Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Keynote 1: How Operating System Containers and MicroServices will transform Cloud Computing and IT Service Management

Giovanni Pacifici, Ph.D.
Vice President of Cloud Platform and Services, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, IBM, USA

Abstract: In this talk we will review emerging trends and technologies that are transforming Cloud Computing from a platform for efficient delivery of low-cost, elastic IT resources to a new operating environment for the agile development and lifecycle management of next generation industry solutions.

Within the next few years, the majority of cloud applications will be packaged and deployed using operating system containers. We will describe how containers and open source projects like Docker are changing cloud computing infrastructure services enabling unprecedented speed of deployment and application portability. We will show how containers coupled with “microservices” based application development, deployment, and operation create the foundation for a cloud-native operating system. The key defining characteristics of this emerging cloud-native operating system will be unprecedented speed of deployment, close to perfect portability, built-in workload visibility and control and efficient resource utilization. We will show how this cloud-native operating system will be able to provide built-in lifecycle management functions that will transform and simplify the security, compliance, availability, and performance management of applications and services.
We will conclude with a discussion of a new class of platform-as-a-service environments based on "reactive" programming model concepts and why these are becoming the preferred environments for developing new IoT and Mobile solutions.

Biography: I joined IBM Research in 1995, where I am currently the Vice President of Cloud Platform and Service leading a research program on foundation technologies for IaaS, PaaS, DevOps, datacenter design and hybrid IT service management. My research has led to the creation of several new IBM products from cloud control and optimization to application integration and management. From 1989 to 1995 I was an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Telecommunications Research at Columbia University where he led several research activities on the design and evaluation of control and monitoring systems for high-speed networks. I have published more than 70 papers in various scientific conferences and journals, have authored over 20 US Patents, and have served as technical program chair and editor for several scientific conferences and journals.

Keynote 2: DDoS 3.0: How to bring down the Internet

Aiko Pras, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on the Internet remained relatively rare till 2010. Until than attacks had little impact and were performed and noticed by just a select group of network specialists. At the end of 2010, as a reaction on attempts by governments and financial organisations to isolate Wikileaks, everything changed. Suddenly the general public witnessed many DDoS attacks on creditcard companies and banks. These attacks were not initiated by network specialists, but by thousands of political activists in an attempt to support WikiLeaks. Technically these attacks were quite a success, since several attack targets went offline for longer periods. This success triggered a new phase of DDoS attacks, facilitated by a quickly developed commercially operated attack infrastructure (Booters, DDoS as a Service). Hackers use this infrastructure to perform attacks on schools, Internet gaming platforms, banks and anything they like. Fortunately several DDoS protection companies emerged to offer protection against such attacks. At this moment it seems we are better prepared and able to survive many of such attacks. People may therefore believe we have DDoS somehow under control. But is this true? What will happen if nation states or terrorist organisations would perform massive DDoS attacks? Would they be able to bring down the Internet and disrupt society? Are we prepared?

Biography: Aiko Pras is professor in the area of Network Operations and Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands where he is member of the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) Group. His current research focuses on Internet security, with topics like compromise detection, DDoS analysis and DNS security. To investigate these topics, he often relies on flow-based measurement techniques. Aiko is chairing the IFIP Technical Committee TC6 on "Communications Systems", and is Coordinator of the European Network of Excellence on "Management of the Future Internet" (FLAMINGO).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Keynote 3: NextGen Management & Operations Systems for 5G, Industry and Society

Turgut Erkul
Mobile Broadband Director, Ericsson RMEA

Abstract: The keynote will present key technologies and insights regarding what is needed to build next generation management & operation systems for 5G and Industries in Society that are digitalising themselves. To simplify the increased complexity that the digitalisation process of industries introduces, creation of a self-learning automated system that is pro-active and seldom required manual intervention is going to be needed. This aim is part of the 5G system development strategies moving forward. The talk will explain how some fundamental Control, Orchestration and Management aspects including automated policy functions, analytics and knowledge management will all contribute to enable the creation of such a self-learning automated system.

After receiving Electrical Engineering BS and MS degrees at George Mason University, Virginia, USA in 1994 and 1995 respectively, Turgut Erkul received his Executive MBA at San Diego State University in 2001. A couple of years after starting his professional career in 1995 working as radio planning and optimization consultant in Oregon and Arizona for Tier-1 operators, Erkul joined Qualcomm, San Diego, USA as R&D manager. Two years after that, he joined Ericsson, San Diego and executed the roles of R&D Director and R&D Total Project Manager during 1999-2005. Erkul joined Ericsson Turkey in 2005 as the Mobile Broadband Director at Region Middle East. In addition to Mobile Broadband technologies solution engagements, he is responsible for delivering Ericsson’s 5G and Network Society vision across Region Middle East. He is currently working towards his PhD degree in Economics at Istanbul Technical University.

