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Keynote titleSoftware networks
SpeakerProfessor  Guy Pujolle,  University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6, France


Abstract: The goal of this presentation is to describe the new concepts of software networks. This new paradigm is based on virtual networking using Cloud and datacenters facilities. Main problems concern 1) the placement of virtual resources for opening a new network on the fly, and 2) the urbanisation of virtual resource implemented on physical network equipment. This architecture deals with mechanisms capable of controlling automatically the placement of all virtual resources within the physical network.

In this presentation, we will describe how to create and delete software networks on the fly. Indeed, the system is able to create any new network with any kind of resource. We will show how this architecture is compatible with new advances in SDN (Software Defined Networking), new high-speed transport protocol like TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links) and LISP (Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol), 5G, and WiFi new generation. Finally, we will introduce morphware networks that should constitute the next generation of networks.

Bio: Guy Pujolle is a computer science professor at Pierre et Marie Curie University - Paris 6 during 1981-1993 and from 2000 to the present day, a member of The Royal Physiographical Academy of Lund, Sweden, and a distinguished visiting professor at UFRJ (University Federal of Rio de Janeiro) from 2013. Before, he was a distinguished professor at the Division of IT Convergence Engineering of POSTECH, the Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea, from 2011 to 2013. He was appointed by the Education Ministry to found the Department of Computer Science at the University of Versailles, where he spent the period 1994-2000 as Professor and Head. He was Head of the MASI Laboratory, University Pierre et Marie Curie, 1983-1993, Professor at ENST (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications), 1979-1981, and member of the scientific staff of INRIA (Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et Automatique), 1974-1979. 

Guy Pujolle received different prices for his work and publications, in particular the Grand Prix of French Academy of Sciences (40 000$) in 2013. He was also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Orange/France Telecom Group during 1990-1998 and 2002-2010, and member of several scientific advisory boards in the world.

Dr. Pujolle is the French representative at the Technical Committee on Networking at IFIP. He is an editor for ACM International Journal of Network Management, Telecommunication Systems, and Editor in Chief of “Annals of Telecommunications”. He was an editor for Computer Networks, Operations Research, Editor-In-Chief of Networking and Information Systems Journal, WINET, Ad Hoc Journal and several other journals. 

Guy Pujolle is a pioneer in high-speed networking having led the development of the first Gbps network to be tested in 1980. Among first steps in different technologies, he achieved the first pre-ATM prototype in 1981, 

first prototype of a networking piloting system using a knowledge plane in 1996, first patent and prototypes on DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) in 2000, first prototype of a Wi-Fi controller in 2000, first patents on network virtualization (migration and opening virtual networks on the fly) in 2005. He is also the inventor of Virtual Access Points with the corresponding patent.

He was also a European expert involved in the development of IP over ATM for European high-speed networks.  He was chairman of the French Research Network REUNIR from 1987 to 1991, one out of the three members of the Wisdom Committee (Lars Backstrom, Brian Carpenter, Guy Pujolle) to decide on the future of TCP/IP in the European research network (decision January 22, 1990 to choose TCP/IP as the technology to be used for Europe instead of ATM). Chairman of the expert committee of the Ministry of Telecommunications for Telecommunication regulation (1992-1998).

Guy Pujolle was Technical Chairman of the WLANSmartCard consortium for normalizing security and mobility in wireless LANs using a smartcard (2002-2006).

He has published widely in the area of computer systems modeling and performance, queueing theory, high-speed networks, intelligence in networking, wireless networks, Post-IP networks, and virtual networks. He has published 22 influential texts and monographs in these areas. He is a Professor Honoris Causa of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications since 1988, and Invited Professor of several Universities: NCSU, Stanford, UFRJ, Rutgers, UQAM. He was awarded the Special Seymour Cray Award in 1991 for his research, and Silver Core from IFIP in 1995. Also in 1995 his book « les Réseaux » was awarded the Roberval Prize in France for the best scientific book of the year (130 000 copies sold January 2013).

Guy Pujolle is co-founder of QoSMOS (, Ucopia Communications (, EtherTrust (, Virtuor ( and Green Communications (


Keynote title: On the design of a new generation of services and applications for pervasive and mobile computing
Soeaker: Professor Antonio Loureiro, Computer Science Department,
the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil.


