Keynote Lecturer (2015):

Michela Meo
Politecnico di Torino, Italy




Title: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE MOBILE ACCESS NETWORKS



Brief Bio
Michela Meo received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic and telecommunications engineering in 1997, both from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Since November 2006, she is associate professor at the Politecnico di Torino. She coauthored almost 200 papers, about 60 of which are in international journals. She edited several special issues of international journals, including IEEE Internet Computing, ACM Monet, Performance Evaluation, and Computer Networks. She was program co-chair of two editions of ACM MSWiM, general chair of another edition of ACM MSWiM and of IEEE Online GreenComm, program co-chair of the IEEE QoS-IP, IEEE MoVeNet 2007, and IEEE ISCC 2009, IEEE Online GreenComm 2012, IEEE InfocomMiniconference 2013, and she will chair the TPC of ITC 2015. She is associate editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and she chairs the Steering Committee of IEEE Online GreenComm. Her research interests include the field of green networking, performance evaluation and modeling and traffic classification and characterization.


Abstract
The recent staggering estimates of the huge energy consumption of the ICT has raised the awareness that new approaches for reducing energy consumption are needed in all the sectors of ICT, networking included. New solutions and design paradigms are needed for mobile access networks, whose large consumption derives from the networks being composed of many devices that consume relatively much. Some of the most promising techniques for reducing energy consumption of wireless access networks is dynamic stand-by of network equipment. This approach exploits the fact that during low-load periods, a fraction of the deployed equipment becomes unnecessary and can enter some low-consumption mode. In this talk, some of these approaches will be presented and their effectiveness will be discussed. Finally, we will motivate the need to shift the attention from energy efficiency to sustainability. Indeed, reducing energy consumption might not be enough to guarantee network sustainability, given the dramatic increase of the demand for services that is expected for the next 10 years. We will present some scenarios in which the use of solar energy to power base stations of cellular networks is becoming increasingly interesting.