The Internet of Everything: Context-Awareness, Drones, and V2X Networks

Speaker: Prof. Walid Saad, Associate Professor and Steven O. Lane Faculty Fellow from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Virginia Tech, VA, USA

The coming decade will be marked by a large-scale wireless interconnection of devices, smartphones, sensors, wearables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and people, into what has come to be collectively known as the Internet of Everything (IoE). Realizing this vision of a massive IoE that connects millions of people and billions of machines requires a major rethinking of the way in which wireless networks are designed, analyzed, and optimized. In this talk, we give a broad overview on the main ingredients that will make this IoE vision possible. First, we introduce the disruptive paradigm of context-aware networking in which a wireless system can explicitly exploit a dimension that has often been overlooked – the user’s context. We will discuss the various components of this framework while highlighting, through a detailed example its promising outlook for boosting the performance of beyond 5G networks. Second, we will provide an in-depth overview on the role of drones and UAVs in future wireless systems. Within this burgeoning area, we will analyze the various performance tradeoffs associated with the use of UAVs as flying base stations while developing new approaches for optimizing the deployment of such drones for communication purposes. Third, we will discuss the recent evolution of V2X systems, and we focus on several emerging problems in this area, ranging from context-aware vehicular communications to optimized resource management for vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Throughout the talk, we will provide a brief tutorial on how to apply emerging and Nobel-prize winning mathematical frameworks from game theory, matching theory, and learning to solve meaningful problems in each one of the discussed domains. We conclude this talk by providing an overview on other related ongoing research in our group.

Biography: Walid Saad received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network Science, Wireless, and Security (NetSciWiS) laboratory, within the Wireless@VT research group. His research interests include wireless networks, game theory, cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Saad is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013, the AFOSR summer faculty fellowship in 2014, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of five conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, and IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society. In 2017, Dr. Saad was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. From 2015 – 2017, Dr. Saad was named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. He currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.

The seminar is organized by the Division of Communication and Antenna Systems (CAS), Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology. The Host of Prof. Walid Saad (Virginia Tech, VA, USA) is Dr. Mouhamed Abdulla. For more information regarding this seminar and research visit to Chalmers, please email:


Category Seminar
Location: EA, floor 4, EDIT building, Hörsalsvägen 11, Campus Johanneberg
Starts: 21 June, 2017, 14:30
Ends: 21 June, 2017, 15:30

Published: Tue 13 Jun 2017. Modified: Wed 14 Jun 2017