Keynote Speaker #1

Title: Coalitional Game with Application in Cloud Computing

Dusit Niyato, Ph.D., IEEE Fellow
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

This talk will first provide a gentle introduction to coalitional game. The coalitional game has been emerged as an alternative tool to noncooperative game and classical optimization to analyze cooperative behavior of agents to achieve their collective objective. The basic concepts of coalitional game in different forms will be presented. We then discuss the solutions and outline the algorithmic aspects of the game. Then, we focus on the application of coalitional game in cloud computing. In particular, we consider federated cloud in which cloud service providers can cooperate to form coalitions to achieve better performance and reduced cost in hosting cloud services for users. The stability notion of the coalition formation will be discussed.

Dusit Niyato is currently an associate professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, at the 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. He has published more than 300 technical papers in the area of wireless and mobile networking, and is an inventor of four US and German patents. His works have received more than 13,600 citations (Google Scholar) with H-Index of 57. He has authored four books including "Game Theory in Wireless and Communication Networks: Theory, Models, and Applications" with Cambridge University Press. He won the Best Young Researcher Award of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Asia Pacific (AP) and The 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award. Currently, he is serving as an area editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (Radio Management and Multiple Access), an editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (COMST), and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (TCCN). He was a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Keynote Speaker #2

Title: Applying Quantum Key Distribution Technology in Real-Life Networks

(as of May 24, 2017)

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wei Chen
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Quantum key distribution (QKD) is one of the best-known quantum information technology, which can generate secret key bits between two legitimate parties by employing the quantum laws of physics. Any eavesdropping will change the quantum states transmitted in the channel and be perceived. By combing QKD and the one-time pad encryption, the information-theoretical security (ITS) communication can be achieved.

After more than 30 years of researches, great progresses have been made either in theory and experiment. For the last 10 years, a number of new challenges and opportunities have emerged along with development of QKD, especially in the field of real-life applications. The gaps between theoretical QKD protocols and practical QKD systems are thorough research and some achievable quantum hacking methods are proposed and experimentally demonstrated. This challenge animates the researcher to promote the technologies, as well as design the novel protocols requiring less presumptions. Measurement device independent (MDI) and round-robin differential phase shift (RRDPS) QKD protocols are two types of valuable protocols with substantial application prospect based on different mechanisms with BB84 protocol. Some representative experiments of these novel protocols will be introduced and discussed.

On the other side, one big step to push forward QKD from lab to real-life applications is to develop practical QKD systems and to deploy them in field test networks. Several metropolitan and wide-area networks have been built in China, which greatly promote the research and application process of quantum communication technology. This important progress will be briefly introduced.

Finally, some new technologies have been introduced into quantum field nowadays, especially the integrated optics technology. The integrated QKD chips have great potential to promote the performance of QKD systems, as well as saving their costs. This important new branch will be concisely presented and discussed.

Wei Chen has received his Dr.’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2008. He is currently the associated professor of the Dept. of Optics and Optical Engineering, School of Physical Sciences, USTC, where he is involved in the research on quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum information. Dr. Chen has make much efforts to promote the real-life researches and applications of QKD. He has published more than 60 papers in this field, including the papers in Nature Photonics, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A, Optics Letters, IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, et al. Meanwhile, he has developed several types of practical QKD terminal and network routing equipment, moreover applied them in the field test QKD networks. Up to now, the QKD networks he built have more than 50 nodes and the total fiber channel length is more than 400 km, including a wide area QKD network between two cities which are nearly 200 km apart.

Keynote Speaker #3

Title: Smart Signal Quantization for Control

Prof. Toshiharu Sugie, IEEE Fellow
Kyoto University

Discrete-valued signals are common in many types of control systems, such as mechanical systems, networked systems, and biological systems. This is due in part to the various devices embedded in these systems, such as low resolution D/A converters and ON/OFF actuators. Because of the low resolution of discrete-valued signals, the control performance could be degraded severely. In such case, signal quantization, which map the continuous-valued signals to the (specified) discrete-valued signals, plays a crucial role. In this talk, dynamic quantizers which outperform the conventional (static) quantizers are introduced, and their optimal structure and the performance limit are clarified. Experimental results using several mechatronics systems are shown as well as illustrative numerical simulation results. Furthermore, some application examples of quantized control are given.

Toshiharu Sugie received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering form Kyoto University, Japan, in 1976, 1978 and 1985, respectively. Since 1998, he has been a Professor at the Department of Systems Science, Kyoto University. He was a research member of Musashino Electric Communication Laboratory in Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, Japan (1978-1980), a Research Associate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Osaka Prefecture (1984-1988), and an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Systems Science, Kyoto University (1988-1997). His research interests are in robust control, system identification, numerical optimization, and control application to mechanical systems. He received several Outstanding Paper Awards from SICE (the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, Japan ) and ISCIE (the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers, Japan ) . He serves as Editor of Automatica since 2008. He was also an Associate Editor of Automatica (1998-2008), Asian Journal of Control (1998-2005) and International Journal of Systems Science (2003-2005). He is a Fellow of IEEE, and was a vice president of SICE (2015-2016).

Keynote Speaker #4

Title: Distributed Simulation in the Cloud

Prof. Stephen John Turner, MA, MSc, PhD, CITP, CEng
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

Cloud computing presents interesting new opportunities for large scale discrete simulation, but also raises some challenging problems that that need to be addressed. We will start by giving an overview of the motivation, concepts and characteristics of cloud computing and its underlying virtualization technologies. This will be followed by a gentle introduction to modeling and simulation techniques and how distributed simulation can be used to solve complex system problems. The high-level architecture (HLA) for simulation, a widely-used general purpose architecture for distributed simulation will also be briefly outlined.

Subsequently, we will discuss some execution choices and performance considerations when executing distributed simulations in the cloud. We will describe our work in implementing HLA-based simulations using virtualization technologies, and problems such as resource provisioning and hierarchical resource management. Lastly, we will outline interesting directions for future research, including the idea of offering Modeling & Simulation as a Service, with the advantage of being able to hide many of the complications of executing large distributed simulations.

Stephen John Turner is Expert / Professor in the Computer Engineering Department at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand). He was Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) until 2015, having joined the University as an Associate Professor in 2000. During that time, he was Director of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Centre and subsequently Head of the Networks and Distributed Systems Division. He currently teaches a range of courses including Simulation and Modeling and Computer Architecture.

He received his MA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Cambridge University (UK) and his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from Manchester University (UK). He is a Chartered IT Professional and a Chartered Engineer (UK Engineering Council). His current research interests include: High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Parallel and Distributed Simulation, Agent-Based Simulation, and Complex Adaptive Systems. He has published around 300 research papers in these areas and has received a number of best paper awards at international conferences for his research.