16:00-17:30, Thursday, November 30

Distinguished Experts Panel

Big Data Analytics for Networks: Status and Challenges

ICT Systems are getting larger and more complex in order to provide high functionalities.  In addition, the systems are rapidly updated because the services running on the systems frequently change in order to fulfill the dynamic requirements of the users.  The complex systems with frequent updates make the management of system more challenging, and result in increase of OpEX.  Big data analysis and AI techniques are expected as the key technology to overcome these problems.  The large amount of log data which ICT systems issue may enable even a novice operator to manage the ICT systems as well as an expert operator does.  These techniques may be able to detect a failure or a security attack which even an expert operator overlooks.  The trend of SDN and NFV makes that ICT systems can be modified without manual operation.  As a result, automated operations will be realized in the future, in which big data analysis and AI technologies can automatically judge how to operate the systems and, then, can re-configure the systems without human intervention.  In the DEP, we discuss the potential and the limits of management with big data analysis and AI technologies, and the future of the system management and operation.



Dr. Katsumi Emura, NEC, Japan

Katsumi Emura is a Member of the Board Executive Vice President and CTO (chief technology officer) of NEC Corporation.  Katsumi Emura was born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1957.  He received the B. Eng, M. Eng and Dr. Eng. degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1980, 1982 and 1992, respectively.  In 1982, he joined NEC Corporation, where he has engaged in R&D on optical communication systems, product planning of optical transmission systems.  Dr. Emura has held numerous leadership positions, including head of product planning and business development for transport products and general manager of NECfs Research Planning Division.  In 2007, he was appointed to Vice President and Executive General Manager of Intellectual Asset Management Unit.  In 2010, Dr. Emura was promoted to associate senior vice president of NEC Corporation and executive general manager of the Central Research Laboratories.  Dr. Emura was named CTO of the company in 2016.  From 1987 to 1988, Dr. Emura was a visiting researcher at Bellcore, New jersey, USA.  He is a fellow of IEICE and a member of IEEE and IPSJ.



Dr. Keisuke Ishibashi, NTT, Japan

Keisuke Ishibashi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from Tohoku University in 1993 and 1995, respectively, and received his Ph.D. degree in information science and technology from the University of Tokyo in 2005.  Since joining NTT in 1995, he has been engaged in research on mainly traffic issues in computer communication networks.  Recently, his research area has expanded to applying AI technologies on network operation.  He is now a senior research engineer, supervisor in NTT Network Technology Laboratories.  He is also an advisor of IEICE Technical Committee of Internet Architecture.


Dr. Glenn Ricart, US Ignite, Founder and CTO, USA

Glenn Ricart brings forty years of innovation in computer networking and related fields to US Ignite.  Glenn is an Internet pioneer who implemented the first Inter-net interconnection point (the FIX in College Park, Maryland) and was recognized for this achievement by being inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013.  In one of his previous roles where he was academic CIO at the University of Maryland, his campus implemented the first institution-wide TCP/IP (Internet) network in 1983 using low-cost PDP-11 routers (gFuzballsh) with software devised at the University of Maryland.  Glenn was principal investigator of SURAnet, the first regional TCP/IP (Internet) network of academic and commercial institutions.  Glennfs formal education includes degrees from Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science is from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His inventions have resulted in more than a dozen patents.  Dr. Ricart has served on the boards of three public companies, CACI, the SCO Organization, and First USA Financial Services, in addition to numerous non-profits


Dr. Hideyuki Shimonishi, NEC, Japan

Hideyuki Shimonishi received M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1996 and 2002.  He joined NEC Corporation in 1996 and has been engaged in research on traffic management in high-speed networks, switch and router architectures, and traffic control protocols.  As a visiting scholar in the Computer Science Department at the University of California at Los Angeles, he studied next-generation transport protocols.  Since then, he engaged in researches on networking technologies including SDN, OpenFlow and NFV for carrier, data center and enterprise networks from their early stages.  Now he is leading a research team for IoT system platform and automation technologies for system design, optimization, and operation.


stadler.jpgProf. Rolf Stadler, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Rolf Stadler is a professor with the Department of Network and Systems Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.  He holds an M.Sc. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Zurich.  Before joining KTH Royal Institute of Technology in 2001, he held positions at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Columbia University, and ETH Zürich.  His group has made contributions to real-time monitoring, resource management, and self-management for large-scale networks and clouds.  His current interests include advanced monitoring techniques, as well as data-driven methods for network engineering and management.  Rolf Stadler is currently Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM).