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SDN/NFV – Time for Real Innovations

Available on Demand

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 • 11:00 AM EDT, 8:00 AM PDT, 15:00 UTC/GMT

60 Minutes

SDN and NFV are currently moving from the phase of standardization to that of early proliferation and adoption as common 5G base technologies. First innovations that truly exploit the capabilities enabled by SDN and NFV are also emerging in the form of novel architectures and technologies that improve on flexibility, dynamicity and overall performance. On the other hand, there is also a remaining belief that SDN and NFV have not pushed the boat out where it is needed for 5G and beyond. This webinar sheds light on these aspects of adoption, innovation, and the new frontiers with the help of invited esteemed experts in this space who will outline their position and debate their views.


Josep Matrat

Josep Matrat
Telecom and Media Market Manager
Atos R&D Spain

Josep Martrat holds a Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He is currently Market Manager of Telecom, Media and IT services at Atos Research and Innovation. He works on the establishment of the innovation strategy for Atos’ portfolio around telecoms. His research activity includes study of Cloud technologies, network virtualization and new services in Future Internet and the use of SLAs in the business world. He has a long experience in large software R&D projects. He coordinated BonFIRE initiative about designing, building and operating a multi‐cloud facility for experimentation with hybrid clouds (public & private). He is currently coordinating SONATA project about agile network service development and deployment on software networks (SDN/NFV) that has released a NFV-based SDK and a MANO service platform. He is also collaborating in T-NOVA project about creating a marketplace of NFV-based services. He was elected member of the Steering Board of 5G Industry Association for the period 2013-16.

Artur Hecker

Artur Hecker
Director of Future Network Technologies
European Research Center of Huawei Technologies

Dr. Artur Hecker is Director of Future Network Technologies at Huawei Technologies European Research Center in Munich, Germany, where he is responsible for leading and organizing research in novel network technologies. The major subject of his research group is the convergence of IT and networking domains, i.e. clouds and networks, DC, enterprise and telco networking. Artur has more than 15 years of experience in networks, systems and system security, looking back at a unique mix of entrepreneurial and academic careers. In 2003, on the basis of his thesis research, he co-founded and established Wavestorm SAS, a specialist for embedded wireless products, where he worked as CTO. In 2006, he joined Télécom ParisTech as full-time Associate Professor in Computer Science and Networking. In 2010, he became Research Group leader of the Security and Networking group of Télécom ParisTech. As part of his research on wireless access security, security assurance of complex systems, network and service management and autonomous networking, Dr. Hecker was involved in a lot of national and European collaborative projects such as FP6 DESEREC, IRRIIS, INCOTRUST, FP7 BIC as well as CELTIC BUGYO (Celtic Excellence Award 2008) and BUGYO BEYOND. Artur holds a PhD degree in Computer Science and Networking from the ENST, France and a diploma in Computer Science (Dipl.inform.) from the University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.

Antonio de la Oliva

Antonio de la Oliva
Associate Professor
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Antonio de la Oliva obtained the Degree (5 years) on Telecommunication Engineering by the University Carlos III of Madrid in December 2004 and a PhD. on Telematic Engineering in July 2008. His PhD. thesis obtained, the Alcatel-Lucent award “ex-aequo”, to the best contribution to new IPTV services, granted by the Royal Telecommunication Engineering Institute of Spain. In the recent years, he has served as Vice-chair of the IEEE 802.21b task group and Technical Editor of IEEE 802.21d, contributing significantly to the development of the IEEE 802 standards for Media Independent Handover Services. He has organised several conferences and special issues, worth highlighting the 2013 IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (IEEE OnlineGreenComm) and guest editor of an Special Issue for IEEE Communication Magazine. He is actually serving as Area Editor of Elsevier Computer Communications and editor of several other journals. He has participated on several European research projects, in the FP6, FP7 and recently in the H2020 5G-PPP programme, acting as Deputy Coordinator of the 5G-Crosshaul project and Project Coordinator of the H2020 5G-PPP EU/TW 5G-CORAL project.

Dirk Trossen

Dirk Trossen
Senior Principal Engineer
InterDigital Europe

Dirk Trossen is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. His main responsibility lies in establishing the European presence of InterDigital through engagements within the EU-funded Horizon 2020 workprogramme as well as within UK-funded efforts. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. His main contributions can be found in the area of inter-domain networking as well as seamless handovers and new service concepts for operators. He is currently technical leading the European efforts POINT and RIFE, performing ICN research with the goal of evolutionary introduction of ICN concepts in upcoming 5G networks. He is also an active contributor to European efforts in the 5G(PPP) space through contributions to ETP and 5GPPP whitepapers. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently more than 30 international patents.

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