Victor Bahl is a technical fellow and the director of mobility & networking in Microsoft Research, with over 30 years of industry experience. He advises Microsoft’s CEO and senior leadership team on long-term vision/strategy in networked systems, edge and cloud infrastructures, mobile computing, wireless systems, and 5G. He leads a group that executes on this vision through research, incubations, technology transfers to product groups, industry partnerships, and associated engagement with governments and research institutes around the world. Dr. Bahl has delivered numerous foundational technologies to Azure, XBOX and Windows. Some seminal technologies he has developed include edge computing, white space networking, mesh networking, Wi-Fi virtualization, multi-radio systems, Wi-Fi hot-spots, and indoor localization. His contributions in dynamic spectrum access led to the United States FCC opening 180 MHz of spectrum for unlicensed use. He has published 125 papers with over 50,000 citations, he has been issued 165 patents, and has received numerous technical leadership awards incl. two test-of-time awards, three best paper awards, two U.S. FCC awards, two national transportation awards, two distinguished alumni awards, and four lifetime outstanding achievement awards from ACM and IEEE. He is the founder/co-founder of ACM SIGMOBILE, MobiSys, GetMobile and several other important conferences and journals. Dr. Bahl is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and AAAS
Keynote Title: Edge Computing for the (Telecom) Infrastructure
Abstract: I will explore the edge computing paradigm from the perceptive of a researcher who has worked on this since its inception over a decade ago. I will discuss the evolution of the intelligent edge, describe some real-world applications and products. I will describe the progress we have made, the lessons we have learned as we developed an edge-cloud live video analytics system called Rocket. Rocket is deployed in several pilots and is used to reduce traffic-related fatalities and improve urban mobility. I will take a peek into the future and predict how the telecom industries will be impact as the edge computing become part of it’s infrastructure. I will lay out some of technical and business challenges facing the large-scale adoption and the opportunities these challenges are creating.