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9th International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities

May 5–7, 2014 | Guangzhou, People's Republic of China


Dr. Tarik  Taleb

Keynote Topic - On Virtualizing Mobile Networks & Their Functions: Trends and Potential


Whilst network virtualization is a research area that has been extensively  investigated in the literature, network function  virtualization  (NFV)  is a novel concept that  is still  in  its infancy,  yet  gaining  lots of interest among operators, vendors,  cloud providers,  as well as academic researchers.  The need for NFV stems from the numerous issues relevant to mobile data growth that m obile operators have been facing. NFV has been further encouraged by the fast growing business of cloud computing, particularly due to  the cloud  principles  in terms of service elasticity, on-demand features, and pay-per-use.  For a successful NFV,  different requirements have to be met and numerous associated challenges have to be subsequently tackled. 
This keynote will look into the current landscape of mobile telecommunications market, highlighting the major  challenges.  The keynote  will  then  showcase  the  feasibility  of  on-demand  creation  of  cloudbased elastic mobile networks, along with their lifecycle management, based on the virtualization of mobile  networks  and  their  functions.  The  keynote  will  introduce  a  set  of  technologies  and  key architectural elements to realize such vision. 


Dr. Tarik Taleb is  an  IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer and a senior member of IEEE. He  is currently  working as Senior  Researcher  and  3GPP  Standardization  Expert  at NEC  Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. He is  leading the NEC  Europe  Labs  Team  working  on  R&D  projects  on carrier  cloud  platforms.  He  is  also  serving  as  technical leader of the Mobile Core Network Cloud work package in EU  FP7  Mobile  Cloud  Networking  project,  coordinating among  9  partners  including  NEC, France  Telecom, Telecom  Italia,  and  Portugal  Telecom  Innovation.  Prior  to his  current  position  and  till  Mar.  2009,  he worked  as assistant  professor  at  the  Graduate  School  of  Information Sciences,  Tohoku  University,  Japan,  in  a  lab  fully funded by  KDDI,  the  second  largest  mobile  operator  in  Japan. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he was working as research fellow  with  the  Intelligent  Cosmos  Research  Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B.E. degree in Information Engineering with  distinction,  MSc  and  Ph.D  degrees  in Information  Sciences  from  GSIS,  Tohoku  Univ.,  in  2001, 2003, and 2005, espectively. 

Dr.  Taleb’s  research  interests  lie  in  the  field  of  architectural  enhancements  to  mobile  core networks  (particularly  3GPP's), mobile  cloud  networking,  mobile  multimedia  streaming,  intervehicular  communications,  and  social  media  networking.  Dr. Taleb  has  been  also  directly engaged in the development and standardization of the Evolved Packet System as a member of 3GPP's  System  Architecture  working  group.  Dr.  Taleb  is  a  board  member  of  the  IEEE Communications Society tandardization Program Development Board. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Dr. Taleb has ounded and has been the general chair of the  "IEEE  Workshop  on  Telecommunications  Standards:  from  Research  to Standards",  a successful  event  that  got  awarded  "best  workshop  award"  by  IEEE  Communication  Society (ComSoC). 
Dr.  Taleb  is/was  on  the  editorial  board  of  the  IEEE  Wireless  Communications  Magazine,  IEEE Transactions on Vehicular echnology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and a number of  Wiley  journals.  He  is  serving  as  vice-chair  of  the Wireless  Communications  Technical Committee, the largest in IEEE ComSoC. He also served as Secretary and then as Vice hair of the Satellite  and Space Communications Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc (2006  -  2010). He  has  been  on  the technical  program  committee  of  different  IEEE  conferences,  including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their ymposia. Dr. Taleb is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher award (Jun.  2009),  the  2008 TELECOM  System  Technology  Award  from  the  Telecommunications Advancement  Foundation  (Mar.  2008),  the  2007  Funai Foundation  Science  Promotion  Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE  Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 006), the  Niwa  Yasujirou  Memorial  Award  (Feb.  2005),  and  the  Young  Researcher's  Encouragement Award  from  the Japan chapter  of  the  IEEE  Vehicular  Technology  Society  (VTS)  (Oct.  2003). Some  of  Dr.  Taleb's  research  work  has  been  also awarded  best  paper  awards  at  prestigious conferences.


