Keynote and Lecture Speakers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bormann

Honorarprofessor for Internet technology, University of Bremen.
Co-chair of the IETF Constrained RESTful Environments (CoRE) Working Group.

Carsten Bormann, Honorarprofessor for Internet technology at the Universität Bremen, is member of the board of its Center for Computing and Communications Technology (TZI). His research interests are in protocol design and system architectures for networking. He led the IETF efforts on Integrated Services for Low-Bitrate Links (ISSLOW) and co-chaired the Robust Header Compression WG (ROHC), enabling Multimedia Networking over low-speed links (wired and wireless), including Internet Telephony, and the IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks WG (6LoWPAN). Most recently, he initiated the IETF work on Constrained RESTful Environments and the CoAP (Constrained Application) Protocol and is co-chairing the IETF CoRE WG. He has authored and co-authored 28 Internet RFCs, which are in turn cited 197 times in other RFCs.

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Frank Van Steenwinkel

FideCity and Senior Director Advanced Services, Cisco Systems.

Frank founded FideCity in February 2014. FideCity is a consultancy company in the area of “smart cities”. FideCity wants to approach the smart cities from a more holistic approach. Therefore, the legal (data protection, privacy, city platforms) aspects and business models (in cooperation with Vlerick business School) should be taken into consideration when defining architectures and technologies to be used in those cities. FideCity maintains a close relationship with the European Commission and is kept up to date with the latest developments around smart city related topics. FideCity is also providing consultancy for European Commission funded projects in the area of smart cities and smart grid. Frank Van Steenwinkel, the founder of FideCity worked for Cisco from 1995 to 2014. Frank was responsible for the architectures of Cisco’s Smart Connected Communities implementation. In that role he advised on the technologies and architectures. Frank has been working recently in the Middle East region as a technical advisor in multi-tenant city wide projects and all technologies involved around those. Frank has also been one of the key architects for Songdo city (South Korea), which is a complete new innovative city that is currently being constructed. Also in Europe, Frank has been leading the blueprint architecture of the iCity Platform in the iCity project. Prior to joining the Smart Connected Communities team, Frank was leading the Cisco Technical Assistant Center (TAC) in Europe and led several services growth initiatives and worked on software strategy for corporate.


Prof. Andrzej Duda

He is a Professor at Grenoble INP-Ensimag and a head of the Drakkar group at LIG Lab. He is also in charge of Corporate Relations at Grenoble INP - Ensimag. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Paris-South, a Chargé de Recherche at CNRS, and a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. In 2002-2003, he was an Invited Professor at EPFL. He received the PhD from the University of Paris-South in 1984 and a Habilitation degree from the Grenoble University in 1994. The Drakkar group at LIG Lab conducts research in many areas of computer networking and mobile computing: wireless networks (802.11-WiFi, Bluetooth, ad hoc and mesh networks), wireless sensor networks (ZigBee, energy-conserving protocols), future network architectures (advanced routing, mobility, IPv6, self-organized networks), collaborative communications.

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Prof. Roberto Verdone

He is a Full Professor of Telecommunications at DEIS (the Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems of the University of Bologna, Italy). He is degree Director for the M. Sc. programme in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Bologna. I teach courses at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, within the M. Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering (for many years in the past, within the school of Management Engineering too). He leads the research group of RadioNetworks*: RadioNetworks was established in 2001 when he became Full Professor. They perform scientific research on network aspects of short range communications (wireless sensor and ad hoc networks, wireless local and personal area networks and body communication systems), and mobile radio systems. The group also performs research for the industry within contracts signed with large and small/medium enterprises for the design and deployment of wireless networks.

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Dr. Màrius Montón

Dr. Màrius Montón has a PhD in Computer Science by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). From 2004 to 2011 he was member of the Hardware-Software Prototypes and Solutions Lab technology center in Microelectronics department in the same university. In this center, Màrius was involved on several FP7 projects related to electronics system simulation, rapid prototyping and HW/SW codesign. Màrius also was working with GreenSocs from 2007 to 2010 in different projects related to SystemC and TLM modelling, focusing on Virtual Platform design. Màrius joined WorldSensing in 2010 to manage R&D department. Since 2007 Màrius is assistant professor at UAB Engineering School with teaching SystemC-TLM in Master courses and last year computer engineering.

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Dr. Simon Duquennoy

Simon Duquennoy, PhD, is a senior researcher at SICS. He obtained his PhD from Université de Lille 1 (INRIA, CNRS, France) in 2010, and did his postdoc at SICS as the holder of an ERCIM Alain Bensoussan fellowship. His research interests are at the intersection between operating systems and networking for constrained embedded devices, with a focus on IP-based sensor networks and the Internet of Things. He is the author and/or contributor of a number of open-source projects in this area, including Contiki, Smews, and SicsthSense. He publishes regularly in the most prestigious conferences in the sensor network community, such as ACM/IEEE IPSN and ACM SenSys.

