Keynote Speakers

Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Rogers, Professor & Director of UCLIC, University College London, UK

Yvonne Rogers
Title of Talk: How Can We Change the World Through Human-Centred Computing Research?
Biography: Professor Yvonne Rogers is the director of the Interaction Centre at UCL (UCLIC), and a deputy head of the Computer Science department at University College London. Her research interests lie at the intersection of physical computing, interaction design and human-computer interaction. Much of her work is situated in the wild - concerned with informing, building and evaluating novel user experiences through creating and assembling a diversity of technologies (e.g. tangibles, internet of things) that augment everyday, learning, community engagement and collaborative work activities. She has been instrumental in promulgating new theories (e.g., external cognition), alternative methodologies (e.g., in the wild studies) and far-reaching research agendas (e.g., “Being Human: HCI in 2020” manifesto), and has pioneered an approach to innovation and ubiquitous learning. She is a co-author of the definitive textbook on Interaction Design and HCI now published in its 4th edition that has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into 6 languages. She has also published over 300 articles, including two monographs “HCI Theory: Classical, Modern and Contemporary” and "Research in the Wild". She is a fellow of the ACM, BCS and the ACM CHI Academy. For more information  go to 
Abstract: There is a growing concern in computing about how research can make an impact by addressing pressing societal issues. Topics that are being proposed are far-reaching, including climate change; health and well being; facilitating innovation in developing countries and instrumenting new forms of civic engagement with the aim of influencing policy change. Such big questions, however, need the computing community, along with others, to change how research is done. This requires new framings, new collaborations and new integrated methods. However, this is simpler said than done: the gap is huge between working and achieving success at the micro level and at the macro scale required  (Shneiderman, 2016).  In my talk I will describe some of our attempts to bridge the gap from a human-centred perspective with a focus on urban tech design, community empowerment and behavioural change. 

Speaker: Dr. Schahram Dustdar, Head of the Distributed Systems Group, The TU Wien, Austria

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Biography: Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science (Informatics) with a focus on Internet Technologies heading the Distributed Systems Group at the TU Wien. He is Chairman of the Informatics Section of the Academia Europaea (since December 9, 2016). He is elevated to IEEE Fellow (since January 2016). From 2004-2010 he was Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. From December 2016 until January 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 a member of the IEEE Conference Activities Committee (CAC) (since 2016), of the Section Committee of Informatics of the Academia Europaea (since 2015), a member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, Informatics Section (since 2013). He is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009) and the IBM Faculty Award (2012). 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. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computing (an SCI-ranked journal of Springer). 
He received his M.Sc. (1990) and PhD. degrees (1992) in Business Informatics (Wirtschaftsinformatik) from the University of Linz, Austria. In April 2003 he received his Habilitation degree (Venia Docendi) for his work on Process-aware Collaboration Systems - Architectures and Coordination Models for Virtual Teams. His work experience includes several years as the founding head of the Center for Informatics (ZID) at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz (1991-1999), Austrian project manager of the MICE EU-project (1993 - 97), and director of Coordination Technologies at the Design Transfer Center in Linz (1999 - 2000). While on sabbatical leave he was a post-doctoral research scholar (Erwin-Schrödinger scholarship) at the London School of Economics (Information Systems Department) (1993 and 1994), and a visiting research scientist at NTT Multimedia Communications Labs in Palo Alto, USA during 1998. From 2007 - 2009 he was Chair of the IFIP Working Group 6.4 on Internet Applications Engineering and a founding member of the Scientific Academy of Service Technology. From 1999 - 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG ( in Vienna (acquired by Engineering NetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. Caramba Labs was nominated for several (international and national) awards: World Technology Award in the category of Software (2001); Top-Startup companies in Austria (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young) (2002); MERCUR Innovationspreis der Wirtschaftskammer (2002). From 2006-2012, Prof. Dustdar was on the management board of the Association of the alumni of the TU Wien.
He is a Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) College of Expert Reviewers. He is an Evaluation/Review Panel expert for FCT (Portuguese public funding agency for R&D), for COST, 2015-2017, and a Management Committee Member of ACROSS - ICT COST Action project IC1304: Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services. He is charter member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), member of the IEEE Computer society, ACM, GI, and Austrian Computer Society. He was an invited expert evaluator for the IST 6th Framework (FP6) of the European Commission, an invited expert for the 7th Framework roadmap definitions for several working groups, as well as a Technical Expert for the roadmap definition for the European Commission's resarch on the Future Internet. He has been a scientific evaluator for the European Research Council (ERC) as well as a number of National Science Foundations e.g., DFG (Germany), NWO (Netherlands), SNF (Switzerland), EPSRC (UK), SFI (Ireland), Czech Science Foundation (GA CR), NSERC (Canada), FWO (Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium), FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal), Einstein Foundation Berlin (Germany). On behalf of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Development (CONICYT) and the Superior Council of the National Fund for Scientific & Technological Development (FONDECYT), Chile, Academy of Finland, Israel Science Foundation, EPSRC Peer Review College, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), Research Council of Norway, Russian Science Foundation (RSF), Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering at the Academy of Finland, SSTE (Republic of Kazakhstan). For more information  go to

