IEEE International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
23–26 October 2023 // Washington DC, USA



2023 IEEE Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop

Workshop Theme: Ensuring quality, reliability and security for a seamless communication experience

Monday, October 23, 2023 

Time Slot (EDT) Program Item

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Regsitration Table Check-in - located at Promende room

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Welcome Cocktail Reception - located at Promenade room

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - Theme: Security

Time Slot (EDT) Program Item

7:00 am - 8:30 am 

Breakfast - located in the Foyer/Dupont Room

8:30 am - 8:40 am 

Welcome – General Chairs Peter Thermos and Vijay K. Gurbani - located in the Scott Room

8:40 am - 9:20 am 

Keynote Address:

Kathryn Condello, Sr., Director, National Security & Emergency Preparedness, Lumen

9:20 am - 9:30 am 

Segment 1 (Security) Introduction, Scott Poretsky, Ericsson - Chair

9:30 am - 10:55 am 

Session 1: Cloud Readiness for Critical Infrastructure 
(Session Chair Francois Cosquer, Nokia)

Claudio Taglienti, USCC - "Cloud Readiness for Critical Infrastructure - An Architectural Perspective Focused on Cybersecurity”

Taha Sajid, Comcast - “Security design considerations for EDR deployment in 5G Core”

Ravindra Kabre, Ericsson - "Cloud Native Detection Logic and securing CN Infrastructure"

10:55 am - 11:10 am 

Break - located in the Foyer

11:10 am - 12:25 am 

Session 2: Software Security Assurance
(Alana Scott, Ericsson - Chair)

Jitendra Patel, AT&T - “5G Threats Lurking in the Shadows”

Yong Zhou, Keysight - “5G/O-RAN Security Assurance & Testing”

Michael Stauffer, Palindrome - “Enhancing Mobile Network Product Security with GSMA NESAS"

12:25 am - 1:35 pm 

Lunch - located in the Dupont Room

1:35 pm - 2:50 pm 

Session 3: Threats and Vulnerabilities in Emerging Technologies
Ken Kaminski, Ericsson - Chair)

What is the R.A.C.I Model?, Carlos Solari, SecureG - “For the Threats and Vulnerabilities in Emerging Technologies – What is the R.A.C.I. Model?”

Afeite Dadia, CTIA - “Role of certification in IoT Cybersecurity"

Peter Pacheco, Mitre - “Vulnerabilities in a Shared Resource Architecture”

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm 

Break - located in the Foyer

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Executive Panel: Role of Communications in Critical Infrastructure
(Jason Boswell, Ericsson - Panel Chair)

Blakely Wall, Verizon (Panelist)

Mike Paradise, AT&T (Panelist)

Adam Vincent, Bricklayer AI (Panelist)

Drew Morin, T-Mobile (Panelist)

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm 

Move to the shuttle bus to Howard University

4:15 pm - 7:00 pm 

Social Event at Howard University

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 – Theme: Reliability

Time Slot (EDT) Program Item

7:00 am - 8:00 am 

Breakfast - located in the Foyer/Dupont Room

8:00 am - 8:10 am 

Welcome – General Chairs Peter Thermos and Vijay K. Gurbani - located in the Scott Room

8:10 am -8:50 am 

Keynote Address:

Ajay Ghanekar, Co-CEO, Ubiquity

8:50 am - 10:00 am 

Emerging Technologies Panel (Sheryl Genco, Ericsson - Chair)

Taylor Hartley, Ericsson (Panelist); Post Quantum Crypto

Ian Hood, Redhat (Panelist); Innovative Cloud Application Delivery 

Venki Ramaswamy, Mitre (Panelist); Technical Innovation 6G

Diane Staheli, DoD (Panelist); Responbile AI

10:00 am - 10:20 am 

Break - Located in the Foyer

10:20 am - 10:30 am 

Segment 2 (Reliability) Introduction, Kelly Krick, Ericsson - Chair

10:30 am - 11:45 am 

Session 4 - Leveraging AI/ML for reliability and resilency
(Carol Davids, Tech - Chair)

