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ISSPIT 2014 Keynote Speaker

Professor Andreas Pitsillides, University of Cyprus

Nature inspired techniques in addressing communication problems

This talk will firstly motivate nature inspired techniques in addressing communication problems. Such techniques involve specifying a set of simple rules, observed by the behaviour of simple organisms which adhere to those rules, and a method of iteratively applying those rules in real communication problems, collectively achieving global properties as a result of evolutionary design. When these simple entities (agents) operate in an environment, an emergent behaviour, or emergent property, can appear, forming more complex behaviors as a collective, displaying inherent powerful characteristics with global self-* properties (as e.g. self-organization and self-adaptation). These self-* properties are not programmed explicitly into individual entities, but emerge as a result of the design of the nature inspired model.
Two illustrative approaches for congestion control in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) will then be presented: bird flocking and competition of species. More specifically, the obstacle avoidance behavior of bird flocks and the competitive coexistence behavior of species sharing some limiting resource will serve as the basis for developing the two illustrative approaches, addressing two different application scenarios in a resource-constrained environment. These will be followed by a very diverse application addressing information dissemination in nanonetworks, adapting a dendritic metaheuristic for node classification as a maturity process, running locally on each nanonode.
Finally, the talk will close with some concluding remarks.

Andreas Pitsillides, received his B.Sc. (Hns) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UMIST (Manchester, UK) in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) in 1993. Spent 6 years in industry and 26 years in academia (8 with Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia). He is currently a Professor of Computer Science, University of Cyprus (UCY), serves as Chairman of the Cyprus Research and Academic Network (CYNET), and heads the Networks Research Lab (NetRL) at UCY, which he founded in 2002. Since May 2014 Andreas is also an appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, South Africa. His research interests include communication networks (fixed and mobile/wireless), the Internet- and Web- of Things, Smart Spaces (Home, Grid, City), and Internet technologies and their application in Mobile e-Services, especially e-health, and security. He has a particular interest in adapting tools from various fields of applied mathematics such as adaptive non-linear control theory, computational intelligence, game theory, and recently complex systems and nature inspired techniques, to solve problems in communication networks. Published over 230 referred papers in flagship journals (e.g. IEEE, Elsevier, IFAC, Springer) international conferences and book chapters, he is the co-author with Josephine Antoniou of the book Game Theory in Communication Networks: Cooperative Resolution of Interactive Networking Scenarios (CRC, ISBN: 978-1439848081, 2012), he is the co-editor with Petros Ioannou of the book on Modelling and Control of Complex Systems (CRC Press, ISBN: 978-0-8493-7985-0, 2007), participated in over 30 European Commission and locally funded research projects with over 4.5 million Euro as principal or co-principal investigator, presented keynotes, invited lectures at major research organisations, short courses at international conferences and short courses to industry. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer Networks (COMNET) and International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR), serves/served on international conferences as General Chair (ISCC2015, MEDHOCNET2012, ICT2011, EuroMedNet'98), Vice General Chair (WiOpt'07), international co-chair (INFOCOM 2003), technical program chair (MCCS05, ISYC06), and on executive committees (e.g. INFOCOM 2001-2003, and ICT98), technical committees, guest co-editor, invited speaker, and as a regular reviewer for conference and journal submissions. He is also a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee (TC 1.5) on Networked Systems, IFAC TC 7.4 on Transportation Systems and the IFIP working group WG 6.3 (