IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications
18-20 November 2020 // Virtual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

Keynote talk on “Unleashing the Potential of Tethered Networked Flying Platforms”

The new trend in wireless communications is enabling connectivity solutions from the sky. In this context, networked flying platforms (NFPs) including drones, balloons, and high-altitude/medium-altitude/low-altitude platforms (HAPs/MAPs/LAPs) are proposed to act as airborne base-stations (BSs) to offer 5G, beyond 5G (B5G), and 6G services. However, one of the main challenges facing the deployment of these airborne BSs is the limited available energy at the NFPs, which limits their flight and hovering time. In addition, these NFPs require an extra wireless feeder link to connect users to the core network. In this talk, we introduce the potential and advantages of tethered NFPs (t-NFPs) which are connected to a ground station through a tether. The tether provides the t-NFPs with both energy and data making them stay for a longer time in the air in order to essentially offer uninterrupted connectivity. We then discuss how the networks involving t-NFPs can be optimized to increase the efficiency of urban deployments and provide much-needed and better access in remote rural areas. We finally conclude our talk by presenting some research directions for these networks which should eventually offer a very appealing solution as a bridge between fixed base stations and free-flying platforms.


Prof. Zuqing Zhu

Zuqing Zhu received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, in 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in the Service Provider Technology Group of Cisco Systems, San Jose, California, as a Senior Engineer. In January 2011, he joined the University of Science and Technology of China, where he currently is a Full Professor. He has published more than 260 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is an editorial board member of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Optics Express, Optical Switching and Networking, and others. He is a Steering Committee Member of the IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR), a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and the Vice Chair of the Technical Committee on Optical Networking (ONTC) in ComSoc. He has received the Best Paper Awards from ICC 2013, GLOBECOM 2013, ICNC 2014, ICC 2015, and ONDM 2018. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Senior Member of OSA.

Keynote Talk on “Application-driven Virtual Network Slicing”

In this talk, we discuss recent advances on the network slicing technologies for effectively supporting emerging applications such as high-definition video streaming, virtual reality, remote surgery, etc, in future networks. Specifically, in order to satisfy the stringent quality-of-service (QoS) requirements of such applications, one needs innovation in at least three aspects, i.e., the data plane, virtualization layer, and control plane. For the data plane, we introduce the programmable data plane (PDP) techniques that can make packet processing and forwarding protocol-independent. Hence, PDP enables improved programmability, flexibility and application-awareness in substrate networks, which are the fundamental elements of network slicing. The virtualization layer needs to virtualize, allocate and isolate the resources in the substrate network to build virtual network slices according to applications’ QoS demands. Here, we discuss the open-source platforms to make the virtualization layer work seamlessly with PDP. Finally, the control plane needs to be adaptive for dynamic slicing. Therefore, we consider how to implement an intelligent control plane, which can analyze telemetry data from the data plane, and make smart and timely decisions to support various applications well.


Mohsen Guizani

Mohsen Guizani (S’85–M’89–SM’99–F’09) received the B.S. (with distinction) and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA, in 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1990, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department in Qatar University, Qatar. Previously, he served in different academic and administrative positions at the University of Idaho, Western Michigan University, University of West Florida, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Colorado-Boulder, and Syracuse University. His research interests include wireless communications and mobile computing, computer networks, mobile cloud computing, security, and smart grid. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Network Magazine, serves on the editorial boards of several international technical journals and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing journal (Wiley). He is the author of nine books and more than 600 publications in refereed journals and conferences. He guest edited a number of special issues in IEEE journals and magazines. He also served as a member, Chair, and General Chair of a number of international conferences. Throughout his career, he received three teaching awards and four research awards. He is the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Wireless Technical Committee (WTC) Recognition Award, the 2018 AdHoc Technical Committee Recognition Award for his contribution to outstanding research in wireless communications and Ad-Hoc Sensor networks and the 2019 IEEE Communications and Information Security Technical Recognition (CISTC) Award for outstanding contributions to the technological advancement of security. He was the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Wireless Technical Committee and the Chair of the TAOS Technical Committee. He served as the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker and is currently the IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Senior Member of ACM.

Keynote Talk on “Security Schemes for Healthcare Devices in the IoT Era”

Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming our society and daily lives by connecting the world. This is expected to fundamentally transform industry, business, transportation and healthcare. However, this ubiquitous connection brings with it many challenges that range from security, scalability, data analytics, to device-level protocols. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of billions of IoT devices that need to be connected in the next few years. In addition, more than half of the world’s population live in cities, many with multiple devices that need to be connected to the Internet. This is expected to create a complex infrastructure. These smart services rely on computation and communication resources. Furthermore, being able to provide adequate services using these complex systems present enormous challenges.

In this Keynote, we review the current efforts by experts around the world to mitigate some of these challenges. Then, we showcase our research activities to contribute to these efforts and advocate possible solutions using AI and other tools. We provide ways on how to manage the available resources intelligently and efficiently in order to offer better living conditions and provide better services. Finally, we discuss some of our research results to support a variety of applications including how to secure these devices for successful healthcare service delivery in different aspects.