IEEE International Conference on Communications
14-23 June 2021 // Virtual / Montreal
Connectivity – Security – Privacy

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)
V2: Advanced Manufacturing

Thursday, 17 June 2021

10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)
V4: Next-generation Immersive Entertainment

Monday, 21 June 2021

10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)
V3: Smart (Power) Grid

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

09:30am – 10:50am (EDT)
V5: Smart Construction & Buildings
V7: Smart Transportation (ITS)

10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)
V1: Public Security
V6: Connected Health


V1: Public Security

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)

Organizer: Claudio Lucente, FIOREL Systems, Inc.

Panelists:
Jeff Bratcher, Chief Network & Technology Officer, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
Kenneth C. Budka, Ph.D, Sr. Partner, Bell Labs Consulting, Nokia
Christopher MacPherson, National Director of Sales, Public Safety and Federal Gov't, Bell Mobility
Dereck Orr, Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Division, Communications Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Abstract: The ability for public security personnel and their devices to communicate securely within their communities and with external partners, when and as authorized, is essential in the day-to-day conduct of their operations, and vital during emergencies. The distinguished speakers of this forum will provide their unique perspectives on ways in which communications tools are used by public security, or how they want to use such tools, in order to help them better protect the citizens whom they serve and to also help keep themselves safe. The challenges of using communications tools in various public security missions, as well as their importance, will be borne out via use cases, examples, and personal experiences. The participants in this forum will also learn what new developments are on the horizon that will enhance the communications toolkits for public security.

Bios: 

Claudio LucenteClaudio Lucente

Claudio Lucente is an independent consultant in the telecommunications industry with over 30 years of experience in wireless communications for military, public safety, and commercial applications. He authored numerous publications regarding the use of wireless broadband technologies as applied to public safety communications, including the influential reports regarding the bandwidth requirements in the 700 MHz band for public safety and service delivery models for a public safety broadband network in Canada.

Claudio led a joint Canada-USA working group sponsored by the U.S Department of Homeland Security and Defense Research and Development Canada - Centre for Security Sciences, whose goal was to define the operational requirements, technical challenges and operational challenges regarding the use of deployable LTE systems for public safety. In recognition of his contribution, Claudio received the Heinrich Heinz award from the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council in 2017.

He has spoken about public safety communications at several events, including LTE North America, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials conferences, International Wireless Communications Expo, and Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group conferences.

His current interests lie in the Internet of Heterogeneous Things as applied to enhancing public safety and security with a scope the spans edge-fog-cloud orchestration, security architectures, protocol mediation and semantic interoperability. Another area of interest is in the seamless quality of experience in the mobility handovers between 5G and other technologies as well as between terrestrial, air and space layers.

Claudio is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and holds a Bachelors degree (magna cum laude) and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Quebec, Canada.

Jeff Bratcher

Bio is forthcoming.

Kenneth C. Budka

Bio is forthcoming.

Christopher MacPherson

Bio is forthcoming.

Dereck Orr

Bio is forthcoming.

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V2: Advanced Manufacturing

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Patrice Lavoie, Lavoie, Inc.

Bio: 

Patrice Lavoie

Bio is forthcoming.

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V3: Smart (Power) Grid

Monday, 21 June 2021, 10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)

Organizer: Basilel Agba

Bio: 

Basilel Agba

Bio is forthcoming.

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V4: Next-generation Immersive Entertainment

Thursday, 17 June 2021, 10:30am – 11:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Gael Seydoux, InterDigital

Panelists:
Hermione Mitford Flynn, Mimic Productions
Philippe Guillotel, InterDigital
Veronica Orvalo, Didimo

Focus of the Panel Discussion: In this panel we will explore Digital Human as a new form of media and future way of representing digitally human beings in all its forms (creation, editing, identity, image right, standard & format, social impact…).

Bios: 

Gael SeydouxGael Seydoux

Gaël leads the Interdigital Research & Innovation team responsible for developing immersive media technologies, including: Digital Human, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Light Field and Light Guiding for AR, Realtime VFX, Virtual Production and other technologies that are transforming the way consumers experience content and entertainment.

He manages a team of engineers and scientists who are dedicated to supporting Technicolor’s business units – including MPC, The Mill, MrX and Mikros – that require new technologies and IP offerings that bring emerging immersive experiences to market.

He participates to develop a portfolio of IP embedded in the standards (MPEG) and promoting technologies that Interdigital can then license.

He looks after strategy and defines roadmap of research for all Interdigital topics related to Immersive.

He has spent 15 years as a CG and VFX leader creating narrative experiences on movies, commercials and TV series such as Insektors, Batman Begins, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Immortal ad Vitam, Alien vs. Predator, Harry Potter…

He also has an extensive background in the gaming industry where he applied his technical and creative expertise at Sony then Ubisoft for 10 years. He has produced games for the wii (Red Steel 2) and Kinect platforms and developed ground-breaking applications for Battle Tag (a laser game assisted by computer) as well as Drawsome Tablet (a drawing platform connected to the Wii).

Gaël graduated with a Master degree in Graphic Design and Computer Graphics from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), and earned a Masters in Economics from University Paris 1 – La Sorbonne.

