IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
6-8 November 2017 – Berlin, Germany


Panel #1: 5G and the NFV and SDN Implications for Standardization

Date:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Time: 9:30 – 10:30

Moderator: Tetsuya Nakamura (CableLabs)

Panelists: Guiseppe Carella (Fraunhofer FOKUS), Zoltán Richárd Turányi (Ericsson), Declan O’Boyle (Intel).


5G will be the next significant wave of telecommunications infrastructure deployment and 5G-related standardisation work is progressing rapidly. The evolved 5G system will be characterized by an agile resilient fixed/mobile converged core network based on NFV and SDN technologies and capable of supporting network connectivity and applications across a broad spectrum of user domains. This panel will discuss the impact of 5G on existing fixed and mobile infrastructure and comment on the NFV and SDN standards required to enable automation and interoperability for a wide diversity of network features and as yet unknown applications.

CV of Moderator:

Tetsuya Nakamura serves as Principal Architect, Strategy and Innovation Group at CableLabs. Tetsuya is working on standardization effort at the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair. He is also working on CableLabs’ open source research efforts on NFV and SDN as OPNFV Ambassador and OpenDaylight Advisory Group.
Before joining CableLabs, Tetsuya worked at NTT for about 17 years. While at NTT DOCOMO, Tetsuya was in charge of NFV investigation for mobile networks, and actively involved in the ETSI NFV ISG as ISG Vice Chair, Vice Chair of Technical Steering Committee, and Chair of Software Architecture WG. He was also a founder of OPNFV and the initial Board member for NTT DOCOMO.







CV of Panelists:

Zoltán Richárd Turányi received his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Budapest in 1996. In 1997 he joined Ericsson’s Traffic Analysis and Network Performance Laboratory (Traffic Lab), where he worked on network performance simulation, QoS and IP mobility. He was a visiting researcher at Columbia University in 2002. Since then he worked with various Mobile Core Network, Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization projects within Ericsson research. Since 2014 he fills the role of 5G Network Architectures Expert within Ericsson Research. He currently acts as technical co-ordinator of Ericsson Research’s 5G Realization program. In this capacity he co-ordinates prototyping and innovation of all non-radio related 5G components into a single system.







Giuseppe Carella is a senior researcher at the computer sciences and electrical engineering faculty of Technical University of Berlin, Institute for Telecommunication Systems, as well as senior solution architect at the Fraunhofer FOKUS institute. He received his M.Sc. in Engineering of Computer Science from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in 2011. During his research work he focused on finding mechanisms and solutions for adopting Cloud Computing technologies in Next Generation Networks. In 2012, he realized one of the first proof of concepts for elastically scaling virtualized network functions. Since 2015 he leads the Open Baton open source initiative, and he is responsible for several European and Industrial project collaborations.








Declan O’Boyle is a wireless solution architect in the 5G Infrastructure Division of Intel. Since 2012 he has been demonstrating the viability and value of virtualisation for the Radio Access Network. Working in collaboration with Service Providers & Telecom Equipment Manufacturers, he is developing flexible solutions that address the various next generation RAN deployments.  Declan received an in Telecommunications Engineering from Queen University Belfast in 1995 and worked as design & systems engineer in Tellabs and other start-up telecoms companies prior to joining Intel in 2009.







Panel #2: Speed of Transformation, Are We Moving With Purpose?

Date:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 9:25 – 10:25

Moderator: Diego Lopez (Telefonica)

Panelists: Bob Monkman(ARM), Kai Mao(Fujitsu), Mauro Conti(University of Padua)


The telecommunications networks of the future will be based on a distributed cloud architecture designed to deliver the high availability and deterministic connectivity expected by telecommunications service providers and end users. NFV and SDN represent a seismic shift in the way that networks are architected and operated and this poses significant challenges for organizations that have evolved to deliver traditional networking economically and at vast geographic scale to migrate to a software-oriented networking environment presenting new challenges and opportunities. This panel will discuss the challenges facing organizations as they embark on this transformation journey, including commentary on what tools can be envisaged to help bridge a network-centric mostly manual design and operate environment, to an IT-centric, highly automated continuous integration/continuous deployment, environment.

CV of Moderator:

Dr Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert and is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit. Diego is focused on network virtualization, infrastructural services, network management, new network architectures, and network security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualization and the NFVRG within the IRTF, and he is member of the Board of 5TONIC, the Telefonica 5G Testbed.










CV of Panelists:


Bob Monkman is part of the Business Segment Group at Arm, based in San Jose, CA and focused on networking software strategy and ecosystem programs. Bob is a project lead in OPNFV, for the Armband project, ensuring multi-architecture support with the Arm server ecosystem and holds a seat on the OPNFV Board as a Silver Member Director, as well as the DPDK Governing Board. Bob also drives engagement and participation in Linaro, ONF, CORD, ONAP, and other relevant industry consortia.
Bob has been active in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years, starting as a HW/SW engineer for Tellabs after obtaining a BSEE degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Bob then moved into the commercial software arena in 1992, holding a wide range of technical, product management, strategic marketing and business development roles at Ready Systems, Mentor Graphics, Wind River Systems, MontaVista Software, Penguin Computing, QNX Software/Blackberry before joining Arm in October 2012.



Kai Mao is a Distinguished Strategic Planner at Fujitsu Network Communications, working on Fujitsu’s global 5G strategy. He is FNC’s lead architect for 5G solutions, responsible for defining the overall service enablement architectures, which include cross-domain and multi-layer SDN and NFV platforms.  Kai works closely with Fujitsu’s operator partners to develop monetization models for 5G use cases based on these solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in both wide-area and radio access networking and has represented Fujitsu at numerous standards and open source organizations, including ON.LABs, 3GPP, MEF and NGMN.








Mauro Conti is an Associate Professor at the University of Padua, Italy.He obtained his Ph.D. from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2009. After his Ph.D., he was a Post-Doc Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2011 he joined as Assistant Professor the University of Padua, where he became Associate Professor in 2015. In 2017, he obtained the national habilitation as Full Professor for Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He has been Visiting Researcher at GMU (2008, 2016), UCLA (2010), UCI (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017), TU Darmstadt (2013), UF (2015), and FIU (2015, 2016). He has been awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship (2012) by the European Commission, and with a Fellowship by the German DAAD (2013). His research is also funded by companies, including Cisco and Intel. His main research interest is in the area of security and privacy. In this area, he published more than 200 papers in topmost international peer-reviewed journals and conference. He is Associate Editor for several journals, including IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. He was Program Chair for TRUST 2015, ICISS 2016, WiSec 2017, and General Chair for SecureComm 2012 and ACM SACMAT 2013. He is Senior Member of the IEEE.