Graphs, codes and the brain

Opening keynote speech by Professor Claude Berrou, Télécom Bretagne, France - Tuesday October 4.

It is possible today to deduced from all the observations and discoveries made recently about cerebral biology a minimum material that can help information theory (communication, coding, graphs, etc.) contribute to the understanding and imitation of the neocortex functioning. In particular, the recently introduced biological concepts of neural cliques, neural clusters and sparse coding are exploited in order to devise original and efficient brain-inspired associative memories.

Claude Berrou was born in Penmarc'h, France, in 1951. In 1978, he joined the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) de Bretagne, where he is currently a Professor in the Electronics Department. In the early 80's, he started up the training and research activities in VLSI technology and design, to meet the growing demand from industry for microelectronics engineers. Some years later, Prof. Berrou took an active interest in the field of algorithm/silicon interaction for digital communications. In collaboration with Prof. Alain Glavieux, he introduced the concept of probabilistic feedback into error correcting decoders and developed a new family of quasi-optimal error correction codes, that he nicknamed turbo codes. He also pioneered the extension of the turbo principle to joint detection and decoding processing, known today as turbo-detection and turbo-equalization.

His current research topics, besides algorithm/silicon interaction, are electronics and digital communications at large, error correction codes, turbo codes and iterative processing, soft-in/soft-out (probabilistic) decoders, etc. Prof. Berrou is the author or co-author of 8 registered patents and about 80 publications in the field of digital communications and electronics. He has received several distinctions, amongst which the 1997 SEE Médaille Ampère, the 1998 IEEE (Information Theory) Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation, the 2003 IEEE Richard W. Hamming medal, the 2003 French Grand Prix France Télécom de l'Académie des sciences and the 2005 Marconi Prize. He was also nominated for the European inventor of the year award in 2006. Prof. Berrou was elected a member of the French Academy of sciences in 2007 and an IEEE Fellow in 2008.

How can the Internet help smarten the grid?

Keynote by Professor Catherine Rosenberg, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada - Wednesday October 5.

Keywords: smart grids, demand response, energy storage, electrical vehicles.

This keynote presents the research activities on Smart Grids of the Information Systems and Sciences for Energy (ISS4E) laboratory co-founded by Professors Rosenberg and Keshav at University of Waterloo. After an introduction on smart grids and their similarities with the Internet, three research projects will be presented. The first is on dimensioning transformers and storage using probabilistic analysis. The second one, on demand response, proposes a solution to take advantage of the elasticity inherent to most of the major home appliances. The third one, on the charging of electrical vehicles (EVs), takes a radical approach in an area that is considered critical to the integration (and hence the viability) of EVs onto the grid.

All this projects are conducted in collaboration with Prof. Keshav and graduate students.

Catherine Rosenberg is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Since June 2010, she holds the Canada Research Chair in the Future Internet. She started her career in ALCATEL, France and then at AT&T Bell Labs., USA. From 1988-1996, she was a faculty member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Montréal, Canada. In 1996, she joined Nortel Networks in the UK where she created and headed the R&D Department in Broadband Satellite Networking. In August 1999, Dr. Rosenberg became a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where she co-founded in May 2002 the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications (CWSA). She joined University of Waterloo on Sept 1st, 2004 as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for a three-year term.  

Catherine Rosenberg is on the Scientific Advisory Board of France-Telecom and was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society from January 2007 to December 2009. She was an Associate Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, Telecommunications Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and served as IEEE Communications Surveys and Series co-Editor for the Series on Adhoc and Sensor Networks for IEEE Communications Magazine. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Autonomous smart sensors: sensors network to the Internet of Things

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Keynote by Dr. Pierre-Damien Berger, CEA LETI, MINATEC Campus - Wednesday October 5.

