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Keynote Lectures

Hamid Aghvami, King's College London, United Kingdom
          Title: Tactile Internet Design Challenges-Network Perspective

Giuseppe Bianchi, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
          Title: Revisiting control/data plane separation in Software Defined Networking

Anastasios Economides, University of Macedonia, Greece
          Title: User Acceptance of Internet of Things (IoT) Services and Applications

Erina Ferro, CNR-ISTI, Italy
          Title: Wireless Communications Applied in the Harbor Environment

Mateo Valero, Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
          Title: Runtime Aware Architectures



Tactile Internet Design Challenges-Network Perspective

Hamid Aghvami
King's College London
United Kingdom

Brief Bio

Hamid Aghvami joined the academic staff at King’s in 1984. In 1989 he was promoted to Reader, and in 1993 was promoted Professor in Telecommunications Engineering. He was the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s from 1994 to 2014. 

Professor Aghvami carries out consulting work on Digital Radio Communications Systems for British and International companies; he has published over 550 technical journal and conference papers, and given invited talks and courses the world over on various aspects of Personal and Mobile Radio Communications. He was Visiting Professor at NTT Radio Communication Systems Laboratories in 1990, Senior Research Fellow at BT Laboratories in 1998-1999, and was an Executive Advisor to Wireless Facilities Inc., USA, in 1996-2002. He is the Chairman of Advanced Wireless Technology Group Ltd. He is also the Managing Director of Wireless Multimedia Communications Ltd, his own consultancy company. 

Professor Aghvami leads an active research team working on numerous mobile and personal communications projects for Fourth and fifth generation networks; these projects are supported both by government and industry. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society in 2001-2003, was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society in 2004-2007, and has been member, Chairman, and Vice-Chairman of the technical programme and organising committees of a large number of international conferences. He is also founder of the International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), a major yearly conference attracting some 1,000 attendees. 

Professor Aghvami was awarded the IEEE Technical Committee on Personal Communications (TCPC) Recognition Award in 2005 for his outstanding technical contributions to the communications field, and for his service to the scientific and engineering communities. Professor Aghvami is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IEEE, and in 2009 was awarded a Fellowship of the Wireless World Research Forum in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world, and for his research achievements as Director at the Centre for Telecommunications Research at King’s.

Haptic and control communications network (Tactile Internet) is a communication platform enabling touching, monitoring, controlling and steering objects (things) remotely to support a wide range of emerging and future applications in the vertical business sectors such as: health & care, transportation, manufacturing, entrainment & events, smart grid, finance and new emerging markets.
5G wireless will comprise a multiple of interworked heterogeneous radio access networks from evolution of current radio access networks to new ones (5G vision). A Haptic and control radio access network will be an essential and important element of 5G wireless-Phase 2 and future Tactile Internet. Most of Haptic and Control Communications applications such as remote surgery require a few millisecond (ms) round trip time (RTT) delay and a very high reliability (in the order of 99.9999%). Achieving such a low RTT delay and high reliability while keeping complexity at a minimum level is a highly complex task and can be considered the main challenge for future network researchers and designers. It is well known that the delay and low reliability cause instability in the local feedback loops in both ends (haptic and control systems) of the network.
This talk will address the challenges facing the network designers to achieve the above mentioned performance indicators for end-to-end connectivity and across all network protocol stack layers from physical layer through Medium Access Control (MAC), network and transport layers to application layer.



Revisiting control/data plane separation in Software Defined Networking

Giuseppe Bianchi
University of Roma Tor Vergata

Brief Bio

Giuseppe Bianchi is Full Professor of Networking at the School of Engineering, University of Roma Tor Vergata since January 2007, and member of the CNIT executive board since 2014. His research activity includes WLAN, programmable networking, privacy and security, traffic control, and is documented in about 200 peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers, having received more than 12.000 citations (source He has carried out pioneering research work on WLAN modelling and assessment, and is currently interested in network programmability in both wireless and wired domains. He has been general or technical co-chair for several major conferences (IEEE INFOCOM 2014, ACM CoNext 2015, IEEE WoWMoM 2007 and 2010, track chair at IEEE PIMRC 2008, etc) and wireless specific workshops, (ACM WMI 2001, ACM WMASH 2003 and 2004, ACM WinTech 2011, ACM SRIF 2013, etc). G. Bianchi has held general or technical coordination roles in several European projects (FP6-DISCREET, FP7-FLAVIA, FP7-PRISM, FP7-DEMONS, H2020-BEBA, H2020-SCISSOR). He is area editor for IEEE transactions on wireless communications, and Editor for Elsevier Computer Communications.

