IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

TOP2-Communications, Connectivity and 5G Technologies

Track Description

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

Track Co-Chairs

Xavier Perez Costa, NEC Laboratories Europe

Xavier Perez CostaXavier 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

Jacqueline WalkerDr 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.

Track Speakers

Gerhard Fettweis

Gerhard FettweisGerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with currently 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates 2 DFG centers at TU Dresden, cfAED and HAEC. Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of acatech, has an honorary doctorate from TU Tampere, and has received multiple awards. In Dresden he has spun-out ten startups, and setup funded projects of more than EUR 1/3 billion volume. He has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009, IEEE TTM 2012, and General Chair of VTC Spring 2013. He remains active within IEEE.

George Iosifidis

George IosifidisGeorge Iosifidis is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Future Networks, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He obtained his M.Sc. (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece, and holds an engineering diploma in avionics and quality control. He worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at CERTH, Greece, and Yale university, for 2 years respectively, as an associate research scientist at Yale for 1 year, and as an aircraft engineer from 2001 to 2012. His research interests lie in the area of network optimisation and network economics with applications to wireless networks and edge computing. He is co-recipient of the Best Paper Awards in IEEE WiOpt 2013 and IEEE INFOCOM 2017, a Guest Editor for IEEE JSAC Special Issue in Caching, and has received a Career Development Award from Science Foundation Ireland in 2018.

Talk Title: Cooperative IoT Edge Analytics: Benefits and Trade-offs

Ernoe Kovacs

Ernoe KovacsHead of IoT research at the NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg, Germany.  Working on advancing the Internet-of-Things into a programmable cloud-edge platform, adding moving objects like cars or drones, and creating new solutions for the Smart Cities of the Future. We are involved in public and private funded cooperative R&D projects in Europe as well as NEC-internal projects. We participate in IoT large scale pilots, for example for autonomous driving cars as well as for building reference zones for Smart Cities in Europe.

Magnus Madfors

Magnus MadforsSenior director with more than 25 years of experience and a record of superior results in a variety of challenging international and multicultural environments. Unique blend of leadership and executive business savvy with competencies to develop strategic planning, establish priorities and delegate tasks, motivating teams to reach for their best, and following through to ensure success. Excellent negotiating and problem solving skills and a proven ability to manage and complete projects to the highest standard.

Excellent experience in research and innovation, motivation and team building, leadership that inspires high-performing teams, general and technical project management, negotiation, and mediation.

Examples are the establishment of one of Europe’s first knowledge and innovation community bridging pan-European education, research an innovation programs; The large-scale European Public-Private Partnership in communication technologies “5G”; and the development and implementation of the Long-Term Strategy of a world-leading standards organization.

Internationally established leader with high-level board positions in areas of research, standardization and procurement, public affairs, representing industry in government fora, industry associations and business strategy groups.

Man Cheuk Ng

Man Cheuk NgDr. Man Cheuk NG, Alfred is an executive director and the Chief Technology Officer of SUGA International Holdings Limited, a leading electronics manufacturer listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK:912). He is setting the research and development strategies of the group according to the upcoming technology and market trends. Dr. Ng holds Bachelor of Engineering (1st Hon.) degree in Computing from Imperial College London, Master of Science (S.M.) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on modular hardware design methodologies that can greatly reduce hardware development time. During his time at MIT, he had collaborated with IBM, Nokia and Qualcomm in various research projects. Prior to joining the Group, Dr. NG has worked at Qualcomm’s New Jersey Research Center. Dr. NG is a member of 87th Hong Kong Trade Development Council Electronics/Electrical Appliances Industries Advisory Committee (2018/2019). He is also a member of City University of Hong Kong’s Electronic Engineering Departmental Advisory Committee.

Talk Title: Commercial IoT Applications using 5G and LPWAN Technologies

During the past decade, it has long been predicted Internet of Things (IoT) will bring disruptive changes to many industries in near future. However, IoT deployments have been slower than expected due to limitations of traditional communication standards such as 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth in regard to cost, coverage, speed, latency and power. With technology advancements in emerging standards from 5G and Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN), the situation will dramatically improve. In this talk, I will present the recent market trends we observed as an electronics manufacturer. We will discuss how these new technologies facilitate various IoT applications in asset management, agriculture, consumer electronics and industrial IoTs. Finally, I will conclude with some future predictions.

