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Program At-a-Glance

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013


9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Internet Architecture, Software Defined Networking and Network Virtualization, by Prof. Rudra Dutta, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

9:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Wi-Fi Technology Evolution and the use of campus Wi-Fi for teaching and research, by Dr. S. Srikanth, AU-KBC Research Centre, MIT, Chennai, India

1:15 PM - 2.00 PM


2:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Next Generation Optical Access PON Evolution, by Prof. Anand Srivastava, IIT Mandi, India

2:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Software Defined Networking (SDN) - Architecture for programmable Networks, Mr. Prasad Gorja, Architect/Principal Engineer, Freescale, India and Ms. Jothirlatha Jaganathan, Technical Lead, Freescale, India

2:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Introduction to LTE Networks, Dr. Nadeem Akhtar, CEWiT, Chennai and Prof. T. Rama Rao, SRM University, Chennai, India

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Inauguration Ceremony

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Inaugural Address by Prof. M. Ponnavaiko, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Talk
Dr. Krishan Sabnani, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, USA and Dr. Vikram Srinivasan, Zettata Inc.

10:15 AM - 10:35 AM

Tea/Coffee Break || Demo/Exhibits

10:35 AM - 1:00 PM

10:35 AM - 11:00 AM

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Invited Talk
Prof. Abhay Karandikar, IIT Bombay

Invited Talk
Dr. Derek Long, Ericsson

Session 1A: Software Defined Networks

Session 1B: Cognitive Radio Networks

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 4:20 PM

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM

2:55 PM - 3:20 PM

3:20 PM - 4:20 PM

Invited Talk
Dr. Adrish Banerjee, IIT Kanpur

Invited Talk
Dr. R. M. Karthik, Samsung R&D, Bangalore

Invited Talk
Prof. Malathi Veeraraghavan, University of Virginia

Panel 1:
Role of Wireless Networks & Telecom in Rural Development/Healthcare/Elderly Care: Global Scenario and Indian Perspective

4:20 PM - 4:40 PM

Tea/Coffee Break || Demo/Exhibits

4:40 PM - 6:10 PM

Session 2A: Optical Core Networks

Session 2B: Wireless Sensor Networks I

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Conference Reception

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


9:00 AM - 11:10 AM

9:00 AM - 10:35 AM

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Session 3A: Data Center Networks

Session 3B: Wireless Sensor Networks II

Keynote Talk
Prof. Vijay Bhargava, Univ. Of British Columbia

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Tea/Coffee Break || Demo/Exhibits

11:30 AM - Noon

Keynote Talk by Mr. Manoj R Dawane, Ericsson

Noon - 1:00 PM

Panel 2: Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 4:10 PM

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:10 PM

Keynote Talk
Shri. B.M. Baveja, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India,

Keynote Talk
Mr. Narayan Menon, Vice President, Innovation Labs, InterDigital Communications, Inc.,

Ph.D. Student Forum Presentations

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

Tea/Coffee Break || Demo/Exhibits

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

4:30 PM - 4:55 PM

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Invited Talk
Dr. R. Venkatesh, IIT Madras

Session 4A: Network Control and Management

Session 4B: LTE Networks

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Conference Banquet Dinner

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

8:30 AM - Noon


8:45 AM - 10:05 AM

8:45 AM - 9:10 AM

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

9:40 AM - 10:05 AM

Invited Talk
Dr. Krishna Jagannathan, IIT Madras

Keynote Talk
Mr. Prabhuraman S, Vice President and Line of Business Head, Engineering and R&D Services (ERS), HCL Technologies

Invited Talk
Dr. Ramachandran Ramjee, Microsoft Research India

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

Tea/Coffee Break || Demo/Exhibits

10:25 AM - 11:55 AM

Session 5A: Optical Access Networks

Session 5B: Wireless Mesh Networks

Noon - 1:00 PM

Panel 3: A Roadmap for Cloud Computing Adoption, Penetration and Innovation in India

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 6A: Cloud/Grid Networks

Session 6B: Vehicular/Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Tea/Coffee Break || Demo/Exhibits

3:50 PM - 5:15PM

Session 7A: Internet Design and Optimization

Session 7B: Cellular and Mobile Networks

5:15PM - 5:30 PM

Concluding Ceremony: Best Paper Award Announcements



Conference Program Details are listed below:



Morning Session - Sunday, 15 December, 9:00am to 1:15pm

  1. T1: Internet Architecture, Software Defined Networking and Network Virtualization, by Prof. Rudra Dutta, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

