Michela Meo


Prof. Michela Meo, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Title: Toward Sustainable Networks
Abstract: It has been estimated that the communications industry could use 20% of all the world electricity and emit up to 5.5% of the world carbon emissions by 2025, due to the deployment of 5G technology, supporting high-rate multimedia applications and carrying the traffic generated by several connected cars and machines, with robots and digitalized systems producing huge amounts of data to be stored in data centers. In addition, one billion more people will start being connected in developing countries, further increasing the number of devices and demand for services. In the last 10 years, a lot of efforts have been devoted to the improvement of energy efficiency of the ICT infrastructure of wireless and wired networks, as well as data center. While much has been done in this direction, networks are still mainly powered by fossil fuels and the fast increase of ICT power demand calls for a holistic approach to sustainability in which energy generation and management is integrated in the infrastructure design and operation. In the talk, we will discuss some challenges related to network sustainability and the need to include energy generation and management in wireless network design.
Short bio: Michela Meo is a professor at Politecnico di Torino in Communication Engineering. She 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. She was Deputy Rector of Politecnico di Torino from March 2017 to March 2018. Her research interests include green networking, energy-efficient mobile networks and data centers, Internet traffic classification and characterization. She co-authored about 200 papers, edited a book with Wiley on Green Communications and edited special issues of international journals, including ACM Monet, Performance Evaluation, and Elsevier Computer Networks. She chairs the International Advisory Council of the International Teletraffic Conference and was chair of the Steering Committee of IEEE Online GreenComm. She was associate editor of ACM/IEEE Transactions of Networking and Green Series of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications, and she is now area editor of IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking and associate editor of IEEE Communication Surveys and Tutorials.