Dublin Ireland

CIICT 2012 Invited Speakers and Session Chairs

Alan F. Smeaton has been a Professor of Computing at Dublin City University since 1997 and is currently deputy director of CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies. He has previously been Dean of Faculty and Head of School and now leads a team of more than 40 researchers in the broad area of the sensor web. The focus of Alan’s research work now is in information access for all kinds of human digital memory applications and in exploiting how sensors can be used to help with this.

Talk Title : Sensor Data Streams from Smart Metering
One of the fundamental infrastructure deployments which we are about to experience is the rollout of smart metering technology for energy consumption in homes and businesses. In Ireland it is part of the National Development Plan that such domestic metering will go in tandem with metering of water and the expectation is that this will offer opportunity for load-based tariffs and optimal use of the grid, making it in effect a smart grid. But apart from more detailed billing, what will this offer the consumer? In our work we have been trialling smart metering deployments in homes in Ireland and developing applications which are designed to offer additional services to consumers. As one would expect, this include energy-related services but also applications around lifestyle analysis, ambient assisted living, and emergency detection. In the presentation I will illustrate this work and the new opportunities it is creating. 

Xiaohong Guan received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in control engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 1993.  From 1993 to 1995, he was a consulting engineer at PG&E. From 1985 to 1988, he was with the Systems Engineering Institute, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China. From January 1999 to February 2000, he was with the Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Since 1995, he has been with the Systems Engineering Institute, Xi’an Jiaotong University, and was appointed Cheung Kong Professor of Systems Engineering in 1999, and dean of the School of Electronic and Information Engineering in 2008. Since 2001 he has been the director of the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems, Tsinghua University, and served as head of the Department of Automation, 2003–2008.  He is an IEEE Fellow and is serving the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.  His research interests include allocation and scheduling of complex networked resources, cyber-physical systems including smart grid, sensor networks, etc., and network security.

Talk Title : Efficient Energy Production, Consumption and Transmission Facilitated by Smart Grid Technology
Growing energy demand and environmental concerns requires a large number of renewable resources, storage devices, and demand response supported by reliable, secure, flexible and efficient smart power grid. Efficient electric energy production is challenging even with traditional energy sources such as thermal, hydro, pumped storage, etc., due to the huge number of decision variables, both discrete and continuous, and complicated operating and network constraints. New renewable energy resources such as wind and solar with highly uncertain production capacities add additional dimensions of difficulties in operation stability and reliability. Smart grid technology provides a possibility to better coordinate the renewable energy production with “storable” hydro energy while satisfying demand and security requirements with the lowest production costs or carbon emissions.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 40% of total energy is consumed in buildings in industrialized countries, among which 68% is electricity. Smart grid integrating power grid with information network provides a desirable infrastructure for energy efficient buildings. In additional to the power source from the grid, a micro grid for buildings may contain autonomous power generators possibly CHP, renewable energy resources such as PV solar cells, power storage devices and system loads including HVAC systems, lighting equipment, IT data centers, etc. There is an enormous opportunity for building energy savings through efficient operation. To accomplish this task, a cyber-physical network as the basis of a micro grid is needed with many low-cost micro sensors possibly wireless deployed for measuring comfort conditions such as temperature, humidity, lighting, air quality, etc., and occupant locations and movements. With support of smart grid technology, energy efficient building operation can be achieved through coordinated scheduling and control of the HVAC system, lighting, renewable energy sources, power storage, etc., with possible thermal load management by controlling fresh air, room illumination, etc.
Interaction between energy producers and consumers with time varying or dynamic pricing facilitated by the smart grid is extremely important for effective load management and energy savings.  Pricing modeling and game theoretic analysis needs to be investigated to understand and design optimal pricing policy in terms of social welfare, and to develop the strategy to minimize individual energy consumption and costs.
Denis O'Leary graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCC in 1980, and joined the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). In his time with ESB, Denis has served in a number of positions mostly in Distribution and Transmission Networks planning and construction. Denis was appointed Networks Operations Manager for ESB Networks in 1997 and as Head of Asset Management and Regulation in 2003 . He has recently taken up the position of Head of Sustainability and Systems, with specific responsibility for ESB's Smart Networks, Smart Metering, I.T. and Telecomms strategies. Denis is also ESB's representative on the Eurelectric Smart Grids Committee, and is a member of EPRI's Distribution Executive Committee on Intelli Grids.

