Topical: Mobile Edge Computing

Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 14:00-18:30
Room: Conference Room 6


Prof. Panagiotis Demestichas holds a Diploma and a Ph.D. degree on Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is a Professor at the University of Piraeus, School of ICT, Department of Digital Systems, Greece. He conducts research on 5G, cloud and IoT, nanosystems, big data and artificial intelligence, SDN/NFV. Currently, he also focuses on the development technology for his expertise lead him to work on system development for WINGS ICT Solutions ( and its spin-off Incelligent ( He has published numerous articles and research papers and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Senior Member at IEEE.

Title: Vertical sector transformations through advanced wireless technologies and artificial intelligence: status, first experiences from 5G, prospects for beyond 5G

Vertical sectors need to undergo a digital transformation based on advanced wireless (4G/5G and beyond), IoT, big data, artificial intelligence. This is an opportunity for operators/vendors/SMEs. Therefore, the talk will discuss on: (a) current transformation cases regarding utilities (water, energy, gas), food security, smart cities; (b) first experiences seen through the initial trials on 5G testbeds; (c) first thoughts on requirements for beyond 5G (B5G) / 6G.


Dr Leila Musavian received her Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from Kings College London, UK. She is currently working as a Reader in Telecommunications at the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Essex.  Prior to that, she was a Lecturer at InfoLab21, Lancaster University (2012-2016). She was a Research Associate at McGill University (2011-2012), a research associate at Loughborough University, UK (2009-2010) and a post-doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT, Canada (2006-2008). She is currently the Deputy Director of Research of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex.

Her research interests lie in Radio Resource Management for Low latency communications, 6G/B5G/5G, next generation wireless networks, radio resource allocations, Energy Harvesting, Green Communication and cross-layer design for delay QoS provisioning. She is an editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS and Associate Editor of Wiley’s Internet Technology Letters. She has been Executive Editor of Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies between 2016-2019. She has been lead chair UHS5G WP in IEEE GlobeCom 2018, UHSLLS WPin IEEE WCNC 2019, lead chair for URLLC Special Session in IEEE PIMRC 2018, TPC Co-Chair of CorNer 2016 (in conjunction with ISWCS 2016) and Co-Chair of mmWave 5G (STEMCOM 2016) and TPC member of several conferences including IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE WCNC, IEEE ICCCN, IEEE PIMRC, ChinaCom. She is currently the workshop co-chair of VTC-Spring-2020.

Title: Challenges for Low Latency Communications towards 6G


Prof. Xiaoli Chu, University of Sheffield

Xiaoli Chu is a Reader in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. She received the B.Eng. degree from Xi’an Jiao Tong University in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2005. From 2005 to 2012, she was with the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s College London. Xiaoli has co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. She is co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society 2017 Young Author Best Paper Award. She is the lead editor/author of the book “Heterogeneous Cellular Networks – Theory, Simulation and Deployment” (Cambridge University Press 2013), “4G Femtocells: Resource Allocation and Interference Management” (Springer 2013), and “Ultra Dense Networks for 5G and Beyond” (Wiley 2019). She is Editor for the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and the IEEE Communications Letters and received the IEEE Communications Letters Editor Award in 2018. She is Co-Chair of the Recent Results Track for IEEE VTC2019-Fall, was Co-Chair of the Wireless Communications Symposium for IEEE ICC2015, and has organized 6 workshops on heterogeneous and small cell networks for IEEE ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC, and PIMRC.

Title: Profit Maximization in MEC Enabled Vehicular Networks

Mobile edge computing enabled vehicular networking has appeared as a promising solution to the emerging resource-hungry vehicular applications. In this context, we study computation offloading in a cognitive vehicular network that reuses the TV white space (TVWS) bands. We propose to maximize the average economical profit of the service provider by jointly optimizing communication and computation resource allocation, while guaranteeing network stability and the quality-of-service (QoS) of TVWS primary users. Based on Lyapunov optimization, we design a per-frame algorithm to tackle the joint optimization problem, where the closed-form solution for computation resource allocation is first derived, and then a continuous relaxation and Lagrangian dual decomposition based iterative algorithm is devised for radio resource allocation. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can achieve a good profit-delay tradeoff and can improve the economical profit of the service provider significantly as compared with the existing schemes.


