IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems
16-19 December 2019 // Goa, India




Tutorial 1
Day: 16th December, 2019
“Network Science: An Introduction”
Abstract: This a half-day short course will offer an introduction to the emerging discipline of Network Science that has applications in computer networks and social networks, among others. Networks are characterized from a graph theoretic perspective which highlights their structural properties. The emphasis in the course is on quantifying the relationship between network topology and the expected performance of the network under a variety of conditions. Contemporary networks appear to form somewhat randomly. This is especially the case for social networks, citation networks, the World Wide Web, and the Internet which provides the base structure for information networks. With increasing mobility, the nodes and transmission facilities are no longer static but continuously evolve in a fashion that appears random. How we can characterize such networks in a way that can lead to their protection or destruction (e.g., in the case of a biological network through which a communicable disease spreads) is an important objective of the tutorial. The tutorial will define some of the most important parameters of such networks such as their nodal degree distribution, Betweenness and Closeness associated with a node, and the entropy of a network graph. Using these and other parameters, the properties of Random, Small-world, and Scale-free networks are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the scale-free networks which characterize a vast number of evolving networks, including the Internet.

Speaker: Pramode Verma, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering of the University of Oklahoma.

Bio:  Pramode Verma is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Gallogly College of Engineering of the University of Oklahoma, and an independent practitioner in telecommunications as the Principal at PK Verma, LLC, registered in the State of Florida. Prior to this, he was Professor, Williams Chair in Telecommunications Networking, and Director of the Telecommunications Engineering Program at the University of Oklahoma (1999-2017). Before joining the University of Oklahoma, over a period of twenty-five years, Pramode held a variety of professional, managerial and leadership positions in the telecommunications industry, most notably at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies. He is the co-inventor of ten patents in the telecommunications space with one patent pending. He regularly serves on National Science Foundation panels, especially those on Small Business Innovation Research. Pramode’s business experiences encompass mergers and acquisitions while he was a member of the leadership team at Lucent Technologies during 1996-1999. During this period, he helped Lucent acquire significant equity positions in several technology startups in the telecommunications space. As CTO of Customer Sales and Service Solutions division at Lucent Technologies, he created a new revenue stream to the tune of $50M by acquiring software resell, or exclusive, rights to package software developed by third parties into Lucent Technologies’ flagship products. During his tenure at Lucent Technologies he championed the concept of multivendor interoperability as an imperative for serving customers while offering them complete flexibility to best meet their business needs from a range of suppliers. He has been on the Board of Directors of several start up corporations in telecommunications, most notably, Infinitec Networks Inc., a corporation in the telecommunication access space, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 2000-2005 and, concurrently, on the Board of Directors at Panoak Communications. He was also on the Board of 3DIcon, a start up in Tulsa, OK, in 3D imaging. His academic credentials include a doctorate in electrical engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author/co-author of over 150 journal articles and conference papers, and several books in telecommunications engineering. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Senior Fellow of The Information and Telecommunication Education and Research Association. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


Tutorial 2
Day: 16th December, 2019
“Amateur Radio Communication Systems and Networks as a ‘Bridge to Connect Everything”
AbstractIn this survey the audience will learn how to establish wireless computer communications with correspondents in local neighborhoods, other cities, countries & continents – without commercial and governmental infrastructures; How to take advantage of amateur radio satellites (topic: Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Networks; How to exchange urgent e-mails without Internet or telephone connections; How to use amateur radio in a school to save human lives and properties; How to create a local AMUNET (AMateur radio University NETwork) and expand visibility of an academic institution; How to contribute to weather observation (amateur radio meteorology, topic: Sensor Networks; ballooning, topic: High Altitude Networks) and tourism (amateur radio positioning & reporting systems; topic: Routing in Wireless and Mobile Systems); How to choose most proper hardware and software for all the above (topic: Spectrum Issues & Requirements Energy). 


Speaker 1: Miroslav Skoric, a Senior Member of IEEE Austria Section, a retired engineer.



