IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems
6-9 November 2016 – J N Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India


6-9 NOVEMBER 2016

Workshop #1:
Standards for Cloud Interoperability and Federation (WSCIF)
November 7, 2016, Bangalore India.

Workshop Co-Chairs: Dinkar Sitaram (PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore), Lalitha Vadlamani (IIIT Hyderabad)

About the Workshop:  Cloud computing is bringing about a major technological revolution in the computer industry and is growing exponentially fast. Cloud Computing is simply the new way business is done and IT is provisioned, and Cloud infrastructure has been predicted to account for a third of all IT infrastructure in the near future. Cloud interoperability and standards play a key role in this transformation by preventing vendor lock-in and promoting new intercloud applications.
The scope of this workshop includes technical aspects on standards for cloud interoperability and federation. Some of the topics include architectures for cloud interoperability, security and identity for interclouds, federations, and interoperability, disaster recovery and load balancing in intercloud applications, application of cloud interoperability to e-governance. This is an area which is highly relevant to researchers and developers working in academia, industry and government labs.


Workshop #2:
Smart Cities
November 7, 2016, Bangalore, India.

Workshop #2A: Smart Cities – Technological Challenges and Opportunities (November 7)
Workshop Co-Chairs: Subhankar Dhar (San Jose State University), Mukesh Taneja (Cisco)

About the Workshop:  Smart Cities are the future of urban life where people, resources, services and cultures will work together for better future in an integrated way. The concept of Smart Cities is not only applicable for metropolitan cities across the world but also for the smaller cities and suburbs and eventually to any small or large communities. Innovations in the next generation of network systems, together with explosive growth of the Web, Cloud and Mobile Computing, Big Data Science and Social Networking as well as Internet of Things, have resulted in a plethora of new applications and services. Various organizations, government agencies and city planners are coming up with ambitious goals to create Smart Cities that utilize the emerging technologies. Analyzing various types of publicly available city data with different use cases across various user groups, ensuring data lineage and veracity, security and data privacy are some of the key challenges every city is trying to address in their individual stage of creating Smart City projects. Hence modeling and analysis of these kinds of large complex data sets to achieve reliability, performance guarantee, robustness and security will be extremely important for both city officials and end users.

In this workshop, we will delve into details of the challenges of technical infrastructure based on the analysis of open data platform.  We will explore various building blocks such as smart sensors, smart cameras, smart meters, smart lighting, low power wide area wireless technologies (3GPP NB-IoT, IEEE802.11ah, ..), emerging wireless technologies (IEEE802.11ax, 5G), middleware, distributed computing, big data analytics and innovative applications, which can be potentially used to realize secure and scalable Smart Cities for the future.

This workshop will serve as a platform to bring together leading researchers and eminent scientists from academic institutions, R&D organizations, national and government labs and practicing professionals from India and abroad for exchange of ideas and to discuss state-of-the-art approaches to important problems and challenges related to smart cities and disseminate results of current research.


Speakers: Bipin Pradeep Kumar (Gaia Smart Cities), Deepak Kataria (IP Junction),  Ravikiran Annaswamy (Innohabit Technologies) and Sudhakar P (Tata Teleservices Ltd)

Workshop #2B: Standards for Smart Cities (November 7)
Agenda: Panel Discussion

Workshop Chair: Sri Chandrasekaran (IEEE-SA)

Speakers: Harish Mysore (IEEE),  Soma Pandey (GM-IoT, Reliance Jio), Jayakumar Singaram (GeniusPlus Tech Pvt Ltd), Ravikiran Annaswamy (Innohabit Technologies), Syam Madanapalli (Dell)


Workshop #3:

Information Centric Networking (ICN)
November 7, 2016, Bangalore, India.

Workshop Co-Chairs:  Samar Shailendra  (TCS Research), Bighnaraj Panigrahi (TCS Research), Hemant Kumar Rath (TCS Research)

About the Workshop: Internet architecture that was proposed in early 1960s is facing significant challenges dues to the mismatch in its architectural philosophy and current content requirements. To overcome this difference, where the focus is more on the content in the network, a different architecture paradigm named Information/Content Centric Networking (ICN/CCN) has been proposed. ICN has also been discussed as one of the enabling technology for 5G along with mm Wave, SDN, CRAN etc. by Horizon 2020 (H2020) project.  IRTF has dedicated research group (ICNRG) to evolve with ICN protocols and standards. ICNRG consists of many industrial giants such as the active contributors. This workshop aims to introduce ICN as a new paradigm of content sharing and accessing in a network. The workshop will also discuss the current state of art in ICN and highlight several open research challenges to be addressed to make ICN a reality. This workshop is relevant for everyone who is exposed to the Internet.