Prof. Hui Li

Keynote Topic - Polymorphic routing for Flexible Architecture of Reconfigurable Infrastructure


Nowadays, we are facing many unprecedented challenges of increasingly abundant business types stemming from the information overload society. It is an open research on creating an omnipotent network architecture and has direct relation with a healthy and orderly environment for Internet. Flexible Architecture of Reconfigurable Infrastructure (FARI), aiming to solve the contradiction between explosive business types and finite capacity in current Internet, is proposed recently by Chinese research group. Compared to rigid IP architecture, FARI is a flexible architecture with polymorphic Internet protocol (PIP) chosen intelligently in terms of business types. It is designed with a three-plane and works in the centralized way distinguished from the IP network. Another great feature of FARI originates from the atomic capability (AC) driven mechanism. Due to the well-defined smallest function, ACs are responsible for constituting all the network function including polymorphic routings. For now, FARI supports four kinds of typical routings distinguished by location, identity, service and content oriented ones. For the future business types that are not suitable for the above routing method, fire-new routing can be assembled from AC according to the specific demands. FARI is funded by the National Basic Research Program of China under Grant 2012CB315900 and it is now arousing a substantial amount of research interests among many institutions and universities. We have confidence that FARI will be one of the candidates in the future as a promising solution to future Internet.


Prof. Hui Li is a professor of school of electronic and computer engineering in Peking University. He received the B. S. and M. S. degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1986 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000. His doctoral dissertation “On the Complexity of Concentrators and Multi-stage Interconnection Networks in Switching Systems” won the nomination of the best doctoral dissertation award of CHUK in 2000. In 2009, he was selected as one of the high level leading talents in Shenzhen. Now he is an expert of cloud computing for Guangdong education, a director of engineering lab of converged network technology (Shenzhen development and reform Commission), key lab of cloud computing (Shenzhen technology and innovation commission), and lab of advanced network technology. During the long-term engagement of researching and teaching in communication system, computer science and control system, he has published over 50 papers in the past five years in which the EI indexed ones add up to 45. Now he holds 8 patents and has applies for over 25 patents including 3 US patents and 15 PCTs. His research interests include network architecture, broadband switching and routing, network coding theory, distributed storage coding and system.



Prof. Chunming Rong

Head, Center for IP-based Service Innovation, University of Stavanger, NORWAY Chair, Cloud Computing Association (CloudCom) Vice-Chair, IEEE Computer Society Cloud Computing Special Technical Community (CS CC STC)

Keynote TopicFuture Service Security: Data Accountability and Multitenant Monitoring


Cloud Computing makes data truly mobile and a user can simply access a chosen cloud with any Internet accessible device. In Cloud Computing, IT-related capabilities are provided as services, accessible without requiring detailed knowledge of the underlying technology. Thus, many mature technologies are used as components in Cloud Computing, but still there are many unresolved and open problems. Security in the cloud domain is considered as one of the top challenges. Cloud and IT service providers should be responsible for the data of their customers and users. However, accountability frameworks for distributed IT services is current still absent and makes it difficult for users to understand, influence and determine how their service providers honor their obligations. It is important to support users in deciding and tracking how cloud service providers use their data. By combining methods of risk analysis, policy enforcement, monitoring and compliance auditing with tailored IT mechanisms for security, assurance and redress.

   In any cloud service model, multiple stakeholders are involved. One service provider can be the consumer of another service. The complex stakeholder relationships require precise monitoring and accounting. Monitoring can be performed in multiple layers with different granularities. In the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model, a customer has a set of virtual machine instances that are reachable by each other. Instances can be located in different geographical regions. A variety of technologies are capable of providing instances’ connectivity, including network virtualization. From the network monitoring perspective, distinguishing customers’ activities in the network is crucial. In this study an improved architecture of the networking service for cloud platform is introduced, using Software Defined Networking (SDN).


Prof. Chunming Rong is head of the Center for IP-based Service Innovation (CIPSI) at the University of Stavanger (UiS) in Norway, where his work focuses on data-intensive (big-data) analytics, cloud computing, security and privacy. He is an IEEE senior member and is honored as member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA) since 2011. He is also an advisor for SINTEF ICT and has extensive contact network and projects in both the industry and academic. He was visiting chair professor at Tsinghua University (2011 – 2014) and served also as an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo (2005-2009). He is co-founder and chairman of the Cloud Computing Association ( and its associated IEEE conference and workshop series. He is chair of IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community (STC) for Cloud Computing since April 2014, and is the co-Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Cloud Computing (ISSN: 2192-113X) by Springer and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC). He received award as Editor's Choice in Discrete Mathematics for 1999, ConocoPhillips Communication Award for 2007, and Sparebank-1 SR-bank Innovation Award for 2011. He coauthored a book titled "Security in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks" published by John Wiley & Sons in 2009. Prof. Rong has extensive experience in managing large-scale R&D projects funded by both industry and funding agencies, such as the Norwegian Research Council and the European Framework Programs.