Talk Title: To be announced.

Cunchen Tang received a Bachelor, Master and Ph.D degree successively in Space Physics from Wuhan University. He is the professor and supervisor of Ph.D in Integrated Circuits and Communications Software, one of the sensor members of China Society of Space Science, one of the members of Teaching Steering Committee of Internet of Things in the Chinese Institute of Electronics, and also the academic leader of the CHINA-IRELAND JOINT LABORATORY FOR SOFTWARE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING. He has visited Nagoya University, University of Adelaide, Kyoto University, University of California(Berkeley) and Dublin City University for academic exchange and co-operative research. He participated in the eight National Natural Science Foundation research projects since 1993 and preside five National Major Science Projects of China. The focus of Tang’s research work now is in Internet of Things. He is leading a team more than 20 researchers in smart home based on the Internet of Things and mainly concentrate on energy saving in smart home.

Talk Title: Energy-saving in Smart Home Based on the Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) was first mentioned in the work done at MIT in 1999, which is related to research into RFID tags. The concept is about connecting the physical world — things — to networks and tying them all together with the Internet. IP-based wireless technology promoted Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) which can construct a smart home by linking various sensors and electric equipment. We focus on investigating how to provide Intelligent and energy-efficient living environments by balancing system capacity with energy consumption, included the following topics:

1. Sensor Node Work Mode.
2. Electric Equipment Intelligent Controlling.
3. Energy Consumption Detecting.
4. Algorithm Design.
Sakir Sezer is Director and Head of Network and Cyber Security Research at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast and holds the Chair for Secure Information Technologies at Queen's University Belfast. He received his Dipl. Ing. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1994 from RWTH Aachen University in Germany, and his PhD in 1999 from Queen’s University Belfast in UK.  His research is leading major (patented) advances in the field of high-performance content and security processing and is currently commercialised by Titan IC Systems.  He has co-authored over 130 conference and journal papers in the area of high-performance network, content processing and System on Chip. For his achievements Professor Sezer has been awarded a number of prestigious awards including the InvestNI Enterprise Fellowship, and Enterprise Ireland and Intertrade Ireland innovation and enterprise awards. Professor Sezer is also co-founder and CTO of Titan IC Systems and a member of various research and executive committees.

Talk Title: “Forewarned is Forearmed”: Challenges of Defining Smart Grid Security
Many painful and costly missteps have been made as the Internet has evolved far beyond its initial simple concept. The Energy Industry must learn the lessons of IT’s successes and failures, to ensure the successful deployment of secure, dependable Smart Grid technologies and to avoid costly but preventable mistakes.  In this talk Professor Sezer will examine the interrelationship between IT, SCADA and Smart Grid security.  He will give an overview of Smart Grid communications and the evolution of industrial control systems in the context of Smart Grid technologies and security. An analysis of the major issues concerning Smart Grid security is followed by the derivation of the “Seven Pillars” for defining the foundation for a dependable Smart Grid security architecture.

"Smart Grid & ICT" Panel Session
John Geoghegan A graduate of Dublin City University, John has 30 years local and international experience in the ICT industry, with multinationals and small indigenous companies and start-ups. He spent several years on the executive management team of Ericsson Ireland where he managed global development / supply / support organisations and worked overseas for several years for Ericsson, as well as for Cable & Wireless. He was VP Engineering of Arantech in Dublin and co-founder and CTO of a ICT start-up company. He has been involved in mentoring and steering several other ICT start-ups over the past few years. More recently, he completed an MSc in Renewable Energy at Newcastle University, UK, and subsequently his focus is the application of ICT to the Green Tech space, particularly to Smart Grid.

