Unlocking the value of 5G for industry verticals with orchestration and automation

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The 5G-VINNI project is proving how zero-touch digital orchestration can simplify network slicing and lay the foundation for reliable, profitable, industry-specific 5G services. Oslo University Hospital talks about some of the health-related use cases explored and what they’ve shown, while Nokia shares insights into its experiences with orchestration and automated network slicing.


Deepa Ramachandran

Director Product Management, Digital Operations, Nokia


As the Product Line Manager for Digital Operations Center, Deepa is responsible for steering the strategic portfolio with a focus on 5G network slicing. She is excited to help CSPs unlock the value of their networks and is driven by the purpose to build solutions that address real world usecases which transform life experiences. Deepa loves to explore the great outdoors, has a keen eye to appreciate culture and heritage and takes great interest in learning new languages

Ilangko Balasingham

PhD, Professor of Medical Signal Processing and Communications, Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital


Ilangko Balasingham received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electronic Systems, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway both in signal processing for communications. He performed his Master’s degree thesis at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, USA. He worked as a Research Engineer developing image and video streaming solutions for mobile handheld devices at Fast Search & Transfer ASA, Oslo, Norway, which is now part of Microsoft Inc. Since 2002 he has been with the Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway, where he heads the medical ICT R&D. He was appointed as a Professor in Medical Signal Processing and Communications at NTNU in 2006. For the academic year 2016/2017 he was Professor by courtesy at the Frontier Institute, Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan. His research interests include super robust short-range communications for both in-body and on-body sensors, body area sensor network, microwave short range sensing of vital signs, short range localization and tracking mobile sensors, and nanoscale communication networks. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and holds 7 patents and has given more than 25 invited/ keynotes at the international conferences. In addition, he is active in organizing conferences (Steering Committee Member of ACM NANOCOM; General Chair of the 2019 IEEE Int. Symposium of Medical ICT and the 2012 Body Area Networks (BODYNETS) conference; TPC Chair of the 2015 ACM NANOCOM) and editorial board (Area Editor of Elsevier Nano Communication Networks since 2013 and Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Communications and Networks since 2020).

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