IEEE Future Networks World Forum
13–15 November 2023 // Baltimore, MD, USA
Imagining the Network of the Future

TV3: Full Stack Automation in 5G & Beyond (5GB) Networks

Date and Time

Monday, 13 November 2023 // 14:00 - 15:30 and 16:00 - 17:30 // Eastern Standard Time (EST)


  • Deepak Kataria, Principal Solutions Consultant, Ericsson
  • Anwar Walid, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University


TV3a: 13 November 2023 // 14:00 – 15:30 EST

  • Jörg Niemöller, Ericsson (Intent driven Autonomous Operation of Networks)
  • Kandan Kathirvel, Google (Nephio: Transformative Cloud-Native Automation for Telecoms)
  • Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University (Future Network System as Open Service Based Platform in FutureG Era)
  • Jonathan Kwan, Fujitsu (Storm Chaser: Alarm root cause analysis using AI/ML in 5G Networks)

TV3b: 13 November 2023 // 16:00 – 17:30 EST

  • Raouf Boutaba, University of Waterloo (Autonomous Management in 5G and Beyond Networks)
  • Milind Buddhikot, Nokia Bell Labs (Edge Computing Application Framework for Digital Automation Cloud)
  • Srinivasa Addepalli, Aryaka Networks (Cloud Native Orchestration of Network Configuration for Distributed 5G: A Proven Pattern)
  • Amar Kapadia, Aarna Networks (Fully automated Private 5G network with ML Edge computing using Open Source Orchestration)


With 5G offering unprecedented speed, low latency, high bandwidth, reliability, and massive scale for sensors, new services such as haptic applications for Tactile Internet, real-time services such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Smart Manufacturing for Industry 4.0, Automotive, eHealth and Digital Twinning to name a few are coming online.

The diversity of service types and the concomitant complexity to support these services with agility and assurance. requires automation to be weaved into all layers of the 5G and Beyond (5G&B) Operating stack. Further, with continuing maturity of AI, advances in generative AI and the interplay between machine learning (ML) and machine reasoning (MR) systems provides an opportunity for closed loop architectures where compute decisions are actuated in an automated fashion, realizing the promise of dynamic and efficient autonomous operation which auto-configures, self-operates, self-protects, self- heals, and self-optimizes while seamlessly integrating human in the loop. This also enhances perceived quality of user experience for the end user.

This Vertical/Topical will bring in domain experts from industry, academia, standards bodies, open- source projects, and user community to address the challenge of autonomous operation of 5G&B networks. It will provide a unique forum for practitioners and researchers to share perspectives on recent developments, evolving landscape of AI/ML based autonomous operation of networks, deployment use cases and business benefits. Architects, Developers, Engineers, Testers, and Business Leaders as well as Students and Researchers from academia will surely find it useful to listen and have an opportunity to network with experts and innovators from industry and academia.

SHORT BIO OF MODERATORS and Invited Speakers

Deepak Kataria has over 25 years’ experience in telco, data networking, and cloud computing domains with the unique distinction of working in technical leadership roles at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Fujitsu, Agere Systems, and LSI. He co-founded IPJunction Inc in 2009 consulting telco clients on new solution opportunities, target markets, product management consulting and ecosystem partnerships. Currently, he serves as the Principal Solution Consultant for Ericsson working on AT&T's cloud native transformation and Cloud RAN projects. He served as Chair of IEEE Princeton Central Jersey Section from 2020- 2022, General Chair of IEEE Sarnoff Symposium between 2015-2019 and co-leads the IEEE Future Network Initiative's Working Group on AI/ML. He holds B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering, and pursued M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He completed Harvard’s Emerging Leaders professional program on virtual leadership covering strategy, customer focus, corporate governance, and innovation.


Anwar Walid (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from New York University, New York City, NY, USA, and the Ph.D. degree from Columbia University New York City, NY, USA. He was with Nokia Bell Labs, Murray Hill, New Jersey, USA, as Director of Network Intelligence and Distributed Systems Research, and also served as Director of University Research Partnerships and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. He has more than 20 U.S. and internationally granted patents on various aspects of learning, computing, and networking. He is an Elected Member of the International Federation for Information Processing Working Group 7.3 and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He is the recipient of various prestigious awards, including the 2022 IEEE INFOCOM Test of Time Paper Award, the 2019 ACM SIGCOMM Networking Systems Award, the 2017 IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize, and the ACM SIGMETRICS/IFIP Performance Best Paper Award. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of IEEE Transactions on Selected Areas in Communications and served as co-chair of several NeurIPS workshops. He was editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Network Magazine, and the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He served as Technical Program Chair for the IEEE INFOCOM, the General Chair for the 2018 IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health (CHASE), and a Guest Editor for the IEEE IoT Journal-Special Issue on AI-Enabled Cognitive Communications and Networking for IoT.


Jonathan Kwan is the Product Line Manager for AI/ML network software solutions at Fujitsu Network Communications, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering at the University of Calgary, and the Editor-in-Chief at APH Networks. He is extensively involved in product planning and design, customer engagement and corporate strategy, research in wireless networking and machine learning, teaching engineering in university, and assessing the latest technology in his various roles. He received the PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada. His research interests include wireless networking, communication systems, artificial intelligence/machine learning, mathematical optimization, and related applications.


