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Throughout the year, IEEE Future Directions hosts webinars that explore the latest emerging technologies with leading experts in the field. Access available webinars below.

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Future NetworksSecurity in SDN/NFV and 5G Networks – Opportunities and Challenges

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are the key pillars of future networks, including 5G and Beyond that promise to support emerging applications such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra low latency, massive sensing type applications while providing the resiliency in the network. Service providers and other verticals (e.g., Connected Cars, IOT, eHealth) can leverage SDN/NFV to provide flexible and cost-effective service without compromising the end user quality of service (QoS). While NFV and SDN open up the door for flexible networks and rapid service creation, these offer both security opportunities while also introducing additional challenges and complexities, in some cases.

With the rapid proliferation of 4G and 5G networks, operators have now started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the introduction of various virtualized network elements in the access and core networks. These include elements such as virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtualized IP Multimedia Services (vIMS), Virtualized Residential Gateway, and Virtualized Next Generation Firewalls. However, very little attention has been given to the security aspects of virtualization. While several standardization bodies (e.g., ETSI, 3GPP, NGMN, ATIS, TIA) have started looking into the many security issues introduced by SDN/NFV, additional work is needed with larger security community involvement including vendors, operators, universities, and regulators.

This tutorial will address evolution of cellular technologies towards 5G but will largely focus on various security challenges and opportunities introduced by SDN/NFV and 5G networks such as Hypervisor, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), SDN Controller, Orchestrator, Network slicing, Cloud RAN, and security function virtualization. This tutorial will also highlight some of the ongoing activities within various standards communities and will illustrate a few deployment use case scenarios for security including threat taxonomy for both operator and enterprise networks. In addition, I will also describe some of the ongoing activities within IEEE Future Network initiative including roadmap efforts and various ways one can get involved and contribute to this initiative.


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Ashutosh Dutta
Ashutosh Dutta
Senior Wireless Communication Systems Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL)
3/26/2019
Future NetworksNetworked Electricity

Internet technology and cellular communications technology have transformed many aspects of how we communicate, and caused us to consider and do things in ways not previously possible or for many even imaginable. 5G and other technology will take us further down this path. Every device that communicates by definition consumes electricity. As we advance communications technologies with new concepts and capabilities, it makes sense to do the same for electricity.

Local Power Distribution (LPD) is a “network model of power”, organized from the bottom-up into nanogrids that can be networked to each other, local generation, and a utility grid. A nanogrid controller contains a battery and provides power to attached end-use devices. The controller establishes a local price that influences device operation, management of internal storage, and exchanges of power with other controllers, sources, and the grid. All power connections are digitally managed and plug-and-play. LPD is intended for all application contexts, whether a utility grid is present always, never, or intermittently.

Future communications devices will exist in a variety of power contexts, from those that are stand-alone but grid-connected, stand-alone without a grid connection, or internal to a building with power available from that building. Many of these may be connected to local renewable generation, and for reliability and other purposes, all will include at least some amount of energy storage. In some countries, grid power is routinely unreliable. A generic technology solution which allows for base stations to automatically adapt to any and changing power contexts can reduce costs, increase efficiencies, improve performance, and enable more use of renewables and storage. It can also enable more graceful system degradation when power is in short supply.


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Bruce Nordman
Bruce Nordman
Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
2/26/2019
BrainData-Driven Modeling of Brain Circuits Based on a Systematic Experimental Platform

The Mindscope project at the Allen Institute aims to elucidate mechanisms underlying cortical function in the mouse, focusing on the visual system. This involves concerted efforts of multiple teams characterizing cell types, connectivity, and neuronal activity in behaving animals. An integral part of these efforts is the construction of models of the cortical tissue and cortical computations. To achieve this, multi-model experimental data are integrated into a highly realistic 230,000-neuron model of the mouse cortical area V1. We perform systematic comparisons of simulated responses to in vivo experiments and investigate the structure-function relationships in the models to make mechanistic predictions for experimental testing. To enable this work, we developed the software suite called Brain Modeling ToolKit (BMTK) and a modeling file format called SONATA. These tools, the models, and simulation results are all being made freely available to the community via the Allen Institute Modeling Portal.

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Anton Arkhipov
Anton Arkhipov, Ph.D
Associate Investigator, Allen Institute for Brain Science
2/20/2019
Future NetworksmmWaves in 5G NR Cellular Networks: a System Level Perspective

Communication at mmWave frequencies will play a key role in next generation 5G cellular networks. However, mobile scenarios are the most challenging for mmWave cellular systems, due to the high propagation loss, the relatively small coverage area of individual cells, and rapid channel dynamics caused by blockage events. In this talk, Michele Polese will describe some MAC and network level solutions that can provide a consistent and reliable user experience in mmWave mobile networks. The first part of the talk will focus on beam management and multi connectivity for 3GPP NR. Then, deployment issues will be discussed, with the recent 3GPP Study Item on Integrated Access and Backhaul in the spotlight. Finally, the last part will present a selection of results on the performance of TCP on mmWave links, and of possible algorithms and architectures to improve the end-to-end performance in these networks.


