Afternoon Keynote


Title: Practical Physical-Layer Security


Speaker: Prof. Joćo Barros (University of Porto, Portugal)




As the Internet evolves into an immense jungle of people, computers, mobile devices, sensors, vehicles and networked infrastructures, bringing forward unexpected technologies, applications, products and services, the proposed security sub-systems seem strangely "deja vu", relying on variations of established techniques such as hashing, symmetric encryption, public-key cryptography or access control policies. But is this really all that it takes to secure the internet of things, smart grids or intelligent transportation systems, to name just a few of the envisioned future internet environments? In this keynote, we shall address this question from the point of view of physical-layer security and its potential application in specific case studies such as vehicular networking, distributed sensing, and network coded systems. Our ultimate goal is to point at ways to ensure that such technologies can be well integrated in the protocol stacks of the (hopefully) secure internet of the future.


Speaker's Bio:


Joćo Barros is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto and Founding Director of the Institute for Telecommunications (IT) in Porto, Portugal. He was a Fulbright scholar at Cornell University and has been a Visiting Professor with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2008. He also teaches at the Porto Business School and co-founded two recent startups, Streambolico and Veniam, commercializing wireless video and vehicular communication technologies, respectively. Between 2009 and 2012, Dr. Barros served as National Director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. In recent years, Joćo Barros has been Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI of numerous national, European and industry funded projects, co-authoring one book and 150+ research papers in the fields of networking, information theory and security, with a special focus on smart city technologies, network coding, physical-layer security, sensor networks, and intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Barros has received several awards, including the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the 2011 IEEE ComSoC and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2012 BES National Innovation Award, and a state-wide best teaching award by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts.  He received his undergraduate education in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal and Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, a performing arts degree in flute from the Music Conservatory of Porto, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany.