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



November 7, 2016

Keynote 1:  12:00-12:30

UB Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad

TITLE: No Smart Cities without Sensors

ABSTRACT: As per Aug 2010 McKinsey Report, by 2030, India will have 590 million people living in the cities (nearly twice the population of US), the working age population will increase by 270 million people, 70% of net new employment will be generated in cities, 68 cities will have a population of 1 million plus (up from 42 cities today (Europe has 25 cities with 1 million plus population). Just based on these numbers, India has a massive challenge on its hand. Smart Cities is the buzz word to tackle this challenge.
The concept of smart cities has different perspectives depending who you talk to. Civil engineers describe it from smart structures, smart water management and smart sanitation perspective, material science engineers describe it from the perspective of smart materials, electrical engineers look at it from smart meters perspective, and computer engineers look at it from the angle of e-mobility, communication, ICT perspective. In all of the above one aspect is sorely missed and that is: sensor technology. No smartness will take place unless we have reliable, robust, and affordable sensors. The front end for any smart city component will be sensors.
This talk will quickly give a perspective on smart cities and its various components and then focus on some of the sensors that would be required for making smart cities. 

Keynote 2:  12:30-13:00

Dhananjay GoreDhananjay Gore is Head of Qualcomm Research India @ Bangalore. He is responsible for all RnD efforts at the center spanning 3G/4G (UMTS & LTE) protocol and modem design, imaging, virtual reality, ASIC enablement and embedded software. He also leads the modem and multi-media systems engineering teams for chipset product development @ Qualcomm India.

TITLE: Paving the path to Narrowband 5G with LTE Internet of Things (IoT)

ABSTRACT: The presentation will be an introduction to the cellular Internet of Things. We will first focus on the new narrowband LTE technologies, including eMTC and NB-IoT. These are introduced as part of LTE Advanced Pro, which is inclusive of Release 13 of the 3GPP standard and beyond. We will then cover why LTE IoT is a good platform for the wide-area IoT, and then get into the details of how LTE is evolving to better address the varying needs of the wide range of IoT applications. Finally will show how 5G fits in the 3GPP technology roadmap and how NB-IoT in particular is paving the path to Narrowband 5G, which will be a critical part of the overall 5G platform for massive Internet of Things.

Special Keynote:  18:00-18:45


Josef Noll is professor at the University of Oslo and Visionary at the Basic Internet Foundation. He envisions a world with free access to basic information (#Basic4all). He is specialist for Wireless Networks and Security. The group concentrates on the working areas mobile-based trust and authentication, personalised and context-aware service provisioning, and measurable security for the Internet of Things (IoT). He is also Head of Research in Movation, Norway’s open innovation company for mobile services. He is co-founder and steering board member of the Center for Wireless Innovation Norway and Mobile Monday Norway, the Norway section of the worldwide community for nerds and professionals in mobile services.
He is project leader of the NFR funded project, and was involved in several international projects, including nSHIELD for measurable security in IoT systems, Citi-Sense-MOB for mobile air quality measurements, GravidPluss for mobile diabetes advise, and Ka-band propagation for polar regions. In the area of Internet of Things he was project leader of the Artemis pSHIELD project. Previously he was Senior Advisor at Telenor R&I in the Products and Markets group, and project leader of Eurescom’s ‘Broadband services in the Intelligent Home’ and use-case leader in the EU FP6 ‘Adaptive Services Grid (ASG)’ projects, and has initiated a.o. the EU’s 6th FP ePerSpace and several Eurescom projects.
Prior to that he was Programme manager for the UMTS++ Mobile Broadband Access programme, co-ordinator for the beyond-UMTS co-operation with theNorwegian Technical University (NTNU), and project leader of the EURESCOM ‘Public Bluetooth Access’ , the ‘Operator’s Vision on Systems Beyond 3G’ , ‘4G – the next frontier’, the ‘Advanced Service delivery’, and the ‘UMTS radio aspects’ projects. Prior to that he was head of the ‘Mobility and Personal Communications group’ at Telenor R&D.
He joined UniK in 2005, and Telenor R&D in 1997, coming from the European Space Agency, where he was staff member (1993-1997) in the Electromagnetics Division of ESA ESTEC. His working areas included modeling of the surface emissivity of snow, ice and vegetation for microwave radiometry for MIRAS and MIMR, synergy of PMR and Scatterometer, and surface atmosphere interactions. He started at ESA in 1991, when he received a Research Fellowship fromESA’s Research and Technology Centre, during which he was involved in modeling and measurements of soil moisture related to SAR campaigns (e.g. MAC’91, ERS/JERS’93).
He received his Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bochum in 1985 and 1993. He worked as a Integrated Circuit Designer in 1985 with SIEMENS in Munich, Germany and returned to the Institute for Radiofrequency at the University of Bochum as a Research Assistant from 1986 – 1990. His research involved frequency selective antenna reflector modeling, antenna measurements and microwave remote sensing of natural targets.