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

Title of Talk: The Power of Memory
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
Abstract: Advances in computing, communications, networking and electronics have enabled the generation of enormous amounts of data.  This is due to higher resolution data, captured more frequently, and the growing use of connected sensor data in IoT applications.  This data must be captured, processed and then stored. Some data must be kept for a short time and processed quickly to be useful, e.g. in autonomous vehicles as well as robotics and automation.  The results of this processing and data generated having economic value (e.g. commercial video) may be kept for a long time.  This talk will examine the latest developments in the digital memory and storage hierarchy and how they will enable developments in AI, cloud computing, VR/AR, Smart Cities, robotics and automation and the preservation of culture, technology and history. 

Speaker: Dr. 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.

Speaker: Dr. Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues, Professor and senior researcher at the National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Title of Talk:  Smart Spaces Deployment based on Internet of Things
Biography: Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues [S’01, M’06, SM’06] is a professor and senior researcher at the National Institute of Telecommunications (Inatel), Brazil and senior researcher at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. He has been professor at the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal and visiting professor at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Brazil. He received the Academic Title of Aggregated Professor in informatics engineering from UBI, the Habilitation in computer science and engineering from the University of Haute Alsace, France, a PhD degree in informatics engineering and an MSc degree from the UBI, and a five-year BSc degree (licentiate) in informatics engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main research interests include e-health, sensor networks and IoT, vehicular communications, and mobile and ubiquitous computing. Prof. Rodrigues is the leader of the Internet of Things research group (CNPq), Director for Conference Development - IEEE ComSoc Board of Governors, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, the President of the scientific council at ParkUrbis – Covilhã Science and Technology Park, the Past-Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on eHealth, the Past-chair of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Software, Steering Committee member of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community and Publications co-Chair, and Member Representative of the IEEE Communications Society on the IEEE Biometrics Council. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal on E-Health and Medical Communications, the editor-in-chief of the Recent Advances on Communications and Networking Technology, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multimedia Information Systems, and editorial board member of several high-reputed journals. He has been general chair and TPC Chair of many international conferences, including IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, and IEEE HEALTHCOM. He is a member of many international TPCs and participated in several international conferences organization. He has authored or coauthored over 550 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, 3 books, and 2 patents. He had been awarded several Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Service Awards by IEEE Communications Society and several best papers awards. Prof. Rodrigues is a licensed professional engineer (as senior member), member of the Internet Society, and a senior member ACM and IEEE.
Abstract: This keynote addresses a hot and updated topic focusing on Internet of Things (IoT), considering their most relevant challenges and opportunities for smart places deployment. It starts with an introduction to IoT and its typical application scenarios considering different verticals. After, an initiative to prepare ICT professionals for new challenges regarding this new generation technologies for IoT will be presented. A special attention will be given to the Inatel Smart Campus, an open Campus for research on IoT, experiments, and concepts and technology validation. Inatel has sponsored this project, started in August 2016, open for companies’ participation and promoting the academy-enterprise interaction. It is a true living lab for several IoT verticals, including smart cities and smart homes. New challenges and opportunities on IoT are discussed. The communication ends with new trends and issues on Internet of Things, suggesting further research topics.

