International Conference on Computer Communication Networks

ICCCN 2012

Munich, Germany

July 30 - August 2, 2012

Keynote Speeches and Panels


Tuesday, July 31st

8:50 - 10:15

Title: Networks in Emergency Cyber-Physical-Human Systems

Speaker: Erol Gelenbe, Imperial College, London, UK

Room: Audimax

Abstract: Emergency management systems (EMS) are important and complex examples of Cyber-Physical-Human systems where wireless and wired networks play a crucial role. EMS are deployed so as to optimise the outcome of an emergency from a human perspective, and they use sensor networks, networked decision nodes and communications with evacuees and first responders to optimise the overall Quality of Service to benefit human beings in terms of survival, health and safety, and for the the protection of nature, property and valuable infrastructures. However the use of ICT for emergency management side effects in terms of failures and malicious attacks of the ICT system, so that the outcome will be affected by how well the ICT system operates under stress. This presentation will survey relevant research on wireless sensor-assisted EMS,including networking, distributed control, and knowledge discovery, and focus on new research regarding the increased effectiveness and liabilities that wireless networks introduce in an EMS system when adversaries exacerbate the emergency by malicious wireless attacks.

Speaker info:Erol Gelenbe is known for having impacted the development of the field of computer systems and network performance evaluation and optimization, and for mentoring numerous PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. He currently works on the performance of cyber-physical systems and on the efficient management of energy and Green IT. His work has also directly impacted the development of industrial modeling and simulation tools such as QNAP and FLEXSIM, and as a result, he was elected a Fellow of IEEE (1986) and of ACM (2001). In 2008 he won the ACM's SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award, and the UK's Institution of Engineering and Technology awarded him the Oliver Lodge Medal in 2010. He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Rome II (Italy), the University of Liege (Belgium) and by Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey). He holds the Dennis Gabor Professorship at Imperial College since 2003, and was elected to the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Academia European and the French National Academy of Engineering. His new research projects for the period 2012-2015 are supported by the UK EPSRC, the EU FP7 Program, and the UK MoD. The recent ECROPS fundamental research project on very low power and renewable power proposal submitted with colleagues in Spain, Turkey and France was ranked first by the referees of the European CHIST-ERA program.

13:30 - 15:00

Panel I: Architecting the Future Internet IETF Evolutionary vs. Academic Clean-Slate

Moderator: Malathi Veeraraghavan, University of Virginia, USA


    Ken Calvert, University of Kentucky, USA;

    Hiroaki Harai, NICT, Japan;

    Christos Papadopoulos, Colorado State University, USA;

    Malathi Veeraraghavan, University of Virginia, USA

Room: Audimax


Wednesday, August 1st

8:50 - 10:15

Title: Security and Privacy in Named-Data Networking

Speaker: Gene Tsudik, University of California/Irvine, USA

Room: Audimax

Abstract: With the growing realization that current Internet protocols are reaching the limits of their senescence, a number of on-going research efforts aim to design potential next-generation Internet architectures. Although they vary in maturity and scope, in order to avoid past pitfalls, these efforts seek to treat security and privacy as both fundamental and initial requirements.

This talk will focus on security and privacy in one candidate next-generation Internet architecture called Named-Data Networking (NDN) – an instantiation of Information-Centric Networking approach. By stressing content dissemination, NDN is an be attractive and viable approach to many types of current and emerging communication models. It also incorporates some useful security and privacy features.

We will begin by considering communication privacy and anonymity in NDN and describe an NDN add-on (called ANDANA) that offers the functionality similar to TOR on today's Internet. Since resilience to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks that plague today’s Internet is a major issue for any new architecture, we will discuss some initial research towards assessment and possible mitigation of DoS in NDN. After identifying and analyzing several new types of attacks, we investigate their variations, effects and counter-measures. Finally, we will discuss how to adapt NDN and its security features to environments other than content distribution, using the example of building automation.