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Michele Polese
Michele Polese
PhD candidate in Information Engineering
1/23/2019
Future Networks5G - A Door Opener to 6G?

As we see 5G unfold, expectations on the economic and societal impact are very high. Many new opportunities shall emerge for new business opportunities, with new vertical entering the market to embrace cellular technology to advance to a new stage of innovation. The Tactile Internet being the most highlighted promise of 5G besides the expectation of increased data rates. The most popularly discussed vertical application areas for the Tactile Internet are the mobility sector and manufacturing (industry 4.0). However, maybe agriculture and construction are closer to see an impact? We shall review economic opportunities, and their derive some basic technical requirements. Analyzing this and mapping it onto the verticals can give us some interesting insights. It also helps build an understanding of detecting missing pieces.

1G was a great step towards ubiquitous voice telephony, but 2G fixed the problems (like international roaming). 3G was a great step towards ubiquitous cellular data, but we needed 4G to fix the challenges. 5G will be an infliction point in bringing cellular to new applications. However, do we again use the 5G generation to understand what is really needed and have to wait for 6G as a fix? Is this fix needed to make the Tactile Internet a reality?


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Gerhard Fettweis
Prof. Gerhard P. Fettweis, PhD
Vodafone Chair Professor at Dresden University of Technology and Co-Chair of the Future Networks Initiative
11/20/2018
Future NetworksMitigating Thermal & Power Limitations to Enable 5G

3GPP has defined 5G-NR with a modulation that inherently reduces energy efficiency of linear transmitters. This causes thermal problems from the dissipated power, which is a particular difficulty for massive-MIMO arrays. Temperature rise from transmitter power dissipation limits the array size that can be safely built. Achieving the multiple business objectives for 5G installations requires solving this problem, and using Sampling technologies is showing great promise to meeting this goal. This presentation presents the physical basis of this thermal problem, and shows how the sampling operation of the switch-mode mixer modulator (SM3) solves not only the thermal problem but also how, using the SM3, signal bandwidth efficiency is increased to 14 bits per symbol (16,384-QAM) with modulation within 0.5% of ideal.


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Earl McCune
Dr. Earl McCune
CTO, Eridan Communications
10/24/2018
Future NetworksLeading the World to 5G and its Expansion to New Industries

5G is a unifying connectivity fabric that will connect virtually everything around us, expanding the reach of mobile to new services, applications, deployments, and spectrum types. Today, we are preparing for the first commercial launches of 5G NR, which is based on Release 15 of the 3GPP global standard, and it will usher in many new and enhanced mobile experiences starting in 2019. In parallel, we are also evolving 5G NR to expand into new industries, such as automotive and industrial IoT. Join this webinar to:

See where we are on the path to make 5G NR a commercial reality
Understand what is at the foundation of 5G NR Release 15 for enabling new and improved applications
Learn what’s coming in Release 16 and beyond that will expand 5G into new industries


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Dr John Smee
Dr. John Smee
Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
9/26/2018
Symbiotic Autonomous SystemsSymbiotic Autonomous Systems: Sentiment Analysis: from “Smart” City to “Happy” City

Although automated for text analysis since the late 1960s, Sentiment Analysis (SA) has been around since the invention of literature criticism. Henceforth addressed to the audience, not to the text, SA has been developed technically at least since 2002. It has, however, only recently been given prominence, owing to the manifold increase of available data, in particular thanks to social media. It is both an IoT and a Smart City issue.

What SA amounts to is the new possibility for institutions and businesses to listen to clients, patients, customers and citizens instead of simply imposing regulations, services and products. Of course, SA can offer advantage to various fields including health, municipal affairs, public administration, political process and policy evaluation, transportation, banking, insurance, security and business. SA has also become sufficiently affordable and relatively easy to make it valuable, if not mandatory, for public administrations to keep tabs on their charges’ feelings about their operation. The idea of the “happy city”, albeit naïve, is responding that of the “smart” city, bringing precisely an emotional content to what planners tend to measure in terms of efficiency. SA adds another set of criteria to manage smart cities and make use of available IoT. SA invites different levels of administration to target a significantly higher level of satisfaction within the social body. It is already happening in some cities. I will give examples both from case studies and from artists whose works hint at social emotion.

This approach could be particularly useful in the context of Singapore and other Asian cities that have made a great leap forward over European or American cities in terms of maximizing the adroit usage of IoT sensors present in their very large distribution of smartphones and public cameras.

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Derrick de Kerckhove
Derrick de Kerckhove
4/10/2018
Symbiotic Autonomous SystemsSymbiotic Autonomous Systems: When Will I "Friend" My Phone?

Things are getting smarter. New technologies are creating intelligence and connectivity in almost everything, and we are creating more and more things that are essentially digital objects. These digital objects are not just hardware. In many cases, their value and functionality is increasingly governed by software -- whether it's embedded firmware, the operating system, or actual apps. However, if everything essentially becomes a digital object, there are many legal implications that come into the picture. Who owns your things in the future? What are some of the legal issues that we need to sort out in order to maintain the things that we value? Are digital devices and AI our friends or competitors? In this IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems webinar, Tom Coughlin looks at the broader sense of what's going in consumer electronics to address these questions.

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Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin
Senior Member, IEEE; IEEE Consumer Electronics Society; President, Coughlin Associates, Inc.
2/14/2018
Symbiotic Autonomous SystemsSymbiotic Autonomous Systems: Autonomy & Ethical, Legal, and Societal Considerations

Today, we are at a crossroads, on the cusp of significant transformative changes that will impact society worldwide, revolutionizing global business operations and fundamentally altering how inanimate objects are perceived in a world increasingly reliant on autonomous systems. A key outcome of this transformation will be a notable shift in the interaction of previously independent systems, including humans, and an increased awareness and responsiveness to autonomous systems that will lead to the development of symbiotic relationships that have significant implications for human society as a whole.

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Raj Madhavan
Raj Madhavan
IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Co-Chair
6/25/2017
Symbiotic Autonomous SystemsSymbiotic Autonomous Systems: A Path from Now to the Future

Symbiotic Autonomous Systems may be seen as a next step in the digital age. The age of computers has fostered automation of many activities and its performances have enabled the creation of new ones. The age of “digital” is harvesting the computer productions, the 0 and I, the bits, giving rise to a parallel World, the cyberspace. In the coming decades we are bound to see progress in both the "computerization" of the World and in its digitalization. These two trends will strengthen one another and will overlap creating the age of Symbiotic Autonomous Systems, SAS.

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Roberto Saracco
Roberto Saracco
IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Co-Chair
6/8/2017
SDN / NFV / IoTSDN in LANs: Programming the Network to Secure IoT Traffic

The webinar will present results from an internal research project that aims at giving back to users control over their connected lives. By using virtualization and software-defined networking we scout the future of connected environments, in which dedicated, isolated network overlays, within and across administrative domains, are automatically set up on behalf of the users. The resulting solution provides means for users to have fine grained control over the sharing and composition of their IoT resources, by explicitly defining which resources should be shared, with whom and how, while relieving them of the underlying networking technical complexity. We will describe the overall solution before illustrating its behavior in a number of scenarios, insisting on its benefits and challenges such as security & privacy.

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Matthieu Boussard
Matthieu
Boussard

Nokia Bell Labs

Nicolas Le Sauze
Nicolas Le Sauze
Nokia Bell Labs
11/9/2016
IoT / 5GDefining 5G Architecture as the Future Communications Infrastructure of IoT

The definition of the next generation of mobile network is at an initial stage and there is not a consistent and shared view about its architecture and technical aspects. In this early stage it is important to define the goals and requirements of the future infrastructure. Telecom Operators want to play a key role in this and they are putting forward a very detailed set of requirements capitalizing the efforts on M2M architectural definition and the evolution to 5G.

The definition of the next generation of mobile network will not be inertial (simple technological improvements), instead the goal is to position the 5G network as a powerful enabler for many industries and at the center stage of many future business and technological transformation. The 5G network aims at providing a considerable and diversified capacity and intelligent functions to a large set of classes of applications. This webcast will focus on how the different requirements of IoT could help in defining a slice of the forthcoming architecture of the 5G of mobile systems.

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Roberto Minerva
Roberto Minerva
Chair, IEEE IoT Initiative; Telecom Italia Lab
2/24/2016
IoTPanel: Startups and Investors in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things will benefit from new technologies and applications at every level, from complex, embedded systems to those consumers directly interact with in everyday life. The IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Internet of Things Initiative are fostering this environment of innovation with a series of IoT Startup events. In this webinar, hear from startup companies that exemplify new approaches and technologies in IoT markets. Webinar presenters include esteemed panelists from IoT-related fields who provided their invaluable insights on startups.

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Oleg Logvinov
Oleg Logvinov
Chair, IEEE P2413 Working Group, IEEE IoT; Director of Special Assignments, STMicroelectronics
10/29/2015
IoT / StandardsThe Internet of Things, Architecture and Standards

This webinar by IEEE IoT expert Oleg Logvinov discusses IEEE P2413 - Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things - and the key elements that provide a path to develop Quadruple Trust, to managing both information and access to it. He also discusses how IEEE P2413 will help minimize industry and vertical market fragmentation, ease implementation of cross-domain applications, and ensure that IoT achieves critical mass on a global scale.

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Oleg Logvinov
Oleg Logvinov
Chair, IEEE P2413 Working Group, IEEE IoT; Director of Special Assignments, STMicroelectronics
8/6/2015
IoTThe Internet of Things: Why Now and What's Next?

The technology to connect 'things' to the Internet has existed for more than 20 years, so if we take a look back at recent history we might well be tempted to ask the question why now? In this webinar we examine the origins of the Internet of Things, answer the question "Why Now?", and look forward to the next wave of disruptive technologies that will be coming to a device near you in the next few years.

Peter Corcoran originally worked on connecting Home Network devices to the Internet in the mid-1990's and gave a tutorial on this topic to delegates at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) back in 2002. With two decades of experience in connecting things to the Internet he is uniquely qualified to answer the questions of "Why Now?" and "What’s Next?

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Peter Corcoran
Peter Corcoran
Statutory Lecturer at National University of Ireland, Galway; Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine
7/15/2015
SDN / NFV / CloudThe Coming Age of Softwarization - Socio-economic Impact of SDN, NFV, Cloud as Drivers for Growth

There is a shift occurring in the character of Telecommunications and Internet Communications Industry. Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are paradigms that are not just impacting telecom providers, technology vendors and other players of the related ecosystems. In fact, coupled with Cloud, Edge and Fog Computing, SDN and NFV are expressions of the "softwarization" trend, which is opening a new value-chain for a variety of industries, including government, pharmaceutical, and agriculture.

As innovation remains a driver for growth, it is important to advance research and development activities that bring "softwarization" to important and practical applications. This webinar delves into the vital insights being made to accelerate innovation and economic growth for the entire Internet communications industry, and its related ecosystems.

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Antonio Manzalini
Antonio Manzalini
IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative; Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation / Future Centre of Telecom Italia
6/8/2015
IoT / Big Data / Consumer Electronics / Security & PrivacyDigital Storage and Security in the Consumer Internet of Things

As the things we use in our everyday lives become smarter and connected, these devices can provide important services, but at the same time they expose our personal data to risks of exposure and exploitation. Where and how this data is stored and analyzed and how this data is shared with the outside world will be important characteristics in determining how private our personal data will be. This concern with privacy of data may lead to local processing and storage of content and the sharing of this content as anonymous data to larger storage aggregators. By controlling access to identifiable data, big data analytics can be applied to consumer data while preserving privacy.

This talk looks at trends in digital storage technology and its use in consumer Internet of Things applications and how an anonymous content sharing network can be implemented to enable on-line applications while preserving privacy.

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Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin
Senior Member, IEEE; IEEE Consumer Electronics Society; President, Coughlin Associates, Inc.
5/18/2015
IoT / Big Data / Artificial IntelligenceArtificial Intelligence with the Internet of Things in Our Lives: The Present with an Outlook on Our Future

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making its way into homes, offices, streets and onto your person through the Internet of Things (IoT). This is happening now to some extent, but if you think your smart devices are indeed smart now, just wait. AI is the answer to the question of what to do with the mind-bending amounts of Big Data generated by the IoT. What are the small and transformative future benefits of AI-enhanced IoT? What are the security and privacy risks and can they be addressed? Can AI + IoT be controlled?

This webinar by William Lumpkins, IEEE Sensors Council Standards Chair and Senior Systems Engineer, takes on the current and future landscape and developments of the IoT with AI inside.

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Will Lumpkins
William Lumpkins
IEEE Sensors Council Standards Chair
4/15/2015
IoT / SDN / NFV / CloudSoftwarization and the Disappearing Internet of Things

In the future, the border between the network and what is connected to the network will gradually disappear: more and more powerful users' terminals, devices, machines, smart things will become like networks nodes, storing data locally and even executing network functionalities and service components.

In this webinar, IEEE Internet of Things expert Antonio Manzalini explains how "Softwarization" at the edge and the Internet of Things will merge in a sort of virtual continuum of resources, a pervasive "fabric" spanning from users' terminals, devices, machines, smart things, to the network nodes, up to the cloud computing. This "fabric" will be so embedded into our daily life that it will "disappear".

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Antonio Manzalini
Antonio Manzalini
IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative; Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation / Future Centre of Telecom Italia
2/25/2015
IoTTechnology, Business & Societal Challenges of IoT

In this webinar, Roberto Minerva discusses the technological, business, and societal challenges in moving into an Internet of Things that envisions a self-configuring and adaptive, complex system of networks of sensors and smart objects, the purpose of which is to interconnect "all" things, including everyday and industrial objects, in such a way as to make them intelligent, programmable, and more capable of interacting with humans.

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Roberto Minerva
Roberto Minerva
Head of Innovative Architectures within the Future Centre in the Strategy Department, Telecom Italia; IEEE IoT Initiative Chair
12/17/2014