Prof. Halim Yanikomeroglu

Professor, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

Integrated Terrestrial / Non-terrestrial 6G Networks for Ubiquitous 3D Super-Connectivity

Monday, November 5, 2018
10:00 – 10:40, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: Since the development of the 4G LTE standards around 2010, the research communities both in academia and industry have been brainstorming to predict the use cases and scenarios of 2020s, to determine the corresponding technical requirements, and to develop the enabling technologies, protocols, and network architectures towards the next-generation (5G) wireless standardization. This exploratory phase is winding down as the 5G standards are currently being developed with a scheduled completion date of late-2019; the 5G wireless networks are expected to be deployed globally throughout 2020s. As such, it is time to reinitiate a similar brainstorming endeavour followed by the technical groundwork towards the subsequent generation (6G) wireless networks of 2030s.

One reasonable starting point in this new 6G discussion is to reflect on the possible shortcomings of the 5G networks to-be-deployed. 5G promises to provide connectivity for a broad range of use-cases in a variety of vertical industries; after all, this rich set of scenarios is indeed what distinguishes 5G from the previous four generations. Many of the envisioned 5G use-cases require challenging target values for one or more of the key QoS elements, such as high rate, high reliability, low latency, and high energy efficiency; we refer to the presence of such demanding links as the super-connectivity.

However, the very fundamental principles of digital and wireless communications reveal that the provision of ubiquitous super-connectivity in the global scale – i.e., beyond indoors, dense downtown or campus-type areas – is infeasible with the legacy terrestrial network architecture as this would require prohibitively expensive gross over-provisioning. The problem will only exacerbate with even more demanding 6G use-cases such as UAVs requiring connectivity (ex: delivery drones), thus the 3D super-connectivity.

In this address, we will present a 5-layer vertical architecture composed of fully integrated terrestrial and non-terrestrial layers for 6G networks of 2030s:

  • Terrestrial HetNets with macro-, micro-, and pico-BSs
  • Flying-BSs (aerial-/UAV-/drone-BSs); altitude: up to several 100 m
  • High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) (floating-BSs); altitude: 20 km
  • Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) satellites; altitude: 200–1,000 km
  • Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites; altitude: 35,786 km

In the absence of a clear technology roadmap for the 2030s, the talk has, to a certain extent, an exploratory view point to stimulate further thinking and creativity. We are certainly at the dawn of a new era in wireless research and innovation; the next twenty years will be very interesting. 

Biography: Halim Yanikomeroglu (F’17) was born in Giresun, Turkey, in 1968. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1990, and the M.A.Sc. degree in electrical engineering (now ECE) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1992 and 1998, respectively.

During 1993–1994, he was with the R&D Group of Marconi Kominikasyon A.S., Ankara, Turkey. Since 1998 he has been with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he is now a Full Professor. His research interests cover many aspects of wireless technologies with a special emphasis on cellular networks. Dr. Yanikomeroglu has supervised 18 PhD and 28 MASc theses (all completed); several of his PhD students received various medals. He has coauthored 350+ peer-reviewed research papers including 115 in the IEEE journals; these publications have received 10,500+ citations. He has been one of the most frequent tutorial presenters in the leading international IEEE conferences (29 times). He has had extensive collaboration with large-scale (such as Huawei, Samsung, Blackberry, Nortel), medium-scale (such as Telus, DragonWave), and small-scale (such as Mapsted) companies as well as the government labs (such as Communications Research Centre of Canada). During 2012–2016, he led Canada’s largest academic-industrial collaborative research project on pre-standards 5G wireless research, sponsored by the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF–RE) program. Dr. Yanikomeroglu’s co­llaborative research resulted in 24 granted patents (plus about 15 applied).

Dr. Yanikomeroglu is a Fellow of the IEEE with the citation “for contributions to wireless access architectures in cellular networks”. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communications Society and a Distinguished Speaker for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He has been involved in the organization of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) from its inception in 1998 in various capacities including serving as a Steering Committee member for a decade and the Technical Program Chair/Co-Chair of WCNC 2004 (Atlanta), WCNC 2008 (Las Vegas), and WCNC 2014 (Istanbul). He was the General Co-Chair of the IEEE 72nd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2010-Fall) held in Ottawa, and the General Chair of the IEEE 86th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2017-Fall) held in Toronto. He has served in the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials. He was the Chair of one of the largest technical committees in IEEE, Technical Committee on Personal Communications (now called Wireless Communications Technical Committee and has 1,700+ members).

