IEEE Summit on Communications Futures
18 January 2020 // Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


ComFutures 2020 Planned Sessions and Speakers

Opening Plenary – This session will include an overview of the ComFutures 2020 program, background on the summit series, recognition of the event sponsors and invitation to join in their activities. It will also describe logistics for the day’s event. – Doug Zuckerman, IEEE Future Directions (USA)

Session 1: Lighting the Future

Subsea Communications – This presentation will explore how operators and equipment providers are incorporating improvements in optical performance and spectral density to improve the efficiency of the subsea fiber they are installing and maintaining. It will also address how new applications that are driving cloud-based transport networks. – Dmitriy Kovsh, Subcom (USA)

• Optical Networking – This presentation will address the impact on optical networks of the explosive growth of cloud-based applications that has been the biggest revolution in networking since the proliferation of the Internet more than 20 years ago. – Loukas Paraschis, Infinera (USA)

Session 2: Earth, Wind and Fire

• Smart Agriculture Networks – Agriculture is constantly under pressure to improve yields, lower costs, and minimize environmental side effects. This presentation will explore how smart Internet of Things (IoT) networking and sensor technologies will impact the agriculture supply chain and help create next generation agriculture. – Jason Lin, NCTU (Taiwan)

• Public Safety Networks and Critical Communications – Public Safety is a key application for modern networking and communications. Recent technical developments are allowing Public Safety networks to be much more flexible, responsive, and technically sophisticated without jeopardizing their usefulness in emergency situations. This presentation will discuss some of these emerging technical developments. – Bob Shapiro, RCS Wireless (USA)

Session 3: Man and Machine

• Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Fog Computing and Networking – Service and Application architectures that require all data to be sent to the cloud for processing will choke in the Yotta-byte era. This presentation will discuss how Fog/Edge architectures using Artificial Intelligence provide a way for service providers to use their edge and distribution networks to process data in a way that lowers latency and improves efficiencies. – Tao Zhang, FutureWei (USA)

• Network Management and AI – JIt is often said that networks are getting smarter, but what does that really mean? What new technologies are available that help an operator monitor, manage, and resolve issues with their network? Can AI achieve these goals with no or minimal human intervention? This presentation looks at what technologies are available today, and what future capabilities might become available. – Raouf Boutaba*, University of Waterloo (Canada)

Session 4: Money isn’t Everything

• Internet Economy and Blockchain – Just as the protocols underlying the Internet, such as TCP/IP, revolutionized connectivity, there are some who speculate that Blockchain technology will revolutionize transactions. This presentation will discuss the economic, security, and privacy implications of the adoption of blockchain technology. – Sichao Yang*, Najamoto and Turin Lab (USA)

• Technology Ethics Standardization – The combination of the Internet and artificial intelligence (AI) has created some dilemmas for the engineers who design this technology as well as the service providers who deploy it. In response to this, the IEEE has pioneered a new series of standards on the Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. This presentation will introduce this work and how to participate in this ongoing stream of work. – Ali Hessami, Vega Systems (UK)

PANEL 1: Planning Ahead

• Telecom Technology: Where do we go from here? This eternal question is in the mind of telecom execs everywhere because the answer has large implications for CapEx, OpEx, and almost everything else. The IEEE has started a series of technology roadmaps that outline the future directions that telecom technologies are likely to take. This panel will discuss the content and some implications of those roadmaps. – Mehmet Ulema, IEEE Future Directions and Manhattan College (USA); Matt Miller, Mastercard (USA); Narendra Mangra, Independent Consultant and George Mason University (USA); Rose Hu, Utah State University (USA); David Witkowski*, Jointventure (USA)

Closing Session

• Closing Session: This session will summarize the “key takeaways” from the day’s sessions and invite participation in the next ComFutures Summit. – Doug Zuckerman, IEEE Future Directions (USA)

*Pending confirmation.