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Ken Byers Chair Professor in Telecommunications
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA

Keynote Abstract: Nanotechnology promises new solutions for many applications in the biomedical, industrial and military fields as well as in consumer and industrial goods. The interconnection of nanoscale devices with existing communication networks and ultimately the Internet defines a new networking paradigm that is further referred to as the Internet of Nano-Things. 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 Nano-Things.

Biography: : IAN F. AKYILDIZ received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Currently, he is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory, Chair of the Telecommunication Group at Georgia Tech. Dr. Akyildiz is an Honorary Professor with School of Electrical Engineering at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and Founding Director of N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain, since June 2008. He is also an Honorary Professor with University of Pretoria, South Africa since March 2009. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier) launched in 2003, of the Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (Elsevier) launched in 2008 and of the Nano Communication Networks (NanoComnet) Journal (Elsevier) in launched 2010. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and an ACM FELLOW (1997). He received numerous prestigious awards from several organizations including IEEE and ACM. His current research interests are in Nanonetworks, Cognitive Radio Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks.

Keynote 2: Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities

by Professor Sajal K. Das.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
University Texas at Arlington 
P.O. Box 19015 
Arlington, TX 76019, USA

Keynote Abstract: Daily lives in a modern society depend on sophisticated cyber-physical infrastructures such as smart buildings, utility networks,transportation vehicles and networks, food and goods distribution networks, healthcare delivery systems, and so on. Efficient management of such infrastructures involves tight integration of communication, computing and control systems. However, due to the scale, complexity and resource limitations, both cyber and physical components of critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a variety of security threats. They include disruption and damage due to natural disasters or social crises like wars and terrorist activities that deliberately targets infrastructure to injure, disrupt, and frighten citizens; as well as malicious attacks or intrusions with the intent of disrupting communications or stealing sensitive information and records. This talk will first describe various security challenges in protecting critical national and global infrastructures, that call for effective safeguard tehniques for monitoring, detection and prevention of attacks, as well as recovery from attacks. Next will be discussed the potential and opportunities for wireless and sensor networks to secure such infrastructures via situation monitoring, information fusion and mining, and intelligence extraction. Specifically, a novel multi-layer integrated framework will be presented that is based on a rich set of theoretical and practical design principles, such as statistical learning, trust model, information theory, epidemic theory, and repeated game theory. The talk will be concluded with open research issues and challenges.

Biography:Dr. Sajal K. Das is a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and the Founding Director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). During 2008-2011 he was a Program Director at the US National Science Foundation in the Division of Computer Networks and Systems. Dr. Das is also an E.T.S. Walton Professor of Science Foundation of Ireland; a Visiting Professor of IIT at Kanpur and IIT Guwahati; an Honorary Professor of Fudan University in Shanghai and an International Advisory Professor of Beijing Jiaotong University, China; and a Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore. He is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences. Dr. Das' broad research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, smart environments and cyber-physical systems, security and privacy, cloud computing, social and biological networks, applied graph theory and game theory. He has published over 500 papers and over 45 book chapters, and holds five US patents in wireless networks and mobile Internet. He coauthored three books: "Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications" (Wiley, 2005), "Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges" (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012), and "Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking" (Wiley, 2012). Dr. Das is a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing; IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award; and seven Best Paper Awards including those at Qshine'09, EWSN'08, IEEE PerCom'06, and ACM MobiCom'99. At UTA, Dr. Das is also a recipient of Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award, Academy of Distinguished Scholars Award, University Award for Distinguished Record of Research, and College of Engineering Research Excellence Award. Dr. Das serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC) journal, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM/Springer Wireless Networks, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and Journal of Peer-to-Peer Networking. He is the founder of IEEE PerCom and IEEE WoWMoM conferences. He has served as General and Technical Program Chair as well as Technical Program Committee member of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences.


Tutorial 1: Theory of Malware Diffusion in Wireless Communications Networks (TMD-WCNet Tutorial)

Dr. Vasileios Karyotis received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2004, the M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from NTUA in 2009. Since 2009 he is a research associate with the NETMODE Lab of NTUA. His research interests span the areas of modeling and performance evaluation of communication networks, stochastic modeling and analysis of malware propagation in wireless networks, topology control and resource allocation in decentralized networks, Network Science and Cognitive Radio ad hoc networks. Dr. Karyotis was awarded a fellowship from the Department of ESE of the University of Pennsylvania (2004-2005) and one of two departmental fellowships from the Department of ECE of NTUA (2007-2009). He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece since 2004 and a member of IEEE since 2003.

Tutorial abstract Abstract Malicious software (malware) has attracted significant attention, due to its impact on critical and/or widely employed infrastructures. The proposed tutorial (TMD-WCNet) will present theoretical background for modeling malware propagation in communication networks, especially wireless, with emphasis on the state-of-the-art approaches that have emerged in the last half-decade. The objective is to provide the audience a solid foundation on mathematical modeling techniques governing the spreading of malware through direct transmission links and also present several applications demonstrating these theoretical principles, which could be of potential interest in many different scientific fields as well. Starting from an elementary level and presenting approaches inspired from epidemiology, the tutorial will progress with more advanced mathematical tools, such as Queuing Theory, systems of Ordinary Differential Equations, Markov Random Fields and Game Theory, up to their application in malware propagation over communication networks and show how to utilize them for enhancing the infrastructures of the future. The tutorial will also include extensions of the presented theory to more general spreading processes, e.g. Information Dissemination Dynamics. The overall theory of malware diffusion is promising and capable of providing significant insight for dealing with more diverse processes that resemble the malware diffusion behavior. As such, TMD-WCNet will provide a sufficient toolbox for scientists and professionals that wish to become involved in the field of spreading (diffusion) processes, or further extend the field of malware propagation modeling.

Tutorial 2: Nanonetworking: A Molecular Communications Perspective

Author’s Short Bio: Tuna Tugcu received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Bogazici University in 1993 and 2001, respectively, his M.S. degree in Computer and Information Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1994. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow and visiting professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently an associate professor in the Computer Engineering Department of Bogazici University. His research interests include molecular communications, cognitive radio networks, and WiMAX.

Tutorial abstract: Nanomachines, human-made machines operating at the nanoscale or engineered cells, constitute a promising research topic in engineering. They render useful especially in tasks to be performed at the nanoscale (e.g., sensing rare occurrences of individual molecules) as well as health applications. However, the limited capabilities of nanomachines entail collaboration to perform complicated tasks. This is where nanonetworking, communication between nanomachines, comes into play. This tutorial presents a molecular communications perspective to nanonetworking. We will study and learn from the nanonetworks in nature, as shaped by evolution. At the cell level, various communication techniques such as communication via diffusion and calcium signaling are utilized. Our aim is to approach these techniques as communications engineers, understand how they operate, and then develop methods for communicating similarly. Thus, it will be possible to build networks of nanomachines from bio-hybrid nanomachines. This approach also enables us to utilize the reproduction and energy scavenging capabilities of the cells to build vast and robust networks of nanomachines.






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