IEEE Workshop on Network Automation
March 25, 2024
Princeton, New Jersey

Network Disaggregation and Network Softwarization are revolutionizing the design, deployment, management, and operation of networks. The objective of Network Automation is to enable Service Providers to achieve "Zero Touch Provisioning" throughout the entire network, encompassing physical and virtual domains across Transport and Data Center Networks.

The growing maturity of cloud technologies, coupled with the adoption of open-source software and DevOps/GitOps principles, is fostering an Open End-to-End Network Automation framework.

Intent-based Networking is driving the demand for increased Network abstraction, while Network Slicing, particularly in the context of 5G, necessitates automation support at the granular level of Slices.

Furthermore, Service Providers are harnessing Artificial Intelligence, including the latest advancements in Generative AI, to plan, deploy, configure, orchestrate, analyze, and assure mobile networks and services. This simultaneously enhances Network efficiency, reduces operating costs, and improves both service quality and customer experience.

Underpinning these advancements, the IEEE Workshop on Network Automation is uniting leading experts from communication service providers, telco vendors, software service providers, open-source network automation projects, industry consortiums, and academia. They convene to discuss the latest technical innovations, opportunities, and challenges in Network Automation.

Co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Princeton Central Jersey Section, this single-day workshop offers a unique platform for Architects, Developers, Testers, Business Leaders, students, and researchers to gain insights into the evolving landscape of Network Automation technologies, deployment use cases, business models, and engage with industry experts.



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Time (US EST)    | Speaker
09:00 – 09:15 AM | Welcome Remarks, Workshop Chair
09:15 – 09:40 AM | COINS:Composable Orchestration of Infrastructure and Network Services, Oleg Berzin, Equinix
09:40 – 10:05 AM | How AI is shaping Telecom, Arvinder Anand, Ericsson
10:05 – 10:30 AM | Building increasingly autonomous networks: Learnings from Google and the Nephio Initiative, Ramesh Nagarajan, Google
10:30 – 10:55 AM | Cloud-native and AI-native Telco Operations, Rajarajan Sivaraj, Mavenir
10:55 – 11:10 AM | Coffee Break
11:10 – 11:35 AM | RAN Automation, Adam Loddeke, AT&T (Keynote)
11:35 – 12:00 PM | Transforming Network Management with Intelligent Automation, Ciaran Johnston, Ericsson
12:00 – 12:25 PM | Automation for 5G Core Networks, Bryan Monaghan, Red Hat
12:25 – 12:50 PM | Automating Cloud Infrastructure and Network Functions with Nephio, Amar Kapadia, Aarna Networks
12:50 – 01:50 PM | Lunch Break
01:50 – 02:15 PM | Clusters, Clusters, Everywhere, Adam Dorenter, Microsoft AON
02:15 – 02:40 PM | AI-Driven Slice Orchestration in 5G and Beyond Networks, Raouf Boutaba, Univ. of Waterloo
02:40 – 03:05 PM | Intent-based Services, Mehmet Toy, Verizon
03:05 – 03:35 PM | Intelligent Programmable 5G Network Automation on AWS, Vara Prasad Talari, AWS
03:35 – 03:50 PM | Coffee Break
03:50 – 04:15 PM | Striking a Balance: Automation for Agile Telco Operations, Padma Sudarsan, VMWare
04:15 - 04:40 PM | O-RAN Network Automation – Architecture and Open-Source Aspects, N.K. Shankaranarayanan, WINLAB
04:40 – 05:05 PM | Telco Cloud Native Automation – Challenges and Opportunities, Sana Tariq, TELUS
05:05 – 05:30 PM | Enabling optimized network operations with data models, open APIs and cloud-native architectures, Raghavan Subramanian, Fujitsu
05:30 – 05:55 PM | IEEE 5G/6G Innovation Testbed, Ashutosh Dutta, JHU/APL and Anwer Al-Dulaimi, Veltris
05:55 – 06:05 PM | Closing Remarks