As defined in Wikipedia, Software Defined Networking (SDN) is about “decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the underlying systems that forward traffic to the selected destination (the data plane)”. Such decoupling is very frequently meant to imply the physical separation between a smart (logically) centralized controller in charge of taking and enforcing decisions, and dumb network switches and devices which are completely driven by the controller in terms of forwarding rules install/update commands. We believe that this rigid, physical, separation is by no means a conceptual principle, but it is just the consequence of the inability to emerge, so far, with pragmatic device-level programming interfaces more expressive than OpenFlow, i.e., which permit to program, inside the switch itself, more complex and dynamic “flow behavior models”, rather than static forwarding rules. In the talk, we discuss technical ways to formally describe stateful per flow behavior while retaining pragmatism (and some level of compatibility with today’s OpenFlow), platform independency, and portability across different network devices and nodes. Taking stocks, we posit that the unprecedented ability to locally deploy, in each network switch, third-party programmed platform-agnostic control functions, not only questions the rigid control/data plane separation that so far has driven SDN efforts, but rather might even pave the road towards the viable return of some “active networking” ideas in the SDN arena.



User Acceptance of Internet of Things (IoT) Services and Applications

Anastasios Economides
University of Macedonia

Brief Bio

Prof. Anastasios A. Economides is Full Professor on Computer Networks and Telematic Applications at the University of Macedonia (, Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. He received the Dipl.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Holding a Fulbright and a Greek State Fellowship, he received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the Electrical Engineering - Systems department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. At graduation, he received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the University of Southern California.
He is the director of CONTA (COmputer Networks and Telematic Applications – Laboratory and has been Chairman of the Information Systems Postgraduate Program (2008-14). His current research interests include IoT technology, socio-economics, applications, technology-enhanced learning and smart services (e.g. E-Culture, E-Tourism, E-Government). He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has over 2000 citations (
He has been a Visiting Professor at several Universities (e.g. Univ. of Southern California, Univ. Oberta de Catalunya, Univ. Pompe Fabra). He has been the plenary speaker in International Conferences, on the editorial board of several International Journals, and on the program committee of many International Conferences. He is an IEEE Senior member. Finally, he has been the principal investigator of 10 funded projects and participated in 30 funded projects.

Internet of Things (IoT) is the worldwide Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure that will support ubiquitous services among interacting beings, objects, data and applications. In IoT, everyone and everything (humans, animals, plants, wearables, appliances, vehicles, machines, etc.) will carry sensors and/or actuators that will be interconnected via networks. Various services and applications that will use the communicated information will support users and organizations.
Alongside the development of technology, user behavior, social, cultural and economic issues should be investigated. Thus, a cross-disciplinary approach should be employed to tackle uncertainties regarding the launch onto the market of profitable applications and services.
However, little attention has been given to the user behavioral and organizational issues that are necessary for the acceptance, adoption and usage of these IoT services and applications by the users and organizations. It is not clear which of these services and applications will be accepted, and what are the factors that will affect their acceptance. This keynote speech presents an introduction to IoT services and applications as well as factors that could affect their acceptance.



