Panel, part 1: Women as creators in Informative Tehnologies
– Presentation of the theme and participants by MILICA magazine – Milica Laufer
Professional experiences in IT: education, professional skills, life circumstances, motherhood, family, personal interests, achievements, shortcomings, challenges…
– Discussion with participants: dialogue on the issues initiated in the introduction and presentation of the speakers questions open to the audience.
Andrea Balind – sofware manager, co-founder at Istros Digital, based in UK
Mirjana Kolarov – co-founder of the first testing community in Serbia, called Test’R Club, Test Architect and Department Manager at Levi Nine, Serbia
Ljubica Vujović – data scientist and an engineer, based in Serbia
Dr Zlatica Marinković – Associate Professor at The Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Niš, Serbia (microwaves and telecommunications), IEEE WIE chapter
Panel, part 2: Women as creative users of Information Tehnologies
– Presentation of the theme and participants by MILICA magazine
– Four speakers, professionals in their fields, will speak about their activities as creative IT users:
parenthood, poetry and net literature, visual and digital art, women empowerment.
– Questions open to the audience
Maša Seničić – poet and writter, Serbia
Maja Djordjević – visual artist, Serbia
Milica Crkvenjakov – game designer and creator at roditeljigejmera.com
Bojana Milašinović, Sandra Tomić – co-founders and coordinators at Spacevent
Women in Information Tehnologies
# women creators in Information Tehnologies
# women creative users of Information Tehnologies
MILICA magazine with support of the IEEE Women in Engineering, host two-session panels about interactions and mutual influences between women and information technologies in contemporary society, strongly focusing on the Balkans and Europe. The position of women and the question of gender equality are one of the leading topics in media throughout the world. The breakthrough of women in all spheres of the society is actually happening. The panel is examining the place women hold in IT. In what manner are women appearing as IT users? How do women contribute to the progress of the industry? Those will be the main directions to analyze with guests lecturers who will speak about their experiences in their professional careers in IT. We would especially like to point out the creative use of IT in parenthood, art and women empowerment.
U.S. Department of Energy(DoE) and IBM signed contracts valued at $325 million in 2014 to develop and deliver the world’s most advanced data centric supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national security. The U.S. Department of Energy’s program is named as Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore, or CORAL program. The DoE CORAL’s goal is to create the world’s fastest supercomputer at 200 Petaflops, offering 5 to 10-times better performance than the current systems at the labs, while being five times more energy efficient and using just one quarter of the nodes. These supercomputers will have the ability to do two billion calculations, one million times, every second; an enormous amount of computing power directed at solving the world’s most complex problems, like questions concerning who we are, our place on earth, and in our universe. This talk will introduce the CORAL program, its objectives and outcomes to the audience. Recognizing that the traditional computing architectures could not effectively support such high compute requirements, IBM has been working with partners like NVIDIA and Mellanox, to define new architectures in compute, networking, storage, etc. The CORAL supercomputers incorporate new foundational capabilities, massive bandwidth, a capacity to ingest and analyze very large data sets, and the ability to orchestrate any number or combination of accelerators. Participants of this talk will come to know about these new architectures being introduced in CORAL supercomputers that are expected to deliver in excess of 200 petaflops of performance. In order to push the frontiers of scientific computing, modeling and simulation, these U.S. DoE CORAL supercomputers are built ground up for advanced workloads with brand new core, internal busses, external interfaces and acceleration capabilities. Breakthrough architecture using advances in silicon, hardware and software are discussed in this lecture. Audience will learn about IBM POWER9 core, NVIDIA Tesla GPU, NVLink 2.0, PCIExpress 4.0, Mellanox interconnect, OpenCAPI 3.0 interface, off-chip coherent FPGA, on-chip accelerators as well as an open ecosystem that allows deep innovations by partners at all levels of the ecosystem, resulting in a complete infrastructure incorporating optimized hardware and software enhanced by the latest open-source innovations. In conclusion, the audience attending this talk will learn about the CORAL project and inside details of the new supercomputers that are posed to put U.S. at the forefront of supercomputing. The talk will cover the new off-chip era, with advanced accelerators like GPUs and FPGAs driving modern workloads, including AI. Additionally, the talk will introduce the OpenPOWER Foundation (openpowerfoundation.org) that is a consortium of research institutes, semiconductor companies and academic institutes. These partners collaborate on technologies and innovations for research and business needs of futuristic POWER processor based supercomputers, hyperscale data centers and cloud computing platforms. Well known OpenPOWER participants, out of over 250+ members, include IBM, Google, Tyan, NVIDIA, Mellanox, Samsung, Xilinx, etc. Some of the participating research institutes are Jülich Research Centre, Oregon State University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Tsinghua University, etc. including IISc and IIT’s from India. Finally, this keynote will introduce the audience to open cloud-based platforms, like OpenPOWER Research Facility (OPRF, IIT Bombay) and SuperVessel, to develop GPU optimized POWER applications for academic as well as commercial purposes. Conference participants, corporate executives, researchers and students will be extremely benefitted by this learning that is of immediate use for developing high-performance applications around AI, ML, DL, cognitive, etc.
