Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

This is the list of external speakers invited to participate in this event:

Carlos GAVILANES (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Carlos Gavilanes combines an understanding of technology with a vision of high-level trends and a long experience as a business strategist. He uses this to create opinion and shape strategic decisions at Board / C-level, including innovation priorities, digital transformation, network technology, capital allocation, partnerships and M&A deals. He is a strong communicator / storyteller, able to translate complex technical questions into business language, and used to lead high-performance, multi-cultural teams

Gavilanes is permanently curious to understand what's going on in the industry, what will happen next and what will be the business implications. He enjoys working on new ideas with potential high impact, and using technology as a tool to build a better future.


Krishna P. GUMMADI (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems - MPI-SWS, Germany)

Krishna Gummadi is a tenured faculty member and head of the Networked Systems research group at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) in Germany. He also holds an honorary professorship at the University of Saarland. He received his Ph.D. (2005) and B.Tech. (2000) degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, respectively.

Krishna's research interests are in the measurement, analysis, design, and evaluation of complex Internet-scale systems. His current projects focus on understanding and building social computing systems. Specifically, they tackle the challenges associated with (i) assessing the credibility of information shared by anonymous online crowds, (ii) understanding and controlling privacy risks for users sharing data on online forums, (iii) understanding, predicting and influencing human behaviors on social media sites (e.g., viral information diffusion), and (iv) enhancing fairness and transparency of machine (data-driven) decision making in social computing systems.

Krishna's work on online social networks, Internet access networks, and peer-to-peer systems has been widely cited and his papers have received numerous awards, including SIGCOMM Test of Time, IW3C2 WWW Best Paper Honorable Mention, and Best Papers at NIPS ML & Law Symposium, ACM COSN, ACM/Usenix SOUPS, AAAI ICWSM, Usenix OSDI, ACM SIGCOMM IMC, ACM SIGCOMM CCR, and SPIE MMCN. He has also co-chaired AAAI's ICWSM 2016, IW3C2 WWW 2015, ACM COSN 2014, and ACM IMC 2013 conferences. He received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2017 to investigate "Foundations for Fair Social Computing".


Ghassan KARAME (NEC Labs, Germany)

Ghassan Karame is the Manager and Chief researcher of the Security Group of NEC Labs in Germany. He joined NEC Labs in April 2012. Before then, he was working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Information Security of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a Master of Science degree in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and a PhD degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich.

He is interested in all aspects of security and privacy with a focus on cloud security, IoT security, network security, and Blockchain security.


Diego PERINO (Telefónica, Spain)

I am a researcher at Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain) since July 2016. Previously I worked at Bell Labs (Paris, France) from September 2009 to June 2016 and six months at NICTA (Sydney, Australia) in 2016 as visiting researcher.

I work on research and innovation for networking, systems and protocols. My current research interests include network measurements, AI/ML for networks, NFV/SDN, wearable networking, security, blockchain and distributed systems.

I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Paris Diderot-Paris 7 university in 2009. My Ph.D. Thesis was a collaboration between Orange Labs and INRIA through a CIFRE contract, and focused on algorithms for peer-to-peer multimedia streaming. I received my M.S. in Networking engineering at Politecnico di Torino and Eurecom Institute of Sophia Antipolis in 2006. I also obtained a Research Master in Networking and distributed systems at Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis.


Henning G. SCHULZRINNE (Columbia University, USA)

  Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D.  from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University.  He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow, Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs.  Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications.

He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.


Georgios SMARAGDAKIS (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

Georgios Smaragdakis is currently a Professor with Technical University (TU) Berlin and a research collaborator with Akamai Technologies. From 2014-2017 he was a Marie Curie fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligent Laboratory (CSAIL), and from 2015-2018 a research affiliate with the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI). From 2008-2014 he acted as Senior Researcher at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories and at the TU Berlin. In 2008 he was a research intern at Telefonica Research. He earned the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Boston University in 2009 and the Diploma in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete.

His research brings a data- and measurement-driven approach to the study of the Internet's state, resilience, and performance, as well as to the enhancement of Web privacy.

His research received the Best Paper Awards at ACM IMC in 2011, 2016, and 2018, ACM CoNEXT in 2015, and the IEEE INFOCOM in 2017, the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship in 2013, the European Research Council Starting Grant Award in 2015, and an IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize in 2019.