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Experiences in operational networks.
THIRD EDITION ★ 31 MARCH/02 APRIL 2020 ★ MARRIOTT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER ★ PARIS


2020 AGENDA CONFERENCE DAY ONE

  • Registration and welcome coffee from 07.00
  • Start of the Conference 08.30
  • Exhibition open from 08.00 to 20.00
  • Seated Lunch: 12.30
  • Welcome reception: 19:00

MORNING SESSIONS



 
Morning Chairman
Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Roy Chua is Founder and Principal at AvidThink, an independent research and advisory service formed in 2018 out of SDxCentral's research group. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral and running its research and product teams, Roy was a management consultant working with both Fortune 500 and startup technology companies on go-to-market and product consulting.  As an early proponent of the software-defined infrastructure movement, Roy is a frequent speaker at technology events in the telco and cloud space and a regular contributor to leading online publications. A graduate of UC Berkeley's electrical engineering and computer science program and MIT's Sloan School of Business, Roy has 20+ years of experience in telco and enterprise cloud computing, networking and security, including founding several Silicon Valley startups.

08.30 Opening Session
AI & ML Opps: Service Providers Experiences
08.30

Mike Fratto, Senior Analyst, Applied Infrastructure and Dev Ops, 451 Research

Mike is a senior analyst in 451 Research’s Applied Infrastructure and Dev Ops team covering enterprise networking. He has extensive experience reviewing and writing about enterprise remote access, security and network infrastructure products as well as consulting with enterprise IT, equipment and software vendors, and service providers.   Prior to joining 451 Research, he was with GlobalData as Research Director with the Global IT Technology & Software team covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Mike was with TechWeb for over 15 years finishing as Editor of Network Computing. He was Lead Analyst with InformationWeek Analytics, Senior Technology Editor with Network Computing and Executive Editor for Secure Enterprise. He has spoken at several conferences including Interop, SD-WAN Summit, MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress, SDN NFV World Congress, as well as to local groups. He served as the chair for Interop's Data Center and Storage tracks. He also teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University. Prior to Network Computing, Mike was an independent consultant.   Mike teaches a graduate course in network security at Syracuse University’s Information Science and Technology which presents a technical and theoretical overview of network security strategies and technologies and how network security can fit into an organizations overall IT architecture.   Mike graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Information Science and Technology.

08.50

Imen Grida Ben Yahia,
Expert in Future Networks, Orange Labs

Imen Grida Ben Yahia is currently with Orange Labs, France, as Orange Expert in Future Networks. She is leading a research project, on Autonomic & Cognitive Management for software networks. She received her PhD degree in Telecommunication Networks from Pierre et Marie Curie University in conjunction with Télécom SudParis in 2008.   Her current research interests are autonomic and cognitive management for software and programmable networks that include artificial intelligence for SLA and fault management, knowledge and abstraction for management operations, intent- and policy-based management. As such, she contributed to several European research projects like Servery, FP7 UniverSelf and the H2020 CogNet and authored several scientific conference and journal papers in the field of autonomic and cognitive management. Imen is Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Network Intelligence (ongoing). She is currently TPC chair of Netsoft 2018 and also a member of several TPCs and conference organizing committees.

09.10

Diego R. Lopez,
Chair of ETSI NFV ISG, Co-chair of IRTF's NFVRG, Senior Technology Expert, Telefonica I+D

Since October 2011 Diego R. Lopez is in charge of Technology Exploration at the Global CTO Unit, within Telefónica I+D. His responsibilities are related to the definition and coordination of research projects in the areas of new networking technologies and network infrastructures. He is directly involved in activities related to network virtualization, core optimization, AAA, traffic analysis, and infrastructure security.   He is actively participating in the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), chairing its Technical Steering Committee. He is acting as representative of Telefónica in bodies related to network technologies, like the ONF and the BBF, and contributing to several working groups inside IETF.Diego have been appointed by the European Commission as member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data e-Infrastructures (HLEG-SDI).   He received his MS from the University of Granada in 1985, and his PhD degree from the University of Seville in 2001. Since 1985 he have worked for several private and public organisations, developing and deploying communication services.   From 2000 to 2011 he was responsible for the Middleware Area of RedIRIS, the Spanish National Research and Educational Network. As part of these tasks he actively participate in national and international working groups and projects, and he have collaborated in several versions of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group White Paper, under the auspices of the EU Presidency, in areas related to security and digital identity services.   His current areas of interest are network middleware and network intelligence, virtualization of network architectures, control and signaling protocols, infrastructural and mediation service, and new network architectures and services  Specialities: NFV and Software Networks. Internet middleware. Federated architectures. Directories (LDAP). Identity management systems: SAML, OpenID, OAuth. PKI. Internet security. RESTful services. RDF. SDN: OpenFlow

