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**Brazil Workshop Tentative Dates Oct 15-16, 2015**

Important Dates: January 8-9, 2015

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3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181
Main Workshop: Room 122
Lunch: Room 114 Thursday, Jan 8; Room 115 Friday, Jan 9

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Welcome Reception:

Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time: 6:00pm -8:00pm
Location: Marenas Hotel 18683 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Direction to Marenas Hotel here
Parking for the event is $5 and $15 for this night


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DAY 1 (Thursday, 8-January 2015)

7:00    Bus leaves from Marenas Hotel to Kovens Conference Center

7:30    Continental Breakfast at Kovens Center

8:30    Welcome  – FIU, Jason Liu & Dean Amir Mirmiran
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8:45    Welcome Address – NSF, Bryan Lyles


9:00    Keynote #1, Darleen Fisher, NSF

Download pdf presentation here.

Title: Future (International) Internet Research

Abstract: In this talk Dr. Darleen Fisher explores possible ways to discover and explore potential new research topics.  She uses the Future Internet Architecture (FIA) projects, which pursued the grand challenge of designing new secure Internets that meet the needs of the 21st century, as case studies of innovative collaborative research and draws on 25 years of  networking research program management.  Research ideas can come from emerging social, technical and networking trends and research enablerssuch as new technologies and resources, as well as from demands and requirements of new networking environments.  In addition Dr. Fisher suggest ways to explore a research problem that makes for successful research proposals.

About Darleen Fisher:

Dr. Darleen Fisher is Program Director and Cluster Lead, Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) Cluster, in the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  She also manages the Future Internet Architecture activities to explore and develop new Internets that meet the needs of the 21st century.  Dr. Fisher served as Program Director and Cluster Lead for the Network Science and Engineering (NetSE) program from 2008 through 2011 and as Acting Deputy Director for the Divisions of Experimental and Integrative Activities and the Computer and Network Systems in CISE from 2002 to 2004. During the same time period she was the Program Director for the Research Infrastructure Program before taking the NeTS position. From 2000 to 2002 Dr. Fisher was a Visiting Scholar in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley.  Before that she was a program manager for the Networking Research and Special Projects in Networking programs (CISE).

9:30    Keynote #2, Antonio Abelem,  Federal University of Pará (UFPA)

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Title: Brazilian Testbed for Future Internet (FIBRE) and the Research Opportunities Between The US and Brazil

Abstract: Recently a group of R&E Brazilian organizations designed and implemented a large-scale Future Internet (FI) research facility in a collaboration project with Europe. The FIBRE (Future Internet Brazilian Research Environment) testbed is currently composed by a federation of 10 local testbeds (a.k.a. experimental islands) and combines heterogeneous physical resources and different technologies, including OpenFlow, wireless and optical communications. The FIBRE testbed promotes involvement of and technology transfer to the industrial sector, to prepare for Future Internet needs, especially involving OpenFlow and SDN approaches. The rich research and experimentation realistic environment creates a lot of opportunities of collaboration in Future Internet area. I will highlight some research opportunities between the US and Brazil in this theme, which could enable and encourage closer and more extensive bilateral cooperation in FI research and experimentation, as well as strengthening the participation of both communities in the increasingly global collaborations in this important area of network research and development.

About Antônio Abelém:

Antônio Jorge Gomes AbelémAntônio Jorge Gomes Abelém (UFPA)
abelem at ufpa dot br

Antônio holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Pará (1990), MS in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1994) and Ph.D. in Computer Science also from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2003). He currently is Associate Professor at Federal University of Pará (UFPA). He holds several other positions, as coordinator, director in academic and industrial projects. Recently, he was the main coordinator of the project FIBRE (Future Internet Testbeds Experimentation Between Brazil and Europe). His current research interests include future internet, software-defined networks, cloud computing, wireless networks, Internet of things and Global Access to the Internet for All.

10:00  Keynote #3, Chip Elliot, Raytheon BBN Technologies

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Title: Looking Beyond the Internet

Abstract: All of us are now in a unique position to look beyond today’s Internet, and to work together to get to this new place. Here’s my thesis: SDN is just an opening act. A major transformation of the Internet has begun. We can now catch glimpses of what lies beyond. Best of all, we can get there by a series of step by step actions.