Dr. Yanikomeroglu is a recipient of the IEEE Ottawa Section Outstanding Educator Award in 2014, Carleton University Faculty Graduate Mentoring Award in 2010, the Carleton University Graduate Students Association Excellence Award in Graduate Teaching in 2010, and the Carleton University Research Achievement Award in 2009 and 2018. Dr. Yanikomeroglu spent the 2011–2012 academic year at TOBB U. of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey, as a Visiting Professor. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada.

Prof. Antonio Iera

Professor, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Introducing a New Group Communication Method for 5G Networks

Monday, November 5, 2018
10:40 – 11:20, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: This talk addresses an issues, deeply felt in the next generation Internet networks, which concerns the management of group communications among IoT devices. 5G application scenarios will be characterized, in fact, by the massive presence of IoT devices that together with human beings will be at the same time suppliers and users of services based on the exchange of huge amounts of data via group communications. These communications will put a strain on the existing primitives and their efficient management will be possible only if new paradigms will be made available. Starting from this assumption, during the talk a new architecture enabling multicast communications will be presented that exploits principles derived from the promising paradigms of Social Networks of devices and Software Defined Networking.

Biography: Antonio Iera graduated in Computer Engineering at the University of Calabria, Italy, and received a Master Diploma in Information Technology from CEFRIEL/Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Calabria. From 1994 to 1995 he has been with Siemens AG in Munich, Germany, and since 1997 with the University of Reggio Calabria, where he is currently a professor of Telecommunications and director of the Laboratory for Advanced Research into Telecommunication Systems ( His research interests include wireless and mobile 5G networks, RFID systems, and Internet of Things. He has published more than 300 papers in high-quality journals and conferences and has given several tutorials and invited speeches during international events on the topics of IoT, Social-IoT, and 5G networks.

Prof. Torsten Braun

Professor, University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland)

Softwarization Issues for 5G

Monday, November 5, 2018
11:20 – 12:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: The 5G network architecture is based on a service-oriented paradigm, where functions will be mainly be implemented as software components in virtualised environments. Several softwarisation concepts will serve as a basis for 5G networks. First, Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) will enable the implementation of network functions in virtual environments such as virtual machines or application containers. In such case, virtual environments will be separate from the base stations and antennas. The delay caused by physical separation and communication as well as scheduling in the virtualised environment must be minimised for delay sensitive applications. One approach is to keep the network function processing as close as possible to the base station, e.g., by co-locating or integrating them into the base station. This approach is targeted by the Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) concept as being standardised by ETSI. In certain cases, however, it might make sense to distribute function processing. This is supported by Service Function Chaining (SFC) as being standardised by the IETF. The talk will introduce such NFV, MEC, and SFC concepts, present some recent research works in those areas as well as discuss future research opportunities.

Biography: Torsten Braun got his Ph.D. degree from University of Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1993. From 1994 to 1995 he has been a guest scientist at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis (France). From 1995 to 1997 he has been working at the IBM European Networking Centre Heidelberg (Germany) as a project leader and senior consultant. He has been a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and head of the research group ‘‘Communication and Distributed Systems” since 1998. He has been member of the SWITCH (Swiss education and research network) board of trustees since 2001. Since 2011, he has been vice president of the SWITCH foundation. Since 2017, he has been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at University of Bern.

Prof. Bernhard Rinner

Professor, University of Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt, Austria)

Multi-Drone Systems

Monday, November 5, 2018
13:20 – 14:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — also called drones — are used with increasing interest in civil and commercial applications. Drones can fly routes in an autonomous manner and carry cameras for aerial photography. Research and development efforts have recently addressed drone systems for monitoring, surveillance, or disaster assistance. Small-scale multi-copters are of particular interest in this context due to their simple deployment, high maneuverability, and low costs. It is often beneficial to deploy a team of drones rather than a single drone, since multiple drones can explore areas faster. In this talk I will give an overview of our research in multi-drone systems ( I will present selected key achievements from our ten years’ research in this domain with an emphasis on communication, coordination and decision making. I will also show use cases of multi-drone systems.

Biography: Bernhard Rinner is professor at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria where he is heading the Pervasive Computing group. He is deputy head of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems and served as vice dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences from 2008–2011. Before joining Klagenfurt he was with Graz University of Technology and held research positions at the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 1998/99.

His current research interests include embedded computing, sensor networks multi-robot systems and pervasive computing. Bernhard Rinner has been co-founder and general chair of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras and has served as chief editor of a special issue on this topic in The Proceedings of the IEEE. Currently, he is Associate Editor for Ad Hoc Networks Journal and EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems. Together with partners from four European universities, he has jointly initiated the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program on Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE). He is senior member of IEEE and member of the board of the Austrian Science Fund.