Bio: Miroslav Skoric, a Senior Member of IEEE Austria Section, is a retired engineer. He had almost three decades of experience in computer network administration and system maintenance (Diploma in Business Computing) and in the amateur radio (licensed amateur since 1989, amateur radio call sign YT7MPB). He has been maintaining various types of amateur radio bulletin board systems (MS DOS, Windows and Linux platforms) at VHF/HF radio frequencies and Internet inputs/outputs in his local amateur radio union and clubs-societies. The instructor voluntarily served as the union’s secretary and information manager during the nineties – when he was compiling technical and scientific information for broadcasting via local amateur radio frequencies and repeaters. Teaching experience includes several classes in a local high-school amateur radio club; technical paper presentations in domestic and international events; tutorials & workshops on the amateur radio in engineering education, one round-table session, several magazine/journal articles, five book chapters (the sixth one is under review), and a web page featuring popular amateur radio software. Social activities include the membership in IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Education Society, ACM, NIAR, and IAENG. At the end of 2018, Miroslav was appointed for the secretary post in SRV (Amateur radio union of Vojvodina province in Serbia – YU7 & YT7 prefixes). 

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Speaker 2: S. Ram Mohan, Executive Vice Chairman &Director of National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) in Hyderabad, India


Bio: As a licensed ham with Radio Amateur Grade-I since 1988, S. Ram Mohan, VU2MYH, conducted number of experiments on HF and VHF communication equipments and carried out propagation tests, organized training programs, ‘DXpeditions’, workshops, General Amateur Radio activities including public service Communication. Mr. Ram actively serves as Executive Vice Chairman & Director of National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) in Hyderabad, India. His qualifications includes B.E, ASOL Grade-I. As Chief Investigator for DIT funded Pilot Projects, he has successfully implemented the programs on Digital connectivity to Urban/Rural/Remote areas through amateur radio, Study on Propagation Conditions in Coastal Areas earlier and currently working towards a program for implementing Advanced Digital Amateur Radio Communication Network. He was the leading team member for many emergency communications operations in the country, such as Uttarakand Floods-2013, West Bengal ‘Aila’ Cyclone relief communications-2009, Indian Ocean Tsunami-2004, Orissa Super Cyclone Amateur Radio Relief network, Gujarat earthquake. Amateur Radio relief network won him several appreciations in India and abroad. The National Institute of Amateur Radio ( has well qualified and highly motivated members to develop latest state-of-the-art communication technologies in amateur radio digital communication. Related to that, Mr. Ram is currently working on programs for creating 1 lakh hams in the country, as well as working on advanced communication techniques using satellite, ballooning and other latest digital technologies.


Speaker 3: Sandeep Baruah VU2MUE [Previously VU2MSY], Scientist-E, VIGYAN PRASAR, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.


Bio: Sandeep Baruah <>, VU2MUE [Previously VU2MSY], Scientist-EVIGYAN PRASAR, Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, who mentors engineering students at different parts of India. Profile:

Tutorial 3
Day: 17th December, 2019
“Towards a LiFi based IoT Architecture: Applications and Challenges”
Abstract: Current wireless communication technologies, such as wireless-fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth, use radio waves as the basic medium in transferring information. Even though these technologies are widely spread, the need of exploring alternatives to transmit data wirelessly and more efficiently is a must. The reason behind that relies on the current limitations of the radio frequency (RF) band, which include overcrowding and interference with other RF applications. To explore alternatives, much research has been conducted to prove the possibility of using visible light as a wireless medium for transferring data. As a result, a new technology was presented by a German physicist Harald Haas, called light-fidelity (Li-Fi), which is a wireless technology that utilizes visible light as a communication medium instead of using the basic radio wave. Recently, Li-Fi technology has attracted the research community. Various studies have been conducted to improve the technology. However, there is still a noticeable need to support the research field due to the modernity of the technology. Hence, this tutorial presents an extensive survey of the previous studies and projects conducted on the technology, besides multiple leading companies working on the manufacture of Li-Fi-compatible products. In addition, a Li-Fi-based IoT architecture will be proposed, which relies on the collection of data from multiple environments, where Li-Fi is installed. Li-Fi-generated data is analyzed and processed to make intelligent decisions to enhance services in many sectors. The tutorial will present a general architecture design for LiFi for IoT, and provide the design and feasibility analysis of different types of LiFi for IoT models that cover the application space for indoor IoT. Finally, I will discuss researchchallenges that need to be solved to enable the vision of LiFi for IoT, and provide preliminary results for solutions targeting several of these challenges.

Speaker: Anand Srivastava, Dean and Professor, Electronics & Communication Engineering, IIIT- Delhi.



