Keynotes

Siavash Alamouti, President & CEO, MIMIK, Canada

Biography: Siavash Alamouti is President & CEO at mimik, the pioneering edge cloud company. He is best known for the invention of the Alamouti code adopted in cellular and wireless LAN standards and included in billions of devices. He has received more than 20,000 citations for his scientific work and has received multiple industry awards. Alamouti’s 1998 paper in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications was selected by IEEE Communication Society for publication in, “The Best of the Best: Fifty Years of Communications and Networking Research.”

Prior to mimik he was the Group R&D Director for Vodafone. Before Vodafone he was an Intel Fellow and CTO of The Mobile Wireless Group. Prior to Intel, he was the CTO at the WiFi Smart Antenna startup Vivato and before that he worked in various capacities at Cadence Design Systems, AT&T Wireless, and MPR Teltech. Siavash received B.A.Sc and the M.A.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 1989 and 1992, respectively.

In the last few years, he has been involved in creating and launching an edge cloud platform to decentralise the cloud and increase cloud capacity by orders of magnitude. Recently, Alamouti has been a vocal advocate of open internet, data rights and privacy and decentralisation and has published various articles on these subjects.

Title: Edge Cloud: A Pragmatic Approach for Cloud Decentralization

Abstract: Today’s central cloud architecture has become the major bottleneck for computing and communications. The current architecture relies heavily on servers in data centres and requires highly reliable and fast network connectivity. This architecture is highly inefficient in terms of bandwidth, latency, and computing. The best approach to address this dilemma is decentralization of central cloud by turning all computing devices to cloud servers and removing all digital middlemen and third party trust elements when possible and plausible. The resulting resources on “edge cloud” will be orders off magnitude larger than central cloud resources hosted in data centres globally. In this talk, I discuss opportunities and challenges for decentralization of the cloud and some of the principles necessary to establish a pragmatic and scalable decentralized edge cloud fabric.

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Mallik Tatipamula CTO, Ericsson Silicon Valley, USA

Biography: Mallik Tatipamula is a senior technology executive experienced in building, scaling teams and businesses in the areas of mobile/wireless, IoT, networking & cloud technologies. Broad experience in enterprise, data center, and telecom/service provider/carrier segments. Unique combination of proven experience in cross functional general management, defining vision, strategy and driving thought leadership in the industry as a CTO. Strong strategic vision, technical/architectural knowledge/transformation, business planning, operational execution, portfolio, P&L management and effective collaboration skills. Technology evangelist focusing on Architectural transformation and cross-technology intersection of 5G, IOT, Cloud, Data Analytics, AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain and SDN/NFV technologies. Author of 100+ publications, patents and 2 books Specialties: Networking, 5G, SDN/NFV, Openstack, Openflow, Data Center, Virtualization, Cloud Computing, IOT, Application Delivery, Data Analytics, AI/ML, Load Balancing & Blockchain/Security Keynote speaker at industry leading conferences.

Title: Key technologies trends for 5G Network Transformation

Abstract: The roll-out of 5G will be faster than that of any previous generations of mobile technologies. We predict that 5G coverage will go from almost zero today to becoming available to 40 percent of the world’s population by the end of 2024. In the same timeframe we expect 1.5 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband. We forecast that the 2018 global data traffic will increase five-fold by the end of 2024, with 5G handling about 25 percent of the total traffic.  What we are seeing is the start of fundamental changes that will impact not just the consumer market but many industries. And it’s these 4 waves of technology that are impacting 5G network transformation:

  1. Radio evolutionThe 5G radio network is developed with broader and more advanced requirements than ever. Access-agnostic mobility will be a requirement and flexible spectrum usage will play an important role with seamless NW management handling both unlicensed and licensed access technologies. 
  2. Distributed cloud realized by SDN/NFV: NFV – Vendors have already virtualized substantial portions of their portfolio and many service providers are pushing for cloud-native network functions. Virtualization requires a paradigm change in how applications are developed and managed. Software that was created for physical network functions has to be refactored as micro services, a set of smaller generic and modular functional components that can be executed as part of the cloud management architecture or bundled with the network functions depending on the business requirements. Software Defined Networking (SDN) as a programmability pattern for the separation of control and forwarding plane, has already happened in the data center environment and is appearing in the islands of transport and access. It creates a network management layer which allows for creating a network abstraction layer, suitable to be automated from the business tier. Concepts like Network slicingfit with this model.
  3. Artificial Intelligence: The volumes of data generated from operations and users are constantly increasing. Cognitive technologies make it possible to collect, store and analyze unstructured data. Machine learning is emerging as the model to discover and create value for this data as traditional manual analytical approaches are too slow. In fact, this is vital whether it may concern detection of traffic data anomalies and patterns in real-time data streams, or proactively predict changes in user preferences by discovering patterns in live data.  Access to AI technologies has increased as well, and we see tangible benefits from the narrow use of these technologies.
  4. Automation: A policy-driven life-cycle management approach allows for automation and efficiencies – in cost but particularly in responsivity. Highly automated production environments affect the operational model with a DevOps scheme emerging with automation tools allowing for continuous service integration/development separated from the underlying platform.  Fully autonomous systems are evolving; from robots and drones serving infrastructure to systems that heal and optimize themselves with usage, like SON.

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Mr. Son has over 25 years’ experience in ICT sales management, channel management, business development, consulting, technical and general management. He has worked with customers in various industry segments including Public Sector, Telco, FSI, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Education, Military, Real Estate/Construction/Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare and Transportation.

 Joining FPT Information System (FPT IS – a member of FPT Corporation) since Apr 2017 as Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Son was expected to promote the research and application of new technologies & solutions and bring technological inspiration to the business activities of the FPT IS, increasing the quality of projects and ensuring improved services for customers. From 2019, he got the new role as Chief Business Development Officer for FPT IS to lead the new business opportunities for future growths and in new areas including Digital Industries. 

FPT IS is the leading company in Vietnam and the region with 25 years experiences in providing system integration, IT services, solutions and services for Public Sector, Public Finance, Banking – Finance, Telecommunication, Healthcare, Transportation, Utilities.

Prior to FPT Information System, Son worked for corporations including Cisco, Equant (now Orange Business Services), Vietsovpetro, Tradivico-IBC and T&C in various roles. Most recent he was an independent ICT advisor and a senior consultant for Simitri, Miller Heiman. Son was Country Manager cum Partner Operation Manager, CTO of Cisco Systems Vietnam. During his 15 years with Cisco, Son was widely recognized by customers, partners, and the public for his critical role in driving success for the Cisco business in Vietnam. He represented Cisco as Cisco Vietnam CTO/ GD in Vietnam public associations and forums. He regularly speaks at public forums and events on future technology trends and opportunities, including Digital Transformation, Internet of Everything/ Internet of Things, Smart Cities, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Education 3.0, STEM/ STEAM Education and Cyber Security. He worked closely with government, private and NGO organizations such as Ministries, Cities, Corporations, UNESCO, USTDA, WEF to explore and accelerate the strategic partnerships between digital technology ecosystem and the organizations for national/ industry digital transformational initiatives. 

Son holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from HCMC Polytechnic and studied Communications at Vietnam Academy of Military Technology. He successfully completed the 10-month Leadership Excellence and Accelerated Development program by Harvard Business Publishing under Harvard Business School.

Title: Smart Transportation in Sustainable Smart City

Abstract: In present era, transportation system serves as backbone in major cities. Present transportation systems within mega cities is one of the most highly used, resource constrained, congested and overloaded systems due to the increase in high mobility and commuting requirements. Transportation is not only emerging as a major challenge to maintain the traffic flow in mega cities, it is also in need of notable improvements in next 5 to 10 years in both infrastructure and economic aspects. Due to the importance of transportation systems, the vision of smart cities is incomplete without the incorporation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Extensive research can be witnessed in autonomous driving as well as connected autonomous vehicles (CAV), venturing towards the optimization of transportation systems within the major cities. ITS not only strives to improve fuel consumption, traffic congestion, pollution issues and accidents avoidance, but also to improve the quality of living and quality of service for the users with in the smart city environments. In this keynote, digital transformation, challenges and trends for urban development in Vietnam will first be outlined. We will then discuss our approach for smart cities, including case study from other cities in the world, e.g, Barcelona. We will also discuss the hype cycle of technologies in developing the smart solutions for urban development.