Seventh Van der Meulen Seminar

Seventh Van der Meulen Seminar

The Seventh Van der Meulen Seminar (an IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory activity) will be held at the University of Twente on Thursday April 12, 2018. The theme of the seminar is “Advances in Wireless Networks”, and it will take place in conjunction with Berksan Serbetci’s defense of his PhD thesis “Caching and Network Coding for Smart Radio Access”. Information is provided below.

Date: Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Location: University of Twente ( directions , campus map ), Building  Ravelijn, room 2502.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is appreciated by sending an email to 


13.00 - 13.30  Welcome and coffee
13.30 - 14.00

 Hans van den Berg – TNO, University of Twente, CWI

5G Mobile Networks: Challenges for Design and Optimization

14.00 - 14.30

Fernando Kuipers – Delft University of Technology

Security Vulnerabilities in LoRaWAN

14.30 - 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 - 15.45

IEEE Information Theory Society Distinguished Lecture

Osvaldo Simeone – King’s College London

Fog-Aided Wireless Networks for Content Delivery: An Information-Theoretic View 

16.30 - 18.00

Public defense Berksan Serbetci

Caching and Network Coding for Smart Radio Access

[Location: Building Waaier, room 4]

18.00 - 19.30 Reception

Speakers & Abstracts

Osvaldo Simeone, " Fog-Aided Wireless Networks for Content Delivery: An Information-Theoretic View"

Abstract: Fog-aided wireless networks are an emerging class of wireless systems that leverage the synergy and complementarity of cloudification and edge processing. The operation of fog-aided wireless networks requires the management of the communication, caching and computing resources at the cloud and at the edge, as well as to the transmission on the fronthaul net- work connecting cloud and edge. In this talk, the problem of optimizing fog networking for content delivery will be discussed using information the- oretic tools under the assumption of offline caching. Considering practical constraints on fronthaul and wireless transmissions, fundamental theoretical insights and algorithmic guidelines will be discussed. This work has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 725731).

Biography: Osvaldo Simeone is a Professor of Information Engineering with the Cen- tre for Telecommunications Research at the Department of Informatics of King’s College London. He received an M.Sc. degree (with honors) and a Ph.D. degree in information engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2017, he was a faculty with the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), where he was affiliated with the Center for Wireless Information Processing (CWiP). His research interests include wireless communications, information theory, optimization and ma- chine learning. Dr Simeone is a co-recipient of the 2017 JCN Best Paper Award, the 2015 IEEE Communication Society Best Tutorial Paper Award and of the Best Paper Awards of IEEE SPAWC 2007 and IEEE WRECOM 2007. He was awarded a Consolidator grant by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2016. His research has been supported by the U.S. NSF, the ERC, the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, as well by a number of industrial collaborations. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Dr Simeone is a co-author of a monograph, an edited book published by Cambridge University Press and more than one hundred research journal papers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Hans van den Berg, " 5G Mobile Networks: Challenges for Design and Optimization"

Abstract: Research on 5G in Europe is boosted by the 5G PPP consortium consisting of network vendors and operators, system integrators and academia and other research institutes, working closely together with companies from important vertical industries. 5G aims at bringing new, distinctive network and service capabilities fulfilling the needs of the future Internet of Things (IoT). As such it should sustain enormous data volumes and support critical, highly demanding communication services for e.g. self-driving cars, robotics in smart industry, and mobile virtual reality applications. However, to actually achieve the full potential of future 5G networks huge challenges regarding network management and performance optimization are faced. In the talk we will sketch the 5G PPP ambitions and discuss briefly the afore- mentioned research challenges.

Biography:  Prof. dr. Hans van den Berg has more than 25 years of experience in ICT research and innovation. His main contributions are in the field of design and performance optimization of (mobile) communication networks and services. He has been active in many national and European research projects and platforms (FP3-FP7, COST, ITEA) and acted as coordinator of the FP7 project SOCRATES (2008-2011) on self-management of 4G mobile networks. He was co-founder and vice-chair of the recently finished COST Action IC1304 “Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services” (COST ACROSS, 2013-2017). He has published more than 150 refereed pa- pers in international journals and conference proceedings, and is co-editor of several books. In 2017 he received ITC’s Arne Jensen Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in the area of network performance modeling and analysis. Hans van den Berg started his professional career at the research labs of the Dutch telecom operator KPN in 1990. Since July 2005, Hans van den Berg is principal scientist at TNO and holds a part-time position as full professor within the research group Design and Analysis of Communication Systems at the University of Twente. Since 2016 he is also affiliated with the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam.

Fernando Kuipers, " Security Vulnerabilities in LoRaWAN"

Abstract: The first part of the talk will comprise a high-level overview of some of my work on software-defined networking, network resilience, and IoT. In the second part, I will go a bit deeper into a popular IoT protocol, called LoRaWAN, and its security vulnerabilities in particular.

Biography:  Fernando A. Kuipers is an associate professor and head of the Lab on Internet Science at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). In 2004, he obtained his Ph.D. degree cum laude, the highest possible distinction at TU Delft. His research focus is on network optimization, network resilience, Quality of Service, and Quality of Experience and addresses problems in software-defined networking, Internet-of-Things, optical networking, content distribution, and critical infrastructures. His work on these subjects include distinguished papers at IEEE INFOCOM 2003, Chinacom 2006, IFIP Net- working 2008, IEEE FMN 2008, IEEE ISM 2008, ITC 2009, IEEE JISIC 2014, NetGames 2015, and EuroGP 2017.

Fernando Kuipers is senior member of the IEEE, was a visiting scholar at Technion– Israel Institute of Technology (in 2009) and Columbia University in the City of New York (in 2016), and is board member of the IEEE Benelux chapter on communications and vehicular technology, the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI), section Telecommunication, and the program advisory board of SURFnet on connecting infrastructures. 

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