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Dr. Faqir Zarrar Yousaf

Dr. Faqir Zarrar Yousaf

Research Coordination Officer

As a Research Coordination Officer, Zarrar serves as a liaison for NEC Corporation, Japan, facilitating seamless administrative processes and coordinating NEC Laboratories Europe’s research activities. Zarrar received his PhD from TU Dortmund, and with a tenure since 2011, he has worked as a senior researcher in the domain of 4G/5G mobile communication networks, with numerous publications and patents to his credit. Notably, Zarrar chaired the Solutions (SOL) working group within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG). Leveraging his experience, he cultivates collaborative ventures among NEC Laboratories Europe’s research groups and external stakeholders, bolstering NEC Corporation's competitive advantage. Zarrar's commitment lies in nurturing innovation and synergy to promote NEC Laboratories Europe’s research agenda.

Group Involvement, NEC Laboratories Europe

Research Interests

  • Innovation Management
  • 5G/6G Network Architecture & Management
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • AI/ML Automation
  • Generative AI applications


  • Kostas Kastalis, Zarrar Yousaf, et al., “NFV-MANO support for Orchestration and Management of the Virtualized RAN”, IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (CSCN). November 2023.
  • Nina Slamnik-Krijestorac, G. M. Yilma, F. Zarrar Yousaf, M. Liebsch, Johann M. Marquez-Barja, “Multi-domain MEC orchestration platform for enhanced Back Situation Awareness”, IEEE INFOCOM 2021 Demo.
  • R. Halili, F. Zarrar Yousaf, N. Slamnik-Krije, G. M. Yilma∗, M. Liebsch∗, et al., “Leveraging MEC in a 5G System for Enhanced Back Situation Awareness", 45th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), November 16-19, 2020.
  • E. Coronado, F. Zarrar Yousaf and R Riggio, “Demo: Deploying Transparent Applications at the Network Edges with LightEdge”, IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), 2020
  • M. Crippa, …, F. Zarrar Yousaf, B. Sayadi, “Resource Sharing for a 5G Multi-tenant and Multi-service Architecture”, COCOA – COmpetitive and COoperative Approaches for 5G networks (COCOA) Workshop, European Wireless, 2017.
  • F. Zarrar Yousaf, et al., “Network Slicing with Flexible Mobility and QoS/QoE Support for 5G Networks”, 4th International Workshop on 5G Architecture (5GARCH), IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2017
  • V. Sciancalepore, F. Giust, K. Samdanis, F. Zarrar Yousaf, “A double-tier MEC-NFV architecture: design and optimization”, IEEE Conference on Standards for Communications and Networking (CSCN), 2016
  • F. Zarrar Yousaf, C. Goncalves, L. Moreiera, X. Costa, “RAVA - Resource Aware VNF Agnostic NFV Orchestration Method for Virtualized Networks”, IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Valencia, September 2016.
  • M. Liebsch, F. Z. Yousaf, “Virtualized EPC - Runtime Offload for Fast Data-Plane Scaling”, IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Valencia, September 2016.
  • Edmonds, G. Carella, F. Zarrar Yousaf, C. Goncalves, T. M. Bohnert, T. Metsch, P. Bellavista, l. Foschini, “An OCCI-compliant Framework for Fine-grained Resource-aware Management in Mobile Cloud Networking”, 20th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication (ISCC), 2016, Italy


  • N. Slamnik-Krijestorac, F. Zarrar Yousaf, Girma M. Yilma, Rreze Halili, Marco Liebsch, Johann Marquez-Barja, “Edge-aware Cloud-native Service for Enhancing Back Situation Awareness in 5G-based Vehicular Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), September 2023.
  • R. Halili, F. Zarrar Yousaf, Nina Slamnik-Krijestorac, Girma M. Yilma, Marco Liebsch, Rafael Berkvens, “Self-correcting Algorithm for Estimated Time of Arrival of Emergency Responders on the Highway”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT), October 2022.
  • M. Asif Habibi, F. Zarrar Yousaf, H.D. Schotten, “Mapping the VNFs and VLs of a RAN Slice onto Intelligent PoPs in Beyond 5G Mobile Networks”, IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, April, 2022
  • N. Slamnik-Krijestorac, Nina; Yilma, Girma; Liebsch Marco; Yousaf, Faqir Zarrar; Marquez-Barja, Johann, “Collaborative orchestration of multi-domain edges from a Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) perspective”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, September 2021.
  • O. Bekkouche, F. Zarrar Yousaf, Xi Li, Tarik Taleb, “Management and Orchestration of Mobile Network Services over Federated Mobile Infrastructures”, IEEE Network Magazine, September 2021.
  • G.M. Yilma, F. Zarrar Yousaf, Vincenzo Sciancalepore, Xavier Costa-Perez, “Benchmarking Open-Source NFV MANO Systems: OSM vs ONAP”, Elsevier’s Journal on Computer Communications, 2020.
  • M. Asif Habibi, B. Han, F. Zarrar Yousaf, H.D. Schotten, “How Should Network Slice Instances be Provided to Multiple Use-cases of a Single Vertical Industry?”, IEEE Communication Magazine, 2020
  • E. Coronado, F. Zarrar Yousaf and R. Riggio, "LightEdge: Mapping the Evolution of Multi-Access Edge Computing in Cellular Networks", IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 24-30, April 2020
  • V. Sciancalepore, F. Zarrar Yousaf, et al, "A Future-proof Architecture for Management and Orchestration of Multi-domain NextGen Networks", IEEE Access, Vol 7, p. 79216 – 79232, June 2019
  • F. Zarrar Yousaf, V. Sciancalepore, M. Liebsch, X. Costa, “MANOaaS: A Multi-tenant NFV MANO for 5G Network Slices”, IEEE Communication Magazine Series on Telecom Software, Network Virtualization, and Software Defined Networks, May 2019
  • T. Taleb, I. Afolabi, K. Samdanis, F. Zarrar Yousaf, “On Multi-domain Network Slicing Orchestration Architecture & Federated Resource Control”, in IEEE Network Magazine, 2019.
  • V. Sciancalepore, F. Zarrar Yousaf, Xavier P. Costa, “z-TORCH: An Automated NFV Orchestration and Monitoring Solution”, IEEE Transaction on Networks Services and Management, 2018
  • Z. Zaidi, V. Friderikos, F. Zarrar Yousaf, S. Fletcher, M. Dohler, H. Aghvami, “Will SDN be part of 5G?”, IEEE Communications Survey and Tutorials, 2018
  • F. Zarrar Yousaf, M. Bredel, S. Schaller, F. Schneider, “NFV and SDN – Key Technology Enablers for 5G“, accepted at IEEE JSAC, Special issue on Emerging Technologies in Software-driven Communication, 2017.
  • F. Zarrar Yousaf, Christian Wietfeld, A. Mehmud, “Optimizing Tunnel Management in Predictive Handover Protocols”, Computer Networks (Elsevier’s International Journal of), 2016.


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