Keynote speakers

Cognitive Infocommunications

Peter Baranyi

3D Internet Based Control and Communications Laboratory, Hungary

Abstract Cognitive infocommunications (CogInfoCom) is a newly emerging research field which investigates the link between the research areas of infocommunications and cognitive sciences, as well as the various engineering applications which have emerged as the synergic combination of these sciences. The primary goal of CogInfoCom is to provide a systematic view of how cognitive processes can co-evolve with infocommunications devices so that the capabilities of the human brain may not only be extended through these devices, irrespective of geographical distance, but may also interact with the capabilities of any artificially cognitive system. This merging and extension of cognitive capabilities is targeted towards engineering applications in which artificial and/or natural cognitive systems are enabled to work together more effectively.
The complexity of the cognitive processes involved in our interaction with the devices we use for infocommunication is rapidly changing. This is true both in terms of the quantity and quality of information that is communicated between the user and the infocommunication system. Thus, while earlier use case scenerios such as telephone communication exclusively involved the modalities of speech and audition, newer technologies (such as 3D virtual collaboration, smart personal information devices, body sensor networks, and human interaction-related aspects of future internet technologies) require the parallel use of a large variety of sensory modalities such as gestural, facial, haptic and visual communication. Further, it is becoming a natural requirement for users to communicate with entities which do not exist in a natural environment, such as databases, spatial memories, and other immaterial abstractions. In order to accomodate such use case scenarios, it is becoming necessary to exploit the plasticity of the human brain so that the cognitive infocommunication channels which link the user's and the device's cognitive processes can be synthesized and manipulated on demand.

Peter Baranyi received his M.Sc. / Ph.D. and habilitation at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 1995 / 1999. and 2007, and D.Sc. at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is a professor at BME and the head of the 3DICC (3D Internet based Control and Communications) laboratory that was established in the consortium of BME and the Computer and Automation Research Institute (MTA SZTAKI). His research interest focuses on Cognitive Infocommunication and System Control design methodologies.

Tale of the random, the guided and the maximum likelihood: Bio-inspired optimazitaion in wireless communications ...

Lajos Hanzo

School of ECS, University of Southampton, UK

Abstract Following a light-hearted introduction to the evolution of wireless communications, a digest of a range of challenging large-dimensional optimization problems is provided. Typical examples can be found in the optimization of wireless networking solutions aiming for minimizing the interference imposed on other communicating users, whilst minimizing the entire network's power consumption. Another demanding problem is the simultaneous optimization of the received signal's quality for a multiplicity of communicating subscribers. In these potentially NP-hard problems it is typically unrealistic to carry out a maximumlikelihood- style full search, but this problem may be circumvented with the aid of bio-isnpired random guided optimization techniques, which are capable of "capturing the maximum-likelihood solution with a high probability,whilst estricting the search to a tiny fraction of the entire searchspace"...

- This lecture will define a number of challenging objective functions (OFs) in the context of sophisticated MIMO multi-user detection (MUD) and multi-user transmission (MUT) as well as networking problems;
- Then a number of genetically inspired optimization tools will be highlighted, such as Genetic Algorithms (GA), Ant Colonies (ACO), Particle Swarm Optimization PSO), Harmony Search (HS), Differential Evolution (DE) etc in order to design solutions capable of approaching the optimum performance at a fraction of the full-search-based complexity. Our goal is that of approaching the optima of the abovementionedOFs by exploiting the power of these techniques for the holistic optimization of sophisticated wireless systems...

Lajos Hanzo received his degree in electronics from the Technical University of Budapest in 1976, his doctorate in 1983 and his Doctor of Sciences (DSc) degree in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). During his career in telecommunications he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been with the School of ECS, University of Southampton, UK, where holds the Chair in Telecommunications.
He co-authored 20 Wiley - IEEE Press books totalling 10 000 pages on mobile radio communications and published 1200+ research papers and book chapters at IEEE Xplore. He acted as General Chair/TPC Chair and keynote speaker of major IEEE Conferences, such as WCNC 2006, WCNC 2009, Mobimedia 2008, Mobimedia 2009, CNSR 2009, SSP 2009, VTC 2010s, VTC 2010f, VTC 2011s, WCNC 2011, etc. He has also been awarded a number of distinctions, such as the IEEE ComSoc Wireless Technical Committee Achievement Award, the IET's Sir Monti Finniston Award across all disciplines and HTE's 60th anniversary Jubilee Medal and the Puskas Medal. He received Best Paper Awards for example at WCNC 2007, ICC 2009 and ICC 2010. He heads an academic research team of about 100 researchers, working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications, signal processing and control. His research is sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European Commission and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE), UK. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison, acts as a nonexecutive director of the VCE and he offers a range of industrial courses. Lajos has acted as PhD advisor of 70+ PhD students, who successfully defended their thesis. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as a Governor of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and a Fellow of both the IET and the IEEE. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to;

European Future Internet - an opportunity or a necessarity

Boris Moltchanov

Mobile Services Innovation Manager, Telecom Italia, Italy

Abstract European research currently focused into innovative services able to support some strategic priority technological areas such as eHealth, SmartCities, elderly people support, social networking, etc. in order to sustain the competition with US companies invaded the world. This is truth for both the academic and industrial innovation sector. As a main result of this cooperation a huge initiative called Public Private Partnership has been created and sponsored by European Commission. Many big European industrial companies are part of this initiative and are participating in a several integration projects aimed to create so called Future Internet platform and services designed for and running in this platform. The main Future Internet platform project is FI-WARE, while there are few smaller Usage Areas project such as e.g. FI-CONTENT addressing certain application domain, multimedia content management in the last case.
Telecom Italia is one of the PPP partners and is involved into this research and integration. The speech is addressed to both the PPP Future Internet initiative and the Telecom Italia's effort within it, including FI-WARE and a couple of other projects for supporting of this initiative.

