Experience in research and deployment of AI-based techniques for “networks”

Speaker : Diego Perino
Date: 30/06/2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom + LINCS


In the talk we will first present Telefonica Research, a team of researchers in Machine Learning/Deep Learning, Human Computer Interaction, Security/Privacy and Networks/Systems and highlight potential collaboration opportunities. The aim of the team is to carry research studies on mid to long-term related to several technological areas of interest to the Telefónica Group following an open research model and generating impact through technology transfers. We will then focus on one of the key area we are working on that is Artificial Intelligence applied to “networks”. Indeed, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is recognized as a main driver for future telco industry business and digital transformation. It will lead towards increasingly autonomous and intelligent networks, will improve customer experience, and generate significant economic impact.

However, despite this relevance and two decades of research in applying AI techniques to networks, there is still a limited applicability of AI technologies to actual production environments.

In this talk we will present our experience in research and deployment of AI-based techniques in a large technology company. We will overview several use cases including fixed and mobile networks, platforms, network access, end user devices where we have developed novel machine learning and deep learning algorithms. We then zoom into two use cases where AI can bring significant benefits, namely advanced network operations in rural areas mobile network deployments and in an international roaming platform. Finally, we will discuss lessons learned during this process and the relevant research and innovation directions. 


Diego Perino is  the Director of Telefonica Research and lead a team of researchers in Machine Learning/Deep Learning, HCI, Privacy/Security, Networks and Systems. He also recently led ARIANA, a Telefonica Innovation startup project leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Automatic Network Actions.  Previously he worked at Bell Labs (Paris, France) from September 2009 to June 2016 and six months at NICTA (Sydney, Australia) in 2016 as visiting researcher. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Paris Diderot-Paris 7 university in 2009: the thesis was a collaboration between Orange Labs and INRIA through a CIFRE contract.