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Machine Learning and Cognitive Communications for 5G and IoT

by Dr. Bijan Jabbari, George Mason University, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, USA

Abstract: The 5G system is about to be developed and the devices in IoT systems are expected to grow exponentially. There are many challenges that come with this development and growth – one of which is how to efficiently use the available bandwidth. With devices needing to continuously exchange information via shared channels, deciding if, when and how much to transmit in efficient ways becomes important, especially when data stream flows continuously. Since transmission causes a drain on battery power, another challenge is how to design sensing and communication protocols that are energy efficient. The key objective here is to integrate cognitive abilities to these devices and device-to-device interactions to enable coordinated decision making that enhances the efficiency of the overall system. By integrating cognition, we mean enabling the sensors to exploit and mine available (and possibly correlated) data. In this presentation, we review some of the capabilities needed in 5G and IoT and show application of machine learning to make significant energy savings.

Biography: Bijan Jabbari is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. He is also an affiliated faculty with Telecom Paris-Tech in France. Dr. Jabbari’s areas of specialization and interests are in wireless communications networks with particular emphasis on multi-user access, resource allocation, mobility and performance optimization, and cognitive radio networks. He is recognized for his contributions to the field of wireless networks through research, standardization, patents and publishing books, articles in highly respectable refereed journals and conferences as well as teaching. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IET Fellow and received the IEEE Millennium Medal. He is a recipient of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Engineer of the Year Award, in 2003. He is the past chairman of the IEEE Communications Society technical committee on Communications Switching and Routing. He received the Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2013 at George Mason University. He was the General Chair of the IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 held in Washington DC in December 2016. He received PhD and MS degrees from Stanford University, California, in Electrical Engineering.

Visible Light Communications for 5G-and-Beyond Wireless Telecommunications Networks

by Dr Hoa Le Minh Northumbria University at Newcastle, United Kingdom

Abstract: Artificial general lighting sources are currently evolving through the traditional fluorescent and incandescent sources to the modern energy saving light bulbs and now white light emitting diodes (LEDs). This trend has been spurred on through global awareness of the necessity for reducing the size of our carbon footprint. The introduction of solid state LED lighting has attracted the attention of communications engineer’s worldwide, enabling the achievement of the dual functionality of room illumination whilst simultaneously transmitting wireless data via visible light communication (VLC), or Light Fidelity (LiFi), in optical spectrum regime. Although the existing wireless networks are primely dominated by radio-based technology, the emerging VLC will play increasingly important role in future wireless telecommunications landscape. It is anticipated that both spectrum regimes, radio and optical, will eventually contribute equally for the next network generation, especially in nanocell and picocell network structures. This talk will outline the growth of optical wireless communications including VLC, and present the challenges and roadmap of the technology for the future generation of wireless networks.  Keywords— LED, Visible Light Communications, LiFi, Networks

Biography: Hoa Le Minh is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. Prior to joining Northumbria University he was a research fellow at Siemens AG, Munich, Germany and at University of Oxford, UK. His research area is optical communications, visible light communications, sensor network and Smartphone technology in which he has published over 150 papers in journals and conferences.  He participates in a number of European and industrial projects. Hoa has chaired a number of international conferences/workshops and sessions in telecommunications. He is currently the Chairman of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Chapter of UK and Ireland, and the Editor of IEEE Communications Letters.


How to secure a connected device?

by Prof. Sylvain Guilley, Telecom-ParisTech, France

Abstract: Security has become a key feature of connected devices. Indeed, IoT botnets (Mirai, Hajime, etc.) have shown up. Proofs of concept of worms propagating from device to device have been disclosed. There is in addition a suspicion regarding backdoors in IoT devices (recall Spectre, Meltdown, TL-Bleed, etc.)

A key question is thus: “how to secure a connected device?” In this talk, I’ll explain what it means for device to be secure, and how to actually design such secure device. In a product, security is actually pervasive, as it encompasses all the steps of the product life cycle. Security also requires a clear formalization to avoid “weakest links”. I’ll introduce a methodology to secure a device, based on the triangle: security-by-design, test & evaluation, and independent certification.


Sylvain Guilley is CTO at Secure-IC, a company offering security for embedded systems. Sylvain is also professor at TELECOM-ParisTech and associate research at Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS). His research interests are trusted computing, cyber-physical security, secure prototyping in FPGA and ASIC, and formal / mathematical methods. Since 2012, he organizes the PROOFS workshop, which brings together researchers whose objective is to increase the trust in the security of embedded systems.

Sylvain is also lead editor of international standards, such as ISO/IEC 20897 (Physically Unclonable Functions) and ISO/IEC 20085 (Calibration of non-invasive testing tools). Sylvain has co-authored 200+ research papers and filed 30+ patents. He is member of the IACR, the IEEE and senior member of the CryptArchi club. He is alumni from the French military school Ecole Polytechnique.