Bio: During his stint with CDOT for nearly two decades, he was responsible for development of national level projects for Indian Telecom in the areas of Telecom Security Systems, Network Management System, Intelligent Networks, Operations Support Systems, Access Networks (GPON) and Optical Technology based products. Majority of these projects were completed successfully and commercially deployed in the public network. He has also carried out significant research work in the Photonics Research Lab, Nice, France, under the Indo-French Science & Technology Cooperation Program on “Special optical fibers and fiber-based components for optical communications” during the project duration (2007-2010). He was also closely involved with ITU T, Geneva in Study Group 15 and represented India for various optical networking standards meetings.

• General Manager, Alcatel-Lucent India (2009-2011)

• Adjunct Professor, IIT Delhi (Part-Time 2003-present)

• Dean and Professor, IIT Mandi (2012-2014)

• Dean and Professor, IIIT Delhi (2014-present)

Tutorial 4
Day: 18th December, 2019
“Participatory Sensing and IoT-Cloud based Smart City Applications: Opportunities, Challenges and Case studies”
Abstract: Participatory sensing is an interesting approach for several societal applications like air pollution monitoring, noise pollution monitoring, road condition monitoring, driving pattern monitoring, health monitoring etc. With the widespread availability of smart-phones among the citizens, participatory sensing has become an effective way of sensing urban dynamics. The combination of citizens as sensors along with smart-phone or IoT as sensors are favoured to build a powerful sensing layer for these societal applications. By integrating data from multiple sources it is possible to produce more consistent, accurate, and useful information about the physical world. This sensing layer has the potential to generate big data. But the smart-phone and IoT devices are usually not powerful enough to store and analyze that data. Cloud environment provides efficient storage and computing facility to handle that data. The process of developing a smart city involves the interaction of different stakeholders like city authorities, public and private sectors, as well as the citizens. In reality, smart city is an overall scenario, not any single application rather a pool of applications, which is impossible without citizens. For better urban governance, the need to plan and implement smart applications for citizens is becoming evident. In this context, integration of participatory sensing, IoT and Cloud can efficiently bridge the gap and connect citizens (participants), sensors, data and analysis to provide real-time services to the stakeholders. This tutorial will address the opportunities and challenges of participatory sensing in IoT based applications. This is an effort to understand the importance of integration of participatory sensing, IoT and Cloud for leveraging them effectively and conscientiously. The current state of the research, architectures, platforms and technologies will be discussed. Further, societal applications like air and noise pollution monitoring which are unleashing the power of participatory sensing, IoT and Cloud will be emphasized.


Speaker: Sarbani Roy, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jadavpur University.



Bio: Sarbani Roy is Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jadavpur University. She obtained her M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Calcutta, India in 2002. She received Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Jadavpur University,Kolkata, India in 2008. She was awarded Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research fellowship in 2013-2014 and joined the research program at University of North Carolina, Charlotte,USA. She has to her credit more than 100 technicalpapers, which include 4 book chapters, 19 peer reviewed scientific journal publications and more than 85 conference publications. She coauthored one book, Building Wireless Sensor Networks: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives (CRC Press, 2015). Her research interests include Wireless Sensor Networks, IoT, Cloud, Social Network Analysis and Societal Applications. She has been involved in technical program committees, organizing committees for many international conferences and also acted as a reviewer for many international conferences and journals. She is a senior member of IEEE and member of ACM.

