IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium
20-24 April 2020 // Budapest, Hungary
Management in the Age of Softwarization and Artificial Intelligence

Panel Discussions

All times listed are in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Wednesday, 22 April 2020


Panel: Big Data Analytics for System Management

Moderator: Hanan Lutfiyya, University of Western Ontario, Canada


The adoption of emerging technologies such as IoT and 5G has the potential to enable new applications. These technologies will enable a hyperconnected world with many objects that have the capability to sense the surrounding environment, transmit information, provide feedback or trigger an action. The objects may enter/leave the network dynamically.   The infrastructure required to support applications in a hyperconnected world needs distributed computing that includes cloud data centers and fog computing nodes in order to allow for real-time response and  distributed load. Managing applications are challenging since management systems typically do not have the ability to monitor across multiple cloud data centers, networks and fog nodes and application components may run on computing resources owned by different companies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to have  an important role but  there are new challenges. This panel will focus on challenges on the integration of AI. Some of the questions that will be discussed during panel include the following:

  • Management requires measurements across a large-scale distributed infrastructure. How does multiple providers and heterogeneity of monitoring tools impact the collection and dissemination of monitoring data in a distributed environment? What approaches can be used?
  • What are the trust/reputation challenges associated with a high dynamic systems? Does existing work need to be revisited?
  • Centralized AI schemes can be challenging due to privacy and limited bandwidth and energy for transmitting all the data to a cloud server.  What are the strengths and limitations of state of the art distributed  machine learning techniques? Can local AI models for a specific component be used for global machine learning?
  • How do we compare alternatives approaches?


Each participant will be asked to provide a 5-10 minute perspective on the status of compute cloud research infrastructures, and how effectively these investments are serving the computing and networking research community. The moderator will challenge the panel with a round of questions, and   invite the audience to report on their own experiences and ask the experts questions.


Hanan LutfiyyaHanan Lutfiyya

Hanan Lutfiyya is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario.  She received the UWO Faculty Scholar Award in 2006.  Her research interests interests include Internet of Things, software engineering, self-adaptive and self-managing systems, autonomic computing, monitoring and diagnostics, mobile systems, policies, and clouds.  Her research group in collaboration with industrial and government partners investigates different aspects of reliable software and systems.  She has developed innovative approaches to self-managing systems based on policy-based approaches. 

Professor Lutfiyya is a past member of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant Committee, NSERC Strategic Network Committee, and a past member and Chair of an NSERC Strategic Grants Committee.  She was  a  member of the Computer Science Accreditation Council (CSAC).  She is a past Executive Director, Ontario Consortium for Graduate Education in Software Engineering (CONGESE) program and is currently co-director of a Vector Institute approved collaborative AI program offered jointly with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

She has received funding from Ontario Research Fund (ORF), NSERC, IBM, Samsung, Fujitsu and  Canada’s Communications Research Centre (CRC).  Professor Lutfiyya is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management and the Journal of Network and Systems Management, and has recently served as program co-chair of IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium and the IEEE International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM).  She recently was on the steering committee for the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing Conference and hosted the conference in London.   She has served on program committees of numerous conferences and workshops, on the editorial board of invited journal issues and books, and as session chair at many conferences.