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Dr. Jesus Alonso-Zarate, CTTC, Spain
Title: Is the Future of the IoT Green?
Abstract: In this talk, I will try to provide a holistic and updated description of the State-of-the-Art related to Machine-Type Communications (MTC). The Internet of Everything foresees a hyper-connected World where humans, things, and machines will need to coexist together. They will be interconnected and Internet-connected via communication networks, which need to be redesigned to meet the requirements of MTC. I will review the key unique challenges of MTC that are trying to be solved within all the activities being carried out to specify the next generation of networks: the so-called 5G. However, since the Internet of Things is already here, the fundamental aim of the talk will be to think about what’s the next big thing. Are we ready for it?
Short bio: Jesus Alonso-Zarate – PhD, MBA, and IEEE Senior Member – is Head of the M2M Communications Department and Manager of the Communications Technologies Division at CTTC in Barcelona. Since 2010, he has published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers in the area of M2M communications and the Internet of Things. He has received various best paper awards in prestigious conferences and journals. He is very active in internationally collaborative R&D projects funded by the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA), and also the Spanish Government, being principal investigator in some of them. In addition, he is involved in research and technology transfer projects with industry. Since April 2015, he is Editor-in-Chief of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) Endorsed Transactions on the Internet of Things (IoT). In addition, he is part of the Editorial Board of the IET Wireless Sensor Systems Journal and the Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunication Technologies (ETT). Over the last 5 years, he has given more than 30 invited talks and tutorials in international events. More info at www.jesusalonsozarate.com.
   

 

 

 

 

Dr. Cicek Cavdar, KTH, Sweden
Title: Green 5G Mobile Networks: Virtualization, Cloudification and Densification
Abstract: Base stations consume the largest part (80%) of the total power consumption in wireless access networks, significant amount of which comes from the times when there are no active users transmitting. In this talk, traffic adaptive network operation strategies and new 5G network architectures will be presented considering virtualized cloud radio access networks (VC-RAN) and Massive MIMO systems. The first part of this talk presents the potential energy savings in VC-RAN where base stations (BS), and transport systems are virtualized and processing can be handled in the cloud. Virtual BSs can be formed dynamically as the user traffic moves in an area. The processing units can go to sleep together with the BSs and transport systems jointly in this energy optimized system. Massive MIMO is a promising technology to meet the exponential growth of mobile traffic demand providing a capacity boost by massive number of antennas. However, processing power gets also boosted in such a massive system calling for intelligent and load adaptive network operation techniques as the network load varies significantly throughout the day. The third part of this talk will be about a load adaptive multi-cell massive MIMO system where each base station (BS) adapts the number of antennas to the daily load profile (DLP) in order to maximize the downlink energy efficiency (EE). The EE maximization problem is formulated in a game theoretic framework where the number of antennas to be used by a BS is determined through best response iteration.
Short bio: Cicek Cavdar is a researcher at School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. She finished her Ph.D studies in Computer Science, University of California, Davis in 2008 and in Istanbul Technical University, Turkey in 2009. After her PhD, she worked as an Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering Department, Istanbul Technical University. She has been chairing several workshops on the green mobile broadband technologies and Green 5G Mobile Networks last few years co-located with IEEE ICC and Globecom. She serves as chair of the green communications track in ICC 2017 which will be held in Paris. At Wireless@KTH research center, she has been leading EU EIT Digital projects such as "5GrEEn: Towards Green 5G Mobile Networks" and "Seamless DA2GC in Europe". She is serving as the leader of Swedish cluster for the EU Celtic Plus project SooGREEN "Service Oriented Optimization of Green Mobile Networks". Her research interests include design and analysis of telecommunication networks with focus on 5G mobile networks, cloud computing, big data in the network, survivability, energy efficiency, end-to-end converged wireless-optical networks and 5G Network Architectures.
   

