Congress Keynotes

atiq21Title of talk:           Research Opportunities for Edge lntelligence in distributed computing continuum ecosystemsl


Schahram Dustdar

TU Wien, Austria


Abstract: A captivating set of hypotheses from the field of neuroscience suggests that human and animal brain mechanisms result from few powerful principles. If proved to be accurate, these assumptions could open a deep understanding of the way humans and animals manage to cope with the unpredictability of events and imagination. Modern distributed systems also deal with uncertain scenarios, where environments, infrastructures, and applications are widely diverse. In the scope of IoT-Edge-Fog-Cloud computing, leveraging these neuroscience-inspired principles and mechanisms could aid in building more flexible solutions able to generalize over different environments.

Bio: Schahram Dustdar is a Full Professor of Computer Science at the TU Wien, heading the Research Division of Distributed Systems, Austria. He holds several honorary positions: University of California (USC) Los Angeles; Monash University in Melbourne, Shanghai University, Macquarie University in Sydney, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA.

From 1999 – 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG in Vienna (acquired by ProjectNetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. He is co-founder of (an EdTech company based in the US) and co-founder and chief scientist of, a Nanjing, China based R&D organization focusing on IoT and Edge Intelligence.

He is founding co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (ACM TIoT) as well as Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, ACM Computing Surveys, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, as well as on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. Dustdar is recipient of multiple awards: IEEE TCSVC Outstanding Leadership Award (2018), IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2019), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009), ACM Distinguished Speaker (2021), IBM Faculty Award (2012). He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, as well as an IEEE Fellow (2016) and an Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) Fellow (2021) and the AAIA president (2201).


atiq21Title of talk:           Native Intelligence of Future Mobile Communication Networks


Kun Yang

University of Essex, UK


Abstract: With 5G mobile communication systems being commercialized and deployed worldwide, research into next-generation communication systems (i.e., 6G) has started since 2020. Native intelligence is essential for 6G to deliver its promises of being faster, greener and smarter. This talk starts with a brief introduction of 6G mobile communication systems, and then looks into how computation, and in particular artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), comes into play in 6G from different perspectives. The talk firstly looks into how ML is utilized for data-driven end-to-end communication system design that revolutionizes the traditional modular design. Then this talk introduces some interesting new trends in mobile communication networks such as semantic communications, digital twin networks, and ISAC (Integrated Sensing and Communication), all from the perspective of how computation plays a role in supporting native intelligence of modern communication systems.

Bio: Kun Yang received his PhD from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering of University College London (UCL), UK. He is currently a Chair Professor in the School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, UK, leading the Network Convergence Laboratory (NCL). He is also an affiliated professor of UESTC. His main research interests include wireless networks and communications, future Internet and edge computing. In particular he is interested in energy aspects of future communication systems such as 6G, promoting energy self-sustainability via both energy efficiency (green communications and networking) and energy harvesting (wireless charging). He has managed research projects funded by UK EPSRC, EU FP7/H2020, and industries. He has published 400+ papers and filed 20 patents. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of IEEE journals (e.g., IEEE ComMag, TNSE, WCL). He is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IET Smart Cities Journal. He has been a Judge of GSMA GLOMO Award at World Mobile Congress – Barcelona since 2019. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE ComSoc (2020-2021). He is a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE), a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IET and a Distinguished Member of ACM.


atiq21Title of talk:           Blockchain-Empowered Semantic and Lifecycle Management for AI-Generated Content (AIGC) in Edge Networks


Dusit Tao Niyato

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Abstract: The rapid development of Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC) has brought daunting challenges regarding service latency, security, and trustworthiness. Recently, researchers presented the edge AIGC paradigm, which effectively optimizes service latency by distributing AIGC services to edge devices. However, AIGC products are still unprotected and vulnerable to tampering and plagiarism. Moreover, as a kind of online non-fungible digital property, the free circulation of AIGC products is hindered by the lack of trustworthiness in open networks. In this talk, we first present an overview of AIGC and its lifecycle, including content creation, verification, distribution, and storage. Then, we highlight the security challenges in AIGC, and for the first time, we present a blockchain-empowered framework to manage the lifecycle of edge AIGC products. Specifically, leveraging fraud proof, we propose a protocol to protect the ownership and copyright of AIGC, called Proof-of-AIGC. We then design an incentive mechanism to guarantee the legitimate and timely execution of funds-AIGC ownership exchanges among anonymous users. Furthermore, we present the design of a blockchain-aided semantic communication framework for AIGC services to facilitate interactions between the physical and virtual domains among service providers and edge devices. We also design a semantic defense scheme that uses the blockchain and zero-knowledge proofs to check the authenticity of semantic data transformations. Finally, we discuss major research directions of blockchain in AIGC services.

Bio: Dusit Niyato is currently a President's Chair Professor in Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received B.E. from King Mongkuk's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand in 1999 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2008. Dusit's research interests are in the areas of distributed collaborative machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), edge intelligent metaverse, mobile and distributed computing, and wireless networks. Dusit won the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award and the IEEE Computer Society Middle Career Researcher Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing in 2021 and Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award of IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing 2022. Dusit is serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, an area editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, associate editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Network, and ACM Computing Surveys. He was a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society for 2016-2017. He was named the 2017-2022 highly cited researcher in computer science. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IET.


atiq21Title of talk:           Digital Transformation for A Century Old Chemical Engineering


Sai Gu

The University of Warwick, UK


Abstract: The presentation will take you on a brief journey of a century old chemical engineering: how chemical engineers have made profound impact on our life and economic development; how chemical engineering will be transformed by digital revolution.

Bio: Professor Sai Gu is the Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK and the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China) of University of Warwick. He obtained a PhD in Material Modelling from the University of Nottingham and also did his post-doc research at the University of Cambridge. His main research directions are bioenergy, carbon capture, materials, digital technology. And Professor Gu is an advocate of digital technologies for chemical engineering, pioneering the development of Industry 6th Sense technologies. He has established the Centre for Connected Plants of the Future to bring together multi-disciplinary expertise cross the University of Surrey, exploring the development of technology-driven innovation for chemical industry. He has been leading the EPSRC project “Stepping towards the industrial 6th sense”.


atiq21Title of talk:           To be determined


Sam Kwong

Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR


Abstract: To be determined

Bio: Sam Kwong (Fellow, IEEE) is the Associate Vice-President in Lingnan University, Hong Kong SAR. He served as Head of the Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, from 2012 to 2018. He is the associate editor of leading IEEE transaction journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. In 2014, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to optimization techniques in cybernetics and video coding. He led the IEEE SMC Hong Kong Chapter to win the Best Chapter Award in 2011 and was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Awards for his contributions to SMC 2015. From 2021, he is the President of the IEEE SMC Society. His research interests include video coding, evolutionary algorithms, underwater vision.


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