COMPSAC 2017 Keynotes

Francesco Profumo

Building Digital Autonomy for a Sustainable World: Policies and Strategies in Private and Public Organizations

Francesco Profumo color headshot

Professor of Electrical Machines of the Politecnico Torino
Chairman of the Compagnia di San Paolo
Former President of the National Research Council
Former Minister of Education, Italy

The world is changing rapidly, driven by the desire to make lives safe, enjoyable and sustainable. Thoughts and even objects can now be shared with both billions of people, and billions of automatic processes active in whatever device, the latter functioning under the control of distributed intelligence that man has developed over time. This shift from physical to cyber-based domains is rapid and spreading, rooting on ever-more exciting innovations in computers, software, and applications, inducing a broader impact on both the productive and social organizations. Given all this, it appears that the Internet has become a new shared civic commons and people live more of their personal, economic, and political life online. However, daily life shows that yet today the digital public environment is not equally open to all. Considering that today people talk to each other online, meet friends, look for jobs and buy things, even build communities online, society cannot accept that Money and Authority be the determinant of whom has better access to those services, which today are considered as bare necessities. Due to this picture, philanthropy cannot sit on the side, since critical policy decisions taken in these years will establish whether our digital public environment can be made equally accessible at least for the next coming generations. Many philanthropy organizations are looking at critical digital issues finding out how technology affects the causes they identify as part of their mission. But much work has still to be done to uncover how to leverage technology to effect change and advance the foundation’s missions, also paying more attention to the transformational potential induced by the Internet.

This talk will focus on the Compagnia-di-San-Paolo’s recognition of the Internet’s democratic power and considers it an invaluable opportunity to shape a more inclusive society. That is why the Compagnia itself joined other organizations to start a new partnership to think about how taking advantage of the digital revolution to enhance the common good. The Compagnia’s investments, as already established by its advisory board for 2017, follows traditionally strengthened efforts fostering the innovation in the education and cultural sector, focusing on programs addressing teacher and principal training, integrated technology tools for learning, new models for alternative high-quality learning paradigms. Specific agreements have been set up, horizontally, with other similar non-profit organizations, and vertically, with governmental bodies, at regional, national and international levels. This framework assumed to scale practices and programs to recruit and train teachers and school leaders, improving the application of data for professional development and high-quality assessments, developing high standards, getting early learning outcomes better, establishing new digital learning models. Specific actions are also planned to bring inside any order of school, college and university, computational and critical thinking, Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) knowledge and skills.

Francesco Profumo was born in Savona in 1953. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from  Politecnico Torino. Dr. Profumo is Professor of Electrical Machines of the Politecnico Torino, former Dean of Engineering at the Politecnico Torino, former Rector of the Polytechnic Turin, former President of the National Research Council, former Minister of Education, University and Research, former Chairman of Iren SpA, Chairman of Compagnia di San Paolo, Chairman of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento), President of Business School ESCP – Campus of Turin, President of Collège des Ingégenieurs – Campus of Turin, Chairman of Inwit SpA.

Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli

Connected Autonomous Driving Vehicles: Dream or Nightmare?

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Since the launch of autonomous driving by Google a few years ago, there has been a frenzy of new initiatives: research in universities, more than 70 start-ups in the U.S. alone, high-tech companies turning into automotive players either investing in internal technology, in existing companies or qcquiring start-ups (see for example, the $1 Billion invested by Ford in Argo AI and the $1 Billion Curise Automation acquisition by GM), and the partnerships of companies in the entire automotive supply chain to sustain autonomous driving and connected car components. However, while new sensors, architectures, and software are continuously making progress, there are many issues that still need to be addressed that if not resolved, may turn the dream of self-driving connected cars and automated traffic control into a nightmare. For example, safety, security and last but not least, legal and ethical issues must be considered also in terms of their implications for the technology choices. The present situation of connected autonomous vehicles and future perspectives will be reviewed critically.

Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli is the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of Electrical Engineerng and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1980-81, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Mathematical Sciences Department of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. In 1987, he was Visiting Professor at MIT. He is an author of over 800 papers, 17 books and 2 patents in the area of design tools and methodologies, large scale systems, embedded systems, hybrid systems and innovation. He was a co-founder of Cadence and synopsys, the two leading companies in the area of Electronic Design Automation and the founder and Scientific Director of the PARADES Research Center in Rome.