Kandan Kathirvel is a lead product manager and responsible for Telco Cloud & Orchestration product strategy & development at Google. Before joining Google, Kandan was a Director at AT&T Labs, and led several industry wide Telcom Open source and Cloud initiatives. Kandan played a key role in kick starting Akraino and Linux Foundation Edge projects and served as a TSC-Chair, TAC member and as a Board of directors. In addition, Kandan served on the OpenStack board of directors from 2017 to 2019 and played a key role in transforming Open Source to support Telco NFVi and SDN. Kandan delivered more than 50+ public technical talks, published multiple articles, chaired & organized several Open source events in Akraino, OpenStack, Linux Foundation Edge, O-RAN, ONF, ONAP, OPNFV, OEC, CNTT, ETSI, OCP, and IEEE. Kandan has two decades of Telecommunication experience.


Jörg Niemöller is an expert in analytics and customer experience. Since he joined Ericsson 1998, Jörg held various positions in Ericsson Research as well as system management for core network and digital services. In recent years he developed concepts and solutions for intelligent systems capable of driving autonomous operation and realizing the zero-touch vision. His current focus is the introduction of these technologies in our industry through evolved products and standardization. Jörg is the lead author of the suit of TM Forum guidebooks and models about intent. Jörg holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and a diploma degree in electrical engineering from the TU Dortmund University, Germany.


Srini Addepalli is a security and Edge computing expert with 25+ years of experience. Before joining Aryaka,  Srini was at Intel, where he incubated multiple open-source edge computing and security initiatives including Service Mesh, cloud-native SASE framework, Distributed HSM and Multi Edge/Cloud orchestration technologies. Before Intel, he held the Fellow position at Freescale and the CTO position at Intoto Inc. As part of Intoto, which was acquired by Freescale, he is instrumental in leading the development of Gateway and UTM (Unified Threat Management) product lines. Srini has multiple patents in networking and security technologies.


Milind Buddhikot is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) and a Nokia Bell Labs Fellow in Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) unit of Nokia Enterprise. He is the Head of NDAC New Jersey (NJ) Technology Center and Head of End-to-End Spectrum Solutions for NDAC. Milind holds a Doctor of Science (D. Sc.) in computer science (July 1998) from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in communication engineering (December 1988) from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T), Bombay.  Milind's areas of expertise include wireless networks, large scale networked systems, mobile and cloud computing, video communications and network security. His recent work focuses on developing end-to-end architectures, systems, protocols and cloud solutions for dynamic spectrum access (DSA), spectrum aggregation and sharing, service load balancers, high capacity video transport, large scale internet-of-things, and emerging drone applications. Milind has authored over 40 research papers and 20+ patent submissions in the Dynamic Spectrum Access, integrated public wireless networks, design of multimedia systems and protocols, layer-4 packet classification, MPLS path routing, and authentication and dynamic key exchange.  

Milind is a co-founder of the IEEE DySPAN symposium which has emerged as a premier conference on the topic of Dynamic Spectrum Access. He has served as an Associate Editor of prestigious IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and Elsevier's Computer Networks Journal, secured 1.35+ million dollars in research funding and regularly participates in FCC, NSF and conference panels and TPC committees of major IEEE and ACM conferences. Milind has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the WINNFORUM Spectrum Sharing Working Group. In the recent past, he has also served as the Co-chair of FCC TAC Working Group on Future Unlicensed Services (2015), member of FCC TAC Working group on Future Spectrum Sharing and Chair/coordinator of DySPAN Steering Committee (2012-2015).


Raouf Boutaba is a University Research Chair Professor and the Director of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He previously served as Associate Dean Research (2016-2019) and as founding Associate Dean Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2019) of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Boutaba currently holds an INRIA International Chair in Network Softwarization (2017-2022), and has held several visiting professor positions in the past, including, at the University of Toronto, Canada, the Pohang University of Science and Technology POSTECH, South Korea, Sorbonne Université, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications Telecom ParisTech, the Université Henry Descartes Paris University, France, the Federal University of Rio do Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and the Université de Bordeux, France. Raouf received the Bachelors degree from the Badji Mokhtar Annaba University, Algeria (1988), a M.S. degree from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne Université), France (1990), a Magister degree from Annaba University in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, Scotland (1993), and a Ph.D. degree from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie Sorbonne University (1994), all in Computer Science.

Dr. Boutaba's primary research interests are in the areas of network and service management. His current research projects include, AI-driven 5G network slice management and orchestration, application of machine learning to cybersecurity, network virtualization, network function virtualization, software-defined networks, cloud computing, future Internet architecture, and blockchains. Dr. Boutaba has published more than 500 papers in world leading conferences and journals in these areas, received 15 Best Paper awards, and holds/filed 15 patents.

He has served as a distinguished speaker of the IEEE Communications Society (2005-2010) and the IEEE Computer Society (2002-2004), and has given numerous keynote and invited talks in conferences worldwide.


Amar Kapadia is co-founder and CEO of Aarna Networks. Aarna solves enterprise edge and private 5G management complexity through zero-touch edge infrastructure, applications, and network services orchestration at scale. Prior to Aarna, Amar was the NFV product marketing head at Mirantis. Before Mirantis, he was responsible for defining and launching EVault’s public cloud storage service (acquired by Seagate) based on OpenStack Swift and a variety of marketing and engineering leadership positions at Emulex, Philips, and HP. Amar is also the author of the ONAP Demystified book and holds an MS EE degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Senior Director for Institute of Wireless Internet of Things at Northeastern University, co-chair for the FCC 6G Technology Advisory Council and Senior Advisor for NTIA ITS and DoD OUSD R&E FutureG. He oversees setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100M public-private partnership for the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program and $25M DARPA Colosseum program. He serves as a Board Member for the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance, Founding member for Magma Core Foundation, Academic research council representative for O-RAN Alliance, Technology Roadmap group member for NextG Alliance and co-chair on organizing committee and program committees for 6GSymposium, EuCNC,IEEE InfoCom and ACM WinTech. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as 5G,6G, AI/ML, edge computing and Internet of Things. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.



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