Invited Lecturers

Thomas Watteyne (Inria Paris), "Getting Your Hands Dirty with the Industrial IoT and SmartMesh IP"

Bio: Thomas Watteyne is an insatiable enthusiast of low-power wireless mesh technologies. He holds and advanced research position at Inria in Paris, in the EVA research team, where he designs, models and builds networking solutions based on a variety of Internet-of-Things (IoT) standards. He is Senior Networking Design Engineer at Analog Devices, in the Dust Networks product group, the undisputed leader in supplying low power wireless mesh networks for demanding industrial process automation applications. Since 2013, he co-chairs the IETF 6TiSCH working group, which standardizes how to use IEEE802.15.4e TSCH in IPv6-enabled mesh networks, and is member of the IETF Internet-of-Things Directorate. Prior to that, Thomas was a postdoctoral research lead in Prof. Kristofer Pister’s team at the University of California, Berkeley. He founded and co-leads Berkeley’s OpenWSN project, an open-source initiative to promote the use of fully standards-based protocol stacks for the IoT. Between 2005 and 2008, he was a research engineer at France Telecom, Orange Labs. He holds a PhD in Computer Science (2008), an MSc in Networking (2005) and an MEng in Telecommunications (2005) from INSA Lyon, France. He is Senior member of IEEE. He is fluent in 4 languages.

Lecture outline: No, the Industrial IoT is not the next revolution. It's a revolution that happens today. With standards such as 6TiSCH, IEEE802.15.4 TSCH and WirelessHART, the IoT has been going industrial for a number of years. Tens of thousands of such networks have been deployed in application domains are varied as Smart Factory, Smart Building, Smart Home and Environmental. Off-the-shelve products such as Dust Networks/Analog Devices' SmartMesh IP offer >99.999% end-to-end reliability and over a decade of battery lifetime. Vibrant open-source projects such as OpenWSN are at the forefront of innovation in this domain.

The goal of this lecture is to both serve as reality check about the IIoT, and go get our hands dirty. We will first go through an overview of the key technology of the IIoT, and talk about what standards and products are available today. We will show numerous examples of where they are being used, all drawn from years of experience in real-world deployments. The second half of the lecture will be completely hands-on, and will use SmartMesh IP, the leading low-power wireless solution on the market today, which offers >99.999% end-to-end reliability and over a decade of battery lifetime. We will deploy a SmartMesh IP network throughout the building, and create Smart Building applications, combining SmartMesh IP and IBM Cloud.

Ruggero Carli (University of Padova), "Distributed Optimization over lossy networks".

Johannes Schiffer (University of Leeds) "Dynamics and Distributed Control in Power Systems".

Bio: Johannes Schi er is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Smart Energy Systems at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK. He received his Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing., with distinction) in Electrical Engineering from TU Berlin, Germany, in 2015 and a Diploma degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2009. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, he has held appointments as research associate in the Control Systems Group (2011 - 2015) and at the Chair of Sustainable Electric Networks and Sources of Energy (2009 - 2011) both at TU Berlin. He has been involved in several research projects in the areas of modeling, control and analysis of future power systems with industrial partners including Boeing, Siemens, Skytron, Vattenfall and Younicos. Johannes Schi er's main research interests are in distributed control and analysis of complex networks with application to microgrids and power systems. Current work comprises optimal cooperative control in microgrids, robustness of distributed control architectures in power systems with respect to cyber-physical phenomena and stability analysis of periodic multistable systems with application to power networks. His work on droop-controlled microgrids has received the Automatica Paper Prize Award over the years 2014 - 2016 and his current research is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and an EPSRC Global Research Challenges Grant on "Creating Resilient Sustainable Microgrids".

Lecture outline: As a consequence of the ongoing e orts to meet the world's climate goals, most power systems around the globe are undergoing unprecedented changes and facing tremendous challenges. In particular, the power generation structure is moving from bulk centralised plants interfaced to the transmission grid through synchronous generators (SGs) to a mixed generation pool consisting of conventional SG-interfaced plants and small-scale distributed generation (DG) units connected to the distribution network via power electronic inverters. This renders the current 'fi t-and-forget' strategy of DG deployment infeasible and challenges today's power system operation paradigms. To enable the required system transformation there is a clear need for the development of advanced distributed operation and control schemes, which are supported by exible modern information and communication technologies.
In light of the above developments, the main objectives of the present lecture are:
1. To provide an understanding of standard models used in power systems;
2. To introduce state-of-the-art distributed control concepts for power systems (with a focus on consensus-based protocols) and discuss their design and performance in the context of sampled-data and networked control systems;
3. To appreciate, via hands-on simulation-based exercises using Matlab/Simulink, the (cyber-)physical interactions of power system dynamics and advanced (distributed) control concepts.

Gerald Matz (Vienna University of Technology) "Complexity-constrained data processing with graphs".

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