Flavio Bonomi

Fog Computing and its Role in the Evolution of the Industrial Internet and of Industry 4.0

Flavio Bonomi color headshotCo-founder and CEO of Nebbiolo Technologies

The success of the Industrial Internet of Things will be predicated, to a large extent, on the evolution and deployment of a horizontal networking, computing, storage and services platform, supporting and enabling multiple vertical applications and use cases. Key elements of this platform will be a widely distributed and networked computing and storage resources, manifesting as Cloud, Fog, and Endpoint resources.

Fog computing extends the Cloud Computing paradigm to the edge of the network, thus enabling a new breed of applications and services. It will also provide rich and real-time capable networking, computing and storage resources, complementing both the Cloud and the embedded Endpoints in functionality dimensions such as network virtualization, authentication, security and privacy, storage, data management and analytics, application support, safety and control.

In this talk, we will focus on the role of Fog Computing in the evolution of Industry 4.0, as an ideal bridge between the Information Technologies (IT) and the Industrial Operational (OT) domain, inserting a powerful new functionality layer in the Industrial Automation pyramid, enabling the natural insertion of modern IT technologies alongside today’s Industrial OT technologies. It enables scalable computing at the edge, real-time and non real-time computing co-existence, modern application management and data interoperability functionality

In this keynote we will also discuss progress and use cases for Fog Comptuing in various other Industrial IoT verticals, including Intelligent Transportation, Smart Cities and Energy.

Flavio Bonomi is a co-founder and the CEO of Nebbiolo Technologies, a young Silicon Valley startup, focused on manifesting the potential of Fog Computing, with first application in the Industrial Automation vertical. Bonomi was also the founder and CTO at IoXWorks, Inc., which was engaged in the launch of new activities in the domain of the Internet of Things, involving consulting and advisory roles with a number of large corporations and startups, as well as the incubation of new startups. Previously, Bonomi was a Cisco Fellow, VP, and Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA. He was co-leading the vision and technology for Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative. This broad, Cisco-wide initiative encompasses major verticals, including Energy, Connected Vehicle and Transportation, and Connected Cities. In this role, with the support of his team, he shaped a number of research and innovation efforts relating to mobility, security, communications acceleration, fog computing and data management. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Bonomi was at AT&T Bell Labs from 1985-1995, with architecture and research responsibilities, mostly relating to the evolution of ATM technology, and then was Principal Architect at two Silicon Valley startups, ZeitNet and Stratum One. He received and Electrical Engineering degree from Pavia University in Italy, and the MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering degrees in 1981 and 1985, respectivly, from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Gianluca Setti

Publication Etiquette and Ethics: Things You Should Know Before Submitting Your Next Paper

Gianluca Setti color headshotInvited Speaker, Young Professionals Panel

University of Ferrara, Italy

This presentation and discussion will focus on the dos and don’ts for successfully publishing a technical paper (and avoiding common mistakes that can result in a quick rejection). Navigate the peer review process more smoothly with insider information about peer review and by better understanding the ethics and etiquette standards that authors are expected to uphold and that reviewers and editors are looking for. Learn how to:

  • fairly report your results and those of others
  • appropriately reference and include your own previous work
  • appropriately describe and cite prior work

Attend this session and avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism and other inadvertent ethics/etiquette violations such as duplicate submissions, inappropriate replication, and bibliometric manipulation – all without undergoing personal traumatic experiences.

Gianluca Setti received a PhD degree in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Bologna in 1997. Since 1997 he has been with the School of Engineering at the University of Ferrara, Italy, where he is currently a Professor of Circuit Theory and Analog Electronics and is also a permanent faculty member of ARCES, University of Bologna. His research interests include nonlinear circuits, implementation and application of chaotic circuits and system electromagnetic compatibility, statistical signal processing, and biomedical circuits and systems.

Dr. Setti received the 2013 IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award and co-recipient of the 2004 IEEE CAS Society Darlington Award, of the 2013 IEEE CAS Soceity Guellemin-Cauer Award, as well as of the best paper award at EECTD 2005, and the best student paper award at EMCZurich 2005 and at ISCAS 2011.

He held several editorial positions and served, in particular, as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – Part II (2006-07) and of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – Part I (2008-09). Dr. Setti was the Technical Program Co-Chair ISCAS 2007, ISCAS 2008, ICECS 2012, BioCAS 2013 as well as the General Co-Chair of NOLTA 2006 and will be the General Chair of ISCAS 2018.

He was the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE CAS Society (2004-05 and 2015-16), a member of its Board of Governors (2005-08), and he served as the 2010 President of CASS. He held several other volunteer positions for the IEEE and in 2013-14 was the first non North-American Vice President of IEEE for Publication Services and Products.