Prof. Giuseppe Araniti

Assistant Professor, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (Reggio Calabria, Italy)

Exploiting Machine-Type Multicast Services for Providing Innovative Applications in 5G Networks

Monday, November 5, 2018
14:00 – 14:40, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) will shortly be undergoing a major transformation from a sensor-driven paradigm to one that is heavily complemented by actuators, drones, and robots. In this field, machine-type communications (MTC) push towards the design of effective solutions to simultaneously deliver data of different size to a very large (and unpredictable) number of MTC/IoT devices. As a consequence, the number and variety of mobile multicast applications is growing at an unprecedented and unanticipated pace. This lecture focuses on the definition, design, and analysis of machine-type multicast service (MtMS). The different procedures that need to be redesigned for MtMS will be discussed and the most appropriate design drivers will be derived by analysing different use cases.

Biography: Giuseppe Araniti received the Laurea (2000) and the Ph.D. degree (2004) in Electronic Engineering from the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy. Since November 2005 he is an Assistant Professor on Telecommunications at University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, where he is a member of the Laboratory for Advanced Researches into Telecommunication Systems (ARTS). His researches activities are conducted by cooperating with several national and international research groups, from academia and industries, and the results of such researches are reported in more than 140 scientific publications. His major area of research is on 5G networks and it includes personal communications systems, enhanced wireless and satellite systems, traffic and radio resource management, multicast and broadcast services, device-to-device (D2D) and machine-type communications (M2M/MTC). Dr. Araniti is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting and of IEEE Access Journal, is Vice-Chair of the IEEE BTS Italian Chapter and of the Special Interest Group on Social Behaviour Driven Cognitive Radio Networks – IEEE Comsoc. Since 2003 he is involved in several teaching activities, mainly at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, where he is currently teaching Wireless Systems Planning and Radio Mobile Networks.

Prof. Francesco Marcelloni

Professor, University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)

Multi-Objective Evolutionary Fuzzy Systems in the Era of Big Data

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
10:00 – 11:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: In the last three decades, fuzzy rule-based systems (FRBSs) have been successfully applied to different engineering fields such as control, pattern recognition, system identification and signal analysis. FRBSs consist of a linguistic rule base (RB), a data base (DB) containing the fuzzy sets associated with the linguistic terms used in the RB and a fuzzy logic inference engine. Several methods have been proposed in the literature to generate the RB and the DB of an FRBS from available data (typically, input-output samples). At the beginning, the unique objective of these methods was to maximise the accuracy, neglecting to preserve that feature which makes FRBSs preferable to other approaches in real applications, namely interpretability. This feature is today the focus of the eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) that is emphasizing the importance of “opening” black box models and explaining why and how an AI system arrived at a specific conclusion. Thus, methods for generating FRBSs, which take not only accuracy, but also interpretability of RB and DB into consideration, are today particularly attractive. This requires to solve a multi-objective optimization problem, where the two objectives, namely interpretability and accuracy, are in conflict to each other. Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms (MOEAs) have been so extensively used in this framework that the term “Multi-Objective Evolutionary Fuzzy Systems” (MOEFSs) has been coined to identify the hybridization of FRBSs with MOEAs. MOEAs are employed to generate a set of FRBSs with different trade-offs between accuracy and interpretability.

The talk aims to introduce the main methods, which have been proposed in the literature for generating FRBSs by using MOEAs, with particular attention to recent solutions proposed for coping with big data. First of all, we will discuss how interpretability of an FRBS has been evaluated in the MOEFSs proposed so far. Second, we will introduce a taxonomy of MOEFSs based on how RB and DB are processed during the evolutionary process. Third, we will discuss some efficient solutions that have been recently proposed to generate FRBSs from big data. Finally, we will discuss hot topics and new challenges.

Biography: Francesco Marcelloni is currently Full Professor and Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Relations at the University of Pisa. He received the Laurea degree in Electronics Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He has co-founded the Computational Intelligence Group and has founded and heads the Competence Centre on MObile Value Added Services (MOVAS), both at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa. His main research interests include data mining for big data, multi-objective evolutionary algorithms, genetic fuzzy systems, sentiment analysis, fuzzy clustering algorithms, pattern recognition, signal analysis, mobile information systems, and data compression and aggregation in wireless sensor networks. He has co-edited three volumes, four journal special issues, and is (co-)author of a book and of more than 200 papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings; these publications have received more than 4,000 citations. He has been TPC co-chair, general co-chair and tutorial chair of some international conferences and has held invited talks in a number of events. Currently, he serves as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (IEEE), Information Sciences (Elsevier) and Soft Computing (Springer), and is on the editorial board of a number of other international journals. He has coordinated various research projects funded by both public and private entities.

