Invited Talks

Invited Talk #1

Educational Technologies: Overcoming Barriers of Tradition

Abstract: We will discuss recent research by the speaker and others about educational technologies. The discussion will cover a brief history of educational technologies from early tools to today and will include, inter alia, Game Enhanced Learning, Personal Learning Environments, Social Learning Networks, Virtual classrooms, MOOCs, tools for predicting students’ performance and tools for improving the quality of asynchronous online discussions. We argue that the true potential of what technology should offer in education is not fully exploited yet. This situation is similar in many cases when a modern technology is introduced in a field with established methods and traditions for numerous years. We will discuss best practices that could be used to aid education to overcome the barriers of tradition and we will present challenges for future research in educational technologies.

Short CV: Michalis Xenos (BSc 1991, PhD 1996) is a Professor at the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics at the University of Patras. He was the director of the graduate (2013-2016) and the postgraduate (2009-2012) Computer Science courses at the Hellenic Open University. He was member of the European Steering Committee for the OpenUpEdu Group for the European MOOCs and founder and director of the Software Quality Research Group. He is now leading 4 EU funded research projects and he has lead and participated in over 50 research and development projects in the areas of software engineering and educational technologies. His current research interests include Software Quality, Human Computer Interaction, Human Robot Interaction and Educational Technologies. He has authored or co-authored 8 books and over 150 papers in international journals and conferences.

Invited Talk #2

Fundamental Concepts, Problems and Algorithms for Wireless Power Transfer in Adhoc Communication Networks and the IoT

Abstract: A Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system consists of chargers which transmit power wirelessly and receivers which harvest the radio frequency energy from the chargers. WPT has evolved to a very active research subject, as well as a topic of rapid technological progress and emerging practical development and commercial applications. However, a solid foundational and algorithmic framework seems still necessary for WPT to achieve its full potential. In this respect, the talk aims to discuss different characteristic abstract WPT models (scalar, vector, peer to peer) and present key optimization problems (power maximization, coverage, placement, radiation control). Relevant algorithmic design and analysis methods and performance properties (and their trade-offs) are also provided, as well as interesting WPT notions and concepts (such as super-additive and cancellation phenomena in the received power, notions of electromagnetic radiation control in dense, strong WPT fields and energy-aware distributed network formation in large populations of very weak mobile nodes).

Short CVSotiris Nikoletseas is a Full Professor at the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University, Greece and Director of the SensorsLab at the Computer Technology Institute (CTI). He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Geneva, Ottawa and Southern California (USC). His research interests include algorithms for sensor networks, IoT systems and testbeds, wireless energy transfer protocols, probabilistic methods and random graphs, and algorithmic engineering. He has edited 3 Books (on probabilistic methods, sensor networks, wireless power) and over 200 publications, while he has delivered several invited talks and tutorials. He has initiated international conferences on sensor networking. He has coordinated several externally funded European Union R&D Projects related to fundamental aspects of modern networks. 

Invited Talk #3

Smart Condo: Internet of Things for Social Good

Abstract: The anticipated increase in the world population, people’s desire to live at home for as long as possible and the shortage of health-care professionals make the need to develop technological supports for people with chronic yet manageable conditions, to monitor and take care of their own health. The advancing wave of Internet-of-Things technologies holds immense promise to deliver such supports. In our work in the Smart-Condo project, we have been developing a sensor-based platform for non-intrusively monitoring people at home, analyzing the collected data to extract information about their activities and generating support recommendations, for themselves and their care-givers. We have been experimenting with a variety of living-at-home scenarios and different sensor types and user interfaces. In this presentation, I will review the architecture of our platform, our research methodology, and our findings, and I will point out some interesting challenges for future research.

Eleni StrouliaShort CV: Eleni Stroulia (PhD, Georgia Tech 1994) is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta/Canada. Her research focuses on (a) developing methods and tools to support software engineering activities, and (b) designing and deploying software-based solutions for real-world applications in health care, education and knowledge work. She has supervised more than 50 graduate students, has co-authored over 200 publications and has served in the organization of many international software engineering conferences. From 2010 to 2016 she held a NSERC/AITF Industrial Research Chair on Service Systems Management (w. IBM support). Over the last 6 years, in addition to leading her IRC research program, she has held leadership roles with two NCEs (GRAND and AGE-WELL), the SAVI Strategic Network and a Strategic Project on Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation.