In cooperation with ACM SIGART

The International Conference on Ambient Systems,
Networks and Technologies
November 8-10, 2010, Paris, France

Keynote Speakers

Resource Management in Broadband Wireless Access Networks

Dr. Hossam Hassanein

Telecommunications Research Lab

School of Computing

Queen's University, Kingston, Canada  


The success of emerging Broadband Wireless Access Networks (BWANs) such as 4G wireless cellular networks championed by Long Term Evolution (LTE) and IEEE 802.16 broadband wireless networks (WiMAX) will depend, among other factors, on their ability to manage their shared wireless resources in the most efficient way.  This is a complex task due to the heterogeneous nature of access networks and the diverse bandwidth and Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of the applications that these networks are required support.

Resource Management (RM) in BWANs requires considerations of elements at different networking dimensions and time scales. This talk describes our efforts in addressing the challenges to RM in BWANs in three main directions. The first describes a comprehensive bandwidth provisioning framework for BWANs at different time scales. We address the problem of dynamic bandwidth allocation in BWANs. We then discuss packet scheduling schemes at the frame level that employ practical economic models through the use of novel utility and opportunity cost functions to simultaneously satisfy the diverse QoS requirements of mobile users and maximize the revenues of network operators. The second direction entails the introduction of novel and non-traditional RM mechanisms that exploit network heterogeneity. We show how technologies within a BWAN can be enhanced through joint functionalities. The third direction shows how vertical handoffs, despite their challenges, can be used to the benefit of the service provider; and how the use of wireless multi-hop communication can be utilized in a structurally-hybrid environment to maintain a robust network operation.

About the Speaker:

Hossam Hassanein is with the School of Computing at Queen's University working in the areas of broadband, wireless and variable topology networks architecture, protocols, control and performance evaluation. Dr. Hassanein obtained his Ph.D. in Computing Science from the University of Alberta in 1990. He is the founder and director of the Telecommunication Research (TR) Lab in the School of Computing at Queen’s. Dr. Hassanein has more than 350 publications in reputable journals, conferences and workshops in the areas of computer networks and performance evaluation. He has delivered several plenary talks and tutorials at key international venues, including Unconventional Computing 2007, IEEE ICC 2008, IEEE CCNC 2009, IEEE GCC 2009, IEEE GIIS 2009, ASM MSWIM 2009 and IEEE Globecom 2009. Dr. Hassanein has organized and served on the program committee of numerous international conferences and workshops. He also serves on the editorial board of a number of International Journals. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and is currently chair of the IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks (TC AHSN). Dr. Hassanein is the recipient of Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO) Champions of Innovation Research award in 2003. He received several best paper awards, including at IEEE Wireless Communications and Network (2007), IEEE Global Communication Conference (2007), IEEE International Symposium on Computers and Communications (2009), IEEE Local Computer Networks Conference (2009) and ACM Wireless Communication and Mobile Computing (2010). Dr. Hassanein is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.


Ambient Networks and Their Composition

Dr. Roch Glitho  

Systems Engineering

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada


Ambient Networks (AN), is a new networking concept for beyond 3G fixed and wireless networks. It has its origin in the well known concepts of ambient intelligence and user-centric systems, where the network autonomously adapts to the user’s intentions. It was developed in the context of an IST-project funded under the European Union’s Sixth Framework Program (FP6). One of its key features is the autonomic cooperation between heterogeneous networks. This cooperation, termed network composition, happens at the control layer and between different networks. It is quite different from the more widely-known concept of cooperative communications and networking where nodes of a same network cooperate. It is intended to overcome the shortcomings of today’s static network cooperation (e.g. roaming in cellular networks), which requires off-line agreement negotiation and extensive manual configuration. The need for these off-line agreements actually allows access to only a limited range of services and makes cooperation time-consuming and sometimes impossible. In this speech, we discuss briefly roaming in 3G cellular networks and pinpoint the shortcomings. This is followed by an introduction to the basics of ambient networking as envisioned by the EU 6 FP project. The principles, protocols and algorithms of ambient network composition are then discussed and illustrated by case studies. Research directions are identified throughout the speech.

About the Speaker:

Roch Glitho [SM] ( holds a Ph.D. (Tekn. Dr.) in tele-informatics (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden), and M.Sc. degrees in business economics (University of Grenoble, France), pure mathematics (University Geneva, Switzerland), and computer science (University of Geneva). He works in Montreal, Canada, as an associate professor of networking and telecommunications at the Concordia Institute of Information Systems Engineering (CIISE), Concordia University. He is an adjunct professor at the department of Computer Technology, University of Milan, Italy, and at the Institut de Mathématiques et Sciences Physiques (IMSP), University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin. In the past he has worked in industry for almost a quarter of a century and has held several senior technical positions at LM Ericsson in Sweden and Canada (e.g. expert, principal engineer, senior specialist). His industrial experience includes research, international standards setting (e.g. contributions to ITU-T, ETSI, TMF, ANSI, TIA, and 3GPP), product management, project management, systems engineering and software/firmware design. He is a member of several editorial boards including IEEE Network and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. In the past he has served as IEEE Communications Society distinguished lecturer, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Communications Magazine and Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials. His research areas include architectures for end-users services, distributed systems, non conventional networking, and networking technologies for emerging economies. In these areas, he has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, more than 30 of which have been published in refereed journals. He also holds 24 patents in the aforementioned areas and has several pending applications.

Industrial Presentation

Towards user generated applications on the Internet-of-Things (IoT): Ambient Assistive Living and DiY applications as first proof points

Dr. Lieven Trappeniers   

Ambient Media department

Alcatel-Lucent Bell-Labs, Belgium


The Ambient Media department in Bell Labs (Alcatel-Lucent) is a multidisciplinary team that investigates application trends towards Ambient Intelligence, Assisted Living, Locative Media and Smart Cities that are expected to change the technology and eco-system settings drastically. Our main focus is to enable mass creativity of Internet of things applications by non skilled users in order to achieve an increased value or participation for users, cities or society.

In this talk we will report some first proof points for user generated applications for the Internet-of-Things, highlighting the multidisciplinary.

In the first part of the talk, we will introduce the notion of Internet-of-Thing, and answer some research challenges on what the Internet-of-Things could bring to the user, what are the missing pieces, how user-thing interactions need to be enhanced, and how the user-environment interaction would need to be rethought.

In the second part, we will show how this vision is feasible and illustrate a proof point in an ambient assistive living environment where non-technically skilled people can create & control their own ambient applications: Casensa. Casensa is a context-aware system that can be installed in houses of elderly to support them in everyday life activities. In a tangible way they can define their own smart home by creating the supportive smart behavior of the house and have control over the activation and deactivation of the smart home behavior. Casensa is an adaptive system: when the needs of a person change and s/he needs a new or other support of the system, s/he can in a simple way define new smart supportive behavior. We will illustrate Casensa by a video.

About the Speaker:

Lieven Trappeniers is leading the Ambient Media Department in Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs, Antwerp, Belgium. He received his PhD degree in Physics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2000. He then joined the Research and Innovation group at Alcatel in Antwerp where he initially worked on terminal platforms and broadband service selection. Since then, he gradually moved up from the networking layers up to the application and end-user experience layer. In 2002, he became part of the Bell Labs Applications project that focused on next generation of broadband family applications leading to successful product concepts like AmigoTV & MyOwnTV. He is now leading the Ambient Media research department within Bell Labs that focuses on new ways for users to interact with (and create new behavior in) their environment. Previous research of this research department led to the creation of the TouchaTag venture for the Internet-of-Things. Lieven’s current research focuses on user created, DiY, applications in smart environments.