TITLE: Reducing Digital Divide through the Information-Internet – PDF

November 8, 2016

Keynote 1: 11.00-11.30

anuragAnurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and the PhD degree from Cornell University, both in Electrical Engineering. He was then with Bell Laboratories, for over 6 years. He returned to India in 1988, and has since been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering. Before taking over as the Director, on 1 August 2014, he was the Chair of the Electrical Sciences Division since 2007. 

From 1988 to 2003 he was the Coordinator at IISc of the Education and Research Network Project (ERNET), a UNDP and Government of India collaborative national program that established India’s first wide-area packet switching network. 

His area of research is communication networking, specifically, modeling, analysis, control, and optimisation problems arising in communication networks and distributed systems. Recently his research has focused primarily on wireless networking. In addition to many publications in top venues, he has co-authored two books: Communications Networking: An Analytical Approach, and Wireless Networking, both published by Morgan Kaufman (Elsevier), and co-authored with D. Manjunath and Joy Kuri. He was the 1977 President’s Gold Medallist in IIT Kanpur. He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008. He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

During the period 2005-2009, he was an area editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow, awarded by the Department of Science Technology, for the period 2011-2021. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2016 from the Systems Society of India, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kanpur.

Title: Hybrid MAC Protocols for Low Delay Scheduling

Abstract:  We consider the Medium Access Control (MAC) problem in resource-constrained ad-hoc wireless networks typical of the Internet of Things (IoT). Due to the delay-sensitive nature of emerging IoT applications, there has been increasing interest in developing medium access control (TDMA) protocols in a slotted framework. The design of such MAC protocols must keep in mind the need for contention access at light traffic, and scheduled access in heavy traffic (leading to the long-standing interest in hybrid, adaptive MACs).

We consider the collocated node setting and require that each node acts autonomously only on the basis of locally available information. We propose QZMAC, an extension of ZMAC, which is designed using motivations from our extensions of certain delay-optimality theory from the literature. Practical implementation issues are outlined. Finally, we show, through simulations, that  QZMAC provides mean delays very close to the minimum achievable in this setting, i.e., that of the centralized complete knowledge scheduler.

Keynote 2:  12:30-13:00

profmattiMatti Latva-aho was born in Kuivaniemi, Finland in 1968. He received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. and Dr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland. During the years 1994 – 1998 he was a Research Scientist at Telecommunication Laboratory and Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu. Prof. Latva-aho was Director of Centre for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu during the years 1998-2006. Currently he is the Chair of the Department of Communications Engineering and Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques at the University of Oulu.

Research Interests:
Future broadband wireless systems and related tranceiver algoritms

TITLE: Micro operators for vertical specific service delivery in 5G mobile business ecosystem

ABSTRACT: Fast emergence of future digital services requires timely and cost-efficient availability of high-quality wireless connectivity particularly in indoor locations. The traditional mobile communication business ecosystem is facing a disruption with the advent of 5G that will connect billions of devices to serve versatile location and case specific needs in parallel with the provisioning of traditional mobile broadband services. 5G with its developments towards higher carrier frequencies and virtualized network functions will change the traditional stakeholder roles and open up the mobile business ecosystem for new entrants through local spectrum licenses and leasing of required infrastructure and capacity on-demand. This will call for complementary business models to current mobile network operator (MNO) dominance for efficient scaling across different vertical sectors with stringent case specific local requirements.