Hermione Mitford FlynnHermione Mitford Flynn

Hermione Mitford Flynn is the Co-Founder and CEO of 3D character studio, Mimic Productions, as well as the practicing conceptual artist behind the 3D performance-art avatar, Em. As a trained performance artist and a prolific business woman, Flynn has excelled in both the artistic and commercial industries, having won several prestigious awards in the fields of 3D, fashion, film and performance, as well as engaging clients such as Warner Brothers, Nike, ShowStudio, Burberry and Saatchi & Saatchi. Furthermore, during her 8 year tenure at Mimic Productions, Flynn has accommodated clients and talent such as Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Kendall Jenner, Kanye West, Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer, to name a few.

Philippe GuillotelPhilippe Guillotel

Distinguished Scientist at InterDigital Research & Innovation. He currently leads a team of experts in the field of the digital human and how to make those synthetic characters (or avatars) realistic (appearance and animation) and socially interacting with the users. It includes a wide use of computer graphics, deep learning techniques and multimodal interfaces.

Veronica OrvaloVeronica Orvalo

Verónica Orvalho is an optimist engineer. Fascinated by the many ways in which people communicate, learn and share knowledge, led Verónica to discover a new way to interact and scale our presence in the digital era instilling trust and empathy in digital communication. Veronica has a PhD in Computer Graphics focusing on Digital Humans technology. She the Founder and CEO of Didimo and a professor at Porto University. She gave a TEDx talk, received the Women Who Tech Award in New York and the IBM scientific award, publishes her work at international conferences like SIGGRAPH, EUROGRAPHICS. Her inventions have been used by Universal Studios, Sony, Microsoft, Amazon and European and Portuguese research funded projects. Inspired by peer learning. Veronica has a bold goal to help build a world in which everyone has the right to be educated.

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V5: Smart Construction & Buildings

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:30am – 10:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Ivanka Lordanova, ETS

Bio: 

Ivanka LordanovaIvanka Lordanova

Professor at the Department of Construction Engineering at the ETS (École de technologie supérieure), is a diplomaed architect and has a Ph.D. in environmental planning from the Université de Montréal. After an academic period as a teacher and researcher at ETS, she worked for 7 years in the industry as Director of Innovation at Pomerleau. Today, prof. Iordanova’s research focuses on the digital transformation of construction, including BIM, Lean, Construction 4.0, digital manufacturing and off-site construction.

Active member of the GRIDD (Research Group for Integration and Sustainable Development), Prof. Lordanova is the co-holder of the Research Chair in Integration of Information Technologies in Construction, which brings together 11 industrial partners representing the entire ecosystem of the sector.

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V6: Connected Health

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 10:50am – 12:10pm (EDT)

Organizer: Kathy Malas, CHUM

Panelists:
Pierre-Alexandre, CEO d'Hexoskin
Franco Sicilia, Executive Director, TELUS Health
Marie-Pascale Pomey, researcher and Chair Holder CRCHUM, preventive health physician, Full Professor School of Public Health and Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Co-Director, Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP)
Yanick Beaulieu, CEO of REACTS

Abstract:  Connected Health: Challenges and Solutions for Successful Adoption

What are the challenges we face in the introduction and especially the adoption of connected health innovation? Give concrete examples of challenges and solutions tested (both successfully and unsuccessfully) for successful integration and adoption (postponement of challenges and solutions experienced during COVID)

Bios: 

Kathy Malas

Kathy Malas is passionate about innovation and knowledge management as a vector of transformation of the healthcare system. Associate to the President and Chief Executive Officer and responsible of  the Pole of innovation and artificial intelligence in Health at the Hospital Center of the University of Montreal CHUM, Kathy is a dedicated manager in fostering the integration of care, teaching, research, innovation in partnership with patients and employees in clinical and managerial practices. She also encourages open innovation with partners of all horizons to better respond to the health needs and well-being of patients and their families.

Pierre-Alexandre

Bio is forthcoming.

Franco Sicilia

Bio is forthcoming.

Marie-Pascale Pomey

Bio is forthcoming.

Yanick Beaulieu

Bio is forthcoming.

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V7: Smart Transportation (ITS)

Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 09:30am – 10:50am (EDT)

Organizer: Soumaya Cherkaoui, InterLab

Bio: 

Soumaya CherkaouiSoumaya Cherkaoui

Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui is a Full Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke, Canada which she joined as a faculty member in 1999. Her research and teaching interests are in wireless networks. Particularly, she works on next generation networks (5G and beyond), Edge computing/Network Intelligence, and communication networks for verticals such as Connected and Autonomous Cars,  IoT, and  Industrial IoT. Since 2005, she has been the Director of INTERLAB, a research group which conducts research funded both by government and industry. Before joining U. Sherbrooke, she worked for industry as a project leader on projects targeted at the Aerospace Industry. Pr. Cherkaoui avails of a long research experience in the wireless networking. Her work resulted in technology transfer to companies and to patented technology. She has delivered several keynote addresses and invited talks in the area. Pr. Cherkaoui has published over 200 research papers in reputed journals and conferences. She co-edited 7 books and collective works, has been an associate editor and guest editor of several IEEE, Wiley and Elsevier Journals. Her work was awarded with recognitions and best paper awards including a best paper award at the IEEE Communications Society Flagship conference IEEE ICC in 2017. She has chaired prestigious conferences such as IEEE LCN 2019, and has served as a symposium co-chair for flagship conferences including IEEE ICC 2018, IEEE Globecom 2018, IEEE Globecom 2015, IEEE ICC 2014, and IEEE PIMRC 2011. She is a Professional Engineer in Canada, a senior IEEE Member, and is serving as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society IoT-Ad hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee since 2020.

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