Thas A Nirmalathas

Thas A Nirmalathas

Thas Nirmalathas is a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also the Director of Melbourne Networked Society Institute – an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on challenges and opportunities arising from the society’s transition towards a networked society.

Prof Nirmalathas obtained his BEng and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Between 2000 and 2004, he was the Director of Photonics Research Laboratory (Melbourne Node of Australian Photonics CRC) and also the Program Leader of Telecommunications Technologies Program. From 2004 to 2006, he was the Program Leader for the Network Technologies Research Program in NICTA. He was also the acting Lab Director of VRL in 2007. Between 2006 and 2008, He was the Research Group Manager of the Networked Systems Group of Victoria Research Laboratory (VRL) at the National ICT Australia (NICTA), a premier Australian research centre of excellence in ICT. Between 2010 and 2013, he was the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Between 2013 and 2014, He was the associate Director for the Institute for Broadband-Enabled Society. In 2012, he co-founded the Melbourne Accelerator Program (Australia’s first university based startup accelerator). He was its Director between 2012-2015 and provided the academic leadership between 2015 and 2017.

He has written more than 400 technical articles and currently hold 3 active international patents. His current research interests include energy efficient telecommunications, access networks, optical-wireless network integration and broadband systems and devices. 

 He has held many editorial roles with the IEICE Transactions in Communications, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology and Photonics and Networks SPIE Journal. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of Optical Society of America and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Talk Title: Dynamic Deployment of Resources in Response to User Mobility Patterns in a Mobile Edge Computing Context

Mobile edge computing has emerged as a powerful computing context to support the enormous growth of diverse mobile applications that require high computational power, low latency,  and high bandwidth.  The user experience can be enhanced beyond the constrained resources limited by the user equipment by offloading computation-intensive tasks to the mobile edge hosts. In this talk,  a mobile edge computing framework with suitable optimization strategies to address the resource distribution problem of mobile hosts in future networks with dynamic user mobility patterns will be discussed. Our findings will contribute to the development of a real-time network management and monitoring system in the ME system to detect changes in MEC resource requirements and optimize MEC resource orchestration based on the predicted user mobility and services’ usage demands.

Debbie Power

Debbie PowerHaving joined Vodafone Ireland in 2014, Debbie Power was appointed regional manager for Enterprise, bringing 16 years’ experience in the ICT industry. In this role, Debbie had responsibility for corporate growth across fixed and mobile solutions, including cloud-based platforms and IOT services.

In 2016, Debbie was appointed IoT solutions sales manager, where she focused on expanding Vodafone’s customer base and partner ecosystem in the IoT sector. In early 2018, Debbie became Country Manager for IOT. Leading a team of specialists, she manages Vodafone’s IOT services and solutions across Ireland, working with customers who have both international and local requirements.

Since its Irish launch in 2017, Debbie has overseen the roll out of Narrowband-IOT (NB-IoT). Debbie’s team give customers access to the NB-IoT network, which complements Vodafone’s existing suite of IoT services and technologies by providing customers and partners with multiple connectivity options to suit a variety of operational use cases.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Debbie spent 13 years with BT in a number of roles covering customer service, sales and marketing. She holds an executive MBA from University College Cork and an H-Dip in Management and Marketing. She is also a member of the MBA Association of Ireland. Debbie is a native of Cork and has four children.

Dorothy Stanley

Dorothy StanleyDorothy Stanley, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Head Standards Strategy

Dorothy has been involved in wireless LAN product strategy and standards activities since 2000, leading and participating in IEEE 802.11, Wi-Fi Alliance, Wireless Broadband Alliance and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards developments.

She currently serves as IEEE 802.11 Chair, having served as 802.11 Vice Chair from 2014- March 2018. She is also chair of Task Group TGmd (Maintenance) and has served as chair of the IEEE 802.11v (IEEE Std 802.11v™ -2011), IEEE 802.11 TGmb (IEEE Std 802.11™-2012) and IEEE 802.11 TGmc (IEEE Std 802.11™-2016) task groups.

