IoT 360 Summit, Rome – Reporting from the event

On 28th and 29th October the first EAI IoT360 Summit was held in Rome under the patronage of the European Commission – Representation in Italy.

The event, aimed at fostering innovation in Europe in the context of Internet of Things (IoT), attracted a wide audience of well engaged participants, offering a rich combination of exhibits, innovation-oriented sessions and speakers with proven experience in the domain of turning research ideas into successful businesses.


IoT360 Summit Opening (R. Giaffreda, M. Berardo, T. Catarci, I. Chlamtac)

The Summit was opened with a welcome message from EC Representation in Italy Marilena Berardo, Prof. Tiziana Catarci from La Sapienza and EAI and CREATE-NET President Imrich Chlamtac, all highlighting the importance of turning innovation into growth and opportunities in this booming IoT domain.

Big industry was represented well across manufacturing and telecom operators domains, with keynotes from Ericsson (Jan Färjh) and IBM (Gabi Zodik) as well as panels from leading experts of Telecom Italia (Roberto Minerva, Fabio Bellifemine), SK Telecom (Kang-Won Lee), Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs (Fahim Kawsar) and standard bodies like OMG and Industrial Internet Consortium (Richard M. Soley).

From this industry-segment world-class speakers, the audience was able to gather insights into opportunities and challenges as we move from connecting “everybody everywhere” to “everything everywhere”. While focus on wireless technology research will enable within few years access speed in the region of 1Gbps (Prof. Maurizio Decina) we still commit toward design of flexible networks that can offer the right performance according to what type of edge devices they are connecting. A common trend that was outlined in many sessions throughout the summit was the increasing empowerment of the network edges as a means to support envisaged billions of connected objects without unnecessarily overloading and / or grinding to a halt the operation of the core network. From the perspective of application domains, automotive and health came on top of the list: this is where IoT is envisaged will bring the biggest business opportunities.

722 Mischa Dohler and Usman Haque at IoT360

To support the innovation spin of the event, IoT360 Summit also featured many contributions from representatives of recently formed SMEs, growing their business in the domain of the Internet of Things. More specifically the booming London IoT community was well represented with Mischa Dohler (Worldsensing, King’s College) and Usman Haque (Xively,, Umbrellium), Michela Magas (Stromatolite), Dom Guinard (Evrythng) as well as the community of open platforms and makers with Martin Spindler, Claudio Carnevali and Simone Cicero animating a lively discussion with Charalampos Doukas (CREATE-NET).

A common view that emerged amongst many of these innovators was that European IoT community started its journey already few years back with worldwide leadership, which it somehow failed to retain as IoT technology made its way up to the peak of popularity in the Gartner Hype-Cycle.

The main message however was that huge opportunities still remain. There is now the need to ensure the research community can be more exposed to understanding the difference between products and prototypes; heterogeneity is to be embraced rather than tamed with cumbersome comprehensive interoperable solutions that are unpractical to use; IoT-harvested data should be structured around user consent (to strive where European consumers have unique needs); the importance of creating markets by engaging users while designing / deploying solutions was also enhanced during the Summit, as well as the fact that merging powerful edges with IoT sensing and actuation will enable moving towards new “skillset delivery networks” paradigms. These were the key messages that came out of the two-day summit discussions on technology and innovation.

Besides these more technology oriented tracks, to achieve the promised 360 degrees coverage of the IoT innovation landscape, the Summit also included sessions dedicated to consensus-building enablers, focusing on the importance of standardization and social-acceptance. Attendants of the Summit also took the possibility of exposing and discussing their ideas with funding and IPR experts following a whole plenary session on funding opportunities for IoT, where the European Commission also took the stage to illustrate Horizon2020 new requirements in the context of IoT (Ari Sorsaniemi talking about upcoming deadline for IoT collaborative projects in LEIT-ICT H2020 workprogramme).

