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Prof. Julie McCann (Imperial College London, UK) will be a Keynote Speaker of DCOSS 2021.

Title: Sensor Networks – Are we any better off after 20+ years of research?

Abstract: Since the early days of Wireless Sensor Networks to today’s Internet of Things there have been over twenty years of research. A quick Google Scholar search reveals 618,000 papers with ‘Wireless Sensor Network’ and 485,000 with ‘Internet of Things’. However, when one talks to real users in the worlds of civil engineering, environment modelling, digital agriculture and the industrial IoT etc. they complain about the systems being flaky and completely unusable after a few years. Real users of networked sensor systems want smart infrastructures and Digital Twin driven systems thinking. Given that these users are designing infrastructures that are required to last potentially 10 to hundreds of years what are the implications for our field if we cannot deliver? In my keynote talk I will discuss some of the issues we have been dealing with and put forward some of my thoughts of what we need to start looking at, as a community, if our topic is to have a viable future.

Short Bio: Julie A. McCann is a Professor in Computer Systems with Imperial College London. Her research centres on decentralized and self organizing scalable algorithms and protocols for spatial computing e.g., Wireless Sensor systems, Internet of Things, or Cyber-physical systems. She leads the Adaptive Embedded Systems Engineering Research (AESE) research group, directs the pan-Imperial Smart Connected Futures Centre of excellence, is PI in substantive international research collaborations e.g. with Singapore (Eco-Cities), is Deputy Director of PeTras National Centre of excellence on IoT Cybersecurity, and has co-directed the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Cities. She has received significant funding though national and international bodies such as the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), North American Electric
Reliability Corporation, EU FP7/H2020 funding and Singapore NRF; she has a sub-lab in Singapore with I2R and HDB. McCann is an Elected Peer for the EPSRC. She  serves on/chaires international conference committees, and is a Fellow of the BCS and Chartered Engineer.


Prof. Tommaso Melodia (Northeastern University, USA) will be a Keynote Speaker of DCOSS 2021.

Title: Toward Autonomous and Programmable Wireless Drone Networks

Abstract: Recent advances in unmanned aerial vehicles are making it possible for drones to transport goods, monitor disaster areas, and bring various forms of relief, connectivity, and assistance. This talk will cover our recent work on developing autonomous, programmable, and optimized wireless networks of unmanned aerial vehicles in a number of different scenarios. We will discuss applications of drones to augment cellular connectivity while carrying software defined base stations, or to stream live video in cellular networks. We will then cover applications of self-optimizing networks of drones in disaster and in tactical
scenarios, and discuss open research challenges that need to be addressed to enable true seamless and programmable connectivity for wireless networks of drones.

Short Bio: Tommaso Melodia is the William Lincoln Smith Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He is the Founding Director of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office. He received his Laurea (integrated BS and MS) from the University of Rome – La Sapienza and
his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award. Prof. Melodia is serving as Editor in Chief for Computer Networks, and has served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, among others. He was the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE
Infocom 2018, and General Chair for ACM MobiHoc 2020, IEEE SECON 2019, ACM Nanocom 2019, and ACM WUWNet 2014.  Prof. Melodia’s research on
modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, several industrial partners, the Air Force Research Laboratory the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.