Internet of Skills -Time to Disrupt Cellular

by Mischa Dohler (King's College, UK)

Director, Centre for Telecom Research
Chair Professor, King's College London
Fellow, IEEE & Royal Society of Arts
Cofounder, Worldsensing





With the emergence of an ultra-responsive and reliable "Tactile Internet", advanced techniques in robotics and artificial intelligence, we predict the emergence of an "Internet of Skills" which allows the transmission of labor globally. It will invoke an important shift from content-delivery to skillset-delivery networks, where engineers would service cars or surgeons performing critical operations anywhere on the planet. However, cellular access and networking has become highly non-competitive compared to other innovation ecosystems. In this keynote, I will expose how some simple changes in technical design could change that dynamics and thereby facilitate the Internet of Skills. Notably, I will deepdive into architectural and co-existence issues, and I will propose 3 disruptive design approaches.


Biography: Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King's College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.

He is a frequent keynote, panel and tutorial speaker, and has received numerous awards. He has pioneered several research fields, contributed to numerous wireless broadband, IoT/M2M and cyber security standards, holds a dozen patents, organized and chaired numerous conferences, was the Editor-in-Chief of two journals, has more than 200 highly-cited publications, and authored several books.

He acts as policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser, examples being Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, former Minister David Willetts' 8 Great Technology Fund, UK Regulator Ofcom, UK Ministries, EPSRC ICT Strategy Advisory Team, European Commission, Tech London Advocate, ISO Smart City working group, and various start-ups.

He is also an entrepreneur; composer & pianist with 5 albums on iTunes and an artist-verified Spotify account; as well as fluent in 6 languages. He has talked twice at TEDx. He had coverage by national and international TV & radio, and his contributions have featured on the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

Hidden Structures in Mobile Network Traffic

by Marco Fiore (CNR, Italy & UCL, UK)


In the next few years, mobile networks will undergo significant evolutions in order to accommodate the ever-growing load induced by increasingly pervasive smartphones and connected objects. Apart from innovations in radio technologies, future-generation cellular systems will be designed for flexibility and reconfigurability. New architectural paradigms, such as cloud radio access and software-defined networking, will support a dynamic management of network resources that adapts to the spatiotemporal fluctuations of the mobile demand. This vision roots in the capability of mining large-scale traffic data collected in the network, so as to understand how resources should be established, relocated or released in an automated manner. In this talk, I will address a fundamental problem in knowledge discovery from mobile network traffic data, i.e., classification. I will introduce different perspectives in classification (with respect to space, time, and mobile service) and present suitable methodologies for each case. I will also show results obtained from evaluations with extensive real-world data, and discuss their applications to mobile networking as well as to other disciplines.

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Keynote Pic: mobile network cells classified as "short commuting activity" and locations of subway stations in Paris, France.


Biography: Marco Fiore is a researcher at CNR - IEIIT, Italy. He received MSc degrees from University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA, and Politecnico of Torino, Italy, a PhD degree from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and a Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches (HDR) from Universite de Lyon, France. He held positions as Maitre de Conferences (Associate Professor) at Institut National des Sciences Appliquees (INSA) de Lyon, France, Associate Researcher at Inria, France, visiting research fellow at Rice University, TX, USA, and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, and a visiting research fellow at University College London (UCL), UK.