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Matthias Kovatsch

Department of Computer Science
Institute for Pervasive Computing
ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich).

Matthias Kovatsch is an Internet of Things researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland with a focus on Web technology for highly resource-constrained devices. He is active in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the IoT Industry Working Group by the Eclipse Foundation, and the Contiki OS community. In 2011, he was also a visiting researcher at SICS Swedish ICT in Kista, Sweden. His background is rooted in electrical engineering and computer science through an interdisciplinary study course. He received the academic degree Dipl.-Ing. (equiv. to M.Sc.) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in November 2008. During his studies, he was working with Siemens Pte Ltd Singapore and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS). At the latter, he also conducted his diploma thesis, developing a ZigBee-based application framework for medical wireless sensor networks. Since March 2009, he is at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and a Ph.D. candidate in the Distributed Systems Group of the Institute for Pervasive Computing.

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Dr. Christos Efstratiou

Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts. University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Christos Efstratiou is a Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent. He received his Ph.D. from Lancaster University, UK. He has been a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, a Research Associate at Lancaster University and a visiting researcher at Sony Electronics Distributed Systems Lab in San Jose. His early work focused on the support for adaptive and context-aware applications in mobile environments. More recently, he has been actively involved in research projects in the areas of pervasive computing, and mobile and embedded sensing. In his current work, he is targeting the areas of social and people-centric sensing and the challenges emerging by the fusion of mobile phone sensing, with sensing technologies embedded in the environment.

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Dr. Mirco Musolesi

Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science at the School of Computer Science. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

He is a Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He received a PhD in Computer Science from University College London in 2007. Before joining Birmingham, he held research positions at Dartmouth College and Cambridge and a Lectureship at the University of St Andrews. His research interests lie at the interface of different areas, namely ubiquitous computing, large-scale data mining, and network science.

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Prof. Andrea Basso

Adjunct Associate Professor Dep . Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, British Columbia CA.

As business angel, startup evaluator and mentor Dr. Basso is currently collaborating with several European and US incubators and Investments funds focused on the early stage technology fostering. In previous positions as CEO of Sisvel Technology Dr. Basso had management responsibility of a team of 15 people (7 researchers and 8 technologists) in the area of video and multimedia, visual processing, wireless communications and indoor/outdoor navigation. As CTO of the Sisvel group Dr. Basso oversaw evolution of Sisvel strategic technology areas and worked on business strategy and new market development. While in Bell Labs and AT&T Labs –Research USA, as Research Manage has developed 22 years of research experience he lead research on multimedia technologies and he has developed innovative services and architectures for IPTV and Over The Top (OTT) as well as the associated Intellectual Property. As director in NMS Communications (USA), Dr. Basso was heading the video product division with responsibility for the definition of the company enhanced services architectures for wireline and wireless video with focus on 3G. Dr. Basso is involved in the development of standards in several international bodies including IETF (AVT MMUSIC), ISO/MPEG (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-7), 3GPP, ITU-T and IMTC (International Multimedia Communications Consortium). As a past Member of the IMTC Board of Directors, Dr. Basso actively participated in various IMTC activities and promotes international multimedia standards. As Carrier Technologies Working Group Chair he oversaw the activities in Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Metadata, Packet Streaming Services (PSS) including MPEG DASH, and 3G-324M. In the context of Intellectual Property Dr. Basso has an extensive experience and capability of innovation. He has 44 granted patents and more than 80 patent applications. Dr. Basso has published 60+ papers, several books chapters, 40+ Patents. He is a frequent speaker in international scientific conferences and events.

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Dr. Jérémie Leguay

Thales Communications & Security

Dr. Jérémie Leguay is research manager at Thales Communications, in Gennevilliers, France. His current research interests are network protocols (routing, transport, traffic engineering, SDN), middleware and distributed applications, and wireless networks (mesh, vehicular, sensor, LTE). He responsible for a R&T lab on networked systems at Thales. He is currently coordinating the CALIPSO project on the internet of things and has been the coordinator of the FP7 iTETRIS and French ANR CROWD projects. He received his Engineering Degree from EFREI (Ecole Francaise d’Electronique et d’Informatique) and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Linkoping University in Sweden. He received a Ph.D. from the Computer Science laboratory (LIP6) of Pierre & Marie Curie University and Thales Communications where he conducted research in ad hoc (MANET) and Disruption Tolerant networking (DTN).

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Dr. Flavio Bonomi

IoXWorks, Inc.

