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Dr. Ruay-Shiung Chang

Dr. Mohamed Hamdi


Dr. Andres Iglesias Prieto


Dr. Osvaldo Gervasi

Dr. Zita Vale
Dr. Hussein Mustapha Khodr
Dr. Goreti Marreiros Prof. Marek Ogiela Dr. Hoon Ko Dr. Martin Drahansky Dr. Brian King Prof. Jemal Abawajy


Dr. Ruay-Shiung Chang,
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering,
National Dong Hwa University



RFID Research Issues

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology uses radio wave to automatically collect data and track object. With the dropping in prices, RFID is applied more ubiquitously. An RFID system essentially consists of four parts: RFID tag, RFID reader, middleware, and applications. Various problems exist in each part. In this talk, we highlight some of the research issues involved in the ubiquitous RFID systems.

About Dr. Ruay-Shiung Chang
Ruay-Shiung Chang received his B.S.E.E. degree from National Taiwan University in 1980 and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from National Tsing Hua University in 1988. He is now a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Dong Hwa University. His research interests include Internet, wireless networks, RFID and grid computing. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and numerous international conference papers. He is an editor for International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology, Journal of Internet Technology, and Journal of Convergence Information Technology. Dr. Chang is a member of ACM, a senior member of IEEE, and a founding member of Taiwan Institute of Information and Computing Machinery. Dr. Chang also served on the advisory council for the Public Interest Registry (www.pir.org) from 2004/5 to 2007/4.
  

Dr. Mohamed Hamdi,
Communication Networks and Security Research Lab.
University of November 7th at Carthage, Tunisia
Secure Grid Services Over 4G Networks
The coming era of 4th generation networks is foreseeing a potential smooth merging of multiple heterogeneous technologies. A 4G network is characterized by the integration and the convergence of all communication networks, which are intrinsically diverse, heterogeneous, and dynamic, into one network. The main challenges raised by this network are the guarantee of seamless global roaming, the provision of cost-effective high data rates, the de finition of effi cient user-centric customized service models, and the optimization of the quality of service provision. Grid computing constitutes a promising alternative to guarantee secure service provision over 4G infrastructures.

This talk articulates around four major axes:

  • The architecture of a Grid-based service provision framework over a 4G communication infrastructure
  • The security services that should be guaranteed by the Grid service providers (authentication and identity management are at the heart of these services)
  • The payment models that should be supported to build up an accounting framework for the service provision infrastructure
  • The extension of the infrastructure to cloud computing, which is becoming a major concern in modern networks
About Dr. Mohamed Hamdi
Dr. Mohamed Hamdi received his PhD in telecommunications from the Engineering School of Communications (Sup’Com, Tunisia) on 2005. From 2001 to 2005 he has worked for the National Digital Certification Agency (NDCA, Tunisia) where he was head of the Risk Analysis Team. Dr. Hamdi was in charge to build the security strategy for the Tunisian root Certification Authority and to continuously assess the security of the NDCA’s networked infrastructure. He has also served in various national technical committees for securing e-government services. He co-authored more than 50 papers that have been published in international journals and conferences. Currently, Dr. Hamdi is serving as an assistant professor for the Engineering School of Communications at Tunis. He is also member of the Communication Networks and Security Lab (Coordinator of the Formal Aspects of Network Security Research Team), where Dr. Hamdi is conducting research activities in the areas of risk management, algebraic modeling, intrusion detection, network forensics, and wireless sensor networks.