  2. T2: Wi-Fi Technology Evolution and the use of campus Wi-Fi for teaching and research, by Dr. S. Srikanth, AU-KBC Research Centre, MIT, Chennai, India

Afternoon Session - Sunday, 15 December, 2:00pm to 6:15pm

  1. T3: Next Generation Optical Access PON Evolution, by Prof. Anand Srivastava, IIT Mandi, India

  2. T4: Software Defined Networking (SDN) – Architecture for programmable Networks, Mr. Prasad Gorja, Architect/Principal Engineer, Freescale, India and Ms. Jothirlatha Jaganathan, Technical Lead in Freescale, India

  3. T5: Introduction to LTE Networks, Dr. Nadeem Akhtar, CEWiT, Chennai and Prof. T. Rama Rao, SRM University, Chennai, India

Keynote Addresses

  1. Prof. M. Ponnavaikko, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University, India
    Inaugural Address
    Title: TBA
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 9:15 AM – 9.45 AM


    Dr. Murugesan Ponnavaikko was born in 1946 at Sengamedu village, South Arcot district, Tamil Nadu. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Guindy Engineering College in 1969 and obtained his M.Sc.(Engg.) in Power Systems from the same institution in 1972. He received his Ph.D. degree in Optimal Distribution System Planning from I.I.T.(Delhi) in 1983. He specialized in Operation Research and has contributed original methods for Distribution System Optimization.

    He was a pioneer in the country to promote energy conservation techniques using his models for improving the Distribution systems of the State Electricity Boards through Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi and his models are known as “Ko Models”. He is also a pioneer in promoting Virtual Education in the country. His contributions to the Tamil Virtual University of the Tamil Nadu Government, as its founder Director, and to the Committee on ‘National Initiatives on Engineering Experimentation’, constituted by the AICTE, as an Expert Member, are commendable. He made commendable contributions to the community as Vice-Chancellor at Bharathidasan University by introducing Skill based academic curriculum, making the graduates employable and a number of empowerment programs for the community, including differently abled persons, for the economic development of the people living in the area under the jurisdiction of the University. He functioned as a unique Vice-Chancellor, making Bharathidasan University as a model University.

    He started his career from Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board in 1972, immediately after completing his P.G. degree programme. From there he moved to different organisations including Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), Southern Regional Electricity Board (Bangalore), Bharath Heavy Electricals Limited (New Delhi) and Rural Electrification Corporation (New Delhi) from 1972 till 1984. In 1984, he was deputed to ECCO (Electrical Construction Company), Libya as an Advisor and Secretary to the Board. After serving for 2 years at that capacity at ECCO, he moved to the Higher Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Hoon, Libya as a Visiting Professor in 1986 and served there till 1989.

    From 1989 till Jan.1995, he was serving as Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, initially at Mookambigai College of Engineering, Tiruchirappalli, and then at Regional Engineering College, Tiruchirappalli. While at Mookambigai College of Engineering he devised Syllabus for M.Phil. (Comp.Sc.) for the Summer Sequential Programme, instituted at Bharathidasan University and conducted thecourse for the first time in the University as its Course Director and continued offering the same course while at Regional Engineering College. He later served as Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science at the Crescent Engineering College, Chennai from 1995 till 2000. From July 2000. He served as the Director, at the level of Vice-Chancellor at the Tamil Virtual University from July 2000 till August 2003. From september 2003 he was serving as the Director, Research and Virtual Education Directorate at the SRM University till June 2007. From July 2007 he was serving as the Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu till July 2010. He is at present the Vice-Chancellor, SRM University.

    He has also served as Member of the Sub-Committees constituted by UGC & AICTE for improving the standard of Higher Education in the Country. He was Vice- Chairman, IEEE Madras Section, for two terms, 2004, and 2005; and Chairman, IEEE Madras Section, for two terms, 2006, and 2007.

    He has been a Consultant, Researcher, Teacher, Academician and Administrator in the Industries and Public Sectors and academic Institutions contributing in the areas of Power Systems and Computer Engineering for over 4 decades. He has made original contributions, and his models are known as “Ko Models”. He has published over 101 technical papers and worked on more than 40 research projects. His areas of interest are Power System Studies, Computer Science & Engineering, Curriculum Planning and Tamil Computing.