Speaker info:Gene Tsudik is a professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from USC in 1991. Before coming to UCI in 2000, he was at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (1991-1996) and USC/ISI (1996-2000). Over the years, his research interests included many topics in security, privacy and applied cryptography. He currently serves as Director of Secure Computing and Networking Center (SCONCE) and Director of the Networked Systems (NetSys) Graduate Program at UCI. Since 2009, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Information and Systems Security (TISSEC).

13:30 - 15:00

Panel II: Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Moderator: Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University, USA


    Laurent Beslay, European Commission DG Research Centre, Italy;

    Paul Francis, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany;

    Gene Tsudik, University of California at Irvine, USA;

    Dirk Westhoff, Fakultät Technik und Informatik, Germany;

    Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University, USA

Room: Audimax


Thursday, August 2nd

8:50 - 10:15

Keynote III

Title: Let's Dash - Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP – An international MPEG standard for Internet adaptive bit-rate streaming video delivery

Speaker: Dr. Michael Luby, Qualcomm Inc., USA

Room: Audimax

Abstract: Recent studies conclude that mobile data traffic will grow by a factor of 26 between 2011 and 2016 and that by 2016 video traffic will account for at least two-thirds of the total. The popularity of video also leads to dramatic numbers on the fixed internet: in North America, streaming entertainment video traffic contributes more than 50% of the downstream Internet traffic at peak periods.

One of the cornerstones of this success is the use of HTTP as the delivery protocol – the ubiquitous protocol for internet delivery. HTTP was not designed for streaming over diverse networks to diverse devices, and thus the end user experience provided by using HTTP alone can be poor. A popular approach to augment HTTP is the following: The provider offers the same video content in multiple quality/bitrate HTTP versions, and each client independently adapts to its network conditions by dynamically selecting and switching to the appropriate version to ensure continuous playback at the highest quality possible.

MPEG has taken the lead on defining a unified format for enabling Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH). MPEG-DASH, ratified in 2011 and published as a standard (ISO/IEC 23009-1) in April 2012, is an evolution of existing proprietary adaptive streaming technologies and addresses new requirements and use cases. With the completion of the MPEG-DASH standard, the industry is provided with an enabling standard for massively scalable distribution of high-quality streaming video over the internet, and the focus has now shifted towards deployment and productization of MPEG-DASH. Towards this end, the DASH Promoters Group was created to address interoperability and promotional activities. The group has rapidly grown to more than 60 industry players, including Microsoft, Netflix, Akamai, Samsung, Sony, Ericsson, Adobe, Cisco, Harmonic, Dolby and Qualcomm. The significant efforts currently under way to deploy MPEG-DASH in a wide range of contexts raises the expectation that MPEG-DASH will become THE format for dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP.

In this talk, we provide an overview of the MPEG-DASH standard, how it can be used, and describe some of the activities of the DASH Promoters Group.

Speaker info:Dr. Michael Luby is vice president of technology at Qualcomm, where he is contributing to the development, standardization and commercialization of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) and Raptor FEC coding technologies. Michael has received the 2012 IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, the 2009 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time award, the 2007 IEEE Eric E. Sumner Communications Theory Award, 2003 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, and the 2002 IEEE Information Theory Society Information Theory Paper Award. He earned a B.Sc. in mathematics from MIT (1975) and a Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from UC Berkeley (1983). Subsequently, he was a professor at the University of Toronto and a leader of the theory group at the International Computer Science Institute. He founded Digital Fountain (1999), which was acquired by Qualcomm (2009). He holds 36 patents and is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the ACM. Michael resides in Berkeley, California with his wife, Maria, and their twin boys Lukas and Alexander.

13:30 - 15:00

Panel III: Cognitive Communications for Disaster Response

Moderator: Alhussein Abouzeid, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA


    Sajal K. Das, University of Texas at Arlington, USA;

    Alexander M. Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA;

    Taieb Znati, University of Pittsburgh, USA;

    Alhussein Abouzeid, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Room: Audimax