Panel Discussion

Interdisciplinary Topics in Wireless Communications

Wireless communications is a very broad field encompassing many subject areas and disciplines. An interdisciplinary viewpoint, emphasizing the field’s technological, management, policy, security, and application foundations, is necessary when examining it. To demonstrate the breadth of wireless communications and its interdisciplinary nature, this session will bring together a group of researchers with diverse backgrounds to discuss several issues of current interest, including IoT, digital forensics, smart health, and emerging media.

Organizer: Dr. Giti Javidi, University of South Florida

Presenters include:
  • Dr. Gregory Carlton, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Dr. Vassiliki Cossiavelou, Youth and Media Lab, University of the Aegean
  • Dr. Theofilos Chrysikos, University of Patras
  • Dr. J.P. Shim, Georgia State University
  • Dr. Qing-An Zeng, North Carolina A&T State University
Presentation Abstract
“The Impact of Wireless Telecommunications from a Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Perspective”
Dr. Gregory Carlton, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Without question, the rapidly expanding galaxy of wireless telecommunications, and the general universe of data communications impact the lives of the majority of individuals within the developed world. These technological advances that improve our lives bring with them by-products that are detrimental to our wellbeing. Unfortunately, as more people are connected, more access is available to criminals that seek to exploit this cyber world. Even the masses of non-technical data communications users now recognize the importance of cyber security to protect their information assets, including tangible financial assets. Cyber security techniques seek to prevent unauthorized events, and digital forensics techniques seek to provide evidence within the legal environment to deter crime and provide restitution to the victims.

“Smart Health and Internet of Things: Advances and Challenges”
Dr. Theofilos Chrysikos, University of Patras

Reaching out to almost every aspect of upcoming technological advances, the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to provide an eco-system in smart and mobile health applications. Body Area Networks (BAN) provide a complex propagation environment with many challenges and intrinsic characteristics. The need for a new generation of bio-sensors and recent advances in on-body and in-body channel modeling pave the way for new solutions and immediate future work concerning the real-time monitoring of patients. The reliability of these designated solutions depends strongly on the robust deployment of IoT in, on and around the human body. The panelist will discuss recent findings and the next steps necessary in the direction of modern-day and future smart health platforms.

“Emerging Media - Fake News: The European Union’s Response”
Dr. Vassiliki Cossiavelou, Youth and Media Lab, University of the Aegean

Emerging media is coming together with emerging challenges in the online media ecosystem, like fighting fake news, for the benefit of netizens and the New Economy. Last summer, the European Parliament (EP) had called on the European Commission (EC) to verify the possibility of legislative intervention to limit the dissemination of fake content. Recently, the EC appointed 39 experts to the High-Level Group (HLEG) on Fake News and Online Disinformation. The HLEG will advise the EC on defining the roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders, grasping the complex and international dimension, and contributing to the development of an EU-level strategy on the issue by spring 2018. Representatives of the civil society, social media platforms, news media organizations, journalists and academia of HLEG in regulatory level and social networks, online platforms and startups in implementation level are dealing with methodologies ranging from simple fact checking to Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches to diminish in almost real time the consequences of spreading fake news from real or fake profiles online.

The European Union is today the first and only institutional response in global level to fake news issue.

The panelist will analyze the role of the EU in fighting fake news and disinformation over current online and emerging media in both regulatory and implementation level.

“Internet of Things: Multi-Faceted Perspectives”
Dr. J.P. Shim, Georgia State University

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a leading-edge and sensational topic in Information Systems field. In a hyper-connected economy and environment, IoT can transform business and society radically. Numerous physical devices are being produced with software and connectivity, making then what is commonly referred to as ‘smart devices’. The connectivity can be described as instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. Building on research experiences on IoT, the panelist will highlight multi-faceted perspectives about Internet of Things, i.e., devices; connection efficiency; platform and standards; data analytics; data monetization; security/cybersecurity, privacy, and compliances; and blockchain technology and IoT.

“Connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT)”
Dr. Qing-An Zeng, North Carolina A&T State University

The Ethernet/Internet network system was first described on May 22, 1973 in a memo. It had been invented for interconnecting advanced computer workstations, making it possible to send data to one another and to high-speed laser printers. Nowadays, the Internet has already become the core communication backbone for connecting electronic devices working anywhere, anytime. This has given rise to the Internet of Things (IoT). Therefore, how to establish the connectivity among different electronic devices has become an emerging technology. In this presentation, we focus on discussing the connectivity of the IoT. Most of the popular network infrastructures/topologies, access protocols, and communication protocols are introduced and discussed. For example, the connectivity of wired-/wireless-based networks, centralized or distributed networks, and integrated heterogeneous networks is introduced and discussed. How to connect the devices, what access/communication protocol should be used, and what local network performance can be reached are the challenging issues.

Speakers' Biography

Dr. Gregory H. Carlton

Dr. Gregory H. Carlton is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he offers courses in Digital Forensics, Security and Privacy in Information Systems, and CyberLaw. In addition to his academic research and publications in Digital Forensics, he has provided expert testimony in court, he is an EnCase Certified Examiner, and he is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He has led a CyberCrime training program through the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime directed to law enforcement and the judiciary of third world nations at the national level. Dr. Carlton also has more than 20 years of business experience working for companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Alcatel, and Superior Telecommunications. He earned his Ph.D. and MBA at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Theofilos Chrysikos

Theofilos Chrysikos was born in Patras, Greece in 1982. He received his Engineering Diploma from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Patras in 2005 and his PhD in 2012 on Wireless Channel Characterization with emphasis on channel measurements and modeling on path loss, large- scale (shadowing) and small-scale fading, physical-layer security and RF safety, under the supervision of Professor Stavros Kotsopoulos.