Prof. Joanna Kolodziej

Professor, Cracow University of Technology (Cracow, Poland)

New Trends in Cloud Resource Management – BlockChain-Based Secure Cloud Scheduler

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
11:00 – 12:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: Cloud computing paradigm is based on providing on-demand access to the computing resources to the cloud end users in the form of VM instances over the physical grid clusters. On one hand, the end users request the service providers to allocate them the set of computing resources (Virtual Machine instances on physical hosts) to realize their computing tasks. The service providers use usually for such allocation and users’ tasks scheduling the heuristics-based approaches. On the other hand, the allocation and service algorithms should be defined to meet the service providers’ business objectives. Service providers may also need to impose a set of additional conditions on the allocation and scheduling algorithms, particularly in the way they access infrastructure resources, to maintain the security and the performance of their system.

Although many resource allocation and scheduling algorithms have been developed, security remains the challenging research issue in today's cloud computing. Based on the very new concept of using the block chain technology in modelling the data BlockCloud, the generic model of the BlockCloud scheduler will be presented and compared with the other existing security-aware cloud schedulers.

Biography: Joanna Kołodziej is the Professor in Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK) Institute. She is also the Head of the Department of Computer Sciences at Cracow University of Technology. Prof. Kolodziej serves as the President of the Polish Chapter of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. She participated in several international and national projects including ECONET, 7FP and PARAPHRASE 7FP Grants. Currently, she is the Chair of the cHiPSet Cost Action IC1406 ( and EU Interreg BalticSatApps ( project. She is an author and co-author of 200+ publications in the HQ international journals.

Prof. Mohammad Hammoudeh

Head of Laboratory, Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester, UK)

From IoT to Blockchain: Investigating the Challenges of Cyber-Physical Interactions

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 Room Borodino

Abstract: In recent years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has developed into many areas of life including smart cities, smart homes, offices, workplaces, manufacturing, supply chain and agriculture. To build a strong understanding of how the physical world impacts the cyber world, this talk will consider the evolution of ICT and communication technologies which lead to the conception and development of IoT technology. Then, the work of the Mohammad Hammoudeh and the MMU IoT Research Lab will be introduced to show what the future of such systems will look like using a complex application of IoT and blockchain technology to securely track and trace high value products.

Biography: Dr Mohammad Hammoudeh is currently the Head of the MMU IoT Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer in computer networks and security with the School of Computing, Math and Digital Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been a researcher and publisher in the field of big sensory data mining and visualization. He is a highly proficient, experienced, and professionally certified cybersecurity professional, specializing in threat analysis, and information and network security management. His research interests include highly decentralized algorithms, communication, and cross-layered solutions to Internet of Things, and wireless sensor networks.


Moscow Dep. of Information Technologies (Moscow, Russia)


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
10:00 – 10:40, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: TBA

Biography: TBA

Prof. Heikki Hämmäinen

Professor, Aalto University (Aalto, Finland)

Time-Critical 5G in Smart City?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
10:40 – 11:20, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: This talk is about wireless communications in city environments, especially about the ecosystem evolution from 4G to 5G to capacity-driven small cells to quality-driven small cells. Key questions include finding techno-economically feasible sites for 5G small cell base stations. Street light poles are considered as an interesting option. Another question is the data-driven smart city value network where data from various city sensors and devices, stationary and mobile, is aggregated and integrated for advanced data analytics. A city controlled data platform has a key role here. Finally, the time-critical new street applications, including some AR/VR use cases, require low end-to-end latencies forcing into edge computing and caching. This is not only a major technical step but also includes significant value network challenges, as presented in the talk.

Biography: Heikki Hämmäinen is professor of Network Economics at Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University, Finland. He has MSc (1984) and PhD (1991) in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology. His main research interests are in techno-economics and regulation of mobile services and networks. Special topics recently include measurement and analysis of mobile usage, value networks of flexible Internet access, and 5G small cells. His earlier industrial career includes several management positions in research and business within Nokia.

Prof. Edmundo Monteiro

Professor, University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)

Protection of Critical Infrastructure for Smart Cities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
11:20 – 12:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: The protection of smart cities critical infrastructures is one of the main issues for national and international security research. The European H2020 ATENA project, a continuation of the previous Cockpit, and MICIE European projects, aims to prove that by secure sharing of information on a near real-time basis among risk predictors it is possible to increase the reliability and predictive capability of sensitive services. The final outcome is that utilities and operators receive information about the future evolution of their infrastructure with a wider perspective compared to previsions that can be generated by sector specific and isolated simulators. The vision aims the need to complement business awareness with cyber-security awareness in order to reach a superior level of awareness (global awareness) and increase the business continuity of the smart city infrastructure. The mentioned projects encompass a multi-layered cyber detection framework capable of detecting anomalies or intrusion attempts on the entire critical infrastructure (CI) together with a near real-time risk evaluation capability which determines the CI functionalities impacted by cyber-attacks and faults, assesses the degradation of CI delivered services and supports the activation of control and mitigation strategies.

