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

Special Sessions

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 14:00-16:00 and 16:30-18:30

SS1-Military Applications of IoT

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 11:00-13:00

SS2-Standardization Framework for IoT – Birds of a Feather

Special Sessions Chair

Raffaele Giaffreda, FBK CREATE-NET

SS1-Military Applications of IoT

Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Time: 14:00-16:00 and 16:30-18:30
Room: John Holland

Dr. Niranjan Suri, US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) & Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), USA
Dr. Konrad Wrona, NATO Communications and Information Agency, The Netherlands
Prof. Zbigniew Zielinski, Military University of Technology, Poland

This special session on Military Applications of IoT will be the fourth such special session organized in conjunction with the IEEE World Forum on IoT. The focus of the special session will be to examine the potential application of IoT technologies within the military domain, as well as for civil-military cooperation (e.g., Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief operation) in smart city environments. Topic areas will include architectural challenges, security challenges, scenarios, and interoperability. The organizers anticipate a half or full day session, depending on the number of accepted papers, with a potential panel discussion as part of the session, time permitting.

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Domenico GiustinianoDomenico Giustiniano

Dr. Domenico Giustiniano is Research Associate Professor (tenured) at IMDEA Networks Institute. Dr. Giustiniano is leader of the OpenVLC project, an open-source platform for research in visible light communication networks and co-founder of the non-profit Electrosense association, a crowd-sourcing initiative to collect and analyse spectrum data. Before joining IMDEA, he was a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at ETH Zurich. He also worked for a total of four years as Post-Doctoral Researcher in industrial research labs (Disney Research Zurich and Telefonica Research Barcelona). He holds a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2008). His research interests are in the area of pervasive wireless systems.

Talk Title: SOCRATES: Large Scale Collaborative Detection and Location of Threats in the Electromagnetic Space

Monitoring the electromagnetic space is fundamental in the 21st century: the spectrum is a strategic, essential, invisible and limited resource of modern life. But nowadays the protection of this resource has become more difficult, as radio commodity technologies are easily available and within the budget of individual attackers, no longer restricted to governments, which results in more frequent and sophisticated threats and wreaks havoc, posing one of the most serious economic and international security challenges in our society. Protecting the spectrum means protecting the critical wireless infrastructures and people from attackers and maintaining economic opportunities. To counteract the threats in the electromagnetic space, the SOCRATES project aims to design novel, flexible and autonomous methods to protect the wireless infrastructures from cyber-attackers and develop novel architectures. In this presentation, we will review the architectural design choices in SOCRATES, and present the research findings of the project until now. The SOCRATES project will run until May 2021, and it is supported by NATO Science for Peace and Security programme.

SS2-Standardization Framework for IoT – Birds of a Feather

Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Time: 11:00-13:00
Room: ERB-001

Narnix Kishor Narang, Mentor and Principal Design Architect, Narnix Technolabs Pvt. Ltd., India

The IoT value chain is perhaps the most diverse and complicated value chain of any industry or consortium that exists in the world. In fact, the gold rush to IoT is so pervasive that if you combine much of the value chain of most industry trade associations, standards bodies, the ecosystem partners of trade associations and standards bodies, and then add in the different technology providers feeding those industries, you get close to understanding the scope of the task. In this absolutely heterogeneous scenario, coming up with common harmonized standards is a major hurdle.

Hence, in spite of so much hype and even genuine potential, the IoT paradigm has not proliferated in a true sense to its desired potential. Bringing the “Internet of Things” to life requires a comprehensive systems approach, inclusive of intelligent processing and sensing technology, connectivity, software and services, along with a leading ecosystem of partners. We need to see acceleration and a maturing of common standards, more cross-sector collaboration and creative approaches to business models….

Another school of thoughts feel that Standards are important but not the driving factor in IoT deployment. In their opinion, a 20% CAGR for IoT (as most analysts like IDC project) that’s a faster adoption rate than the growth of any economy means that things are not broken. They feel, IoT is also so broad a concept that one size approaches using monolithic standards are not likely to succeed. Major organizations such as The Industrial Internet Consortium and OneM2M have stepped back from that and are focusing on specific Verticals for Standards development.

However, it is  high time we try to bring some semblance into this chaotic paradigm by bringing the systems approach to resolve this complex problem… There is still ample scope to harmonize quite a many aspects and bring interoperability amongst multiple competing and/or conflicting standards be it in the Syntactic & Semantic aspects, or at different layers’ Protocols like Network Layer & application Layer Protocols…

‘IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things’, where all the global Technology & Standards Experts and Researchers in the IoT domain congregate every year, is the most appropriate platform to deliberate and brainstorm the current trends, initiatives and challenges being faced by the stakeholders to evolve  some comprehensive strategies to bring Harmonization in this highly heterogeneous & fragmented ecosystem.

The Special Session is intended to be an Informal meetup on Harmonization Imperatives of Standards in the IoT Paradigm with following session flow:

  • Opening Remarks & Setting the Context – N. Kishor Narang
  • Keynote Talk on the Theme – Dorothy Stanley
  • Invited Talks on Diverse Aspects and Perspectives – Adrian Scrase, William Miller, Malcom Clarke, John Callahan, and David Rogers
  • Panel Discussion to Discuss and Develop the Way Forward & Immediate Next Steps – Adam Drobot, Lindsay Frost, Thomas Coughlin, David Law, Sri Chandrasekaran, and Soumya Kanti Dutta
  • Open House
  • Conclusion & Vote of Thanks – Sri Chandrasekaran and N. Kishor Narang