Keynote Speakers

Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo, Canada

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 16 - 9:00 - 10:00 aM - Cyprus Time

Session Link:

    • Meeting number: 163 499 1314
    • Password: VWxD35Sep8n

Keynote Tile: Self-driving Networks: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: Automated management has been the holy grail of network management research for decades; it aims at achieving autonomous networks, i.e., networks capable to autonomously monitor their status, analyze problems, make decisions, and execute corrective actions. Despite several attempts to achieve autonomous networks in the past, their practical deployments have largely remained unrealized. Several factors are attributed to this, including the existence of many stakeholders with conflicting goals, reliance on proprietary solutions, the inability to process network monitoring data at scale, and the lack of global visibility restricting network-wide optimizations. The stars are now aligned to realize the vision of autonomous networks thanks to (i) advances in network softwarization; (ii) recent breakthroughs in machine learning; and (iii) the availability of large-scale data processing platforms. However, a number of challenges must be addressed in order to create the synergy between these different technology domains and achieve autonomous (a.k.a., self-driving networks) networks. This talk will discuss some of these challenges with particular focus on programmable network monitoring leveraging network softwarization, predictive machine learning for automated management decision making, and on-demand orchestration of network services.

Raouf Boutaba is a Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean Research of the faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He also holds the INRIA International Chair in France. He is the founding Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (2007-2010), and on the and the current Editor-in- Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC). He served as the general or technical program chair for a number of international conferences including IM, NOMS and CNSM. His research interests are in the areas of network and service management. He has published extensively in these areas and received several journal and conference Best Paper Awards such as the IEEE 2008 Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award.

He also received other recognitions, including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Industry research excellence Awards, fellowships of the Faculty of Mathematics, of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and outstanding performance awards at the University of Waterloo. He has also received the IEEE Communications Society Hal Sobol Award and the IFIP Silver Core in 2007, the IEEE Communications Society Joe LociCero and the Dan Stokesbury awards in 2009, the Salah Aidarous award in 2012, the McNaugthon Gold Medal in 2014, the Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure and Networking as well as the Donald W. McLellan Meritorious Service Award in 2016. He served as a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies. He is fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

George K. Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Date/Time: Wed. June 17 - 9:00 - 10:00 aM - Cyprus Time

Keynote Title: Lightning up the wireless communications: Opportunities, challenges and misconceptions

Abstract: Lightwave technology creates many new challenges for the future wireless networks, as the hybrid RF/Lighwave systems, simultaneous lightwave information and power transfer and the use of wireless optical communications in biomedical applications. This talk will focus on these challenges and opportunities as well as on misconceptions about the use of lightwave technology in wireless systems, both in theory and practice.

George K. Karagiannidis is currently Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. and Director of Digital Telecommunications Systems and Networks Laboratory. He is also Honorary Professor at South West Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. His research interests are in the broad area of Digital Communications Systems and Signal processing, with emphasis on Wireless Communications, Optical Wireless Communications, Wireless Power Transfer and Applications, Molecular and Nanoscale Communications, Stochastic Processes in Biology and Wireless Security.

 He is author or co-author of more than 450 technical papers published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences. He is also co-author of the book “Advanced Optical Wireless Communications Systems”, Cambridge Publications, 2012. He was Editor in IEEE Transactions on Communications, Senior Editor of IEEE Communications Letters, and several times Guest Editor in IEEE Selected Areas in Communications. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Editor-in Chief of IEEE Communications Letters. Dr. Karagiannidis is one of the highly-cited researchers across all areas of Electrical Engineering, recognized as 2015, 2016 and 2017 Thomson Reuters highly-cited researcher.

Nidal Nasser, Alfaisal University, KSA

Date/Time: Thur. June 18 - 9:00 - 10:00 aM - Cyprus Time

Session Link:

    • Meeting number: 163 571 8980
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Keynote Tile: Blockchain for IoT: Applications and Challenges

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical devices and other objects, embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. It is expected that 25 billion objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020 through different IoT based solutions which will generate a huge amount of data, around 4.4 trillion gigabytes by the year 2020. The IoT connected objects will be interacting with their delayed environments to sense, collect and forward the measured data. It is very important to make sure that IoT solutions is deployed in trusted distributed environments to provide features such as seamless authentication, data privacy, security, robustness against attacks, easy deployment, and self-maintenance. Blockchain is an emerging technology which will help to provide confidence in implementing the aforementioned characteristics for any IoT-based solution. In this talk, we will address the evolution of IoT in different fields followed by real examples that present the growth of data. Then present the connection between IoT & Blockchain and the necessary components to develop an efficient framework. Challenges and future directions will be presented and discussed.     

Dr. Nidal Nasser, SMIEEE, received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees with Honors in Computer Engineering from Kuwait University, State of Kuwait, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Computing at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 2004. He is currently a Professor of Software Engineering in the College of Engineering at Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia. He was the Acting Dean for College of Engineering-Alfaisal University, 2014-2017. He worked in the School of Computer Science at University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (2004-2011). Dr. Nasser was the founder and Director of the Wireless Networking and Mobile Computing Research Lab @ Guelph. He is currently the founder and Director of the Telecommunications Computing Research Lab @ Alfaisal University. He has authored 180 journal publications, refereed conference publications and book chapters in the area of wireless communication networks and systems (Google Scholar profile: He has also given keynote speeches and tutorials in major international conferences.

Dr. Nasser is currently serving as an associate editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Wiley’s International Journal on Communication Systems, and IEEE CommSoft E-letter. He has been a member of the technical program and organizing committees of several international IEEE conferences and workshops. Dr. Nasser is a member of several IEEE technical committees. He received Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development Award in 2004 from Queen’s University. He received the Computing Faculty Appreciation Award from the University of Guelph-Humber. He received the Best Research Paper Award at the ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA’08), at the International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC’09), at the International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC’11), at the International Conference on Computing, Management and Telecommunications (ComManTel’13), and at the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC’14). He is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Research Excellence at Alfaisal University in 2014 and 2018. In 2017 he received two awards from IBM: (1) IBM Mobile Application Developer Explorer Award, and (2) IBM Big Data Developer Mastery Award. He received the IBM Data Scientist – Instructor Award for Educators in 2018. He also received the IBM Blockchain Developer Mastery Award in 2019.