Co-Chair of Session


Rui L. Aguiar – Universidade de Aveiro, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Portugal  

Rui L. Aguiar received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 from the University of Aveiro. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro, and has been an adjunct professor at the INI, Carnegie Mellon University. He is leading a research team at the Institute of Telecommunications, Aveiro, on next-generation network architectures and protocols. His current research interests are centered on the implementation of advanced wireless networks, systems, and circuits, with special emphasis on QoS and mobility aspects. He has around 400 published papers in those areas. He has served as technical and general chair of several conferences, such as ICNS ’05, ICT ’06, and ISCC ’07, and is associate editor of several journals. He is a Senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM, and is a member of the Steering Board of the 5G Infrastructure Association.

Supavadee Aramvith, Ph.D. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Supavadee Aramvith (IEEE S’95-M’01-SM’06, IEICE M’04) received the B.S. (first class honors) degree in Computer Science from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, in 1993. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. She joined Chulalongkorn University in June 2001. Currently, she is currently an Assistant Professor, Associate Dept Head in Information and International Affairs, and Head of Communication Engineering at Department of Electrical Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She is currently IEEE Region 10 Executive Committee: Educational Activities Coordinator (2011-2014), IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) Section Outreach Committee (2011-2014), and IEEE Engineering Projects for Communities Service (EPICS) Committee (2012-Present). In addition, she also serves as a technical advisor to The National Telecommunications Commissions of Thailand in several capacities such as Committee on the study group of Wireless Multimedia Convergence (2007), Chairsperson of Technical Standard of Multimedia Communication Drafting (2008), Chairsperson of Monitoring and Evaluation of TeleHealth Experimental Project in Thailand (2008-2010), Project Leader of Migration from Legacy to All IP Networks in Thailand (2008), and Project Director of NGN Testing/Trial Site in Phuket (2009), Committee of Recommendation of Spectrum Allocation for WiMAX (2009), Committee for drafting technical specification of telecommunication equipments for elderly and disabilities (2010), Committee for drafting telecommunication standard (2010).

Her research interests include computer vision techniques for surveillance applications, rate-control for video coding, error resilient video coding for wireless video transmissions, and image/video retrieval techniques. She currently leads Electronics Thai Sign Language Communication System Project funded by Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. She has published 3 International Book Chapters, and over 100 International/National Journals and Conference Proceedings. She has advised 4 Ph.D. Graduates, 20 Master’s Graduates and over 30 Bachelor’s graduates.

Niklas BlumDeputy Head CC NGNI, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany 

Niklas Blum is the Deputy Head of the Next Generation Network Infrastructure department at the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS. He is leading at FOKUS the research activities for communication services and platforms on top of fixed and mobile networks. His expertise ranges from client to network-based service technologies and paradigms, service architecture evolution and network overlay technologies. His main focus lies on a programmable network and distributed service infrastructures for real-time services.

Niklas holds a diploma in Computer Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences at Leipzig in Germany and a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in service and software engineering from the University of Potsdam. He is currently enrolled in an Executive MBA programme at the European School for Management and Technology in Berlin.

Bernard Barani graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne in 1982. He then served as system communications engineer in industry and with the European Space Agency. In 1994, he joined the European Commission Directorate General "Information Society", and worked on research and policy aspects of wireless communication, Internet and audio visual systems. In January 2012, he became Deputy head of the unit dealing with research and policy issues of RFID, Internet of Things and networked enterprise systems. He is currently Deputy head of unit of the Network Technologies research unit of the new CONNECT Directorate General.

Noël Crespi Telcom Sued Paris, France

Noël Crespi, professor, holds Masters degrees from the Universities of Paris 11 and Kent, a diplome d’ingénieur from Telecom ParisTech, a Ph.D and an Habilitation from Paris VI University. From 1993 he worked at CLIP, Bouygues Telecom and then at France Telecom R&D in 1995. In 1999, he joined Nortel Networks as Telephony Program manager. He joined Institut Telecom in 2002 and is currently professor and Program Director, leading the Service Architecture Lab ( He coordinates the standardisation activities for Institut Telecom at ITU-T, ETSI and 3GPP. He is also a adjunct professor at KAIST and is on the 4-person Scientific Advisory Board of FTW, Austria. His current research interests are in Service Architectures, Services Webification, Social Networks, and Internet of Things/Services.

