Keynotes & Tutorials



by I. F. AKYILDIZ, Broadband Wireless Networking Lab, School of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA


Abstract: Internet of Things became an important research topic in the last decade where Things refer to machines and objects interconnected to extend the Internet to many application domains. While the research and deployments continue for micro-Things, there are many applications where much smaller,
tiny and non-intrusive Things are needed. Nanomaterials such as graphene or metamaterials can be used to produce these nano-scale Things whose interconnection with the Internet can lead to the new network paradigm called Internet of NanoThings (IoNT). However, there are many health-related applications where the  networks composed of biological nanomachines are needed. This leads us to yet another network paradigm called Internet of Bio-NanoThings (IoBNT) which can provide new opportunities for many novel healthcare applications, including fine sensing of diseases and tumors in
various parts of the human body, targeted drug delivery and overall personalized health monitoring.
Within this context, this talk captures the state of the art in electromagnetic and molecular communication among nanoscale devices. An in-depth view is provided from the communication and information theoretic perspective, by highlighting the major research challenges in terms of channel modeling, information encoding and protocols for nanonetworks and the Internet of NanoThings and Bio-NanoThings.

Bio: I. F. AKYILDIZ is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group. He is the Editor-in- Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal since 2000 and the founding Editor-in- Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (2003) both published by Elsevier. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and
an ACM FELLOW (1997). He received numerous awards from IEEE and ACM. Due to Google scholar, his papers received over 95+K citations and his h-index is 107 as of October 2017. His current research interests are in Nano-Scale Communications, 5G Wireless Systems, Software Defined Networking and Wireless Sensor Networks in Challenged Environments.

 NOTE: This talk is based on the papers: I.F. Akyildiz, S. Balasubramaniam, and Y. Koucheryavy;"Internet of BioNanoThings," IEEE Communications Magazine, March 2015.



Title: Toward open smart IoT Systems: an overview of recent initiatives and future directions,
by Khalil Drira - LAAS-CNRS, Université de Toulouse, France


Abstract: IoT applications provide advantages in various domains from smart cities, factories of the future, connected cars, home automation, e-health to precision agriculture. This fast-growing ecosystem is leading IoT towards a promising future. However, IoT systems expansion opportunities are not straightforward. A set of challenges should be overcome to enable IoT mass-scale deployment across various domains including interoperability, complexity, and scalability issues. This talk aims at giving an overview of these challenges.
Recent international standardization and R&D initiatives will be investigated. Future directions will be highlighted.

Bio: Khalil DRIRA received the Engineering and M.S. (DEA) degrees in Computer Science from ENSEEIHT (INP Toulouse), in June and September 1988  espectively. He obtained the Ph.D. and HDR degrees in Computer Science from UPS , University Paul Sabatier Toulouse, in October 1992, and January 2005 respectively. He is since oct 2010 Directeur de Recherche, a full-time research position at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). 

Khalil DRIRA’s research interests include formal design, implementation, testing and provisioning of distributed communicating systems and cooperative networked services. He is or has been involved in several national and international projects in the field of distributed and concurrent communicating systems. He is author of more than 150 regular and invited papers in international conferences and journals. He is member of the editorial board of many international journals in the field of software architecture and communicating and distributed systems. Khalil DRIRA has been editor of a number of proceedings, books and journal issues in these fields.




Title: Applications of Blockchain to Supply Chain and Logistics: emerging trends and new challenges,
By Professor Guido Perboli in Strategic Management and Operations Research in Politecnico di Torino

Abstract: Blockchain emerged as a leading technology layer for financial applications. Nevertheless, in the past years, the attention of researchers and practitioners moved to the application of the Blockchain technologies to other domains. In this context, Supply Chain and Logistics are the topics paying more attention to the Blockchain, with the creation of several startups (Wu, 2017) and the introduction of the Blockchain in the agenda of countries and companies (Alice Consortium, 2017; Garner inc., 2016).
The blockchain is a disruptive innovation, due to its capability of ensuring data immutability and public accessibility of data streams. Moreover, its decentralized and distributed infrastructure prevents the problems of the present centralized approaches, including trust issues, such as fraud, corruption, tampering and falsify information, and their limited resiliency, with systems vulnerable to collapse, since a single point of breakdown might lead the whole system to be crashed. However, since this technology is still in its early stages, it presents some inherent defects and its deployment in factual Supply Chain and Logistics applications is somehow problematic. 

Aim of this tutorial is to give an insight of the link between Blockchain and the latest frameworks and methodologies for the management of the optimization of Supply Chain, as IoT, Physical Internet and Logistics 4.0. The tutorial will discuss how the Blockchain will help in reducing the logistics costs and to optimize the operations, its recent applications, and the research challenges (Bocek, 2017; Tian, 2017).

Bio: Guido Perboli is Professor of Strategic Management and Operations Research in Politecnico di Torino and Associate Member of the CIRRELT – Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur les Réseaux d’Enterprise, la Logistique et les Transport – Québec, Canada. 
In 2016 he founded the ICT for City Logistics and Enterprises (ICE) center of Politecnico di Torino, a research center focused on the two main activities supporting the Urban growth: logistics and enterprises. He is presently director of the ICE Lab. He is also member of scientific boards and awards, including the Scientific Board of SOS Log, the main Italian association of Sustainable Logistics, and the Amazon Innovation Award, the International Award of Amazon on Last Mile, Logistics and Emerging Business Models.