Talk Title: Smart Grid: An opportunity for Ireland
A Smart Grid is one in which ICT is incorporated into every aspect of electricity generation, delivery and consumption. Ireland is compelled to accelerate its adoption of Smart Grid due to the pace at which Ireland’s electricity system is being de-carbonised. As a result of its industrial policy for the past few decades, Ireland has a depth of competence in ICT. These 2 factors create an environment where Ireland has the potential to lead the world in the development of the Smart Grid. Collaboration between the power industry, academia and the ICT industry is key to realising this potential

Chair: Session 3

"Network Security and Energy-Efficiency"
Xiaojun Wang received his BEng in computer and communications from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China in 1984 and his MEng in computer applications in 1987 also from BUPT. Xiaojun was employed as Assistant Lecturer/Lecturer in BUPT from 1987 to 1989. He received a PhD scholarship from the Sino-British Technical Co-operation Training Award in 1989, and did his PhD research in the School of Engineering in Staffordshire University (then Staffordshire Polytechnic), England, UK from 1989 to 1992.   He was awarded a PhD for his research in the area of High Level Logic Synthesis from Staffordshire University in 1993. He joined the School of Electronic Engineering of Dublin City University as an assistant Lecturer in November 1992, permanent staff in 1995, and he is now a senior lecturer. He is a member of the IET. He was Head of China Affairs in Dublin City University for five years between 2002 and 2007.
He is the main initiator and organizer of the China-Ireland International Conference in Information and Communications Technologies (CIICT) which has been held five times from 2006 to 2010 alternating between China and Ireland. He made major contributions to the establishment of the China connections for the School of Electronic Engineering and played a key role in the China operation of Dublin City University. He is the coordinator of a successful collaborative masters program in Telecommunications Engineering between DCU and Wuhan University.
Dr Wang is interested in the area of low power electronics design, and energy efficient ICT.  He currently focuses on energy efficient networking and, hardware acceleration for packet classification and deep packet inspection. He is director of the Network Processing Group in the Network Innovations Centre (NIC) in the Rince Institute.
Jiaru Lin received a bachelor, Master and PH.D degree successively in the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT). He is the professor and supervisor of Ph.D. candidates in BUPT, and also the responsible professor in the Research Center of Information Theory and Technique in this University, and the deputy director of the Key Laboratory of Universal Wireless Communications (BUPT), Ministry of Education, P. R. China. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Lin is the commissioner in both the National Information Technology and Standardization Technology Committee and the Teaching Steering Committee in Ministry of Education of China, and the member in the Expert Group of National Engineering Education Accreditation. From 1991 to 1994, he studied in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. His major research interests include information theory, communication theory, cognitive radio networks and mobile communication.

Talk Title : Energy-Efficient Spectrum Utilization in Cognitive Radio Networks
The unprecedented expansion of wireless networks has resulted in a tremendous increase in energy consumption and left a significant environmental footprint. Making data transmission energy-efficient could not only have a tangibly positive impact on the environment, but also help telecommunication operators attain the long-term profitability. Cognitive Radio (CR), as a promising technology to deal with the low spectrum utilization problem caused by the current inflexible spectrum allocation policy, is attracting an increasing interest from both academic and industrial. Energy efficiency is a critical issue particularly in Cognitive Radio Network (CRN), which needs to be addressed to prolong the battery time of terminals because the CR terminals must consume extra power for spectrum sensing. However, most of the existing works in the literature are devoted to spectrum sensing or sharing aiming to maximize system capacity rather than energy-efficiency. We focus on investigating how to implement energy-efficient spectrum utilization in CRN by balancing system capacity with energy consumption, included the following topics.
1. Spectrum Sharing Fashions in CRN;
2. Metrics to Evaluate Energy efficiency;
3. Energy-efficient Spectrum Utilization Model and Problem Formulation;
4. Existence and Uniqueness of Optimal Spectrum Utilization Scheme;
5. Algorithms Design.

