WiFiUS Summer School on Wireless Challenges in the Internet of Things

US National Science Foundation Academy of Finland June 12-15, 2018
Hosted at Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115

Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to usher in the next revolution in connected and networked sensor applications that will create new economic opportunities and considerably enhance the quality of life of the general population. Industry estimates place the number of connected devices worldwide to increase from 15 billion today to 50-200 billion by 2020, with global spending reaching 1.7 trillion in that same year. IoT touches society both at a personal level (wearables) as well as at community scale (smart cities), leveraging the advances made in interdisciplinary fields within a broader umbrella of wireless technologies like sensing hardware, communication and networking protocols, security, user privacy, distributed computing, and data analytics, among many others. The promise of effective IoT architectures that meet application requirements in this rapidly growing space and congested spectrum can only be realized with careful and coordinated engineering vision, and this must be coordinated at a global level. The Wireless Innovation between Finland and U.S. (WiFiUS) Summer School on Wireless Challenges in the Internet of Things, supported by the US National Science Foundation and the Academy of Finland, brings together expert engineering researchers and scientists with the goal of training future students within this domain. The overarching goal here is to present comprehensive tutorials on IoT that covers all the above exciting areas, by extending the solid foundation of the past successes achieved within the WiFiUS program. The school is organized at the Northeastern University campus, Boston USA.

We are very grateful for the time and consideration of the expert researchers from both the US and Finland for agreeing to present tutorials on cutting-edge topics. Please see the tentative schedule here:

Tuesday, June 12
8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-9:10am Summer School Introduction and Welcome
Kaushik Chowdhury, Northeastern University, USA
9:15-10:45am Session I: Riku Jantti, Aalto University, Finland
Title: Ambient and Quantum Backscatter Communications
10:45-11:15am Coffee break
11:15am-12:45pm Session II: Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University, USA
Title: Spectrum – the new “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore”?
12:45-2:00pm Lunch and networking
2:00-3:30pm Session III: Pulkit Grover, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Title: Ultra-Resolution EEG: A novel IoT platform for neural inference with applications to epilepsy and brain injuries
Wednesday, June 13
8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:30am Session I: Robert Heath and Nuria González-Prelcic, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Title: Sparse Signal Processing in Millimeter Wave MIMO Systems
10:30-11:00am Coffee break
11:00am-12:30pm Session II: Pasi Liljeberg, University of Turku, Finland
Title: Approximate methods for fast nearest neighbor search
12:30-2:00pm Lunch and networking
2:00-3:30pm Session III: Alexander M Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Title: Bumblebees and Beamforming — Enabling the Vehicular Internet-of-Things
Thursday, June 14
8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:30am Session I: Rick Blum, Lehigh University, USA
Title: Attacks Against Sensor Systems for Estimation for Internet of Things and Cyber Physical
Systems Applications
10:30-11:00am Coffee break
11:00am-12:30pm Session II: Shiwen Mao, Auburn University, USA
Title: ​On CSI based Vital Sign Monitoring in Healthcare IoT
12:30-2:00pm Lunch and networking
2:00-3:30pm Session III: Student Presentations
5 minute presentations on current research topics and interests (slides optional)
Friday, June 15
8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-11:00am Session I: Teemu Roos, University of Helsinki, Finland
Title: Approximate methods for fast nearest neighbor search
11:00-11:30am Coffee break
11:30am-1:00pm Session II:Randall Berry, Northwestern University, USA
Title: Wireless Network Economics

More detailed information about tutorial sessions is given in the tutorial schedule.

The summer school will provide on-campus (shared) accommodation and meals for all invited students, and in addition, cover domestic travel for US students.
The registration link for students is here. Owing to space limitations, we have very limited spots for students from teams that are not participating within the WiFiUS projects.

Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2018

450 Parker St. Boston, MA 02115 (West Village G – Room 108)

WiFIUS US Coordinator and Summer School Organizer:
Kaushik Chowdhury. Email: krc@ece.neu.edu