• Network Programmability: Emerging methodologies, technologies, and applications

    July 09-15, 2017

  • Network Programmability: Emerging methodologies, technologies, and applications

    July 09-15, 2017

Aim and scope:
To face the emerging needs for service flexibility, network efficiency, traffic diversification, and network security and reliability, today's networks are called to support an unprecedented degree of flexibility and programmability. Goal of the summer school is to provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging methodologies and technologies for network programmability and their impact on modern application scenarios, as well as identify and address major open issues and challenges behind the current network softwarization trend.

With the help of four distinguished international renowned guest lecturers and with a further set of invited high quality targeted tutorials, the students will be provided with an introduction to a variety of hot topics in this field, including (but not restricting to) control and management of software defined networks, network function virtualization paradigms, principles of network service orchestration, deployment approaches, insights on emerging data plane programming technologies and underlying HW architectures, network programming languages and verification techniques, and so on.

Besides frontal lectures and tutorials, the schedule further comprises hands-on sessions, to permit the students to gain concrete experience with selected methodologies and programming technologies.


Invited Talks

  • Stefano Paris
    A view to Software Defined Network through an Algorithmic Perspective
    Huawei, France
  • Giuseppe Bianchi1, Antonio Capone2
    Stateful data planes in Software Defined Networks
    1 University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
    2 Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Giacomo Morabito
    Wireless Software Defined Networks
    University of Catania, Italy
  • Roberto Bifulco
    Rethinking the design of software network functions: challenges and opportunities
    NEC Labs Europe, Germany


Tentative Program

The official language is English.

Travel and accomodation

Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (very close to the same hotels) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).


Two kinds of participants are welcome.

Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon coursework and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. Passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program.

Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.

Registration fee is 500 €. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffee breaks. Late registration is 600 €. 
Early registration applications can be submitted from January 31st, 2017 up to  May 30th, 2017. Late registrations will be accepted until May 30th, 2017. Admission notification will start on March 1st, 2017, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae.

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  • Application are closed since the maximum number of participant has been reached. 

Call for posters/short oral presentations

Participants wishing to present their work may prepare a poster (Size: max A0 (842 x 1189 mm)) or a short oral presentation (5 minutes) within special sessions organized by the school. More details about the sessions will be available on the school program.

Those who plan to present a poster or presentation must send an email with a short abstract to liparischool@dmi.unict.it no lather than June 16th 2017.

Please note that only accepted participants may submit a request for poster/presentation.

Acceptance to the school is not subject to the submission of a poster or a short oral presentation.

The selection of presentations/posters will be based on the scientific merit of the proposal and the time of submission.


Giuseppe Bianchi (University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)
Antonio Capone (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Sergio Palazzo (University of Catania, Italy)

Lipari School Permanent Director

Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, Italy)

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