Workshop Program

January 4th, 2018, IIT-BHU, India

Venue Details:

  • Inaugural Ceremony and common keynotes will be held at Venue 1, The Gopal Tripathi Auditorium, Chemical Engineering Department, IIT(BHU)
  • ComNet-IoT workshop will be held at Venue 2, 1st Floor Hall above The Gopal Tripathi Auditorium, Chemical Engineering Department, IIT(BHU)

Detailed Program

8:30AM to 9:30AM (Session 1): Keynote speech by Prof. Anish Arora, Ohio State University

Title: Transitioning IoT Edge Networks to Smart Communities

Abstract: This talk shares experiences in designing and deploying IoT based cyber-physical systems for anti-poaching and sound complaint mitigation. We will cover aspects of low power design, robustness, data synthesis, scalability, and security of such systems. These aspects are essential to transitioning these systems, whether as point solutions for individual enterprises or as a part of open data systems that are emerging in the context of smart communities. The last part of the talk will describe Smart Columbus, a large effort aiming at providing diverse community services in Columbus OH, as a reference architecture for open system incorporation of IoT Edge Networks and other data sources.

Short Bio of Prof. Arora: Anish Arora is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University, a faculty-in- residence in OSU’s Translational Data Analytics Institute, and a co-founder of The Samraksh Company. Arora has engaged in research, development, and translation to practice of device networks and wireless sensor networks since 1999. He is expert in scalability and dependability ―in terms of fault-tolerance, stabilization, security, and robustness― of these networked systems, and was made an IEEE Fellow in 2008 for contributions to this field. Arora has led the design and development of many fielded wireless networked systems across several application areas. Ongoing related efforts in the Smart and Connected Community context include sound complaint classification (SONYC in New York City), Anti-Poacher Surveillance Networks (HORNNET in South Africa and India), bicycle-pedestrian monitoring sensor networks (PedoCyc at OSU), and Tuscarora software framework (open-sourced by DARPA) for supporting development of application-specific networks. He is currently a member of OSU’s Smart Columbus core team, which is working on smart and connected community projects including some in low-income areas.

9:30 AM to 10:00AM: Coffee Break

10:00AM to 12:00 PM (Session 2): Technical paper presentation

  1. Paper 5: Imbalanced Big Data Classification: A Distributed Implementation of SMOTE: Avnish Rastogi, Nitin Narang and Zamir Siddiqui, HCL Technologies
  2. Paper 4: ZU-Mean: Fingerprinting based Device Localization Methods for IoT in the Presence of Additive and Multiplicative Noise: Sudhir Kumar (IIT Patna) and Sajal K. Das (Missouri University)
  3. Paper 9: SenseDCity: A Participatory Sensing Based Approach: Subhasish Ghosh, Joy Dutta and Sarbani Roy, Jadavpur University
  4. Paper 14: Smartphone based Indoor Localization using Stable Access Points: Priya Roy and Chandreyee Chowdhury, Jadavpur University

12:00PM to 1:00PM: (Session 3): Keynote speech by Prof. Sajal Das, Missouri University

Title: Securing Cyber-Physical and IoT Systems in Smart Living Environments

Abstract: We live in an era in which our physical and personal environments are becoming increasingly smarter due to pervasive sensing and actuation, wireless networking, and ubiquitous computing capabilities. In future, our daily lives will depend on a wide variety of smart cyber-physical infrastructures, such as smart cities and buildings, smart energy, smart transportation, smart healthcare, etc. Alongside the availability of IoTs and sensor-enabled rich mobile devices (e.g., smartphones) are also empowering humans with fine-grained information and opinion collection through crowdsensing about events of interest, resulting in actionable inferences and decisions. This synergy has led to cyber-physical-social (CPS) convergence with human in the loop that exhibits complex interactions, interdependencies and adaptations among engineered/natural systems with a goal to improve quality of life in what we call smart living. However, due to the scale, heterogeneity, big data, and resource limitations in context recognition and situation awareness, the IoTs and CPS networks. are extremely vulnerable to failures, attacks and security threats. This talk will highlight unique research challenges in securing CPS and IoT systems, followed by novel security frameworks. The proposed solutions will be based on a rich set of theoretical and practical design principles, such as context-aware data collection and fusion, uncertainty reasoning, information theory, and trust models. The talk will be concluded with directions for future research.

Short Bio of Prof. Das: Dr. Sajal K. Das is an IEEE Fellow and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair Professor of Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla where he was the Chair of Computer Science Department during 2013-2017. He also served the NSF as a Program Director in the Division of Computer Networks and Systems during 2008-2011. Prior to 2013 he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems and smart environments including smart grid and smart healthcare, distributed and cloud computing, security and privacy, biological and social networks. He has published over 600 research articles in high quality journals and conferences, 52 book chapters, and 5 US patents. He coauthored four books – “Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications” (John Wiley, 2005); “Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges” (Morgan Kaufman, 2012); “Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking” (Wiley, 2012); and “Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach” (Cambridge University Press, 2017). According to DBLP Dr. Das is one of the most prolific authors in computer science. His h-index is 78 with more than 24,000 citations according to Google Scholar. He is a recipient of 10 Best Paper Awards in prestigious conferences (e.g., ACM MobiCom and IEEE PerCom) and numerous awards for research, teaching, mentoring and professional services, including IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal and serves as Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. A founder of IEEE PerCom, IEEE WoWMoM, IEEE SMARTCOMP, and ICDCN conferences, he has served on numerous conference committees as General Chair, Technical Program Chair, or Program Committee member.

1:00PM - 2:00PM: Lunch Break

2:00PM to 4:00PM (Session 4): Invited Talks

  1. A neurally viable model of sequential eye-movements,Prof. Supriya Ray, Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad
  2. Smart Home and Smart Appliance Control: Past Efforts and New Challenges,” Prof. Keiichi Yasumoto, Nara Institute of Technology, Japan
  3. A Cross-Domain IoT Framework for Human Activity and Behavior Recognition,Prof. Nirmalya Roy, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  4. Smart Cities –Technical Challenges and Opportunities,” Dr. Hemant Rath, TCS Research & Innovation

4:00PM to 4:30PM: Coffee break

4:30PM to 5:30PM (Session 5): Panel Discussion

Topic: Data Analytics on IoT: Applications, Impacts and Vulnerabilities

Moderator: Sathya Peri (IIT Hyderabad, India) and Nirmalya Roy (UMBC)


  • Dr. Vandana Janeja, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Dr. Arijit Mukherjee, TCS Research & Innovation
  • Prof. Nandini Mukherjee, Jadavpur University
  • Dr. Chiranjib Sur, Shell Technology Center
  • Dr. Hirozumi Yamaguchi, Osaka University