CCCI 2021 Keynote Speakers

Franco Davoli, DITEN-University of Genoa / CNIT National Laboratory of Smart and Secure Networks (S2N), Genoa, Italy
Mobile Applications in 5G and Beyond – Orchestration, Performance Management and Energy Efficiency


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Franco Davoli is Professor Emeritus at the University of Genoa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering, and Naval Architecture (DITEN). His current research interests are in dynamic resource allocation in multiservice networks and in the Future Internet, wireless mobile and satellite networks, multimedia communications and services, and in flexible, programmable and energy-efficient networking. He has co-authored over 380 scientific publications in international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. In 2004 and 2011 he was Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been Principal Investigator in a large number of projects and has served in several positions in the Italian National Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), an independent organization joining 37 universities all over Italy. He was co-founder and Head, for the term 2003–2004, of the CNIT National Laboratory for Multimedia Communications, Naples, Italy, and Vice-President of the CNIT Management Board for the term 2005–2007. He is currently the Head of the CNIT National Laboratory of Smart and Secure Networks (S2N), based in Genoa, Italy, and coordinator of the H2020 5G PPP 5G-INDUCE European project. He is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE.


    The fifth generation of mobile networks (5G) has been characterized by great improvements in terms of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with respect to the previous ones. Many of these are related to the mobile network segment; however, from the point of view of the network engineer in general, a major aspect has regarded a much stronger integration between the mobile and the fixed network. The network “softwarization” process is largely at the basis of such integration, embracing both switching, under the concept of Software Defined Networking (SDN), and the execution of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), enabled by Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). For the network operator, softwarization brings forth new opportunities, allowing a stronger integration between communications and computing for the offering of new services, especially at the network edge (Mobile Edge Computing – MEC). The evolution toward the sixth generation (6G) will further develop this scenario with enhanced capabilities and more demanding KPIs. In such framework, characterized by the presence of multiple differentiated actors, like application developers, network service providers and infrastructure providers, as well as by extreme dynamicity in user-generated traffic and the ensuing usage of networking resources, network management and control will play a prominent role and will need to become increasingly automated to keep Operational Expenditures (OpEx) within reasonable limits. The goals to be pursued will be, on one hand, ensuring Quality of Service (QoS) requirements and, on the other, sustainability, in terms of energy consumption. This talk will consider some of the main aspects involved in the orchestration of application and network services with the above goals in mind, touching issues in modelling, lifecycle management of network functions and control.

Imad Mahgoub, Florida Atlantic Univ., USA
Adaptive Statistical Broadcast in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks


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Prof. Imad Mahgoub is the Tecore Endowed Chair Professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University, USA. He is also the Director of Tecore Networks Laboratory at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Mahgoub received the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering, and the M.S. degree in applied mathematics, both from North Carolina State University, Raleigh. His research interests include smart mobile computing, vehicular networks and intelligent transportation systems, internet of things, sensor and ad hoc wireless networking, machine learning and big data analytics, cybersecurity, smart health, smart cities, and parallel and distributed systems. His research has been funded by federal government agencies and the industry including NSF, DoD, Tecore Networks, Motorola, IBM, and Xpoint Technologies. He has guided 19 Ph.D. students and 34 M.S. students to completion and has more than 200 publications, including four books.

Dr. Mahgoub is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and the ACM. He is on the editorial boards of the Wiley International Journal of Communication Systems, the Journal of Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and Electronics Journal (Electrical and Autonomous Vehicles Section). He served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Computers and Applications and the Encyclopedia of Wireless and Mobile Communications. He has served as program chair of CITS 2016-2020 and SPECTS 2015, vice chair, track chair, posters chair, publicity chair, and program committee member for many international conferences and symposia.


Vehicular Ad-hoc NETwork (VANET) data dissemination applications are likely to rely on multi-hop wireless broadcast as a key communication method. Implementation of multi-hop broadcast by blindly retransmitting broadcast packets (flooding) is inefficient and can quickly saturate the network, a condition known as a broadcast storm. VANETs present several challenges to multi-hop broadcast protocols. For example, the relatively high mobility can cause node density, node distribution pattern, and channel quality to change rapidly. On isolated highways, vehicles are constrained along one-dimensional path. In regions with many nearby roads, vehicles may appear more uniformly distributed in two dimensions. Broadcast protocols for VANET must be capable of adapting to all these different scenarios.

Several multi-hop broadcast algorithms have been proposed, which can be broadly classified into topological and statistical. Topological protocols use the network topology to select rebroadcasting nodes. In VANETs, this can be a problem, since overhead messaging used to discover network topology may become a significant load on the network bandwidth. On the other hand, statistical broadcast protocols typically do not use this rapidly changing neighborhood information. They measure the value of one or more locally available variables and decide to rebroadcast based on a comparison of the measured value to a threshold value.