  
Dr. Andres Iglesias Prieto,
Dpt. of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences
E.T.S. Ingenieros de Caminos - University of Cantabria, Spain
Digital Virtual Characters in Urban Environments: Trends and Applications

Urban Computing is an emerging field of research aimed at studying the interactions between humans and urban environments and their cultural and social impact on the city. As such, it is a cross-disciplinary field that combines computer science, technology and research on human-computer interactions (HCI) with (among others) art, design, architecture and urban studies. One of the most popular issues in urban computing concerns the use of digital virtual characters resembling human beings and evolving into computer-generated urban environments. The increasing popularity of this topic can be largely explained by the fact that synthetic actors provide an excellent benchmark for the analysis and evaluation of different urban computing approaches and methodologies. In fact, they are increasingly being considered as a powerful computational tool in many urban scenarios. A typical example is given by virtual crowd simulations in applications ranging from site planning, education, training, and human factors analysis for building evacuation to simulations of public scenarios where masses of people gather, ?ow, and disperse, such as transportation centers, sporting events, and concerts. This talk explores this issue by presenting some of the most interesting developments in the field. Some recent trends and applications regarding this exciting field of reseach are also outlined.

About Dr. Andres IGLESIAS PRIETO
ANDRES IGLESIAS is currently the head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences of the University of Cantabria (Spain). Since Nov. 2005, he has also been the Post-graduate studies coordinator at his department, awarded with the Quality Certificate by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. He has been a Visiting Researcher at (among others) the Department of Computer Science of the University of Tsukuba (Japan), Wessex Institute of Technology (UK), International Center of Theoretical Physics-ICTP (Italy) and Toho University (Japan). He holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics (1992) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (1995). He has been the chairman and organizer of 31 international conferences and workshops. In addition, he has served as a program committee and/or steering committee member of over 100 international conferences such as 3CM, 3IA, ACN, CGA, CAGDAG, CGI, CGIV, CIT, CyberWorlds, FGCN, GMAG, GMAI, GMVAG, Graphicon, GRAPP, ICCS, ICCSA, ICICS, ICCIT, ICM, ICMS, IMS, IRMA, ISVD, MMM, NDCAP, SEPA, SMM, VIP, WSCG and WTCS. He has been reviewer of 91 international conferences, 22 international journals (including 13 ISI-indexed journals) and outstanding research institutions and agencies such as NSF-USA and the European Commission. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the “International Journal on Computer Graphics”, Associate Editor of the journals “International Journal of Computer Graphics and CAD/CAM”, “Transactions on Computational Science”, “Advances in Computational Science and Technology”, “International Journal of Computational Science”, “International Journal of Biometrics”, “Journal of Convergence Information Technology”, “Int. Journal of Future Generation Communication and Networking” and “International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications” and member of the Editorial Reviewing Board of the “International Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering”. He has also been guest editor of some special issues of international journals about computer graphics and symbolic computation. He is the author of over 100 international papers on different topics and 7 books. For more information, see his personal web site: http://personales.unican.es/iglesias

  
  
Dr. Osvaldo Gervasi,
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science,
University of Perugia,
Italy
From Rehabilitation to Personal Autonomy: advanced services in a Smart Grid Environment 

The talk will illustrate how the Information Technology is already able to impact the social life when the user is living in technologically advanced Urban environments and Smart Grid environments. Since even elderly persons are nowadays acquainted with the technology, we have some instruments (e.g.: early warnings) that may prevent problems and accidents and may help people with disabilities to increase their quality of life, up to reach the personal autonomy.

In this context the rehabilitation process could be limited in time, since with some sensors (simplified tracking systems, RFID systems, Beacon systems, etc) the user may be helped to progressively recover all social connections, her/his activity could be monitored in order to prevent accidents, some ad-hoc messages can be delivered using diverse channels (voice, video, text) to help the patient in problematic situations.

A various set of services may be activated to help the mobility of patients, the promotion and maintenance of social connections, the execution of specific tasks.

The named approach is able to reduce the rehabilitation costs and increase significantly the quality of live of patients.

About Dr. Osvaldo Gervasi
Osvaldo Gervasi's research interests are focused on Computational Science, Grid Computing, Cloud Computing, Virtual Reality and Web Programming.

He participated to two UE COST Actions, leading for each a Working Group. In 2007-2010 he was the Italian representative inside the Management Committee of the GridChem Action.
He has been visiting researcher at SLAC (USA), at the University of Oklahoma (USA), at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and the University of Barcelona (Spain) At the University of Crete and FORTH, Crete (Greece).

