Distinguished Expert Panel

Security management for network and service engineering in the era of digital transformation and AI.

16:00 - 17:00 CET on Thursday November 5, 2020


  • Aiko Pras, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Joseph Salowey, Salesforce, Seattle, USA
  • Sandra Scott-Heyward, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Mohammad Zulkernine, Queen’s University, Canada

Aiko Praz

Aiko Pras is full professor in the area of Network Operations and Management with a focus on Internet Security at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In 1995 he received a Ph.D. degree for his thesis titled "Network Management Architectures". In 2016 he has been honoured with the IFIP/IEEE “Salah Aidarous Memorial Award” for providing unremitting service and dedication to the IT and Telecommunications Network Operations and Management community. He is research coordinator of the EU Concordia project, which is one of the four Cybersecurity Competence Networks within Europe, and "Beirat" of the CODE Cybersecurity research institute in München. Aiko is interested in questions like Digital Independence and Internet security, with a research focus on DDoS attacks and DNS security. His approach is usually based on measurements.

Joseph Salowey

Joseph Salowey is a Product Security Engineer working at Salesforce by way of the Tableau Software acquisition where he has worked since 2015. He develops innovative ways to deliver state-of-the-art secure products and services to customers. He mainly focuses in the areas of architecture, secure development practices, cryptography and privacy. Prior to Tableau he was employed at Cisco Systems designing network management and security solutions across a broad spectrum of products. He holds over 30 patents in the areas of security and network management.

Joe has spent over 2 decades working on open security standards within the IETF and IEEE. He has authored over 20 security and network management IETF RFCs and participated in the development of multiple secure communication standards in the IEEE 802.1 and 802.11 working groups. Currently he is co-chair for the Transport Layer Security (TLS), Extensible Authentication Protocol Method Update (EMU) and Privacy Pass working groups in the IETF.

Sandra Scott-Hayward

Sandra Scott-Hayward received the Ph.D. degree from Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., in 2013, where she is currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) with the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a Member of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies. She began her career in industry, and became a Chartered Engineer in 2006 having worked as a Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Leader with Airbus. She has published a series of IEEE papers on performance and security designs for SDN, co-edited a Springer book Guide to Security in SDN and NFV–Challenges, Opportunities, and Applications published in December 2017, and served on the TPC of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences. Her research interests include the development of network security architectures and security functions for software-defined networks (SDN). She received Outstanding Technical Contributor and Outstanding Leadership awards from the ONF in 2015 and 2016, respectively. She is the TPC Co-Chair for IEEE NFV-SDN 2020. She was elected and served as the Vice-Chair of the Open Networking Foundation Security Working Group from 2015 to 2017.

Mohammad Zulkernine

Mohammad Zulkernine is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Software Reliability and Security in the School of Computing of Queen’s University, Canada, where he leads the Queen’s Reliable Software Technology (QRST) research group. Dr. Zulkernine has been serving as the Graduate Chair of the school. He joined Queen’s in 2003 and spent his sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of Trento, Italy and as a research scientist at Irdeto Canada. Dr. Zulkernine is a senior member of the IEEE and the ACM, and a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada. His current research focuses on building reliable and secure software systems for cloud, connected vehicles, mobile operating systems, and internet of things. His research projects are supported by a number of provincial and federal research funding agencies and industry partners. Dr. Zulkernine has published peer-reviewed research papers extensively and led many research projects while collaborating in a number of industry supported multi-university projects including European Union and Canada-Africa international projects. He has been at leadership positions such as general chair, organizing chair and program chair of many major research conferences and workshops. More information about Dr. Zulkernine are available at http://research.cs.queensu.ca/home/mzulker/.


  • Hanan Lutfiyya, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Rolf Stadler, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Hanan Lutfiyya

Dr. Hanan Lutfiyya is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include Internet of Things, software engineering, self-adaptive and self-managing systems, autonomic computing, policies and monitoring and diagnostics. Her research group in collaboration with industrial and government partners investigates different aspects of reliable software and systems. She is currently collaborating with Bell Canada on smart cities and Tillsonburg Hydro on smart grids. She has received funding from Ontario Research Fund (ORF), NSERC, IBM, Samsung, Fujitsu and Canada’s Communications Research Centre (CRC).

Professor Lutfiyya is currently on the NSERC Strategic Networks Committee and is a past member of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant Committee, and a past member and Chair of an NSERC Strategic Grants Committee. Professor Lutfiyya is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, was a co-editor of a special issue of TNSM on the use of analytics in management and recently served as program co-chair of IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium. She recently was on the steering committee for the Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. She has served on program committees of numerous conferences and workshops, on the editorial board of invited journal issues and books, and as session chair at many conferences.

Rolf Stadler

Rolf Stadler is a professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and head of the Division of Network and Systems Engineering. He holds an M.Sc. degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Zurich. Before joining KTH in 2001, he held positions at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Columbia University, and ETH Zürich. His group made contributions to real-time monitoring, resource management, and automation for large-scale networked systems. His current interests include intelligent monitoring techniques and data-driven methods for network engineering and management. Rolf Stadler has been Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM) 2014-2017.