Thomas Bohnert

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Thomas Michael Bohnert ( is Professor at Zurich University of Applied Sciences. He heads the Research Area Service Engineering, hosting the InIT Cloud Computing Laboratory (ICCLab) and Service Prototyping Lab (SPLab). 

His interests are enabling ICT infrastructures and service platforms, coarsely ranging from mobile networks over cloud computing to cloud-robotics.

Prior to ZHAW he was with SAP Research and SIEMENS Corporate Technology. He was a visiting scholar at NEC Network Research Labs, Tampere University of Technology, VTT Technical Research Centre, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications during his PhD studies at the University of Coimbra. Since 2002 he runs a ICT consultancy business (NGINET).

His works have been published in several books, journals, and conferences. He serves as regional correspondent (Europe) for the IEEE Communication Magazine’s news section (GCN).

He is founder of the IEEE Broadband Wireless Access Workshop ( and holds many project and conference chairs. From 2009-1011 he was on the steering board of the European Technology Platform Net!Works and co-chairs the EC DG NET FUTURES Future Internet Cluster. He acts as president of the Cloud Computing SIG of the Swiss Association of Computer Science as well as board member of the association at large.

The Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership ( appointment him as Deputy Chief Architect, presiding the FI-PPP Architecture Board and the FI-WARE project. He is the technical coordinator of the Mobile Cloud Networking project.

Thomas provides his expertise to several expert groups of the European Commission on the future of ICT research. The same applies to his role as regular proposal evaluator and project reviewer for the European Commission, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the DAAD in Germany.
Keynote 2 : Mobile Cloud Networking - The Pioneer of Virtualized Mobile Networks

Mobile Cloud Networking was the first project proposing virtualization of mobile networks, long before ETSI NFV and all related activities. The project was defined in 2008, started in 2012, and finished in May 2016. This talk will present the project and its impacts, and will conclude on the future of NFV.