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Holger Claussen, Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland
Title: Future Evolution of Small Cell Networks
Abstract: Cellular traffic demand has been increasing exponentially over the past years, and current traffic forecasts indicate that this trend will continue with an expected 100x increase in the demand in the next 10 years. However, average revenues per user are declining, and energy consumption of networks already accounts for 1-2% of a country’s total energy consumption. As a result meeting the future capacity demand with traditional macrocellular networks is infeasible. In recent years it has been widely recognized that deploying small cells are a key component to addressing the capacity problem, and today the number of deployed small cells has already exceeded the number of macrocells worldwide. In this presentation the limits of scaling capacity further by densification and alternative means such as using more spectrum and more antennas are explored. It is shown that we are still far from reaching the limits of densification. Then, the impact of small cells on the energy efficiency of networks is discussed, and it is shown that when efficient idle modes are implemented, energy consumption is not a limiting factor anymore. However, with increasing the number of cells, cost-effective deployment and management becomes paramount. User deployed small cells in combination with, self-optimization capabilities are key enablers for large scale deployments. Joint optimization of Cell-ID, coverage and idle modes in a multi-vendor scenario is presented as one example. Finally, dense small cell networks can in addition to providing network capacity also provide more information to enable new services. Accurate indoor user localization has a high potential for creating such additional information. Different approaches and possibilities for exploitation in an enterprise environment are discussed.
Short bio: Holger Claussen is leader of Small Cells Research Department at Bell Labs, Nokia with a team in Ireland and the US. In this role, he and his team are innovating in all areas related to future evolution, deployment, and operation of small cell networks to enable exponential growth in mobile data traffic. His research in this domain has been commercialized in Nokia’s (formerly Alcatel-Lucent’s) Small Cell product portfolio and continues to have significant impact. He received the 2014 World Technology Award in the individual category Communications Technologies for innovative work of “the greatest likely long-term significance”. Prior to this, Holger was head of the Autonomous Networks and Systems Research Department at Bell Labs Ireland, where he directed research in the area of self-managing networks to enable the first large scale femtocell deployments from 2009 onwards. Holger joined Bell Labs in 2004, where he began his research in the areas of network optimization, cellular architectures, and improving energy efficiency of networks. Holger received his Ph.D. degree in signal processing for digital communications from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 2004. He is author of more than 90 publications and 110 filed patent applications. He is Fellow of the World Technology Network, senior member of the IEEE, and member of the IET.
   
 

 

Prof. Sajal K. Das, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
Title: Cyber-Physical-Social Convergence in Smart Living: Challenges and Opportunities
Abstract: We live in an era in which our physical and personal environments are becoming increasingly intertwined and smarter due to the embedding of pervasive sensing, wireless communications, computing, and actuation capabilities. The availability of wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and rich mobile devices (e.g., smartphones) are also empowering humans with fine-grained information and opinion collection through  participatory sensing about events of interest, resulting in actionable inferences and decisions. This synergy has led to cyber-physical-social convergence with human in the loop that exhibits complex interactions, interdependencies and adaptations between systems and users with a goal to improve quality of life and experience in what is called smart living. However, the main challenges are posed by the scale, heterogeneity, and resource limitations (such as energy) in multi-modal context determination. This keynote presentation will first highlight unique research issues and challenges in smart living and cyber-physical-social systems. Next it will discuss novel solutions for energy-efficient data gathering and fusion in WSNs, lifetime optimization in sensor networks, and energy-aware context recognition with guaranteed information quality. Case studies and results will be presented for energy-efficient homes and smart healthcare applications. The talk will be concluded with directions for future research.
Short bio: Sajal K. Das is the Chair of Computer Science Department and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA. During 2008-2011, he served the  NSF as a Program Director in the Computer and Network Systems Division. Prior to 2013, he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include theory and practice of wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, participatory sensing, distributed and cloud computing, cyber-physical systems and smart environments including smart grid and smart healthcare, security and privacy, biological and social networks, applied graph theory and game theory. He has published over 600 research articles in high quality journals and conferences, and 51 book chapters. Dr. Das holds 5 US patents and coauthored four books – “Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications” (John Wiley, 2005); “Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges” (Morgan Kaufman, 2012); “Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking” (Wiley, 2012); and “Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems” (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His h-index is 70 with more than 20,000 citations according to the Google Scholar. Dr. Das is founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal, and serves as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, and several others. He is an IEEE Fellow.
   

