The Internet of Things will be absolutely reliant on fast, efficient and reliable connectivity and communications. While developing new applications that offer consumers and organizations novel possibilities, it is important to ensure that the connectivity required for the application exists and is fit for purpose. For this reason the involvement of the community and industry working in the area of Advanced Communications and Connectivity is vital to ensure that the IoT succeeds.
This track will tackle the broad range of different environments and application settings for the Internet of Things, as one connectivity solution will not work across all application use cases. For this reason, the topics this track will cover will include:
- Satellite for broad area coverage and applications in thinly populated areas that do not offer other communication solutions
- Very low-power wireless solutions for short-range applications such as LPWAN, LoRa, SigFox
- Present (LTE) and future (5G) mobile network solutions
- Wired and optical fibre connections
- The interconnections and interoperability which are evolving between these different networks
Xavier Perez Costa, NEC Laboratories Europe
Xavier Costa-Pérez is Head of 5G Networks R&D and Deputy General Manager of the Security & Networking R&D Division at NEC Laboratories Europe. His team contributes to products roadmap evolution as well as to European Commission R&D collaborative projects and received several awards for successful technology transfers. In addition, the team contributes to related standardization bodies: 3GPP, ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, IETF and OPNFV. Xavier is a 5GPPP Technology Board member and the Technical Manager of the 5G-Transformer project. He has served on the Program Committees of several conferences (including IEEE Greencom, WCNC, and INFOCOM), published at top research venues and holds several patents. He received both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona and was the recipient of a national award for his Ph.D. thesis.
Jacqueline Walker, University of Limerick
Dr Jacqueline Walker is a lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland where she teaches Cloud Computing, and Mobile Wireless Communications. Dr Walker gained her BE degree from with first class honours from The University of Western Australia and her PhD degree from Curtin University of Technology where she made significant contributions to time transfer and synchronization in communications networks. She has also published in biomedical, speech and music signal processing and is currently pursuing research in software radio satellite modems for time transfer over geostationary satellite.