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Mobile Networks As A Cloud Service
Date: 2014/5/9             Browse: 651

Speaker: Dr. Tarik Taleb, NEC Lab

Time:      May. 9, 15:15 - 16:15

Location: ShanghaiTech, Building 8, Room 220


Mobile operators are in need of means to cope with the ever-increasing mobile data traffic, introducing minimal additional capital expenditures on existing infrastructures, principally due to the falling Average Revenues per User (ARPU). Network vitalization and cloud computing techniques, along with the principles of the latter in terms of service elasticity, on-demand, and pay-per-use, could be important enablers for various mobile network enhancements and cost reduction. This keynote will touch upon the recent trends the mobile telecommunications market is experiencing, showcasing some of the emerging consumer products and services that are facilitating such trends. The keynote will also discuss the challenges these trends are representing to mobile network operators and highlight some short-term solutions. As a long term solution, the keynote will then touch upon the possibility of extending cloud computing beyond data centers towards the mobile end-user, providing end-to-end mobile connectivity as a cloud service. The keynote will introduce a set of technologies and methods for the on-demand provision of a decentralized and elastic mobile network as a cloud service over a distributed network of cloud-computing data centers. The novel business opportunities behind the envisioned mobile cloud architecture and service will be also discussed, considering various multi-stakeholder scenarios. The concept of Follow-Me-Cloud whereby not only data but also mobile services are intelligently following their respective users will be also introduced.

Short Biography:

 Dr. Tarik Taleb is an IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer and a senior member of IEEE. He is currently working as Senior Researcher and 3GPP Standardization Expert at NEC Europe Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. He is leading the NEC Europe Labs Team working on R&D projects on carrier cloud platforms. He is also serving as technical leader of the Mobile Core Network Cloud work package in EU FP7 Mobile Cloud Networking project, coordinating among 9 partners including NEC, France Telecom, Telecom Italia, and Portugal Telecom Innovation. Prior to his current position and till Mar. 2009, he worked as assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan, in a lab fully funded by KDDI, the second largest mobile operator in Japan. From Oct. 2005 till Mar. 2006, he was working as research fellow with the Intelligent Cosmos Research Institute, Sendai, Japan. He received his B.E. degree in Information Engineering with distinction, MSc and Ph.D degrees in Information Sciences from GSIS, Tohoku Univ., in 2001, 2003, and 2005, respectively.

Dr. Taleb’s research interests lie in the field of architectural enhancements to mobile core networks (particularly 3GPP's), mobile cloud networking, mobile multimedia streaming, inter-vehicular communications, and social media networking. Dr. Taleb has been also directly engaged in the development and standardization of the Evolved Packet System as a member of 3GPP's System Architecture working group. Dr. Taleb is a board member of the IEEE Communications Society Standardization Program Development Board. As an attempt to bridge the gap between academia and industry, Dr. Taleb has founded and has been the general chair of the "IEEE Workshop on Telecommunications Standards: from Research to Standards", a successful event that got awarded "best workshop award" by IEEE Communication Society (ComSoC).

Dr. Taleb is/was on the editorial board of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and a number of Wiley journals. He is serving as vice-chair of the Wireless Communications Technical Committee, the largest in IEEE ComSoC. He also served as Secretary and then as Vice Chair of the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of IEEE ComSoc (2006 - 2010). He has been on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC, and chaired some of their symposia.

Dr. Taleb is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Best Young Researcher award (Jun. 2009), the 2008 TELECOM System Technology Award from the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation (Mar. 2008), the 2007 Funai Foundation Science Promotion Award (Apr. 2007), the 2006 IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Young Author Award (Dec. 2006), the Niwa Yasujirou Memorial Award (Feb. 2005), and the Young Researcher's Encouragement Award from the Japan chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) (Oct. 2003). Some of Dr. Taleb's research work has been also awarded best paper awards at prestigious conferences.

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