 

 

Prof. Jaafar Elmirghani, University of Leeds, UK
Title: Energy Efficient Cloud Networks
Abstract: Data centres, clouds, and fog computing can introduce a paradigm shift in wireless networks implementation, operation, the range of services that can be supported, and the energy efficiency of these wireless networks. For example network function virtualisation can enable resource sharing once these functions are implemented in flexible computational platforms in clouds leading to potential cost and energy saving. Content caching in cloud and fog computing platforms can lead to content access through shorter routes and corresponding energy saving and latency reduction. Fog computing can enable processing functions required by devices to be implemented nearby at the network edge leading to power saving and performance improvements once these fog computational resources follow the user mobility. We will explore these and other related measures that can lead to improved energy efficiency in wireless networks.
Short bio: Jaafar M. H. Elmirghani is the Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems within the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK. He joined Leeds in 2007 and prior to that (2000–2007) as chair in optical communications at the University of Wales Swansea he founded, developed and directed the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications and the Technium Digital (TD), a technology incubator/spin-off hub. He received the BSc in Electrical Engineering, First Class Honours from the University of Khartoum in 1989 and was awarded all 4 prizes in the department for academic distinction. He received the PhD in the synchronization of optical systems and optical receiver design from the University of Huddersfield UK in 1994 and the DSc in Communication Systems and Networks from University of Leeds, UK, in 2014. He has co-authored Photonic switching Technology: Systems and Networks, (Wiley) and has published over 400 papers. He is Co-Chair of the GreenTouch Wired, Core and Access Networks Working Group, an adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, member of the Royal Society International Joint Projects Panel and member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) College.
   

 

Prof. Alex Galis, University College London, UK
Title: Softwarization in 5G Networking
Abstract: Network softwarization is an overall transformation trend for designing, implementing, deploying, managing and maintaining network equipment and network components by software programming, exploiting characteristics of software such as flexibility and rapidity of design, development and deployment throughout the lifecycle of network equipment and components. I will discuss the recent design and development in 5G Networking utilizing the concept of network virtualization and softwarization. I will also discuss 5G Networks that are seen as an extremely flexible and highly programmable e2e compute & connect infrastructures that are also application & service aware as well as time, location and context aware. 5G Networks are representing an evolution in the Radio networks as far as capacity, performance and spectrum access is concerned as well as an evolution as far as native flexibility and programmability conversion is concerned in all non-radio 5G network segments: Front & Back Haul Networks / Access Networks/ Aggregation Networks/ Core Network / Mobile Edge Networks and Clouds/ Software Networks and Software Defined Cloud Networks/ Satellite Networks/IoT Networks.
Short bio: Alex Galis (www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/~agalis) is a Professor In Networked and Service Systems at University College London (UCL). He has co-authored 10 research books and more that 200 publications in the Future Internet areas: system management, networks and services, networking clouds, virtualisation and programmability. He participated in a number of EU projects including overall technical leadership of the MISA-Management of IP networks, FAIN, CONTEXT, and AUTONOMIC INTERNET projects. He was a member of the Steering Group of the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) and he led the Management and Service–aware Networking Architecture (MANA) working group at FIA. He acted as PTC chair of 14 IEEE conferences including TPC co-chair of IEEE Network Softwarization 2015 (NetSoft 2015) and reviewer in more than 100 IEEE conferences. He also acted as a Vice Chair of the ITU-T SG13 Group on Future Networking. He is currently the co-chair of the IEEE SDN publication committee (sdn.ieee.org).
   