Dorothy has led and contributed to numerous Wi-Fi Alliance Task Groups, has received Outstanding Contribution Awards from the WFA and now holds leadership roles in the WFA Location Marketing and Security Marketing groups. She is a member of the IEEE Standards Association

Talk Title:  IEEE 802.11 technologies: Enabling IoT Innovation from Sensors to Cars

IoT applications are continuing to expand, using a plethora of communication technologies. This talk highlights some of the IoT applications deployed today using IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN technologies, and introduces the IEEE Std 802.11ah™-2016 Sub 1GHz standard, which enables low power and longer range IoT solutions. Existing Vehicle-to-Vehicle solutions and work under development in the recently approved project P802.11bd, Enhancements for Next Generation V2X, are also described. The IEEE 802.11 standard continues to be enhanced to provide lower power, high and low throughput solutions to enable Wireless LAN IoT applications.

Martin Tufft

Martin TufftDirector IoT at BT

Martin is currently Director, IoT within BT’s Enterprise division responsible for building the IoT B2B business including product development, business development, providing specialist sales support to the various channels and developing BT’s strategic partner ecosystem for IoT. Martin has been in the telecoms industry for over 25 years in a variety of diverse leaderships roles. Most recently he led the business turnaround of Mainline following EE takeover which followed running EE’s Public sector business . Other notable positions have included leading the commercial launch of Europe’s first 3G network via Manx telecom.

Talk Title: TBA

The future of networks is evolving, as 5G networks and NB-IoT become a real thing, huge opportunities are on the horizon. The momentum around IoT adoption is building, the industry is becoming crowded and the competition is fierce.

Playing to win in this market requires a combination of network, applications, security and IoT solutions. What opportunities are being created from network technology advancements? What new markets will open? And how will partner ecosystems and commercial models develop? In this talk Martin will address all of these burning questions.

Marco Ulrich

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Talk Title: Autonomous Systems in Industry

Progress in IT and communication technologies are the main driver for the digital transformation in domains such as industrial automation and power industries. Devices, things and people are more and more connected in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and a vast amount of data becomes available. New emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics will impact the new digital industries in a strong way: old and established business models will fade out and new opportunities will appear. This will be the basis for autonomous systems in industry.

In this talk, an industrial view on this new eco-system will be provided and discussed: how do IoT technologies play together with artificial intelligence and data analytics and how will this lead to autonomous systems in industry? Finally, some concrete examples from an industrial ABB perspective will be provided. The focus will lie on industrial automation and electro-mobility use-cases.

Colin Wilcock

Colin WilcockColin Willcock graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK, with a B.Sc in Phyiscs in 1986, an MSc. In Astronomical Technology from the University of Edinburgh in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Parallel Computation from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1992. Dr. Willcock joined Nokia in 1999, and is currently Head of Radio Network Standardization. He has participated extensively in standardization activities at ETSI, ITU-T and 3GPP, and also has extensive experience of European research having led a number of European projects. In March Colin was elected as the new board chairman for the 5G Infrastructure Association.



Juan Carlos Zuniga

Juan Carlos ZunigaTelecommunications expert with over 20 years of international experience. Currently leading the networking standardization activities at SIGFOX, coordinating IPR strategy, performing strategic Business Development, co-chairing the IETF IntArea WG, and helping as TPM at the SIGFOX Foundation for the IoT-Based Seismic Alert project.

Experienced in technology development and standardization activities in the areas of IoT and wireless such as LPWAN, Cellular (2G/3G/4G/5G), Wi-Fi, as well as Data Privacy and NFV/SDN/MEC.

Highly skilled in positioning technology to ensure market adoption and drive standards. Active thought leader and contributor in different standards fora, such as IETF, IEEE, ETSI, 3GPP and W3C. Invited speaker at several conferences and panels. Served as Guest Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine.

Experienced in defining and implementing technology roadmaps for different business models. Strong experience managing, analyzing and leveraging intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Inventor of more than 50 granted USPTO/EPO patents and over 70 published applications. Holder of several recognitions and awards.