MAKI Industry Workshop – Preliminary Announcement

Next-Generation Networks – An Industrial View

Date: Thursday, June 21st 2018

Location: Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung, Fraunhoferstraße 5, 64283 Darmstadt


Since 2013, the German Research Foundation DFG is funding the Collaborative Research Centre 1053 MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet. MAKI is one of DFG’s largest collaborative research activities in computer science, with more than 19M€ funding approved to date. Over sixty PIs, Postdocs and doctoral researchers participate, representing fourteen research groups from Technische Universität Darmstadt plus labs from Aachen, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Marburg. A steady stream of short and long-term international visitors assures the influence of experts from across the world.

The overarching goal of MAKI is to help to make the Internet, its applications and platforms more adaptive and flexible – most notably at runtime. While many activities of the first phase emphasized better support for mobile applications under changing conditions (user mobility, load fluctuations, etc.), a good deal of the researchers of the current phase exploit the ‘softwarization’ of core and wireless networks in order to allow for large scale adaptation. A category of adaptations denoted as ‘transitions’ is of key importance in MAKI. Transitions replace a ‘mechanism’ by another one of equivalent functionality at runtime, where ‘mechanism’ may denote a protocol, protocol function, strategy, topology, etc.

The planned workshop aims to bring together top industrial researchers and developers working in areas related to the MAKI theme. They shall get to know key results from MAKI, present and exchange research ideas, and provide an industrial view on next-generation networks. In particular, the workshop shall address the following four topics wrt. large scale adaptability and transitions:

1. In-network processing / edge computing,
2. Next-generation wireless communications,
3. Advanced network protocols, and
4. Machine learning / big data analytics in future communication systems.

The ultimate goal is to establish connections and future collaborations between MAKI and the relevant industry partners. The content of this one-day workshop will comprise talks given by the industry experts, a MAKI overview presentation and poster presentations of MAKI results and ongoing project. There will be ample opportunities for lively discussions and open exchange.

08:45 h Registration and welcome of the workshop
09:30h Introduction of MAKI: Max Mühlhäuser
Scope of the Workshop: Lin Wang
10:00h Talk: Dr. Volker Hilt (Nokia Bell Labs)
10:40h One Minute Madness with Project Area A till C
11:10h Break with Posters
11:50h Talk: Dr. Michael Meyer (Ericsson)
12:30h Lunch
13:30h Talk: Dr. Matthias Niepert (NEC Labs)
14:10h Break with Posters
15:00h Talk: Dr. Thorsten Wild (Nokia Bell Labs)
15:40h Talk: Daniel Kopp (DE-CIX)
16:20 Break
16:30h Networking and Future Steps
Working groups on cooperation opportunities
17:20h Wrap up Session
17:30 End

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