The 33rd Annual IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM'14), April 27th - May 2nd, 2014, Toronto, Canada



All Conference Panel, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11:00-12:30

Title: Mobile Cloud Computing Challenges and Potential – A Communications and Networking Perspective

Moderator: Taieb Znati, University of Pittsburg


Shing-Chi Cheung, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Gustavo de Veciana, The University of Texas at Austin

George Kesidis, Pennsylvania State University

Baochun Li, University of Toronto

Jei Wu, Temple University


Cloud computing has emerged as a viable on-demand, elastic and cost effective computing infrastructure to support a wide range of data and compute intensive applications. On the other hand, the proliferation of wireless networks and small portable computing devices has led to the emergence of the “Anytime, Anywhere” computing paradigm for a seamless integration of mobile applications and services and a richer mobile users’ experience.  Mobile devices, however, have limited computing and communications resources, which limit their ability to support data and compute intensive applications. Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) combines an extends the advantages and potential cloud and mobile computing to overcome the computing and storage limitations of wireless devices, paving the way to unprecedented  opportunities for future mobile applications and services.

For MCC to reach its true potential, however, several challenges must be addressed. A panel of distinguished researchers takes a communication and networking perspective to discuss the state-of-the art in MCC, identify unique challenges and key open questions to enable this emerging paradigm, and provide future research directions toward potential solutions. The following are some of the key issues that will be addressed by the panelists:

1. MCC harnesses the combined advantages and capabilities of wireless networking, cloud computing and mobile computing for optimal access to data and services. What “killer applications” are the most likely candidates to bring the expectations of the MCC paradigm to fruition.

2. What new networking challenges must be addressed to overcome bandwidth scarcity, network access heterogeneity, and service availability to support the QoS requirements of future MCC applications?

3. What role existing and new wireless communications technology, such as cellular, cognitive radios and 5G, can play in enabling scalable always-on, energy-efficient wireless access to achieve the true potential of MCC?

4. What new paradigms, algorithms and protocols must be investigated to address MCC security, including mobile users’ privacy, mobile applications’ security and data integrity?

5. Offloading is a key feature in the design and deployment of MCC to overcome computing and storage limitation, improve the performance of mobile applications and increase the battery lifetime of mobile devices.  What mechanisms must be in place to address “offloading” of data and computation securely and efficiently?

6. What new approaches and methods have potential to lead to comprehensive and seamlessly integrated solutions to jointly address the MCC challenges?


SDN Panel, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11:00-12:30

Title: Research Challenges in Software-Defined Networking

Moderator: Alberto Leon-Garcia, University of Toronto


Nima Salehi, TELUS

Peter Ashwood-Smith, Huawei


In this panel, we present the major opportunities and the state of Software-Defined Networking from the perspective of a service provider and an equipment vendor. We present their views on the key research challenges and then open the floor to discussion.


Panel 1, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:30-12:00

Title: Whether NDN: Doubts, Tough Questions, Progress, and Challenges

Moderator: Allison Mankin, Verisign Labs


Lars Eggert, NetApp

Paul Mockapetris, Nominum

Andrew Sullivan, Dyn

Lan Wang, University of Memphis

Giovanni Pau, LIP6

Beichuan Zhang, University of Arizona


The Named Data Networking (NDN, project aims to develop a new Internet architecture by moving from IP's focus on addresses and locations to NDN's focus on naming data directly.  Over the last few years the networking community has evinced strong interest in exploring this new research direction and also raised questions on its premise and feasibility. The goal of this panel is to critically examine the potential and feasibility of the proposed NDN architecture, and to discuss its design progress and its outstanding research challenges. 


Panel 2, Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:30-12:00

Title: Networking Challenges for Cyber-Physical Systems

Moderator: Krishna Kant, Temple University


John S. Baras, University of Maryland: Networked CPS: some fundamental challenges

Jun-Hong Cui, University of Connecticut: Revolutionizing the water world: cyber-aquatic systems

Chenyang Lu, Washington University at St. Louis: Real-time wireless control networks for cyber-physical security

Ness Shroff, Ohio State University: Cyber-physical systems: some food for thought

Vincent Wong, University of British Columbia: Networking challenges for Cyber-Physical Systems


A crucial aspect of the emerging cyber-physical systems is the communication between the sensors, actuators, control and decision modules, and humans involved in the management, control and operation of the target system.  The networks to support this communication have numerous, often domain-specific requirements in the areas of performance, security, privacy, trust, robustness, resilience, availability, etc.  The purpose of the panel is to reflect on the key challenges that arise in meeting these requirements and discuss the fundamental issues and the research agenda that the networking community needs to undertake for addressing them holistically.