He is Founder and Chief Technology Officer at IoXWorks, Inc. He has been a Cisco Fellow, Vice President, and the Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization at Cisco Systems, in San Jose, California. He co-leaded (with JP Vasseur) the vision and technology direction for Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative. This broad, Cisco-wide initiative encompasses major verticals, including Energy, Connected Vehicle and Transportation, Connected Cities. In this role, with the support of his team, he is shaping a number of research and innovation efforts relating to mobility, security, communications acceleration, distributed computing and data management. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Flavio Bonomi was at AT&T Bell Labs, between 1985 and 1995, with architecure and research responsibilities, mostly relating to the evolution of the ATM technology, and then was Principal Architect at two Silicon Valley startups, ZeitNet and Stratum One. Flavio Bonomi received a PhD Electrical Engineering in 1985, and a Master or Electrical Engineering in 1981 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received is Electrical Engineering Degree from Pavia University, in Italy.

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Industry Speakers

Luca Minin, Technical Team Coordinator, DQuid


Luca Minin is the technical team coordinator at DQuid. Luca obtained a Ph.D in Industrial Innovation from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. His researches focused on the automotive domain, particularly on the design and the implementation of the driver's performance metrics. During his research, Luca served as a project manager and software developer at RE:Lab.

Giovanni Guerri, CEO, Guglielmo


Guglielmo is owned by private investors and was founded in Italy in 2004 on the basis of experience gained in the setting up of geographical telecommunications networks for the leading Italian fixed and mobile telephone companies. Notwithstanding the various technological developments that have involved the world of telecommunications over recent years, Guglielmo has always remained faithful to its own vision of WiFi technology, as a strategic and all-embracing means of supplying Internet access on a mobile basis. The simultaneous and relatively recent spread of mobile devices has borne out this vision, confirming this trend to an exponential degree. Guglielmo invests regularly in R&D with an internal full time basis team. Furthermore financing, through direct contribution, of the WASN (Wireless Ad-Hoc Sensors and Networks) laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Parma. The research activities have generated some of the products currently on the market as well as academic publications of international interest in the field of new applications connected with Wi-Fi technology. Guglielmo owes its name to the desire of its founders to pay a well-deserved tribute to the physicist from Bologna, Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of radio waves and the father of telecommunications.

Dr. Paolo Medagliani, Thales


Whenever critical decisions need to be made, Thales has a role to play. In all the markets we serve – defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation – our understanding of the Critical Decision Chain helps customers to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. World-class technologies and the combined expertise of 67,000 employees in 56 locally based country operations make Thales a key player in assuring the security of citizens, infrastructure and nations.

Andrea Forte, AT&T


Andrea G. Forte is a Researcher within the Chief Security Office at AT&T. He earned both his Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in Italy. The paper based on his dissertation work on fast handoffs for real-time media in IEEE 802.11 wireless networks was published in ACM MobiWAC 2004. Later commercialized by SIPquest Inc. (now Counterpath), the fast handoff algorithm was awarded the 2004 TMC's Internet Telephony Product of the Year and the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award. Before joining AT&T, Andrea worked for many years as a Research Associate in Prof. Schulzrinne's IRT lab in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University in the city of New York. His research interests include network security, mobility, real-time media, emergency and non-emergency location-based services, location obfuscation and privacy, wireless networks and signaling compression.

Francesco Valdevies, Selex-ES


Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. From the design, development and production of state-of-the-art equipment, software and systems to through life support, Selex ES partners with its customers to deliver the information superiority required to act decisively, complete missions and maintain security and protection for operational effectiveness.

Alberto Giusti, Managing Partner, 42advisory



Alberto has more than 15 years of experience as Strategy Manager and CEO of internet firms. He has worked/financed as business angel several digital companies, in IoT sector too. He has been also the coordinator of more than 80 degree thesis in the most important Italian universities (Turin Polytechnic, Turin University, Milan Polytechnic, Pisa University, Bocconi University, Stoa’ University of Naples…) He published in 2006 "E-commerce in Cina. Come vendere online il Made In Italy" Marco Valerio Editore and in 2014 "Crowdfunding - Dai Sogni ai Soldi" Anterpima Edizioni. He is speaker in crowdfundig events and teacher in crowdfunding courses; the game companies where he is business angel partecipated to KickStarter campaign with pledge of more than $ 2.5 million. He is partner and advisor of the IoT company Alleantia. Alleantia was finalist at Leweb Paris Dec2012 and at European Venture Summit Berlin Dec2012; was finalist at Pioneers Wien Oct2013, at Webit Istanbul Nov2013, at Slush Helsinki Nov2013, won Italy-UK Springboard Milan Nov2013, won Italian Venture Forum Turin Nov2013, was finalist at European Venture Summit Düsseldorf Dec2013, at Barca Starta Barcelona Feb2014, at Venture4i Grenoble May 2014, at Internet World London June 2014 and won Working Capital Italy June 2014.