21-23th November 2016 | Cyprus
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Keynote 2: Adopting nature inspired techniques in solving communication problems

Prof. Andreas Pitsillides, University of Cyprus, Cyprus



This talk will firstly motivate nature inspired techniques in addressing communication problems. Such techniques normally involve specifying a set of simple rules, observed by the behaviour of simple organisms which adhere to those rules, and a method of iteratively applying those rules in real communication problems,collectively achieving global properties as a result of evolutionary design. When these simple entities (agents) operate in an environment, an emergent behaviour, or emergent property, can appear, forming more complex behaviors as a collective, displaying inherent powerful characteristics with global self-* properties (as e.g. self- organization and self-adaptation). These self-* properties are not programmed explicitly into individual entities, but emerge as a result of the design of the nature inspired model.  

Three diverse illustrative approaches for its application will be demonstrated:

1. bird flocking. The obstacle avoidance behavior of bird flocks for congestion control in wireless sensor networks (WSNs)—in some detail

2. Quorum sensing: addressing information dissemination in biological nanonetworks inspired by the quorum sensing process which bacteria employ for synchronized action based on population density measurements.

3. Competition of species: Competitive coexistence behavior of species sharing some limiting resource for streaming applications in WSNs


Finally, the talk will close with some concluding remarks.


Short Bio:

Andreas Pitsillides is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, and heads the Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL, http://www.NetRL.cs.ucy.ac.cy), which he founded in 2002. Andreas is also a Founding member and Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Academic and Research Network (CYNET) since its establishment in 2000. Since May 2014 Andreas was also appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, South Africa. His research interests include communication networks (fixed and mobile/wireless), the Internet- and Web-of Things, Smart Spaces (Home, Grid, City), and Internet technologies and their application in Mobile e-Services, especially e-health, and security. He has a particular interest in adapting tools from various fields of applied mathematics such as adaptive non-linear control theory, computational intelligence, game theory, and recently complex systems and nature inspired techniques, to solve problems in communication networks. Published over 230 referred papers in flagship journals (e.g. IEEE, Elsevier, IFAC, Springer), international conferences, and book chapters, he is the co-author with Josephine Antoniou of the book Game Theory in Communication Networks: 


Cooperative Resolution of Interactive Networking Scenarios (CRC, ISBN: 978-1439848081, 2012), he is the co-editor with Petros Ioannou of the book on Modellingand Control of Complex Systems (CRC Press, ISBN: 978-0-8493-7985-0, 2007), participated in over 30 European Commission and locally funded research projects with over 4.5 million Euro as principal or co-principal investigator, presented keynotes, invited lectures at major research organisations, short courses atinternational conferences and short courses to industry. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer Networks (COMNET) and International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR), serves/served on international conferences as General Chair (ISSPIT 2016, ISCC2015, MedHocNet2012, ICT2011, EuroMedNet’98), Vice General Chair (WiOpt’07), international co-chair (INFOCOM 2003), technical program chair (MCCS05, ISYC06), and on executive committees (e.g. INFOCOM 2001–2003, and ICT98), technical committees, guest co-editor, invited speaker, and as a regular reviewer for conference and journal submissions. He is also a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee (TC 1.5) on Networked Systems, IFAC TC 7.4 on Transportation Systems and the IFIP working group WG 6.3. 


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Important dates

  • Papers Submission Deadline : July 7th 2016 September 16th, 2016
  • WORKSHOPS Papers Submission Deadline : July 7th 2016 August 31th, 2016
  • Papers Acceptance Notification: September 30th, 2016
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  • Workshop/Keynote Acceptance Notification: June 30th, 2016