Keywords : sensors, sensor network, data fusion, transmission, energy, microsystems

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Leti (Laboratory of electronics, technology and instrumentation) is a CEA (Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives) applied research laboratory specialized in micro and nanotechnologies and their applications. With its 1,100 permanent researchers and 500 hhD students and PostDocs, Leti collaborates with various industrial companies and has a portfolio or more than 1,500 patents.
Regarding the sensor network activity, we focus on design, development and prototyping of sensors, sensors networks, lab-on-chip and integrated systems for environmental monitoring and buildings: on-site and/or real time analysis, multi-parametric detection (physical parameters, biological pollutants, chemical species), direct detection or analysis after (if needed) automated sample collection and preparation
The main technologies we investigate are light sensors, presence detectors, gas sensors, biological and chemical sensors, electronic interfaces, ultra-low power RF transmission,  antenna and energy components (energy scavenging & energy management),  microsystems for sample preparation (concentration, purification, extraction...)
Module integration is also the challenge to make a fully integrated and autonomous network / system for application like Energy efficiency, smart lighting, Air and water quality, water and gas emissions management, Food industry…

Dr. Pierre-Damien Berger was born in 1969. He graduated in optoelectronics engineer at Grenoble University / INPG  France in 1993. He received his doctoral level for the work on VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) characterization at the LPM/INSA de Lyon, France in 1997. From 1998 to 2000 he has been working in a local public agency to promote the technological research from labs to industry in the sensor field. From 2000 to 2007, he has been appointed as R&D Program Manager at ATMEL Grenoble dealing with CMOS Imaging sensor, Medical & Consumer innovation, RF and AD converter components. He has been in charge of several IST, EURIMUS, MEDEA+ programs, and for most of them as project leader. He has also been involved as expert in the EURIMUS/EURIPIDES technical committee. From early 2007, he moved at MINATEC CEA LETI where he heads the Smart Device Programs. Since 2011 he heads Telecom, Smart Devices and Integrative Industries programs to have a global approach and synergy.

Towards Future Ecosystems for Mobile Communication: an Interdisciplinary Perspective

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Keynote by Dr. Peter Reichl, Telecommunications Research Center Vienna (Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien), Austria - Thursday October 6.

Keywords: Communication Ecosystems, techno-economics, Quality of Experience, small cell networks, mobile broadband

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Research in future mobile telecommunications goes far beyond the traditional communications engineering point of view and aims at integrating the perspectives of a broad variety of stakeholders from all over the value network into a joint holistic framework. In this talk, we discuss various aspects of the resulting cummunication ecosystem and present several examples of related interdisciplinary research, including the techno-economics of small cell networks (WiFi/femto) for 3G macro offloading, and Quality of Experience aspects of future mobile broadband applications.

Peter Reichl has been studying mathematics, physics and philosophy in Munich and Cambridge (UK). His PhD studies led him from RWTH Aachen via Bell Labs Murray Hill (NJ) to ETH Zurich. Since 2001, he is with the Telecommunications Research Center (FTW), currently as Key Researcher responsible for the area "User-centered Interaction and Communication Economics". Dr. Reichl has published more than 100 journal and conference papers in the areas of user perception of telecommunication services and Quality-of-Experience, telecommunication economics, network management and optimization, and future mobile networks and services. Since 2006 he has been Distinguished Guest Lecturer at TU Graz, where he finished his habilitation in "Information and Communication Economics" in 2010, and subsequently has been appointed holder of the SISCom International Research Chair for "Future Telecommunicatino Ecosystems" at Université Européenne de Bretagne in Rennes, France, for the academic year 2010-2011.

Wireless Testbeds and their critical role in research and experimentation

Keynote by Jorge Pereira, Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media - Thursday October 6.

Jorge Pereira has been with the European Commission DG XIII, now DG Information Society and Media, since September 1996 as Scientific Officer. He became Principal Scientific Officer in 2005. He worked in the areas of Mobile and Personal Communications and Broadband for All, moving in 2005 to the area of ICT for Sustainable Growth, with a focus on Energy Efficiency and Emergency and Disaster Management. Since 2007 he has been working in the area of Embedded Systems and Control, where he is responsible for the areas of Wireless Sensor Networks and Cooperating Objects and Complex Systems Engineering.



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