Keynote Speakers

Speaker: Prof. Schahram Dustdar, The TU Wien, Austria

Title of Talk: tba
Biography: Prof. Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science and head of The Distributed Systems Group at the TU Wien, Austria. From 2004-2010 he was also Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). Dustdar is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009), the IBM Faculty Award (2012), an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, and an IEEE Fellow (2016).  

Speaker: Tom Coughlin, 2018 President-Elect, IEEE-USA and President, Coughlin Associates, USA

Title of Talk: tba
Biography: Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant. He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies. Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which was published by a division of Elsevier Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for and other blogs. Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE (he is Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference ( as well as the Creative Storage Conference ( He is the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit. He is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV). For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to

Speaker: Prof. Jaime Lloret Mauri, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Title of Talk: Sensing and monitoring the water environment using Cognitive group-based collaborative sensor network
Biography: Prof. Jaime Lloret ( received his B.Sc.+M.Sc. in Physics in 1997, his B.Sc.+M.Sc. in electronic Engineering in 2003 and his Ph.D. in telecommunication engineering (Dr. Ing.) in 2006. He is a Cisco Certified Network Professional Instructor. He worked as a network designer and administrator in several enterprises. He is currently Associate Professor in the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He is the Chair of the Integrated Management Coastal Research Institute (IGIC) and he is the head of the "Active and collaborative techniques and use of technologic resources in the education (EITACURTE)" Innovation Group. He is the director of the University Diploma “Redes y Comunicaciones de Ordenadores” and he has been the director of the University Master "Digital Post Production" for the term 2012-2016. He has been Internet Technical Committee chair (IEEE Communications Society and Internet society) for the term 2013-2015. He has authored 22 book chapters and has more than 380 research papers published in national and international conferences, international journals (more than 140 with ISI Thomson JCR). He has been the co-editor of 40 conference proceedings and guest editor of several international books and journals. He is editor-in-chief of the “Ad Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks” (with ISI Thomson Impact Factor), the international journal "Networks Protocols and Algorithms", and the International Journal of Multimedia Communications, IARIA Journals Board Chair (8 Journals) and he is (or has been) associate editor of 46 international journals (16 of them with ISI Thomson Impact Factor). He has been involved in more than 400 Program committees of international conferences, and more than 150 organization and steering committees. He leads many national and international projects. He is currently the chair of the Working Group of the Standard IEEE 1907.1. He has been general chair (or co-chair) of 38 International workshops and conferences. He is IEEE Senior and IARIA Fellow.
Abstract: Grouping nodes gives better performance to the group and to the whole system, thereby avoiding unnecessary message forwarding and additional overheads, thus providing low energy consumption. Grouping nodes also diminishes the average network delay while allows to scale the network considerably. Communications in sensor networks should be as efficient as possible and collaborative methods can enhance their performance. Group-based collaborative wireless sensor networks appear as the proper logical step. When a Wireless Sensor Network is deployed, environment data can be obtained using two sides. The first one is the direct sensing, where the information is measured physically from the medium. The second one is the indirect sensing, which provides the information using the parameters of the wireless network (Received Signal Strength, lost frames, disconnections, etc.) and from the behavior of the traffic and the nodes of the network. Both can be mixed to have a complete picture of what is happening in the aquatic medium and to estimate the right prediction.

In this talk, a cognitive group-based collaborative wireless sensor network for controlling water pollution and underwater monitoring is presented. Discussions about the network parameters that are affected by the environment, how they can be used for environmental monitoring, and their relationship with what is happening in the environment, will be held. Self-learning algorithms, techniques for the representation of the knowledge acquired from the environment, and information management are added to the wireless sensor network in order to have an efficient system. Moreover, the group-based system lets the network send the information according to several cooperation rules and taken decisions. Some examples for wide areas monitoring and for small size areas monitoring in real aquatic scenarios will be shown.