IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
13–15 September 2022 // Arlington, Virginia, USA

Segments

Tuesday, 13 September

Segment 1 – Assuring Access to Communications Resources

Abstract: In general, the operators design their networks and over provision their network resources to provide proper quality of service to the end users. However, during humanitarian crisis such as cyclone, hurricane, earthquake, or any man-made disasters such as war, the existing networks and connectivity are subjected to disruption resulting in degradation of service quality or no service in some cases. Evolution of networks such as 5G and beyond has led to the creation of new enablers, namely software defined networking, orchestration, edge cloud and network slicing that can provide desired quality of service to the end users by way of closed loop automation and real-time reconfiguration. These enablers can be used to make the network flexible and programmable by way of scaling out of network functions, dynamic resource provisioning and service chaining. It is also desirable to map the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of various applications and the underlying network functions so that the networks can be augmented dynamically. In order to realize the full potential of these enablers to support resilience and quality of service to the end users, it is important to develop a framework that can take into account the automation, orchestration, and artificial intelligence and augment the underlying desired network services. This panel will discuss various network challenges during crises, use cases, and applications associated with them. This is followed by mapping these challenges with the technology enablers and discuss various solutions including network augmentation to support resilience.

Session 1: Architecting Networks for Unexpected Adversity

Session 2:  5G Fragility Due to Increased Complexity

Session 3: Private 5G Networks

Exploring Industry 4.0 for Complete Digitization
Niren Choudhury, Bus Dev – Aviation, Ports and Transportation – North America
Bell Labs, Murray Hill, New Jersey

Biographies

Niren Choudhury

Niren Choudhury is heading Business Development for Aviation, Ports and Transportation of North America in Nokia Corporation. His area of interest includes the Modernization of Transportation Industry using advanced communication technologies, IOT and Cybersecurity. Niren has been invited to speak on various International Conferences on (a) Non-Fare Revenue Base (b) Passenger Experience and (c) Operational efficiencies. Prior to his Transportation Segment assignment, he was the CTO for Middle East Region in Alcatel-Lucent located in Dubai, Cairo and Istanbul. He has been with AT&T, Lucent, Lucent-Philips JV, Alcatel –Lucent, Nokia for 30+ years in various capacities after joining AT&T Bell Labs. He headed Bell Labs Reliability Program. Served as Senior Director for Design & Engineering in China & Asia Pacific region located in Shanghai and Qingdao. He has completed his Ph.D work from Rutgers University. Niren’s expertise includes wide ranges of Telecom Products, Solutions & Applications addressing various mission critical and non-mission critical use cases.

Wednesday, 14 September

Segment 2: 5G Evolution and Challenges for 6G

Chair: Michael Ryan, Sr. Mgr. Cloud Architecture and Security, Verizon

Segment Theme: Now that 5G is deployed, it’s time for 5G product evolution. With evolution comes the inherent requirements and challenges to be interoperable with your existing infrastructure and to productize new offerings that harness the power of 5G and 6G.  With high speeds, superior reliability and negligible latency, the mobile ecosystem expands into new realms which will impact every industry,  whether it’s making safer transportation, remote healthcare, precision agriculture, or digitized logistics….each one of them coming with their own integration considerations, challenges and opportunities. The potential transformation enabled by 5G and 6G comes tightly coupled with MEC for many of the critical use cases both in public and private networks and we’re here to explore the challenges with guaranteed quality, reliability and security.

Session 4: Edge Computing and Its Effects on Interoperable Networks

Chair:  Miguel Carames, Verizon

Gibson Ang, Vice President of Technology and Product Management, Casa Systems

Igor Angjusev, Mobileum

Session 5: Machine Learning and IoT

Chair:  Harry (Harinder) Bhasin, Verizon

Session 6: Communications Testbed

Chair:  Jason Boswell, Ericsson

Biographies:

Mike RyanMichael Ryan

Mike has over 20 years of global telecom and technology experience.  He has held various roles in planning, architecture, security, product design & development, engineering and operations, and sales support.  Mike is a recognized Verizon Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has experience leading and partnering with cross functional teams to drive projects to completion with efficiency and success.  He currently leads PACT (Product AWS Cloud Technology), an AWS platform that provides a consistent, repeatable and secure way to drive product creation and innovation while adhering to Verizon compliance policies.

Miguel CaramesMiguel Carames

Miguel Carames is currently an Executive Director of Cloud Technology planning at Verizon. Leading a team of engineers responsible for planning, engineering and design of the Verizon Cloud Infrastructure, Multi-Access Edge Compute, Service Orchestration and Emerging Technologies. Prior to this role, Miguel had planning responsibilities for Verizon’s wireless core network including the Evolved Packet Core (EPC), 5G Core (5GC) as well as a number of critical services including the wireless enterprise portfolio, private networks, public safety core, messaging, and OSS/BSS evolution.

Miguel has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked in R&D in 3G (UMTS), 4G (WiMAX and LTE) and now 5G. Prior to Verizon, Miguel worked at Motorola for nine years.

Miguel has been an active participant and speaker in multiple industry forums and conferences including GSMA, IEEE, Big5G, TelecomTV and so on. Miguel has been awarded 30+ patents and has filed 20+ more.