09.30 Keynotes Session
09.30

Sunil Khandekar,
Founder & CEO, Nuage Networks

Sunil leads the vision and direction at Nuage Networks, a Silicon Valley-based business that brings a combination of technologies and networking expertise to the enterprise and telecommunications industries.   He has built 15+ years of expertise in product management and consulting engineering in leadership roles working with the IP Division of former Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) and networking start-up TiMetra Networks, as well as Bay and Nortel Networks in New York and Santa Clara, California. His first professional job came before even earning his degree when he was able to convince a local company in his hometown to hire him as a design engineer during a university-wide strike.   Sunil believes that the key to successful leadership is having the ability to define your vision and inspire people to follow it. Nuage Networks’ success so far is due to hiring top talent and building a team of dedicated players focused on bringing new thinking to industry problems.  A co-author and contributor to multiple IETF drafts, he is also a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in CIS.

09.50

Michael Beesley,
CTO, SP Networking, Cisco
10.10

Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks
10.30

Jim Guichard,
Distinguished Engineer, Huawei

Jim Guichard, a Senior Distinguished Engineer and Technical Vice President for IP protocol innovation and standardization at Futurewei, is an experienced network protocol architect with 25+ years of industry experience and is widely respected for this extensive technical expertise in Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), IP routing, L3VPN’s, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Segment Routing, and Service Chaining.   He is the inventor of 150+ US & international patents, author of several books including “MPLS & VPN Architectures, volumes I & II” and “Definitive MPLS Network Designs” and has been a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (#2069) since early 1996.   Jim has previously held senior technical roles at IBM, Cisco, and Juniper Networks before joining Futurewei.

10.50

David Allan,
Distinguished Engineer, Ericsson

David Allan is a Distinguished Engineer at Ericsson, and a former distinguished member of technical staff at Nortel. He has been active in data telecommunications standards for the past 25 years.   He has been active for over 40 years as an architect, design engineer, and developer of real-time systems in diverse areas of technology ranging from process control and avionics to financial transaction processing.   His current role at Ericsson is focused on 5G, mobility architecture in general with a focus on FMC and the evolution of fixed access.  

11.10
Coffee Break / Exhibition / Interop Showcase

11.40 DEBATE
AI Opps: Evolution or Revolution?
Moderator
Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Roy Chua is Founder and Principal at AvidThink, an independent research and advisory service formed in 2018 out of SDxCentral's research group. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral and running its research and product teams, Roy was a management consultant working with both Fortune 500 and startup technology companies on go-to-market and product consulting.  As an early proponent of the software-defined infrastructure movement, Roy is a frequent speaker at technology events in the telco and cloud space and a regular contributor to leading online publications. A graduate of UC Berkeley's electrical engineering and computer science program and MIT's Sloan School of Business, Roy has 20+ years of experience in telco and enterprise cloud computing, networking and security, including founding several Silicon Valley startups.


Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks

Imen Grida Ben Yahia,
Expert in Future Networks, Orange Labs

Imen Grida Ben Yahia is currently with Orange Labs, France, as Orange Expert in Future Networks. She is leading a research project, on Autonomic & Cognitive Management for software networks. She received her PhD degree in Telecommunication Networks from Pierre et Marie Curie University in conjunction with Télécom SudParis in 2008.   Her current research interests are autonomic and cognitive management for software and programmable networks that include artificial intelligence for SLA and fault management, knowledge and abstraction for management operations, intent- and policy-based management. As such, she contributed to several European research projects like Servery, FP7 UniverSelf and the H2020 CogNet and authored several scientific conference and journal papers in the field of autonomic and cognitive management. Imen is Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Network Intelligence (ongoing). She is currently TPC chair of Netsoft 2018 and also a member of several TPCs and conference organizing committees.


