IEEE Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable 2024

IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)
Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability (CQR)
Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable 2024 (ETR-RT24)
May 21-22 (Tuesday-Wednesday), 2024
Lisbon, Portugal

Hotel Altis Belem


Scope of the Roundtable

  • Discuss and identify the RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) challenges,
    requirements, and methodologies in the emerging technology areas like the Cloud
    Computing, Wireless/Mobility (with focus on 5G technologies), NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), SDN (Software Defined Networking), or similar large-scale distributed and virtualization systems.
  • Discuss the RAS requirements and technologies for mission-critical industries (e.g., airborne systems, railway communication systems, the banking and financial communication systems, etc.), health care systems, and intelligent vehicles with the goal to promote the interindustry sharing of related ideas and experiences.
  • Investigate the use of large language models (LLMs) to find new/increase coverage of failure models – both security and other failures.
  • Identify Serviceability and Reliability-impacted Security Aspects under Resilience, which is considered as an “umbrella” topic.
  • Discuss the huge impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with an emphasis to the
    reliability/trustworthiness of AI solutions (Generative AI, Responsible AI, Sustainable AI and AI for Sustainability).
  • Identify potential directions for resolving identified issues and propose possible solutions.

The focus will be on:

  • IoT Reliability
    •  Reliability and serviceability for IoT applications, and massively scaled infrastructure 
    • Reliability and serviceability for Digital Energy
    • Intelligent Vehicles Safety
  •  AI Reliability and Responsibility
    • Reliability and serviceability of massively scaled infrastructure for AI Foundation Models 
    • Responsible and trustworthy AI for mission critical applications
    • Emerging regulations.

Participants at the ETR-RT 2023 in Athens, Greece


David H. Lu, Vice President (Retired), Network Systems, AT&T, USA

Since joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, David has served in various leadership positions at AT&T. He has led numerous automation initiatives in AT&T that resulted in multi-billion dollar savings over the past 20 years. David holds 57 patents with multiple AT&T IP Awards and frequently appears as a guest speaker at technical and leadership seminars and conferences throughout the world. He has received numerous industry awards including the 2015 Chairman’s Award from IEEE Communication Society Communications Quality and Reliability Technical Committee and 2017 CIE AAEOY (Asian America Engineer of Year) Award. David has led global organizations of more than 5,000 people at AT&T. His last role at AT&T was responsible for the architecture, development, and engineering of AT&T’s next generation SDN (Software Defined Network) automation platform and open source (Linux Foundation ONAP) initiatives enabling AT&T’s network virtualization and 5G/Fiber networks spanning across access and core networks and from physical layer to service layers. He led the definition and implementation of the AI driven network systems transformation including PaaS & SaaS, policy control & orchestration, hyper-automation with AI/ML driven predictive and adaptive data & workflow analytics.

David is a well-respected leader in large-scale, real-time software architecture and development, network performance and traffic management, workflow and policy-controlled automation, large databases and big data implementation/mining/analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, software reliability and quality, and network operations process engineering. After retiring from AT&T, David is heavily involved in disruptive technology & innovation talks, career development mentoring and talent training, and board strategic advisory and consulting services.

John Burkey, Founder, CEO/CTO Brighten AI, USA

John Burkey, an AI expert, blends conversational AI, Ai hardware, and generative AI tools.
Featured in national and international TV and written journalism, he holds patents in operating systems, computing languages, development tools, and artificial intelligence. Burkey has had significant roles at Apple, including contributing to MacOS, iOS and Siri, and at Microsoft as Chief Architect for Office on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. He also served as Chief Architect for Java at Sun Microsystems. His journey is heavily influenced by his cherished mentor Leland Wilkinson, who wrote “the grammar of graphics”. John abides by Steve Jobs’ quote: “great artists ship” and worked with Jobs and when absolutely necessary, counseled him on Apple and industry futures.

Peter Thermos, President & CTO, Palindrome Technologies, USA

Peter has over 25 plus years of experience in Cyber Security providing consulting to leading commercial organizations and conducting security research for US government organizations (i.e., DARPA, DHS, NIST). As founder of Palindrome Technologies, he is working as a subject matter expert with customers in several industry sectors, including Government, Telecommunication, Financial and Healthcare, in securing Enterprise Networks, Carrier-grade Networks and helping organizations secure emerging technologies including 5G, MEC, IoT, and V2X. Peter is the primary author of the book “Securing VoIP Networks” by Addison-Wesley and has been a speaker at various conferences (i.e., IEEE, ICIW, VoN, SANS, Blackhat, MIS InfoSec, ISSE) and has published research papers in academic and industry journals (i.e., IEEE, ACM, ISSA, IEC) and articles in trade magazines such as Information Security, ZDNET, Forbes, TechTarget and Wired. Furthermore, he has been the Co-Chair for IEEE CQR Workshop, IEEE World Forum IoT and committee member of ICCWS. Furthermore, Peter is a contributor to the FCC CSRIC VII Report on Risk to 5G from Legacy Vulnerabilities and Best Practices for Mitigation (June 10, 2020). Peter holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, NY, is a senior member of IEEE and ISSA and a member of IETF and ACM.

Kathy Meier-Hellstern, Principal Engineer and Director, Google Research, USA

Meier-Hellstern is a Principal Engineer and Director in Google Research, serving as the Responsible AI Tech Lead for Google’s large language and multimodal models. Her research mission is to create scalable tools, data and processes for evaluating and improving Responsible AI in ML Models and Products. Kathy was previously a Principal Site Reliability Engineer at Google, focused on improving the end-to-end client experience in YouTube and Ads. Before joining Google, Kathy was Assistant Vice President of Optimization, Reliability & Customer Analytics (ORCA) in AT&T Labs, responsible for delivering enhanced analytic tools and software for AT&T’s Next Generation networks. Kathy is an AT&T Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Operations Research from University of Delaware. 