The busy schedule of the IoT360 Summit also featured a whole track dedicated to innovation matters, with speakers from acceleration programmes, IPR monetization experts and private funding representatives.

719 iCore Team with Best IoT360 Exhibit Award

On the exhibit front participants also had the chance to see a wide variety of demos and vote for their preferred one, with the stand of the EU iCore project scoring the highest number of preferences and winning the best-exhibit award.

The event attendance numbers, as well as the highly positive response and feedback from the audience, partners and speakers, confirmed the community interest for this IoT360 Summit, strategically positioned to bridge the gaps between researchers community-only conferences and more business oriented type of events. The Summit was a first of a series in the domain of IoT innovation and is due to take place on a yearly basis from now on.


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The 8th edition of BICT to take place in Boston, Massachusetts

The 8th International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT, formerly BIONETICS) is to take place in Boston, Massachusetts, US on December 1-3, 2014. Chaired by Prof. Jun Suzuki and Prof. Tadashi Nakanothe conference is aimed at addressing a multitude of issues in the field.

What to expect from the conference? The conference promises to be a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners interested in biological systems and ICT with the two main thrusts: direct and indirect bio-inspiration. In addition, BICT 2014 proposes a number of technical sessions, special tracks, demo/poster sessions, workshop, and social events. The list of topics to be discussed is quite impressive ranging from signal/information processing to socially-aware, game theoretic and other metaphor-assisted research.

Why to attend the conference? Apart from the possibility to get immersed into the latest updates on cutting-edge research and socialize with the key experts of the field, all accepted papers will be published by ACM and submitted for indexing by SI, EI Compendex, Scopus, ACM Library, Google Scholar and many more. There is even more: selected papers will be considered for publication in leading journals.

The conference venue is the exquisite University of Massachusetts Club.

For more info click here

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Mobiquitous 2014: London calling for a multidisciplinary forum

The 11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services chaired by Moustafa Youssef (Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology) is to take place in London on December 2-5, 2014. This year’s edition is going to illuminate its participants on the latest research and practice novelties in mobile and ubiquitous systems not only by presentations of scientific studies, but also posters, demos, and insights from experienced practitioners.

Apart from eight regular sessions on standing issues in the field, this year’s principal extras are three special co-located workshops: the First Workshop on Cloud and Server Support for Wearable Computing ; CFP: Workshop on Internet of Things Ecosystems: Computing, Networking and Services; Indoor/outdoor Location Based Services. Another eye-catching event is competitions: the conference invited researchers to submit datasets, approaches, challenges or problems, which, as scientific papers, can be included in the adjunct proceedings of Mobiquitous 2014, and will then be accessible via the ACM digital library.

Featuring at the conference are certainly its two keynote speakers: Prof. Nigel Davies from Lancaster University and Konstantina Papagiannaki, Telefonica Research and Innovation. While the former speaker will share an academic perspective on the role of infrastructure in memory augmentation, the latter presenter will focus on ubiquitous, zero energy location sensor from the point of view of a practitioner working for a multinational company.

All in all, to be missed at Mobiquitous 2014 means losing a great opportunity to network, discuss, analyze, and exchange experiences about the design and implementation of mobile and ubiquitous systems.

For more info about the conference click here.

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Connect yourself to 5G: the 1st International Conference on 5G for Ubiquitous Connectivity is coming

Less than two weeks left until 5G international conference. The 1st International Conference on 5G for Ubiquitous Connectivity will take place in Levi, Finland on November 26-27, 2014.

The main goal of the event is to focus on 5G challenges and innovative solutions. The next generation standard will soon be spread around the world with the 5G connectivity, and a wide range of studies  have already started following this direction. The event will cover the latest views and research on 5G Innovative business models as well as latest guidelines from policy-makers in order to meet the constantly growing demand for the capacity of wireless networks.

