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Prodip Sen

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Director / Chief Technology Officer Network Functions Virtualization Business

Dr. Prodip Sen is currently Chief Technology Officer of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) at HPE, where he is responsible for the technology strategy and industry engagement for the NFV business unit. His current focus is to foster the generation of solutions and techniques that will accelerate the use of Software Defined Networking (SDN) approaches in service provider networks. Dr. Sen is part of the core group of individuals who have been instrumental in creating the NFV industry movement, and continue to energize the industry and push its boundaries. This included authoring the oft-quoted white paper that called the industry to action in the cause of NFV, and creating a major industry forum - the ETSI Industry Specification Group on Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV ISG) - to address the issues raised by the white paper. He served as the first Chair of this forum from January 2013 to July 2014, and is still active in helping set the strategic direction for its activities.

Dr. Sen and his industry colleagues have recently created a new industry activity to help accelerate the implementation of software and platforms for NFV – Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV). This is an open source activity hosted under the Linux Foundation, which will leverage existing open source projects to create a reference platform for NFV. Dr. Sen is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for OPNFV. He is a former board member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), and currently serves on the Executive Council of the ONF.

Prior to joining HP Dr. Sen was at Verizon, where he was most recently Director of Advanced Network Architecture, responsible for assessment of new technologies and architectures, definition of the target architecture and network evolution strategy. Previous assignments at Verizon cover a variety of architecture, design and system engineering activities, in support of data and multimedia services. Prior to joining Verizon, he held positions at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY (now NYU Poly) and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Sen has conducted research in computer communication networks, network management, decision theory, system theory and control theory. He has taught courses in communication networks, digital communications, signal processing, and control theory. Dr. Sen is a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.