MSWiM 2008

Keynote Speakers

In addition to the technical papers, MSWiM 2008 program includes three distinguished Keynote Speakers

Date: October 28, 2008

Keynote title: Vehicular Urban Sensing: efficiency and privacy
Prof. Mario Gerla,
Computer Science Department, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Keynote abstract: there has been growing interest in urban surveillance using vehicles that monitor the environment, classify the events, e.g., license plate reading, and exchange metadata with neighbors in a peer-to-peer fashion. The idea is to create a totally distributed index of all the events, to be accessed by users. For instance, the Department of Transportation extracts traffic congestion statistics; the Department of Health monitors pollutants, and; the Police carries out forensic investigations. Mobile, vehicular sensing differs significantly from fixed (wireless) sensing. The vehicles have no strict limits on battery life, processing power and storage capabilities. Moreover they can generate an enormous volume of data, making current sensor harvesting solutions inadequate. In this talk we describes MobEyes, a middleware solution that diffuses data summaries to create a distributed index of the massive sensed data base. We discuss the challenges of designing and maintain such a system, from information dissemination to harvesting, routing and security.

Short Bio: Dr. Mario Gerla, Professor, UCLA, Computer Science Dept. Dr. Gerla received his Engineering degree from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 1966 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1970 and 1973. He became IEEE Fellow in 2002. At UCLA, he was part of a small team that developed the early ARPANET protocols under the guidance of Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. He worked at Network Analysis Corporation, New York, from 1973 to 1976, transferring the ARPANET technology to several Government and Commercial Networks. He joined the Faculty of the Computer Science Department at UCLA in 1976, where he is now Professor. At UCLA he has designed and implemented some of the most popular and cited network protocols for ad hoc wireless networks including distributed clustering, multicast (ODMRP and CODECast) and transport (TCP Westwood) under DARPA and NSF grants. He has lead the $12M, 6 year ONR MINUTEMAN project, designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet for tactical and homeland defense scenarios. He is now leading two advanced wireless network projects under ARMY and IBM funding. In the commercial network scenario, with NSF and Industry sponsorship, he has led the development of vehicular communications for safe navigation, urban sensing and location awareness. A parallel research activity covers personal P2P communications including cooperative, networked medical monitoring (see for recent publications).

Date: October 29, 2008

Keynote title: Need for Integrated Quality of Service and Quality of Protection in Mobile Systems
Prof. Klara Nahrstedt,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Keynote abstract: Recent large scale disasters have awaken governments at home and abroad to their needs for preparedness to support homeland security and public safety. First responders of various agencies are often on the frontline to assist in managing these events to protect lives and property. The effectiveness of their mission is highly dependent on capability of mobile wireless systems available at incident scenes, especially how their mobile infrastructure and devices can handle real-time responses and protection against threads and vulnerabilities in an integrated manner.

In this talk, we present challenges to achieve such integration when taking into account resource limitations in mobile systems and possible threats at incident scenes under varying Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Protection demands. We will amplify these challenges on three examples: (a) key management issues, (b) alert mechanisms if threats are detected, and (c) trading QoS/QoP issues when streaming multimedia data among mobile devices. In case of the cryptographic key management issues, we will examine combinatorial key solutions within the scopes of symmetric key cryptography and public key cryptography and how they fare under resource limitations and possible threats. In case of alert mechanisms we will discuss solutions such as Mobi-Herald and examine it against resource limitations and possible threats. Trading QoS/QoP algorithms for allowing streaming data will be examined, especially how well they deliver data under end-to-end delay and confidentiality demands in these resource-constrained situations.

Short Bio: Klara Nahrstedt is a full professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computer Science Department. Her research interests are directed toward multimedia systems, quality of service (QoS) management in mobile networks, QoS routing, QoS-aware resource management, Quality of Protection (QoP) in multimedia systems, wireless security in mission-critical systems. She is the coauthor of the widely used multimedia books `Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications' published by Prentice Hall, and .Multimedia Systems. published by Springer Verlag. She is the recipient of the Early NSF Career Award, Junior Xerox Award, IEEE Communication Society Leonard Abraham Award for Research Achievements, Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor, IEEE Fellow, and Chair of SIG Multimedia. She was the general chair of ACM Multimedia 2006, general chair of ACM NOSSDAV 2007 and she will be the general chair of IEEE Percom 2009.
Klara Nahrstedt received her BA in mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, in 1984, and M.Sc. degree in numerical analysis from the same university in 1985. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is the member of ACM and IEEE Fellow.

Date: October 30, 2008

Keynote title: Breaking the Silos - Access and Service Convergence over the Mobile Internet
Prof. Victor C.M. Leung,
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada

Keynote abstract:Wireless networking technologies have progressed rapidly over the past decades to emerge from research laboratories and become an integral part of everyday life in society. Over a short time span of less than twenty years, cellular networks have advanced through three generations, and many licensed or license-free wireless networking technologies such as wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs), wireless local area networks (WLANs) and wireless personal area networks (WPANs) have emerged. A common feature of contemporary wireless and wireline networks is that they provide access to or operate over IP-based networks. Telecommunication service providers are embracing the fact that subscribers will use different technologies, often supported in converged multimodal terminals, to access the Internet as appropriate for their circumstances. Thus we are experiencing the breakdown of communication silos in which subscribers use a specific network to access a specific set of services. Instead, an increasingly wide range of services become accessible over a converged IP network regardless of the access technology. In this context, research and development efforts over the last few years have been focused on how to integrate and manage heterogeneous wireless access networks for a good service experience by subscribers. This presentation will review the features and characteristics of converged wireless access networks, describe the network and service architectures enabling access network convergence on the one hand and service convergence on the other, and discuss some of the technical issues that need to be addressed to provide a good service experience to subscribers. Novel solutions for selection of the best access network before connection establishment, and maintaining a connection across different access networks by vertical handoffs will be presented. Future research directions will be discussed.

Short Bio: Victor C. M. Leung received the B.A.Sc. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) in 1977, and was awarded the APEBC Gold Medal as the head of the graduating class in the Faculty of Applied Science. He attended graduate school at U.B.C. on a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and obtained the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1981.

From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Leung was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Microtel Pacific Research Ltd. (later renamed MPR Teltech Ltd.), specializing in the planning, design and analysis of satellite communication systems. He also held a part-time position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University in 1986 and 1987. In 1988, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Electronics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He returned to U.B.C. as a faculty member in 1989, where he is currently a Professor and the holder of the TELUS Mobility Research Chair in Advanced Telecommunications Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a member of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at U.B.C. Dr. Leung has co-authored more than 350 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests are in the areas of architectural and protocol design and performance analysis for computer and telecommunication networks, with applications in satellite, mobile, personal communications and high speed networks.

Dr. Leung is a registered professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a voting member of ACM. He serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, the IEEE Transactions on Computers, and the International Journal of Sensor Networks. He has guest-edited several journal special issues, and served on the technical program committee of numerous international conferences. He chairs the TPC of the wireless networking and cognitive radio track in IEEE VTC-fall 2008. He was the General Chair of QShine 2007 in Vancouver, Canada, and Symposium Chair for Next Generation Mobile Networks in IWCMC 2006-2008. He was a General Co-chair of ACM MSWiM 2006 in Montreal, Canada, and a TPC Vice-chair of IEEE WCNC 2005 in New Orleans, USA.