  2. Dr. Krishan Sabnani, Chief Scientist, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA and Dr. Vikram Srinivasan, Co-Founder, Zettata Inc.
    Title: Cloud Computing and Network Function Virtualization
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM


    Cloud computing and virtualization are two disruptive technologies that will have a profound impact on society. These technologies will transform the delivery of essential information services in a manner analogous to what was done for the delivery of essential services such as electricity and water-supply. For many high-bandwidth and low-delay applications, current industry solutions are not sufficient. To handle them, the networking and computing resources should be distributed in several small-data centers at central offices (COs) of ISPs connected using lightweight networks. This solution called networked cloud results in lower latency and bandwidth costs. Our innovations to enable this vision include several resource allocation schemes which auto scale with user load, an operating system and a resource discovery procedure.

    These technologies will also transform communication networks. Many network functions such as firewalls and gateways will be implemented in software on a common networked computing infrastructure. This transformation is called network function virtualization (NFV). There are many challenges in achieving this goal; they include achieving high reliability and bounded delay.


    Krishan Sabnani is currently Chief Scientist of Bell Labs. He was Vice President of Networking Research at Bell Labs from Jan. 2000 to Sept. 2013. In that role, he managed all networking research in Bell Labs, comprising nine departments in seven countries: USA, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Belgium, and South Korea. Krishan has conceived and launched numerous systems projects in the areas of internetworking and wireless networking. His successful transfers of research ideas to products in Alcatel-Lucent and (previously) AT&T business units have had a major positive impact on the business. Krishan has also conducted extensive personal research in data and wireless networking. His contributions have played a major role in modern mobile networks, and his recent breakthrough re-engineering of routers has launched a revolution in network designs.

    Krishan received the 2005 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award and the 2005 IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award. He is a Bell Labs Fellow and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He received the Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society in 1991 and the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India. He also won the Thomas Alva Patent Award from the R&D Council of New Jersey in 2005, 2009, and 2010. He holds 60 patents and has published more than 70 papers.

    Krishan received his B. Tech. in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi in 1975, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, in 1981. He joined Bell Labs in 1981.

    Vikram Srinivasan is currently the co-founder of Zettata Inc, a big data start up. Prior to Zettata, he headed the Networking Systems and Algorithms department at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs India from 2007-2013. He was an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore from 2003-2007. He received his PhD from U.C. San Diego in 2003.

  3. Prof. Vijay Bhargava, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada and President, IEEE Communications Society
    Title: On “Greening” Cellular Wireless Networks
    Time: Dec. 17, 2013, 10:40 AM – 11:10 AM


    India’s telecommunications network is the second largest in the world with well over 900 million telephone subscribers. Its Internet user-base is the third largest in the world and increasingly the preferred mode of accessing Internet is over mobile devices. This has led to a sharp rise in the energy consumption by wireless networks and an associated increase in the carbon footprint. Thus network operators and regulatory bodies, such as 3GPP and ITU, are obliged to address energy efficiency leading to Green Communication. "Greening" wireless networks is a vast research discipline that needs to cover all layers of the protocol stack and system architectures, and it is important to identify the fundamental trade-offs between energy efficiency and overall performance. In this paper, we direct our focus to four important aspects of green networking: defining green metrics, bringing architectural changes to base stations, network planning, and efficient system design. We conclude the presentation with a discussion of some broader perspectives such as statistical power profiles, smart grid technology and embodied energy to achieve green cellular network technology.


    Vijay Bhargava was born in Beawar, Rajasthan in 1948 and came to Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada in 1966. He received his BASc, MASc and Ph.D. degrees from Queen’s in 1970, 1972 and 1974 respectively. He joined the Indian Institute of Science in 1974 but returned to Canada in 1975. Currently he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he served as Department Head from 2003-2008. He appears on as an Institute of Scientific Information Highly Cited Researcher. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

    Vijay is a co-author (with D. Haccoun, R. Matyas and P. Nuspl) of "Digital Communications by Satellite" (New York: Wiley: 1981), which has been translated to Chinese and Japanese. He is a co-editor (with S. Wicker) of "Reed Solomon Codes and their Applications" (IEEE Press: 1994), a co-editor (with V. Poor, V. Tarokh and S. Yoon) of "Communications, Information and Network Security" (Kluwer: 2003), a co-editor (with E. Hossain) of "Cognitive Wireless Communication Networks" (Springer: 2007), a co-editor (with E. Hossain and D.I. Kim) of "Cooperative Wireless Communications Networks" (Cambridge University Press: 2011), and a co-editor (with E. Hossain and G. Fettweis) of "Green Radio Communications Networks" (Cambridge University Press: 2012).

