keynote speakers

ONDM 2019

23rd Conference on Optical Network Design and Modelling
May 13-16, 2019
Athens, Greece

Pavlos Fournogerakis, European Commission, Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT), Belgium

Pavlos Fournogerakis is a Programme Officer at Future Connectivity Systems Unit in the CONNECT Directorate General of the European Commission. His responsibilities include programme implementation (5G Public Private Partnership), project management, research strategy and policy development in the areas of 5G and future communication networks, connected and automated mobility, network security and software networks. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2012 he has occupied several telecom engineering and management positions in the Greek public sector, industry and academia. He holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

Title: EU Vision on 5G and Beyond

Biswanath Mukherjee, Distinguished Professor Of Computer Science, University Of California, Davis, USA​

Biswanath (Bis) Mukherjee received the BTech (Hons) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1980) and PhD from University of Washington, Seattle (1987).  He was General Co-Chair of IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2011, TPC Co-Chair of OFC’2009, and TPC Chair of IEEE INFOCOM’96. He is Editor of Springer’s Optical Networks Book Series.  He has served on eight journal editorial boards, most notably IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network; and also as Guest Editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, Proceedings of the IEEE, and IEEE Communications.  He has supervised 77 PhDs to completion.  He is winner of the 2004 Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, 2009 College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and 2016 UC Davis International Community Building Award at UC Davis.  He is co-winner of the 2018 Charles Kao Award (named after Nobel Laureatte and Fiber-Optic Pioneer Charles Kao) for the Best Paper in the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networks.  He is winner of 12 other Best Paper Awards, mostly from IEEE conferences.  He is author of the textbook Optical WDM Networks (Springer, January 2006).  He is Founder and President of Ennetix, Inc., which builds AI-powered application-centric network analytics products for imporved user experience.  He is winner of the IEEE COMSOC’s inaugural Outstanding Technical Achievement Award “for pioneering work on shaping the optical networking area”. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Title: “Rising Power of the Network User”

Abstract: The network user, armed with increasingly-capable smart devices, is becoming more powerful.  They demand that newer IT infrastructures, e.g., 6G and beyond – consisting of (optical) communication networks, (edge and cloud) data centers, distributed network functions, etc. – become more agile, and the services they facilitate become more application-centric, leading to exceptional user experience.  For the network user, it is no longer satisfactory for the infrastructure operators to claim that their newer resources can support many orders of magnitude higher bandwidth and much lower latency by focusing on only the lower layers of the protocol stack (Layers 1-3). Noting that different applications have different tolerances to available bandwidth, latency, etc., novel methods are required to develop real-time application-centric user-experience analytics for future IT infrastructures.  Given the huge data volumes involved, appropriate AI and machine-learning methods need to be applied. 

Dimitra Simeonidou, Professor, University of Bristol, UK

Dimitra Simeonidou is a Full Professor at the University of Bristol, the Director of the Smart Internet Lab and Head of the High-Performance Networks group (HPN). Her research is focusing in the fields of high performance networks, programmable networks, wireless-optical convergence, 5G and smart city infrastructures. Dimitra has been the Technical Architect and the CTO of the smart city project Bristol Is Open. She is currently leading Bristol’s 5G urban pilots. She is the author and co-author of over 400 publications, numerous patents and several major contributions to standards. She is managing a group of over 30 academics and researchers, numerous visiting fellows and PhD students.  She has been co-founder of two spin-out companies, the latest being the University of Bristol VC funded spin-out Zeetta Networks, delivering SDN solutions for enterprise networks. Dimitra is a Royal Society Wolfson scholar.

Title: “Recent Trends and Applications for Optical Networking”

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