Keynotes






S N Singh
Vice- Chancellor, MMMUT, India

Intelligent System Applications in Solving Engineering Problems


Abstract: Due to increased complexity of the systems, cost reduction and detail modeling of the systems, the requirements of optimization have been increased. The conventional methods, which guarantee to provide the optimal solution, fail to solve many practical problems due to several requirements of these methods. The most familiar conventional optimization techniques fall in two categories viz. calculus based method and enumerative schemes. Though well developed, these techniques possess significant drawbacks. Calculus based optimization generally relies on continuity assumptions and existence of derivatives. Enumerative techniques rely on special convergence properties and auxiliary function evaluation. Moreover, these optimizations are generally single path search and stuck with the local optima. Intelligent based optimization methods such as genetic algorithm (GA), particle warm optimization (PSO), bacteria foraging, ant colony, neural networks, etc. are multi-path search and provide solution near to the global optima. They do not require derivatives of objective function and constraints. This presentation briefly covers some of the important techniques of optimization along with scope and future challenges.



Biography: Prof S. N. Singh obtained his M. Tech. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 1989 and 1995, respectively. Presently, he is Vice-Chancellor, Madan Mohan Malviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur (on leave from Professor (Higher Academic Grade) in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India). Before joining IIT Kanpur as Associate Professor, Dr Singh worked with UP State Electricity Board as Assistant Engineer from 8-8-1988 to 13-6-1996, with Rookree University (Now IIT Rookree) as Assistant Professor from 14-6-1996 to 1-1-2001 and with Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand as Assistant Professor from 2-1-2001 to 4-4-2003. Dr Singh received several awards including Young Engineer Award 2000 of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Khosla Research Award of IIT Roorkee, and Young Engineer Award of CBIP New Delhi (India), 1996. Prof Singh is receipt of Humboldt Fellowship of Germany (2005, 2007) and Otto-monsted Fellowship of Denmark (2009-10). His research interests include power system restructuring, FACTS, power system optimization & control, power quality, wind power, etc. Prof Singh is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) India, a Fellow of IEEE, USA, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). Prof Singh has published more than 450 papers in International/national journals/conferences. He has also written two books one on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution and second is Basic Electrical Engineering, published by PHI, India. Dr Singh received 2013 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Award in Continuing Education, which is very prestigious award, first time by a person of R10 region (Asia-Pacific). He received INAE Outstanding teacher Award 2016 and IEEE R10 Outstanding Volunteer Award 2016. Currently, He is IEEE R10 Vice-Chair, Technical Activities for 2019-2020 and India Council Chair 2019-2020.




Srini Ramaswamy
ABB Inc, USA

Beyond Automation: Autonomy- Making the Invisible Visible


Abstract: Increasingly available and quickly disseminated knowledge have led to recalibrated customer expectations of all organizations, including the Automation Industry. Simultaneously, the rapid convergences of market forces, business needs and disruptive technologies; have led to significant opportunities involving diverse systems’ solutions that in general, have had a monumental impact on a global scale. Most of these solutions are also afflicted from the inherent flexibility expected from increasingly software-integrated systems; which in turn, are increasingly becoming sophisticated, yet needing to address human considerations (incl. quality of life). This talk will focus on a consolidated vision to counter these forces (oftentimes invisible) that are shaping this future of how we increasingly pursue automation.



