEE Communication Society. He holds multiple US and international Patents.


Douglas Freimuth
Douglas M. Freimuth is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor in the Cloud Based Networking group at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center where he has focused on the research, design and development of cloud networking technologies. He is a co-author of the IO Virtualization (IOV) specifications in the PCI SIG. He has also participated in the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) for activities related to deployment of Virtual Machines and cloud networks. He has 60+ disclosures and patents in the domain of cloud networking and has also published related papers, developed products and contributed to open source software. Doug was the IBM lead on the DARPA CORONET program where he led the creation of a cloud computing platform that automatically scaled compute and network resources across the wide area network.


Subir Das
Dr. Subir Das is a Chief Scientist at Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) (formerly Advanced Technology Solutions, Telcordia Technologies Inc), Basking Ridge, NJ, USA and has more than twenty years of research experience.   His areas of interests are Mobile Wireless IP Networking including low power Personal Area Networking, Mobility and Network Security, Internet of Things (IoT) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).  Dr. Das is responsible for developing strategic research programs, defining new technologies and transitioning such programs through product development either internally or through customers. He is currently leading several Government and Commercial research programs within ACS. Dr. Das is also a leading contributor to various Standards (e.g., IEEE, IETF, 3GPP and ZigBee).  He is currently the Chair of IEEE 802.21 and ZigBee Alliance Neighborhood Area Networking (NAN) working groups and an executive member of IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee. In the past he held leadership position in IETF working groups. He has published over seventy five papers, 5 IETF RFCs and granted twenty five US patents. He is the recipient of 2009 IEEE Region I Award for outstanding contribution to Next Generation Wireless Networks, Protocols and its Standardization Efforts. He serves as a member in National Science Foundation, USA, and National Science and Engineering Council, Canada, award review committees. Dr. Das is a frequent speaker and an organizer of Industry Panels in IEEE and other conferences.  He is a member of IEEE and a reviewer of IEEE and ACM conferences and journals.


Xiao Feng Qi
Dr. Qi has worked in telecom R&D since 1992, and has led R&D teams at Level One, Intel, and Broadcom, covering modem algorithm research and development efforts over a range of wired and wireless standards and products, including ADSL, 802.11n, GSM and LTE. Since September 2014 he has been with Futurewei as head of its Radio Algorithm Research group, spearheading radio algorithms innovations for the next-generation dense wideband networks. He obtained his PhD EE in 1992 from the University of Connecticut on bio-inspired stochastic learning algorithms.


Robert Fish
Biography: Robert S. Fish received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Currently, Dr. Fish is President of NETovations, LLC, a consulting company focused on the creation of communications and networking technology innovation. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior VP at Mformation, Inc. specializing in carrier software for mobile device management. From 1997 to 2007, Rob was Vice President and Managing Director of Panasonic US R&D laboratories working on the embedding of networking in consumer devices. Prior to this, he was Executive Director, Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore after starting his career at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Fish has over 30 publications and 17 patents.
During his career, Dr. Fish and his organizations have initiated and managed standards development activities in IEEE, ISO/IEC JTC1, 3GPP, OMA, IETF, ATSC, CableLabs, OSGi, and several others.
Rob is the Vice President of Standards Activities of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association, Chair of IEEE-SA’s Global Committee, and a founding member of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. He co-edited a series in IEEE Communications Magazine on IEEE standards in communications and networking. He is Co-founder and Steering Committee Chair of ComSoc’s Consumer Communications and Networking Conference and a member of the IEEE Conferences Committee. For his leadership and contributions to the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, Dr. Fish was the recipient of MMTC’s Distinguished Service Award.

Sudhir Dixit, Chairman of the Vision Committee and Vice Chairman of the Americas region of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF)

Title: 5G Enabling the Vehicular Communications Market: WWRF's Ways Forward on V2X

In this talk we first present an overview of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF), and discuss how the vertical industries would thrive in an era of 5G networks. Then we present the ITU's vision and requirements on 5G. This is followed by a new concept that WWRF is embarking on that we call Vertical Industry Accelerators (VIA) Working Groups or platforms. The first VIA that WWRF is launching is called V2X (Vehicle-to-Anything), which we will present briefly. Finally, we summarize how the approach of VIA-WG would bridge the gap between automotive and telecom industries, and can be replicated by other industry verticals.
Biography: Sudhir Dixit is Chairman of the Vision Committee and Vice Chairman of the Americas region of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). He was a Distinguished Chief Technologist and CTO at Communications and Media Services (Americas), HP Enterprise Services since December 2013, and is based in Palo Alto, CA, and prior to this he was the Director of HP Labs India since September 2009. From June 2009 to August 2009, he was a Director at HP Labs in Palo. Prior to joining HP Labs, Sudhir held a joint appointment as a Chief Technology Officer at the Centre for Internet Excellence and a Research Manager at the Centre for Wireless Communications in Oulu, Finland. From 1996 to 2008, he held various positions with leading companies, for example, BlackBerry as Senior Director, Nokia and Nokia Networks in the United States as Senior Research Manager, Nokia Research Fellow, Head of Nokia Research Center (Boston), and Head of Network Technology (USA). From 1987 to 1996, he was at NYNEX Science and Technology and GTE Laboratories (both now Verizon Communications).
Sudhir has 21 patents granted by the US PTO and has published over 200 papers and edited, co-edited, or authored six books (Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE Multi-hop Mesh Networks by Wiley (2013), Globalization of Mobile and Wireless Communications by Springer (2011), Technologies for Home Networking by Wiley (2008), Content Networking in the Mobile Internet by Wiley (2004), IP over WDM by Wiley (2003), Wireless IP and Building the Mobile Internet by Artech House (2002)). He is presently on the editorial boards of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, Cambridge University Press Wireless Series and Springer’s Wireless Personal Communications Journal and Central European Journal of Computer Science (CEJS).
From 2010 to 2012, he was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis, and is now a Docent (Adjunct Professor) of Broadband Mobile Communications for Emerging Economies at the University of Oulu, Finland. A Fellow of the IEEE, IET, and IETE, Dixit received a Ph.D. degree in electronic science and telecommunications from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida. He received his M.E.

Martin Korling
President, Ericsson Labs
Title: Building a Cloud for the Networked Society

Martin Körling is leading the Ericsson Cloud Product unit in Silicon Valley, developing cloud software stack products and collaborating in the ecosystem with leading customers, start-ups and industry partners. Prior to that, Martin was leading Ericsson Research in Silicon Valley. Previously, at several leadership positions, Martin has been driving the buildup of software and services innovation activities within Ericsson, for example, leading the creation of, and concept development in the areas of Internet-of-things, Network APIs, and Web-TV. He has also been working in the venture capital industry. Martin has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Outside work interests include sailing and outdoor activities in general, recently trying out surfing.

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Steve Nurenberg
Biography: Steven Nurenberg started with AT&T in 1980 joining the then Bell Telephone Laboratories. He has worked most of his career in research and development, primarily as a systems engineer, in a variety of areas including data networking, voice services and products, and computing products. As leader of AT&T’s Domain 2.0 Network Architecture & Strategy organization, Steve has responsibility for transforming AT&T’s network using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). He has a BSEE from The Johns Hopkins University and a MSEE from the University of California at Berkeley.