Martin Collier received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in electronic engineering at the National Institute for Higher Education, Dublin, Ireland, and the Ph.D. degree from Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin, Ireland. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer with DCU, where he runs the Switching and Systems Laboratory. His research interests include switching theory, the design of large interconnects, and energy efficiency in packet-switched networks

Talk Title : Reducing Energy Consumption in Networks (ECONET)
Energy efficiency has recently begun to challenge computational power as the principal figure of merit in evaluating equipment in the Information and Communications Technology fields. I discuss the implications for the design of a key component of ICT systems, namely the network that binds them together. Designing a network to be energy efficient requires more than just reducing the power consumption of the equipment therein. It also requires changes to the network protocols, the algorithms that govern its operation. The talk will emphasise the implications for wired networks, the energy-efficient design of which is the goal of ECONET, an FP7 project in which Dublin City University is participating.
Linda Doyle is director of CTVR, the telecommunications research centre, and a faculty member in the School of Engineering in Trinity College, University of Dublin. Prof. Doyle is an international leader in cognitive radio research. Her group has built an international reputation in experimental cognitive radio work and shown how these new kinds of communications systems can strongly impact on society. As Director of CTVR Prof. Doyle’s interests go beyond the wireless domain and she is responsible for driving and realising the CTVR vision for fixed and wireless networks of the future. Prof. Doyle also has a strong interest in spectrum policy and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. Prof. Doyle has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers in the field. Prof. Doyle is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is a Director of Xcelerit, a recent CTVR spin-out.

Talk Title: A Resource Centric Perspective on Networks of the Future
The talk will focus on both wired and wireless networks and deal with some of the key issues relating to energy efficiency of wired and wireless ICT. The talk will be set in the context of designing evolvable and sustainable networks for the future. A sample architecture based on a highly energy efficient LR-PON access network and flat core plus a self-architecting wireless network will be described. A special focus will be placed on spectrum and bandwidth issues.
Yi Xian Yang, born in 1961, director and Professor of Information Security Center (ISC), Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), director of National Engineering Laboratory for Disaster Backup and Recovery. He received his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering and communication systems from BUPT in 1988. His research areas include coding theory, cryptography, information security, Internet/Intranet security, communication theory, graph theory, neural networks, signal processing, software radio, wavelet theory, and discrete mathematics, Electronic Commerce. He has published more than 300 journal papers and 20 books about information security. He has received many honors and awards, e.g. conferred by the Chinese government as Chinese Achievement Young Scientist (1991), awarded by the  Chinese government as Chinese Distinguished Ph.D. Holder (1991), Silver Award of Science and Technology Progressing (STP) from the Ministry of  Education of China (1991), Gold Award of STP from the Ministry of Posts and telecommunications of  China (1992). receiver of the Chinese government's special subsidy (1991), Silver Award of Book-Author of  Excellent Books in Science and Technology (1995), Silver Award of STP from PLA (1996), Silver Award of STP from the Ministry of  Education of China (1996), Gold Award of STP from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of China (1997). He services to many professional societies, e.g. Council member of Chinese Institute Electronics (CIE), Fellow of Chinese Institute of Communications (CIC),  Council member of Chinese Institute of Cryptography, Vice-chairman of the academic committee of CIC.

Talk Title: To be announced.
Chengchen Hu received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science and Technology,Tsinghua University, in 2008. He worked as an Assistant Research Professor at Tsinghua University from June 2008 to December 2010, and is now an Associate Professor in the MOE Key Lab for Intelligent Networks and Network Security, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University. His main research interests is computer network systems, including network measurement and monitoring, green networking, data center networking, etc.