    Vijay is very active in the IEEE and was nominated for the office of IEEE President-Elect in 1996 and 2002. He is a past President of IEEE Information Theory Society, and is currently serving as the President of the IEEE Communications Society.

  4. Mr. Manoj R Dawane, VP and Engagement practice Head, Ericsson
    Title: Networked Society – Vision and Challenges
    Time: Dec. 17, 2013, 11:30 AM – Noon


    Networked Society is Ericsson’s vision of what will happen when everything that can benefit from being connected is connected, empowering people, business and society. In the Networked Society, connectivity will be the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing. It’s about creating freedom, empowerment and opportunity, transforming industries and society while helping find solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our planet.

    We are on the brink of an extraordinary revolution. A world connected in real time will place many new requirements on all of us while opening up opportunities beyond our imagination. Our new Networked Society Essentials kit explores the emerging possibilities of a connected world. This session will focus on elaborating that vision and the typical challenges faced in realizing that vision.


    Manoj Dawane took charge as Head of the unit Technology, GIR (Government & Industrial Relations) and Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for Region India with effect from Novermber 11, 2013. In his current role, Manoj will be expected to establish a stronger industry position for Ericsson and to sharpen technology leadership area. He is part of the region's core leadership team.

    Manoj joined Ericsson in May 2010 as Head of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation. Before joining Ericsson, Manoj was CEO and Board Member of Mauj Mobile - wireless division of People Group. As CEO, Manoj led the Mauj Mobile Team on their strategic growth path, both in domestic and international markets, addressing telecom operators, media companies, agencies and brands as primary customers.

    In his career, Manoj was instrumental in pioneering the prepaid cellular revolution in India, having been involved in the first retail prepaid business called ACE from Hutchison Max Telecom (now Vodafone) in 1997. He also introduced 'Info Services' on the mobile with marketing and entertainment based services during this timeframe, paving the way for 'VAS' as in important facet of operator offering to the customer.

    Manoj is a recognized expert on the subjects of Technology, MVAS and marketing in Telecom and has been a member of various industry bodies in India.

  5. Shri B. M. Baveja, Sr. Director & Group Coordinator, R&D in CC&E, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India
    Title: Emerging Convergent technologies - Perspective from DeitY
    Time: Dec. 17, 2013, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM


    Brij Mohan Baveja, Group Head/Coordinator & Senior Director Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY), Govt. of India received his B.Tech degree from IIT, Delhi in 1979, post graduate degree from the University of London, in 1979 in Electrical Engineering and post graduate degree in Public Management from Birmingham University, UK in 1995.

    His current responsibilities include promotion of R&D and growth of indigenous broadband and communications technologies through policy measures and financial grants.

    He has previously held progressively responsible positions in the DeitY since 1986 including Director Professional Electronics and Standardization. Prior to joining the government he worked for 3 years as a Senior Engineer at the government defence public sector BEL and prior to that for 2 years in a software company in the UK.

    He has initiated several International cooperation programmes and participated in the bilateral WG meetings and at World Summit on Information Society and also pioneered position papers on Internet Governance and Wireless technologies. He has represented at several international meetings of standards 3GPP in USA and in SAARC region in Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. He has been key speaker at sessions of WSIS in bridging the digital divide at Korea and Japan and chaired technical Sessions in Portugal, Germany and France. He has been the project coordinator for the Indo-German, UNDP, Indo-Swiss and ITEC program and has led the Indo-US Joint R&D projects with NSF, USA and with NWO Netherlands. He has written several papers in the field of Electronics and IT.

    His current research interests include Convergence Communications and Broadband and Strategic Technoloies. He is an IEEE Member since 1974.

  6. Mr. Narayan Menon, Vice President, Innovation Labs, InterDigital Communications, Inc.
    Title: Next-Generation Internet of Things Solutions: Enabling a Rich Ecosystem Via Horizontal, Standards-Based Platforms
    Time: Dec. 17, 2013, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM


    This keynote addresses strategies and system architectures that are likely to power the next- generation Internet of Things - in particular, the role of standards and horizontal platforms in fostering the development of a rich ecosystem of cross-vertical applications.