About Chip Elliott:

Chip Elliott, PhD
GENI Futures Director
celliott at bbn dot com

Chip Elliott is Principal Investigator for GENI, a nationwide suite of experimental infrastructure being created by the National Science Foundation for at-scale research in future internet architectures, services, and security. He is Chief Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth College, a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and an active inventor with 90 patents. Mr. Elliott has served on many national panels and has held visiting faculty positions at Tunghai University in Taiwan and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

10:30  Break – Morning Refreshment Break

11:00  Introduction by each Participant (2 minutes each)         Moderator: Heidi Morgan

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Each participant will have 2 minutes to say the following:

– Description of who they are
– Research interests and main results
– Current and potential USA collaborations
– Themes they think fit best for USA-Brazil research collaboratiion

About Heidi Morgan:

heidealvarezCo-PI: Heidi L. Morgan, PhD
Director of CIARA
heidi at fiu dot edu

Heidi L. Morgan, PhD. is the Director of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) at Florida International University. She is a Co-PI for several NSF funded projects including SwitchOn – Exploring and Strengthening US-Brazil Collaborations in Future Internet Research (, PIRE: Training and Workshops in Data Intensive Computing Using The Open Science Data Cloud (, Americas Lightpaths: Increasing the Rate of Discovery and Enhancing Education across the Americas ( and the AMPATH International Exchange Point in Miami. Heidi enjoys working to advance research and education networking initiatives in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America and collaborating with likeminded professionals in the US and around the world.

12:30  Lunch (Room 114)


13:30  Guidelines and Charge to Participants       Moderator: Jason Liu

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There will be three breakout sessions: 1) future networks design and applications, 2) clouds and data center networking, and 3) cyberinfrastructure design and development. The objectives of the breakout session are: 1) to identify major research themes and strategic topics in each area, 2) to identify potential research opportunities in each area,  3) to identify existing and future collaborations and collaborators in each area, and 4) to identify the demand for future large-scale international collaborations.

About Jason Liu:

jasonliu_sPI: Jason Liu, PhD
liux at cis dot fiu dot edu

Jason Liu is an Associate Professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, USA. He received a B.A. degree in Computer Science from Beijing University of Technology in China in 1993, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from College of William and Mary in US in 2000, and a PhD degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in US in 2003. His research interests include parallel discrete-event simulation, high-performance modeling and simulation of communication networks and computer systems. Dr. Liu is currently a steering committee member for the PADS conference and an associate editor for the SIMULATIONS journal. He is also the general co-chair for the 26th ACM/IEEE/SCS Workshop on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation (PADS 2012). Previously he served as the general chair for MASCOTS’10 and SIMUTools’11, and as the program chair for SIMUTools’10 and PADS’08. He also served on the technical committees for many conferences.

14:00  Breakout Session

15:30  Break – Afternoon Refreshment Break

16:00 Reports from Breakouts with Q&A

Breakout – Cyberinfrastructure [Download pdf presentation]
Breakout – Clouds and data center networking [Download pdf presentation and notes]
Breakout – Future networks design and applications [Download pdf notes]

17:00  Panel: Funding opportunities          Moderator: Julio Ibarra

This panel will explore funding opportunities to develop an international research collaboration between the U.S. and Brazil.  The panel members will impart knowledge to guide the organizers and the researchers on the kinds of funding that could be useful to develop an international collaboration between the U.S. and Brazil.  Existing funding programs at the NSF and in Brazil’s funding agencies that could be leveraged shall also be discussed.  Finally, the requirements to support creating a joint program of future internet research collaboration between the NSF and Brazil’s funding agencies will be explored.

Invited Panelists are:
Bryan Lyles, Darleen Fisher, and Glenn Ricart.
Luis Lopez, Michael Stanton and Dorgival Guedes.

About Julio Ibarra:

julioibarraCo-PI: Julio E. Ibarra, PhD
Assistant VP of CIARA
julio at fiu dot edu

As the Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research at FIU, Dr. Julio Ibarra is responsible for furthering the mission of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) – to contribute to the pace and the quality of research at FIU through the application of advanced Cyberinfrastructure. He is responsible for strategic planning and development of advanced research networking services, including the development and management of the AMPATH International Exchange Point for Research and Education networks, in Miami, Florida.  He holds B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from FIU, and Ph.D. in Telematics and Information Technology from Twente University.

