Keynote 1: Trends and Issues in Softwarization of Networks
Bio: Raj Jain is the Barbara J. and Jerome R. Cox, Jr., Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he was one of the Cofounders of Nayna Networks, Inc – a next-generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, CA. Dr. Jain has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and computer science from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, AAAS, and Academy of Science St. Louis. He is the recipient of 2017 ACM SIGCOMM award, 2015 A. A. Michelson Award from Computer Measurement Group and numerous other awards. With 27,000+ citations according to Google Scholar, he is one of the most cited authors in computer science. Further information is at http://www.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/
Bio: As President and CEO of CANARIE, Jim is responsible for achieving the company’s objectives as stated in its current agreement with the Government of Canada, including providing an internationally competitive ultra-high speed network for Canada’s research, innovation and education communities; developing and implementing next generation technologies; and assisting Canadian firms and higher education institutions advance innovation and commercialization efforts. Jim joined CANARIE as Chief Technology Officer in May 2010 and is an experienced leader in the ICT industry. Prior to joining CANARIE, Jim held a variety of executive positions at leading technology companies, including Bridgewater Systems (now part of Amdocs), Ceyba Corporation, Alcatel Corporation, and Newbridge Networks.
Keynote 3: SDX (Software-Defined Everything) 2.0
Bio: Jeff Tantsura has been in the networking space for 20+ years. He has authored and contributed to many RFC’s and patents and worked in both SP and vendor environments. Curently he is Nuage Networks’ Head of Technology Strategy, overviewing the complete SDX(SD-WAN, SD-Security and SD-Cloud) portfolio. He is also co-chair of the IETF Routing Working Group, chartered to work on New Network Architectures and Technologies, including protocol independent YANG models and Next Gen Routing Protocols, as well as co-chair of the RIFT (Routing in Fat Trees) Working Group, chartered to work on a new routing protocol that specifically addresses Fat Tree topologies typically seen in the Data Center environment. In addition, Jeff serves on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). His focus has been 5G transport and integration with RAN, IoT, MEC, Low Latency, and Data modeling.
Keynote 4: A New Way to Evolve the Internet
Bio: Dr. Renwei Li (Richard Li) works as Chief Scientist and Vice-President of Future Networks, Huawei USA. His main interests include, but not limited to, network architectures, technologies, protocols, solutions, and software for future applications such as industrial digitalization, vehicular networks, industrial internet, tactile networks, networked AR/VR, and many others promised and enabled by 5G. Richard also serves as Vice Chair of ETSI NGP, an industrial specification group on next-generation protocols within European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). In the past with Huawei, Richard worked as Chief Architect and Vice-President of the Internet Technology Lab of Huawei USA and spearheaded the technology invention and software development in the area of Routing and MPLS, Cloud and Virtualization, SDN, and Orchestration. Prior to joining Huawei, Richard worked with Cisco and Ericsson, being a major contributor to their networking technologies, standards, solutions and operating systems. Richard received his PhD degree in Mathematics with specialization in AI and Computer Science from Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa. He has also studied or worked in Simon Fraser University, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Chinese Academy of Sciences, respectively.