Dr. Syed Saif Abrar is a researcher, developer and technical-lead of the IBM Systems simulation team.
He earned his PhD from the Technical University of Tallinn (Estonia), after completing bachelors and masters from Aligarh Muslim University and IIT-Delhi, respectively.
In his close to 2 decades of industry experience, he has contributed to the simulation of computing systems ranging from tiny microcontrollers to high-performance architectures and supercomputers. His knowledge about the U.S. DoE CORAL project, simulation expertise and team leadership played a significant role in the successful simulation of the CORAL system.
His research interests include advanced computer architectures, system-level modeling and simulation, performance analysis, with a keen interest in upcoming disruptive technologies.
In addition to corporate responsibilities, he is actively involved with academics institutes. He has driven many industry-academic projects and actively shares his experiences and knowledge with the faculty and students.
Dr. Abrar has delivered keynotes and lectures in numerous international conferences, drives the IP activities in his organization and evangelises AI-capable application development.
Abstract for the key note presentation: A very efficient digital audio compression method has been developed by Fraunhofen Institute for a worldwide direct satellite radio system called WorldSpace. After the market failure the developed engine, named MP3, triggered a success on Internet music services like iTune. This story from disaster up to success, sometimes typical for consumer electronics field, is the subject of this keynote.
Miodrag Temerinac received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1983.
From 1976 – 1992 he was with the Faculty of technical sciences of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, as the full professor heading the chair of communications and as the vice faculty dean for research. He is Alexander-von Humboldt fellow (1988-1990) doing research in fields of audio and video compression at the University of Hannover in Germany. In 1992 he moved to industry joining the semiconductor company Micronas GmbH in Freiburg, Germany, where he worked on the IC development for consumer electronics and later as the manager for R&D external relations. In 2005-2006 he founded Micronas R&D Center in Shanghai. Also, he founded and headed the Micronas development center for TV software in Novi Sad from 2001 to 2009. In last years he is again with the University of Novi Sad heading the Group for computer engineering and communication. He was the cofounder of the RT-RK company.
His fields of interest are DSP algorithms and architectures, audio and video signal processing, video quality assessment, hw/sw co-design of complex systems on chip, product development in consumer electronics, knowledge management and management of internal and external development networks. Hi is the senior IEEE member and the VDE/ITG member.
There is a new generation of Consumer Electronics companies that have identified a market segment for consumers that want to stay healthy and fit. This market segment is growing rapidly for a number of reason. Wearables are fashion items and serve a monitoring function. Wearables can track how active we are; and thus provide an incentive to keep “moving”. These fitness trackers are made for fun and to provide some feedback on how one is tracking with personal fitness goals. They are not intended to be used for healthcare applications.
Newer wearables also include functions that track health performance indicators. They can measure blood pressure, or blood glucose levels, or Oxygen levels to mention a few. These devices are not of medical grade, but many healthcare practitioners ask their patents to monitor their health using these devices. Their advantage is that they are low cost, reasonably accurate.
Further innovation, the IoT, and low cost mass produced products are now invading the healthcare industry. Remote patient monitoring systems, fall detectors, driver alert systems, are new avenues where these consumer grade devices are intruding in healthcare. This invasion is changing how healthcare practitioners are interacting with their patients. For one there is information overflow, and privacy concerns. Will these devices be abused by thrill-seekers, who are starting to implant them to become Trans humans? Can medical device manufacturers’ justify the high cost of medical grade monitoring system when it can be done cheaper on a smartphone?
Dr. Margarita Anastassova is a researcher in the Sensory and Ambient Interfaces Laboratory at CEA, LIST in France. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics from Paris Descartes University. Margarita has over 16 years of experience in the user-centered design of interactive systems. Her main research interests lie in the field of human factors (usability, utility, accessibility) of emerging technologies such as haptic and tactile interfaces, mobile systems, virtual and augmented reality. She is particularly interested in their healthcare applications and has worked in several projects on similar topics.
Judging from sensors and cameras I have installed at my home and wear on my body, quite often components of the Internet of Things produce situations that do not agree with the way I would like to or used to conduct my life. These include fitness trackers that are not accurate or responsive enough, warnings issues by my IoT cameras of moving trees or cars in or close to my yard and when lights are turned on or off inside my house. The many warnings I am getting from these IoT components join the unwelcome distractions issued by my cell phones and tablets. I find that these interruptions reduce the productivity of my work and the quality of my life. These distractions are in addition to the benefits I get from these devices (like warnings about the mail delivery person tossing my packages up in the air instead of placing them appropriately).
I would thus like to propose evaluating IoT components and systems using both their positive properties (“The Internet of Things”) and their negative properties (“The Internet of Nothing”). Focusing on both scores would lead to a more realistic & balanced view of the systems, pointing out directions for improvement for the benefit of the users and to help reduce the potential of an unrealistic hype. Yes, technology is not above all. People & their needs are.
Nahum Gershon focuses on social media, the Internet of Things, strategic planning, visualization, combining creative expressions with technology and real-time information delivery, presentation & interaction (including storytelling) in mobile, wearable as well as traditional devices including how they could improve both organizational environments and our personal lives. He like to play with ideas, words, and real devices. Nahum Gershon has served in many capacities at the IEEE over the years, in schmooz.org, and is a Senior Principal Scientist at the MITRE Corporation.
Nahum is a well-known community organizer, mentor, and communicator and is quite socially oriented. He has a significant international & multicultural background (citizen of the world, speaking a number of languages) and is right and left brain enabled. He enjoys life!
Stefan Mozar spent most of his career in the consumer electronics industry. He worked for companies like Grundig, Philips and NEC. He mainly worked on TV Receivers. He also spent many years in Telecommunications, especially in the area of data transmission. This included designing various data com products such as modems, multiplexers, and digital microwave radios. He is a technology consultant, and Adjunct Professor at Guangdong University of Technology, in South China. He has taught for a number of British, Australian and Asian Universities. He studied engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; and at Okayama University in Japan. Dr Mozar is a Fellow of the IEEE, and Engineers Australia. His work has led to publications, patents, and has been recognised with many awards. He has worked on projects that won about 30 design awards in various countries around the world. He is the recipient of the 2017 David Robinson Award from Engineers Australia. He is the past president of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, and currently chairs the IEEE Life Science Initiative.
1. Extended Abstract
1.1. The technical subject and its importance
Among distributed systems, connected devices and services,
also referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), are
gaining wider and wider adoption, in both the industry and
the everyday life. That means on one side that IoT is being
more and more popular in many security critical domains.
But also, that in domains that were not necessarily critical,
we have devices that can now collect and transmit a lot of
This raises important security challenges. As commonly
said, the “S” in IoT stands for “Security”: if it is not absent,
it is at least unnoticeable. Formal methods have been used
successfully for years in highly critical domains, now they
can help to bring security into the IoT field.
Frama-C is a source code analysis platform that aims
at conducting verification of industrial-size programs written
in ISO C99 source code. It provides its users with a
collection of plug-ins that perform static and dynamic analysis
for safety and security critical software. Collaborative
verification across cooperating plug-ins is enabled by their
integration on top of a shared kernel, and their compliance
to a common specification language: ACSL
1.2. Tutorial goals
Participants will learn how to use the different FramaC
analyzers and how to combine them. Several examples
and use cases presented during the tutorial will give them
a clear practical vision of possible usages of the underlying
static and dynamic analyses in their everyday work. The
presented code fragments are part of Contiki , a realworld
lightweight operating system for the IoT.
Each part consists of a presentation using slides and live
demonstration, and a session of exercises.
To work on the exercises, the attendees will be provided
a virtual machine image for VirtualBox containing all the
tools ready to use.
We will also provide additional exercises and we will
be available during the conference (and after) to help the
attendees who may want to go beyond the tutorial material.
Allan BLANCHARD obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Orleans in 2016. He prepared his PhD at the Software Reliability Laboratory of the CEA LIST.
He is interested in the analysis of concurrent code using formal methods and more precisely deductive verification. His current work, in the EU H2020 VESSEDIA project, is to apply formal verification to the Contiki microkernel and its libraries, mostly to show the absence of runtime errors. He mostly uses FRAMA-C with the EVA and WP plugins. He is the author of an online tutorial on deductive verification with FRAMA-C and its WP plugin.
Web site: https://allan-blanchard.fr
Nikolai KOSMATOV got a PhD in Mathematics in 2001 jointly from Saint-Petersburg State University and University of Besanc¸on. Nikolai’s research interests include software verification and testing, constraint solving and combinations of various software verification techniques. Nikolai gives theoretical courses and exercise sessions on software verification and testing since 2009. He is the main author of the online testing service pathcrawler-online.com. Nikolai co-organized several successful tutorials at various international events, e.g. TAP, TAROT, ASE, QSIC, iFM, SAC, RV.
Web site: http://nikolai.kosmatov.free.fr/
Frédéric LOULERGUE obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Orleans in 2000 and his Habilitation in Computer Science from Universit´e Paris Val-de-
Marne in 2004. He is currently a full professor at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA. His research interest are the practical and formal aspects of the design, implementation and application, in particular to large-scale data-intensive software, of structured parallel programming languages and libraries, as well as applied formal methods and cyber security in this broad context. Software associated to his research work include Bulk Synchronous Parallel ML (BSML) and the SYDPACC framework for the systematic development of programs for scalable computing.
The industry has started to embrace artificial intelligence (AI) as a technology to build new generations of products and services. AI enables radically new business models and has the potential to disrupt how we are building systems today. In this talk, we show how AI systems are being built today and what the enablers and hurdles are to bring this new technology into widespread use by industry. The talk offers pointers to get started in the construction of AI systems and involved as a member of the European AI community.
Samuel Fricker, Ph.D., is a professor of software engineering and deputy head of the Institute for Interactive Technologies at FHNW. Samuel leads the work in the Horizon2020 project www.bonseyes.com for building a marketplace for artificial intelligence and is a member of the Horizon2020 project www.wise-iot.eu, which aims at demonstrating how to build global Internet of Things systems.
Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), University of North Texas (UNT). He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF) in 2003, a Master’s degree in Systems Science and Automation (SSA) from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India in 1999. Prof. Mohanty was conferred the Glorious India Award in 2017 for his exemplary contributions to the discipline. He was the recipient of 2016 PROSE Award for best Textbook in Physical Sciences & Mathematics from the Association of American Publishers for his Mixed-Signal System book. He received 2016-17 UNT Toulouse Scholars Award for sustained excellent scholarly and teaching achievements. He has received 4 best paper awards. Prof. Mohanty’s research is in “Smart Electronic Systems”. Prof. Mohanty’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), and USA Air Force. Prof. Mohanty is an author of 250 articles and 3 books, and inventor of 4 granted patents with Google Scholar h-index of 29. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. Prof. Mohanty has been serving on the editorial board of several journals or transactions, including IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD) and ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC). Prof. Mohanty serves as the Chair of Technical Committee on Very Large Scale Integration (TCVLSI), IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS). He serves on the steering, organizing, and program committees of several international IEEE conferences including ISVLSI, iNIS, and ICCE. Prof. Mohanty is the Conference Chair of ICCE 2018, the flagship Conference of IEEE CE Society, which is co-located with International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). More about his biography, research, education, and outreach activities can be obtained from his website: http://www.smohanty.org.