  Dr. Javier Gozálvez, Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche (UMH), Spain
Title: A device-centric approach to energy-efficiency and capacity: multi-hop cellular networks, D2D and efficiency-driven opportunistic networking
Abstract: 5G is required to significantly increase the network capacity in order to handle the foreseen traffic demands. This can be achieved through the combined use of new air interfaces, spectrum, and device-centric wireless technologies. The latter include Device to Device (D2D) communications and Multi-Hop Cellular Networks (MCN). Device-centric wireless networks will transform mobile devices into prosumers of wireless connectivity in an underlay network that if efficiently coordinated with the cellular network has the potential for significant capacity and energy-efficiency benefits, as well as lower EMF exposure levels, and higher and more homogeneous QoS and QoE levels. 3GPP has already standardized D2D and MCN under Release 12 and 13 for proximity-based services. Release 14 is addressing further enhancements to the MCN concept (or UE-to-network relaying as referred to in 3GPP) for machine type communications (MTC). The potential of D2D and MCN has sparked interesting industrial developments. For example, Vodafone's 4GFi technology presented at the latest Mobile World Congress enables 4G devices to relay data for 2G/3G devices using IEEE802.11 for the D2D link. This talk will discuss the potential of device-centric wireless technologies to improve energy efficiency, quality of service and capacity compared to conventional base station-centric cellular communications. Particular attention will be paid to the potential of MCNs and D2D, and the opportunities that the integration of efficiency-driven opportunistic networking and device-centric wireless networks offer to achieve the 5G goals.
Short bio: Javier Gozalvez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) received an electronics engineering degree from the Engineering School ENSEIRB (Bordeaux, France), and a PhD in mobile communications from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. Since October 2002, he is with the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH), Spain, where he is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the UWICORE laboratory. At UWICORE, he leads research activities in the areas of vehicular networks, multi-hop cellular networks and D2D communications, and wireless industrial networks. He has published over 125 papers in international conferences and journals, and has been Principal Investigator for 25 research projects and contracts. He has received several awards at international and national conferences, the best research paper award from the Journal of Network and Computer Applications (Elsevier) in 2014, and the Runner-up prize for the "Juan López de Peñalver" award of the Royal Academy of Engineering in Spain that recognizes the most notable Spanish engineers aged below 40. He is an elected member to the Board of Governors (2011-2016) and 2016 President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (IEEE VTS). He was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE VTS, and currently serves as Distinguished Speaker.
   
  Dr. Gurkan GurBogazici University, Turkey
Title: Energy Efficiency in Cognitive Radio Networks: Key Trade-offs
Abstract: The surge in the number of mobile devices has brought new paradigms into the communications landscape together with new challenges for their efficient operation. First, mobile crowd computing has become one of the new computing paradigms that exploit the computing power of sheer number of mobile devices for a variety of purposes (e.g., air pollution measurement to locating urban hotspots). Second, mobile video traffic is dominating the Internet traffic with a share of 66 percent in 2013 and an expected share of 79 percent in 2018 (according to Cisco’s 2014 report). Emerging approaches such as fog computing envisage the intelligence as well as control closer to the edge or the end devices. These trends can also be interpreted as a vital need for smarter end devices as well as an urgent requirement for energy-efficient protocols. Given the spectrum scarcity, energy-efficient cognitive radios (CR) are paramount for meeting these goals. In this talk, we present the key challenges and the involved trade-offs — QoS, fairness, PU interference, network architecture and security— for energy efficiency in CR networks (CRNs). We discuss that devising energy-efficient solutions is not self-evident due to some conflicting goals in CR design (e.g., providing security may require tasks that increase energy consumption).
Short bio: Gurkan Gur is a member of Satellite Networks Research Laboratory (SATLAB) and a researcher at Telecommunications and Informatics Technologies Research Center (TETAM) of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 and Ph.D. degree in computer engineering in 2013 from Bogazici University. His research interests include cognitive radios, green wireless communications, network security and information-centric networking. He has two patents and published more than 40 academic works. He is an associate editor of Wiley's International Journal of Communication Systems. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.
   