Speaker: Dr. Seiji Isotani,  University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Title of Talk:  Advancements in Intelligent Support for Collaborative Learning
Biography: Seiji Isotani is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Vice-President of the International Relations Office at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from Osaka University, Japan. Before joining the University of Sao Paulo, Prof. Isotani worked as a research fellow associated with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He was also Invited Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Pompeu Fabra University.
His research career has been devoted to imagine, design, develop, test and deploy intelligent and collaborative educational systems using ontologies and other semantic technologies.  Prof. Isotani scientific and social mission converges into a single goal which is to enable the realization of AAAL: Anytime, Anywhere, Anybody Learning, by developing cutting-edge technology. He is the co-founder of two startups (MeuTutor and Linkn) that won several innovation awards in the field of Education and Semantic Web. He has published over a hundred scientific papers, books and book chapters on the field of educational technology and Semantic Web. Currently, together with W3C Brazil he is working in projects to create an ecosystem for production and consumption of open data. His mains research interests are in the areas of open linked data, ontological engineering, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), and technology-enhanced learning. Prof. Isotani’s research has received international recognition with awards from the IEEE, ACM, and IBM Research. He is the Editor of the Brazilian Journal on Computers in Education, senior member of IEEE, member of Artificial Intelligence in Education Society, Member of the Municipal Secretary of Education Council and Representative of the Brazilian Computer Society in the IFIP Technical Committee on Education. He is a member of ACM since 2004 and was elevated to Professional Lifetime Member in 2009.
Abstract: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is an area of research that investigates how collaboration can be enhanced by technology to support effective interactions among students and promote robust learning. Although the research community has provided several evidences showing the benefits of using CSCL in classroom, recent findings indicate that over time students may be demotivated to participate in group work. There are several reason for that such as (i) lack of affective support and understanding in current CSCL environments; (ii) problems to provide adequate feedback for individuals while working in groups; (iii) poor design and evaluation of group activities; and so on. In this talk, we will discuss several benefits of collaboration to support robust learning based on strong evidence-based research. Then, we will show challenges to understand the role of group formation, activity design and interaction analysis to support the creation of intelligent environments to support collaborative learning. Finally, we will show how emotions, culture and new technologies are also playing an important role for understanding collaboration and providing more evidences to the create intelligent CSCL environments to (i) form groups adequately; (ii) design well-thought-out collaborative learning scenarios; and (iii) analyze and track the benefits of group learning.

Speaker: Dr. Vipin Chaudhary, SUNY Empire Innovation Professor, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, USA
Title of Talk:  Medical Image Diagnostics: A case study of spine pathology
Biography: A veteran of High Performance Computing (HPC), Dr. Chaudhary has been actively participating in the science, business, government, and technology innovation frontiers of HPC for over two decades. His contributions range from heading research laboratories and holding executive management positions, to starting new technology ventures. He is currently a Program Director in the Office of Advance Cyberinfrastructure at National Science Foundation. He co-leads the National Strategic Computing Initiative from NSF for the United States and is in the working group of the Quantum Leap Initiative and the I-Corps Program. He is also in the working group of the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group. He is the Empire Innovation Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Center for Computational Research at the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at SUNY Buffalo, and the Director of the university’s Data Intensive Computing Initiative. He is also the co-founder of the Center for Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering.
He cofounded Scalable Informatics, a leading provider of pragmatic, high performance software-defined storage and compute solutions to a wide range of markets, from financial and scientific computing to research and big data analytics. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Chaudhary was the Chief Executive Officer of Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) where he grew the company globally to be an HPC cloud and solutions leader before selling it to Tata Consulting Services. Prior to this, as Senior Director of Advanced Development at Cradle Technologies, Inc., he was responsible for advanced programming tools for multi-processor chips. He was also the Chief Architect at Corio Inc., which had a successful IPO in June, 2000.
Dr. Chaudhary’s research interests are in High Performance Computing and Applications to Science, Engineering, Biology, and Medicine; Big Data; Computer Assisted Diagnosis and Interventions; Medical Image Processing; Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems; and Spectrum Management. Dr. Chaudhary was awarded the prestigious President of India Gold Medal in 1986 for securing the first rank amongst graduating students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). He received the B.Tech. (Hons.) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1986 and a Ph.D. degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. 
Abstract: With growing digital medical data and meteoric success of machine learning it is now feasible to aid the medical practitioner in better diagnosing pathology and in some cases, outperform them. Lower back pain (LBP) is widely prevalent in people all over the world and negatively affects the quality of life due to chronic pain and change in posture. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) four out of five adults experience low back pain at some point during their lives. I will discuss results from our work in automating the diagnosis of spine pathology.  