Because of the nature of VANET, statistical methods are a promising platform for multi-hop broadcast. The challenge then is to design a statistical protocol that exhibits high efficiency while achieving required reachability levels across the broad range of vehicular networking conditions.

In this keynote, we will describe our research effort to address the broadcast challenges in VANET. We will present adaptive statistical multi-hop broadcast solutions and discuss future research trends in VANET multi-hop broadcast.

Michele Luglio, Univ. of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
The Sky-lift to the 5G (r)evolution


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Michele Luglio received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 1990. He received the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications in 1994. From August to December 1992 he worked, as visiting Staff Engineering at Comsat Laboratories (USA). From 1995 to 2004 he was research and teaching assistant at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. He received the Young Scientist Award from ISSSE ‘95. In 2001 and 2002 he was visiting Professor at the Computer Science department of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to teach Satellite Networks class. From 2004 to present he is associate professor of telecommunications at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. In 2009 he received the Innovation Award from Telespazio. He teaches “Internet via Satellite” and “Telecommunications Fundamentals”. He works in the frame of ESA, ASI, EC, MIUR, MISE projects on designing innovative satellite communications systems for multimedia services, both mobile and fixed, and coordinates the laboratory of the Satellite Multimedia Group at University of Rome Tor Vergata ( His research is focused on network protocols, resource management, heterogeneous networks and on 5G development with particular regard to satellite systems. He was keynote speaker at AICT 2016 (Baku – Arzebaijan) and at ISAECT 2018 (Rabat – Morocco). He was general co-chair of IEEE ISNCC 2018, of ISAECT 2019 and ISAECT 2020. He was Technical Program Co-Chair of IEEE ISNCC 2019 and IEEE ISNCC 2020. He was track chair of “Satellites IoT and M2M Networks” at the Intern. Conference on Smart Applications, Networking and Communications (SmartNets 2018 and SmartNets 2019). He was track chair of Global 2020 Congress on Networking and Communications (GC-NetCom 2020) and of IEEE ISNCC 2020. He is Technical program chair e member of the Steering and Advisory Board Committee of ISNCC 2021. He is general co-chair of ISAECT 2021. He is member of the editorial board of China Communications and of IAENG Engineering letters. He is associated editor of Space Communications section of Frontiers in Space Technologies. He was guest editor of the Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks for the special issue on "Advanced Technologies for Smart Cities" in 2019/20 and in 2020/21. From 2018 to 2021 he was affiliated also to the Italian Space Agency. He has been the Italian expert delegate and co-chair of the advisory committee 5JAC of ESA. He is author of more than 170 international publications. He is president of NITEL consortium.


5G is being to be deployed and commercial service already started. The full exploitation of its capabilities is far to be achieved because so far only the physical layer innovations were actually implemented and in limited bandwidth while all the network management capabilities are far to be enjoyed.

The last years have been dedicated to progress in the design and development of innovative services and applications to properly and fruitfully use the satellite to complement terrestrial component to satisfy the requirements of 5G. Moreover, the adaption of the communication standard has been pursued.

Last but not least the advent of megaconstellations seems to be the technical solution but on the basis of available information some considerations will be shared.

Sasitharan (Sasi) Balasubramaniam, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Molecular Communications: Bridging Theoretical and Experimental Research


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Sasitharan (Sasi) Balasubramaniam received the Bachelors of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) from the University of Queensland, 1998, Masters of Engineering Science (Computer and Communication Engineering) from the Queensland University of Technology, 1999, and the Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Queensland, 2005. Sasi is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. He was previously the Director of Research at Walton Institute, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland and was also previously an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at Tampere University, Finland. His research interests includes molecular communications modeling and simulations, neural communication and nano networks brain implants, as well as the Internet of Bio -Nano Things (IoBNT). Sasi is currently an IEEE Senior Member and an ACM Member. He is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-scale Communications, and Editor for Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He was previously an Associate Editor for IEEE Internet of Things journal. In 2018 he was the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Nanotechnology Council.


The emerging field of molecular communication aims to create a communication systems infrastructure that is constructed using biological components and systems that are found in nature. The development of such communication systems is possible through the combination of nanotechnology as well as synthetic biology, enabling biological cells to be reprogrammed in a similar manner as a computing device. The seminar will start with a general introduction to the field of molecular communications and then focus on a number of different example models that have been proposed. These includes bacteria that are used to create digital synthetic gates that can communicate and interconnect into circuits, calcium signaling and its properties in neuronal networks. The seminar will also touch on some example bio-nanomachine developments such as hydrogel based system that encapsulates engineered cells for communications. Lastly, the seminar will discuss a new paradigm known as the Internet of Bio-Nano Things.