    Today’s machine-machine (M2M) systems are characterized by fragmentation, i.e. by bespoke solutions that are vertical-specific, with little reuse of functionality across applications and verticals. There is also a lack of standardization, which means that seamless interoperability between devices and applications is not possible. Horizontal, standards-based service platforms, that provide cross-vertical capabilities usable by diverse applications, are essential to build interoperability and enable the scale promised by the IoT. This keynote describes the role of these platforms in promoting an application ecosystem, key functionalities these platforms are likely to support, and the capabilities and use cases they enable.

    InterDigital has been developing and helping standardize IoT solutions providing cross-vertical service delivery capabilities and value-added services, allowing a wide range of applications and device types/”things” to interact over any type of network. InterDigital has been actively driving standardization efforts in areas such as ETSI/oneM2M, IEEE, IETF and 3GPP.


    Narayan Menon is Vice President – Innovation Labs at InterDigital, responsible for leading the research and development of advanced wireless networks.  In this role, Narayan drives the innovation and implementation of next-generation wireless solutions covering machine-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things, next-generation cellular and Wi-Fi technology, bandwidth management and network virtualization, cognitive radio, and content distribution solutions. Prior to this, he has led and participated in numerous technology initiatives at InterDigital, including the development of the company’s HSPA chipset. Narayan has over 20 years of experience in the wireless field, holding leadership roles at Siemens Mobile Networks, Omnipoint Technologies and Hughes Network Systems in the  development of TDMA, GSM/GPRS and early 3G systems.
    Narayan holds Engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and an Executive MBA from Hofstra University in New York, and is an inventor on over 30 U.S. patents.

  7. Mr. Prabhuraman S, Vice-President and Line of Business Head, Engineering and R&D Services (ERS), HCL Technologies
    Title: TBA
    Time: Dec. 18, 2013, 9:10 AM - 9:40 AM


    Prabhuraman (Prabhu), an HCL veteran, started his career with HCL as an R&D engineer. He has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in Product Engineering across Telecom and Hi-Tech verticals. He has handled multiple initiatives in New product introduction, Hardware and VLSI development, Embedded Software development and Verification & validation.

    Prabhu has been a pioneer in institutionalizing Supplier sourced Innovation at HCL, with his team contributing significantly to customer programs with multiple patents and IPs. He has been instrumental in bringing about a significant shift in customer engagements from effort based to risk reward business models, by focusing on automation and industrialized delivery of services.

Invited Talks

  1. Prof. Abhay Karandikar, IIT Bombay
    Title: Affordable Backhaul for Broadband Wireless Networks: Opportunities in TV White Space in India
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 10:35 AM - 11:00 AM


    The Indian telecom growth story for the past decade is now well known. Earlier this year the number of cellular service subscribers was in excess of 860 million. However, similar feats have not been achieved by broadband subscriptions, which were around 15 million at the beginning of this year. In this talk, we explore the challenges in broadband deployment in India, specifically, broadband through wireless technologies. While last-mile connectivity can be provided by cellular 3G/4G or unlicensed Wi-Fi networks, so far it has been unclear what should be the technology for associated affordable broadband backhaul. It must be noted that providing backhaul connectivity to the base stations has been a major stumbling block in the development of data services in rural India. In this talk, we first discuss unlicensed band radio for point-to-point backhaul. We then consider TV white space. In this talk, the estimation of actual TV white space in India and its potential uses will be discussed. In India, there is a single TV broadcasting entity called Doordarshan. Using TV transmitter parameters, the TV white space present in India in estimated using the commonly known pollution and protection viewpoints. It is found that at least 70% channels can be freed up from TV band broadcast! We present an architecture that can address broadband challenges using TV white space and bridge the Digital Divide in India.


    Abhay Karandikar earned his MTech and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1988 and 1994, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay in April 1997, where he is currently Professor and Head of the Department. He has also served as Head of Computer Center during 2008-11.

    He is presently heading Tata Teleservices IIT Bombay Center for Excellence in Telecom where he has initiated many projects in the area of broadband wireless networks. Dr Karandikar has several patents issued/pending, contributions to IEEE standards, contributed chapters in books and large number of papers in international journals and conferences to his credit. He has supervised 8 PhD, 100 Masters and large number of BTech research projects. His group has made significant contributions to Carrier Ethernet and 4G standard. Dr Karandikar has lectured extensively in various international forums and given tutorials in IEEE GLOBECOM, MILCOM. He has served on the technical program committees of leading international conferences He has also served as technology advisor and consultant to many companies.

