Telling the Tale of Software-Defined Networks

IEEE Fellows are working on resources for the networks of the future

8 December 2014

This is the last article in our series highlighting IEEE Fellows in celebration of the Fellow program’s 50th anniversary year.

As part of the IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative, several subcommittees have been formed to work on a number of fronts. Two of them—publications and conferences—are being led by IEEE Fellows. Both men have extensive experience in rethinking how communications networks may function.


It’s only fitting that IEEE Fellow Raouf Boutaba oversees the Publications Subcommittee. After all, he has been editor of many publications, including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and the Korea Information and Communication Society/IEEE Journal of Communications and Networks. He is also founding editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, and he received the 2009 IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for his contributions to that publication.

In addition, he has been the guest editor of several special issues on SDNs for various journals, including the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He also served as editor of journals from other publishers, including Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley.

Boutaba’s Publications Subcommittee helped with the launch of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. It comes out in March with a special issue on efficient SDN management and network functions virtualization.

Boutaba is a professor of computer science at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, where he teaches courses on SDNs. His research interests are focused on the integrated management of networks, systems, and services, and on resource management in wired and wireless networks.

He is currently working on cloud computing and services, peer-to-peer networks, network virtualization, future Internet architectures, intrusion detection and prevention systems, wireless sensor networks, smart grid communications, and complex networks.

He was elevated to Fellow in 2012 “for contributions to network management methodologies and applications.”

Boutaba has received numerous awards for his contributions to SDNs. These include the 2009 Dan Stokesberry Award, given at the International Symposium on Integrated Network Management to an individual who has made a particularly distinguished technical contribution to the growth of the field. Boutaba also received the 2012 Salah Aidarous Award. The award is bestowed at each International Network Operations and Management Symposium to an individual who has provided unremitting service and dedication to the IT and telecommunications network operations and management community.

Most recently he received the 2014 McNaughton Gold Medal given by IEEE Canada. Established in 1969, the medal, the region’s highest honor, is awarded to Canadian engineers for exemplary contributions to the engineering profession. Only one medal is awarded each year.


Given IEEE Fellow Prosper Chemouil’s wide-ranging work with SDNs and his experience setting up conferences, it’s little wonder he was tapped to chair the Conference Subcommittee. He has helped organize many IEEE meetings and workshops, including the International Conference on Communications, the Network Operations and Management Symposium, and High-Performance Switching and Routing. He has also been involved in organizing many other events, including the International Teletraffic Congress, the Design of Reliable Communication Networks, and the Conference on Network and Service Management.

As director of the Future Networks program at Orange Labs, in Paris, Chemouil is involved with the design and management of future networks and technologies, as well as assessing their impact on network architecture, traffic engineering and control, and performance and quality of service. His research is focused on new networking paradigms like information-centric, programmable and autonomic networking.

Chemouil’s subcommittee has been busily organizing a new conference: the IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization, to be held from 13 to 17 April, in London. He’s the event’s general chair. It will cover topics such as SDN architectures, programming interfaces and languages, debugging tools, network functions virtualization, network and service management, and SDN support for big-data applications.

He is also one of the panel cochairs for the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management, being held from 11 to 15 May in Ottawa.

Chemouil’s editing talents have been called upon as guest coeditor for the special issue of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management on Efficient Management of SDN and NFV-Based Systems, to be published next March. He was also guest coeditor of several feature topics in various IEEE publications. This includes dynamic routing and information-centric networking in the IEEE Communications Magazine and the June 2014 issue of the IEEE Network Magazine on information-centric networking.

He was elevated to Fellow in 2003 “for contributions to the design and implementation of dynamic routing and traffic management systems in telecommunications networks.” He is also a Fellow of SEE, the French Society of Electricity, Electronics and Information Communications Technology.

Chemouil has also received numerous awards including the 2014 Salah Aidarous Memorial Award.

For more about the Fellow program visit the IEEE Fellow website.

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