Clinical datasets are generally limited to pathological findings such as arthritis, fracture, infection, dislocation or tumor, but in the absence of gross pathology there is very poor correlation to nonspecific spine pain clinical symptoms. Since the majority of spine pain patients do not have any correlative pathological findings, it is important to look at the mechanics of the spine from a clinical standpoint. I will end this talk with some results in automating the process of suggesting changes to biomechanics of the spine thus taking the automation from diagnosis to cure.

Speaker: Dr. Pascal Lorenz, University of Haute Alsace, France
Title of Talk: Advanced architectures of Next Generation Wireless Networks
Biography: Pascal Lorenz ( received his M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Nancy, France. Between 1990 and 1995 he was a research engineer at WorldFIP Europe and at Alcatel-Alsthom. He is a professor at the University of Haute-Alsace, France, since 1995. His research interests include QoS, wireless networks and high-speed networks. He is the author/co-author of 3 books, 3 patents and 200 international publications in refereed journals and conferences. He was Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine Editorial Board (2000-2006), IEEE Networks Magazine since 2015, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology since 2017, Chair of IEEE ComSoc France (2014-2018), Financial chair of IEEE France (2017-2019), Chair of Vertical Issues in Communication Systems Technical Committee Cluster (2008-2009), Chair of the Communications Systems Integration and Modeling Technical Committee (2003-2009), Chair of the Communications Software Technical Committee (2008-2010) and Chair of the Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure and Networking (2016-2017). He has served as Co-Program Chair of IEEE WCNC'2012 and ICC'2004, Executive Vice-Chair of ICC'2017, Panel sessions co-chair for Globecom'16, tutorial chair of VTC'2013 Spring and WCNC'2010, track chair of PIMRC'2012 and WCNC'2014, symposium Co-Chair at Globecom 2007-2011, ICC 2008-2010, ICC'2014 and '2016. He has served as Co-Guest Editor for special issues of IEEE Communications Magazine, Networks Magazine, Wireless Communications Magazine, Telecommunications Systems and LNCS. He is associate Editor for International Journal of Communication Systems (IJCS-Wiley), Journal on Security and Communication Networks (SCN-Wiley) and International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA-Elsevier). He is senior member of the IEEE, IARIA fellow and member of many international program committees. He has organized many conferences, chaired several technical sessions and gave tutorials at major international conferences. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer Tour during 2013-2014. 

