Panels at the ICCCN 2018

Panel I: IoT: Hype or Research Opportunities? (July 30, 2018)

Gian Pietro Picco, University of Trento, Italy (Moderator);
Kui Ren, University at Buffalo, USA;
Yuan He, Tsinghua University, China;
Eduardo Tovar, ISEP, Portugal
Lothar Thiele (ETH, Switzerland)

The advent of the Internet of Things promises to revolutionize many application domains from home automation to defense, and from smart transportation to disaster response. Important questions arise: What are the intellectual foundations of the Internet of Things as a research field? What research communities need to contribute to the emerging interdisciplinary problems? How is this field different from other pre-existing areas, such as cyber-physical computing, networked sensing, and mobile systems? Will IoT research be absorbed into such previous venues or does it have a reason to exist on its own as a new emerging subarea of computer science and engineering? The panel debates different perspectives on the above issues.

Panel II: Research Challenges on Networks in Social Spaces (July 31, 2018)

Mani Srivastava, UCLA, USA (Moderator);
Bolek Szymanski, RPI, USA;
Jiannong Cao, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ.;
Sajal Das, Missouri S&T, USA

The panel explores research challenges that arise from the proliferation of mobile devices and sensors in personal and public spaces, and the integration of these devices (and their owners) into social networks with powerful information sharing capabilities. Issues such as user privacy, data ownership, application transparency, information provenance, truth discovery, and source accountability become important in an age where legitimate exploitation of information competes with malicious propaganda, willful misinformation, and subversive actors. Technical, social, and legislative challenges need to be overcome. What role can the networking community play in this important emerging landscape? The panel debates prospective answers.