Dr. Chrysikos is a Senior Research Associate at the Wireless Telecommunications Laboratory of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Patras, Greece) with over 45 publications and 220 (third-party) citations. His topics of interest include 5G channel modeling, mobile cellular networks, small cells/backhaul design and evaluation, antennas and propagation, microwave/RF/EMC measurements and characterization, satellite networks and telemetry systems, IoT and Smart home/cities, Body Area Networks and Smart/Mobile Health, biomedical/biomechanical interdisciplinary research, information- theoretic physical layer security, ad-hoc and sensor networks, vehicular communications, Public Safety/PPDR services and digital cultural platforms and solutions.

Dr Chrysikos is also an Assistant Professor (non-tenured) at the TEI of Central Greece, a selected instructor at the Post-graduate program of the Physics Department (University of Patras, “Digital communications” course) and has an ample teaching experience in various academic institutions in Greece (University of Patras, University of Athens, TEI of Western Greece, TEI of Peloponnese). Dr. Chrysikos is a stand-in Lecturer in various Schools of the Hellenic Army (2014-2018). Dr. Chrysikos has a decade-long teaching experience in the public higher education technical sector.

Past research experience includes the SALUS FP7, PEACE FP7, MIMOSA-Thales and QAPLAT (Greece-Czech Republic Interstate Program) projects. Dr. Chrysikos is currently involved in the Marie Curie Sonnet Project (2017-2019) and is a co-founder and active participant of the Wheamo and Moment start-ups. In 2016, Dr. Chrysikos was the 1st winner of the Falling Walls Greek Lab and a contestant at the international lab finals in Berlin.

Dr. Chrysikos has participated in over 60 TPCs and has chaired three sessions in acclaimed conferences. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and a member of its Standing Committee of New Technologies (Western Greece Chapter, 2014-2019).

Dr. Vassiliki Cossiavelou

Dr. Vassiliki Cossiavelou, Ph.D., is currently Scientific Policy Officer in the European Commission while she is also Senior Communication Adviser at State and Associate Researcher of Youth and Media Lab in the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean, Greece. Dr. Cossiavelou’s research agenda has been extensive, ranging from EU policies on media communication, to media gatekeeping, sports broadcasting, mega-events communication, social media strategies, branding. Her current research interests include EU and USA regulations on media, social media strategies, privacy and security issues, business models in social and traditional media industries, big data, media archives. Dr. Cossiavelou’s papers have appeared in proceedings of int’l conferences such as IEEE, ACM, INFORMS, WTS, WSKS, ICTSMA, among others. Her research papers appear in Journals such as the IJMNT and IJITN. She is a member of several EU and UN communication initiatives as well as International media and telecommunications professionals’ associations. Her journal papers have external references in multidisciplinary journals such as Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, International Journal of Sport Communication, among others and in grey bibliography of Purdue University, National University of Athens, University of Macedonia, etc. She has been regularly invited in European and American universities as lecturer and keynote speaker in media and telecommunications conferences. Outside academia, she has been assigned to two diplomatic posts as Communication Officer in Greek Embassy of Greece in China and in the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU, in Belgium, as well as an External Expert in EACEA for EU-funded programs and as Coordinator Assistant in EC for the Radio Spectrum Comitology Committee. She may be ‘virtually’ reached at her LinkedIn account

Dr. J. P. Shim

Dr. J. P. Shim is CIS faculty and executive director of Korean-American Business Center at Georgia State University. He was BIS Professor, Larry and Tonya Favreau Notable Scholar, John Grisham Professor, International Business Strategy Program Director, Global Leadership Program Director, and BIS Doctoral Program Director at Mississippi State University (MSU). He is professor emeritus at MSU (since 2011). He has published five books and 100+ papers in Journal of Association for Information Systems (JAIS), Journal of Information Technology, European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, Interfaces, ISR, Information & Management, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Human Relations, Omega, IEEE, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Long Range Planning, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Information Resource Management Journal, Journal of Information Technology Theory & Application, Journal of MIS Research, Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Proceedings, and Academy of Management Proceedings.

He received numerous grants on telecommunications, RFID, and eBusiness from National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Small Business Administration, Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and others. He taught at University of Wisconsin System, New York University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Mississippi State University. He was 2013 AMCIS Program Co-chair and has been Wireless Telecom Symposium Program Chair for 12+ years (2005-present). He was on Internet of Things (IoT) panel chair/panelist at 2017 AMCIS, 2017 ICIS, 2017 WTS, and other professional conferences. He is a frequent invited speaker at universities, research institutes, and companies in 30 countries. He has had interviews with CBS TV, Associated Press (AP), and numerous media/press. His comments on business and technology have appeared in the AP, The Clarion Ledger, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Daily Journal, Chosun Ilbo (Chosun Daily News), The Korea Economic Daily, and National Public Radio, and CBS TV, among others. He worked as a consultant for ASE (Booz-Allen Hamilton Subsidiary), EPA, Kia Motors, Hyundai Motors Group, CYR International Inc., and others.

Dr. Qing-An Zeng,

Qing-An Zeng is an Associate Professor of Computer Systems Technology and Director of the Wireless and Mobile Networking Laboratory at North Carolina A&T State University. He received his MS and PhD degrees both in electrical engineering from Shizuoka University. He has over 30 years of networking research experience in both the industry and academy. He was a representative of NEC in Japan and worked as a member of 3GPP Layer 2 Task Working Group and Layer 3 Task Working Group until 3GPP Release 99 issued. He currently holds several patents in the handoff scheme and security algorithm of wireless and mobile systems. He has published more than 140 publications including books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings papers. He is the co-author of a book entitled “Introduction to Wireless and Mobile Systems, 4th edition” published by Cengage Learning in 2014. He is a senior member of IEEE.