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CW Announces Programme for CW Technology & Engineering Conference

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With two weeks until the CW Technology and Engineering Conference 2018, CW is delighted to announce the full programme with an array of exciting speakers lined up to address the role of artificial intelligence in delivering Next Generation Network performance

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Senior engineers from these two sectors (AI & MNO) are gathering on 27 September at the University of Cambridge's Computer Labs to debate the future of automation in network management. The conference will start with ‘Can networks think?’ where Dr Kim Larsen, SVP, Group Development, Deutsche Telekom will address how AI might (dramatically?) change telco networks in the short, medium and long term and how organisations can leapfrog operational efficiencies and customer experience with AI. Kim will touch on the hidden luddite in most humans and why he is a threat to fast AI exploitation. Also, in this session, Tero Rissa, Chief Architect, Machine Learning, Mobile Networks at Nokia will explore how we can classify the different techniques available for machine learning and what are they capable of achieving, now and over the next few years. What might go wrong? Why now? Yue Wang, Principal 5G Researcher, Samsung Electronics R&D Institute, UK will follow with an overview of the current and future-looking applications of AI in the communication networks.

The CW TEC programme continues with a session on ‘Improving end-to-end quality of service’ with Mansoor Hanif from UK5G exploring AI with a human touch, asking how quickly and how deeply machine learning and AI are being applied to build better, more reliable and more secure networks. How close might we get to zero touch (full automation) and what is the continuing relevance of humans in network optimization? Dr Chris Murphy, Research Director at VIAVI Solutions will continue this conversation with a talk on the transformation of mobile network management with machine learning.

We cover this topic without touching on the challenges of security and privacy - how effectively can automated tools identify and mitigate cyber-attacks on networks? Can such tools identify vulnerabilities ahead of any attack? Can they provide greater protection of privacy - or do they create new risks for privacy? Speakers in this session will include, Peter Haigh from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Dr Ben Azvine, Global Head of Security Research & Innovation, BT and Carsten Maple, Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering & Director of Research in Cyber Security, University of Warwick.

The day concludes with a session on ‘Understanding network availability’ where Iris Barcia, COO, Keima will cover Automated HetNet Design and the challenges faced by network planning and strategy teams designing modern wireless networks. Examples will show how automation is already used to overcome them, and how could it be in future.  Other speakers in this session include Richard Baker, CEO, Geospock and Toby Simpson, Chief Technology Officer,


As with all CW events, academic institutions, not for profits and professionals working in the sector but unable to afford the ticket price can apply for free tickets. Please contact to explore this opportunity.

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