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


All tutorials are half-day long: two tutorials are organized on Monday June 29, 2020 while the two others will be held on Friday July 3, 2020.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Tutorial #1 – Fed4FIRE: A Federation of Testbeds for Hands-On Experimentation

9:00 am – 12:15 pm: Virtual Room 2

Brecht Vermeulen, Ghent University, Belgium


Europe has a federation with the US GENI (instageni and exogeni testbeds) and the US Cloudlab. The Fed4FIRE EU project has been building on this federation of testbeds since 2012. With a single Fed4FIRE account and the jFed tool ( you can access all those resources. The jFed tool has been built by imec/UGent and allows to access all these testbeds from a single tool and with a single account (

This tutorial will focus on the experimentation with SDN/NFV and clouds, using the Virtual Wall testbed of imec as the main testbed ( It will show the audience how this works and will of course also allow hands-on following by the audience during the tutorial.


Brecht Vermeulen is a researcher of the Internet Technology and Data Science Lab of the Ghent University. He received his M.Sc. and PhD degree in Electro-technical engineering in 1999 and 2004 and has since then the technical responsibility over the IDLab iLab.t testbed infrastructure ( He also manages the Virtual Wall, GPULab and Industrial IoT Lab, ensuring their readiness and availability for both regional and EU projects including bilateral projects with regional SMEs and Industry. With an extensive experience in testbed development and management, Brecht is technical coordinator of the H2020 Fed4Fire+ project, a European testbed federation effort for future internet research and experimentation. He also supports research projects in the areas of network and server performance, human-robot interaction with social robots and natural language processing.

Tutorial #2 – 5G Security and Privacy: Issues, Potential Solutions and Future Directions

1:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Virtual Room 2

Madhusanka Liyanage, University College Dublin, Ireland


In present digital societies, telecommunication networks provide connectivity, which is crucial for the operation and management of many other critical infrastructures and services such as healthcare, industrial operations and public safety. This situation is expected to be exacerbated with the incorporation of the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless services such as enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), ultra-reliable low latency communication (URLLC), and massive machine-type communications (mMTC). Security and Privacy have become the primary concern in 5G and Beyond 5G (B5G) network as risks can have high consequences. Thus, this tutorial will explain the potential security attacks and breaches of privacy that the emerging 5G networking paradigm is facing. It will present a comprehensive detail on the core and enabling technologies, which are used to build the 5G security model; network softwarization security, PHY (Physical) layer security and 5G privacy concerns, among others. Moreover, the tutorial will explain the possible ways of developing novel security and privacy solutions to protect the 5G telecommunication networks to strengthen critical infrastructures. Finally, future directions and open challenges will be discussed to encourage future research.


Madhusanka Liyanage received his PhD in communication engineering from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. He is currently working as a Marie Curie Fellow/Assistant Professor at School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. In 2011-2012, he was a research scientist at I3S Laboratory and Inria, Sophia Antipolis, France. Also, he was a visiting research fellow at and Computer Science and engineering, The University of Oxford, Data61, CSIRO, Sydney Australia, Infolabs21, Lancaster University, UK and Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales during 2016-2018. His research interests are SDN, IoT, Block Chain, mobile and virtual network security. He is a Member of IEEE and ICT. Madhusanka is a co-author of over 80 publications including three edited books with Wiley, including 5G security. He is also a management committee member of EU COST Action IC1301, IC1303, CA15107, CA15127, CA 16226 projects. He served as a Technical program Committee Member at EAI M3Apps 2016, 5GU 2017, EUCNC 2017, EUCNC 2018, MASS 2018, 5G-WF 2018, MCWN 2018, IEEE WCNC 2018 conferences and Technical program co-chair in SecureEdge workshop at IEEE CIT 2017, MEC-IoT Workshop at 5GWF 2018 and Blockchain in IoT workshop at Globecom 2018 conferences. He has also served as the session chair in a number of other conferences including IEEE WCNC, EAI CROWNCOM, EAI 5GU, IEEE CIT, IEEE PIMRC, EAI BODYNET and IEEE 5GWF. He is also the demo chair for IEEE WCNC 2019, Webchair of ISWCS 2019, PhD student forum committee co-chair of IEEE ANTS 2019 and track chair of 5GWF 2020.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Tutorial #3 – Computing in Communication Networks

9:00 am – 12:15 pm: Virtual Room 2

Fabrizio Granelli, University of Trento, Italy
Frank H. P. Fitzek, Technical University of Dresden, Germany


A big step lies ahead, when moving from today’s 4G cellular networks to tomorrows 5G network. Today, the network is used for content delivery, e.g. voice, video, data. Tomorrow, the 5G network (and possibly beyond that) will be fully softwarized and programmable, with new degrees of freedom.

The aim of the tutorial is to illustrate how the emerging paradigms of Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization will impact on the development of future systems and networks, both from the theoretical/formal as well as from the practical perspective.

