Day 1 :
IEEE Standards Association, USA
Time : 10:40-11:25
Norman Shaw is a Director in the IEEE-Standards Association. He has worked in product development and standards at three (3) different wireless location technologyrncompanies and has over 20 years’ experience in the wireless industry. He has also served on advisory groups to the FCC on E-911 technologies and practices.
Background: Since the 1990’s, location technology has been a mandated feature of commercial wireless networks (in the US) asrna consequence of the FCC’s E-911 service requirements. Support for this mandate has been a challenge for all wireless servicernproviders, throughout the last decade. The challenges stem from a number of technical, environmental, and market realities. Thesernchallenges, as well as the technical development that has gone on to help address them, will be the focus of this presentation.rnSummary: There are a number of different technologies currently employed for wireless location. These technologies can bernbroadly grouped into categories of: “satellite” or “terrestrial”, “handset based” or “network based”, and “trilateration/triangulation”rnor “pattern matching”. Each technology group comes with benefits and challenges and each has performance that is largely dictatedrnby the local environment and morphologies (e.g. urban/rural, in -building/open-sky).This presentation will provide a technicalrnassessment of each of the technology groups and specific technologies and will relate their capabilities. The evaluation will includernoperation of the technologies independently, as well as in combination “hybrid” operation.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
Time : 11:45-12:30
Magdy A Bayoumi is the Z.L. Loflin Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair Professor at The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). He was the Director of CACS, 1997 – 2013 and Department Head of the Computer Science Department, 2000-11. He has guided about 65 PhD and 175 Master students. He has published over 500 papers in related journals and conferences. He edited, co-edited and co-authored 10 books in his research interests. He has been Guest Editor (or Co-Guest Editor) of 10 Special Issues in VLSI Signal Processing, Learning on Silicon, Multimedia Architecture, Digital and Computational Video, and Perception-on-a-Chip. He is an IEEE fellow. He is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Circuits and Systems Meritorious Service Award. He was the Vice President for Conferences, Vice President for Technical Activities, and a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of CAS Society. He received the French Government Fellowship, University of Paris Orsay, 2003-2005 and 2009 and the United Nation Fellowship, Egypt, 2002-2003. He was a Visiting Professor at King Saud University. He was on the Governor’s commission for developing a comprehensive energy policy for the State of Louisiana.
The integration of physical systems with networked sensing, computation networks and embedded control with actuation has led to the emergence of a new generation of engineered systems, the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Such systems emphasize the link between cyber space and physical environment (i.e., time, space, and energy). CPS represents the next generation of complex engineering systems. They are large scale dynamic systems that offer significant processing power while interacting across communication networks. CPS will help to solve the grand challenges of our society, such as, aging population, limited resources, sustainability, environment, mobility, security, health care, etc. Applications of CPS cover a wide band of economic, medical, and entertainment sectors. It includes Transportation: Automobiles, avionics, unmanned vehicles and smart roads; Large Scale Critical Infrastructure: bridges, mega buildings, power grid, defense systems; Health Care: Medical devices, health management networks, telemedicine; Consumer Electronics: Video games, audio/video processing, and mobile communication. Building Cyber-Physical Systems is not a trivial task. The difficulty arises from the existing gap in modeling and computing of the physical and cyber environments. The design process requires new theories, models, and algorithms that unify both environments in one framework. None of the current state-of-the art methods are able to overcome the challenges of developing the unified CPS design paradigm. Several of these issues will be discussed in this talk. Case studies of real world CPSs will be illustrated.
Environmental Health Trust, USA
Keynote: Health risks of wireless communication: What do we know, what can we do now, and what should we find out?
Time : 12:30-13:15
Devra Davis has completed PhD and MPH and is the President of Environmental Health Trust, Environmental Health Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to researching and controlling avoidable environmental health threats. She is the Author of The Secret History of the War on Cancer and other books, and Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology. She served as Founding Director of the Board on Environmental Studies of the US National Academy of Sciences. She is recognized internationally for her work on environmental health and disease prevention. A Presidential Appointee that received bi-partisan Senate confirmation, she was the Founding Director of the world’s first Center for Environmental Oncology.
A wide range of expert opinions exists concerning the health risks of mobile phones and other wireless transmitting devices. Recent epidemiologic studies find that those would be into you sell phones regularly before age 20 develop 4 to 8 times more brain cancer within a decade. The absence of a secular trend in brain cancer is to be expected in so far as 80% of our brain cancers occurred in people over the age of 60 who are unlikely to have been heavy cell phone users. Experimental studies have found that currently used wireless transmitting devices damage male and female reproductive health and impair the ability to repair cell damage. Some studies have also found that this communication can interfere with bee-hive production. Based on this work experts advising the governments of India, France and Israel have developed precautionary policies especially reducing exposures to infants toddlers and those who wish to have healthy children. We call for a major independent training and research program funded through modest user fees on Internet service providers, device manufacturers, and consumers in order to identify major data gaps, and carry out important research on ways to mitigate or eliminate adverse public health and environmental impacts of wireless technology.