Biography: Edmundo Monteiro is Full Professor at the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal, from where he graduated in Electrical Engineering (Informatics Specialty) in 1984, received the PhD in Electrical Engineering (Computer Networks), and the Habilitation in Informatics Engineering, in 1996 and 2007 respectively. He is a Senior Researcher ate the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC). He has near 30 years of research and industry experience in the field of Computer Communications, Wireless and Mobile Communications, Quality of Service and Quality of Experience, Network and Service Management, Computer Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Cloud Networking, Internet of Things and Smart Cities. He participated in many Portuguese, European and International research projects and initiatives. His publications include over 200 papers in international refereed journals, conferences, and books. He is also co-author of 9 international patents. He is member of the Editorial Board of various journals and involved in the organization of many national and international conferences and workshops. Edmundo Monteiro is Senior Member of IEEE Communication Society and IEEE Computer Society, and Senior Member of ACM SIGCOMM. He is also the Portuguese representative in IFIP TC6 (Communication Systems).

Prof. Vladimir Bataev

Principal Consultant, Zaz Ventures (London, UK)

AR/VR and Smart Cities: from Toys to Tools

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
13:20 – 14:00, Rooms: Kuskovo

Abstract: AR/VR remains one of the most promising technologies of the past years, yet does not seem to cross over into large scale adoption. What is the state of the general AR/VR technology at the moment, what are the key challenges & what are the successful global use cases for city managers, city planners and citizens?

Biography: Vladimir Bataev is an independent expert in smart & circular urban solutions — applications of novel technology in urban environments. He focuses on tight integration of transport, energy & urban infrastructure with the help on ICT. He facilitates strong collaborations between municipalities, urban designers, architects & technologists, with particular emphasis on startups & SMEs.

In 2017 together with Boyd Cohen (the author of the definitive Smart City Wheel model) he developed & taught a people-/innovation-centric smart city induction course to the municipality officials at the Public Administration Academy of Kazakhstan.

In 2016 he was nominated for the Global Smart City Leader & Promoter Award by the Smart Cities UK program. Since 2016 he is a principal consultant at Zaz Ventures (CH/UK), the top EU innovation funding consultancy which has raised €100m+ of funding for various innovative companies & consortia. He has led 28 SMEs to funding under the ultracompetitive Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, including such prominent innovative European startups & SMEs as SeaBubbles (FR), Carbiotix (SE), PureFiber (IE), Pharem Biotech (SE), Daedalean (CH), Biophos (CH), Insikt Intelligence (ES), Skypull (CH), Furhat Robotics (SE), Airinum (SE), Connecterra (NL), Intrinsic-ID (NL), Hydromea (CH), Gleechi (SE), Mirrakoi (CH) & multiple others. He advised SMEs in smart cities, IoT, ICT, AI, security, transport, logistics, energy, 3D printing, biotechnology, healthcare & other industries. Since 2018 he is an international advisor in the Advice for Small Businesses initiative of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.

Since 2016 he is an active SME Instrument Business Innovation Coach for European Agency for SMEs (EASME). In particular, he has coached the IoT security solution provider Intrinsic-ID (NL) selected by the European Commission as the most innovative European SME in 2016. He is a business innovation expert & mentor for the Smart Cities Month (BY) and the startup accelerator Generation S (RU), and an external evaluator of the Eurostars-Eureka innovation funding program. He adjudicated numerous startup competitions in Belarus, Malaysia, Netherlands & Russia.

In 2015 he founded & headed the Smart Urban Solutions Unit at the smart transport & logistics solution provider EsperantoXL (NL). This unit focused on applied research, consulting & project implementation of smart urban solutions at the intersection of information technology, data analysis, urban design, architecture & policy frameworks.

He has prior extensive experience in business analysis & IT product management for one of the largest European business software vendors Exact (NL), where he was responsible for large vertical solutions in professional service delivery & service management. Before that he worked for the European Patent Office (NL) where he was one of the leading developers of the key global search engine of patent data Esp@cenet. He has collaborated with municipalities, architecture, urban design & construction companies and innovation accelerators in Belarus, Finland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom & other countries on various projects.

