Henning Schulzrinne

(Professor, Columbia University)

Bio: Prof. Henning Schulzrinne is Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow, Technology Advisor and Chief Technology Officer at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2010 to 2017. In 2019-2020, he worked as a Technology Fellow in the US Senate.

He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications.

He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Internet Award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition, and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

Title of Talk:- Why don't we all have broadband already?

Abstract:- For more than a decade, the United States and Europe, in particular, have been struggling to provide high-speed internet connectivity ("broadband") to rural areas and to households with low income, but there are still large swaths of both urban and rural areas without broadband sufficiently fast to support telehealth, interactive distance education and remote work - all applications that are now critical in making society function during the pandemic. I will discuss why providing broadband has proven to be hard, even as technology has improved and why the promise of some technology solutions, such as 5G, TV whitespaces, broadband-over-powerline, and satellite, has not been realized. But there are promising solutions that involve combinations of technology, policy and economic incentives. The talk will also address the challenges and attempts to provide low-cost broadband to low-income households, and some of the legislative and policy ideas that have been suggested.

Kristofer Pister

(Professor, UC Berkeley)

Bio: Professor Pister received a B.A. in Applied Physics from UC San Diego, 1986, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1989 and 1992. Prior to joining the faculty of EECS in 1996, he taught in the Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA.

 He developed Smart Dust, a project with the goal of putting a complete sensing/communication platform inside a cubic millimeter. For this project, he was awarded the second annual Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, in 2006, from the I/UCRC Association, for developing and successfully commercializing Smart Dust. He has also focused his energies on synthetic insects, which he has characterized as "basically Smart Dust with legs." Professor Pister was award the Alfred F. Sperry Founder Award in 2009 for his "contributions to the science and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation."

Kris is a co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and the Ubiquitous Swarm Lab.


Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

(Professor, Carnegie Mellon University)

Bio: Prof. Vijayakumar Bhagavatula is currently the Director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to coming to Rwanda, Prof. Kumar was the Associate Dean as well as the interim Dean for the College of Engineering at CMU, Pittsburgh, USA. Prof. Kumar has made pioneering research contributions to computer vision and pattern recognition methods, with applications in biometric recognition and autonomous driving. His publications include the book Correlation Pattern Recognition, 24 book chapters, about 410 conference papers and 210 journal papers. He is also a co-inventor of 15 patents. He is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, IEEE, IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition), NAI (National Academy of Inventors) and AAAS (American Association for Advancement of Science).

Title of Talk:-  Learning from weakly-supervised image data

Abstract:- Deep learning (DL) approaches are becoming the dominant solutions in many computer vision applications. The success of DL schemes depends on the availability of labeled training data. However, there are some applications such as semantic segmentation of images where the needed pixel-level labelling is laborious and may be impractical. Thus, it is beneficial that the learning approach is able to make use of weakly-supervised data. In this talk, we will discuss some DL approaches that are aimed at using three types of weakly-supervised data: incompletely supervised (e.g., test data is from a different domain than the training data), inexactly supervised (e.g., labels are at image level rather than object level) and inaccurately supervised (e.g., labels are noisy).  

Sanjay Shakkottai

(Professor, University of Texas)

Bio: Sanjay Shakkottai received his Ph.D. from the ECE Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He is with The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently the Temple Foundation Endowed Professor No. 3, and a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2004, and was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2014. His research interests lie at the intersection of algorithms for resource allocation, statistical learning and networks, with applications to wireless communication networks and online platforms.

Title of Talk:- Multi-agent multi-armed bandits

Abstract:- We consider a multi-agent multi-armed bandit, where N agents collaborate by exchanging only recommendations through pairwise gossip over a network to determine the best action. Such settings are motivated by distributed recommendation systems (e.g. in data centers for online advertisements or in social recommendation systems). We establish that even with very limited communications, the regret per agent is a factor of order N smaller compared to the case of no collaborations. Furthermore, we show that the communication constraints only have a second order effect on regret. We then consider the setting where a few malicious agents could recommend poor actions (e.g. machine faults in distributed computing or spam in social recommendation systems). We propose a scheme where honest agents learn who is malicious and dynamically reduce communication with them (adaptive blocklisting), thus, ensuring that our algorithm is robust against any malicious recommendation strategy. Based on joint work with Ronshee Chawla, Abishek Sankararaman, Ayalvadi Ganesh, Daniel Vial and R. Srikant.

Constantine Caramanis

(Professor, University of Texas)

Bio: Prof. CONSTANTINE is a Professor in the ECE department of The University of Texas at Austin. He received a PhD in EECS from The Massachusetts Institute o Technology, in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), and an AB in Mathematics from Harvard University. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2011.

His current research interests focus on decision-making in large-scale complex systems, with a focus on learning and computation. Specifically, He is interested in robust and adaptable optimization, high dimensional statistics and machine learning, and applications to large-scale networks, including social networks, wireless networks, transportation networks, and energy networks. He also workson applications of machine learning and optimization to computer-aided design.


C. Lee Giles

(Professor, Pennsylvania State University)

Bio: Dr. C. Lee Giles is the David Reese Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He is also a graduate college Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, courtesy Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, and Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory.  He recently became a Teaching and Learning Technology Fellow and the Interim Associate Dean of Research for IST.

He directs the Next Generation CiteSeer, CiteSeerx project and codirects the ChemxSeer project at Penn State. He has been associated with Columbia University, the University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and the University of Trento.

His current research and research group interests are in intelligent information processing systems such as:Intelligent cyberinfrastructure and portals with a special interest in computer and information science, chemistry, materials science, economics, medicine, biology and archaeology. ,Deep learning with grammars, automata, and rules.,Novel web tools, search engines, scientometrics, web search and measurement., Scholarly big data: large scale knowledge and information management and extraction, information retrieval, entity disambiguation and record linking, metadata extraction, text and data mining, machine learning, digital libraries and web databases, web services and social networks.

Tracy Anne Hammond

(Professor, Texas A&M University)

Bio: Prof. Tracy Hammond (Ph.D. (Computer Science), Massachusetts Institute Technology) is the Director, Sketch Recognition Lab, and Professor, Computer Science & Engineering at Texas A & M University. She is the Chair of Engineering Education Faculty. She is the Member of Institute of Data Science; Center for Remote Health Technologies & Systems;  Center for Population Health and Aging.Her research Interests include Sketch recognition, Perception, Cognitive behavior, Computer human interaction, Artificial intelligence, Concept learning, etc.

Important Deadlines

Full Paper Submission:31st August 2020
Acceptance Notification: 2nd October 2020
Final Paper Submission:12th October 2020
Early Bird Registration: 15th October 2020
Presentation Submission: 20th October 2020
Conference: 28th -31st October 2020

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• Conference Record No 51285