 

Prof. Lajos HanzoUniversity of Southampton, UK
Title: Bridging the Social and Wireless Networking Divide: Energy-Efficiency, Delay, Integrity, Pareto-Fronts and All That...
Abstract: The number of heterogeneous devices communicating with the aid of classic cellular networks is escalating, predominantly, because social media is generating an ever-increasing amount of global tele-traffic. The situation is particularly challenging in traffic hot-spots at public places, such as airports, railway stations, concerts, cultural and sporting events, etc. There have been revolutionary advances right across the entire field of wireless communications, but the most dramatic efficiency improvements were achieved by reducing the cell-size, especially in these traffic hotspots. Research is well under way for exploring the hitherto largely neglected high-frequency bands in order to conquer even the visible light frequency bands of the electro-magnetic spectrum.
Against this backcloth, this presentation provides a whistle-stop tour of the fledgling research area of mobile social networking, as detailed in J. Hu, L.-L. Yang, L. Hanzo: Bridging the Social and Wireless Networking Divide: Information Dissemination in Integrated Cellular and Opportunistic Networks, IEEE Access, 2015 and in D. Alanis, P. Botsinis, S. Xin Ng, L. Hanzo: Quantum-Assisted Routing Optimization for Self-Organizing Networks, IEEE Access, 2014.
Short bio: Lajos Hanzo FREng, FIEEE, FIET, Fellow of EURASIP, DSc received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Technical University of Budapest, while in 2015 by the University of Edinburgh. During his 40-year career in telecommunications he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been with the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he holds the chair in telecommunications. He has successfully supervised over 100 PhD students, co-authored 20 John Wiley/IEEE Press books on mobile radio communications totalling in excess of 10,000 pages, published 1576 research entries at IEEE Xplore, acted both as TPC and General Chair of IEEE conferences, presented keynote lectures and has been awarded a number of distinctions. Currently he is directing a 60-strong academic research team, working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European Research Council's Advanced Fellow Grant and the Royal Society's Wolfson Research Merit Award. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and he offers a range of industrial courses. He is also a Governor of the IEEE VTS. During 2008-2012 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press and a Chaired Professor also at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research is funded by the European Research Council's Senior Research Fellow Grant. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to http://www-mobile.ecs.soton.ac.uk. Lajos has 24,000+ citations.
   

 

 

 

 

   
Dr. Karin Anna Hummel, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Title: Energy Efficiency in Mobility-driven Ad-hoc Wireless Networks

Abstract: Mobility‐driven ad‐hoc wireless networks are referred to as networks that leverage physical mobility to establish or improve connectivity. Representative networks are opportunistic networks where mobile devices traditionally carried by humans transmit data when eventually coming in wireless communication range of one another. Other example networks are unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) networks which provide multi‐hop wireless connectivity in the air and can make use of controlled movement of the UAVs. In such networks, wireless link quality and network topology vary frequently and the battery‐powered nodes have limited energy sources. Traditional networking solutions based on retransmission, reactive adaptation, or multi‐copy dissemination are often inefficient and too power‐hungry.
In this talk, I will discuss how exploiting the mobility context may help to find a good trade‐off between network quality and energy consumption. First, the potentials of mobility‐awareness and controlled mobility will be described. Then, research results obtained in opportunistic and UAV networks will be reviewed. In opportunistic networks of smartphones, peer‐to‐peer connectivity may be provided by leveraging the Wi‐Fi tethering mode of the smartphones. Yet, the access point mode is consuming considerably more energy than the station mode, which calls for a fair role switching scheme among the connected smartphones. I will quantify the energy consumption measured in a testbed and further show how knowledge about the mobility characteristics contact and inter‐contact time enables a role switching algorithm that provides sufficient connectivity and fair energy depletion of the smartphones. In the second use case, the energy consumption of UAVs as observed in a testbed of quadcopters will be discussed. Exploiting the mobility context is here based on anticipating geographic positions and mutual distances of UAVs. Using the distance to derive the expected throughput of a link allows for efficient transmission scheduling. Controlled mobility further may improve networking conditions, yet comes at the cost of additional energy consumption and thus has to be used with care.