Prof. Marília Curado

Associate Professor, University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal)

5G and Smart Cities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
14:00 – 14:40, Rooms: Kuskovo

Abstract: Urban environments are one of the most complex systems around and the concept of Smart City has become a flagship to provide high levels of quality of life to citizens. This is particularly challenging, since population and vehicles are increasing apace in urban areas, creating demand for multiple services with very heterogeneous requirements. This talk will address the smart city ecosystem from a communications perspective, highlighting how 5G will evolve and support emerging applications and services. Advances stemming from R&D projects comprising academy and industry partners, which are targeting 5G challenges within smart cities, will be described, both from the societal and research perspectives.

Biography: Marilia Curado is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, from where she got a PhD in Informatics Engineering on the subject of Quality of Service Routing, in 2005. She is the coordinator of the Laboratory of Communications and Telematics of the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra. She is the coordinator of the Masters on Informatics Engineering of the Department of Informatics Engineering of the University of Coimbra. Her research interests include Wireless Communications, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, and Large Scale Systems. She has been general and TPC chair of several conferences and belongs to the editorial board of Elsevier Computer Networks, Elsevier Computer Communications, Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies and Internet Technology Letters. She has participated and coordinated several national and international projects. She acts regularly as an evaluator for national, EU and international projects.

Prof. Bamidele Adebisi

Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester, UK)

Integrated Energy Management in Smart City: The Triangulum Experience and Road Ahead

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
15:20 – 16:00, Rooms: Kuskovo

Abstract: Future energy security is one of the widely debated topics in the industry and research community. While consumption is set to rise in the next decade, it is desirable to meet energy demand without incurring the huge investments in new plants and extensive grid reinforcements, on one hand and minimizing the environmental impact on the other. However, in smart cities, not only will ICT be pervasive, micro-generation and low-cost storage will be commonplace. These factors are already paving the way for the transition from the traditional centralized to distributed energy management system. Triangulum (a Horizon 2020 European Union funded smart cities demonstration project), adopts a smart approach to integrate silos of distributed energy resources including Energy Storage Systems (ESS), solar plants and in-building controllable loads into a virtual power plant (VPP) managed by a central controller. The central controller can monitor and transmit control messages to the energy assets via the local Building Management Systems (BMS) in response to grid conditions. One of the goals of Triangulum is to demonstrate a system capable of harnessing the flexibility from such integration into a significant resource that can be used to support the grid through demand response or ancillary services such as frequency regulation or balancing. Furthermore, as the adoption of Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEV) continues to rise, vehicle-to-anything (V2X) integration is one of the emerging techniques that can potentially unlock new possibilities in energy management. In particular, the cities of the future will boast of higher number of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs). These smart vehicles will bring additional flexibility in terms of energy portability and real-time data which can be used for optimization of planning and scheduling operations. This talk will discuss Smart Energy Platform and its value creation for emerging proactive prosumers such as EVs and CAVs operators in smart cities. Drawing from experience acquired in the Triangulum project, some important developments in smart grid, smart micro grid, and Smart Cities will be presented.

Biography: Bamidele Adebisi is a Professor of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, and the Head of the Smart Infrastructure/In­dustry Research (SIIR), School of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University. He received Master’s degree in advanced mobile communication engineering and Ph.D. in communication systems both from Lancaster University, UK. Before that, he had a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He was a research associate/senior research associate in the School of Computing and Communication, Lancaster University between 2005 and 2012. Between 2010 and 2012, he was a Work Package Leader of a successfully completed EU FP7 (agreement no. 247750)-smart grid Project. A key achievement from this project was the development of an IPv6 based system, which uses narrowband powerline communication (PLC) to support smart grid applications.

His research is mainly in embedding sensing, communication, control, and data analytic technologies in critical infrastructure, i.e. water, energy, transport (V2X/CAV), buildings etc. He publishes widely in the research areas of Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, smart grids, peer to peer energy trading and sharing, Electric Vehicles (V2X/CAVs), PLC/wireless communication and indoor solutions for energy and occupancy management. He has been Principal Investigator (PI), Co-Investigator (CI) or Research Investigator (RI) for many research projects awarded in the subject area such as Innovate UK IoT for smart cities (£10M), EU H2020 project on Smart Cities (Triangulum) (€23M), EU FP7 Smart Grid Project (€5.5M), TSB/EPSRC smart in-building micro-grid for energy management (£700K), EPSRC UK- South Korean Peer to Peer (P2P) Energy Trading & Sharing (£1M) in collaboration with Oxford, Imperial, Bath Universities and 5 South Korean institutions, Jaguar Landrover funded Signal Processing for Automotive Application (£73K), and ongoing 4 Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects with SMEs, approx. £900K. Bamidele is a member of IET, Senior member of IEEE, a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Engineer.

