IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
12-14 November 2019 // Dallas, Texas, USA

Keynotes Speakers

Keynote talk #1

Title: VP-SDN Platform & Systems

Speaker: David Lu

Organization: AT&T Labs


David Lu, Vice President, SDN Platform & Systems, is responsible for development and engineering of AT&T’s next generation SDN (Software Defined Network) platform enabling AT&T network virtualization and OSS/operation process transformation which includes ECOMP platform and open source ECOMP (ONAP), API, micro-services, policy control & orchestration, hyper-automation, and advanced data analytics. David leads a multifaceted organization with more than 3,000 people across the globe.

David is a well-respected leader across multiple technology domains including: large scale, real time software architecture and development, network performance and traffic management, work flow and policy- controlled automation, large database and big data implementation (mining & analytics), machine learning, artificial intelligence, software reliability and quality, and network operations process engineering. David has led major software platform transformation initiatives from sales to network/service delivery/assurance, and billing platforms. Examples of his David’s achievements include large scale platforms he has both led and engineered that process annually: 984 Trillion network performance events and 348 Billion alarms with 99.99%+ automation; 60 Million dispatches with 14.4 Billion automated manual steps; and over 90 Billion API transactions.

Since joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, David has served in various leadership positions at AT&T. Over the past 15 years, David has led numerous automation initiatives that have resulted in multi-billion- dollar savings and in 2010 he received the CIO 100 Award for his efforts. David holds 45 patents and has frequently appeared as a guest speaker at technical and leadership seminars and conferences throughout the world. David has received numerous industry awards including the 2015 Chairman’s Award from the IEEE Communication Society for Network and Systems Quality and Reliability; and the 2017 CIE AAEOY (Asian America Engineer of Year) Award. David is tremendously active in community organizations and activities including AT&T APCA, DFW-CIE, the DFW Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and was recognized by AT&T APCA in 2015 with the Corporate Leadership Award.

David was accepted to the world-renowned Shanghai Conservatory of Music and came to the U.S. to complete his college education; an undergraduate degree in Music (majoring in cello performance), and a graduate degree in Computer Science.


Keynote talk #2

Title: P4

Speaker: Nate Foster

Organization: Cornell University & Barefoot Networks


Nate Foster is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and a Principal Research Engineer at Barefoot Networks. He also serves as a member of the P4 Technical Steering Team. The goal of Nate’s research is to develop languages and tools that make it easy for programmers to build secure and reliable systems. His current work focuses on the design and implementation of languages for programming software-defined networks. In the past he has also worked on bidirectional languages (also known as “lenses”), database query languages, data provenance, type systems, mechanized proof, and formal semantics. He received a PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His honors include a Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, the SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, and several best paper awards.



Keynote talk #3

Title: Optical SDN

Speaker: Andrea Fumagalli

Organization: The University of Texas at Dallas


Andrea Fumagalli joined the University of Texas at Dallas as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in September 1997 and he is the Head of the OpNeAR Lab. He is currenly a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and is the Head of the Telecommunications Engineering Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (1992) and a Laurea Degree in Electronics Engineering (1987) from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From 1992 to 1998 he was an Assistant Professor of the Electronics Engineering Department at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Dr. Fumagalli’s research interests include aspects of mobile and optical networks, related protocol design and performance evaluation. He has published more than ninety papers in refereed journals and conferences.

Dr. Fumagalli has made multiple earlier contributions to the area of high speed and optical network architectures, including protocol design, performance evaluation, packet switching. He has been involved in number of research projects focusing on packet switched optical networks, sponsored by NSF and ARPA with a total funding exceeding one million dollars.




Keynote talk #4

Title: N.N.

Speaker: Ying Zhang

Organization: Facebook


Ying Zhang is a Software Engineer in the Facebook network infrastructure team, where she works on exciting large scale network management problems. Prior to joining Facebook, she was a senior researcher and research manager at Hewlett Packard Labs, where she led the Network System Lab. Before HPE, she was a senior researcher in the Ericsson Research Silicon Valley Lab.  She was the first person to discover the ZMW routing attack.

She earned her Ph.D. degree in 2009 in the EECS department from the University of Michigan. She has served on the technical program committee of several conferences and workshops, and is a senior member of the IEEE. she has been granted 30+ US/International patents and was reported by Swedish media as a Mobile Network 10 Brightest Researcher, and was awarded an N²Women Rising Star in Networking and Communications award in 2017.