About the speaker



Ian F. Akyildiz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Currently, he is the Ken Byers Chair Professor in Telecommunication and the Chair of the Telecommunications Group with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory. Since 2013, Dr. Akyildiz is a FiDiPro Professor (Finland Distinguished Professor Program (FiDiPro) supported by the Academy of Finland) at Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Department of Communications Engineering, Finland, and the founder of the NCC (Nano Communications Center). Since 2008, Dr. Akyildiz is an Honorary Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering - Telecom BCN at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, and the founder of the N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya). Since 2011, he is also a Consulting Chair Professor with the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Between 2009 and 2012, he was an Honorary Professor with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the founder of the Advanced Sensor Networks Lab He has held visiting professorships at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Ecole Nationale Superieure Telecommunications in Paris, France, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain, and Universitat Illes Baleares, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal since 2000, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier) in 2003, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (Elsevier) in 2008, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET) Journal (Elsevier) in 2010. He is a past editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1996-2001), Kluwer Journal of Cluster Computing (1997-2001), ACM-Springer Journal for Multimedia Systems (1995-2002), IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992-1996) and ACM-Springer Journal of Wireless Networks (WINET) (1995-2005). He guest-edited several special issues for various journals between 1988-2001. He was the technical program chair of the "9th IEEE Computer Communications" workshop in 1994, for ACM MOBICOM'96 (Mobile Computing and Networking) conference, IEEE INFOCOM'98 (Computer Networking Conference), as well as IEEE ICC'2003 (International Conference on Communications). He was the General Chair for the premier conference in wireless networking, ACM MOBICOM 2002. He was the Co-Founder and General Co-Chair of the ACM SenSys (Sensor Systems) Conference in Los Angeles, November 2003. He was the General Chair of the Third Med Hoc (Mediterrenean Conference on Ad Hoc Networks), in Bodrum, Turkey, June 2004 and the General Chair of the IFIP Networking'07 Conference in Atlanta, May 2007. Dr. Akyildiz serves on the advisory boards of several research centers, journals, conferences and publication companies. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) with the citation: "For contributions to performance analysis of computer communication networks". Dr. Akyildiz is an ACM FELLOW (1997) with the citation: "For fundamental research contributions in: finite capacity queueing network models; performance evaluation of Time Warp parallel simulations; traffic control in ATM networks, and mobility management in wireless networks". He received the "Don Federico Santa Maria Medal" for his services to the Universidad of Federico Santa Maria in Chile in 1986. He served as a National Lecturer for ACM from 1989 until 1998 and received the ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994. Dr. Akyildiz received the 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award (IEEE Communications Society) for his paper entitled "Multimedia Group Synchronization Protocols for Integrated Services Architectures" published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) in January 1996. Dr. Akyildiz received the 2002 IEEE Harry M. Goode Memorial award (IEEE Computer Society) with the citation "for significant and pioneering contributions to advanced architectures and protocols for wireless and satellite networking" Dr. Akyildiz received the 2003 Best Tutorial Paper Award (IEEE Communications Society) for this paper entitled "A Survey on Sensor Networks" published in the IEEE Communications Magazine, August 2002. He also received the 2003 ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for his "pioneering contributions in the area of mobility and resource management for wireless communication networks", September 2003. Dr. Akyildiz received the 2004 Georgia Tech Faculty Research Author Award for his "outstanding record of publications of papers between 1999-2003", April 2004. He also received the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from School of ECE, Georgia Tech, April 2005. Dr. Akyildiz is the author of an advanced textbook on "Wireless Mesh Networks" published by John Wiley and Sons in February 2009. Dr. Akyildiz is the author of an advanced textbook on "Wireless Sensor Networks" published by John Wiley and Sons in August 2010. Dr. Akyildiz receives the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award for his 20+ years service and dedication to Georgia Tech and producing outstanding PhD students. He also receives the 2009 ECE Distinguished Mentor Award by the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Honors Committee. Dr. Akyildiz receives the Best Paper Award for "Interferer Classification, Channel Selection and Transmission Adaptation for Wireless Sensor Networks" in the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (AHSN) symposium at IEEE ICC, in June 2009. Dr. Akyildiz receives the Best Paper Award for "Deployment Algorithms for Wireless Underground Sensor Networks using Magnetic Induction" in the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), in December 2010. Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award with the citation: "For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor networks and wireless mesh networks", in December 2010. Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2011 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award for pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols, in May 2011. Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2011 TUBITAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) Exclusive Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship/research at international level. Dr. Akyildiz receives the Humboldt Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, November 2013. Dr. Akyildiz receives the ACM MSWIM Reginald A. Fassenden Award with the citation:"For pioneering contributions for modeling and analysis of cellular and multihop wireless communication systems", September 2014. His current research interests are in Nanonetworks, Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced Networks, Cognitive Radio Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks.


