IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization
29 June-3 July 2020 // Virtual Conference


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Keynote #1 5G as the Nexus of New Value

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Virtual Room 1

Ingrid Van de Voorde, Nokia, Belgium

Session Chair: Filip De Turck, Ghent University – imec, Belgium


How 5G networks have the potential to create more than $1 trillion in new value by 2028 by enabling the modernization of industries and industrial Internet of Things.


Ingrid Van de Voorde received a master degree in electrical engineering from the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) in 1990. That same year, she joined the Alcatel Corporate Research Center in Antwerp (Belgium). From 2003, she led the research activities related to fixed access. With an international team, she transferred several innovations towards the business group. In 2008, she joined Bell Labs in the new merged company Alcatel-Lucent, to lead the BL Research Domain Fixed Access & Multimedia, which comprised next to fixed access, home networking, and multi-media technology.
Since 2014, she took up the role of Location Leader of Bell Labs Antwerp, fostering internal and external collaborations and representing ALU at the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association. Since the merger with Nokia in 2016, Ingrid continues to lead the Nokia Bell Labs Location Belgium and acts as a coordinator of the Nokia Bell Labs location leaders worldwide.

Keynote #2 – Services as Code

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Virtual Room 1

Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks, USA

Session Chair: Alexander Clemm, Futurewei Technologies, USA


A significant part of a network operator’s job is provisioning and managing the lifecycle of network services. These services include connectivity, network security and privacy, traffic engineering, bandwidth management and Quality of Experience. Operators are not restricted to telcos: they include content and cloud providers, enterprises, data center – anyone that offers and maintains network services.

What this talk proposes is the softwarization, not of service provisioning and management themselves – these are all already done in software – but of the process of managing their lifecycle. In particular, defining a service, checking its compliance and validity, testing, deploying, upgrading/reverting and deprecating services – all these steps in the lifecycle of a service can use the software lifecycle process. A good analogy is Infrastructure as Code, the use of a similar process to manage compute infrastructure.

Services as Code has the potential to increase service agility, reduce errors and allow operators to experiment more freely. The software process is very well developed and techniques for deploying software are quite advanced, enabling confident deployment yet graceful withdrawal if called for. Bringing these techniques to bear on service deployment would be a big step forward in enabling network operators to provide a richer, more versatile panoply of offerings to their customers.


Currently SVP and CTO for Engineering in Juniper Networks, Kireeti Kompella was formerly CTO at Contrail Systems, and before that, CTO and Chief Architect, JunOS at Juniper Networks. He has experience in Packet Transport, large-scale MPLS, VPNs, VPLS, and Layer 1 to Layer 3 networking, and has been active in the IETF, both as a former co-chair of the CCAMP Working Group and as author of several Internet Drafts and RFCs (in the CCAMP, IS-IS, L2VPN, MPLS, NVO3, OSPF, and TE WGs). His current passion is to develop the Self-Driving Network™. Kireeti seeks to harness the technologies of real-time telemetry, multi-faceted views and intent-guided machine learning to create a self-contained closed-loop system for network operations.

Prior to Juniper, Kireeti worked on file systems at NetApp, SGI, and ACSC (acquired by Veritas). Kireeti received his BS EE and MS CS at IIT, Kanpur, and his PhD in Computer Science at USC, specializing in Computational Number Theory and cryptography.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Keynote #3 Virtualized Networks and Services

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Virtual Room 1

Mehmet Toy, Verizon, USA

Session Chair: Stuart Clayman, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom


Proliferation of virtualization revolutionized the industry in building networks and services, and maintaining them. This talk will describe architectures for highly available virtualized systems, networks and services; and associated challenges. Virtualization has accelerated automation in delivering and modifying services dynamically. This talk will describe processes and APIs for service ordering and modifications dynamically. The ITU-T FGNET2030 Architecture Subgroup has been working on a network architecture for 2030 and beyond. Virtualization is a key component of this architecture. This talk will briefly describe the FGNET2030 preliminary architecture.


Mehmet Toy holds a Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. He is an Associate Fellow in Verizon Communications and involved in the architecture, implementation, testing, automation, and standardization of Virtual Network Services/Hosted Network Services, Carrier Ethernet Services, 5G, Network Slicing, Multi-Access Edge Computing, and AI. Prior to this position, Dr. Toy has held technical and management positions at various levels in several well-known companies and startups including Comcast, Intel Corp., Axiowave Networks, Fujitsu Network Communications, AT&T Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. He has also been a tenure-track faculty and adjunct professor in several universities including Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, and University of North Caroline at Charlotte. Dr. Toy contributed to research, development and standardization of Cloud Services, Overlay Networks, Self-Managed Networks, SDN, Virtualization, Carrier Ethernet, IP Multimedia Systems (IMS), Optical, IP/MPLS, Wireless, ATM, and Signal Processing technologies. He holds fourteen issued or pending patents. He has also published numerous articles, seven books and a video tutorial in these areas. Three of his books are used as college text books.

Dr. Toy has served in the Open Cloud Connect Board, the IEEE Network Magazine, the IEEE Communications Magazine, the IEE-USA and the IEEE ComSoc in various capacities. He has received various awards from Verizon, Comcast, AT&T Bell Labs and IEEE-USA for his accomplishments in these fields. He is currently a Life Time Sr. Member of IEEE, Vice-Chair of ITU-T FGNET2030 Focus Group, Chair of ITU-T FGNET2030 Future Internet Architecture teams of nine; and serves in MEF, ETSI-NFV, CNTT, and ONAP.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Keynote #4 – Flexible and Data-Driven Softwarized Networks

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Virtual Room 1

Wolfgang Kellerer, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Session Chair: James W. Hong, POSTECH, Korea


To sustain their important role for our digital society, communication networks need to flexibly accommodate new requirements and changing contexts. In particular, softwarized networks provide ample opportunities for highly flexible network operations, enabling fast and simple adaptation of network resources and flows. This presentation highlights opportunities and challenges of flexible softwarized networks and introduces a conceptual framework for adaptations. The multitude of options in softwarized networks complicate the decision making. Hence, we present enhancements for data-driven decision making, e.g., machine learning modules. The data-driven decision making modules can learn and react to changes in the environment to support meaningful decision making for adaptation in flexible softwarized networks. Finally, we make the case for employing the concept of empowerment to realize truly “self-driving” networks.


The research area of Wolfgang Kellerer covers methods and systems for communication networks as an infrastructure for the future Internet. Focus of his research are flexible, dynamic networking based on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network (Function) Virtualization as well as wireless network resource management.

After studying Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University of Munic (TUM), he obtained his PhD degree from TUM in 2002. After a research visit to Stanford University, USA, in 2001, he joined NTT DOCOMO’s European research institute (DOCOMO Euro-Labs) where most recently he served as the head of the research department for wireless communication and networking. Since July 2012, Prof. Kellerer is full professor at TUM. He is also an adjunct professor in the department of Informatics. He is member of the Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreises für Regulierungsfragen (WAR) of the Federal Network Agency of Germany (Bundesnetzagentur) and of the Board of Directors of the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). Prof. Kellerer is Senior Member of IEEE.

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