The concept of micro operators (uO) has recently been proposed for local service delivery in 5G to build indoor small cell communication infrastructure and offer context related services and content in specific locations with locally issued spectrum licenses. In this presentation/paper we will expand the notion of uOs and describe its role as a new stakeholder in the future 5G mobile business ecosystem to complement existing MNOs’ offerings. We will depict the evolution path for the emergence of uOs including both technical and regulatory aspects in the upcoming sharing economy approach where revenues can be made using assets that belong to other stakeholders in a collaborative manner. Finally, we will consider potential application areas for uOs in different vertical sectors by identifying use cases and business opportunities for offering vertical specific local services and content.

10th Anniversary Special Keynote:  18:30-19:30

vijaybhargawaVijay Bhargava is a Professor at UBC in Vancouver where he served as the Department Head during 2003-2008. As a distinguished speaker for IEEE entities he has lectured in 66 countries and has rudimentary knowledge of several languages. He received PhD from Queen’s University, Canada. Vijay has held visiting appointments at Ecole polytechnique, NTT Research Lab, Tohuku University, HKUST and Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg. He is an Honorary Professor at UESTC, Chengdu and Gandhi Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay.

He is a co-author/co-editor of seven books, the latest of which is Wireless-Powered Communications Networks: Architectures, Protocols and Applications, a forthcoming Cambridge University Press Book. Vijay’s current area of research is on fifth generation wireless systems.

TITLE: Stories from a Globetrotting IEEE Volunteer

ABSTRACT: As an IEEE Volunteer for over three decades, the speaker has been fortunate to visit well over sixty countries. In this light hearted presentation, the speaker will recount a few interesting IEEE stories from his visit to India, Japan, USA, Russia, Argentina, and time permitting, China. The presentation is suitable for a general audience.

November 9, 2016

Keynote 1:  11:00-11:30

Kumar N. Sivarajan is the Chief Technology Officer at Tejas Networks, a pioneering telecom product company from India that designs, develops and manufactures advanced fiber-optic transmission and broadband access products. Prior to Tejas Networks, Kumar was an Associate Professor in the Electrical Communication Engineering Department, at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Earlier he has worked with the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. Kumar is a co-author of the popular textbook ‘Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective’ first published in February 1998 and currently in its third edition. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science & Technology, and a winner of the 2004 Global Indus Technovator Award from the India Business Club at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Fortescue Fellowship and the IEEE Baker Prize Paper Award. Besides his role at Tejas, Kumar is also the Chairman, Founding member and Governing Council member of India”s Telecom Standards Development Organization, TSDSI, and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Indian Institute of Science. Kumar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and a Doctorate from the California Institute of Technology. He is a distinguished alumnus of IIT, Madras.

Title: Next-gen Telecom Infrastructure to Connect the Billions

Abstract: We have billions of users, mainly humans, connected to the telecom network today. We expected to connect billions of things to the same infrastructure in the coming years. Traffic is predominantly data and voice is yet another app. Traffic growth grows unabated. We review how the telecom infrastructure is evolving to meet these requirements by developing and deploying new technologies, both optical and wireless. We will review OTN, MPLS-TP, 5G, SDN,  CPRI, et al, and their place in the next-gen telecom infrastructure.

Keynote 2:  12:30-13:00

Vijay Sivaraman received his B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi in 1994, his M.S. from North Carolina State University in 1996, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2000, all in Computer Science. He has worked at Bell-Labs as a student Fellow, in a silicon valley start-up manufacturing optical switch-routers, and as a Senior Research Engineer at the CSIRO in Australia. He is currently a Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include Software Defined Networking for carrier, enterprise, and home networks, and Internet-of-Things technologies for smart-homes and smart-cities.

Title: “Software Defined Networking (SDN) in Next-Generation Telecom Infrastructure: Some quick wins and the road ahead”
Abstract: SDN technology will undoubtedly shape the telecoms networks of the future – this talk will outline some much-needed “quick wins” along this long journey. We will show how SDN can reinvent home networking by providing a platform for value–add service creation; we will then demonstrate how SDN can provide better visibility and management of streaming video traffic in carrier and enterprise networks; and finally we will show how SDN can redefine the value of inter–domain interconnects. We will conclude with a short discussion on the potential for security to be the compelling use-case for SDN adoption.