ICNP PhD Forum 2014

The PhD Forum has been a regular event of the IEEE ICNP conference for the past years. This forum is intended for both doctoral students who are starting their PhD and those who are towards the end of their dissertation to discuss their work among each other and with senior researchers. The PhD Forum of ICNP 2014 includes a keynote talk, a panel, oral presentations by PhD students, and group discussions. NEW this year: the PhD Forum posters will be presented at the main ICNP poster session. You can find more details in the Call for PhD Forum.


The ICNP PhD Forum takes place in room TBD, Friday, October 24 from 8:30am – 14:30pm.

08:45 – 9:45 Welcome Message & Best Paper Award (Chairs)
09:00 – 10:00 Keynote: Theo Benson (Duke University)
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Talks by PhD Students

Software Switch Performance Factors in Network Virtualization Environment
Yimeng Zhao (Telecom Paristech, France); Luigi Iannone (Telecom ParisTech, France); Michel Riguidel (Telecom Paristech, France)

Optimizing Mobile Prefetching by Leveraging Usage Patterns and Social Information
Christian Koch (TU Darmstadt, Germany); David Hausheer (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

Multi-path Solutions to Improve Network Performance
Behnaz Arzani (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Obstacle Shadowing Influences in VANET Safety
Scott Carpenter (North Carolina State University, USA)

Towards Resource-Efficient Application-Controlled Software Defined Networks
Jeremias Blendin (TU Darmstadt, Germany); David Hausheer (TU Darmstadt, Germany)

Brokerage Service in Cloud Federation
Mohammad Aazam (Kyung Hee University, Korea)
A Decentralized System for Privacy-Preserving Context Exchange: Facilitating a Better Work-Life Balance
Rahul Chini Dwarakanath (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany); Ralf Steinmetz (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany)

IP45: Architecture, Design and Implementation
Tomas Podermanski (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic); Miroslav Sveda (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)

On the Variation in Webpage Download Traffic Across Different Client Types
Sean Sanders (University of North Carolina, USA); Jasleen Kaur (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

A Study on a Routing-based Mobility Management Architecture for IoT Devices
Masanori Ishino (Osaka University, Japan); Yuki Koizumi (Osaka University, Japan); Toru Hasegawa (Osaka University, Japan)

Challenges with Transition and User Accounting in Next Generation Networks
Matej Gregr (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic); Miroslav Sveda(Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Panel and Group discussion – Current Challenges and Future Directions in Networking
Moderator: TBD


  • Kenneth L. Calvert (University of Kentucky)
  • Xiaoming Fu (Georg-August-Univesity of Goettingen)
  • Steven Hunter (IBM Fellow)
  • Kevin Jeffay (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Abstract: The purpose for this panel is to discuss challenges and future directions for networking and networking research. The participants will present their views and then open the floor to discussion.

Keynote Speaker

tbenson   Theophilus Benson is is passionate about eliminating the complexity of managing networks and tackling performance oriented problems both within data centers and clouds. His research focuses on Software Defined Networking, infrastructures for big data, and abstractions for managing various workloads in the cloud. This work has earned him IBM fellowships, a best paper award at IMC 2010, and, more recently, his cloud computing platform was acquired by a large cloud provider. He is an Assistant Professor at Duke University. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2012 after which he spent a year at Princeton University as a Post-Doc with Jennifer Rexford. Prior to that, he received his B.S. at Tufts University and worked as a software engineer at an MIT based startup in Waltham, MA.

In his talk “Large scale systems research from a small pond”, he will address the most compelling systems problems pertaining to systems running at large scales with thousands of users. As academic researchers we often face the paradoxical challenge of engaging in large scale systems research while conducting small scale experiments and simulations. While, it is undeniable that small testbeds and simulations are unable to capture much of the complexities that arise at scale, in this talk, he will discuss how these can be overcomed by generating powerful models from real workloads and show how, as academics, our independence allows us to generate richer models and ask important cross cutting question. He will survey the field of data center and cloud research, and show how several inflections points have been produced from within the small pond of academia. Furthermore, he will draw on his experiences in choosing research problems and show how with some industry collaborations we can gain metadata that helps keeps our research grounded without needing to be in industry. He will conclude by describing his passion for the emerging field of software defined networking and how this provides a unique opportunity to significantly impact large scale systems.

PhD Forum Chairs

Jay Aikat, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Lina Battestilli, North Carolina State University, USA

Program Committee

The TPC consists of senior researchers and professors but also of some selected PhD students.

  • Trisha Biswas, Aruba Networks
  • Savera Tanwir, NCSU
  • Claris Castillo, RENCI
  • Chen Qian, University of Kentucky
  • Matthias Waehlisch, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Luca Cittadini, Universita’ Roma Tre
  • Ben Newton, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Rubén Cuevas Rumín, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Li Hongxing
  • Song Han, University of Texas
  • Ming Li, Utah State University
  • Suman Jana, University of Texas at Austin
  • Tianyin Xu, UC San Diego
  • Gareth Tyson, Queen Mary University
  • Matthew Grosvenor, University of Cambridge
  • Christian Rothenberg, University of Campinas
  • Xiaozheng Tie, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Cristian Lumezanu, NEC Labs research staff – NEC
  • Thomas Schmidt, HAW Hamburg
  • Mike Wittie, Montana State University
  • George Xylomenos, Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Eric Rozner, IBM
  • Qiang Xu