The tutorial will provide a comprehensive overview of the individual building blocks (software defined networking; network function virtualization; information centric networks) enabling the concept of computing in future networks, starting from use cases and concepts over technological enablers (Mininet; Docker) and future innovations (machine learning; network coding; compressed sensing) to implementing all of them on personal computers.

Practical hands-on activities will be proposed, with realistic use cases to bridge theory and implementation by several examples, through the usage of a pre-built Virtual Machine (ComNetsEmu) that can be easily be extended for new experiments. The instructions to download the Virtual Machine will be provided to the attendees in advance of the event.

The main objective of the tutorial will be to expose attendees to the most recent technologies in the field of networking and teach them how to use them in a real setup in the hands-on session.

Participants interested in performing hands-on activities should download the required software following the instructions that are available here:


Fabrizio Granelli is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of the University of Trento (Italy). From 2012 to 2014, he was Italian Master School Coordinator in the framework of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology ICT Labs Consortium. He was Delegate for Education at DISI in 2015-2016 and he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Trentino Wireless and Optical Testbed Lab. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-15 and IEEE ComSoc Director for Online Content in 2016-17. Prof. Granelli is IEEE ComSoc Director for Educational Services for 2018-19 and coordinator of the research and didactical activities on computer networks within the degree in Telecommunications Engineering. He was advisor of more than 80 B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses and 8 Ph.D. theses. He is author or co-author of more than 200 papers published in international journals, books and conferences in networking, with particular reference to performance modeling, cross-layering, wireless networks, cognitive radios and networks, green networking and smart grid communications.

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and chair of the communication networks group at Technische Universität Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor. He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation price. His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and mobile 5G communication networks, mobile phone programming, network coding, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.

Tutorial #4 – A Softwarized Perspective of 5G Networks

1:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Virtual Room 2

Kleber Vieira Cardoso, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Cristiano Bonato Both, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
Lucio Rene Prade, University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
Ciro Macedo, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil
Victor Hugo, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil


The main goal of this tutorial is to explore the softwarization in the 5G system composed of the radio access network (RAN) and the core components, following the standards defined by 3GPP, particularly the Release 15. The tutorial will provide a brief overview of wireless mobile cellular networks, including basic concepts and the evolution through the called ‘generations’ of mobile networks. From a software perspective, the RAN will be presented in the context of 4G and 5G networks, which includes the virtualized and disaggregated RAN. A significant part of the tutorial will be dedicated to the 5G core, i.e., considering the Service-Based Architecture (SBA), due to its relevance and fully softwarized approach. The tutorial will be motivated by a set of experiments. For each experiment, we will make available a detailed manual and all the necessary software to replicate it. This material will be available before the tutorial, allowing the attendees to try it and bring their doubts to the event. Some experiments can be reproduced using only a regular computer, e.g., a notebook, but some of them demand specialized hardware, e.g., a software-defined radio (SDR).


Kleber Vieira Cardoso is an associate professor at the Institute of Informatics – Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), where he has been a professor and researcher since 2009. He holds a degree in Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Goiás (1997), has MSc (2002) and PhD (2009) in Electrical Engineering from COPPE – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. In 2015, he spent his sabbatical at Virginia Tech (in the USA) and, in 2020, at Inria Saclay Research Centre (in France). He has participated in some international research projects (including two from joint calls BR-EU) and coordinated several national-sponsored research and development projects. His research has focused on the following topics: wireless networks, software-defined networks, virtualization, resource allocation, and performance evaluation.

Cristiano Bonato Both is a professor of the Applied Computing Graduate Program at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), Brazil. He is a research fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Cristiano has experience in the coordination of the several research projects funded by H2020 EU-Brazil, CNPq, FAPERGS, and RNP. His research focuses on wireless networks, Mobile technologies (RAN and 5GC), softwarization and virtualization technologies for telecommunication networks, and SDN-like solutions for IoT Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). Currently, he is involved with research activities on wireless networks, signal processing, computer network architecture, and software-defined networking publishing his scientific works in journals with high impact factor, such as IEEE Communication Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Computer Networks Journal (Elsevier), etc. Moreover, Cristiano is participating in several Technical Programme and Organizing Committees for different worldwide conferences and congresses.

Lúcio Rene Prade has been a professor at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Unisinos since 2011. He holds a degree in Computer Science (2006) and a master’s degree in Industrial Systems and Processes from the University of Santa Cruz (Unisc). PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). His areas of interest include sensor networks, embedded systems and telecommunications.




Ciro Macedo has been a professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of the State of Goiás (IFG) since 2013. He holds a degree in Informatics – Information Systems (2006) and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Goiás (UFG). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the Institute of Informatics at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). His areas of interest include evolutionary computing, operational research, software engineering, wireless networks and resource allocation.



Victor Hugo has been a professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of the State of Goiás (IFG) since 2013. He holds a degree in Informatics – Information Systems from Cefet-Goiás (2006) and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Technology of UnB (2015). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the Institute of Informatics at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). His areas of interest include software-defined radios, millimeter-wave communications, and machine learning applied to next-generation wireless networks.

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