The conference will involve experts and important figures of the industry such as the three keynote speakers:  Kimmo Kettunen from Nokia Networks (Finland); Janne Peisa from Ericsson (Finland), and Kari Leppänen  from Huawei Technologies (Finland) with the main aim to bring together industry and research for the multi-level interactivity. Furthermore, the conference will host four telecommunication industry experts from multinational companies such as Ylva Jading (Ericsson), Antonio Manzalini (Telecom Italy), Paul Ceely (Everything Everywhere Ltd), and Karabet Krikorian (Huawei Technologies) who will share their own and companies’ views on 5G challenges and requirements.

The conference will make a deep scouting on the 5G new generation through its six main tracks: Spectrum Regulation & Standardization, PHY & MAC, Tranceiver Technologies, Future Access Networks, Channel Models and MIMO Antennas, Disruptive 5G Technologies. Find all procedures to register here.

Don’t lose the unique opportunity to be part of the new world of connectivity at the Congress & Exhibition Centre Levi Summit for two days of 5G experience and key research activities. See the full program here.


#IOT360: ideas and reflections from the Summit on the Internet of Things in Rome

On 28 and 29 October the Frentani Convention Center, Rome, hosted the IOT360 Summit, a meeting point for experts from around the world to share knowledge and discuss projects in the realm of the Internet of Things. Organized by the EAI in collaboration with Franhofer Fokus, La Sapienza University of Rome, INSME Consortium, Smart Week, and TechEconomy and sponsored by IBM, Eurotech, and CREATE-NET, the Summit was one of the major international events on IoT.

The Summit speaker list included such well-known names as Usman Haque (Founding Partner of Umbrellium &, Mischa Dohler (Professor of Wireless Communications at King’s College London), Jan Farjh (Vice President, Head of Standardization and industry at Ericsson), Michela Magas (Founder of Music Tech Fest), Roberto Minerva (Head of Innovative Architectures within the Future Centre in the Strategy Department of Telecom Italia), Kang-Won Lee (Senior Vice President of R&D for Information and Communication Technology, SK Telecom), Maurizio Decina (Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Milano) and many others.

The Pesident of EAI, Imrich Chlamtac said on the sidelines of the event: “I am very happy to have had the opportunity to hold the IOT360 summit in Rome. By bringing together representatives of businesses and hundreds of universities representing various theories and perspectives, we show how ideas can be moved from classrooms to laboratories. We are planning to hold another IOT360 next year and to involve our partners and EAI in the preparation of the event on a larger scale in order to demonstrate the innovation potential of the event.”

The Summit highlights

From the academic point of view one of the fiercest debates focused on the definition of IoT. Mischa Dohler played with participants’ imagination to explain the definition of IoT: “Close your eyes and think of the Internet; now think of the Internet of Things; do you imagine different things?” This meant that in fact, the field of IoT is not bounded by a rigid fence, and all of its sophisticated definitions fade due to the evolution of the Internet and web devices.

Jan Farjh, in the introductory keynote, illustrated the progresses Ericsson is making in creating the US technological infrastructure in order to allow maturation and germination of IoT technologies. Similarly, Roberto Minerva has shown the systems that Telecom Italia is going to implement from the technological point of view. Minerva went further by asking the public some important questions by referring to the recent controversies over privacy such as: “Who owns the produced data?”. Alas, no one could respond to the question.

With regard to the legal point of view, the antitrust case involving EU with Samsung and Apple was a topic for discussions. Furthermore, participants discussed how to monetize patents for IoT inventions as well as the implementation process of smart city technologies.

In conclusion, the IOT360 Summit was an opportunity to reflect on where the world is going in terms of innovation linked with the IoT.  The Summit was a new starting point from which to head into the IoT future, and it will certainly be interesting to compare the real progress that will be made from now until the next edition of the Summit.


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How to innovate healthcare? Discover it at MobiHealth 2014

The 4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare – “Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies” (MobiHealth 2014)  is to take place in a few days in Athens, Greece.

