The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

A Virtual Conference - Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-07:00)

Cognitive Network Automation: How Smart Can Optical Transport Networks Be?

Sunday, June 6, 2021
5:00 AM - 7:30 AM


Johannes K. Fischer, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut​, Germany
Lida Galdino, Univ. College London​, UK
Paolo Monti, Chalmers University of Technology​, Sweden
Christine Tremblay, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Canada


5G and Beyond 5G services are expected to facilitate a transition towards smart communication infrastructures where network operations will account – in an automated fashion – for the specific end-user requirements and the network's status itself. 

This workshop aims at stimulating a debate over which challenges should be overcome in the metro/core transport segment and what advantages can be foreseen when enabling this transition.

On the one hand, it is expected that network automation will help supporting dynamic and real-time provisioning of services (e.g., via cognitive, intent-based, zero-touch operations), optimizing the usage of infrastructure capacity (e.g., reactive/proactive re-routing, defragmentation, combining photonic layer programmable infrastructure with advanced software applications), and lowering CAPEX and OPEX costs. All these benefits will be achieved by a combination of intent-based operations, Artificial Intelligence (AI) mechanisms, and Machine Learning (ML) tools supported by a highly flexible and software-driven data plane providing detailed physical-layer information the data analytics framework.

On the other hand, it can be expected that the benefits brought by network automation will come at a cost in terms of an increased complexity to guarantee: (i) service quality, (ii) secure and reliable operations, and (iii) consistency of operations across the various technological and administrative domains.


Harald Bock, Infinera, Germany
Talk Title: A Path Towards a Smart Zero-touch Transport Network

David Côté, Ciena, Canada
Talk Title: Action Recommendation Engine: Using AI to Automate Network Operations

Ori Gerstel, Sedona Systems, USA
Talk Title: How Smart Can Transport Networks Become Given the Realities of Service Provider Networks?

Takeshi Hoshida, Fujitsu, Japan
Talk Title: Advanced Optical Monitoring in DSP-based Receiver

Daniel Kilper, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Talk Title: Smarter Hardware vs Smarter Software: Where is the Sweet Spot?

Stefan Melin, Telia Company, Sweden
Talk Title: Key Areas for Improvements in Optical Networks –How Automation Can Help Us As an Operator

Stephan Neidlinger, ADVA, Germany
Talk Title:
Real-life Achievements and Gaps in Autonomous Optical Networks

Yvan Pointurier, Huawei, France
Talk Title: Network Automation – an Equipment Maker's Perspective

Cristina Rottondi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Talk Title:
ML-based QoT Estimation with Small Training Datasets and Under Measurement Uncertainty

Jesse Simsarian, Nokia, USA
Talk Title:
Network Automation: Progress and Pitfalls

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