Plenary Speakers

RAPHAEL JUNGERS is a FNRS Professor at UCLouvain, Belgium. His main interests lie in the fields of Computer Science, Graph Theory, Optimization and Control. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematical Engineering from UCLouvain (2008), and a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, both from the Ecole Centrale Paris, (2004), and from UCLouvain (2005).

He has held various invited positions, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2008-2009), at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009-2010), at the University of L´Aquila (2011, 2013, 2016), and at the University of California Los Angeles (2016-2017).

He is a FNRS, BAEF, and Fulbright fellow. He has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE CSS Conference Editorial Board, and the journals NAHS, Systems and Control Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He was the recipient of the IBM Belgium 2009 award and a finalist of the ERCIM Cor Baayen award 2011. He was the co-recipient of the SICON best paper award 2013-2014.

Title: Algebraic and Optimization techniques for Cyber-Physical systems

Modern control systems are more and more complex. Not only are they impacted by increasingly complicated and multiple constraints (sustainability, privacy, security, resilence, etc.), they are also subject to the increasingly complex nature of computation technology (embedded, decentralized, hybrid, crowdsourced,...). Such systems are often coined under the name of Cyber-Physical systems. I will survey several mathematical techniques that allow to cope with these arising difficulties and at the same time leverage the new opportunities of Cyber-Physical Systems. I will focus on two of them: Path-Complete Lyapunov functions and Chance-Constrained Optimization.

MUHAMMAD IMRAN is the Vice Dean Glasgow College UESTC and Professor of Communication Systems in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He was awarded his M.Sc. (Distinction) and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London, U.K., in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He has over 18 years of combined academic and industry experience, working primarily in the research areas of cellular communication systems. He has been awarded 15 patents, has authored/co-authored over 300 journal and conference publications, and has been principal/co-principal investigator on over GBP 6 million in sponsored research grants and contracts. He has supervised 30+ successful PhD graduates.

He has an award of excellence in recognition of his academic achievements, conferred by the President of Pakistan. He was also awarded IEEE Comsoc's Fred Ellersick award 2014, FEPS Learning and Teaching award 2014, Sentinel of Science Award 2016. He was twice nominated for Tony Jean's Inspirational Teaching award. He is a shortlisted finalist for The Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014, QS Stars Reimagine Education Award 2016 for innovative teaching and VC's learning and teaching award in University of Surrey. He is a senior member of IEEE and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK.

Title: Communication Systems to Combat Emergency and Disaster Scenarios - A 5G use case

The role of communication technologies in the advent of disasters and natural calamities is significant beyond any doubts. However, in the advent of any such incident the wireless communication infrastructure is also partially destroyed and there is a need to set up a wireless communication network using the principles of self-organised networking. In this seminar, we will review the role of SON for ad hoc networking and then focus on a specific use case of SON for application-aware joint RAN and backhaul optimisation.