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IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization & Software Defined Networks
18-21 November 2015 // San Francisco, USA
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Keynote Speakers

Pranav Mehta John Cioffi
Pranav MehtaTalk Title: The Road and Roadblocks to the NFV/SDN Promised Land!
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 8:30 AM
Bio: In his 26 years at Intel, Pranav Mehta has held several senior technical positions, mainly within Intel’s Embedded and Communications Infrastructure business units. Starting as a software engineer, he led several embedded chip architecture definitions earlier in his career before moving to system architecture definition and development. Until recently, he was the CTO for the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group (since renamed to Network Platform Group) and guided the architecture and technology development at silicon, software, and system level. As Intel’s Chief NFV Architect, he was one of the founding members of the OPNFV open source project under Linux Foundation – the first ever open source initiative for the Telecommunications industry with global participation. Currently, he acts as the Sr. Advisor to the Director of Systems and Software Research Lab.

Intel Corporation
Sr. Principal Engineer & Sr. Advisor, Intel Labs
John CioffiTalk Title: How Reliable are Your Gigabits Per Second? (and how can virtualization help?)
Date: Thursday, November 19, 8:30 AM
Bio: John Cioffi is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of ASSIA. Prior to founding ASSIA in 2003, he served as founder, CTO and vice president of engineering at Amati before its acquisition by Texas Instruments. Dr. Cioffi held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985 to 2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with limited ongoing research efforts in broadband access. He has published more than 400 papers and holds more than 100 patents. Dr. Cioffi is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and an International Fellow of the United Kingdom Royal Society of Engineering. He is a winner of the Economist Computing and Telecommunications Award (2010), the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2010), the IEEE Kobayashi Award (2001), and the Marconi Society's Marconi Prize (2006). He currently serves on the board of Alto Beam and on the Marconi Society Board of Trustees. Dr. Cioffi holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
Sylvia Ratnasamy Talk Title: A clean-slate perspective on where SDN and NFV meet.
Friday, November 20, 8:30 AM
Bio: Sylvia Ratnasamy is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty at U.C. Berkeley, Sylvia was a senior research scientist at Intel where her work focused on the design and implementation of energy-efficient and programmable networks. She is a recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award (2014), the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star award, and the Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship (2011).

University of California, Berkeley
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