Report on Day 1 - Report on Day 2 - Report on Day 3


IFIP Networking 2018 in Zürich - Day 1

Day 1 of the IFIP Networking 2018 Conference in Zürich had been concluded successfully - and more than 85 people already picked up their registration badges and bags.

Embedded within the welcome words from the General Chair and the TPC Co-chairs, represented by Prof. Dr. Claudio Casetti, the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics (WWF) of the University of Zürich, Prof. Dr. Harald Gall, addressed his welcome words to the audience, which embedded University of Zürich's positioning in education Zürich as well as the Faculty's role in combining economic principles with computer science at the Department of Informatics.

WWF's Dean Harald Gall Addressing the Audience

The first keynote by Prof. Dr. Salil Kanhere on "Blockchain for Cyber Physical Systems" attracted a full house with more than 80 attendees already on board. Salil toured along IoT and Blockchain basics and combined them in a constructive approach on how to integrate the into research-wise challenging distributed systems. He concluded that by reaching a number of advantages, a set of critical challenges still remain for a practical, wide area deployment. With a wider range of questions, the IFIP Networking 2018 audience showed large interest on blockchains and their use.

Salil Kanhere during the Keynote I

The two parallel tracks A and B showed a range of deep talks, lively questions and answers parts, leading to continuing discussions during the breaks and the social event. On average more than 40 people at each session followed the presentations on "Security and Resilience", "Service Function Chaining", "Measurements and Analysis", and Congestion Control".

After a public transport experience for many attendees in such a larger group to the "Zunfthaus zur Waag" (an old Zürich Guild House) during the evening, the Best Paper Award of IFIP Networking 2018 had been assigned by the TPC Co-chairs to the paper entitled "Charting the Complexity Landscape of Virtual Network Embeddings" presented by Matthias Rost and co-athored by Stefan Schmid. Congratulations!

Matthias Rost Receives the IFIP Networking 2018 Best Paper Award

As well, the IFIP Networking 2018 evening banquet's setting was used to grant the Student Travel Grant to Sanaz Taheri Boshrooyehon for the paper "PPAD: Privacy Preserving Group-Based ADvertising in Online Social Networks" co-authered by Alptekin Küpçü and Oznur Ozkasap. Congratulations!

Sanaz Taheri Boshrooyehon with the Award of the IFIP Networking 2018 Student Travel Grant

These two awards have been made possible by the IFIP Technical Committee on Communication Systems (TC6), which supports IFIP networking now since 17 years since its first instance in Paris, France.

Finally, the IFIP Networking 2018 General Chair Burkhard Stiller, Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zürich UZH took the chance of this evening to thank the IFIP Networking 2018 Organizing Committee (OC) individually and as a whole.

IFIP Networking 2018 Organizing Committee

Note that the full IFIP Networking 2018 Program, the organizational data, and all relevant information are available on-line at the URL:


IFIP Networking 2018 in Zürich - Day 2

Day 2 of the IFIP Networking 2018 Conference in Zürich has started with the second keynote by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kellerer on "Flexibility Matters: On the Design and Evaluation of Softwarized Networks". He introduced the basics to understand the term flexibility and what it means by adding measures to be able to compare systems. By providing examples evaluations have been shown that costs can reflect an important facet of such comparisons, why typically trade time and functionality.

Wolfgang Kellerer during the Keynote II

The subsequent two parallel tracks A and B followed in one instance before and two instances after lunch on IFIP Networking 2018 day 2. Thus, the "Food for the Brain" was again complemented by "Food for the Body" at a wide variety of first courses, main courses, and desert!


A View on Lunches Served during IFIP Networking 2018

Again, presentations were able to deliver the respective papers' key message and questions posed and answered indicated the audience's expertise, too! On average more than 35 people at each session followed the presentations on "SDN Architectures", "5G Communications", "Named Data Networking", Wireless and Mobile Networks", "Data Center and Overlay Networks", and "Virtualization and Resource Sharing".

Session Audiences Following the Technical Presentations


Reminder: The full IFIP Networking 2018 Program, the organizational data, and all relevant information are available on-line at the URL:


IFIP Networking 2018 in Zürich - Day 3

Day 3 of the IFIP Networking 2018 Conference in Zürich did see the third keynote by Dr. Jürgen Quitteck on "Artificial Intelligence in Network Operations and Management". Jürgen started by over-viewing the history of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and applying it afterwards onto the networking domain. These two examples included a 5G-based slicing wireless telecommunication systems' provider network as well as the user profiling options based on formally consented on data collections.

Jürgen Quittek during the Keynote III

To view the future of the IFIP Networking conference series, the Steering Committee's Chair Prof. Dr. Jordi Domingo-Pascual took the chance to announce thatIFIP Networking 2019 will take place May 20-22, 2019 in Warzawa, Poland.

Jordi Domingo-Pascual Announcing IFIP Networking 2019

The Panel on "Security and Privacy in the Internet of Things" was chaired by Prof. Dr. James Sterbenz, who did pose five key questions to the panelists and the audience:

1.  It is technically feasible to secure the IoT?
2.  If yes, it is likely to be secure and private in practice?
3.  Do you have any IoT kit at your own house?
4.  What have you done to secure it?
5.  Do you have any mission-critical devices on your home IoT (e.g., thermostat or door lock)?


James Sterbenz Introducing the Panel's Topics

While checking within a short audience poll, only a few hands were raised to indicate per question their binary answers to these questions. In turn, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Plattner, Dr. Corinna Schmitt, Prof. Dr. Martina Zitterbart, Prof. Dr. Salil Kanhere, and Prof. Dr. Nils Aschenbruck provided their statements. The discussion revealed that very different positions and perceptions exist on these questions, the Internet of Things (IoT) as such, and their security as well as privacy requirements.

View of the Panelists being Ready to Position Their Views

The Demonstration and Poster Session followed in turn and was combined with the coffee break, thus, giving the IFIP Networking 2018 audience the chance to chat on an individual basis with 4 demonstrations, 3 posters, and 4 additional posters offered out of 8 short presentation sessions to follow in the afternoon. Interesting, deeply involved, and highly interactive discussions occurred next to the demonstration tables and poster boards.


A Selection of Demonstration and Poster Presentations

The last two parallel tracks A and B in the afternoon encompassed the topics "Network Models and Algorithms" and "Content Distribution", which were followed by the two Short Presentation Sessions. And they had been attended as well with more than 30 people each, resulting in interactive and open discussions.

Picture Title 6: IFIP Networking 2018 Audiences on Their Ways Home

Thus, it is time to say good bye to all. Thanks for attending IFIP Networking 2018 in Zürich at the Swissotel. Thanks for your presentations, contributions, and support of this event and - hopefully - for future instances. See you all next year in May 2019 again.

Safe Travels and take some time before to enjoy Zürich, Switzerland.