Alfonso Ehijo  CALA Reference Center for Technology and Innovation / University of Chile

CTO of the Reference Center for Technology and Innovation for Latinamerican and Caribean countries; in charge of the Technological/Architectural Evolution and the Relationship with Operators+Vendors. In his previous position at Telmex International, Mr Ehijo was the Leader of the Technological Council for Telephony, Multimedia, Cable and Emerging Technologies, working as a senior Technology/Vendor Evaluator.

  • Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Chile: Chair of Telephony & Multimedia  for the ICT Master’s Degree,  and co-chair of Mobile Communications Systems for the Electrical Engineering Diploma. He is also responsible for the Academic Labs (LTE, xPON/FTTH, DOCSIS 3.0, Routing & Switching and IMS/EPC) and Convergent Services (VoD/IPTV/3DTV/IP Telephony and OTT).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Internetworking Diploma at the University of Chile since 1997.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the IMS/LTE Excelence Center at the University of Chile since 2010.
  • Member of  SCTE USA and Leader of the SCTE CALA Project for the establishment of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers in the Caribean and Latinamerican countries.
  • M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering as well as an Electrical Engineering Diploma from the University of Chile, 1995.

Serge Fdida – UPMC Sorbonne University, France

Serge Fdida is a Professor with the University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC) since 1995. His research interests are related to the Internet technology and protocols, with an emphasis on innovative wireless networks, large-scale content distribution systems as well as the design of federated test-beds to support experimentally driven research. Serge Fdida has published many scientific papers and is a Distinguished ACM Member.

He has been leading many research projects in High Performance Networking in France and Europe, notably pioneering the European activity on federated Internet testbeds and the associated FP6&7 projects ONELAB, ONELAB2 and OPENLAB. Currently, he is also leading the Equipex FIT, a large-scale testbed on the Future Internet of Things. Serge Fdida has also developed a strong experience related to innovation and industry transfer, - he was the Director of EURONETLAB, a joint laboratory established in 2001, together with Thales, - the co-founder of the Qosmos company, - one of the active contributor to the creation of the Cap Digital cluster.

Serge Fdida has also a long experience of research management. From 2000 to December 2005, he was appointed scientific adviser with CNRS-STIC. In addition, he has been the Vice-President of the RNRT. More recently, has was appointed Vice-President in charge of International Affairs at UPMC from 9/2011 to 12/2011 and is now VP in charge of Europe.

Adel Al-Hezmi - Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Adel Al-Hezmi is a senior researcher in Next Generation Network Infrastructure competence center. He is leading the research activities for machine type communication and IoT. His expertise convers fixed and mobile core network and M2M and multimedia service platforms. Al-Hezmi started his working experience in 2003 at Fraunhofer Fokus. Then joined Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) as IMS/NGN expert in network design from 2008 to 2010. Thereafter, he worked as senior solutions architect in Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) in Doha until 2012. Adel holds his diploma (master) in electrical engineering in 2003 and PhD. (Dr.-Ing.) in engineering from the Technische Universität Berlin (TU-Berlin) with specific emphasis on telecommunication engineering and networks.


Akihiro Nakao Toyko University, Japan 

Dr. Akihiro NAKAO received B.S (1991) in Physics, M.E (1994) in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was at IBM Yamato Laboratory/at Tokyo Research Laboratory/  at IBM Texas Austin from 1994 till 2005. He received M.S.(2001) and Ph.D.(2005) in  Computer Science from Princeton University. He has been teaching as a  Professor in Applied Computer Science, at Interfaculty Initiative in Information   Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo.

Research Topics: Software-Defined Networking, Network Functions Virtualization, Network Virtualization


Florian Schreiner Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Dipl. Ing. Florian Schreineris a senior scientist at Fraunhofer institute FOKUS leading the Future Internet group of the Next Generation Network Infrastructure - NGNI - competence center, directed by Prof. Thomas Magedanz. He is responsible for the management of industry partnerships and the coordination of multiple research and development projects. He received his Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany and is currently finalizing his PhD in the field of cloud-based infrastructures for telecommunication networks and services. His major area of expertise is cloud computing, SOA-based service delivery platforms, OSS for NGNs, applications and media for NGNs, autonomic communication as well as Future Internet research and experimentation. He is the author of several research papers and journals and frequently presents latest achievements in the field of cloud computing, Future Internet, IMS, NGN and OSS for NGNs at national and international conferences.




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