Keynote speakers

Geert J. HeijenkGeert J. Heijenk

Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, University of Twente, Netherlands

Title: Infrastructure support for vehicular networks - Extending geocasting from the wireless to the wired domain

Abstract: Cooperative automated driving using vehicular networks promises to make road traffic safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. An important mode of communication in vehicular networks is geocast, in which packets are addressed to vehicles in a specified geographical area, rather than to vehicles with a specific address. Geocasting in a wireless environment is rather well-understood. In this talk, I will show how the reliability and efficiency of geocast can be improved by utilising the wired infrastructure. To that end wired networks should support geocasting functionality as well. Therefore, I will present geocast addressing and routing mechanisms for wired networks, including an analysis of their efficiency.

Short-bio: He is a full professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, Chair Design and Analysis of Communication Systems, of the University of Twente (UT). He received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Twente, the Netherlands in 1988, he worked as a research staff member at the same university and he received my Ph.D. in Telecommunications in 1995. He has also held a part-time position as researcher at KPN research, the Netherlands, from 1989 until 1991. From 1995 until 2003, He was with Ericsson EuroLab Netherlands, first as a senior strategic engineer, and from 1999 as a research department manager. From 1998 until 2003 he was also a part-time senior researcher at the University of Twente. From 2015 until 2018 He has been program director of the Computer Science and Internet Science & Technology bachelor and master programs of University of Twente.
In 2011, he was a visiting professor at INRIA Rocquencourt, Paris. In 2002, He was a visiting associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. In 1992, he had performed part of his Ph.D. research at the University of Pennsylvania.
His area of research is Wireless Networks & Mobility. He is particularly interested in architectures, algorithms, and protocols for Cellular, Ad-hoc, and Vehicular Networks.

Paolo AzzoniPaolo Azzoni

Research Program Manager at EUROTECH Group

Title: IoT Market Trends from an Industrial Perspective

Abstract: The next era of industry, automotive, transportation, health care, agriculture, … and also of our society is being and will be deeply influenced by technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded and cyber-physical systems, machine to machine interaction, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, … bringing us to what is unanimously considered the forth industrial revolution. IoT plays a key role in this revolution, collecting the benefits introduced by all these technologies and representing the enabling factor for a radical transformation of industry, economy and society. IoT has the potential to delete the boundaries between firms, markets and vertical domains and, with the support of hyper-connectivity, it could lead to a significant change in the nature of the economic system, shifting its inner structure from a linear value chain to a nonlinear value network. The first adopters of IoT-based solutions will have a long-lasting competitive advantage, however, the potential impact of IoT is also negatively influenced by technical challenges and obstacles that prevent the definitive uptake of the IoT market. This talk provides a snapshot of the IoT market, illustrating the expectations, the challenges, the current panorama and the trends for the years to come.

Short-bio: Paolo Azzoni is the Research Program Manager at EUROTECH Group. He is responsible for planning and directing industrial research projects, investigating technologies beyond the state of the art in computer science, developing a wide network of academic research groups and providing the financial support to company research activities. His main working areas include cyber-physical systems (CPS), intelligent systems, machine-to-machine distributed systems, device to cloud solutions, and Internet of Things. He participated in several European research projects in the contexts of FP7, Artemis, Aeneas, ECSEL and H2020, and he is a European Community Independent Expert.
He represents EUROTECH in the Artemis Industrial Association (Artemis-IA) since 2007. He is currently member of the Artemis-IA Steering Board, of the Artemis-IA Presidium and delegate of the ECSEL Governing Board. In the context of Artemis-IA he is the chairmen of the “IoT to System of Systems” working group and Vice-Chairman of ECSEL Strategic Research Agenda working group.
Previously, he was involved in academic lecturing and research in the areas of hardware formal verification, hardware/software co-design and co-simulation, advanced hardware architectures and operating systems. In 2006 he joined ETHLab (EUROTECH Research Center) as Research Project Manager and he has been responsible for the research projects in the area of embedded systems.
He is an accomplished researcher and author of publications focusing on the latest trends of IoT, intelligent systems and CPSs, with a wide experience matured in more than 20 years of direct involvement in European research, technology transfer and ICT innovation. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science and a second Master Degree in Intelligent Systems.