  2. Dr. Derek Long, VP and Head of Mobile Broadband and Communication Services practice, Ericsson
    Title: Telco-Cloud: The next frontier
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 11:00 AM - 11:25 AM


    Operators need to ensure that their networks remain a relevant and vital part of users’ everyday experience, and deliver added value in new and unique ways. Emerging network-enabled cloud and software-defined networking technologies will help operators do just this, by enabling common management and orchestration across network resources and cloud applications.

    This talk will focus on how the Telco cloud requirements are different from traditional IT clouds and the challenges of building Telco Cloud to meet those requirements.


    Derek Long is Head of Communication Services & Mobile Broadband in Ericsson India. Derek’s stint with Ericsson began in 1996 in Germany, where he worked on introducing mobile data services. He then shifted to Ericsson’s headquarters in Sweden.

    Derek has over 20 years of experience of working across various telecom markets. Whilst at Ericsson, Derek has worked on projects with several major global operators, spanning across geographies and technologies. Prior to joining Ericsson, he has worked in Mannesmann D2 in Germany (now known as Vodafone D2) in the Operations department. Before that, he was a researcher at ENST de Bretagne in France and the University of Bristol in the UK.

    Derek holds a Ph. D. in Power Efficient Personal Communications which concentrates on modulation schemes for Mobile Telephony. During the span of his career, he has worked on several technologies, including LTE, multi-standard radio, IP multimedia systems (IMS) and the transport technologies microwave and fibre. Today, as head of Ericsson’s communication services and mobile broadband portfolios, his responsibilities include promoting the company’s 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi products. He is also responsible for the sale of IMS and user database consolidation products, along with site equipment and transport products.

    Derek is married and has two children, a son and a daughter. Outside work hours, he enjoys hiking, and playing cricket and football. He also enjoys watching movies, listening to jazz and rock.

  3. Dr. Adrish Banerjee, IIT Kanpur
    Title: Spectrum Sensing Falsification Attacks in Cognitive Radio: Detection and Mitigation
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    In this talk we will discuss about spectrum sensing data falsification (SSDF) attacks by malicious users in cooperative spectrum sensing: their effects and ways to suppress them. We first consider attacks where malicious users attack independently. Then we present an attack which involves cooperation among malicious users. We will present techniques based on outlier detection such as Tietjen-Moore and Shapiro Wilk tests to suppress them.


    Adrish received his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Masters and Ph.D. degree from University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His research interests are in the physical layer aspects of wireless communications, particularly error control coding, cognitive radio and OFDM systems.

  4. Dr. R. M. Karthik, Samsung, Bangalore
    Title: Practical algorithm for selection of DRX configuration with applications having delay constraints and unknown packet arrival processes
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 2:30 PM - 2:55 PM


    R.M. Karthik received the B.E. degree in electronics and communication engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, India in 1998, M.E. in Applied Electronics from Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India in 2000, and the Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2008. He worked for three and half years in Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, Chennai India from 2008. He is now presently with Samsung India Software Operations, Bangalore as a Chief Engineer. His current research interests include scheduling algorithms, quality of service (QoS) in wireless systems, energy saving in wireless networks, DRX in LTE systems, and extreme value theory.

  5. Prof. Malathi Veeraraghavan, University of Virginia
    Title: Methods and results from four scientific networking projects
    Time: Dec. 16, 2013, 2:55 PM - 3:20 PM


    This talk describes the methods used in sponsored research projects in the area of high-speed networking to support scientific research. Specifically, an approach of obtaining data through collaborations for initial "scientific discovery" is used for problem definition. Engineering solutions are then designed, prototyped and evaluated to solve the identified problems. The goal is to have an immediate impact on the scientific computing community.
    We have employed this model in four projects: (i) traffic engineering for a core network provider, (ii) enabling high-speed file transfers with low throughput variance, (iii) distributing climate data to hundreds of receivers, and (iv) improving execution times of parallel programs by reducing variance in MPI communications latency.


    Malathi Veeraraghavan is a Professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVa). Dr. Veeraraghavan received her BTech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in 1984, and MS and PhD degrees from Duke University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. After a ten-year career at Bell Laboratories, she served on the faculty at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York from 1999-2002, where she won the Jacobs award for excellence in education in 2002. She served as Director of the Computer Engineering Program at UVa from 2003-2006. Her current research work on optical, IP, and datacenter networks is supported by NSF and DOE. Her past work included mobility management in wireless networks, and vehicular networks. She holds twenty-nine patents, has over 90 publications, and has received six Best-paper awards. She has served on multiple IEEE conference committees and editorial boards.

