Industry Speakers

Dr Anna Wielgoszewska

Dr Anna Wielgoszewska

Bell Labs, Republic of Ireland

Big Role of Small Cells in 5G Enterprise

Abstract: Small cells are perceived as one of the key building blocks of 5G. They have been recognized as an attractive means to boost the network capacity, and have been extensively installed at the enterprises, as well as homes around the world. As the number of network nodes increases, autonomous approaches to network parameter configuration and optimization become desired. This has been realized with Self-Organizing Network (SON) principles, which minimize the time and cost to roll-out and manage networks. Nevertheless, with the growing small cell density and equipment originating from numerous vendors, the complexity of network management grows significantly. This talk will cover the drivers together with new business opportunities of the small cell deployments enabling smart enterprise development. It will then focus on the network management challenge, in particular related to the multi-vendor aspect. Finally, a platform for remote multi-vendor small cell management will be presented and demonstrated.

Biography: Dr Anna Wielgoszewska (nee Zakrzewska) received the M.Sc. Eng. degree in information and communication technology from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland and the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Prior to the Ph.D. studies, she was with NTT Communication Science Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan and the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. While at DTU, she served also as the vice-chair of the IEEE Student Branch. Anna was recognized as the double finalist of the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2012 and 2013.

Since 2014 Anna has been a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Nokia in Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests span across multi-RAT and heterogeneous networks with the focus on resource management, self-organization and optimization. Her activities in these areas resulted not only in technical papers but also patent applications. She is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at ITU Kaleidoscope 2014 and Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent Certificate of Outstanding Achievement 2015 for creating and transferring the Motive Small Cell SON Engine.

Dr George Agapiou

Dr George Agapiou

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, Greece

SDN and NFV for Satellite Infrastructures

Abstract: The integration of SDN and NFV enablers into the satellite network could prove to be an essential means to save on physical sites, improve the time to bring new services to the market and open new ways to improve network resiliency, availability and efficiency. It can be considered that the above two enablers can play a central role in the integration of satellite to terrestrial technologies by using federated management of the network resources.

Biography: Dr George Agapiou is a telecommunications engineer, holding a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the Head of the Measurements and Wireless Technologies Research Laboratory of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE S.A.) where he tests and evaluates major technologies, terminals and services. He has participated in various IST, STREP, Eurescom, e-ten, FP6, FP7, H2020, 5G-PPP research projects with major role, has published more than 55 papers in scientific journals, proceedings and workshops and is the co-author of two books. His research interests include next generation wired and wireless access networks and novel broadband technologies and services.

Dr Ioannis Papapanagiotou

Dr Ioannis Papapanagiotou

Netflix, USA

Internet of Things (IoT): Micro-location and Smart Buildings

Abstract: Microlocation, Geofencing and Proximity based Services (PBS) are a set of technologies that will play a key role in the transformation of smart buildings and smart infrastructure. Micro-location is the process of locating any entity with a very high accuracy (possibly in centimeters), while geofencing is the process of creating a virtual fence around a Point of Interest (PoI). PBS is a suite of techniques that can be used to personalize the experience a tenant receives from the surrounding objects. Such technologies require high detection accuracy, energy efficiency, wide reception range, low cost and availability. In this talk, we will provide insights into various micro-location enabling technologies, techniques, and services, and discuss how they can accelerate the incorporation of Internet of Things (IoT) in smart buildings. We will cover the challenges and propose some potential solutions such that micro-location enabling technologies and services can be thoroughly integrated with an IoT equipped smart building.

Biography: Dr Ioannis Papapanagiotou is a senior software engineer at Netflix and holds the Dipl. Ing in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Patras (5-years degree - 2006), MSc in Computer Performance Engineering, from Electrical & Computer Engineering, NC State University (2009), and a dual major Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering and Operations Research from North Carolina State University, USA (2012). His research is focused in distributed systems/cloud computing, internet of things, and network systems. Ioannis serves as a graduate faculty at Purdue University, advising a team of 10 talented graduate students, and as an adjunct assistant professor at NC State University. Prior to joining Netflix, Ioannis was a tenure-track faculty member at Purdue University, where he was awarded the NetApp faculty fellowship and established an Nvidia CUDA Research Center. Ioannis has received the IBM PhD Fellowship, Academy of Athens PhD Fellowship, teaching awards, and best paper awards in several IEEE conferences. Ioannis has authored around 40 research articles and 10 patent disclosures. Ioannis is a member of ACM, and senior member of IEEE.