The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Innovation Opportunities in Transport Networks from Network Analytics and Machine Learning

Tuesday, 5 March, 15:45-17:00
Theater III, Hall G
Organized by IEEE Future Directions

Moderator: Douglas N. Zuckerman, Former President, IEEE Communications Society

Session Description

Network analytics frameworks, usually leveraging recent streaming-telemetry methodologies, and more recently combined often with machine-learning, or sometimes even with artificial-intelligence for the potential of “cognitive-systems”, have been considered an important potential evolution of network management and control for wireline transport. This panel will debate the value, current reality, and future promise of network analytics, and machine-learning in transport network management and control. Among the many interesting related topics, the panel will particularly aim to debate:

  • What are the key enabling innovations, and remaining limitations towards a new generation of network management for wireline transport based on network analytics?
  • What is the current reality, and realistic future potential of machine-learning, or even cognitive-systems in transport network management?
  • What are the similarities and differences in network analytics and cognitive systems between packet and optical transport?
  • What may be the potential synergies with the other important current IEEE Future Directions initiatives, most notably including 5G and Mobile Edge Compute (or MEC), the intimately related Edge Compute, Fog, and Cloud Compute, and potentially Big-Data or even Blockchain methodologies?


Jag Brar, Architect, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Jeff G. Fedders, Director of Ambient Science Standards, Society 5.0 Chief Strategist, Intel Corporation, USA 
Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions, USA
Loukas Paraschis, Senior Director for Cloud Transport System Engineering, Infinera, USA
George Rouskas, Professor of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, USA



Doug ZuckermanDouglas N. Zuckerman, Former President, IEEE Communications Society​, USA

Doug is a longstanding active IEEE volunteer leader.  He currently serves on the IEEE Future Directions Committee, represents IEEE on the OpenFog Consortium Board of Directors and is a past IEEE Communications Society president and IEEE Board member. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Columbia University (New York) and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His career at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies spanned the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications, and heavily influenced standards for management of telecommunications networks. Currently, he is a consultant for Perspecta Labs (formerly Applied Communications Sciences), USA.


Jag BrarJag Brar, Architect, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Jag Brar is an architect at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).  At OCI, he has been working on design and implementation of OCI's physical and virtual network.  Jag has been involved in all aspects of networking at 
OCI including the choice of chipsets, switches, routers, optics, routing protocols, physical network topology, virtual network design, network automation and network monitoring.

Prior to Oracle Jag worked at Arista networks where he supported Arista’s cloud customers.  Prior to Arista Jag was a lead engineer on AT&T’s Mobility Network.  Prior to AT&T Jag was a Principal Network Engineer at Amazon where, among other projects, Jag led the effort to radically redesign the AWS network, led the design of Kindle Whispernet and led the design of an end-to-end SIP network for Amazon telephony traffic.  Jag has also worked in core backbone engineering roles at Telus and ELI.

Jag has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He holds multiple patents in Networking and Telecom.


Jeff FeddersJeff G. Fedders, Director of Ambient Science Standards , Society 5.0 Chief Strategist, Intel Corporation, USA 

Jeff Fedders is the Director of Ambient Science Standards for the Next Generation Standards Group, and Society 5.0 Chief Strategist, at Intel Corporation. In this role, he oversees the Intel Society 5.0 and Ambient Science pathfinding efforts and charting the strategies for Ambient Science Standards, Consortia, and Strategic Partnerships.

Mr. Fedders is leading an industry transformation defining a new branch of science focused on self-identity, discovery, and citizenship of the physical and cyber objects. He is focused on developing industry initiatives to create the fundamental components of Ambient Science targeting the next societal transformational wave, Society 5.0, a collaboration of Humans and AI.

Mr. Fedders has served on numerous board of directors and steering committees. Mr. Fedders was one of the founders and current President of the OpenFog Consortium. He also was a founder of the Industrial Internet Consortium and Chairman of the Board of the IPSO Alliance.

Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions, USA

Kathy supports new technology initiatives, and is the IEEE staff program director for the Digital Reality Initiative, the IEEE Technology Navigator, Future Directions and Industry Advisory Board Committees, and manages the digital presence team for Future Directions. Previous initiatives included big data and cloud computing. Ms. Grise serves as the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE COMPSAC 2019 Symposium - Data Sciences, Analytics, & Technologies (DSAT). 

Prior to joining the IEEE staff, Ms. Grise held numerous positions at IBM, and most recently was a Senior Engineering Manager for Process Design Kit Enablement in the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center.  Ms. Grise led the overall IT infrastructure implementation, and software development in support of semiconductor device modeling verification, packaging, and delivery; device measurement and characterization data collection and management, and automation for device modeling engineers. Ms. Grise is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, and an IEEE Senior member. 

Rob StoneLoukas ParaschisSenior Director for Cloud Transport System Engineering, Infinera, USA

Loukas Paraschis has been Senior Director for cloud transport system engineering at Infinera since 2016.
Before, Loukas was Cisco’s Senior Technology Architect and Business Development Manager for wireline
transport in global service provider, and earlier was product line manager and technical leader in Cisco’s
routing and optical networking. Loukas graduated from Stanford University (PhD 1999, MS 1998) where he
worked at the Information Systems and Networking Research laboratories. He has (co)authored more than
100 peer‐reviewed publications, invited and tutorial presentations, book chapters, and 5 patents, has served
in many IEEE and OSA leadership positions, including the OFC and JOCN steering committees, as JOCN
associated editor, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer (2009), and is an OSA Fellow (2011). He
was born in Athens, Greece, where he completed his undergraduate studies.

Nathan TracyGeorge RouskasProfessor of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, USA

George Rouskas is an Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor and the Director of Graduate Programs in the Computer Science Department at NC State University, and an IEEE Fellow. He received a degree in Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. His research interests include network architectures and protocols, optical networks, network design and optimization, and performance evaluation, and he is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award. He currently serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Networking Letters and on the OFC Steering Committee.

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