In the current connected world, security of information as well as that of the consumer electronic (CE) system are equally important. Security is a broad concept that covers many aspects including information security, privacy, trustworthiness, and intellectual property protection. The information security covers the security of data, information, and multimedia which are handled all the time by consumer electronic (CE) systems. The system security may refer to the security of the system (e.g. a specific CE system) that handles the data or information. For example, how trustworthy is the CE system and how much resilient is the system against side channel attacks. Malicious design modifications and hardware Trojans can compromise security or trustworthiness of the system. Side channel attacks rely on analyzing power and timing traces of the security hardware than breaking the encryption algorithm involved. IP protection can be applicable for copyright protection of information (movie, multimedia) or IP protection of the hardware design itself in this global supply chain in the social networking era of Internet. The attacks on the CE systems as well as the security solutions can be either software or hardware based. The software based security solutions that rely on some form of encryption is not full proof as breaking them is just matter of time. The emergence of quantum computing will make things even worse. The talk will present broad perspective of the vast multifaceted forms of security attacks and solutions provided by hardware. Any form of security solutions using software or hardware increases the energy consumption overhead of a CE system. The talk will discuss the security and energy-consumption trade-offs in designing a typical CE system
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Automated driving needs a novel approach to cope with driving scenarios that are currently solved only by the driver’s control. The reasons for the driver to take over control vary from limitations of the range of ego sensors or recognition algorithms to required information, e.g. infrastructure information like traffic lights, that cannot be derived from in-vehicle sensor observations. What all have in common is that any reaction, from the driver as well as from a driver assistance feature, needs to be in time. This becomes clear when looking at the range of ego sensors (e.g. LiDAR sensors about 40m ahead). The driver may want to have the speed reduced in advance before a speed sign is reached or be warned in time to take over control if the autonomous driving road ends. It is crystal clear that it needs more than just a high quality in-vehicle sensor processing in order to obtain a wide range of HD information needed for automated driving.
To make vehicles react properly in these kinds of situations the classic embedded software development needs support by self-learning algorithms.
Our approach combines techniques well established in robotics like Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) as well as end-to-end protection and image compression algorithms with big data technology used in a connected car context. This allows to extend the sensor range as well as the sensor availability of a single vehicle. For behavior perception another well-established technique in automatic recognition scenarios enters the game: deep neural networks (DNNs). Although DNNs rely on training data in detection situations, they perform much faster as traditional software. The more samples and the more iterations the DNN gets, the better accuracy is obtained in all classification and detection situations.
DNNs also become a good alternative to validate functional safety as well as the safety of the intended functionality.
The keynote speech will analyze the different approaches and scenarios of using SLAM and DNN algorithms in automated driving and will give an impression how embedded software development for automated driving benefits from robotics and neural networks.
Program Manager Highly Automated Driving, Innovation Management
Elektrobit Automotive GmbH
Am Wolfsmantel 46, 91058 Erlangen, GermanyPhone: +49 (9131) 7701 6226
Fax: +49 9131 7701-6333
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Phonetics
(automatic speech recognition)1993-1997
University of Stuttgart
Diploma in Computational Linguistics (Dipl. Ling.)
Elektrobit Automotive GmbH|2016-present
Program Manager Highly Automated Driving, Innovations department2015-2016
Program Manager Sensor Cloud2014-2015
cross-domain Project Manager EB Dirigo;
project lead Connected Car Infrastructure, eSecurity,
SCRUM Product Owner,
software development (speech processing),
databases (MySQL, Oracle), APEX applications
Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale Lugano
Postdoc Neural Networks, automatic speech recognition
Sympalog Voice Solutions GmbH
Freelancing: pronunciation lexicon French, software development for TextToSpeech French
Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
Freelancing: pronunciation lexicon French, software development for TextToSpeech French; Technical
translation of user manuals (French)
University employee for VERBMOBIL, SmartKom; part project leads with line responsibility for
automatic segmentation, End-to-End Evaluation of the SmartKom Dialog system
Freelancing: pronunciation lexicon French, software development for TextToSpeech French