Diego R. Lopez,
Chair of ETSI NFV ISG, Co-chair of IRTF's NFVRG, Senior Technology Expert, Telefonica I+D

Since October 2011 Diego R. Lopez is in charge of Technology Exploration at the Global CTO Unit, within Telefónica I+D. His responsibilities are related to the definition and coordination of research projects in the areas of new networking technologies and network infrastructures. He is directly involved in activities related to network virtualization, core optimization, AAA, traffic analysis, and infrastructure security.   He is actively participating in the ETSI ISG on Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), chairing its Technical Steering Committee. He is acting as representative of Telefónica in bodies related to network technologies, like the ONF and the BBF, and contributing to several working groups inside IETF.Diego have been appointed by the European Commission as member of the High Level Expert Group on Scientific Data e-Infrastructures (HLEG-SDI).   He received his MS from the University of Granada in 1985, and his PhD degree from the University of Seville in 2001. Since 1985 he have worked for several private and public organisations, developing and deploying communication services.   From 2000 to 2011 he was responsible for the Middleware Area of RedIRIS, the Spanish National Research and Educational Network. As part of these tasks he actively participate in national and international working groups and projects, and he have collaborated in several versions of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group White Paper, under the auspices of the EU Presidency, in areas related to security and digital identity services.   His current areas of interest are network middleware and network intelligence, virtualization of network architectures, control and signaling protocols, infrastructural and mediation service, and new network architectures and services  Specialities: NFV and Software Networks. Internet middleware. Federated architectures. Directories (LDAP). Identity management systems: SAML, OpenID, OAuth. PKI. Internet security. RESTful services. RDF. SDN: OpenFlow


JP Vasseur,
PhD, Head of ML/AI for Networking, Cisco Fellow

JP Vasseur, PhD is a Cisco Fellow where he has been working on a number of networking technologies such as IP/MPLS, Quality of Service, Traffic Engineering, network recovery, “The Internet of Things” (as the Chief Architect of the Internet of Things), Security, Wireless Networks since he joined Cisco in 1998. From 1992 to 1998, he worked for Service Providers in large multi-protocol environments. He is an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (co-author of more than 35 IETF RFCs, funders and co-chair of several Working Groups such as the PCE and ROLL WG), and an active member in several SDOs.   JP has been leading world-class engineering teams of advanced networking and Analytics/Machine Learning (Self Learning Networks, Cloud-based Machine Learning) with key applications such as Security, Wifi networks, Devices classification and SD-WAN to mention a few (network cognitive and predictive analytics). JP is a regular speaker at various international conferences; he is involved in various research projects in the area of IP/IoT/Security/ML and the member of a number of Technical Program Committees. JP Vasseur is also Associate Professor at Telecom Paris.   He is the (co)inventor of more than 500 patents in the area of IP/MPLS, Security, The Internet of Things and Machines Learning / Analytics.   He is the coauthor of “Network Recovery” (Morgan Kaufmann, July 2004), “Definitive MPLS Network Designs” (Cisco Press, March 2005) and "Interconnecting Smart Object with IP: The Next Internet (Morgan Kaufmann, July 2010 - http://www.thenextinternet.org/). JP receives an engineering degree in computer Science (France), a Master of Science in Computer Science (Steven - USA) and PhD in Networking (Mines-Telecom Paris – France).

12.30
Seated Lunch

AFTERNOON SESSIONS



 
Afternoon Chairman
Mike Fratto, Senior Analyst, Applied Infrastructure and Dev Ops, 451 Research

Mike is a senior analyst in 451 Research’s Applied Infrastructure and Dev Ops team covering enterprise networking. He has extensive experience reviewing and writing about enterprise remote access, security and network infrastructure products as well as consulting with enterprise IT, equipment and software vendors, and service providers.   Prior to joining 451 Research, he was with GlobalData as Research Director with the Global IT Technology & Software team covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Mike was with TechWeb for over 15 years finishing as Editor of Network Computing. He was Lead Analyst with InformationWeek Analytics, Senior Technology Editor with Network Computing and Executive Editor for Secure Enterprise. He has spoken at several conferences including Interop, SD-WAN Summit, MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress, SDN NFV World Congress, as well as to local groups. He served as the chair for Interop's Data Center and Storage tracks. He also teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University. Prior to Network Computing, Mike was an independent consultant.   Mike teaches a graduate course in network security at Syracuse University’s Information Science and Technology which presents a technical and theoretical overview of network security strategies and technologies and how network security can fit into an organizations overall IT architecture.   Mike graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Information Science and Technology.