Dr. Oleg Chutko

Business Development Manager, National Instruments (Moscow, Russia)

Evolving 5G: Promise Meets Reality

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
16:00 – 16:40, Rooms: Kuskovo

Abstract: In this report we discuss the most significant trends in development 5G radio and its applications. The modern approaches of SDR technologies for prototyping, verification, and test of 5G network components will be presented. Case studies of Massive MIMO, wide bandwidth and mmWave test systems developed for world telecom leaders will be discussed.

Biography: Oleg Chutko was born in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from Physics Faculty of M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2000. Got PhD in Physics and Mathematics in M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2004. Business Development Manager in National Instruments Russia since 2004 till now. Personally involved in most of SDR, Massive MIMO, etc. telecom projects for Russian R&D and academic customers.

Prof. Mauro De Sanctis

Associate Professor, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy)

Device-Free Passive RF Human Sensing

Thursday, November 8, 2018
10:00 – 11:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: Human sensing technologies allow to recognize actions of people from the observation of electronic signals such as RF, IR, acoustic and visible light signals. In particular, RF signals exploited for human sensing allow to achieve 360 deg field of view, providing through the wall operation and guaranteeing privacy protection. In fact, any received RF signal contains aggregated information about location and movement of every object reflecting and refracting the RF signal in its propagation path, thus including the human body. RF-based human sensing may be performed using RF signals specifically transmitted to carry out the recognition process (i.e. classical active radar approaches) or opportunistically exploiting RF signals transmitted by wireless networks for communication purposes (i.e. passive RF sensing). As a result of passive RF sensing, wireless communication networks may be augmented with sensing capabilities. In this case, radio receivers, besides acting as wireless network nodes participating to the Internet of Things (IoT) communication task, may act as opportunistic sensors participating to the IoT sensing task. The results of this recognition process may be used in different application domains including surveillance for security purposes, activity monitoring for independent living/healthcare, customer tracking for shopping analytics.

The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of RF sensing technologies, comparing different solutions and applications. Furthermore, the impact of signal bandwidth, transmitter non-ideality and environment will be analyzed. In conclusion, new research directions will be discussed.

Biography: Mauro De Sanctis received the “Laurea” degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2002 and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications and Microelectronics Engineering in 2006 from the University of Roma “Tor Vergata” (Italy). From the end of 2008 he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Roma “Tor Vergata” (Italy), teaching “Information and Coding Theory”. In April 2017, he received the Associate Professor habilitation (Italian National Scientific Habilitation – ASN 2016) from the Italian Ministry of University and Research for the scientific sector of telecommunications. In autumn of 2004, he joined the CTIF (Center for TeleInFrastruktur), a research center focusing on modern telecommunications technologies located at the University of Aalborg (Denmark). He was with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) as holder of a two-year research fellowship on the study of Q/V band satellite communication links for a technology demonstration payload, concluded in 2008; during this period he participated to the opening and to the first trials of the ASI Concurrent Engineering Facility (ASI-CEF). From January 2004 to December 2005 he has been involved in the MAGNET (My personal Adaptive Global NET) European FP6 integrated project and in the SatNEx European network of excellence. From January 2006 to June 2008 he has been involved in the MAGNET Beyond European FP6 integrated project as scientific responsible of WP3/Task3.

In 2006 he was a post-doctoral research fellow for the European Space Agency (ESA) ARIADNA extended study named “The Flower Constellation Set and its Possible Applications”. In 2009 he was involved in the ESA project on Multipurpose Constellation. From 2010 to 2011 he has been involved in the ESA project TESHEALTH (Telemedicine Services for Health).

He has been involved in research activities for several projects funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI): DAVID satellite mission (DAta and Video Interactive Distribution) during the year 2003; WAVE satellite mission (W-band Analysis and VErification) during the year 2004; FLORAD (Micro-satellite FLOwer Constellation of millimeter-wave RADiometers for the Earth and space Observation at regional scale) during the year 2008; CRUSOE (CRUising in Space with Out-of- body Experiences) during the years 2011/2012. He has been involved in several Italian Research Programs of Relevant National Interest (PRIN): SALICE (Satellite-Assisted LocalIzation and Communication systems for Emergency services), from October 2008 to September 2010; ICONA (Integration of Communication and Navigation services) from January 2006 to December 2007, SHINES (Satellite and HAP Integrated NEtworks and Services) from January 2003 to December 2004, CABIS (CDMA for Broadband mobile terrestrial-satellite Integrated Systems) from January 2001 to December 2002. In 2007 he has been involved in the Internationali­zation Program funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), concerning the academic research collaboration of the Texas A&M University (USA) and the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy).

