Keynote 1: Monday, October 5, 09.30 - 10.30h


Prof. Dr. Kay Römer (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Hot Things: Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments 


The Internet of Things (IoT) is envisioned to be used in safety-critical applications such as smart production, smart health, or smart transporation. There, failures of the IoT are not just annonying, but may hurt people, create substatial costs, or break business models. Making the IoT dependable is a substantial challenge as the devices and networks are often exposed to harsh environmental conditions such as large temperature variations or radio interference. In this talk I will highlight the problems that have to be overcome to ensure dependable IoT performance in harsh environments and present some recent results towards this goal.

Author bio

Short resume: Prof. Römer is Professor of Computer Engineering and head of the Institute for Technical Informatics at TU Graz. Before he held positions as Professor at University of Luebeck in Germany, and as senior researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Prof. Römer received his doctoral degree from ETH Zürich in 2005 with a thesis on wireless sensor networks. Kay Römer is an internationally recognized expert on networked embedded systems. He has published numerous often-cited results at and regularly serves on the program committees of the leading conferences in his field. He delivered invited keynote talks at international conferences, served as program co-chair for conferences such as ACM SenSys 2011 and ACM/IEEE IPSN 2013, and co-directed five international summer schools. Kay Römer served as an associate editor for leading journals such as IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Transactions on Computers. Kay Römer's research interests encompass wireless networking, fundamental services, operating systems, programming models, dependability, and deployment methodology of networked embedded systems, in particular Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Sensor Networks. He was the scientific coordinator of the EU FP7 FIRE project RELYonIT on dependable networking in the Internet of Things. He is currently the coordinator of the TU Graz Excellence Project "Dependable Internet of Things".


Keynote 2: Tuesday October 6, 09.30 - 10.30


Prof. Tommaso Melodia (Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA)

Toward Ultrasonic Networks of Miniaturized Medical Implants


Wirelessly networked systems of implantable sensors and actuators could enable revolutionary new applications with a potential to advance the medical treatment of major diseases of our times. Yet, most “body area networks” research to date has focused on communications among devices interconnected through electromagnetic radio-frequency (RF) waves (often along the body surface); while the key challenge of enabling networked intra-body miniaturized smart implants that communicate through body tissues is largely unaddressed. A key obstacle is posed by fact that the human body is composed primarily of water – a medium through which RF electromagnetic waves do not propagate well.
In this talk, I will give an overview of our ongoing work attempting to establish wireless communication links and networks through human tissues by means of acoustic waves at ultrasonic frequencies. We will discuss fundamental aspects of ultrasonic propagation in human tissues and their impact on wireless protocol design at different layers of the protocol stack. We will then discuss our progress in designing and prototyping embedded systems with ultrasonic networking capabilities.

Author bio

Tommaso Melodia is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and coauthored a paper that was recognized as the ISI Fast Breaking Paper in the field of Computer Science for February 2009 and of an ACM WUWNet 2013 Best Paper Award. He serves in the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and Computer Networks (Elsevier). His current research interests are in modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of networked communication systems, with applications to ultrasonic intra-body networks, cognitive and cooperative networks, multimedia sensor networks, and underwater networks.