Biography: Dr. Srini Ramaswamy currently serves as the Global Manager for Innovation, Software Technology and Analytics at ABB and is a member of the global R&D technology organization. Specifically, he is responsible for the adoption of new architectural and design principles / standards in building maintainable and evolvable software solutions across multiple software product portfolios within the power generation business. He is an honorary adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and at the University of Dubai. Before embarking on a corporate career, he was in academia for 16 years, which included several invited visiting appointments: at INSA de Rouen, France (4x), at the Institute of Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University (3x), and at the University of Texas at Austin (3x). Dr. Ramaswamy has 250+ publications including 150+ peer reviewed publications (40+ journals), 60+ selected reviews on ACM Computing Surveys, in addition to several book chapters and patent filings. Dr. Ramaswamy has actively advised and participated in 12 PhD dissertations (USA: 7, France: 3, India: 2) and 60+ M.S students across Computer Science, Applied Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Information Systems. He has a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. On the professional front, he served as a commissioner in the CAC commission of ABET and served on its ExCom. He is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM, and a life member of the India Science Congress Association. He also served on the IEEE CS Educational Activities board’s trycomputing initiative (http://trycompting.org). Dr. Ramaswamy served as a Vice-chair in IEEE Computer Society India Council, ExCom committee member of the IEEE Bangalore Chapter, and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. He is an active member of IEEE SMCS Technical Committee on Distributed Intelligent Systems and served as an Associate Editor (2008-2012) for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews.




Mauro Conti
University of Padua, Italy

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking: Novel Security and Privacy Threats to Mobile Users


Abstract: While Smartphone and IoT devices usage become more and more pervasive, people start also asking to which extent such devices can be maliciously exploited as “tracking devices”. The concern is not only related to an adversary taking physical or remote control of the device, but also to what a passive adversary without the above capabilities can observe from the device communications. Work in this latter direction aimed, for example, at inferring the apps a user has installed on his device, or identifying the presence of a specific user within a network. In this talk, we discuss threats coming from contextual information and to which extent it is feasible, for example, to identify the specific actions that a user is doing on mobile apps, by eavesdropping their encrypted network traffic. We will also discuss the possibility of building covert and side channels leveraging energy consumption and audio signals.



Biography: Mauro Conti is Full Professor at the University of Padua, Italy, and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2009. After his Ph.D., he was a Post-Doc Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2011 he joined as Assistant Professor the University of Padua, where he became Associate Professor in 2015, and Full Professor in 2018. He has been Visiting Researcher at GMU, UCLA, UCI, TU Darmstadt, UF, and FIU. He has been awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship (2012) by the European Commission, and with a Fellowship by the German DAAD (2013). His research is also funded by companies, including Cisco, Intel, and Huawei. His main research interest is in the area of Security and Privacy. In this area, he published more than 300 papers in topmost international peer-reviewed journals and conference. He is Area Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and Associate Editor for several journals, including IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. He was Program Chair for TRUST 2015, ICISS 2016, WiSec 2017, and General Chair for SecureComm 2012 and ACM SACMAT 2013. He is Senior Member of the IEEE.




Giuseppe Bianchi
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Back to the Future: Hardware-specialized Cloud Networking


Abstract: Since its inception, Cloud Networking (and the relevant Network Function Virtualization trend) has been based on the assumption that network processing tasks originally performed by dedicated hardware appliances should be converted into software running on commodity hardware. However, emerging mediarich and network-intensive applications come along with, at the same time, throughput requirements which are challenging for software functions, as well as latency requirements which mandate for decentralization towards the edge. In this talk we posit that recent trends in fully programmable hardware platforms specialized for high-speed packet processing, and their relevant leap of orders of magnitude with respect to the same processing on commodity CPUs, appears not only a way to address the emerging applications’ requirements, but also appear to be a compelling way to address horizontal caling limitations deemed to affect edge cloud deployments.



Biography: Giuseppe Bianchi is Full Professor of Networking at the University of Roma Tor Vergata since 2007. His research activity includes wireless networks (his pioneering research work on WLAN modeling and assessment has received the ACM SigMobile 2017 Test-Of-Time award), programmable network systems, privacy and security, traffic modeling and control, and is documented in about 230 peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers, accounting for more than 16.000 citations (source: Google Scholar). He has coordinated six large scale EU projects, and has been (or still is) editor for several journals in his field, including IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking, IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans. on Network and Service Management, and Elsevier Computer Communications.