Harry (Harinder) BhasinHarry (Harinder) Bhasin

Managing development team for Machine Learning based ThingSpace Intelligent Anomaly Detection products. Previously, advisor and technology manager for several data driven products at different companies in Silicon Valley. Joinly hold eight patents in data protection and availability.  Research paper on data driven Cyber Security: https://scholar.smu.edu/datasciencereview/vol1/iss2/10/

 

Gibson AngGibson Ang

Ang brings over 20 years of experience to his role as vice president, technology for Casa Systems.  He is responsible for the development of new technologies and product strategies for Casa’s converged broadband portfolio.  In his role, Mr. Ang works closely with customers to identify new opportunities and define product requirements ensuring that these solutions align with customer needs.  Previously, Mr. Ang served as director of mobility product management since he joined the company in 2015.  Prior to joining Casa Systems, Gibson was a Product Manager at Cisco Systems responsible for developing and launching wireless products.  Gibson started his career with Motorola and worked for high-flying start-ups such as Watercove Networks, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, and Reef Point, acquired by GENBAND.

IGOR ANGJUSEVIgor Angjusev

Roaming Network Services Solution Architect at Mobileum with over 18 years of experience in Telecommunication business handling variety of roles on the forefront of technology. Mechanical Engineer who has worked his way up from the entry level Mobility Call Center representative, through various roles in Technical Support, Roaming Design, Solutioning and Technology Strategy within the Cellular Carrier environment to the current role on the vendor side. Dedicated and determined to his work in helping Service Providers to provide superior roaming service quality to their customers. Has led a variety of initiatives related to the Roaming connectivity, initial LTE Roaming interconnects and Value-Added services, Global Mobile Connectivity, National Roaming and Regulatory projects with current focus on the 5G Roaming initiatives and Private Networks Roaming.

Passionate about the good piece of music, NBA or soccer (football) game and experiencing new places, cultures and traditions with travel.


Thursday, 15 September

Segment 3 – Connecting the Unconnected

Chair: Ashutosh Dutta, Chief 5G Strategist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA

Segment Theme: Connecting the Unconnected or under-connected (CTU) is the holy grail of transforming the lives of over 3 billion people around the globe with wireless Internet who are yet to experience its value in multiple ways. If this could be accomplished, its impact on the society would be enormous. In its Vision 2030 SDG (Sustainability Development Goals) the United Nations has proclaimed access to Internet as basic human right and has said that these goals cannot be achieved without affordable access to Internet by everyone on this planet. While there are numerous projects and initiatives ongoing around the world, these are fragmented and lack the critical mass and coordination to be able to impact the future standards, product development, and cost of deployment otherwise achievable by volume. This segment of the program identifies a number of technology gaps to be filled in by 5G and B5G networks, such that access is affordable and content and services are actually consumed by the targeted set of users. Technology aside, the need to develop innovative business models is a must to be commercially sustainable in the long-term and needs to be supported by the, NGOs, policy and regulatory bodies around the world.

Session 7: Disconnecting The Connected

Chair: Eman Hammad, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Commerce/RELLIS

Abstract: Connectivity could increase the ability to engage with other communities across the globe, but may also introduce more isolation within the local community. The segment could focus on how to develop relationships among similar communities while growing stronger locally. Learn from others but grow together. There are a lot of good intentions towards connectivity and accessibility. However, local communities should consider the big picture and not just focus on technology. Taxes, inadequate stakeholder solutions, etc may increase barriers to communications or reduce the full network utilization potential of being connected. This may reduce the revenues that count plowed back into network operations or expansion and eventually degrade network quality. This segment could focus on local market development to increase local GDP/economic development, quality of life, and attraction/retention of local residents (similar argument can be used for smart cities). Recent technology upgrades have resulted in 3G sun-setting and may have some adverse effects, e.g., additional costs to show how someone might lose out on what they already have.

Session 8: Applications, Technology and Business Models

Chair: Sudhir Dixit, Co-Founder, Basic Internet Foundation

Abstract: Relevant applications and services (A&S) play an important role in adding value to connectivity irrespective of who is using the Internet. While in urban areas, the development of A&S is much faster to meet user demands, the same is lacking for rural and remote users who have different needs and constraints. Due to possible limited backhaul bandwidth, the QoS may be an issue if similar urban A&S are offered to these disadvantaged users. This panel focuses on A&S that are meaningful to those unconnected or under-connected on resource limited network access. There may be specific and unique technology requirements from those applications and services to ensure that the solution is affordable, scalable and delivers expected QoS and security and privacy. Nothing succeeds without commercial sustainability; therefore, this panel also delves into innovative business models to incentivize the service providers to meet the local needs, and community engagement to develop value from those applications and services. What innovations have been implemented, planned, not seen so far, what is ahead of us, and how to realize the above objectives are some of the key questions to be discussed in this panel.

Session 9: Policy and Regulatory

Chair: Narendra Mangra, Principal, GlobeNet, LLC

Abstract: Policy and regulatory activities can play a vital role in improving access to communications, access to services, and economic development. Regulatory actions may help to promote broadband investment and remove barriers to deployment in unserved or underserved areas. Policies may address connectivity and accessibility to broadband communications services and access to basic services such as healthcare, education, financial services, etc. The local GDP may increase through market related functions created through access to communications and services. This session will explore the policy and regulation impacts from connecting the unconnected.