Short bio: Karin Anna Hummel is an Assistant Professor at Johannes Kepler University Linz working on mobility‐ driven networked systems. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the Vienna University of Technology with distinction and was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2011. She started her professional career in industry, working for five years at Siemens Austria AG/PSE as a software engineer, trainer, and IT project manager in computer and communication networks. In 1998, she joined the University of Vienna, Distributed Systems Group, as a researcher and lecturer, followed by a position as a senior researcher at ETH Zurich, Communication Systems Group, in 2011. In October 2015, she joined Johannes Kepler University Linz. Karin Anna Hummel has long‐term expertise in mobile networked systems focusing on the areas of energy‐efficient wireless networking, mobility‐aware networked systems, and networks of unmanned aerial vehicles. She was the co‐leader of the focus group on energy‐efficient wireless networks in the COST action IC0804. She is author of more than 80 papers.
   
  Prof. Muhammad Imran, University of Glasgow, UK
Title: Energy and Spectrally Efficient Wireless Network - Green 5G
Abstract: In this presentation we will review how energy efficiency of cellular network is evaluated and what future technologies will make the 5G cellular networks green and energy efficient. We will review the need for Self Organised Networking (SON) for achieving these goals. The scale and architecture of future generation of cellular networks will transform SON from a luxury to a necessity for network operators. We will look at the role of SON for improving the efficiency of the network in both radio access and backhaul networks and identify the latest challenges and recent research directions in this area. Some simulation as well as analytical results will be presented to show the evidence of high potential of these techniques in improving the performance of the next generation of cellular networks.
Short bio: Muhammad Ali Imran received his M.Sc. (Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London, UK, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is a Professor of Wireless Communications at University of Glasgow and is serving as a Vice Dean of Glasgow College UESTC since September 2016. He is also an adjunct Professor at University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at University of Surrey’s 5G innovation centre. He has lead a number of multimillion international research projects encompassing the areas of energy efficiency, fundamental performance limits, sensor networks and self-organising cellular networks. He is also leading the new physical layer work area for 5G innovation centre at Surrey. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers including more than 20 IEEE Transaction papers. He has been awarded IEEE Comsoc’s Fred Ellersick award 2014 and FEPS Learning and Teaching award 2014 and twice nominated for Tony Jean’s Inspirational Teaching award. He is a shortlisted finalist for The Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 for innovative teaching and VC’s learning and teaching award in University of Surrey. He is a senior member of IEEE and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK.
   

 

 

 

Mark Kelly, Intel, Ireland
Title: Exploring the "I" in IoT
Abstract: Mark will discuss topics relating to understating the challenges of the future Internet, and the impact of the myriad of devices which will connect to the future internet. Mark will discuss current research interests and results from his team’s research in IoT systems.
Short bio: Mark Kelly is the Principal Investigator for IoT systems at Intel Labs Europe. Mark is the technical lead for IoT technology research with a particular emphasis on IoT edge computing platforms and future IoT networks. Mark is responsible for setting the vision and research agenda of the group. Mark leads a team of researchers creating the next generation IoT technologies and Intellectual Property, delivering new technologies to Intel Business Units. Mark has successfully led the invention and subsequent technology transfer of a numerous Intel technologies. Mark was a key inventor in Intel's IoT platform and has over 40 patent filings in the areas of communications, networks, sensors and IoT.
   