Speaker: Dr. Der-Jiunn Deng, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan
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Biography: Der-Jiunn Deng (M’10) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in 2005. He joined the National Changhua University of Education as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering in August 2005 and then became a Distinguished Professor in August 2016. In July 2018, he was seconded to Overseas Chinese University as the vice president for research and development for a period of one year. Dr. Deng has received a number of research awards, such as the Research Excellency Award of National Changhua University of Education, the Outstanding Faculty Research Award of National Changhua University of Education, the ICS 2014 Best Paper award, the NCS 2017 Best Paper Award, and the Chinacom 2017 Best Paper Award. Dr. Deng is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of EAI Endorsed Transactions on IoT and Journal of Computers. He serves as an associate editor in IEEE Network Magazine and International Journal of Communication Systems. He also served or is serving on several program chairs, symposium chairs, and technical program committees for IEEE and other international conferences. His research interests include multimedia communication, quality-of-service, and wireless local network..
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Speaker: Dr. Al-Sakib Khan Pathan,  Associate Professor, CSE Department, Southeast University, Bangladesh
Title of Talk:  The state-of-the-art wireless body area sensor networks - Issues and Challenges
Biography: Al-Sakib Khan Pathan received PhD in Computer Engineering in 2009 from Kyung Hee University, South Korea and B.Sc. in Computer Science and Information Technology from Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh in 2003. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering department, Southeast University (SEU), Bangladesh. He is also holding the position of Additional Director of the Institutional Quality Assurance Cell, SEU. Previously, he was with the Computer Science department at IIUM, Malaysia during 2010-2015. He has served as a General Chair, Organizing Committee Member, and Technical Program Committee (TPC) member in numerous international conferences/workshops like INFOCOM, GLOBECOM, ICC, LCN, AINA, VTC, HPCC, SGIoT, etc. He was awarded the IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award for his role in IEEE GreenCom’13 conference. Among various editorial roles, he is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computers and Applications, Taylor & Francis, Associate Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, Editor of Ad Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks, Old City Publishing, International Journal of Sensor Networks, Inderscience Publishers, and The International Arab Journal of Information Technology, Guest Editor of many special issues of top-ranked journals, and Editor/Author of 15 published books. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Abstract:  Wireless body area sensor network is a sub-field of wireless sensor network. Wireless body area sensor network has come into existence after the development of wireless sensor network reached some level of maturity. This has become possible due to the tremendous technological advancement leading to easy-to-use wireless wearable technologies and electronic components that are small in size. Indeed, this field has gained significant attention in recent time due to its applications which mostly are toward healthcare sector. Today, tiny-sized sensors could be placed on the human body to record various physiological parameters and these sensors are capable of sending data to other devices so that further necessary actions could be taken. Hence, this can be used for diagnosis of disease and for developing serious health complication alert systems. In this talk, we would cover the state-of-the-art of various aspects of wireless body area sensor network, its communication architectures, wireless body area sensor network applications, programming frameworks, security issues, and energy-efficient routing protocols. 

Speaker: Peter Mueller, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland
Title of Talk:  Quantum Computing Technology interacting with Classical Computing Systems
Biography: Peter Mueller joined IBM Research as a research staff member in 1988. His research expertise covers broad areas of computing systems architecture, microwave technology, device physics, nano science and modeling. His current field of research is in the areas of quantum technology and data center storage security. Peter is a co-founder of the IEEE ComSoc Communications and Information Systems Security Technical Committee (CIS-TC) and the emerging subcommittee on Quantum Communications and Information Technology (QCIT). In the course of his carrier he authored and co-authored more than 100 papers, 2 books, granted 25 patents and served as guest editor for many special issue publications. He also served as a government counsel and as organizer for international conferences and workshops, such as the IEEE International Conference on Communications, IEEE Globecom, IEEE Symposium on Systemsand Information Security, International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, WirelessCom, or the Electro and Information Technology Conference. In 2017 Peter got awarded by the Hungarian Scientific Association for Infocommunications with the Puskas Tivadar Medal for his contributions in the field. His affiliations include active society membership in IEEE; the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM); the Electrochemical Society (ECS); and the Swiss Physical Society (SPS)..
Abstract: The upcoming quantum computing devices based on superconducting qubit technology are expected to outperform conventional computers in a growing number of algorithms, such as the computing of energy spectra or the dynamics of molecular or condensed matter systems. To gain the best performance, algorithms can be partitioned and placed to the appropriate modules of a tightly coupled quantum-classical processing system. This talk will introduce in the superconducting qubit technology as we apply it in IBM. Some of the recently recognized challenges at qubit level regarding system architecture, but also the overall ecosystem will be outlined. Further, the integration of quantum computers into our computing environment to form a co-existing quantum-classical system will be reported. I will show developments towards useful quantum applications with potential advantage when running them on small sized quantum computing hardware. Such methods may enhance the efficiency of variational methods for quantum chemistry or optimization tasks with the prospect of carrying out scientifically and commercially relevant computations in the near future. 