18:00  Wrap up for the day

18:30  Bus to restaurant for group dinner

19:00  Group Dinner (La Montanara, 18851 Northeast 29th Avenue, Aventura, FL 33180  | MENU  | (305) 974-0147

22:00  Bus to return to hotel


DAY 2 (Friday, 9-January 2015)

7:30    Bus leaves from Marenas Hotel to Kovens Conference Center

7:45    Continental Breakfast at Kovens Center

8:55    Infrastructure Talks kickoff  Moderator: Julio Ibarra

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The goal of the infrastructure session is to inform the researchers of the network infrastructure that’s available for conducting “at-scale” network experiments, and to report on the milestones that have been achieved over the past 10 years.  Presentations have been organized to focus on evolution of different levels of the end-to-end network infrastructure: (1) The Campus, Exchange Points and Regional CI; (2) National Research and Education Networks; (3) State Networks; (4) Network technologies to enable future internet research; and (5) Linking all of these levels together into a coherent coordinated end-to-end network infrastructure.
The outcome we are aiming to achieve with this session is to stimulate researchers’ interest to propose collaborative research, pairing USA and Brazilian researchers and students to work on challenging problems; to conduct at-scale end-to-end experimentation to explore solutions to these problems; and to foster the formation of meaningful long-lasting relationships between US-Brazil researchers and students, as they trial and prototype their work.

Infrastructure Talks (15 minutes each):

9:00    Campus, Exchange Points, Regional CI       Julio Ibarra


About Julio Ibarra:

julioibarraCo-PI: Julio E. Ibarra, PhD
Assistant VP of CIARA
julio at fiu dot edu

As the Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research at FIU, Dr. Julio Ibarra is responsible for furthering the mission of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) – to contribute to the pace and the quality of research at FIU through the application of advanced Cyberinfrastructure. He is responsible for strategic planning and development of advanced research networking services, including the development and management of the AMPATH International Exchange Point for Research and Education networks, in Miami, Florida.  He holds B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from FIU, and Ph.D. in Telematics and Information Technology from Twente University.

9:15    NREN USA      Inder Monga

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About Inder Monga:

Inder Monga, Ph.D.
Division Deputy for Technology, Chief Technology Officer
IMonga at es dot net

Inder Monga advances networking services for collaborative and distributed science at ESnet, as well as contributes to ongoing research projects including Software-Defined Networking, OSCARS, perfSONAR, as well as the Advanced Network Testbed Initiatives. He was recently selected to be ONF’s Research Associate, co-chairs the Network Service Interface (NSI) working groupin OGF, and co-leads the Next-Generation architecture activity. Monga’s research interests include network virtualization, software-defined networking, grid/cloud computing and sensor networking. His work experience in the private sector has included network engineering for Wellfleet Communications and Canadian telecom company Nortel, where he focused on application and network convergence. Originally from India, Monga spent about 19 years in the greater Boston area. He earned his undergraduate degree in electrical/electronics engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, before coming to the U.S. to pursue his graduate studies in Boston University’s Electrical and Electronics Communication Systems Department.

9:30    NREN Brazil   Michael Stanton

Presentation pdf download here.

About Michael Stanton:

Michael Stanton (RNP)
michael at rnp dot br

Michael Stanton is Director of Research and Development at RNP, the Brazilian national research and education network. After a PhD in mathematics at Cambridge University in 1971, he has taught at several universities in Brazil, since 1994 as professor of computer networking at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro state, until his retirement in 2014. Between 1986 and 1993, he helped to kick-start research and education networking in Brazil, including the setting-up and running of both a regional network in Rio de Janeiro state (Rede-Rio) and RNP.  He returned to RNP in 2001, with responsibility for R&D and RNP involvement in new networking and large-scale collaboration projects.  Since 2012, Michael’s new international activities have included representing RNP on the Global CEO Forum’s Global Network Architecture (GNA) group, engaged in the design of the architecture of the future academic Internet, and joining the Council of the Research Data Alliance in 2014.

