IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
9 -12 November 2020 // Virtual Conference


Panel #1: The Impact of P4 on SDN/NFV

Date: Thursday 12 November

Time: 15:00 – 16:00 Central European Time

Moderator: Tim Culver

Panelists: Anirudh Sivaraman, Francois Ozog, Leo Popokh, Krishna Kadiyala, Roland Picard


CV of Moderator:

Timothy Culver is an expert and thought leader in Software Defined Networking & Network Function Virtualization. He has been a lecturer with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas for 11 years. He is co-recipient of a National Science Foundation grant for the development of an SDN Security Curriculum.  Timothy is also a co-author of a publication to IEEE on an SDN solution on WDM using OpenROADM and co-author of “Software Defined Networks: A Comprehensive Approach” ISBN#9780128045794.  Timothy has his MS in engineering from Southern Methodist University and has done post-graduate Ph.D. research in Cloud Computing at Baylor and Walden Universities and SDN at UTD. He has 5 patents and was a Research Associate, Open Networking Foundation from 2016 to 2018.

CV of Panelists:

Anirudh Sivaraman is an assistant professor at NYU’s Computer Science Department. His recent research has focused on hardware and software for programmable networks. He has also been actively involved in the design and evolution of the P4 language for programmable network devices. His past research includes work on congestion control, network emulation, and network measurement. He received the MIT EECS department’s Frederick C. Hennie III Teaching Award in 2012 and the ACM SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2018. He shared the IETF/IRTF’s Applied Networking Research Prize in 2014 and the ACM SIGCOMM Best Paper Award in 2017.



François-Frédéric Ozog is an entrepreneur with 35 years of experience in technical, sales, and marketing positions. He is director of the Linaro edge & fog computing group which includes advancing technologies around Time Sensitive Networking. Linaro is a collaborative engineering organization working for its members such as Arm, Google, Marvell, NXP, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Xilinx… François-Frédéric holds a degree in computing science from Université de Paris VII. He is the author of seven patents and was recognized by ETSI NFV for contributions in acceleration interfaces.




As HPE Distinguished Technologist, Communications and Media Solutions (CMS)WW Strategist and Chief Architect, Leo Popokh has more than 25 years of experience in the Telecommunications, IT, Financial Services, Government Sector, Energy and Consumer Industries, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and most recently in Multi-Access Edge Core (MEC) and 5G. Leo performs the role of Strategist and Chief Architect implementing innovations, visions, sales, and strategies for HPE, WW HPE CMS organization, and HPE customers. Leo’s work led to successful 5G CMS and Pan-HPE cross-domains strategy and implementation for major HPE customers.


Krishna Kadiyala is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Kadiyala received her Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from The University of Texas at Dallas in May 2019. Her research focus has primarily been on software-defined networks (SDN), with her Ph.D. dissertation on leveraging software-defined networking for legacy service provider networks. She has won two best paper awards for her graduate work. Dr. Kadiyala is also an AWS Educator, and her research interests further include Cloud and Edge computing, Internet routing, Service provider networking, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) networks. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Dallas as a Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Kadiyala was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs, in Middletown, NJ.


Roland Picard received his engineering degree in computer science in 1993 from Institut National des Science Appliquées in Rennes. He joined Orange SA in 2014 and works as an R&D engineer at Orange Lab France to leverage his computer science background and his telecommunication experience. His main research areas are Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure and Software-Defined Networking., including performance optimizations, new hardware architecture, and energy efficiency. He leads a research project related to NFV Infrastructure performance optimization and contributes to a research project related to energy efficiency assessment and optimization. He also contributes to OPNFV open-source project and leads a partnership with an industrial on the above topics. Roland has 25 years of experience within the telecommunication industry. Before Orange Roland held several engineering and management positions at different major telecom providers from service design and software architecture in the R&D center to leading service deployment on-site, including technical offer writing and defense.