WiSense Seminar #131, Fundamentals of Molecular Communication Nanonetworks, Dr. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz

Title: WiSense Seminar #131, Fundamentals of Molecular Communication Nanonetworks, Dr. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz
Location: uOttawa, SITE Building (800 King Edward) Room 5084
Description: ABSTRACT: In recent years, nanotechnology has been a truly interdisciplinary subject that has revolutionized several fields of studies in the domain of science and engineering including the crossroads of electrical and electronic engineering, communication systems and networks, computer science, biophysics, and synthetic biology. Nanoscale communication systems and nanonetworks are now being considered as future directions of information technology, communication systems, and communication networks. Nanomachines are tiny machines that are extremely limited in their functionalities and mainly intended for simple tasks of sensing and actuating. Molecular communication (MC) is an extremely new communication paradigm where transmitting and receiving nanomachines communicate with information-carrying molecules. A vast number of such nanomachines working under MC principles can form an MC nanonetwork. A major application of these emerging technologies is expected to be in the biomedical and environmental fields, e.g. in targeted drug delivery, nanomedicine, and environmental pollution control and protection systems. The main objective of this talk is to present this exciting and new area of Molecular Communication Nanonetworks to the University of Ottawa and Wisense research communities.

BIO Notes: Dr. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz completed his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa in Canada in December 2014. During his Ph.D., he worked under the supervision of Professors Dimitrios Makrakis and Hussein T. Mouftah. He also completed his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in April 2002, M.Engg. degree in Telecommunications from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand in May 2005, and M.Sc. degree in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada in September 2008.

Currently, Dr. Mahfuz is working as a post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Dimitrios Makrakis at the University of Ottawa in Canada. His research interests include: Nanoscale Communication Systems and Nanonetworks, Ultra-wideband wireless communication systems, and Renewable energy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for rural telecommunications and sustainable development.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2015-08-13
End Time: 12:00


WiSense Seminar #130, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Trends and Challenges, Mahmoud M. Gad

Title: WiSense Seminar #130, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things: Trends and Challenges, Mahmoud M. Gad
Location: uOttawa, SITE Building (800 King Edward), Room 5084
Description: Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) concept has evolved rapidly in recent years to the point that the number of connected devices is expected to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020. In IoT, objects and systems are embedded with sensors and computing power, enabling them to communicate with each other. This opens the door to many new applications such as home automation, connected cars, smart cities, and smart grids. At the same time, it presents new challenging cybersecurity threats that need to be addressed especially with the rise of cybercrime.

Over the past couple of years, the degree of sophistication of cyber-attacks has increased while the knowledge of the typical intruder has decreased. These seemingly paradoxical trends may be a direct result of value chains anchored on cybercrime marketplaces. Today, online marketplaces exist where participants use web-based platforms to meet, discuss, exchange, and buy and sell goods and services to enable cybercrime activities.

In this seminar, a review of the IoT cybersecurity landscape is presented. Then the main trends in cyberattack tools and technologies are discussed with focus on their effect on IoT applications. Finally, recommendations for designing robust IoT systems are presented.

Bio: Mahmoud Gad received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria (2003), and his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park (2008). He recently graduated with Ph.D. from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the University of Ottawa. His research interests include cognitive radio networks, software defined radio platforms, Internet of Things, and security of wireless networks.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2015-07-30
End Time: 12:00


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