Mike Hanson, Verizon

Vijay Gurbani, Vail 

Brandon Abley, NENA

11:45 am - 12:30 pm 

Technical Paper Session I; Prof. Masaki Bandai, TPC Chair

COREL: Constrained Reinforcement Learning for Video Streaming ABR Algorithm Design over mmWave 5G 
Presenter: Zhi-Li Zhang (University of Minnesota, USA)
Xinyue Hu (University of Minnesota, USA); Arnob Ghosh (New Jersey Institute of Technology & The Ohio State University, USA); Xin Liu (University of California Davis, USA); Ness B. Shroff (The Ohio State University, USA)

Multiple-Backup Resource Allocation for Virtual Machines with Probabilistic Protection in Cloud
Presenter: Kento Yokouchi (Kyoto University, Japan)
Eiji Oki (Kyoto University, Japan)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 

Lunch - located in the Foyer/Dupont Room

1:35 pm - 2:40 pm 

Technical Paper Session II; Prof. Eiji Oki, Kyoto University, Japan, TPC Chair

Block Kriging Based Mobile User Distribution Estimation for Antenna Tilt Optimization
Presenter: Hideaki Kinsho (NTT, Japan) 
Kei Takeshita (NTT, Japan); Kazuhisa Yamagishi (NTT, Japan)

Zohra: Joint Routing and Manufacturer Assignment Problem
Presenter: Shakthivelu Janardhanan (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Samyuktha Sena Indrasena (Technical University of Munich, Germany); Carmen Mas-Machuca (University of the Bundeswehr Munich (UniBW), Germany)

Cooperative Omnidirectional Beamforming for Secure and Reliable Terahertz Communication
Presenter: Ahmad Y Javaid (University of Toledo, USA)
Mehzabien Iqbal (University of Toledo, USA)

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm 

Break - located in the Foyer

2:50 pm - 4:05 pm 

Session 5 - Building Cooperative Networks (Kelly Krick, Ericcson - Chair)

Kelly Krick, Ericsson

John Casler, L3Harris

Richard Reed, FirstNet Authority

4:05 pm - 5:20 pm 
Session 6 - Building Resilient Networks
(David Krauss, Ciena - Chair)

Carmel Oritz, Intelsat

Emil Janulewicz, Ciena

Ken Kaminski, Ericsson

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm 

Closing comments and sync up

6:00 pm

Evening Event – located in the Washington Ballroom 
Chairman’s Awards / Best Paper 

Thursday, October 26, 2023 – Theme: The Quest For Quality

Time Slot (EDT) Program Item

7:00 am - 8:00 am 

Breakfast - located in the Foyer/Dupont Room

8:00 am - 8:10 am 

Welcome – General Chairs Peter Thermos and Vijay K. Gurbani - located in the Scott Room

8:10 am -8:50 am 

Keynote Address:

Yoli Stancil, SVP of Field Operations, Verizon

8:50 am - 9:00 am 

Segment 3 (Quality) Introduction, Abby Knowles, Verzion - Chair

9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Session 7 - Industry Visionaries

Chris Gallivan, Planview

Nilesh Shroff, Brightspeed

Rachel Rea, Boingo

10:00 am - 10:15 am 

Break - located in the Foyer 

10:15 am - 11:20 am 
Session 8 - A Focus on Network Quality
(Tonya Walley, Cox - Session Chair)

Amy Walther, Westell

Mohammad Khaled, Ericsson

Juan Sanchez, AWS

11:20 am - 12:25 pm 

Come and hear what our customers, customer facing, software development and 6G network experts have to share on how we can take communications industry customer experience to the next level, Abby Knowles, Verizon - Chair

Shoma Chakravarty, American Express (Panelist)

Ted Degennero, Alorica (Panelist)

Vinodh Gandhi, Cognizant (Panelist)

Gary Xu, Samsung (Panelist)

12:25 pm - 12:35 pm 

Workshop Closing Remarks

12:35 pm - 2:00 pm 

***LUNCH*** - Pick up your lunch and Join Us at the CQR Technical Committee Meeting

12:35 pm - 2:00 pm 

CQR Technical Committee Meeting - ALL INVITED