He has been the co-Chair of the following conferences: ICCSA 2004 (Assisi, Italy), ICCSA 2005 (Singapore), ICCSA 2006 (Glasgow, UK), ICCSA 2007 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia); ICCSA 2008 (Perugia, Italy), ICCSA 2009 (Seoul, Korea), ICCSA 2010 (Fukuoka, Japan). He has been co-Chair of the Web3D 2007 Symposium (Perugia, Italy) sponsored by ACM-SIGGRAPH and Eurographics.

He is Program Chair of ICCSA 2011, to be held in Santander (Spain),
He has been invited speaker at the Conference ICHIT 2006, the International Conference on Hybrid Information Technologies, held on Nov 9th-11th, Jeju Island (South Korea).

In 2006 the SIMBEX project has been selected by the CIVR of the Ministry of University as one of the 12 best products of the University of Perugia in the Mathematics and Computer Science areas in the period 2003-2005.

He is member of the EGEE III Project.

He coordinated more than 80 Thesis of the “Laurea in Informatica”.

He has published over 70 papers on international journals and books and edited more than 30 books.

He delivered more than 50 presentations to International Conferences / Workshops.

He is President of the Umbria's Open Source Competence Center since 2007.

He is IEEE Senior member (Computer Society and Communications Society) and ACM Senior Member (SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH). He is member of Web3D Consortium and Internet Society (ISOC).


  

  
Dr. Zita Vale,
GGECAD / ISEP-IPP –
Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support Research Center
Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP/IPP)
Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 420
4700-072 Porto, Portugal

Artificial Intelligence in SmartGrids 

The Smart Grid concept is being used in the context of power systems for some years and has gained importance with relevant research activities and manufacturer’s and political attention. Although the term is not new, there is not yet a generalized agreement about its meaning. The fact that a Smart Grid should be better equipped than present electrical grids providing the means to better operation and control seems, at first sight, the only common characteristic on which everyone seems to agree.

With several prototypes being on the way, all around the world, and relevant diverse funding opportunities that are available, it seems urgent to define exactly what the term Smart Grid applies to and what are the important limitations of the work developed so far.
The last decade has seen important steps forward in the development of the smart grid and microgrid concepts, as fundamental basis for intensively using renewables in an intelligent way. Implementation of these concepts has just beginning but the already obtained results show that success is reachable.

However, this is not sufficient to give answer to the above referred problems because it does not consider the needs of the involved players to operate in such a complex environment of dynamic and competitive nature. Available solutions are not capable or efficient at managing both commercial relationships and technical restrictions in a general way. On the contrary, they are focused on specific, relatively small problems. This results in a huge number of methods and regulations with focused/limited application that make the evolution from the present state to the future power systems with intensive use of DG highly difficult.

Moreover, artificial intelligence based methodologies and applications have not yet been able to give the relevant contribution they are expected for the practical implementation of the smart grid concept.

About Dr. Zita Vale
Zita A. Vale is a Coordinator Professor of Power Systems at the Engineering Institute – Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP/IPP), Portugal.
She received her diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and her PhD in 1993, both from University of Porto.

Her main research interests concern Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) applications to Power System operation and control, Electricity Markets and Distributed Generation. She is involved in several R&D projects concerning the application of A.I. and Decision-Support techniques to Engineering problems.

  

Dr. Hussein Mustapha Khodr,
GECAD, ISEP, IPP, Portugal

Distribution system reconfiguration methodology for SCADA application including Distributed Generation

Distributed energy resources (DER) have been receiving increasing attention as alternatives to centralized energy. It has been recognized as a good option for future energy system with respect to sustainable development and low-carbon society construction. A key resource to increase generation efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas emission with respect to conventional separate production means, the small-scale distributed generation resources may be an attractive alternative in this sense. Thus, developing more DER can cut down on construction projects of large power generating plants and transmission lines. Use on-site generation may be an attractive alternative, since it alleviates the need for building the costly transmission grid. Moreover, a microgrid can play significant role to enhance local reliability, reduce feeder losses, support local voltages, voltage sag correction, or provide uninterruptible power supply functions.