Tutorial 5
Day: 18th December, 2019
“Automotive Joint Radar Communications: When Hertz met Shannon in a Benz”
Abstract: Combining spectral and hardware resources of various sensors, such as communications and radar, is heralding a new era of efficient spectrum utilization in emerging technologies such as intelligent transportation systems. Such a joint radar-communications (JRC) model has advantages of low-cost, compact size, transportation safety due to enhanced mutual information sharing and performance optimization, spectrum sharing, and better management of inter-vehicular interference. With the advent of autonomous vehicles, all weather sensing of the traffic environment is necessary; a high-resolution radar operating at millimeter-wave (mm-Wave) band and employing a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) paradigm enables this. The mm-Wave provides radar transmission bandwidth that is several GHz wide (~4GHz in the 77-81 GHz band) resulting in very high radar range resolution. The MIMO configuration leads to fine spatial (angular) resolution with fewer antenna elements. Concurrent with this development, today mm-Wave MIMO system has emerged as the preferred technology for short-range communications including in-room gaming, intra-large-vehicle communications, inter-vehicular communications, indoor positioning systems, and IoT-enabled wearable technologies. There is, therefore, significant interest in developing mm-Wave JRC systems. Several signal processing and digital communication techniques are critical in implementation of mm-Wave JRC. Major challenges are joint waveform design and performance criteria that would optimally trade-off between communications and radar functionalities. Novel MIMO signal processing techniques are required since the mm-Wave JRC systems employ large antenna arrays to generate high-gain beams for countering severe propagation losses. Constraints on the low-power consumption and implementation friendly designs are sought, while robust radar and communication receive processing to perform respective tasks need to be implemented. There are opportunities to exploit recent advances in cognition, compressed sensing, and machine learning to reduce required resources and dynamically allocate them with low overheads. While several seminal works have been published, the research field of JRC is vast with several interesting avenues to be explored. Exposure to radar processing, communication system design and a clear understanding of the existing JRC landscape are essential to pursue impactful research in this emerging area. In this context, the tutorial introduces the SPCOM perspective of mm-Wave JRC systems reviewing the state-of-the-art, highlighting the key technical challenges and solutions offered in prior-art, detailing the architectures, system design methodologies and optimization tools as well as providing a vision for the system evolution. 


Speaker 1: M. R. Bhavani Shankar, Research Scientist at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg.


Bio: M. R. Bhavani Shankar (SM’15) received Masters and Ph. D in Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2000 and 2007 respectively. He was a Post Doc at the ACCESS Linnaeus Centre, Signal Processing Lab, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden from 2007 to September 2009. He joined SnT in October 2009 as a Research Associate and is currently a Research Scientist at SnT. He was with Beceem Communications, Bangalore from 2006 to 2007 as a Staff Design Engineer working on Physical Layer algorithms for WiMAX compliant chipsets. He was a visiting student at the Communication Theory Group, ETH Zurich, headed by Prof. Helmut Bölcskei during 2004. Prior to joining Ph. D, he worked on Audio Coding algorithms in Sasken Communications, Bangalore as a Design Engineer from 2000 to 2001. His research interests include Design and Optimization of MIMO Communication Systems, Radar and Array Processing, polynomial signal processing, Satellite communication systems, Resource Allocation, Game Theory and Fast Algorithms for Structured Matrices. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Benelux joint chapter on communications and vehicular technology, member of the EURASIP Special Area Team (SAT) on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing and serves as handling editor for Elsevier Signal Processing. He was a co-recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award, from the Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He has co-organized special sessions in CAMSAP (2019), ICASSP (‘17, 18), SPAWC (‘15, 16) and EUSIPCO (‘15, 16).  


Speaker 2: Kumar Vijay Mishra, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Harry Diamond Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adelphi.


Bio: Kumar Vijay Mishra (S’08-M’15-SM’18) obtained Ph.D. in electrical engineering and M.S. in mathematics from The University of Iowa in 2015, and M.S. in electrical engineering from Colorado State University in 2012, while working on NASA’s Global Precipitation Mission Ground Validation (GPM-GV) weather radars. He received his B.Tech. summa cum laude (Gold Medal, Honors) in electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, India in 2003. During 2003-2007, he worked on military surveillance radars as a research scientist at the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in Bengaluru. He is currently National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Harry Diamond Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Adelphi. He was a research intern at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (Cambridge) and at Qualcomm (San Jose) in 2015, and Andrew and Erna Finci Viterbi and Lady Davis postdoctoral fellow at the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology during 2015-2017. He has been a Visiting Scholar at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering since 2015 and an honorary Research Fellow at SnT – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg since 2018. He is on the board of Singapore-based automotive radar start-up Hertzwell as its Technical Adviser since 2018. He is the recipient of Royal Meteorological Society Quarterly Journal Editor’s Prize (2017), Technion EE Excellent Undergraduate Adviser Award (2017), DRDO LRDE Scientist of the Year Award (2006), NITH Director’s Gold Medals for 1st rank in the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and entire university during the undergraduate commencement (2003), and NITH Best Student Award (2003). His research interests include signal processing, remote sensing, electromagnetics, communications, and deep learning.

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