Talk Title: Greening the Internet using Multi-Frequency Scaling Scheme
In this talk, we will describe our design of a Multi-Frequency Scaling scheme for energy conservation of network devices, especially routers and switches. The frequency of components in a network device is scaled dynamically according to the real time workload. A Markov model is developed for performance analysis of this mechanism. We implement a prototype of this scheme in the data path of a general IPv4 router based on a real hardware platform - NetFPGA. Experimental results show excellent energy savings at the cost of a tolerable latency, under various ranges of traffic loads. Our work indicates the feasibility and possibility of deploying this mechanism into real network devices for energy saving.
Jerry Liu received his bachelor and Ph.D degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Melbourne. In 2004, he joined the gigahertz project team in National ICT Australia. He was a project manager/research scientist developing next generation 60GHz Wi-Fi RF chipset. He is now founder and CEO of a start up company and distinguished researcher of Hangzhou Dianzi University. His current research interests are multi-gigabit Wi-Fi chip implementation and ultra low power Wi-Fi sensor network.

Talk Title: An Ultra low-power Wi-Fi WSN for remote energy monitoring
In this talk Dr Liu will give a brief background to Wi-Fi devices and network the company developed for renewable energy monitoring and remote control. Unlike traditional WSN, the main breakthrough of this technology enables us to not only enjoy high speed Wi-Fi connections, easy access to LAN networks and the Internet, but also to be free from the dependence of power supply – a couple of AAA batteries can last for years.
Kevin Quinn is a Project Manager for Energy related projects in the TSSG research centre in the Waterford Institute of Technology, where he has worked for 7 years. Prior to this, Kevin has 11 years international experience in ICT, mainly focused on the Telecommunications industry. This includes periods with Telecom Eireann (now Eircom) in Ireland, American Management Systems (now CGI) in US/Germany and Nextel Communications (now Sprint) in the US. The focus of Kevin’s research runs from Energy management and the Smart Grid to BSS/OSS systems to Network Management to Wireless Sensor Networks. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Title of the Talk: Energy Efficiency: Bottom Up Energy Efficiency – Let’s build something.
With much talk of the Smart Grid and the steps needed to get there, we should remind ourselves of what is available to be done today. There are great immediate opportunities for Irish companies to develop products to help with advancing energy efficiency. These can include demand side management tools, methods for increasing the efficiencies in existing products, methods for increasing the efficiencies in renewable energy generation techniques. Dr. Quinn will describe some of the projects under way in the TSSG and demonstrate what can be achieved and what has already been achieved. The goal is to motivate all of us to contribute to the energy efficiency market and build the smart grid from the bottom up.
Kostas Katrinis is a Research Staff Member in IBM Research - Ireland. He received the Diploma in Computer Engineering from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, University of Patras, Greece in 2000 and the Ph.D. degree in Technical Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Zurich, Switzerland in 2006. He has been in communication networks research since 2001, taking on challenging problems across the stack, from transport-layer congestion control down to physical-layer aware optical networking solutions. He has participated as technical staff in various EU-funded projects around communication networks. Dr. Katrinis has co-authored over 35 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences, two book chapters and 1 patent. His latest research focuses on networks and optical/electronic interconnects for high-performance computing systems and datacenters, software-defined networks, resilience and performance evaluation.

Talk Title: To be announced.
Ray Walshe is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Dublin City University where he is also Principal Investigator and Architecture Theme Leader at Irish Centre for Cloud Computing (IC4), and the Director of Cloud Computing Research Centre (CloudCORE). Ray is a Senior Member of IEEE where he is involved in Cloud Standards working groups and has extensive experience in software consultancy and management with Ericsson, Siemens, Software & Systems Engineering Ltd, Siemens Nixdorf and ESB (Electric Ireland).