Speaker: Dr. Mauro Conti, Full Professor, University of Padua, Italy
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Biography: Mauro Conti is a Full Professor at the University of Padua, Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2009. After his Ph.D., he was a Post-Doc Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2011 he joined as Assistant Professor the University of Padua, where he became Associate Professor in 2015. In 2017, he obtained the national habilitation as Full Professor for Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He has been Visiting Researcher at GMU (2008, 2016), UCLA (2010), UCI (2012, 2013, 2014, 2017), TU Darmstadt (2013), UF (2015), and FIU (2015, 2016). He has been awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship (2012) by the European Commission, and with a Fellowship by the German DAAD (2013). His main research interest is in the area of security and privacy. In this area, he published more than 200 papers in topmost international peer-reviewed journals and conference. He is Associate Editor for several journals, including IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. He was Program Chair for TRUST 2015, ICISS 2016, WiSec 2017, and General Chair for SecureComm 2012 and ACM SACMAT 2013. He is Senior Member of the IEEE.

Speaker: Dr. Juan Manuel Corchado, European IoT Digital Innovation Hub, BISITE Research Group, University of Salamanca, Spain

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Title of Talk: Blockchain and its Applications on Edge Computing, Industry 4.0, IOT and Smart Cities
Biography: Juan Manuel Corchado (born May 15, 1971 in Salamanca, Spain). He is Full Professor with Chair at the University of Salamanca. He was Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer from December 2013 to December 2017 and the Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca, Director of the Doctoral School of the University until December 2107 and also, he has been elected twice as the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Salamanca. In addition to a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Salamanca, he holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. Juan Manuel Corchado is Visiting Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the University Teknologi Malaysia since January 2017 and a Member of the Advisory group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). Corchado is the Director of the BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, which he created in the year 2000, President of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Spanish Chapter, Academic Director of the Institute of Digital Art and Animation of the University of Salamanca. He also oversees the Master´s programs in Digital Animation, Security, Mobile Technology, Community Management and Management for TIC enterprises at the University of Salamanca. Corchado is author of over 800 research peer review papers and books and is also editor and Editor-in-Chief of Specialized Journals like ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal) and OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology).
Abstract: Blockchain is the technology behind bitcoin, ether and most of the other cryptocurrencies. Blockchain is essentially a form of record keeping and can be used in almost any product that uses some form of record keeping or database management. Blockchain is ideal for protecting any data that needs to be unalterable and indestructible. Traditionally, data are kept on a server that is owned and operated by a third-party company. This approach has some disadvantages. In this way, if a third party has access to your data, they could be destroyed, they could be altered, and it could leak. Through Blockchain, data are encrypted and then propagated over a distributed network of computers. In this way, data are nobody's properties, data cannot be destroyed and altered. Data block are sets of permanently recorded data e.g. financial transactions. The information is first hash which is a way to represent the data in a compact format where data can be easily compared for any change. Any small change in the data completely changes the hash version which makes the comparison very easy. The hash data are then encrypted. One private key allows the producer of the data to encrypt the data and serves as a digital signature. Also, one public key allows everyone else with the key to decrypt it. Finally, the data blocks are connected to each other (chained). Bitcoin is simply an application of Blockchain but there are many other applications where this technology has a lot to say. The application of this technology is endless in all fields but with respect to industry there are fields in which use is more and more common e.g. Supply Chain Management, Health Care and medical record sharing, Media Distribution, E-commerce with no middleman, Sharing economy with no central authority, Authenticated News Sharing/Data Sharing, Data Sharing Between companies

Edge Computing, Industry 4.0, IOT and Smart Cities are areas in which Blockchain has high impact. The IoT refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. The risk of connecting a machine to Internet is obvious and Blockchain may help to eliminate or at least reduce some of these risks. The industry is updating its processes to be more efficient. Industry 4.0 is a transformation that makes it possible to gather and analyze data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs, that’s the reason why a technology such us Blockchain if also of great interest to guaranty security and data reliability. The main aim of this tutorial is to introduce Blockchain technology and represents its practical application in security of Industry 4.0, Smart cities, Smart homes, and Internet of Thing.