Keynote 4: NTT DATA as a Global IT Innovator in the Digital Age

Savas Komban
Senior Vice President, NTT DATA Business Solutions, Turkey

Abstract: NTT DATA is an IT arm of the NTT Group.
NTT DATA Group has pursued globalization strategy through aggressive M&As since 7 years ago under its group vision, “Global IT Innovator”. As of the end of September, 2015, our local operating locations have increased to cover approx.95% of the global IT services market across over 40 countries and regions. The broader geographic coverage has helped us move ahead for the Global 1st Stage; solidified our position as a global player to serve needs of clients around the world. This has also given us an ability to reach out more customers and better communicate our core sector capabilities and synergies we can offer through collaboration across the Group. As a result, we have started to win “Digital” projects from customers outside Japan that we were not even given chances to make a proposal before.
As we globally promote our business, we must increase our capability to provide and demonstrate consistent high value-added IT services through common platforms and standardized processes, regardless of any geography. In our pursuit of the “Global 2nd Stage”, the key agenda is to drive further growth and elevate “NTT DATA” as a globally recognized brand by working together in solidarity as “One NTT DATA” to help society and clients solve their challenges. I will talk about our success stories of “Digital” and progress so far on our journey to achieve this goal.

Biography: Savaş Komban, received his degree in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University, in Ankara. He began his career with supply chain management consultancy and was engaged in corporate transformation projects in various countries. He was involved in the design, application and management of corporate wide IT transformation projects.
Having established the first Global Application Center & IT Services Hub in the region, Savaş Komban founded SAP services company ‘Elsys’, in year 2000 with his co-founders. As the CEO of Elsys, he successfully managed projects in different industries and in more than 50 different countries. Elsys ran a wide range of corporate and IT transformation projects and became the unique partner for both local and global Fortune 500 companies.
As an entrepreneur in the IT industry, Savaş Komban founded and executed more than 10 different companies throughout his career. In 2012, Elsys and Intelart was acquired by itelligence NTT DATA Business Solutions and the companies further improved their pioneer role in the industry as itelligence Turkey.
Savaş Komban is currently working as the “CEO and Board Chairman” of itelligence Turkey Group Companies.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Keynote 5: Toward smart-MoT (Management of Things) World

Hong-Beon Jeon, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Korea Telecom

A number of things will exceed a number of users in this decade and consumers’ needs will be harder to be met, because such changes will challenge the way we manage ICT resources.
Management of Things (MoT) that I am going to propose is a systematic approach to monitor and control connected things in order to effectively maximize OAM (Operations And Maintenance) capabilities and to increase customer satisfaction. MoT has to deal with technical and business challenges. So MoT is recommended to be implemented in terms of high manageability, flexibility, and expandability, but there are many problems that should be solved to realize the concept of MoT. Having said that, I suggest that MoT should be implemented with the power of the intelligent orchestration on top of traditional FCAPS (Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, and Security) and MoT also should be focused on the edge network, because the edge is the best spot for operators to maximize scalability and controllability over things compared with the core and access networks. There are three reasons, why I emphasize on ‘The Edge-centric MoT’. First, future network infrastructure will heavily depend on edge platform and To-Be model of it will be defined by software. Second, architecture of MoT and intelligent orchestration is easy to be realized in terms of technology and OAM costs on the edge. Finally, virtualization of edge is inevitable thanks to the evolution of the next generation network technologies.
There are some business cases that can support my suggestion such as ETSI’s MEC architecture and IBM’s‘ Empowering the Edge’ initiative. In addition to my suggestion, I would like to recommend some initiatives to accelerate realizing the concept of MoT.
I will conclude by proposing ‘MoT Alliance & Collaborative Pilot Program’ to operators, universities, and standard organizations around the globe.

Biography: Dr. Jeon has worked on the R&D and technology strategy area for the next generation networks during the most of his career in KT. He researched the communication technologies such as the evolution of network architecture and strategic development. He also had led the strategic planning of technology evolution and deployment in the services and networks of KT. He was also formerly in charge of technical examination for technology investments and strategic planning for future business at KT, and the head of Smart Green Development Center, where he had directed smart green IT convergence technology issues such as the implementation of Green IT and Smart Grids of KT. He is currently leading the Infra Laboratory in the Institute of Convergence Technology. The lab’s major R&D areas are network architecture, evolution plan, and cost effective technologies/solutions for mobile/wireline access and backbone networks. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University and MS, Ph. D in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology).

Keynote 6: Smart Data Pricing: How SDP Deployments Manage Mobile, Broadband and Cloud

Mung Chiang, Ph.D.
Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, Founding Director of Princeton EDGE Lab, Princeton University, USA

Technology and economics are intertwined in our networked life. In mobile and in cloud, Smart Data Pricing asks the questions: “how to charge services,” “whom to charge it to,” and “what to charge it for.” Usage pricing, peak-valley pricing, open toll-free, and spot pricing are some of the examples where theory is rapidly turning into deployment around the world. Through a combination of modeling, analysis, system architecture, implementation, and user trials, SDP holds the promise of creating win-win across network operators, content providers, and consumers.

Biography: Mung Chiang is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. The recipient of the 2013 U.S. Alan T. Waterman Award and the 2012 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, he worked on the analysis, design and optimization of networks and in areas such as NUM, SDP and FOG. He created the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009 to bridge the theory-practice divide in networking by spanning from proofs to prototypes, resulting in technology transfers to industry and a few startup companies. He serves as the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and the Director of Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton. His Massive Open Online Courses on Networked Life reached over 250,000 students since 2012 and the textbook received the 2013 Terman Award from American Society of Engineering Education. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014.