  6. Dr. R. Venkatesh, IIT Madras
    Title: An Information Theoretic Point-of-View to Contention Resolution
    Time: Dec. 17, 2013, 4:30 PM - 4:55 PM


    We consider a slotted wireless network in an infrastructure setup with a base station (or an access point) and N users. The wireless channel gain between the base station and the users is assumed to be i.i.d. over users and slots, and the base station seeks to schedule the user with the highest channel gain in every slot (opportunistic scheduling). Contention for opportunistic scheduling is resolved using a series of mini-slots and with feedback from the base station. In this setup, we formulate the contention resolution problem for opportunistic scheduling as identifying a random threshold (channel gain) that separates the best channel from the other samples. The average delay minimization for contention resolution is then related to entropy (of the random threshold) minimization, which is a concave minimization problem. We illustrate our formulation by studying a popular contention resolution strategy called the opportunistic splitting algorithm (OSA). We study the delay and entropy optimality of OSA for i.i.d. wireless channel. Finally, we discuss the applicability of the entropy minimization framework to identify optimal contention resolution strategies for general network scenarios.


    Venkatesh Ramaiyan received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai, India in 2000, and the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India in 2002 and 2009 respectively. Since July 2009, he is with the department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, where he is currently an assistant professor. His research interests include analysis and design of distributed random access protocols, provisioning QoS in cellular wireless networks and protocol designs for fast channel access in wireless networks.

  7. Dr. Krishna Jagannathan, IIT Madras
    Title: Queue-Aware Optimal Resource Allocation for the LTE Downlink
    Time:Dec. 18, 2013, 8:45 AM - 9:10 AM


    Krishna Jagannathan obtained his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2004, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006 and 2010 respectively. During 2010-2011, he was a visiting post-doctoral scholar in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech, and an off-campus post-doctoral fellow at MIT. Since November 2011, he has been an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras. He worked as a consultant at the Mathematical Sciences Research Center, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ in 2005, an engineering intern at Qualcomm, Campbell, CA in 2007, and a summer research fellow at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India in 2003. His research interests lie in the stochastic modeling and analysis of communication networks, network control, and queuing theory.

  8. Dr. Ramachandran Ramjee, Microsoft Research, Bangalore
    Title: MiG: Efficient Migration of Desktop VMs Using Semantic Compression
    Time: Dec. 18, 2013, 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM


    We consider the problem of efficiently migrating desktop virtual machines. The key challenge is to migrate the desktop VM quickly and in a bandwidth-efficient manner. The idea of replaying computation to reconstruct state seems appealing. However, our detailed analysis shows that the match between the source memory and the memory reconstructed via replay at the destination is poor, even at the sub-page level; the ability to reconstruct memory state is stymied because modern OSes use address space layout randomization (ASLR) to improve security, and page prefetching to improve performance.

    Despite these challenges, we show that desktop VM memory state can be efficiently compressed for transfer without relying on replay, using a suite of semantic techniques—collectively dubbed as MiG—that are tailored to the type of each memory page. Our evaluation on Windows and Linux desktop VMs shows that MiG is able to compress the VM state effectively, requiring on average 51-65% fewer bytes to be transferred during migration compared to standard compression, and halving the migration time in a typical setting.


    Ram Ramjee received his B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Madras, and his M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, India. Previously, he spent ten years at Bell Labs, NJ as a technical manager and a distinguished member of technical staff. His research interests include network protocols and architecture, wireless networking and mobile computing. He has published over 50 papers including several award winning papers and is a co-inventor on over 30 patents of which one won the 2010 Thomas Alva Edison patent award. He has taught two graduate-level courses in wireless networks as an adjunct faculty at Columbia University. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Fellow of the IEEE.


  • Dec. 16, 2013, 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM, Panel 1: Role of Wireless Networks & Telecom in Rural Development/Healthcare/Elderly Care: Global Scenario and Indian Perspective

    1. Moderator: Prof. D. Narayana Rao, (SRM University, retd. from ISRO)
    2. Prof. Adrish Banerjee, IIT Kanpur
    3. Prof. Raja Datta, IIT Kharagpur
    4. Mr. Chandrasekaran Vasudevan, Ericsson
    5. Mr. V.P. Sanjay, CEO, Inknowtek
    6. Prof. Prithiviraj Venkatapathy, Principal, RIT, Chennai

  • Dec. 17, 2013, Noon - 1 PM, Panel 2: Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualization -- the 360 degrees of SDN and NFV)

    The panel assembles renowned experts representing Academia, Research & Industry to provide a 360-degree view of the two latest disruptions in networking. The panel will address burning questions such as: How are these technologies enabling Network Transformations? What challenges (technical & business) are there for their adoption? What are the differences & intersections of SDN & NFV? What are the opportunities for Students & Innovators in this field? Expect a lively discussion and come ready with your questions.

