Um Al-Qura University, Makkah Al-Mukarramah

IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer Tour

Speaker: Dr. Bechir Hamdaoui, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Oregon State University

Title: When Smart Things Operate at the Cloud Edge: Potentials, Challenges, and Solutions


Internet of Things (IoT) emerges as an unprecedented paradigm with great potentials for changing how people interact, think and live. Its enormous impact lies in making existing Internet applications and services feasible in ways that were previously impossible, as well as in paving the way for the emergence of a wide range of new, Internet-scale applications and services, such as real-time video surveillance, precision healthcare, smart agriculture, augmented reality, and environmental monitoring and control. These applications rely on large numbers of IoT devices, usually equipped with various sensing capabilities, to gather large amounts of streamed data and collaboratively process it to support and enable decision making and actions in real-time. What these newly emerging IoT applications have in common is essentially their unique requirements in terms of low latency, accuracy, temporariness, and interactivity. Meeting such requirements gives rise, however, to great challenges pertaining to scalability and resource availability that one must overcome to be able to unleash the power of such IoT devices, and thus enable these new IoT applications and services. In this talk, we discuss the IoT potentials vis-à-vis of their ability to enable a new era of distributed Internet-scale applications, highlight the challenges that lie ahead of IoT to enable such applications, and present some potential solutions that can help overcome such challenges.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Bechir Hamdaoui is an IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) Distinguished Lecturer and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is presently an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Oregon State University, USA. He received the Diploma of Graduate Engineer (1997) from the National School of Engineers at Tunis, Tunisia. He also received M.S. degrees in both Electrical and Computer Engineering (2002) and Computer Sciences (2004), and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering (2005) all from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dr. Hamdaoui’s research interest spans various areas in the fields of computer networking, wireless communications, and mobile computing. His current focus is on complex networked systems, cloud computing & virtualization, cognitive wireless networking, and Internet of Things. He has won several recognition awards, including the 2016 EECS Outstanding Research Award and the 2009 NSF CAREER Award. He has led several interdisciplinary collaborative research projects funded by various federal agencies and private companies, including NSF, QNRF, CISCO, and CIMMYT. His has published over 120 refereed articles mostly in top IEEE transactions, magazines, and conferences.

Dr. Hamdaoui is presently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2013-present). He also served as an Associate Editor for other journals, including IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2009-2014) and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal (2009-2016). He is currently serving as the chair for the 2016 IEEE INFOCOM Demo/Posters program and the chair for the 2016 IEEE GLOBECOM Mobile and Wireless Networks symposium. He has also served as the chair for the 2011 ACM MOBICOM’s SRC program, and as the program chair/co-chair of many IEEE symposia/workshops, including GC, ICC, IWCMC, CTS, and PERCOM. He also has served on the TPC of many conferences. He is a member of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Communications Society, and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.