Professor Xiang-Yang Li, IEEE Fellow, ACM Distinguished Scientist
School of Computer Science and Technology
University of Science of Technology of China

Title: "Internet of Things in the Era of AI: Intelligence, Battery-free and Security"


Dr. Xiang-Yang Li is a professor and Executive Dean at School of Computer Science and Technology, USTC. He currently is a Co-Chair of ACM China, a member of ACM Publication Board, and Co-Chair of ACM SigMobile China. He is an IEEE fellow (2015), an ACM Distinguished Scientist (2014). He was a full professor at Computer Science Department of IIT, and an EMC Visiting Chair Professor at Tsinghua University (2013-2016). He received China NSF Outstanding Young Researcher in 2016. Dr. Li received MS (2000) and PhD (2001) degree at Department of Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a Bachelor degree at Department of Computer Science from Tsinghua University, P.R. China, in 1995. He published a monograph "Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks: Theory and Applications". He also co-edited the book "Encyclopedia of Algorithms". His research interests include wireless networks, mobile computing, privacy and security, cyber physical systems, and algorithms. Dr. Li and his students won five best paper awards (IEEE GlobeCom 2016, IEEE IPCCC 2014, ACM MobiCom 2014, COCOON 2001, IEEE HICSS 2001), the best demo award from ACM MobiCom 2012, the best poster award from ACM MobiCom 2016, and was selected as best paper candidates three times (BigCom 2015, ACM MobiCom 2008, ACM MobiCom 2005). Dr. Li has served or is serving as an editor of several journals, including IEEE/ACM Transaction on Networking, IEEE Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing. He served at various capacities (conference chair, TPC chair, or local arrangement chair) in a number of conferences, including TPC chair of ACM MobiHoc 2014. His research has been supported by NSF, NSFC, and RGC HongKong

Abstract: Internet of Things was proposed about a decade ago, and since then has attracted many research interests in both academia and industry. Many pioneering research projects have been successfully conducted and addressed a variety of challenges in Internet of Things. Few challenging issues are to design a green and secure Internet of Things. In this talk I will give a brief overview of some research progress by our group on large scale sensor networking, passive and sensorless sensing, and battery-free communication and networking. Specifically, I will briefly share our recent progress on localization/tracking and activity recognition using various techniques such as RFID, WiFi backscattered signal, our recent progress on low-power communication and networking using backscattered WiFi signal. I also summarize some of our effort in designing some basic theories related to Internet of Things, hardware and system design related to low-power IoT, and vision about designing secure Internet of Things networking architecture.

Professor Wenjing Lou, IEEE Fellow, AW. C. English Professor
Computer Science at Virginia Tech

Title: "The Internet of Things and its Security Challenges"


Wenjing Lou is the W. C. English Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech and a Fellow of the IEEE. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida. Her research interests cover many topics in the cybersecurity field, with her current research interest focusing on privacy protection techniques in networked information systems and cross-layer security enhancement in wireless networks. Prof. Lou is currently on the editorial boards of IEEE Transaction on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC), ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking (ToN), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), and Journal of Computer Security (JCS). She is the Steering Committee Chair of IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (IEEE CNS), and a steering committee member of IEEE INFOCOM and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. She has chaired the technical program committee of a number of conferences, workshops, and symposia. She is the TPC chair for IEEE INFOCOM 2019 and SecureComm 2019.

Abstract: The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) promises a more connected and smarter world, where the cyber-world is closely intertwined with our physical world. The IoT enables the exchange of information in a variety of application scenarios, each having unique characteristics and requiring unique performance guarantees, and together they bring potentially tremendous benefits to us- home automation, environmental monitoring, health and lifestyle, smart cities, just to name a few. Some significant risks go along with the potential benefits of the IoT. As we add devices to our cloths, bodies, homes, and environments, more personal information will be collected. Some information is deeply sensitive. As devices are more closely connected with our physical world and some are capable of taking actions, data security and device security become critically important. IoT devices have also been exploited to launch the largest DDoS attack in history to disrupt the Internet services. A secure and trustworthy IoT is not an easy task. It demands multiple lines of defense to thwart attacks from both the physical world and cyberspace. It also requires the integration of security and privacy mechanisms into the computing and networking infrastructures. In this talk, I will introduce the network architecture and unique characteristics of IoT systems. I will then focus on unique security and privacy challenges in the IoT. Many of the security and privacy problems are very challenging and call for interdisciplinary expertise from a number of technical domains.