Systems Optimization

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Room: Conference Room 6

The Systems Optimization working group within the IEEE FNI has been recently formed to explore various approaches for optimization of complex systems. We are engaged in assessment of future scenarios that are difficult to address (if not impossible) with traditional approaches. For example, Distributed Security and Mobility Management across heterogeneous
RATs for ultra-reliable low latency applications, and optimization of handoffs for the same is the most pertinent area that needs immediate attention. We are exploring various approaches to address such complex scenarios with non-traditional design and operational methodologies,
e.g., employing use for emergence for self-organization and self-optimization.

The aim of this session is to bring together researchers and scientists from academia and industry, who are actively engaged in activities related to use of Complex System Design, Federated AI, and other novel techniques for optimization of 5G era systems. The session will be spent in informal interactive dialogue around topics of related research submitted for
discussion in the workshop, with an objective to share research, identify synergies and explore possibility of collaboration to inform the research roadmap being developed by the IEEE FNI.


Nigel Davis is an architect in Ciena working on Ciena Management-Control products. He has been highly active in the area of management-control of telecoms networks for nearly thirty years. He has a broad long term vision of the Zero Touch Commercial Enterprise and towards that has a focus on identification and application of problem domain patterns. He always strives to ensure that his work is applied to real solutions. Nigel has been a major contributor to several key industry bodies and currently leads, edits and contributes strongly to the ONF Core Information Model work (publicly available at TR-512 OnfCoreIm ). Nigel is a Ciena fellow, Ciena Distinguished Engineer, a Distinguished Fellow of the TM Forum and was recently awarded as Distinguished Contributor to the Open Networking Foundation

Title: Identification and application of domain patterns working towards the Zero Touch Commercial Enterprise

Melike Erol-Kantarci is an associate professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. She is the founding director of the Networked Systems and Communications Research (NETCORE) laboratory. Dr. Erol-Kantarci is also a courtesy assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, where she was a tenure-track assistant professor prior to joining University of Ottawa. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. During her Ph.D. studies, she was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited over 4000 times and she has an h-index of 32. She has received the IEEE Communication Society Best Tutorial Paper Award and the Best Editor Award of the IEEE Multimedia Communications Technical Committee in 2017. She is the co-editor of two books: “Smart Grid: Networking, Data Management, and Business Models” and “Transportation and Power Grid in Smart Cities: Communication Networks and Services” published by CRC Press and Wiley, respectively. Dr. Erol-Kantarci has delivered seven tutorials and more than 30 invited talks around the globe. She is an editor of the IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Access. She has acted as the general chair or technical program chair for many international conferences and workshops. She is currently the Chair of Green Smart Grid Communications special interest group of IEEE Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing. Her main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks, 5G and beyond, smart grid, electric vehicles and Internet of Things. She is a senior member of the IEEE.

Title: AI-Enabled Wireless Networks: Opportunities and Challenges Towards 6G

Aarne  Mämmelä received the degree of D.Sc. (Tech.) (with honors) from the University of Oulu in 1996. He was with the University of Oulu from 1982 to 1993. In 1993 he joined VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in Oulu. Since 1996 he has been a Research Professor of digital signal processing in wireless communications. He has visited University of Kaiserslautern in Germany in 1990-1991 and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand in 1996-1997. Since 2004 he has been a Docent (equivalent to Adjunct Professor) at the University of Oulu. In 2014-2018 he was a Technical Editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications and in 2016-2018 a member of the Research Council of Natural Sciences and Engineering in the Academy of Finland, which is funding basic research. He has given lectures on research methodology at the University of Oulu for over 15 years, including the systems approach in addition to the conventional reductive approach. His research interests are in adaptive and learning systems and resource efficiency in telecommunications.

Title: Systems thinking in future wireless communication systems

Frank H. P. Fitzek is a Professor and head of the “Deutsche Telekom Chair of Communication Networks” at TU Dresden coordinating the 5G Lab Germany. He is the spokesman of the DFG Cluster of Excellence CeTI.

He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Technology – Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) – Aachen, Germany, in 1997 and his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 2002 and became Adjunct Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy in the same year. In 2003 he joined Aalborg University as Associate Professor and later became Professor. He co-founded several start-up companies starting with acticom GmbH in Berlin in 1999. He has visited various research institutes including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), VTT, and Arizona State University. In 2005 he won the YRP award for the work on MIMO MDC and received the Young Elite Researcher Award of Denmark. He was selected to receive the NOKIA Champion Award several times in a row from 2007 to 2011. In 2008 he was awarded the Nokia Achievement Award for his work on cooperative networks. In 2011 he received the SAPERE AUDE research grant from the Danish government and in 2012 he received the Vodafone Innovation prize. In 2015 he was awarded the honorary degree “Doctor Honoris Causa” from Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). His current research interests are in the areas of wireless and 5G communication networks, network coding, cloud computing, compressed sensing, cross layer as well as energy efficient protocol design and cooperative networking.

Title: Tactile Internet with Human-In-The-Loop

Eduard A. Jorswieck was born in 1975 in Berlin, Germany. Since August 2019, he has been the head of the Chair for Communications Systems and Full Professor at Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany. From 2008 until 2019, he was the head of the Chair of Communications Theory and Full Professor at Dresden University of Technology (TUD), Germany. Eduard’s main research interests are in the broad area of communications. He has published more than 110 journal papers, 13 book chapters, 3 monographs, and some 275 conference papers on these topics. Dr. Jorswieck is senior member of IEEE. He is member of the IEEE SAM Technical Committee since 2015. Since 2017, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. He serves currently on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. In 2006, he received the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award.

Title: Resource Allocation for Ultra Reliable Communications Exploiting Dependent Fading

Göran AP Eriksson joined Ericsson in 1991 and currently holds a technology specialist role in 5G Nwslice automation using AI/ML. He has 10+20 years’ experience in product development and research respectively, ranging from GSM, GPRS, IMS, 4G and 5G to Web technologies for media delivery (HTTP/2 and CDN) and real time communication (WebRTC) including network exposure to applications. He is currently engaged in the evolution of 5G Core, OAM and RAN architectures for closed loop service assurance enabling and leveraging use of deep learning and cognitive technologies in business and mission critical networks.

Title: Collaborative Systems Optimization and 5G E2E NW-slice SLA Assurance – a case study


Kaniz Mahdi

Ciena, USA

Meryem Simsek

ICSI, Berkeley, USA