ML/AI Potential for Network Operation Session
14.00
Democratizing ML/AI for Network Operation
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence is a technology area with lots of potential in network operations, however there is a high entry barrier for network engineers. As an Industry we have the challenge of making these technologies more broadly available and applicable for network engineers. Explaining the approach we propose for this.

Javier Antich Romaguera, Juniper Networks
14.20
Key AI Application Scenarios and Technologies in the Carrier Field
Always-on services made possible by an intelligent O&M system with proactive SLA awareness. Service perception and acceleration enabled by traffic identification. Improved network utilization through intelligent global optimization. Intelligent network forecast, including traffic and fault forecast.

Xiaofei Wang, Senior Network Solution Architect, Huawei

Mr. Wang has more than 15 years' experience in telecom carrier network, including routers, SDN, NFV and network solution, and recently, mainly responsible for IP network intelligent solutions, focusing on improving network experience and simplifying network operation and maintenance.

14.40
Role of AI in IP Transport Networks
With the wide variety of topologies, network architectures and technologies that a 5G transport network must support, to provide seamless QoS, it is imperative to mitigate the complexity and keep operation of these components as simple as possible so that focus can be on the services provided and not how the services are provided. AI and machine learning play an integral role in managing the complexity and providing a practical way to orchestrate the 5G transport network.

Antonella Sanguineti, Head of IP Optical, Ericsson

Antonella Sanguineti is Head of IP and Optical Platforms in Ericsson. An Industry veteran and thought leader in IP / MPLS and Optical technologies, her passion has been working on cutting edge communication Technologies like IP, MPLS, Ethernet, WDM.   In her professional Journey of more than 20 years she has worked with some of the Industry leaders like Ericsson, Italtel, Cisco & Marconi in various Engineering and Product Development roles.   In her current role as Head of Platforms in Ericsson, Antonella has been instrumental in driving the IP and Optical Technology evolution to support Fronthaul, Backhaul, aggregation and converged access transport networks.   She has experience of working closely with Many Tier 1 carriers across the globe in driving the network architecture evolution for transport in the context of 4G, 5G and Cloud RAN environment. An Electronics Engineer from Genoa University, Italy, she is the owner of few patents

15.00
Overcoming AI Bias and Other Barriers to AI Adoption with Service Performance Analytics
To combat AI bias and facilitate AI adoption, CSPs must work with high quality data and the right analytics tools.
  • Operator AI deployment plans
  • Types of AI bias
  • Potential challenges for virtualized network operators, with some real-world examples
  • Best practices for overcoming AI bias and other operational AI challenges

Tom Foottit, Senior Director of Product Line Management, Accedian
15.20
IoT Cybersecurity with Natural Language Processing
Presenting a novel technique for securing large and heterogeneous IoT deployments by leveraging modern Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques. How can higher-order networking concepts be modeled? What is a TCP packet? How do packets towards port 53/udp usually look like?

Benoit Lourdelet, Product Management Director, Extreme Networks

Benoit Lourdelet is a Director of Product Management at Extreme Networks. He reports to the Data Center group. In this position, he helps to identify market opportunities and requirements for Extreme Networks products in the field of Machine Learning powered Network Automation.   Benoit has spent more than 15 years fostering the development of IPv6. He also worked for both manufacturers and Service Providers on the development of Internet Exchanges and International backbones.

15.40
Challenges Related with AI Introduction to CSP Operational Processes
AI, and ML in particular, are promising significant benefits related with improved operational efficiency of human labor, automation of recurrent tasks and predictive maintenance.
However, they require number of pre-requisities to be fulfilled before reaching real business outcome. Sharing practical experiences gathered during the implementation of AI-based use cases focused on optimization of network & service assurance processes for one of our CSP customers.

Rajmund Zieliński, IAA Product Manager, Comarch

Having gained solid team-building and management skills in previous roles, Rajmund Zieliński brought his holistic approach to business analysis to Comarch.   With a firm grounding in project implementation and transitioning and a sound understanding of the agile management philosophy, his economic and telecommunications industry expertise allow him to strike the best strategic balance that delivers on the aspirations of clients and the interests of his own organization.

