IEEE Future Networks World Forum
12-14 October 2022 | Montreal, Canada + Virtual (Hybrid)


Vint Cerf, Google

“Internet Challenges in the 2020s”

Abstract: The Internet’s original design was done nearly 50 years ago. Its implementation has evolved as has the popular WWW and its applications. New protocols have emerged such as QUIC. Security has become a center-stage focus, especially for core functionality including BGP, RPKI, 2FA, HTTPS. Fragmentation threatens as potentially incompatible national policies on the Internet arise. The amplifying power of social media, coupled with uncritical acceptance of unverified information has created its own policy challenges. Accountability and agency are needed to counter these trends. New technologies including Machine Learning create their own concerns for validity. Any way you look at it, the Internet is still as dynamic as ever.

Bio: Vinton G. Cerf Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Google Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at ICANN, the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A former Stanford Professor and former member of the US National Science Board, he is also the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery and serves in advisory capacities at NIST, DOE, NSF and NASA. He earned his B.S. in mathematics at Stanford and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at Stanford. He is a member of both the US National Academies of Science and Engineering. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Marconi Prize, the Legion d’Honneur and the Franklin Medal. He is a Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering and holds 29 honorary degrees. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.


Melike Erol-Kantarci, Ericsson and University of Ottawa

“Deep and Reinforcement Learning in 5G and 6G”

Abstract: The next generation of wireless networks, also known as Beyond 5G and 6G, will need a very high level of automation. This is both because of the increased complexity, and also thanks to the availability of more data, advanced Machine Learning (ML) algorithms and strong processing capabilities. When it comes to automation of networks, intelligent control algorithms that allow turning the knobs and optimizing system parameters become essential. Reinforcement learning and deep reinforcement learning algorithms have shown great success in other areas in AI and ML. In this talk, we will provide an overview of the state-of-art in reinforcement and deep reinforcement learning algorithms and their applications to wireless networks, in addition to their challenges and the open issues in terms of their applicability to various functions of the next-generation wireless networks.

Bio: Melike Erol-Kantarci is Chief Cloud RAN AI\ML Data Scientist at Ericsson and Canada Research Chair in AI-enabled Next-Generation Wireless Networks and 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. She is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute, Toronto. She has over 180 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited over 6700 times and she has an h-index of 41. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, and has delivered 70+ keynotes, tutorials and panels around the globe and has acted as the general chair and technical program chair for many international conferences and workshops. Her main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks, 5G and 6G wireless communications, smart grid and Internet of things. She is an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Senior member and ACM Senior Member.


Erik Ekudden, Ericsson

“6G – the next step for the greatest innovation platform ever”

Abstract: Incredibly, today’s networks have formed an intelligent digital infrastructure offering endless possibilities to individuals, enterprises, and governments worldwide. The rollout of 5G will enable robust new solutions for a wide range of social, environmental, and economic challenges. We are already on the way towards the next paradigm shift formed by a combination of emerging technology trends. That paradigm shift will take us to the 6G era which will give rise to challenges beyond what even 5G can meet. The increasing expectations set a clear target for us in the industry and research community — 6G should contribute to an efficient, human-friendly, sustainable society through ever-present intelligent communication. This presentation will outline Ericsson’s vision where 6G will enable a cyber-physical continuum blending the physical real world of sensing, action and experience with a programmable digital representation of that same world, and call on the audience to engage in the shaping of the future network platform.

Bio: As Group CTO and head of Technology and Strategy, Erik Ekudden is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of technology leadership for Ericsson. In 2017 he re-located to Kista, Sweden, after nearly seven-years in Santa Clara, California. His focus for the group is on strategic decisions and investments in mobility, cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of things. This builds on his decades-long career in technology strategies and industry activities with leading customers and partners from 2G to 5G and beyond. Ekudden first joined Ericsson in 1993 working on mobile systems, but rapidly moved into leadership within research and technology. He has served as research area director and vice president of technology strategy, standardization and industry. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)./solutions that are deployed in global telecom networks to enable these major network transitions from 2G to 5G.