What is the goal of the conference? The main goal of MobiHealth 2014 is to exchange ideas and experiences alongside the discussions of cutting-edge research and practical challenges in the application of wireless communications, mobile computing, and sensing technologies in healthcare delivery. A colossal added value of the conference is the fact that it involves not only academicians, but also well-known practitioners and policy-makers in the field such as Andreas Lymberis (European Commission), Richard Kemkers (Philips Research Eindhoven), and Gisele Roesems-Kerremans (European Commission). This means that presentations will not be limited only to theoretical review of the issues in the field, but also concrete suggestions for setting standards based on participants’ first-hand experience.

What to expect from the conference? For the fourth time, MobiHealth proposes to focus on healthcare technology and the corresponding multifaceted challenges in Europe and globally. Hence, one should expect a multitude of original interdisciplinary inputs on the enhancement of the application of a wide range of technologies, standards, and methodologies in human healthcare.

MobiHealth2014 is full of extras: apart from regular sessions during the three days, the conference offers numerous co-located events such as student paper contest, five special sessions, and four workshops dedicated to topics requiring specific attention.

To make the most of participants’ MobiHealth experience, all accepted papers will be included in the Mobihealth 2014 Conference Proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Last, but not least the meeting point is Athens (practical information). If you wish to follow the event on Twitter, the hashtag is #mHE14.

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Hurry up for CollaborateCom 2014!

The countdown until the first day of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing is officially on! There are just a few days left until the opening of the engaging discussions on open systems aimed at enhancing collaboration in multi-organizational settings. Apart from twelve sessions and two panels on a multitude of topics in collaborative computing research, the conference offers two insightful tutorials led by the key experts in the field.

What is going to be discussed at CollaborateCom 2014? Computer science experts from all around the world such as Brian Blake (University of Miami), Xiaoyang Sean Wang (Fudan University), and Bhavani Thuraisingham (University of Texas) will tackle the trendy topics of participatory sensing, crowdsourcing, worksharing, big data challenges, social media, and others. For those interested in more specific discussions, CollaborateCom 2014 proposes three co-located workshops devoted to the Internet of Things, Trusted Collaboration, and Collaborative Cloud respectively. Conference organizers have also thought about those passionate about interactive learning: these people should not be missed at the two co-located tutorials on nature-inspired cyber defenses, and big data management led by Mohamed Eltoweissy (Virginia Military Institute) and Latifur R. Khan (University of Texas) respectively.

Participants will benefit not only from the scientific value of the conference, but also from the wonderful location: Miami Beach Resort, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, will host this year’s event. Get ready for the opportunity to get familiar with collaborative computing novelties and enjoy the famous Miami sunshine!

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Less than a week left until an international “get-together” of the Body Area Network experts

Only 6 days are left until the Senate House in the heart of Bloomsberry will host the 9th International Conference on Body Area Networks (BANs) – an intensive exchange of high-quality research findings and ideas between researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines such as Wearable Computing, Embedded Devices and Medical Applications, Communications and Networking, and many others. Those pushing the boundaries in the body area network field will liaise with each other and the public within the main track and several special tracks.

Satisfaction is guaranteed to all speakers well in advance: all accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library and submitted for the most widely used indexing. Better yet, the best papers will have the opportunity to be published in the special issue IEEE Trans. on Affective Computing to be edited by Prof. Giancarlo Fortino. To top it off, the event offers another adventure into the realm of smart health: The Third Ultra Wideband for Body Area Networking Workshop primarily focusing on revolutionary technological solutions for remote monitoring of vital signs and other indispensable medical data.

Just imagine: numerous distinguished BANs experts from around the world such as Prof. Guang-Zhong Yang (Imperial College London), Prof. Antonio Liotta (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven), Prof. Mischa Dohler (King’s College London) and many others sharing, exploring, networking, socializing, brainstorming, and exchanging ideas in the largest EU capital!