Dr. Dario Sabella, Intel

is working with INTEL as Senior Manager Standards and Research, acting also as company delegate of the 5GAA (5G Automotive Association). In his role within Next Generation Standards division, Dario is driving new technologies and edge cloud innovation for the new communication systems, involved in ecosystem engagement and coordinating internal alignment on edge computing across SDOs and industry groups, in support of internal and external stakeholders/customers. In 2019 he has been appointed as ETSI MEC vice-chairman. Previously he was serving as MEC Secretary and Lead of Industry Groups, and from 2015 as Vice Chairman of ETSI MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) IEG. Prior to February 2017 he worked in TIM (Telecom Italia group), in the Wireless Access Innovation division, as responsible in various TIM research, experimental and operational activities on OFDMA technologies (WiMAX, LTE, 5G), cloud technologies (MEC) and energy efficiency (for energy saving in TIM’s mobile network). From 2006 he was involved in many international projects and technological trials with TIM’s subsidiary companies (ETECSA Cuba, TIM Brasil, Telecom Argentina). Since joining TIM in 2001, he has been involved in a wide range of internal and external projects (including FP7 and H2020 EU funded projects), often with leadership roles. Author of several publications (40+) and patents (20+) in the field of wireless communications, radio resource management, energy efficiency and edge computing, Dario has also organized several international workshops and conferences.

Title: MEC in action: an overview of Edge Computing activities

The talk will be focused on Intel activities on edge computing, ranging from standardization (e.g. ETSI MEC), industry groups (e.g. 5G Automotive Association) and mentioning also some PoCs and experimental activities (e.g. Smart Road). Particular focus will be given to the Intel engagement in the automotive domain and MEC-related activities.

Xavier Costa-Pérez

Xavier Costa-Pérez is Head of 5G Networks R&D and Deputy General Manager of the Security and Networking Research Division at NEC Laboratories Europe. His team contributes to products roadmap evolution as well as to European Commission projects and received several awards for successful technology transfers. In addition, the team contributes to related standardization bodies: 3GPP, ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC and IETF. Xavier is a 5GPPP Technology Board member, has served on the Program Committees of several conferences, published at top research venues and holds several patents. He received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona and was the recipient of a national award for his Ph.D. thesis.

Title: Overbooking 5G Networks for Industry Verticals

Network slicing allows mobile operators to offer, via proper abstractions, infrastructure resources (radio, networking, computing) to vertical sectors traditionally alien to the telco industry (e.g., automotive, health, construction). Owning to similar business nature, in this talk we review revenue management models successful in other industries (e.g. airlines, hotels, etc.) and explore the concept of slice overbooking to maximize the revenue of infrastructure providers. Hierarchical control plane solutions will be considered to manage the orchestration of end-to-end-slices in a revenue-driven manner. Then, some early implementations of proof-of-concepts will be reviewed to evaluate the overbooking gains potential. Finally, we will illustrate how such an overbooking solution can be used in 5G deployment scenarios comprising industry verticals.


Anwer Al-Dulaimi (M’11-SM’17) received the PhD degree in electronic and computer engineering from Brunel University London, U.K., in 2012, after obtaining BSc and MSc honor degrees in communication engineering. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is a technical Product Owner (TPO) in the Center of Excellence at EXFO Inc., Canada. His research interests include 5G networks, cloud computing, V2X and Internet of Things. Dr. Al-Dulaimi is the editor of IEEE Future Networks Series in IEEE Vehicular Technology magazine, Editor of Vehicular Networking Series in IEEE Standards Magazine, and guest editor in many IEEE journals. He was the recipient of the 2013 Worldwide Universities Network best paper for outstanding research in cognitive communications as well as many other awards and grants. He is the chair of the IEEE 1932.1 Working Group ‘Standard for Licensed/Unlicensed Spectrum Interoperability in Wireless Mobile Network’ and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is Associate Fellow of the British higher education Academy (AFHEA) and registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the British Engineering Council.


Dr. Rose Hu is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Associate Dean for research of College of Engineering  at Utah State University. She also directs Communications Network Innovation Lab at Utah State University. Her current research interests include next-generation wireless system design and optimization, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical system, Mobile Edge Computing, V2X communications, artificial intelligence in wireless networks, wireless system modeling and performance analysis. Dr. Hu received the B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, the M.S. degree from New York University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas.  Besides a decade academia experience, she has more than 10 years of R&D experience with Nortel, Blackberry, and Intel as a Technical Manager, a Senior Wireless System Architect, and a Senior Research Scientist, actively participating in industrial 3G/4G technology development, standardization, system level simulation, and performance evaluation.  She has published over 200 papers in top IEEE journals and conferences and holds numerous patents in her research areas.  She is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer Class 2015-2018.  She was a recipient of prestigious Best Paper Awards from the IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, the IEEE ICC 2015, the IEEE VTC Spring 2016, and the IEEE ICC 2016. She served as the TPC Co-Chair for the IEEE ICC 2018. She is currently serving on the editorial boards for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, the IEEE Communications Magazine and the IEEE Wireless Communications. Dr. Hu is senior member of IEEE and a member of member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


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