Nazim Benhadid, TELUS

Bio: As Senior Vice President of Network Build and Operate, Nazim leads the team driving TELUS’ network leadership and its wireline and wireless infrastructure, enabling the very best in next-generation customer service. Nazim joined TELUS in 2000, and has worked across different services and technologies, including IP/MPLS, legacy voice, wireless, advanced networking IT, Cloud infrastructure and most recently, leading the TELUS core network infrastructure. Nazim holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Montréal (Polytechnique Montréal) and a Master of Business Administration from HEC Montréal. He lives in Montreal with his wife and their twin girls. Both Nazim and his wife are deeply entrenched in the community, with a commitment to resonate TELUS’ social purpose; whether it is by supporting new immigrants adjust to the Canadian workplace through MOSAIC, TELUS’ multicultural support group, or getting dunk-tanked and a pie in the face to raise funds for the TELUS Days of Giving.


Rami Amin, World Bank

“5G Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Countries and Implications for Sustainable Development Goals”

Bio: Rami Amin leads several initiatives at The World Bank and in collaboration with the IFC, developing insight to inform clients and Bank-financed operations on how to accelerate digital transformation, investment, and economic growth. His work focuses on 5G Networks, AI Policy and Governance, cloud infrastructure and services, e-government, national policy/strategy roadmaps for digital transformation, and designing innovative financing solutions to drive technology adoption in emerging markets. He is a lead author of the World Bank’s upcoming flagship report on 5G in Emerging Markets, as well as the World Bank’s reports on Harnessing AI for Development, Government Cloud Migration Strategies, and Cybersecurity Risks in Developing Countries. He also manages the Bank’s thought leadership series on Digital Development, co-leads the World Bank’s Secretariat for Mainstreaming Digital and Disruptive Technologies, and was appointed the World Bank Group’s IEG MAR focal point on Mobilizing Technology for Development.

Outside of the Bank he participates in various multi-lateral working groups bringing together leads from UN-based organizations to collaborate on AI and Data Governance. Prior to joining The World Bank he coordinated Oxford University’s leading center for interdisciplinary collaboration, providing early-stage funding for projects considered to be radically innovative with high-impact potential. Prior to this he worked for the ECIR Cyber Initiative at MIT, the Shorenstein Center at Harvard, and was also a Google Public Policy Fellow focusing on trade barriers in the digital economy. Rami was awarded a PhD / DPhil from Oxford, an MPP from Harvard, and was a policy and international affairs fellow at Princeton.


Sylvain Nadeau, EXFO

Bio: Nadeau is Manager of Edge Innovation for EXFO and has more than 20 years of experience in telecommunications industry. He joined EXFO in 2007 and has helped lead the technological evolution of EXFO products and the introduction of innovations. He currently leads a team carrying out exploratory work in 5G networks and cloud native technologies as well as applied research in Machine Learning. Mr. Nadeau was named Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2018 for his leadership and continued contribution to innovation at EXFO. His expertise in telecommunication technologies, combined with an outstanding track record in innovation, makes him a strong leader within the CTO organization of EXFO. Before joining EXFO, Mr. Nadeau held engineering roles at Microsemi (formerly PMC-Sierra) and Matrox Graphics. Mr. Nadeau holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal and a master’s degree of Engineering from Sherbrooke University.


Gunes Kurt, Polytechnique Montreal

Bio: Gunes Karabulut Kurt received the B.S. degree with high honors in electronics and electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2000 and the M.A.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. From 2000 to 2005, she was a Research Assistant with the CASP Group, University of Ottawa. Between 2005 and 2006, she was with TenXc Wireless, Canada. From 2006 to 2008, Gunes was with Edgewater Computer Systems Inc., Canada. From 2008 to 2010, she was with Turkcell Research and Development Applied Research and Technology, Istanbul. Between 2010 and 2021, she was with Istanbul Technical University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada. She is a Marie Curie Fellow and has received the Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist (TÜBA-GEBIP) Award in 2019. In addition, she is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. She is currently serving as an associate technical editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine, an associate editor of IEEE Communication Letters, an associate editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, and an area editor of IEEE Transactions on Machine Learning in Communications and Networking. She is a member of the IEEE WCNC Steering Board. She is also the chair of the IEEE special interest group entitled “Satellite Mega-constellations: Communications and Networking” and a Distinguished Lecturer of Vehicular Technology Society Class of 2022.


Jesse Vincent-Herscovici, Vice-President, Business Development (Montréal)

Bio: Jesse Vincent-Herscovici has been an integral member of the Business Development team at Mitacs since 2009. Since being appointed Vice-President of Business Development in 2017, Jesse has overseen strategy and the creation of countless new partnerships between industry and academia all while scaling the team to over one hundred business development representatives embedded throughout the Canadian innovation ecosystem. He sits on multiple advisory committees and boards, spanning across various sectors.


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