Speakers: Debabrata Das (IIIT Bangalore), Anantha Simha (TCS), Sudhakar P (Tata Teleservices Ltd)

Workshop #4:
5G Wireless Technology Challenges and Opportunities (WiTCO 2016)
November 9, 2016, Bangalore, India.

Workshop Co-Chairs:  Navin Kumar & Arpita Thakre (Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore); Dilip Krishnaswamy, IBM;  Ashutosh Dutta, AT & T, New Jersey,

Abstract: Fifth Generation (5G) Wireless Cellular Communications is one of the most promising technologies being currently investigated worldwide. 5G is considered as beyond 2020 mobile communications technologies. While there is no industry consensus on what 5G will ultimately be, apart from the usual higher data rate and energy efficiency, there are some emerging signs of things to come. For example, in the new IEEE 802.11 High Efficiency Wireless (HEW) study group. This upcoming technology (5G) will support IPv6 and flat IP. We believe that 5G will consist of multiple interconnected communication standards, ranging from wireless metropolitan area networks down to wireless personal networks, providing the required throughput and connectivity.
A number of co-located workshops in different, specific and focused areas of 5G are being organized in different parts of the globe.  IEEE ComSoc has been conducting 5G Summit twice a year worldwide.  Few groups of researchers from Industry and academia too are carrying out researches in the 5G in India. It is expected that the contribution from Indian researchers in the field of 5G would be significant. The workshop would serve a platform of discussion for the researchers / engineers from industry and academia interested in 5G wireless networks and technology. The workshop is expected to enhance the research activities in India.

The 5G WiTCO workshop would cover a broad area of topics (subject to time availability) in 5G. At the same time, ongoing activities, research opportunities and challenges will be highlighted. There will be an opportunity for industry and academia to identify the research groups and plan a strategy to develop prototype to be introduced and tested at an important gathering.


Workshop #5:
IoT Security
November 9, 2016, Bangalore, India.

Workshop Co-Chairs: Nishant Krishna (Avaya, Bangalore), Ravi Subbarao (Avaya, Bangalore)

About the Workshop:
Amidst all the hype and hope of the expected benefits from the Internet of Things (IoT), Security remains its biggest challenge to overcome. IoT is dependent on a wealth of data being collected from numerous devices connected across different interfaces and locations within the Enterprise, while carrying sensitive company or customer information. Any kind of security breach could compromise the organization’s customers, workers or even the business itself. It is also critical to securely transport the IoT data to its destination by segregating and isolating data streams based on the source device role, the utility and criticality of these data streams. Security policies defined at any of these levels cannot be static but must be dynamically adaptable to meet the demands of business needs as well as to meet the challenges of continuously evolving threats. A smart and elastic network is required to maximize the much expected value from IoT, to securely connect thousands of these “things” with the highest levels of security including encryption, authentication, traffic segmentation, intrusion detection and remediation.

Another aspect we need to look at is that the security architectures revolve mostly around AAA. Here are some of the questions we need to answer:
Authentication – Should we be all address physical theft, replacing the actual device with a modified device etc.?
Authorization – Will just policy enforcement work or do we need to come up with a complete new set of authorization-related standard?
Auditing – What points are audited and how low powered devices can be handled? How big the sample space should be to call it a reliable sample space for auditing?

This workshop looks at the above mentioned challenges and discusses the enabling technologies and standards. This is followed by discussion on how these standards are going to evolve and should evolve to take care of future needs to IoT networks. Any outstanding issues which are not solved by existing standards are also discussed.

This workshop is relevant for all the IoT practitioners who would like to understand various challenges with IoT security and what the experts think about solving them.


SpeakersVarun M Tayur (Avaya), Vijayakumar Kabbin (Wipro), Nishant Krishna (Avaya), Sashank Dara (Cisco), Seema Sirivara (Avaya), Ajit Jha (L&T Technology Services Ltd), Virendra Gupta (Huawei), Dr. Thomas Lee Sebastian (TCS)

Prasant Mohapatra, University of California, Davis
Raj Jain, Washington University, St. Louis
Bhargab B. Bhattacharya, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Mukesh Taneja, Cisco –
Subhankar Dhar, San Jose State University, USA –