IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications
18-20 November 2020 // Virtual Conference

Special Sessions

Special Session: Next Challenges and Applications in Programmable Data Planes

Summary: Data plane programmability is currently reshaping traditional network device’s usage and operation, and ultimately the network infrastructure as a whole. Modern academia and industry efforts have shown a multitude of disruptive network applications such as fine-grained network telemetry, in-network caching/data aggregation, and adaptive routing mechanisms — to name a few examples. This special track aims to bring together researchers from Latin America and the entire world to discuss their ongoing research that covers recent advances in programmable data planes.

Chair: Marcelo Luizelli

Biography: Marcelo Luizelli is currently an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Pampa (UNIPAMPA), Brazil (since 2017). He held a PhD degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) under the supervision of Prof. Luciano Paschoal Gaspary and Prof. Luciana Salete Buriol. In 2016, he visited the Computer Science Department of Technion University and NOKIA Bell Labs (Israel) under supervision of Prof. Danny Raz. His research is broadly focused in the field of networking and combinatorial optimisation. He has also been working with Network Function Virtualization, Software-Defined Networks, and Programmable Data Planes.

Special Session: Challenges and Applications in Hybrid VLC Communication Systems

Summary:The rising demand for high data rates, especially in indoor scenarios, overloads conventional RF technologies. Therefore, complementary technologies such as visible light communication (VLC) have been proposed, where a light source is used for both illumination and data transmission. VLC is appealing for a wide range of applications, including reliable communications with low latency. Despite the major advantages of VLC technology and a variety of applications, its use has been delayed because of various factors, such as its dependency on the line-of-sight connectivity. Recently, hybrid RF/VLC systems have been proposed to take advantage of the high capacity of VLC links and better connectivity of the RF links. Thus, hybrid RF/VLC systems are envisioned as a key enabler to improve the user rates and mobility, as well as to optimize the capacity, interference, and power consumption of the overall network. This special track aims to bring together researchers from Latin America and the entire world to discuss their research on recent advances and applications in hybrid VLC communication systems.

Dr. Cesar Azurdia Meza, Universidad de Chile (
Dr. David Zavala-Blanco, Universidad Católica del Maule (
Dr. Ismael Soto, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (
Dr. Fabián Seguel, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (

Biography: Cesar A. Azurdia-Meza. He received the B.Sc. degree in electronical engineering from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala, in 2005, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Linnaeus University, Sweden, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and radio engineering from Kyung Hee University, South Korea, in 2013. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Chile, as an Assistant Professor in August 2013, where he is currently lecturing on wireless and mobile communication systems. His research interests include topics such as Nyquist’s ISI criterion, OFDM based systems, SC-FDMA, visible light communication systems, vehicular communications, 5G and beyond enabling technologies, and signal processing techniques for communication systems. He is an IEEE Communications Society Member and a member of the IEICE Communications Society. He has served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member for multiple conferences, and a Reviewer in journals such as the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, Wireless Personal Communications, IEEE ACCESS, IET Communications, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, among others. He was co-recipient of the 2019 IEEE LATINCOM Best Paper Award and the 2016 IEEE CONESCAPAN Best Paper Award.