From 2011 to 2014 he has been the scientific responsible of the activities of the University of Roma Tor Vergata for the TETRis project (Innovative Open Source Services over TETRA), funded by the MIUR, grant “P.O.N. Ricerca e Competitività 2007–2013”.

He is involved in the coordination of the Alphasat “Aldo Paraboni” Payload (Technology Demonstration Payload – TDP 5) scientific experiments for broadband satellite communications in Q/V band, funded jointly by ASI and ESA.

Presently, he has research collaboration with the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Moscow, Russian Federation.

He is serving as Associate Editor for the Signal Processing and Communication in Aerospace Systems area of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine and as Associate Editor for the Command, Control and Communications Systems area of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. His main areas of interest are: wireless terrestrial and satellite communication networks, data mining and information theory. He published more than 90 papers on journals and conference proceedings, 4 book chapters, one book and one patent. He was co-recipient of the best paper award from the 2009 International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications (SPACOMM 2009).

Prof. Tatiana Kozlova Madsen

Associate Professor, Aalborg University (Aalborg, Denmark)

Quality of Data Retrieval in IoT Systems

Thursday, November 8, 2018
11:00 – 12:00, Rooms: Kuskovo & Tsaritsyno

Abstract: With the widespread of Internet of Things, more and more small devices are becoming connected to the Internet and they provide data for a wide variety of services. Typically, there is no requirement on realtime or near real-time operation and data collection from these small devices is in many cases delayed. Stale or incorrect sensor readings will significantly decrease service performance, and in general, usability of this data. Therefore, while evaluating the quality of the retrieved data one should take two aspects into account: 1) quality of data itself; 2) impact of communication delays and losses associated with the data acquisition. During the talk we will go through a number of examples from Intelligent Transportation System domain and from the field of Smart Grids to illustrate both aspects. A mathematical way of modeling information quality based on mismatch probability will be presented and explained. Additionally, characterization of the communication network quality is an important element of being able to say something about usability and trustworthiness of the data in particular in scenarios of mobile sensors. IoT applications need to take into account such variability, and IoT platforms may provide supporting functions to create awareness of communication network performance, or even translating the latter into information quality metrics.

Biography: Dr. Tatiana K. Madsen received Ph.D. in mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia in 2000. Since 2001 she is working at Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark where she currently holds a position of an Associate Professor in Wireless Networking. Her research interests are on IoT connectivity, distributed systems and networks and wireless communication network performance. She has extensive experience in working in EU projects and collaborating with industrial partners from ITS domain. In the H2020 IoT project BIG IoT she works with use case development, particularly related to public transport optimization based on people density information. Besides that, Tatiana has been involved in a number of national and international projects developing network architectures and solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems; Smart Grids; automotive and train industries. At Aalborg University she serves as a chairman for Study Board for Electronics and IT.

October 4, 2018: The ICUMT 2018 Program at a glance is available here.

September 17, 2018: The ICUMT 2018 organizing committee has decided to extend the Final Paper Submission as well as Authors' Early Registration deadline till this Friday, September 21, 2018.

September 13, 2018: The ICUMT 2018 registration system has been opened!

August 15, 2018: Since the Regular Paper Submission deadline has been extended for more than 3 weeks, the ICUMT 2018 TPC has decided to extend also the Notification of Paper Acceptance deadline until September 3, 2018 to provide sufficient time to

July 11, 2018: Due to numerous requests, the ICUMT 2018 TPC decided to extend the Regular Paper Submission deadline until July 21, 2018 (HARD DEADLINE). To submit your manuscript, please follow the instructions in the Author's area section

July 10, 2018: We are happy to announce the list of workshops co-located with the ICUMT 2018 congress. For more details including the submission deadlines, please follow the Workshops section.

June 29, 2018: The deadline for Regular Paper Submission has been extended until July 11, 2018.

May 23, 2018: The deadline for Call for workshops was extended until June 11, 2018 (hard deadline). We are looking forward to your workshop proposals.

May 22, 2018: The ICUMT 2018 venue will be held in the hotel Courtyard by Marriott Moscow Paveletskaya****, Moscow, Russia.

May 21, 2018: The official theme of the ICUMT 2018 congress will be „Emerging technologies for connected society“.

February 5, 2018: ICUMT 2018 will be hosted this time in Moscow, Russia in November 5 – 9, 2018