Prof. Carlos E. Palau Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
The evolution of human-machine interaction is just as remarkable as the technological advances of the hyper-connected internet era. Machines, devices and humans all intersect in the current Internet of Things landscape, in which physical, digital, virtual and cyber worlds are connected. Far from the needs tackled by the classic approach, the ever-growing quantity of data being generated by a multitude of devices urges to find decentralised solutions while keeping the human at the centre of the interaction. The next-generation internet will allow real-time interaction between humans and machines, as well as between hyper-connected nodes. The presentation will address NGI approach associated with the tactile internet architecture and the approximation of the ASSIST-IoT project that aims to develop a reference architecture in which intelligence is distributed among secure, trustable nodes that implement artificial intelligence and machine learning close to data generation and actuation - in the edge-cloud continuum - over softwarised smart network.
Prof. Carlos E. Palau is Full Professor in the ETSI Telecomunicacion at UPV. Graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia 1993, and received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the same university in 1997. With more than 25 years of experience in research in the areas of security, privacy, content distribution, networking, interoperability, IoT, Smart-Cities and wireless communications. Nowadays, he is coordinating H2020 MG-7-3 PIXEL and H2020 ICT56 ASSIST-IoT and Horizon Europe aerOS and participating in other R&D projects, such H2020 ICT-17 5GENESIS, among others. Furthermore, it is worth remarking his coordination of the finished H20202 ICT-30-2015 INTER-IoT project and his past participation on H2020 IoT1-2016 ACTIVAGE, H2020 ICT14-2016 TT, H2020 MG1.3-2014 DORA, FP7 SEC AF3 and SECTOR; CELTIC+ ACIO, and has previously participated some other national and international initiatives, including FP7 FI-PPP FICONTENT2. He is also an IEEE Senior Member with more than 125 published papers. He has participated in several TPC of relevant conferences like IEEE LCN, IEEE MILCOM; IEEE MULTIMEDIA and chaired from 2002 till 2008 the International Conference of Communications Systems and Networks.
Prof. Gabriella Cincotti University Roma Tre, Italy
Gabriella Cincotti is a Full Professor at the Engineering Department, University Roma Tre, Rome Italy; she leads the Photonics Research Group and is in charge of the courses of Photonics and Biophotonics. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), she was an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society (2017-2019) and currently she is serving in the IEEE Photonics Publications Council. She was a technical program committee (TPC) member of the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) (2010-2012), also serving as Chair of the Access Subcommittee. She was also TPC member of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) (2016-2018). She served as an Associate Editor of Optics Letters (2008-2014) and she serves as Deputy Editor of Optica since 2017. She has authored or co-authored over 300 research papers in leading journals and conferences. Her main research interests are in the field of planar lightwave circuits, photonic devices and subsystems for high-speed optical signal processing. Recently, she moved part of her research interests toward super resolution imaging and point of care testing for biomedical and microbiological applications.
Prof. Miroslav Voznak VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Current asymmetric key cryptography is expected to be broken by a large-scale quantum computer. It is not a question of yes or no, we just don't know when it will happen, whether within a decade or two. Above all, the question is how we can deal with the threats to the public key cryptography currently in use. The NIST has completed the third round of the Post-Quantum Cryptography standardization process in July 2022 and will continue into the fourth round. There is also another approach that is not based on mathematical algorithms but on quantum physics principles, which is quantum key distribution (QKD). The keynote speech will focus on QKD, its principles, and the evolution of this emerging technology that offers the highest level of security today. A substantial part will be devoted to the issues of QKD networks and approaches to ensuring the quality of service in such networks, including new proposals. The possibilities of QKD simulations and finally recent results will be also mentioned, especially outcomes achieved in the H2020 OpenQKD and NATO Quantum5 projects.
Prof. Miroslav VOZNAK received his Ph.D. in telecommunications from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, CZ, in 2002, and achieved habilitation in 2009. He was appointed Full Professor in Electronics and Communications Technologies in 2017. His research interests generally focus on information and communication technologies, especially on the quality of service and experience, network security, wireless networks, and big data analytics. He has authored and co-authored over 170 articles in SCI/SCIE journals and according to the Stanford University ranking released in 2020 and also in 2021, he is one of the World’s Top 2% of scientists in Networking & Telecommunications. As regards projects focusing on QKD, he is Co-PI of H2020 OpenQKD (2019-2023) and PI of NATO Quantum5 (2021-2024).
Asst. Prof. Konstantin Mikhaylov University of Oulu, Finland
The versatile Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, ranging from tiny sensors to autonomous robots and vehicles, and the services based on them have become often invisible but indispensable elements of our everyday routines. This made machine-type communication (MTC) technologies provisioning the connectivity for IoT, a critical commodity, which must be available ubiquitously and resiliently to effectively bridge the existing digital divide and ensure equal access of all people to the services and the business potential they offer. Despite all the immense progress of the past years, conventional terrestrial MTC technologies cannot effectively and sustainably address all the arising use cases. Provisioning MTC services in remote, fragile and offshore areas is especially challenging. Therefore, this keynote focuses on the technology which can potentially bridge this gap – the non-terrestrial IoT and, specifically, the radio-frequency (RF) based non-terrestrial MTC. First, the classification of NTN MTC is presented, and the drivers for NTN IoT are introduced and discussed. Some insight into the state-of-the-art and the ongoing NTN MTC research and standardization, with the main focus on the satellite MTC based on the direct-to-satellite (DtS) paradigm, is provided next. Following this, the crucial challenges and potential technologies to address them are pinpointed, and the key takeaways are formulated and elaborated on.
Konstantin Mikhaylov received Dr.Sc. (Eng) in 2018 and the title of Docent in 2021; both are from the University of Oulu, Finland. Since 2009 he has held different positions at the University of Oulu. Currently, he is the Assistant Professor for Convergent IoT Communications with the Centre for Wireless Communication of the University of Oulu and the 6G Flagship program. He also holds the highly-competitive Academy of Finland PostDoc position. In the recent five years, he has also held temporary and visiting positions with the University of Bologna, Italy, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic, and King’s College London, UK. Konstantin’s research interests include IoT and machine-to-machine wireless communication, IoT devices and systems design, and applications. He has authored and co-authored over one hundred research papers on the these topics. Dr. Mikhaylov is a Senior Member of IEEE and the WG3 Network Architectures and Protocols co-chair for COST action CA20120 "INTERACT". He has served as the IoT track chair for EuCNC’2022, as a co-chair for the four editions of the WearIoT workshop associated with the ICUMT conference, as a TPC member for many other communication conferences and as editor/reviewer for many IEEE journals. Konstantin also holds A1/A3 open category drone pilot license.