This work presents a new and efficient methodology for distribution network reconfiguration in presence of DER integrated with optimal power flow (OPF) based on a Benders decomposition approach. The objective minimizes power losses, load balancing among feeders, and is subject to all technical constraints: capacity limit of branches, minimum and maximum power limits of substations or distributed generators, minimum deviation of bus voltages, and radial optimal operation of networks.

The ROPF problem addressed in this work is formulated as an MINLP problem with a nonlinear objective function, binary decision variables, continuous variables for operation processes, and nonlinear constraints, such as complete power-flow equations or distribution-lines capacity limits. The difficulties related to solving nonlinear optimization problems with binary variables force us to make use of partitioning techniques, such as the Benders decomposition. The Benders partition algorithm is a decomposition technique on two levels—master and slave—which defines an iterative procedure between both levels in order to reach the joint optimal solution.

The formulation can be embedded under two stages: the first one is the Master problem and is formulated as a mixed integer nonlinear programming problem. This stage determines the radial topology of the distribution network. The second stage is the Slave problem and is formulated as a nonlinear programming problem. This stage is used to determine the feasibility of the Master problem solution by means of an OPF and provides information to formulate the linear Benders cuts that connect both problems.

The effectiveness of the proposed model is demonstrated through examples extracted from the literature and the real world case.

  About Dr. Hussein Mustapha Khodr.
H. M. Khodr received the Ph.D., M.Sc., and Engineer degrees in electrical engineering from the José Antonio Echeverría Higher Polytechnic Institute (ISPJAE), Havana, Cuba, in 1997 and 1993, respectively.

He is a former Associate Professor of electrical engineering at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. He was a Researcher at INESC Porto, Porto, Portugal. Presently, he is a Researcher at GECAD, Porto. He has participated in a number of projects performed for the local industries. His current research activities are concentrated on planning, operation, and economics of electrical distribution and industrial power systems; power quality; grounding systems; and optimization.

  

Dr. Goreti Marreiros,
GECAD, ISEP, IPP, Portugal

Considering Emotions, Mood and Personality in Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments

Traditionally, emotions and affects have been separated from cognitive and rational thinking; they have a bad connotation on what is related to the individuals’ behaviour, in particular on what is related to the decision-making process. However, in the last years, researchers from several distinct areas (psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, etc) have begun to explore the role of the emotion as a positive influence on human decision making process. Current research in Artificial Intelligence demonstrates also a growing interest in emotional agents. From human-computer interaction, to development of believable agents to the entertainment industry, and to modelling and simulating the human behaviour, there are a wide variety of application areas of emotional agents.

In this talk I will focus on the role of emotion, mood, and personality in the development of Ambient Intelligence systems and Smart Environments.

    About Dr. Goreti Marreiros
She is a professor and researcher in the Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support Research Group (GECAD) of the School of Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Porto. In the last years she has tough and been responsible for a number of courses on Decision Support Systems, Multiagent Systems and on Artificial Intelligence at the graduate and postgraduate level.

Her research interests include Multiagent systems, emotional agents, persuasive argumentation, and group decision-support systems.

She has co-chaired several events (workshops and conferences), namely Affective Computing related topics (the latest one was EAC’09 at EPIA’09).

She is Vice-president of GECAD.

  

Prof. Marek Ogiela,
AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Biologically inspired information systems and secret data management

New generation information systems are developing rapidly due to the use of the latest achievements of cognitive informatics and biologically-inspired algorithmic techniques. Intelligent data analysis methods have recently become extremely significant in such systems in the context of searching for various information, collecting it and also enabling its meaning to be interpreted. What is also important in such solutions are techniques for the correct sharing of sensitive data and its subsequent intelligent management or distribution. There is no doubt that all these methods will become even more important in the near future because of the very dynamic development of Ambient Intelligence.

