IEEE International Conference on Cloud Networking
9-11 November 2020 // Virtual Conference

Distinguished Experts Panel

Theme: “The future of cloud networking: edge computing, 5G, and beyond.”

November 9th 2020

Panel Members


Ivona Brandic, University Professor

Institute of Information Systems Engineering

Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Bio: Prof. Ivona Brandic is University Professor for High Performance Computing Systems at the Institute of Information Systems Engineering, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). In 2015 she was awarded FWF START prize, the highest Austrian award for early career researchers. Since 2016 she is member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the Vienna University of Technology for her project on the Holistic Energy Efficient Hybrid Clouds. Her interests comprise virtualized HPC systems, energy efficient ultra-scale distributed systems, massive-scale data analytics, Cloud & workflow Quality of Service (QoS), and service-oriented distributed systems. She published more than 50 scientific journal, magazine and conference publications and she co-authored a text-book on federated and self-manageable Cloud infrastructures. I. Brandic co-authored European Union’s Cloud Computing report paving the future research directions of the EU. She has been serving more than 50 program committees among others Supercomputing, CCGrid, EuroPar, and IPDPS. She was invited reviewer of more than 10 renowned international journals among others IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, Future Generation Computer Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Computers. I. Brandic has been invited expert evaluator of the European Commission, French National Research Organization (ANR), National Science and Engineering Research Council Canada (NSERC), Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Australian Research Council (ARC), Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Ontario Research Fund, and Israel Science Foundation (ISF). In 2019 she chaired CHIST-ERA panel (ANR) on Smart Distribution of Computing in Dynamic Networks (SDCDN).


Panagiotis Demestichas, Professor

School of ICT, Department of Digital System

University of Piraeus, Greece

Bio: Prof. Panagiotis Demestichas is a Professor at the University of Piraeus, School of ICT, Department of Digital Systems, Greece. Currently, he focuses on the development of systems for WINGS ICT Solutions ( and its spin-out Incelligent ( WINGS focuses on AI-powered solutions for the environment, networks and infrastructures (water, energy, gas, transportation, construction), production and manufacturing (food security and safety, industry 4.0), service sectors (health). Incelligent focuses on products for banking, the public sector and telecommunication infrastructures. Panagiotis conducts research on 5G, cloud and IoT, big data and artificial intelligence, orchestration / diagnostics and intent-oriented mechanisms. He holds a Diploma and a Ph.D. degree on Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He holds patents, has published numerous articles and research papers, and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Senior Member of IEEE.


Diego R. Lopez, Head of Technology Exploration

Global Chief Technology Office Unit

Telefonica I+D, Spain

Bio: Dr. Diego R. Lopez joined Telefonica I+D in 2011 as a Senior Technology Expert, and is currently in charge of the Technology Exploration activities within the GCTIO Unit. Before joining Telefónica he spent some years in the academic sector, dedicated to research on network services, and was appointed member of the High-Level Expert Group on Scientific Data Infrastructures by the European Commission. Diego is currently focused on applied research in network infrastructures, with a special emphasis on virtualization, data-driven management, new architectures, and security. Diego chairs the ETSI ISGs on Permissioned Distributed Ledgers. Apart from this, Diego is a more than acceptable Iberian ham carver, and extremely fond of seeking and enjoying comics, and good discussions on any (in)appropriate matter.

Marie-Jose Montpetit, Associate Professor

Concordia University, Canada

Bio: Dr. Marie-Jose Montpetit is an Associate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal Canada and a technical advisor to technology startups and companies in the networking and IoT fields. She is a recognized and award-winning IP network innovator. Her expertise is in network system architecture, design, and implementation and has gotten her international recognition, the Motorola Innovation Prize and the MIT TR10. Her current research is in computing in the network, distributed and intelligent autonomous systems at the edge with cloud functional distribution. She is the co-chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups in Computing in the Network (COIN) and Network Coding (nwcrg). She was the general co-chair of recent Information Centric Computing Conference in September 2020 and the Technical Program Committee co-chair for ICIN2021. She has also edited or co-edited many IEEE special issues, participated in panels and gave many keynote addresses.

Panel Chairs

Laurent Ciavaglia, Nokia, France
Rodrigo N. Calheiros, Western Sydney University, Australia