IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
15-19 April 2018 // Honolulu, HI // USA


Panel I: TBD


Panel II: Fog Computing and Networking – What’s Next?


Date: April 18, 2018

Moderator: Douglas N. Zuckerman (Vencore Labs)


Mung Chiang (Purdue University)
Alexander Poylisher (Vencore Labs)
Hyung-Yu Wei (National Taiwan University, NTU)
John K. Zao (Taiwan Chiao-Tung University, NCTU)
Tao Zhang (Cisco)


Clouds alone are becoming increasingly inadequate for supporting the emerging systems and applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT), 5G wireless systems, Big Data, edge analytics, and embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Fog computing and networking – or fog – has emerged to fill the gaps by placing computing, networking, management, and control functions anywhere along the cloud-to-things continuum where these functions can best meet users’ requirements. The immersive fogs can address many challenges that clouds cannot effectively address, such as real-time edge analytics and local control, connecting and protecting the vast spectrum of resource-constrained devices, and overcoming network bandwidth and availability constraints.  This new fog paradigm brings both new business opportunities and exciting research challenges, calling for fundamental rethinking of computing and networking architectures that can disrupt existing business models and reshape industry landscapes.  On this panel, industry and academia experts will discuss their visions for the road ahead for fog, focusing on research challenges in fulfilling the full potential of fog computing and networking.  This will include the lead role being played by the IEEE and the OpenFog Consortium in enabling its development.




Douglas N. Zuckerman – An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Doug Zuckerman is a past IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, USA, and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he is still active in standards as a representative to the OpenFog Consortium where as a board member. He is also a consulting employee for Vencore Labs. He recently served on the IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors and is serving on the IEEE Future Directions Committee.


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Director of EDGE Lab, Princeton University; Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University and a visiting professor at Princeton University.  Formerly, he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers. His textbook “Networks: Friends, Money and Bytes” and online course reached 250,000 students since 2012.

Dr. Chiang founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. He co-founded a few startups in mobile, IoT and big data areas. He is also a co-founder and board member of OpenFog Consortium. 



Alexander Poylisher - Dr. Poylisher has been doing applied computer science at Vencore Labs (formerly Bellcore/Telcordia/Applied Communication Sciences) for over 20 years, working on diverse problems in performance, modeling/simulation/virtualization, and security of distributed systems and protocols, particularly in wireless networks, on multiple DARPA and U.S. Army programs.  He is currently the PI of the Vencore Labs/UPenn/Princeton team on the DARPA Dispersed Computing program.



Hung-Yu Wei received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He was a summer intern at Telcordia Applied Research in 2000 and 2001. He was with NEC Labs America from 2003 to 2005. He joined National Taiwan University in 2005. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering at National Taiwan University. His research interests include broadband wireless, vehicular networking, IoT, and game theoretic models for networking. He was a consulting member of the Acts and Regulation Committee of the National Communications Commission. He actively participates in wireless communications standardization activities. He was the recipient of K. T. Li Young Researcher Award from ACM Taipei Chapter and IICM in 2012, CIEE Excellent Young Engineer Award in 2014, the NTU Excellent Teaching Award in 2008. He also received Wu Ta You Memorial Award from Ministry of Science and Technology in 2015. He is the chair of IEEE VTS Taipei Chapter. 



Dr. John Zao is the Founding Chairman of the IEEE Standard Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework and the Founding Vice-chairman of the IEEE Standard Committee on Edge/Fog/Cloud Communications with IoT and Big Data. He is also the Co-chairman of the Security Working Group in OpenFog Consortium.

Dr. Zao is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of the Taiwan Chiao Tung University. Before returning to Asia, he served as a Senior/Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Information Security Department of BBN Technologies in Cambridge, MA, USA. During his tenure at BBN, he served as the PI/Co-PI of five DARPA projects on Information Assurance and Internet Security with a total grant of $12M. He was the lead developer of policy management framework of IP Security Protocols and a member of the US Army Task Force XXI Tactical Internet Gray-Beard Panel.

Dr. Zao is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded SecurKey Systems while he was studying for his MS degree in University of Toronto. In 2015 and 2016, he founded Cerebra Technologies in Hsinchu, Taiwan and NGoggle in San Diego, USA respectively with Prof. Tzyy-Ping Jung (UCSD Swartz Center in Computational Neuroscience), Prof. Felipe Medeiros (UCSD Hamilton Glaucoma Center), Prof. Yi-Pai Huang (NCTU Photonics Dept.) and Stanley Kim (SigMed, San Diego) to develop an neuromonitoring and neuromodulating goggle using Virtual Reality and Fog Computing-based adaptive neurofeedback.


For over 25 years, Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, has been in various technical and executive positions in leading strategies, research, and product development, which have led to disruptive technology, standards, and products in fog computing, IoT, vehicular networks, all-IP cellular networks (3G/4G), and fiber optic networks.

He joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist / CTO for Smart Connected Vehicles. He is with Cisco’s Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, where he drives strategies, new technology development and incubation, and global eco-systems for fog computing and IoT security. Prior to Cisco, he was Chief Scientist and Director of Wireless and Vehicular Networks at Telcordia Technologies. He managed multiple R&D groups and customer-funded R&D programs that helped Telcordia break into new industries such as connected vehicles and 3G/4G mobile networks, established Telcordia as a leader in these industries, and created new technologies that have been incorporated into international standards and led to first-in-the-industry commercial products.

Dr. Zhang is a Cofounder and a Board Director of the OpenFog Consortium. He was a Cofounder and a founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). He is the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society (2016 and 2017). He holds over 50 US patents and co-authored 2 books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004). He is a Chair Professor at National Chiao Tung University and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has been an advisory board member for multiple organizations. He cofounded and served on key leadership roles for multiple international conferences and has been on editorial boards or a guest editor for numerous technical journals.