In the light of the above, in this talk I’ll present the opportunities for developing modern, new generation information systems based on cognitive models of semantic reasoning. Such models can be used, for instance, to interpret the meaning of image patterns. In this lecture I’ll also discuss methods of using biological information recording models, including DNA coding, to develop new classes of secret information sharing algorithms which can be deployed to manage data in various information structures.

    About Prof. Marek Ogiela
Prof. Marek R. Ogiela D.SC, Ph.D., works in Bio-Cybernetics laboratory at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. In 1992 graduated from the Mathematics and Physics Department at the Jagiellonian University. In 1996 for his honours doctoral thesis on syntactic methods of analysis and image recognition he was awarded the title of Doctor of Control Engineering and Robotics at the Faculty of Electrical, Automatic Control, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering of the AGH University of Science and Technology. In 2001 he was awarded the title of Doctor Habilitated in Computer Science for his research on medical image automatic analysis and understanding. In 2005 he received a professor title in technical sciences.

Member of numerous world scientific associations as well as of the Forecast Committee `Poland 2000 Plus´ of the Polish Academy of Science and member of Interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Bio cybernetics and Biomedical Engineering Section). Author of more than 180 scientific international publications on pattern recognition and image understanding, artificial intelligence, IT systems and biocybernetics. Author of recognised monographs in the field of cryptography and IT techniques; author of an innovative approach to cognitive medical image analysis. For his achievements in these fields he was awarded many prestigious scientific honors, including Prof. Taklinski´s award (twice) and the first winner of Prof. Engel`s award.

  

Dr. Hoon Ko,
GECAD, ISEP, IPP, Portugal

Contexts and Security in Intelligent Urban Computing

Ambient Intelligence is an electronic environment that is sensitive and responsive to the presence of people. It is a vision on the future of consumer electronics, telecommunications and computing. An application skill which has ambient intelligence computing depends on the relativity of user and service. It is correlated with information expression and knowledge expression to disclose the real world state. There are various context and services contiguous to user’s environment. For user, it is transmitted on to devices such as PDA, mobile phone, laptop etc. and services gets a foundation from the server information near the user in a network environment.

ISyRA had been defined based on those context fom Ambient Intelligence system developments. ISyRAmI (Intelligent Systems Research for Ambient Intelligence) proposed by IST is an artificial intelligence oriented methodology and architecture for the development of ambient intelligence (AmI) systems. The ISyRAmI architecture considers the following four modules: Data/Information/Knowledge acquisition; Data/Information/Knowledge storage, conversion, and handling; Intelligent Reasoning; and Decision Support/Intelligent Actuation. Dr. Hoon Ko had presented the ISyRAmI SF, which deliberated security model to ISyRAmI in 2009, ISyRAmI is consists of four modules, context allocator, context analyzer, context collector and context detector.

In this talk I will present the classification and the relation among context and security for ISyRAmI in UrC.


    About Dr. Hoon Ko
Dr. Hoon Ko got his B.S. degree in Computer Science from Howon University, Kunsan-City, S. Korea in 1998, M.S. degree in Computer Science from Soongsil University, Seoul, S. Korea in 2000 and Ph D. degree from Soongil University in 2004. He joined Daejin University as visiting professor from 2002 to 2006. He had worked at Information & Communications University (ICU), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2007. Now, he is in GECAD, ISEP, IPP in Porto, Portugal as a Doctor Researcher since 2008. He is interested in Urban Computing Security, Ubiquitous Computing Security, AmI Security, Context-Aware Security, MSEC(Multicast Security), RFID Security, Home Network Security, etc.

  

Dr. Martin Drahansky,
BUT, Faculty of Information Technology, Brno, Czech Republic

Intelligent and multimedial houses

The presentation will introduce intelligent houses, where intelligent electronics is installed to achieve a high standard of living. The heart of this house is a server with a multimedial center. Here are placed libraries with films, music and photos. These could be played in different rooms in the house, not only on TVs, but on a small touch-screens installed on walls etc. The second main part of this system is sensorics coupled to actuators, which measure different values in all parts of the house and the intelligence on server decides, which steps have to be done to achieve a pre-set values for each part of the house.