Talk Title: Future Internet and Smart Grid
The Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) initiative supports projects that advance Europe's competitiveness in Future Internet technologies, the need to make public service infrastructures and business processes significantly smarter more intelligent, more efficient, more sustainable. This presentation will outline some of the projects in this area.
Ruimin Hu, born in 1964, received his PhD from HuaZhong University of Science and Technology in 1994. He became Member of IEEE in 2009 and Senior Member in 2010. He was approved to receive the State Council special allowance. He is Vice chairman of academic committee of Wuhan University, member of the eighth review group for National Natural Science Foundation Committee, head of the Chinese delegation for ISO JCT1/DCMP, member of China Information Technology Standardization Committee (TC28), member of China Security System Standardization Committee (TC100), executive chairman of audio group is the part of MIIT digital video and audio codec expert group, member of the expert group on technology support program of the Ministry of Public Security. He also served as chief scientist and dean of the CSST Research Institute. CSST is the NYSE listed company, the stock code is CSR. His primary research activity is in the domain of Audio and Video Signal Processing, Multimedia Network Communication, Security and Surveillance Technology and Digital Multimedia Content Management and Protection. From 1996 to 2000, Professor Ruimin Hu served as associate dean of Department of Information Engineering, Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping. From 2000 to 2011, Professor Ruimin Hu served as associate dean of School of Computer, Wuhan University. From 2005 to 2011, Professor Ruimin Hu also served as director of National Engineering Research Center for Multimedia Software. Professor Ruimin Hu has published 139 papers in IEEE Trans., DCC, ICASSP, China's telecommunications and other important international and domestic academic journals and conferences, 15 published papers are indexed by SCI; He applied for 134 national invention patents, 64 are authorized. He presided over multiple demonstration projects of digital security industry and cooperated with 18 NYSE listed companies, produced more than ten billion of economic benefits.

Talk Title: Information and Communications Technologies for smart city — Massive multimedia digital resource management techniques and their application for smart city
Chinese urban population is growing rapidly and the number of cities is sharply increasing in China too. The Chinese urban population growth rate is two to three times of Europe and the United States. According to the United Nations' report - the 2009 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects, the number of Chinese cities increased much more than other countries of the world in the past 30 years. Rapid urbanization process in China has brought challenges for the city in the area of loss prevention & crime prevention, health care, city management, and many other aspects. In order to response to different challenges which are brought by the process of urbanization and create a safe, healthy, convenient and happy living environment for the public, information sharing and collaboration should be achieved by different departments and systems, resources should be rational used, decisions should be made appropriately and emergencies and disasters should be predicted and responded timely. "Smart City" promote resource sharing and collaboration among the various departments, it solve the problems brought by the process of urbanization. There are more than 200 cities of 17 countries in the world begin to promote the management strategy of "Smart City". We propose a five level architecture for smart city: 1. Perception-layer: collect relevant information by related equipment; 2. Network-layer: the integration of three networks; 3. Data-layer: data lifecycle management; 4. Service-layer: provide full range of service capabilities, including communication capabilities/communication engine, information capabilities/information engine, data capabilities/data engine and security capabilities /security engine; 5. Business-layer: provide various types of business, including security business, health business, convenient business and happy business. Finally, four typical applications are provided, including Security application– Safe City, health application– Home Care, convenient application – Digital Urban Management, happy application – Vehicle Entertainment.
Raffaele Bolla received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications in 1994 from the University of Genoa. Since 2004 he is “Professore Associato” at the Department of Communications, Computer and Systems Science (DIST) at the University of Genoa. He is currently leading the Telecommunication Networks and Telematics Laboratory (TNT LAB) at DIST, he is reference person for the International relationships for Engineering Faculty of Genoa University and he is responsible for DIST and CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications) of many important research projects and contracts with both public Institutions and private companies. Among the most recent and relevant projects can be cited: the coordination of ECONET (low Energy COnsumption NETworks), an Integrated Project from FP7 (about 10 million of cost), started in 2010; the European Network of Excellence (NoE) Intermedia (Interactive Media with Personal Networked Devices), the national coordination of the PRIN project SORPASSO (flexible SOftware Router PlAtform for Secure Service-specific Overlay networks), the responsibility of the CNIT participation in the NoE TREND (Towards Real energy-efficient Network Design). He acts as reviewer for many different international magazines and participates to technical committees of international congresses. He has co-authored over 140 scientific publications in international journals and international conference proceedings. Most of his research experience is focused on modeling and control of multimedia IP networks, on the design and development of high-performance software router platforms and on the study and development of mechanisms and techniques for energy consumption reduction in telecommunication networks.

