In addition to scientific papers, the MSWiM 2014 program includes distinguished Keynote Speakers.
Title: Wireless Sensor Networks in Challenged Environments such as Underwater and Underground
Dr. Ian F. Akyildiz
Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology
Oceanographic data collection, pollution monitoring, offshore exploration, disaster prevention,
assisted navigation and tactical surveillance are typical applications for wireless underwater
sensor networks. In this talk wireless underwater acoustic communication channel is explored,
novel medium access control and routing protocols will be presented. On the other hand, sensor
applications in soil media and tunnels have unique communication problems. In particular, the
wireless channel pecularities in the underground make communication problems interesting which
will be discussed in this talk. Electromagnetic and Magnetic Induction communication paradigms are
explored. Future research challenges will be highlighted in both areas.
I. F. AKYILDIZ received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from
the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively.
Currently, he is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless
Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group. He is an Honorary
Professor with School of Electrical Engineering at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya,
and Director of N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya) in Barcelona, Spain, since
June 2008. Dr. Akyildiz is also the Finnish Distinguished Professor with Tampere University
of Technology, Tampere, Finland since January 2013.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal since 2000, the founding
Editor-in-Chiefs of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (2003), Physical Communication
(PHYCOM) Journal (2008), and Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET)
Journal (2010) all published by Elsevier.
Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and an ACM FELLOW (1997). He received the
1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award and the 2003 Best Tutorial Paper Award and
the Best Paper Awards at IEEE ICC, June 2009 and IEEE Globecom 2010 conferences (all
IEEE Communications Society).
Dr. Akyildiz received the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks
Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award with the citation: "For
pioneering contributions to wireless sensor networks and wireless mesh networks", in
December 2010. He received the 2011 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award
for pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication
protocols and the 2011 TUBITAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) Exclusive Award
for outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship/research at international
He is the author of two textbooks on "Wireless Sensor Networks" and on "Wireless Mesh
Networks" published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010 and 2007, respectively. Due to Google
scholar, his papers received over 62+K citations and his h-index is 82 as of July 2014.
His current research interests are in Next Generation Cellular Systems, Nanonetworks,
Cognitive Radio Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks.
Title: Magic of Wireless Sensor Networks
Dr. Dharma P. Agrawal
Ohio Board of Regents Distinguished Professor and Director
University of Cincinnati, US
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have been primarily introduced for defense application, with an objective of monitoring enemy’s activities without any human intervention, using a large number of wireless sensor nodes (SNs) and a Base Station (BS) or a sink to collect information from all SNs. In recent years, advances in miniaturization, low-power circuit design, improved low cost, and small-size batteries have made it possible for monitoring physical parameters such as temperature, pressure, velocity, acceleration, stress and strain, fatigue, tilt, light intensity, sound, humidity, gas-sensors, biological, pollution, impurity level detection, nuclear radiation, civil structural sensors, blood pressure, sugar level, white cell count, and many others. The magic of WSNs is also expanded to Wireless Body Area Sensor Network (WBASN) as applied to human health. We introduce an interesting application of WBASN in the field of Sports Medicine by monitoring postural balance and stability of athletes in real time and providing valuable feedback to the coaches so as to minimize athletes’ injury and maximize their playing potential. We also consider a fascinating application of continuous, non-invasive wireless home monitoring of patients with movement disorders and Parkinson's disease. We discuss an effective home based monitoring system that could monitor patients in their homes. Final comments are added to provide glimpse of what WSNs can do in numerous areas.
Short Bio: Dharma P. Agrawal is the Ohio Board of Regents Distinguished Professor and the founding director for the Center for Distributed and Mobile Computing in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems. He has been a faculty member at the ECE Dept., Carnegie Mellon University (on sabbatical leave), N.C. State University, Raleigh and the Wayne State University. His current research interests include applications of sensor networks in monitoring Parkinson’s disease patients and neurosis, applications of sensor networks in monitoring fitness of athletes’ personnel wellness, applications of sensor networks in monitoring firefighters physical condition in action, efficient secured communication in Sensor networks, secured group communication in Vehicular Networks, use of Femto cells in LTE technology and interference issues, heterogeneous wireless networks, and resource allocation and security in mesh networks for 4G technology. His recent contribution in the form of a co-authored introductory text book on Introduction to Wireless and Mobile Computing has been widely accepted throughout the world and fourth edition is in press. The book has been has been reprinted both in China and India and translated in to Korean and Chinese languages. His co-authored book on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks, 2nd edition, has been published in spring of 2011. A co-edited book entitled, Encyclopedia on Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, has been published by the World Scientific and co-authored books entitled Wireless Sensor Networks: Deployment Alternatives and Analytical Modeling, and Innovative Approaches to Spectrum Selection, Sensing, On-Demand Medium Access in Heterogeneous Multihop Networks, and Sharing in Cognitive Radio Networks have being published by Lambert Academic. He is a founding Editorial Board Member, International Journal on Distributed Sensor Networks, International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC), International Journal of Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks and the Journal of Information Assurance and Security (JIAS). He has served as an editor of the IEEE Computer magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems and the International Journal of High Speed Computing. He has been the Program Chair and General Chair for numerous international conferences and meetings. He has received numerous certificates from the IEEE Computer Society. He was awarded a Third Millennium Medal, by the IEEE for his outstanding contributions. He has delivered keynote speech at 34 different international conferences. He has published over 657 papers, given 56 different tutorials and extensive training courses in various conferences in USA, and numerous institutions in Taiwan, Korea, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, and India in the areas of Ad hoc and Sensor Networks and Mesh Networks, including security issues. He has graduated 70 PhDs and 58 MS students. He has been named as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, the AAAS and the World Innovation Foundation, and a recent recipient of 2008 IEEE CS Harry Goode Award. Recently, in June 2011, he was selected as the best Mentor for Doctoral Students at the University of Cincinnati. Recently, he has been inducted as a charter fellow of the National Academy of Inventers. He has also been elected a Fellow of the IACSIT (International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology), 2013.