16.00
Coffee Break / Exhibition / Interop Showcase

Use Case Session
16.30
Core Network Intelligence at DT
Reporting on a comprehensive, dynamically correlated data model of the IP core network topology and traffic, that has been in use at DT for over four years now. Describing various use cases that draw on this same data model and reporting on performance benefits.

Dr Oliver Holschke, Strategic R&D Projects, Deutsche Telekom Labs
16.50
Predictive Maintenance and Anomaly Detection at Turk Telekom
Describing a project that focus on operational AI for telco networks. Implementing predictive maintenance and anomaly detection use cases with machine learning algorithms in IP/MPLS domain.

Iren Berk Özalp, Customer Experience and SLA Management Systems Manager, Turk Telekom

Since 2013 Iren Berk Ozalp is working for Turk Telekom in various departments and positions covering network performance management systems, fault management systems and currently is the manager for customer experience and sla management systems.  Apart from his OSS domain responsibilities he is responsible for AI in Operations program which aims predictive maintenance and anomaly detection for network operations. AI in Operations program developed 20 different scenarios on fixed, broadband and mobile domain in different technologies with a success and won first prize in IDC awards for Machine Learning category.  Prior to joining Turk Telekom Iren Berk was working for Ericsson and graduated from Middle East Technical University with a Bachelor’s Degree on Computer Engineering

17.10
Deployment Scenarios to Augment Network Operations with AI
Addressing deployment challenges that are facing customers when exploring and implementing AI-based solutions for they operations, as well as appropriate approaches. Introducing various options as experienced with customers in the last 18 months in order to better anticipate future deployments.

Jean-Marc Uzé,
VP EMEA, Augtera Networks
17.30
The Key role of MLOps in managing DataLake and Monitoring ML Models Performance at Scale
Discussing the MLOps aspect of complex ML/AI solutions deployed at scale: how to monitor data (volume, quality and diversity) but also the efficacy of ML models using various performance metrics. Various real-life examples are discussed.

JP Vasseur,
PhD, Head of ML/AI for Networking, Cisco Fellow

JP Vasseur, PhD is a Cisco Fellow where he has been working on a number of networking technologies such as IP/MPLS, Quality of Service, Traffic Engineering, network recovery, “The Internet of Things” (as the Chief Architect of the Internet of Things), Security, Wireless Networks since he joined Cisco in 1998. From 1992 to 1998, he worked for Service Providers in large multi-protocol environments. He is an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (co-author of more than 35 IETF RFCs, funders and co-chair of several Working Groups such as the PCE and ROLL WG), and an active member in several SDOs.   JP has been leading world-class engineering teams of advanced networking and Analytics/Machine Learning (Self Learning Networks, Cloud-based Machine Learning) with key applications such as Security, Wifi networks, Devices classification and SD-WAN to mention a few (network cognitive and predictive analytics). JP is a regular speaker at various international conferences; he is involved in various research projects in the area of IP/IoT/Security/ML and the member of a number of Technical Program Committees. JP Vasseur is also Associate Professor at Telecom Paris.   He is the (co)inventor of more than 500 patents in the area of IP/MPLS, Security, The Internet of Things and Machines Learning / Analytics.   He is the coauthor of “Network Recovery” (Morgan Kaufmann, July 2004), “Definitive MPLS Network Designs” (Cisco Press, March 2005) and "Interconnecting Smart Object with IP: The Next Internet (Morgan Kaufmann, July 2010 - http://www.thenextinternet.org/). JP receives an engineering degree in computer Science (France), a Master of Science in Computer Science (Steven - USA) and PhD in Networking (Mines-Telecom Paris – France).

17.50
Proactive Network Troubleshooting Using Machine Learning
Showing how machine learning helped reduce from thousands of events to a handful of meaningful situations in their mobile backhaul network, and how machine learning helped reduce effort and improve customer satisfaction in a number of use cases, including when fibre cuts or power outages occur.

Cristian Panu, Expert Operations Engineer, Vodafone

Carsten Collatz, Senior Product Manager, Nokia
18.10

19.00
End of Conference Day One Track 3

Welcome Reception