Talk Title: Low Energy Consumption Networks ECONET

Chair: Session 1

"The Convergence of Smart Grid and the Internet of Things" 
Stephen Daniels is a faculty member of the School of Electronic Engineering, at Dublin City University. He is currently serving as Executive Director of the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology. Additionally, he is Director of the Energy and Design Laboratory and the Nanomaterials Processing laboratory at DCU, both multidisciplinary research teams with extensive expertise in plasma technology and energy systems. He has a significant involvement in several large scale research initiatives and centres, including the Precision strategic research cluster, the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, and the Marine and Environmental Research Hub (MESTECH). He currently leads a research team of PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and Research Fellows with active interests in plasma metrology and control for nanomanufacturing, atmospheric plasma source design and diagnostics for decontamination and sterilization, plasma surface engineering for biosensors, synthesis of thin film materials for photonic devices, and design and characterisation of energy efficient devices. In collaboration with researchers from the RCSI, Stephen aims to develop new plasma technology for the decontamination of environmental sources for healthcare-associated infections, with work funded by the HRB and SFI. To date Stephen has authored more than 60 peer reviewed journal publications, 10 patents, and over 100 international conference contributions.

Lingling Sun received her BEng degree from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 1982; and received her Master degree in 1985 from University of Electronic Science & Technology, China. She joined the Electronics and Information Department of Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU) as an assistant professor in 1985 and became a professor in 1999. She has been a Vice-president of HDU since 2004. Professor Sun’s major research interests include the Design & CAD of RF IC and the Research of the Integrated Circuits and Systems, such as RF/Microwave device modeling, the RF/Microwave broadband power amplifier design, the research of the RFIC CAD technology and the Development of EDA tool for RFIC. Professor Sun is a Senior Member of IEEE. She is also the director of a Ministry of Education Key Laboratory on RF Circuits and Systems, based in Hangzhou Dianzi University.

Talk Title: To be announced.  
Michael Scott a recently retired Professor from DCU after 30 years, is now Chief Cryptographer with Certivox Ltd., a UK-based start-up. He has published extensively on curve-based cryptography, particularly in the new area of pairing-based cryptography. He has made numerous inventions and discoveries in this field.   

Talk Title : Pairing-based Cryptography - What it Offers

In this talk Prof. Scott will give a brief background to pairing-based cryptography, and make the point that it opens up new possibilities for data security. Things are now possible that were previously not possible. The more elaborate structure of the pairing maps particularly well to issues of security that arise in the context of Cloud Computing.
Amy Neale, Programme Manager, NDRC. Amy has 15 years experience of research and technology commercialisation, specialising in technology and investment marketing, and working with researchers, technologists and start-up founders. Before arriving in Ireland in 2008, Amy led the business development team at Queen Mary, University of London. Amy has a research background, and completed her PhD in Linguistics at Cardiff University in 2002.

Talk Title: Collaborative Innovation
NDRC works with some of Ireland’s most innovative researchers, companies and start-ups and enables them to turn ideas into income and high growth businesses. Established in 2007, NDRC has worked with over 80 digital ventures, bridging the gap in knowledge, expertise and financial support that separates innovation from the marketplace.
Amy will talk about NDRC (the National Digital Research Centre), our investment programmes, and the ways in which NDRC works with researchers and companies.
Gerard Kennedy is a National Contact Point and National Delegate in the Enterprise Ireland Support Network for European Union funded ICT research and innovation. He has over 29 years industrially focused applied research and development experience in electronic and computer engineering. He graduated from the University of Limerick with a B.Sc. (Electronic Systems), an M.Eng (Computer Systems), and a PhD (Electronic Engineering). His professional membership includes European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, and he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Gerard has published and presented peer reviewed papers at a number of learned society conferences, including the IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference and at the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference.

Talk Title: China-Ireland ICT research funding opportunities in the European Union