Wireless Communications Applied in the Harbor Environment

Erina Ferro

Brief Bio
ERINA FERRO received her Laurea degree with distinction in Computer Science from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 1975. Since 1976 she is with the National Research Council (CNR), currently at the ISTI Institute (Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione "Alessandro Faedo") in Pisa, where she is employed as a Director of Research. CNR is the largest public research entity in Italy; it is constituted by a network of 110 Institutes, and ISTI is the largest one, with its 280 researchers ( Her main interests are the research activities in the satellite communications and wireless digital transmission field. She participated to several international and national projects where some systems designed by her team were implemented and used on the Eutelsat, Olympus and Italsat satellites. Working in the TDMA satellite access schemes field, she obtained two patents, in 1989 and 1996 respectively. Her research activity covers the fields of the access schemes for multimedia traffic over multimedia systems with guaranteed quality of service (QoS), the fade countermeasure techniques for satellite transmissions, the allocation bandwidth algorithms, the performance evaluation of the transmission systems, the wireless sensor networks, and the interconnections aspects between satellite and wireless networks. The application fields of the WSNs of her interest are the energy consumption, the Ambient Assisted Living, and the heritage monitoring. She has served as a reviewer for many international journals and IEEE congresses. Dr. Ferro co-authored over hundred-fifthy publications in the above fields, in international scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Currently she is Head of the Wireless Networks research Laboratory at ISTI Institute Page 2 - Curriculum vitae of [ SURNAME, other name(s) ] For more information go to (WNLab), whose activities and description can be found at: She was the scientific responsible person of ISTI in several European projects of the FP6 and FP7 program. In the framework of the SatNEx NoE FP6 European Project, in the years 2005-2008 she organized three International Summer Schools in satellite communications. In the WNLab, three main research strands are performed: digital satellite communications, wireless sensor networks and middleware development for AAL applications. Currently the laboratory directed by Erina Ferro is involved in 4 FP7 European Projects (DOREMI, Giraff+, REAAL, ENGAGED), and 11 National projects (Smarth HealthyEnv, PRIN, SIDOREMI, MONSTER, WB@LUCCA, ESHS, ENERGY, THE FUTURE FACTORY, EASY RIDER, MIE, ACTIVE AGING@HOME).

In the last decade, integrated logistics has become an important challenge in the development of wireless communication, identification and sensing technology, due to the growing complexity of logistics processes and the increasing demand for adapting systems to new requirements. The advancement of wireless technology provides a wide range of options for the maritime container terminals. Electronic devices employed in container terminals reduce the manual effort, facilitating timely information flow and enhancing control and quality of service and decision made. In this paper, we examine the technology that can be used to support integration in harbor’s logistics. In the literature, most systems have been developed to address specific needs of particular harbors, but a systematic study is missing. The purpose is to provide an overview about which technology of integrated logistics can be implemented and what remains to be addressed in the future. Moreover, the impact of a new smart technology is unknown without quantitative analysis methods on the end-to-end process. An approach based on the modeling and simulation of harbor's organizational process in terms of a workflow model will be also presented. The approach is founded on the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) standard, and it is particularly useful to perform what-if analysis or to support an efficient integration design.  A practical application of the approach through a real-world analysis on a marine container terminal of the Port of Leghorn (Italy) will also be presented.



Runtime Aware Architectures

Mateo Valero
Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya

Brief Bio

Mateo Valero,, is a professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC, in Barcelona. His research interests focuses on high performance architectures. He has published approximately 600 papers, has served in the organization of more than 300 International Conferences and he has given more than 400 invited talks. He is the director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the National Centre of Supercomputing in Spain.

Dr. Valero has been honoured with several awards. Among them, the Eckert-Mauchly Award, Seymour Cray Award,  Harry Goode Award, ACM Distinguished service, Euro-Par Achievement Award, the “King Jaime I” in research and two National Awards on Informatics and on Engineering. He has been named Honorary Doctor by the University of Chalmers, by the University of Belgrade, by the Universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Zaragoza, Complutense de Madrid and Cantabria in Spain and by the University of Veracruz in Mexico.  "Hall of the Fame" member of the IST European Program (selected as one of the 25 most influents European researchers in IT during the period 1983-2008. Lyon, November 2008) 

In December 1994, Professor Valero became a founding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. In 2005 he was elected Correspondant Academic of the Spanish Royal Academy of Science, in 2006  member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Doctors, in 2008 member of the Academia Europaea and in 2012 Correspondant Academic of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM and an Intel Distinguished Research Fellow.

In 1998 he won a “Favourite Son” Award of his home town, Alfamén (Zaragoza) and in 2006, his native town of Alfamén named their Public College after him.

In the last years the traditional ways to keep the increase of hardware performance to the rate predicted by the Moore's Law vanished. When uni-cores were the norm, hardware design was decoupled from the software stack thanks to a well defined Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). This simple interface allowed developing applications without worrying too much about the underlying hardware, while computer architects proposed techniques to aggressively exploit Instruction-Level Parallelism (ILP) in superscalar processors. Current multi-cores are designed as simple symmetric multiprocessors on a chip. While these designs are able to compensate the clock frequency stagnation, they face multiple problems in terms of power consumption, programmability, resilience or memory. The solution is to give more responsibility to the runtime system and to let it tightly collaborate with the hardware. The runtime has to drive the design of future multi-cores architectures. In this talk, we introduce an approach towards a Runtime-Aware Architecture (RAA), a massively parallel architecture designed from the runtime's perspective.