The 42nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), October 9-12, 2017, Singapore

LCN Keynote Presentations

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Paving the Way Towards 5G Wireless Communication Networks

Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia


5G wireless communication networks are expected to fulfill the demand for higher data rates, lower latency, and/or massive connectivity of a growing number of users/devices exploiting a variety of wireless applications. This envisioned rapid increase in the use of wireless services lead the wireless research community to start looking at new technologies to address problems related to the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum exhaustion. This includes the development of (i) new techniques and concepts such as massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems and heterogeneous networks to improve the spectral efficiency at the link and network layers, respectively, and (ii) novel schemes to better utilize the unregulated bandwidth in particular in the upper millimeter wave, THz, and optical portion of the spectrum. This talk will first go briefly over the vision and goals of 5G wireless communication networks. Then it presents some of these emerging enabling technologies that need to be developed to pave the way towards the successful roll-out and operation of these future wireless networks.


Mohamed-Slim Alouini (S'94, M'98, SM'03, F’09) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.

Prof. Alouini is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers and of the Elsevier/Shanghai Ranking list of Most Cited Researchers, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a recipient of the Recognition Award of the IEEE ComSoc Wireless Technical Committee in 2016 and a co-recipient of best paper awards in ten IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC, and DySPAN). His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Security Implications of Edge Intelligence in Power Grid as Cyber-Physical System

Dr. David Yau

Professor of Information Systems Technology and Design
Singapore University of Technology and Design

Qiushi Chaired Professor, Department of Control
Zhejiang University, China


What happens when we deploy ICT increasingly in power systems and exploit their characteristics jointly in a cyber-physical manner? In this talk, I will overview some of the security implications, in the form of both challenge and opportunity, as ICT intelligence, particularly at the edge, meets the physical laws of power flows that pervade the system.


David Yau obtained the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in computer science. He is now Professor in the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar of the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Since 2010, he has been Distinguished Scientist at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore, where he is Cybersecurity Program Director. He is also Qiushi Chaired Professor in the Department of Control, Zhejiang University, China. He was Assistant Professor then Associate Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University (West Lafayette). In 2004, he was on sabbatical leave as Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, CUHK.

David is interested in networking and networked cyber-physical systems. A current research focus is the security and privacy of cyber-physical systems such as smart grids. He received a U.S. NSF CAREER award and Best Paper awards in 2017 IEEE/ACM Int’l Conf. Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN) and 2010 IEEE Int’l Conf. Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration (MFI). He was also Best Paper finalists in several IEEE/ACM conferences including IEEE PerCom and ACM BuildSys.

He serves on the editorial boards of Big Data Research (Elsevier) and IEEE Trans. Network Science and Engineering, and is Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. Smart Grid, Special Section on Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Security (2017). He was also Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. Networking. David has served in technical and organizational roles of numerous IEEE conferences in networking, including TPC co-Chair of IEEE ICNP and IEEE IWQoS. He serves in the Management Committee of the Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium and chairs the SCC’s SIG in IoT and CPS security.