    About Dr. Martin Drahansky
Education:

* Ph.D. Branch Information Technology, FIT - Brno University of Technology, 2005
* Ing. Branch Informatics and Computer Science, FEECS - Brno University of Technology, 2001
* Dipl.-Ing. Faculty of Electrotechnics, FernUniversität Hagen, Germany, 2001

Professional career:

* 2009 - now: Associate professor, BUT, Faculty of Information Technology, Brno (CZ)
* 2005 - 2009: Assistant professor, BUT, Faculty of Information Technology, Brno (CZ)
* 2002 - 2005: External fellow at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, IGD, Darmstadt (DE)
* 2002 - 2005: Research worker at the University Siegen, Institute of measurement, Siegen (DE)
* 1996 - 2005: Technical assistant of the Computer Science and Informatics at the Secondary school, tr. Kpt. Jarose 14, Brno (CZ)

Research interests:

* Biometric Systems
* Artificial Intelligence
* Security and Cryptography
* Sensoric Systems


Dr. Brian King,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Indiana University - Purdue University, USA

Privacy in a ubiquitous networked world

The notion of computing has changed dramatically in the last few years. We now compute where we are, when it is needed, and with what we have. In addition we have seen a surge in the use of network applications such as social networking technologies. Today, we need to use our information in real-time, so we have augmented workstation-computing systems with wide variety of devices which includes lightweight ubiquitous devices such as smart phones, PDAs, personal tablets/pads, sensors, auto-id systems(RFID), and many others. Common characterizations of these devices are that they are mobile, wireless, pervasive, and they can quickly be launched and/or initialized to act on behalf of an owner/user. In such situations the privacy and integrity of the device is important to the owner/user. A question that arises is what privacy will be in a ubiquitous computing world. Issues will surface due to this “everywhere connectivity”.

In this talk we discuss privacy in this ubiquitous networked world. In particular, we will discuss the impacts that these mobile devices and networked technologies have on privacy and integrity. We discuss a set of general security requirements that should be satisfied in this ubiquitous world.

    About Dr. Brian King
Brian King received a Ph.D. in Mathematics (1990) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (2000).

He is currently an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Purdue School of Engineering & Tech. at Indiana Univ. Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (IUPUI). Prior to joining IUPUI he worked in the Security Technologies Labs at Motorola Research Labs. His research interests include: privacy & anonymity, wireless security, cryptography, threshold cryptography and low-complexity cryptosystems.

  

Prof. Jemal Abawajy,
School of Information Technology
Faculty of Science and Technology,
Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds Campus, Deakin University, Australia

Secure Resource Management and Scheduling on Cloud Computing Environments

Cloud computing delivers utility-oriented computing infrastructure, platform, and software as services. These services are made available to potential customers on pay-as-you-go model. This talk presents cloud computing vision, challenges, and opportunities. Various types and architectures of cloud computing are discussed. Approaches for securely provisioning Cloud services from multiple domains within and across enterprises are discussed.

    About Prof. Jemal Abawajy
JEMAL H. ABAWAJY is an associate professor, Deakin University, Australia. He received his Ph.D., MSc. and BSc all from Canada. Dr. Abawajy is the director of the “Pervasive Computing & Networks” research groups that includes 15 PhD students, several masters and honors students. Dr. Abawajy is actively involved in funded research in robust, secure and reliable resource management for pervasive computing (mobile, clusters, enterprise/data grids, web services) and networks (wireless and sensors) and has published more than 150 research articles in refereed international conferences and journals as well as a number of technical reports. Dr. Abawajy has been a member of the organizing committee for over 100 international conferences serving in various capacity including chair, general co-chair, vice-chair, best paper award chair, publication chair, session chair and program committee.
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