Keynote Speakers:

Sotiris Nikoletseas, Director of the IoT-Lab at the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University
Sam Xun Sun, Director of Standards & Technology Development at the Corporation For National Research Initiatives (CNRI)


Title: On the shoulders of Tesla: Efficient Algorithms for Wireless Power Transfer in the Internet of Things (IoT)

Abstract: A Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system consists of chargers which transmit power wirelessly and receivers which harvest the radio frequency energy from the chargers. WPT has evolved to a very active research subject, as well as a topic of rapid technological progress and emerging practical development and commercial applications. However, a solid foundational and algorithmic framework seems still necessary for WPT to achieve its full potential.

In this respect, the talk aims to discuss different characteristic abstract WPT models (scalar, vector, peer to peer) and present key optimization problems (power maximization, coverage, placement, radiation control). Relevant algorithmic design and analysis methods and performance properties (and their trade-offs) are also provided, as well as interesting WPT notions and concepts (such as super-additive and cancellation phenomena in the received power, notions of electromagnetic radiation control in dense, strong WPT fields and energy-aware distributed network formation in large populations of very weak mobile nodes).

BIO: Sotiris Nikoletseas is a Full Professor and Director of the IoT-Lab at the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University, Greece. Also, a Senior Researcher at the Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus" (CTI). He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Geneva, Ottawa and Southern California. His research interests include algorithmic aspects of wireless sensor networks, innovative Internet of Things (IoT) systems and applications, wireless energy transfer protocols, probabilistic methods and random graphs, algorithmic engineering. He has coauthored over 300 publications in international Journals and refereed Conferences, 3 Books (probabilistic methods, theoretical aspects of sensor networks, wireless power transfer protocols) and several Invited Chapters in Books by major publishers. He has served as the Steering/Program Committee Chair of several Conferences, and as Editor of major Journals (like TCS, IEEE TC and TCC, Elsevier COMNET, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks). He has co-initiated and currently leads international events related to sensor networks (ALGOSENSORS, IEEE DCOSS). He has delivered several invited talks and tutorials. He has coordinated many externally funded R&D Projects related to fundamental aspects of modern networks, mainly by the European Union (EU), as well as large scale national research projects.
SAM XUN SUN, Director of Standards & Technology Development at the Corporation For National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

Title: A DOA based framework for IoT security and interoperability

Abstract: Traditional IoT applications generally take an application-centric approach, where management and access of IoT devices are confined within each IoT applications. Over time, this presents a barrier for IoT interoperability and produces many information silos.
Digital Object Architecture (DOA) provides an infrastructure solution for IoT interoperability. The DOA based IoT framework, as described in ITU-T standard Y.4459, will help free information from IoT application boundaries and allow information to be shared freely and securely across all kinds of IoT applications. It also allows discretionary security to be defined and managed per IoT device, instead of subjective to each IoT application.
The DOA based IoT framework defines a IoT device-centric approach that allows separation of the storage, ownership, and management of the IoT devices from individual applications, yet allows each and every application to access such information in a secure and trusted fashion. Information security is no more in the hands of the security measure of, or lack of, any particular application, but in the hands of the owner/manager of IoT device.

Bio: Sam X. Sun is the Director of Standards & Technology Development at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). He was also elected and served as the Chair of ATSD Steering Committee of ATSD in 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Sun was senior research fellow and handle system architect at CNRI, and lead the design of the handle system protocol. He has participated in many standard activities in Internet security, digital rights management, IoT, and GRID computing. He is the lead author of the handle system protocol specification in IETF RFC3650, RFC3651, and RFC3652. Mr. Sun has led many international research collaborations in applying the Digital Object Architecture and the handle technology for digital library development, healthcare informatics, and Internet identify management, as well as IoT security and interoperability development. In recent years, Mr. Sun has been assisting Dr. Robert Kahn in establishing the DONA Foundation, a non-profit organization registered in Switzerland to coordinate the Global Handle Registry (GHR), a key-component of the Digital Object Architecture. He is also being giving consulting in many IoT related standard development, including the development of ITU-T standard on DOA framework for IoT interoperability (ITU-T Y4459) and DOA framework to combat counterfeiting in IoT (ITU-T 4808). Mr. Sun held a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Peking University, China. He also held a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was also a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics in the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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