Boris Moltchanov holds two degrees with honour, an engineer degree in information technologies and computer since from Politecnico di Torino (Italy); and bachelor degree in management, marketing and world economy from Volgograd State Technical University (Russia). In 2000 he joined Telecom Italia Lab (formerly CSELT), as an expert of Mobile Terminals, SIM/SmartCards and Value Added Service platforms. In a moment of biggest Telecom Italia expansion in the International arena he was involved in strategy and roadmap definition for VAS and Service Platforms evolution for all Telecom Italia's subsidiaries abroad. Currently he is involved in definition and prototyping of disruptive services accordingly to the Strategy & Innovation plans of Telecom Italia. He is participating in a number of EU projects addressing innovative services. He's author of international patents, articles in books, magazines and is frequent invited speaker in various conferences and workshops. He is participant and member of various standardization entities.

Content Delivery Networking: Modeling, Optimization and Survivability

Krzysztof Walkowiak

Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

Abstract Recently, we can observe a growing popularity of networking approaches developed to deliver various kinds of content, e.g., Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems, Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), video streaming, web caching. This trend follows mainly from the fact that due to the increasing number of Internet users and still emerging new network services, there is a need to facilitate distribution of popular content in the Internet. For instance, Cisco forecasts that by 2014 more than 90 percent of the traffic in the Internet will be video content whether distributed using P2P or streamed from servers. The most popular global CDN system is Akamai that delivers between 15-30% of all Web traffic using 84,000 servers in 72 countries. The daily Web traffic provided by Akamai reaches more than 5 Terabits per second and hundreds of billions of Internet interactions. The major assumption of content delivery networking systems is that the same content is replicated over many locations in the network. Therefore, anycasting - defined as a one-to-one-of-many technique - is perceived as a natural transmission technique for content networking. Apparently, also unicast transmission - defined as one-to-one - provides sufficient framework for delivering of replicated content over the network. However, anycasting can significantly improve the network performance in terms of various network metrics, especially network survivability. This talk will discuss a number of issues related to content delivery networking with a special focus on modeling, optimization and survivability aspects.

Krzysztof Walkowiak, born 1973, received Ph.D. and Dr. Hab. (habilitation) degrees in computer science from the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2000 and 2008, respectively. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Systems and Computer Networks, Wroclaw University of Technology. His research interest is mainly focused on optimization of network distributed systems (e.g., CDNs, P2P, multicasting, Grids); network survivability; optimization of connection-oriented networks (MPLS, DWDM); application of soft-optimization techniques for design of computer networks. Prof. Walkowiak has been involved in many research projects related to optimization of computer networks. Moreover, he has been consulting projects for the large companies in Poland including TP, PZU, PKO BP, Energia Pro, Ernst and Young. Prof. Walkowiak has published more than 130 scientific papers. He serves as a reviewer for many international journals including: Computer Communications, Future Generation Computer Systems, Computational Optimization and Applications, Telecommunication Systems, European Journal of Operational Research. He has been actively involved in many international conferences. Prof. Walkowiak is a member of IEEE and ComSoc.

The road to a new optical network: How to solve bandwidth limitations

Szilard Zsigmond

Alcatel-Lucent, Austria

Abstract The ever-increasing bandwidth hungry application triggers an unexpected transformation in telecommunication networks. This has influence in all the layers of the network and it is clear that the highest impacted one is the L0, the WDM network. The evolution of the optical networks from a static point-to-point to a more dynamic ROADM network has already been done in most of the networks. The integration of OTN switching (L1) into WDM is happening right now. Considering protection and/or restoration a more clever control plane (GMPLS) has been proposed. The benefits are the photonic or ODU level restoration mechanisms. All these features will end up in better resource utilization but this is still not enough. As it happened in the past the channel bitrates as well as the total number of channels per optical fiber keep increasing. The introduction of coherent transmission at 40G/100G is on of the milestones in solving the capacity restriction of the service providers. This talk will address all the mentioned problems and will try to propose solutions highlighting their benefits and their limitations.

Szilárd Zsigmond, born in 1980, received Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary in 2010. Currently, he is in the core team of Alcatel-Lucent driving its product strategy. His task is to be an interface between Alcatel-Lucent R&D and customer requirements. His research interests are mainly focused onto optimization of WDM networks, Impairment constraint based routing in optical networks and optical packet switching. Dr. Zsigmond has been involved in many research projects related to optical networking. He has published more than 40 scientific papers. He owns a patent and is author of a book chapter. He serves as a reviewer for many international journals including: IEEE Transactions on Communications, Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Optical Switching and Networking. He has been actively involved in the program committee of many international conferences including Broadnets, ICC, EUNICE, Networks, ONDM.