Keynote Talk 1:

Linux containers networking in the cloud: Challenges and opportunities

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Ali Kanso
Senior Researcher at Ericsson Research


With the wide spread adoption of Cloud computing, the need for lightweight virtualization is on the rise. We are witnessing a shift from server virtualization to application virtualization by wrapping applications into containers (mainly Linux containers). This shift accelerates the time to deploy and provision new services, and favors the micro-service development paradigm, where different functionalities of the application are developed and packaged separately as micro-services. Nevertheless, this adds new challenges on the network side that needs to accommodate an exponentially large number of containers compared to the physical servers. In this talk, we will present an overview of the Linux containers technology, and then discuss the state of the art in container networking, as well as the challenges and opportunities that arise when using containers in the Cloud.

Short Bio: Ali Kanso received his M.Sc. and PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University , Montreal, Canada in 2008 and 2012 respectively. In October 2012 he joined Ericsson Research, where he currently holds the position of Senior Researcher. He holds to his name over a dozen patents granted/pending. He is also an adjunct research professor at Western University. His main research area is quality of service in Cloud computing and lightweight virtualization.

Keynote Talk 2:

Participatory Internet

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Khaldoun Al Agha
CEO Green Communications and
Professor at Paris-Sud University


Participatory Internet (Green PI) to create an Internet with small and wearable smart boxes. By simply switching the boxes, they connect to each other and create a TCP / IP environment with a set of applications and services to communicate locally or globally via a gateway to set among the boxes. The conception of small, light boxes, with battery and embedding TCP / IP environment is unique. The Participatory Internet is a brand of Green Communications. It is visible as a WiFi hot spot access point and provides connectivity to any device (Smartphone, tablet or computer). Participatory Internet meets modern needs of connectivity ie, densification, mobility and energy saving. A set of requirements that are part of the 5G specifications.

Short Bio: Khaldoun Al Agha is the Co-founder and CEO of Green Communications. He is a professor at the University of Paris-Sud. He led the networking group at LRI Lab and the IT Master degree at the University. Khaldoun Al Agha participated in the structuring and creation of the KIC ICT Labs and coordinated the European Action line Digital Cities in the KIC. Khaldoun Al Agha has published several books and over 150 articles. He also coordinated several national and international projects in networks and telecom. Khaldoun Al Agha was Visiting Professor at Kyoto and Valparaiso.

Keynote Talk 3:

An integrated approach to telecommunications and energy network as a key driver of sustainable development design

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Dr. Charles Despins
President & CEO
Prompt inc.
Montreal, Canada


The increasingly ubiquitous connectivity of not only individuals but also devices is opening up a myriad of applications in various vertical markets for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, notably through big data and analytics. The cloud, which is used to make all this growth economically scalable, can also be leveraged to maximize environmental benefits in terms of not only energy efficiency but also in terms of mitigation of carbon and other polluting emissions. This however requires an integrated approach to the design of telecommunications and energy infrastructures. This presentation will address how the combination of digital economy strategies, telecom regulatory approaches and energy production and distribution policies can be a compelling driver of the triple bottom line of sustainability with economic, environmental and social benefits.

Short Bio: Despins is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and currently co-Chairs the IEEE Green ICT initiative. He was also a recipient of the Outstanding Engineer award (2006) from IEEE Canada and of the Best Paper of the Year award (1993) in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Following a thirty-year career in the ICT sector, he is today a frequent advocate on Sustainable ICT issues.

Keynote Talk 4:

Cognitive Cars and Smart Roads- Applications, Challenges and Solutions

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Prof. A. Boukerche, FEiC, FCAE, FAAAS
Canada Research Chair Tier-1
DIVA Strategic Research network
University of Ottawa, Canada


Future generations of Vehicular Networks and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) will play an important role in providing transport services more effectively and more securely. The next stage in ITS development will be greatly influenced by the integration of distributed systems and architectures, as well as by open and common standards and service-oriented architectures.
This talk will consist in an overview about the major research projects related to the design of “cognitive” cars and smart roads applications, which we are currently investigating at the DIVA Strategic Research Network and PARADISE Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa. Next we shall focus on the main challenges, design issues and discuss some results obtained recently. Finally, if time permits, we will talk about LIVE testbed, a convergence of distributed simulation, wireless multimedia and vehicular sensor technologies we are developing at DIVA and PARADISE Research Laboratory for an urban vehicular grid. This testbed will facilitate and enable us to evaluate and design new protocols and applications for future generations of wireless vehicular and sensor network technologies.

Bio: Azzedine Boukerche is a Full Professor and holds a Canada Research Chair Tier-1 position at the University of Ottawa. He is the Scientific Director of NSERC-DIVA Strategic Research Network, Director NSERC TRANSIT Network, and Director of PARADISE Research Laboratory at Ottawa U. Prior to this, he held a faculty position at the University of North Texas, USA. He worked as a Senior Scientist at the Simulation Sciences Division, Metron Corporation located in San Diego. He spent a year at the JPL/NASA-California Institute of Technology where he contributed to a project centered about the specification and verification of the software used to control interplanetary spacecraft operated by JPL/NASA Laboratory.
Dr. Boukerche is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the recipient of the IEEE C. Gotlieb Computer Medal Award, the Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award, the Premier of Ontario Research Excellence Award, the G. S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research, The IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award, The IEEE CS- Meritorious Award, the University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. A. Boukerche serves as an Associate Editor for several IEEE Transactions and ACM journals, as well as a Steering Committee Chair for several IEEE and ACM international conferences.
His current research interests include vehicular networks, sensor networks, mobile ad hoc networks, mobile and pervasive computing, wireless multimedia, performance evaluation and modeling of large-scale distributed systems, distributed computing, and large-scale distributed interactive simulation. Dr. Boukerche has published several research papers in these areas and he is the recipient of several best research paper awards for his work on vehicular and sensor networking and mobile computing. He is the Editor of three books on mobile computing, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks.