David Meyer

Keynote #1: Recent Advances in Machine Learning for Network Management

David Meyer, Brocade, USA
Abstract: Over the last year alone we have seen many new applications powered by Machine Learning, including voice recognition and generation, automatic captioning of images, self-driving cars, and beyond. However, we are just starting to realize the potential of Machine Learning in the network setting. In fact, since networks generate large amounts of data (which is just we need to train sophisticated models), Machine Learning for networking is set to take off.

This talk will survey recent advances in Machine Learning and the same technologies can be applied to various networking problems, focusing on the network management domain. We will overview recent events in anomaly detection for security and performance applications, optimization in an NFV orchestration setting, and classification of network events.

Biography: David Meyer is currently Chief Scientist, VP and Fellow at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. His current focus is the use machine learning (and in particular deep learning) for networking applications.  Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. Most recently he served as the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project (he is currently the Chair of the OpenDaylight Board of Directors). He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (, RIPE, and APRICOT program committees (and served as NANOG program committee chair from 2008-2011). David Meyer is also a frequent speaker at major industry and academic conferences.

David is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon where he is also a Senior Research Scientist in the department of Computer Science. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.


Laurent Ciavaglia

Keynote #2: Intent-Driven Networks: Challenges and Enablers

Laurent Ciavaglia, Nokia - Bell labs, France

Abstract: Managing communication networks will never be a trivial task, however it does not have to remain as complex as it is today. Designing, developing and deploying innovative technologies in the realm of Intent-Driven Networking will generate enormous gains in performance (doing things better and faster) and in functionality (enabling things previously impossible).  But the task will not be easy.  This talk will highlight the main challenges ahead and the key enablers in the realization of this vision of future networks.  The presentation will make a synthesis of definitions and elements composing an archetypal solution for intent-driven networks by analyzing the work in standards, open source and research initiatives.

Biography: Laurent works at Nokia Bell Labs in Paris, France inventing new technologies for networks, turning concepts into real-life innovations. Recently, he is having fun (and some headaches) trying to combine network management and artificial intelligence.
Laurent has been involved in and led several European research projects such as UNIVERSELF, developing a unified management framework for autonomic network functions.

Laurent serves as co-chair of the IRTF Network Management Research Group (NRMG), and participates in IETF, essentially in the OPS area. Previously, he was vice-chair of the ETSI ISG on Autonomics for Future Internet (AFI), working on the definition of standards for self-managing networks.

Laurent has been recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE SDN initiative Softwarization newsletter, and acts as Standards Liaison Officer for the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Autonomic Communications (TCAC).


Nikos Anerousis

Keynote #3: The Future of Management is Cognitive

Nikos Anerousis, GTS Incubation Lab, IBM Research, USA

Abstract: Since the first IM conference in 1989, our community has seen the arrival (and sometimes the rapid departure) of many new technologies and practices; from the SNMP and CMIP protocol wars in the mid '90s, to CORBA, SOAP and web-based management, to mobile agent technologies, peer-to-peer, big data, and others. Still, the greatest disruption is just about to occur, with the arrival of cognitive technologies and their application to network and service management. Natural dialogue and advanced visualization will replace traditional interfaces; insights and recommendations will be delivered in the form of contextually relevant and personalized observations or predictions; automation will execute traditional service management functions with speed and precision; and help desks will give way to highly knowledgeable automated assistants that draw on the knowledge of millions of historical records. In this talk I will review selected applications of cognitive technologies in service management problems, especially problem determination and automated remediation, where cognitive algorithms assist in problem diagnosis and the selection of optimal remediation paths, and service request management, where natural dialogue and parameter recommendation replace the cumbersome navigation of traditional service catalogues.
Biography: Nikos Anerousis has been involved with the management community for over 25 years. First as a student at Columbia University where he worked on the first applications of object oriented modeling and capacity management in high speed networks, then as a researcher as AT&T Labs-Research, where he studied and developed management services for the early Internet, and subsequently at IBM Research, where he held multiple research and management roles spanning distributed middleware, service management analytics and service delivery automation. Most recently, he is leading the incubation lab for IBM Global Technology Services.

Nikos has worked and consulted extensively on all aspects and stages of the innovation lifecycle, from design, financing, prototyping, development to strategy and steady-state operations. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of distributed systems and network management, having authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on the subject and delivered tutorials and keynote presentations.


David Gorman

Keynote #4: Making Blockchain Real for Business

David Gorman, IBM, Global Blockchain Labs Enablement, UK.

Abstract: Blockchain is a shared, replicated ledger. Its reach is wider than just cryptocurrencies, as it provides the foundation for a new generation of transactional applications that establish trust and transparency, while streamlining business processes. This presentation introduces blockchain concepts and how they apply to business networks, as well as explaining how IBM and other members of the Linux Foundation Hyperledger project are building these transformational technologies.
Biography: Dave has worked in the IT industry for 26 years. He is currently part of the IBM CTO Europe team, specializing in blockchain, and is based at the IBM Hursley Laboratory in Hampshire. The team is the center of blockchain client enablement worldwide for IBM.

In this role, Dave works with customers across a broad spectrum of industries and use-cases, including the Financial Services Sector, enabling them in their understanding of blockchain and how they can best make use of the technology within their respective industries.