NoF 2018

9th International Conference on Network of the Future
November 19-21, 2018
Poznań, Poland

Panel NoF 2018

Title: Slicing in 5G networks: Friend or Foe?

Abstract: Mobile networks are currently witnessing a dramatic increase in the amount of data traffic exchanged by their users. This trend can be mainly ascribed to the rapid adoption of data-hungry mobile applications and services, e.g. Netflix. The fifth generation of the mobile network (5G) is expected to provide adequate support for such applications while at the same time laying the foundations for new categories of services like massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) and Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (UR-LLC). This calls for a service–oriented approach for network resource provisioning and for abstracting the physical network resources into multiple end–to–end virtual logical networks or slices, one for each service category. The panel aims at addressing the following questions

  • What is network slicing?
  • How is slicing different from QoS management? Are we re-inventing DiffServ/IntServ?
  • Which are the challenges for management and orchestration of slices?
  • How is the industry embracing network slicing?
  • Are over the top providers a threat or an opportunity for operators?
  • How many slices can we create? One per user? One per vertical?
  • Is slicing the right answer for resource constrained networks, e.g. cellular?
  • Which are the gaps in NFV and SDN open source frameworks for network slicing?


Roberto Riggio

Roberto Riggio

Biography: Roberto Riggio is Head of the Wireless and Networked System Unit at FBK CREATE-NET. His research interests include software-defined mobile networks, active network slicing, and distributed management and orchestration of network services. He has published more than 100 papers in internationally refereed journals and conferences and has generated more than 2.7 M€ in competitive funding. He is also the holder of two patents. He received several awards including: the IEEE INFOCOM 2013 Best Demo Award, the IEEE ManFI 2015 Best Paper Award, and the IEEE CNSM 2015 Best Paper Award. He serves in the TPC/OC of leading conferences in the networking field and he is associate editor for the Wiley International Journal of Network Management, the Springer Wireless Networks journal, and the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. He is the Project coordinator of H2020 5G-CARMEN, a 18.5 ME project on 5G for connected, cooperative, and automated mobility. He is the co-founder of the IEEE 5GMan workshop. He is a member of the ACM and a Senior Member of the IEEE.


Krzysztof Kozłowski

Krzysztof Kozłowski
(Orange Labs, Poland)

Biography: Krzysztof Kozłowski is the director of International Orange Labs in Poland. Graduated MSc from Warsaw Technical University in 1993. He has also post-graduate diplomas from Franco-Polish School in Poznań and Ecole National des Télécommunications de Bretagne (1994), IHEST and Koźminski University (AMBA). Acting in the functions of head of Research and Development Centre,Network Quality Department Director, head of Network Optimization and Director of Research Network Development and Service Platforms Branch, he has managed operations, multidisciplinary teams and big transformation project. He has successfully restructured Research and Development Centre in Orange Labs and merged organizations of Network and R&D and participated in creation of concept for Service Management Centre for Orange Group and implemented SMC in Poland.He has built start-up accelerator “Orange FAB”, implemented innovation and creative ideas incentive and reward program and launched innovation related patenting process and tax deduction scheme for Orange employees. He is actively engaged in research programmes both in Poland and European level. In 2018 Orange was recognized as one of few most active companies in this area in Poland. In 2018 was honoured with “Złoty Cyborg” for promoting innovation and building positive partnerships with business, research and scientific communities.

Stuart Clayman

Stuart Clayman

Biography: Stuart Clayman received his PhD in Computer Science from University College London in 1994. He has worked as a Research Lecturer at Kingston University and at UCL. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at UCL EEE department. He co-authored over 40 conference and journal papers. His research interests and expertise lie in the areas of software engineering and programming paradigms; distributed systems; virtualised compute and network systems, network and systems management; sensor systems and smart city platforms, and artificial intelligence systems. He has been involved in several European research projects since 1994. He is currently a leader in the NECOS Network Slicing project, looking at cross domain slicing and orchestration for Networks and Data Centers. He also has extensive experience in the commercial arena undertaking architecture and development for software engineering, distributed systems and networking systems. He has run his own technology start-up in the area of NoSQL databases, sensor data, and digital media.

Navid Nikaein

Navid Nikaein
(EURECOM, France)

Biography: Navid Nikaein is an Assistant Professor in Communication System Department at Eurecom. He received his Ph.D. degree in communication systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in 2003. He is leading a research group focusing on experimental system research related to wireless systems and networking and opensource platforms for 5G. Broadly, his research contributions are in the areas of wireless access layer techniques, networking protocols and architectures, flexible RAN/CN following SDN, NFV, MEC design principles, and wireless network prototyping and emulation/simulation platforms. He is also very active in collaborative research projects related to 5G and beyond in the context of European FP6, FP7, H2020 framework programmes. He is also leading the development of the radio access layer of and its evolution towards 5G as well as coordinating the initiative to deliver agile 4G/5G service delivery platforms.

Leonardo Goratti

Leonardo Goratti
(Zodiac Aereospace, Germany)

Biography: Leonardo Goratti received his PhD degree from the University of Oulu (Finland) and his MSc from the University of Firenze (Italy). He currently holds the position of Senior System Engineer at Zodiac Inflight Innovations Germany in the R&D Group. Before he was with the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento (Italy), and with the European Joint Research Center of Ispra (Italy). Dr. Goratti's interests span across software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) for the Fifth Generation (5G) mobile network, LTE-Advanced and millimeter wave communications. Dr. Goratti is also an expert in Medium Access Control theory, including device-to-device and machine-type communications. His research interests also include spectrum management models and techniques. Currently, Dr. Goratti is working on the design aspects and performance evaluation of 5G networks in multi-access edge computing with application to Inflight Communications. Dr. Goratti has authored more than 70 research papers in distinguished IEEE journals and conferences. Dr. Goratti is TPC member in international conferences, and he served as reviewer in distinguished journals such as IEEE JSAC, IEEE Communications Magazine and IEEE communications Letters.

Key dates

  • Paper Submission Due
    July 24, 2018 (extended)
  • Paper Review Feedback
    September 24, 2018
  • Final Papers Due
    October 05, 2018
  • Conference
    November 19-21, 2018

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