Program Highlights

Keynote: Martin Hauschild BMW

The Future Mobility: How digitalization is transforming mobility of tomorrow?

The automotive industry is facing a transition phase greater that anything experienced during it’s over 100 years history. Customer demand is transforming into an always present, always on, instantly available culture. At the same time emerging technologies like IoT, connected and autonomous vehicles and new players are likely to disrupt current working business model day by day. But how fast is the disruption reshaping the mobility landscape? How does it influence and transform today´s mobility? How car manufacturers face challenges of urban mobility by changing the way they think and act? Martin Hauschild will address these questions in his speech.

Martin Hauschild leads BMW’s Mobility Technologies Team of researchers and engineers. He is responsible for spearheading the development of BMW’s newest Smart Urban Mobility Concepts and Technologies. Among many other projects Martin’s team is responsible for the development and launch of BMW’s Mobility Services. As part of the next leap forward Martin Hauschild and his team are working on new urban mobility concepts and technologies in the context of the fully autonomous vehicle.

Keynote: Prof. Tommaso Melodia Northeastern University

The Internet of Medical Things: Toward Implantable Ultrasonic Sensor Networks

Wireless networks of electronically controlled implantable medical sensors and actuators will be the basis of many innovative and potentially revolutionary therapies. The biggest obstacle in realizing this vision of networked implants is posed by the dielectric nature of the human body, which strongly attenuates radio-frequency electromagnetic waves used in traditional wireless technologies.

This talk will give an overview of ongoing research at Northeastern University exploring a radically different approach, i.e., establishing wireless networked systems in human tissues that transfer data and energy through acoustic waves at ultrasonic frequencies. We will start off by discussing applications of networked implantable medical systems. We will then analyze fundamental aspects of ultrasonic propagation in human tissues and their impact on the design of wireless networking protocols at different layers of the protocol stack. We will then discuss our work on designing and prototyping the first ultrasonic Internet-of-Things platform through a closed-loop combination of mathematical modeling, simulation, and experimental evaluation.

Tommaso Melodia is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Northeastern University in Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow, a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and of the 2018 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award.

He is the Director of Research for the PAWR Project Office, a $100M public-private partnership to establish 4 city-scale platforms for wireless research to advance the US wireless ecosystem in years to come. He was the Technical Program Committee Chair for IEEE Infocom 2018, and serves in the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Biological, Molecular, and Multi-Scale Communications. His research on modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of Internet-of-Things and wireless networked systems is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Research Laboratory, DARPA, and the Army Research Laboratory.

PAWR Panel on Trending towards the Pasteur's Quadrant ? How a systems engineering approach is accelerating wireless research

Can we just have one wireless system that solves everything for every use case scenario? Exploring this question requires a strategic position on the Pasteur's Quadrant. Fundamentally, we need to lay out the foundation on the system level. This need to identify and manipulate the properties of a wireless system, to meet the latency and capacity requirements of applications, has given a rise to the trend of building at-scale end-to-end mobile systems.

The panel brings together academic and industry experts from all around the globe to provide their experiences of building,operating and sustaining at-scale testbeds that accelerate wireless and computing research. The panelists will provide rich new perspectives both on the state of the art in open source frameworks, APIs and Interfaces of mobile systems as well as emerging technologies they enable such as 5G, Massive MIMO, and IoT.


Abhimanyu Gosain (Northeastern University and PAWR Project Office)