    1. Moderator: Ms. Sonali Sambhus, Senior Director, Saggezza
    2. Mr. Rajesh Kumar, CTO, Kloudspun
    3. Prof. Rudra Dutta, NC State University
    4. Dr. Satya Sai Prakash, Senior Solutions Architect, HCL Technologies
    5. Mr. Narayan Menon, Vice President, Innovation Labs, InterDigital Communications, Inc.
    6. Prof. Ram Rustagi, PESIT, Bangalore

  • Dec. 18, 2013, Noon - 1 PM, Panel 3: A Roadmap for Cloud Computing Adoption, Penetration and Innovation in India

    1. Moderator: Ms. Pamela Kumar, Cloud Computing Innovation Initiative
    2. Mr. Rajdeep Dua from Director R&D, VMware
    3. Mr. M.R. Rajagopalan, Director CDAC
    4. Prof. D. Janakiram, IIT Madras
    5. Mr. Sreenivasa Vithal, CMO of K7 Computing
    6. Mr. N. Krishnan, CIO of Muthoot Fincorp Ltd and CEO of Muthoot Pappachan Technologies
    7. Mahesh Menon, TCS

Ph.D. Student Forum

The Ph.D. Student Form will be held on Dec. 17, 2013 from 3:00 PM till 4:10PM. List of papers accepted for presentation at the IEEE ANTS 2013 Ph.D. Student Forum:
  1. Title: intelliSENSE: Location-Based WiFi Sensing and Delayed Processing in Smart Mobile Devices
    Authors: Saigopal Thota (University of California, Davis, USA), Raghu Anantharangachar (HP Labs, Bangalore, India), Sudhir Dixit (HP Labs, Bangalore, India) and Biswanath Mukherjee (University of California, Davis, USA)

  2. Title: Low Complexity Optimal Resource allocation for Secondary users in CR networks
    Authors: Kalpana Naidu (IIT Hyderabad, India) and M. Zafar Ali Khan (IIT Hyderabad, India)

  3. Title: Studies on 40/60 GHz (Q/V) Band for Satellite Network Applications
    Authors: Kishore Pasi (SRM University, Chennai, India) and T. Rama Rao (SRM University, Chennai, India)

  4. Title: Proxy-Server based User Traffic Control using TCR
    Authors: Saad Y. Sait (IIT Madras, Chennai, India)

  5. Title: Network equipment architecture for load proportional power consumption
    Authors: Ganesh C. Sankaran (IIT Madras, Chennai, India)

  6. Title: A Software Defined Networking Framework for Cognitive Wireless Networks
    Authors: Anil Kumar Rangisetti (IIT Hyderabad, India)

  7. Title: A new cognitive Multipath approach for the Virtual Topology Design (VTD) process in optical networks
    Authors: P. Selvaraj (SRM University, Chennai, India) and V. Nagarajan (SRM University, Chennai, India)


List of demos/exhibits accepted for presentation at IEEE ANTS 2013:
  1. Wipro Lightweight LTE Core & Wipro LTE Test Core: Reference solutions for enabling rapid development of next generation LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), by Saptarshi Chaudhuri, Wipro Technologies, Bangalore and Swaminathan S., Wipro Technologies, Chennai.

  2. Wavelength Division Multiplexing and Demultiplexing Concept Using Visible Light Sources, by Sri Ram Ramanan, Sai Vignesh.T, Nitin K.Ajay, Nandu T.S, Shailesh Srivastava, S. Siva Sankara Sai, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning, Prasanthi Nilayam.

  3. Optical Access Network Architecture: An Educative Demonstration, by Vivekananda Samantra, R. Sattibabu, Sagar Limbu, K. Aditya, Shailesh Srivastava, S. Siva Sankara Sai, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam.

  4. Broadband Wireless Simulator (BWSIM), by Babu Narayanan and Sarun Selvanesan, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT), Chennai.

  5. E-Agriculture, by Jaya Umadikar and Suma Prashant, Rural Technologies Business Incubator (RTBI), IIT-Madras, Chennai.