Keynote:SoftAir-Software Defined Networking for 5G Cellular Systems

       In order to meet the ever-growing need for wireless data and services, 5G cellular systems are advocating fundamental advances in both utilizing the radio access spectrum efficiently andproviding efficient data andservice delivery through new system architectures. New research pillars are set for 5G cellular systems spanning over the next 15 years. In particular, the objectives for 5G cellular systems are achieving the ultra high capacity (1000x capacity/sq.km), ultra high data rates (100x), always connected to best networks, high mobile cyber security, energy savings (90%) and enormous cost reduction, reduced latency (RAN latency less than 1ms), flexible network architectures (software defined networking) and connection of Billions of Things and People (7 billion people and 7 trillion things). In this talk these research pillars are explained in detail and open research challenges are presented. One of the main building blocks and major challenges for 5G cellular systems is the design of flexible network architectures which can be realized by the software defined networking paradigm. Existing commercial cellular systems rely on closed and inflexible hardware-basedarchitectures both at the radio frontend and in the core network. These problems significantlydelay the adoption and deployment of new standards, impose significant challenges in implementing and innovation of new techniques to maximize the network capacity and accordinglythe coverage, and prevent provisioning of truly- differentiated services which are able to adaptto growing and uneven and highly variable traffic patterns. In this talk, a new software-defined architecture, called SoftAir, for next generation (5G) wireless systems, is introduced.Specifically, the novel ideas of network function cloudification and network virtualization areexploited to provide a scalable, flexible and resilient network architecture. Moreover, the essential enabling technologies to support and manage the proposed architecture are discussed in detail, including fine-grained base station decomposition, seamless incorporation of Open-flow, mobility-aware control traffic balancing, resource-efficient network virtualization, anddistributed and collaborative traffic classification. Furthermore, the major benefits of SoftAirarchitecture with its enabling technologies are showcased by introducing software- definedtraffic engineering solutions. The challenging issues for realizing SoftAir are also discussed in detail.


Tutorial 1:Underground Sensor Networks for Soil, Tunnel and Mine Applications

        Wireless Underground Communication Networks (WUCNs) consist of wireless devices that operate below the ground surface. These devices are either (i) buried completely under dense soil, or (ii) placed within a bounded open underground space, such as underground mines and road/subway tunnels. The main difference between WUCNs and the terrestrial wireless communication networks is the communication medium. In this paper, signal propagation characteristics are described in these constrained areas. First, a channel model is described for electromagnetic (EM) waves in soil medium. This model characterizes not only the propagation of EM waves, but also other effects such as multipath, soil composition, water content, and burial depth. Second, the magnetic induction (MI) techniques are analyzed for communication through soil. Based on the channel model, the MI waveguide technique for communication is developed to address the high attenuation challenges of MIwaves through soil.Furthermore,a channel model, i.e., the multimode model, is provided to characterize the wireless channel for WUCNs in underground mines and road/subway tunnels. The multimode model can characterize two cases for underground communication, i.e., the tunnel channel and the room-and- pillar channel. Finally, research challenges for the design communication protocols for WUCNs in both underground environments are discussed based on the analysis of the signal propagation.

Tutorial 2:State of the Art in Research for Underwater Communication Networks

        In the last and half decade, a huge flux of research contributions mainly on MAC and routing for underwater communication networks were published. Not only communication protocols were the focus of the research but also algorithms for localization, topology deployment challenges and many applications were developed and published in journals and conference proceedings. Also the underwater research community grew immensely in the last decade. The majority of the contributions were focused on the acoustic communication paradigm. Unfortunately, the acoustic communication has among many limitations mainly the low speed and low bandwidth. What can we do to overcome these problems? This talk will present new solutions such as Magnetic Induction applications for underwater communications as well as the SoftWater project which is the software defined networking concept application on underwater networks.





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