Kostas G. Vlahodimitropoulos, COO, Local AI, Greece

Kostas is the COO of Local AI, a tech startup that he founded together with a team of AI experts. Local AI is focused on AI solutions for sustainability projects around Europe. Through AI, it empowers Green Transition initiatives of private and public organizations and has received funding by EU Horizon projects framework.

Kostas has extensive experience in network planning and optimization, having
worked for 27 years at Cosmote. He was Deputy Director of Service Quality & Customer Experience Management for Fixed & Mobile. He was involved with several R&D projects including  radio resource management, location-based optimization, efficient algorithms for radio propagation, and fleet management. His research interests were in the design and implementation of network-wide big data like for the on-line analytics of network performance vs. customer experience, and interactive presentation techniques using powerful visualization tools.

He received the Computer Engineering Diploma from the Technical University of Patra, Greece, the Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, and Ph.D. in Mobile Telecommunications from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Technical Program Chair: Spilios Makris, Ph.D., Director, Palindrome Technologies, USA

Spilios Makris is currently the Director of Network Resilience and Business Continuity Management (BCM) in Palindrome Technologies. Spilios has extensive experience in BCM and network resilience serving as Director and Senior Consultant at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) for over 28 years, conducting studies and developing methodologies along with industry Best Practices for over 50 Tier 1&2 telecom companies, telecom vendors, and Telecom Regulatory Authorities (TRAs) worldwide. Spilios has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Lead Contributor of the Standards T1A1.2 WG on “Network Survivability Performance” (was renamed PRQC Reliability Task Force) for 20 years. He successfully managed the development and regular update of Telcordia Generic Reliability Requirements documents establishing them as the “de facto” industry standards (e.g., SR-332 on Reliability Prediction Procedure for Electronic Equipment). Spilios has served as the Chair of the IEEE Study Group for Security, Reliability, and Performance for Software Defined and Virtualized Ecosystems (e.g., SDN, NFV, etc.). 

Spilios received his PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass., MS in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and Diploma (equiv. to MS) in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and a Senior Member of IEEE.

General Chair: Chi-Ming Chen, Ph.D., AT&T Labs (Retired), USA

Chi-Ming Chen joined AT&T in 1995. He was with the AT&T Labs architecture organization which designs the Enhanced Control Orchestration Management Platform (ECOMP) and Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP). Prior to joining AT&T, Chi-Ming was with the Quality Assurance Center of Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) from 1985 to 1995 and was a faculty member at Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan from 1975 to 1979.
He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985; M.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981; M.S. and B.S. in Physics from Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 1973 and 1971 respectively.

Chi-Ming Chen is a Life Senior Member of IEEE and Senior Member of the ACM. He is an Advisory Board Member of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability (CQR). He was a member of the IEEE GLOBECOM & ICC Management & Strategy (GIMS) Standing Committee and served as the GLOBECOM and ICC Site Selection Chair from 2012 to 2017. He has chaired the Industry Forums of several GLOBECOMs and ICCs and has served as the Executive Chair of ICC 2019, Shanghai, China. Currently, he is serving as the Keynote Chair of ICC 2024, Denver, Colorado, USA and Operations Co-Chair of GLOBECOM 2024, Cape Town, South Africa and Executive Chair of GLOBECOM 2026, Macau, China.

From 2015 to 2017, Chi-Ming was a Steering Committee member of the IEEE SDN Initiative and IEEE Big Data Initiative. Currently, he is co-chairing the 5G Roadmap Working Group of IEEE 5G Initiative. He has been a key Organizing Committee member of CyberC conference since it’s started in 2009. In addition, he also organizes the annual IEEE Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable (ETR-RT) since 2014.

Operations Program Chair: Luis M. Correia, Professor, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Luis M. Correia was born in Portugal, in 1958. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST (Univ. Lisbon) in 1991, where he is currently a Professor in Telecommunications, with his work focused on Wireless & Mobile Communications, with the research activities developed in the INESC-ID institute. He has acted as a consultant for the Portuguese telecommunications operators and regulator, besides other public and private entities, and has been in the Board of Directors of a telecommunications company. He has participated in 33 projects within European frameworks, having coordinated 6 and taken leadership responsibilities at various levels in many others, besides national ones. He has lectured 76 advanced training courses for industry and academia at the national and international levels. He has supervised over 230 M.Sc./Ph.D. students, having edited 6 books, contribute to European strategic documents, and authored over 550 papers in international and national journals and conferences, for which served also as a reviewer, editor and board member. Internationally, he was part of 40 Ph.D. juries, and 80 research projects and institutions evaluation committees for funding agencies in 12 countries, and the European Commission and COST. He has been the Chairman of Conference, of the Technical Program Committee and of the Steering Committee of 25 major conferences, besides other several duties. He was a National Delegate to the COST Domain Committee on ICT. He has launched and served as Chairman of the IEEE Communications Society Portugal Chapter, besides being involved in several other duties in this society at the global level. He is an Honorary Professor of the Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland) and a recipient of the 2021 EurAAP Propagation Award “for leadership in the field of propagation for wireless and mobile communications”.

Resource Links:

ETR-RT 2023: presentations and summary of findings
Due to COVID-19, this event was canceled for the period 2020-2022
ETR-RT 2019 presentations and summary of findings
ETR-RT 2018 presentations and summary of findings
ETR-RT 2017 presentations and summary of findings 
ETR-RT 2016 presentations 
ETR-RT 2015 presentations 
ETR-RT 2014 presentations 
IEEE SDN Initiative 
ETSI NFV 
ETSI NFV Portal TB (Technical Body)