9:45    ANSP   Luis Lopez

Presentation pdf download here

About Luis Lopez:

luislopezLuis Lopez, PhD
Research Scientist USP
llopez at fiu dot edu

Prof. Lopez holds PhD in Mathematical Physics. Currently he is a professor at USP (Medicine School, University of São Paulo) and at FIU (Florida International University – Miami, USA). He is also the NARA Coordinator (Center for Advanced Networking Applications) of USP and Principal Investigator of the Project ANSP (Academic Network at São Paulo), funded by FAPESP (Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) and NSF (National Science Foundation).

10:00  Brocade          Norival Figueira

Presentation pdf download here.

About Norival Figueira:

Norival Figueira, PhD
Office of the CTO, Brocade
nfigueir at brocade dot com

Norival Figueira received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Figueira is currently a distinguished member of the Office of the CTO at Brocade, where he focuses on product strategy and technology vision. Previously, Dr. Figueira was on Brocade’s product management team, where he led the development of OpenFlow on Brocade routers. Prior to Brocade, Dr. Figueira served in senior leadership positions with Bay Networks, Nortel Networks, Hammerhead Systems, and Foundry Networks. Dr. Figueira is accredited with the issuance of 16 US patents in networking technology.

10:15  Padtec         Enrique Lozoya

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10:30  AmLight          Jeronimo Bezerra

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About Jeronimo Bezerra:

Jeronimo Bezerra
Sr. Network Engineer at FIU-CIARA
jbezerra at fiu dot edu

MSc in Mechatronics and BS in Computer Science by the Federal University of Bahia/Brazil, Jeronimo Bezerra has been involved with academic networks for the last 12 year. Currently, he is the AmLight Senior Network Engineer (, being responsible for the AmLight Software Defined Network and all its applications, protocols and performance requirements.

10:45  Break – Morning Refreshment Break

11:00  Future of USA-Brazil Research Collaborations       Moderator: Jason Liu

The session is expected to have 4-6 talks on the existing and future US-Brazil collaborations. The talks will also need to address the issues and challenges identified by the breakout discussions. There will be a sign-up board during the workshop and the signed up talks will be selected (according to relevancy, depth and breadth of the collaboration). Please sign up if you would like to present your collaborative work during this session.

Christian Esteve Rothenberg (Unicamp) presentation
Tereza Cristina Melo de Brito Carvalho (USP) presentation
Malathi Veeraraghavan (UVA) presentation
Flávio de Oliveira Silva (UFU) presentation
Alessandro Anzaloni (ITA) presentation
Glenn Ricart (US Ignite) presentation

12:00  Summary, Concluding remarks and next steps     Jason, Bryan, Luis

13:00  Report Writing Committee Meeting         Jason, Julio, Heidi, Cesar, Luis, Michael
13:00   Lunch (Room 115)

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Transport SwitchOn

Hotel Reservation:

If you are an invited USA participant, please call 305-348-4105 or email ( ) for accommodation details.

If you are Brazilian participant, you can make reservation at the following hotels using FIU corporate rate (by Dec 19, 2014):

Marenas Hotel 

18683 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
Direction to Marenas Hotel here

Direct URL for Attendee Registration at Marenas with group rate ($199 per night):
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* parking at Marenas Hotel cost about $27 per night

Additional suggested hotel (Reservations based on availability, you get 20% off regular rate ~$202 per night with FIU rate):

Courtyard Marriott Miami Aventura Mall
2825 NE 191st St, Aventura, FL 33180
Direction to the Marriott here
For reservations please call (305) 937-0805 and ask for FIU Corporate rate.

 *please call us 305-348-4105 (or ) in case you need assistance with your hotel booking.

Transportation from Fort Lauderdale Airport or Miami International Airport to Marenas Hotel or Marriott Courtyard can be made online using Super Shuttle  for approximately $30.

Taxi fares from Miami International Airport to Marenas Hotel or Marriott Courtyard is approximately $52.
Taxi fares from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Marenas Hotel or Marriott Courtyard is approximately $50.



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SwitchOn Workshops are supported by NSF Award #1443285.

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