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Nathalie Mitton, INRIA Lille, France
Title: Energy and Self-Organization in the Internet of Things: Stakes and Challenges
Abstract: Internet of Things and of the physical world opens the way to a plethora of opportunities and new exciting applications. But designing tools and communication mechanisms for such networks remain challenging because of a set of limitations and constraints, including the limited energy capacity. But at the contrary, among many possibilities, IoT can be used in different context for a better exploitation and use of our energy and other resources.  During this talk, we will see some of the self-organizing tools  and how IoT may enable a better energy management through the presentation of concrete deployments, getting aware the new research and technical challenges they raise.
Short bio: Nathalie Mitton received the MSc and PhD. degrees in Computer Science from INSA Lyon in 2003 and 2006 respectively. She received her Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR) in 2011 from Université Lille 1. She is currently an Inria full researcher since 2006 and from 2012, she is the scientific head of the Inria FUN team which is focused on small computing devices like electronic tags and sensor networks. Her research interests are mainly focused on self-organization, self-stabilization, energy efficient routing and neighbor discovery algorithms for wireless sensor networks as well as RFID middlewares. She is involved in the set up of the FIT platforms (http://fit-equipex.fr/), the FP7 Aspire or VITAL projects and in several program and organization committees such as  AdHoc-Now 2016&2015, AdHocNets 2015 and 2014, HPCC 2014, WiMob 2013, MASS 2012 & 2011, etc. She also supervises several PhD students and engineers.
   

 

 

 

 

Prof. Cian O'Mathuna, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
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Prof. Sofie Pollin, KU Leuven, Belgium
Title: Energy-efficient Internet of Things and Internet of Mobile Things
Abstract: Mobile robots equipped with cameras and sensors produce large amounts of data, which need to be transferred energy-efficiently due to battery limitations. Novel network architectures are needed, that flexibly deploy processing resources close to the sources of information, so that analysis and compression can happen as early as possible in the network. In addition to the flexible deployment of compute resources and the application, it is important to change the network architecture on the fly, virtually, or even physically when relying on mobile robots. Mobile robots can be exploited to optimize network topology, but also to carry data physically. In particular, we analyze the trade-off between wireless transmission and movement cost. Our main conclusion is that, according to the parameters of the network, either the most efficient solution for large link distances is single hop with mobility or multiple hops without mobility. Interestingly, a combination of both does not provide important energy savings.
Short bio: Sofie Pollin obtained her PhD degree at KU Leuven with honors in 2006. From 2006-2008 she continued her research on wireless communication, energy-efficient networks, cross-layer design, coexistence and cognitive radio at UC Berkeley. In November 2008 she returned to imec to become a principal scientist in the green radio team. Since 2012, she is tenure track assistant professor at the electrical engineering department at KU Leuven. Her research centers around Networked Systems that require networks that are ever more dense, heterogeneous, battery powered and spectrum constrained. Prof. Pollin is BAEF and Marie Curie fellow, and IEEE senior member.
   

 

Prof. John Thompson, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Title: Energy and Spectrum Efficiency Issues for Mm-wave Wireless Communications
Abstract: This talk will give an overview of recent research for future fifth generation wireless communications systems. There are currently major research efforts to exploit high frequency millimetre wave (mm-wave) frequency bands for cellular operation. These bands are of interest due to the wide bandwidths but have only recently been considered due to the more hostile propagation conditions. The use of multiple antennas to perform beamforming between devices can mitigate both the channel effects and also reduce interference. In this talk we discuss techniques to improve the energy efficiency of mm-wave communications systems as power consumption of transmitter and receiver components is a major issue at these frequencies. We also discuss trade-offs in terms of energy and spectrum efficiency for beam training methods that are required to operate beamforming effectively in such systems.
Short bio: John S. Thompson is currently a Professor in Signal Processing and Communications at the School of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in antenna array processing, cooperative communications systems and energy efficient wireless communications. He has published in excess of three hundred papers on these topics, including one hundred journal paper publications. He is currently the project coordinator for the EU Marie Curie International Training Network project ADVANTAGE and for the EPSRC SERAN research project on fifth generation wireless. He has recently been a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE in the field of Green Communications from 2014-2015. He is an editor for the Green Communications and Computing Series that appears regularly in IEEE Communications Magazine. In January 2016, he was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to to multiple antenna and multi-hop wireless communications.
   

 

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