Abstract:  Devices present in the pervasive and mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are becoming increasingly more heterogeneous, mobile and intelligent, and, at the same time, establishing themselves as important data sources for the design of new services and applications for users and even other devices. Furthermore, it is not reasonable to rely on distant service providers when we wish to communicate with neighbors to manage local tasks and information. In this scenario, a possible strategy is to propose solutions to virtualize the complexity resulted from the heterogeneity of devices and dynamic environments, offering an architecture that supports a new generation of services and applications. This solution is challenging, since it must be highly distributed, under-organized, and possibly using dense networks. Additionally, the human behavior highly impacts the availability of resources in this setting. In this talk, we will present an overview of this scenario that encompasses new technologies embedded in all sorts of networks, and some of their fundamental challenges

Bio:  Antonio A.F. Loureiro is a professor in the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada, 1995. Back in 1998, he established the first mobile computing research group in Brazil, namely the Ubiquitous and Wireless Sensor Networks Lab. Besides, he coauthored the book "Introduction to Mobile Computing", in Portuguese), perhaps the first book on mobile computing published in Portuguese. His main research areas include mobile computing, wireless networks, vehicular networks, and distributed systems. In the last 15 years he has published over 250 papers in international conferences and journals related to those areas, and also presented keynotes and tutorials at international conferences. Several of his papers have received best paper awards and his PhD students have received national awards.




Speaker: Prof. Khaled B. Letaief, FIEEE and FHKIE

Vice-President for Technical-Activities, IEEE Communications Society

Chair Professor and Dean of Engineering

The Hong Kong University of science and Technology


Abstract:  The demand for pervasive connectivity to a plethora of services as well as the expected explosive growth of mobile access to the Internet and other applications (e.g., 3D Internet, augmented reality, social networking, Internet of Things) will continue to fuel the demand for new wireless architectures.   The recent deployment of 4G systems and LTE networks has promised higher speeds than current cellular systems.  Unfortunately, the performance of 4G is still far from adequate. In fact, mobile data traffic has recently been doubling every year, implying a 1000-fold or 1000x data traffic increase by 2020.  To meet the challenging demands for the next-generation wireless networks which are being referred to as 5G, disruptive innovations are needed.  In this talk, we will describe the vision and opportunities of 5G mobile and wireless networks.  We will describe the key challenges and requirements such as uniform Gbps experience, reduced latency for delay sensitive services, and massive connectivity.  We also describe some of the important technologies ranging from air technologies and network design to services that are needed to meet the demands of beyond 4G wireless networks and guarantee broadband ubiquitous communications of all things, including human-to-machine and machine-to-machine, for a connected living.  The ongoing R&D and standardization activities such as METIS and IMT-2020 will also be introduced.


Bio: Dr. Letaief received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1990.  From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Since 1993, he has been with HKUST where he has held numerous administrative positions, including the Head of the Electronic and Computer Engineering department, Director of Huawei Innovation Laboratory, and Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology.  He is currently Chair Professor and Dean of Engineering at HKUST.  Under his leadership, the School of Engineering has dazzled in international rankings (ranked #15 in the world in 2014 according to QS World University Rankings).  

Dr. Letaief is an internationally recognized leader in wireless communications and networks.  In these areas, he has over 500 journal and conference papers and given keynote talks as well as courses all over the world.  He also has 15 patents, including 11 US patents.

Dr. Letaief served as consultants for different organizations including Huawei, ASTRI, ZTE, Nortel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Motorola.  He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and has served on the editorial board of other prestigious journals including the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Series (as Editor-in-Chief).  He has been involved in organizing a number of flagship international conferences and events. 

Professor Letaief has been a dedicated educator committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship.  He received the Mangoon Teaching Award from Purdue University in 1990; HKUST Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (4 times); and the Michael Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award at HKUST).  He is also the recipient of many other distinguished awards including 2007 IEEE Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award; 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications; 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award; 2011 IEEE Harold Sobol Award; 2011 IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award; and 12 IEEE Best Paper Awards.

Dr. Letaief is recognized as a longtime volunteer with dedicated service to professional societies and in particular IEEE where he has served in many leadership positions.  These include Treasurer of the IEEE Communications Society, Vice-President for Conferences of the IEEE Communications Society, Chair of the IEEE Committee on Wireless Communications, and elected member of the IEEE Product Services and Publications Board.   

Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of HKIE.  He is currently serving as the IEEE Communications Society Vice-President for Technical Activities, member of the IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee, and member of IEEE TAB Periodicals Committee.  He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.


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