Congress Keynote

Kaveh Pahlavan
IEEE Fellow
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Title: RF Cloud for Cyberspace Intelligence

Abstract: Wireless information networks have turned to a necessity of our day-by-day life. Over a billion Wi-Fi access points, hundreds of thousands of cell towers, and billions of IoT devices using a variety of wireless technologies create the infrastructure that enables this technology. The radio signal carrying the wireless information, propagate from antennas through the air and create an RF cloud carrying a big data that is commonly accessible by anyone. The bid data of the RF cloud contain information about the transmitter type and address; as well as signal features such as received signal strength (RSS), time of arrival (TOA), direction of arrival (DOA), channel impulse response (CIR), and channel state information (CSI). We can benefit from these big data contents of RF cloud and their temporal and spatial variations to engineer intelligent cyberspace applications. Opportunistic cyberspace Wi-Fi positioning is the most popular application emerged in this domain and today each of the three major Wi-Fi positioning systems receive over a billion hit per day and their databases are enabling location intelligence with a variety of applications. Other opportunistic RF positioning systems use cell tower, Bluetooth, Ultra-wideband, and ZigBee signals. More recently, many other new cyberspace related opportunistic applications of RF cloud, such as motion, activity and gesture detection, as well as physical layer authentication and security has emerged to host numerous innovative applications. This presentation provides a holistic view of this emerging cyberspace intelligent applications opportunistically benefitting from the big data embedded in RF cloud of wireless devices.

Biography: Kaveh Pahlavan, is a Professor of ECE, a Professor of CS, and Director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Since the inception of Skyhook Wireless, Boston, MA, the world’s pioneer in Wi-Fi positioning for smart devices, he has been the chief technical advisor of the company. From 1995-2007 he had a long term and productive cooperation with the University of Oulu and Nokia in Finland. He is renowned for his pioneering research in Wi-Fi and indoor geolocation. He has contributed to numerous seminal visionary keynotes, papers, and key patents related to these areas. His current area of research is application of RF cloud for authentication and security as well as gesture and motion detections. He is the authors of several pioneering textbooks translated and taught around the world in several languages. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal Wireless Information Networks, established in 1994 as the first journal in wireless networks. He has founded, chaired and organized a number of pioneering international events in wireless access and localization, which includes Workshops on Opportunistic RF Localization for Emerging Smart Devices, (2008, 2010, 2012). For his pioneering entrepreneurship activities in the growth of wireless networking industry, he has been selected as a member of the Committee on Evolution of Untethered Communication, US National Research Council (1997), and has leaded the US team for the review of the Finnish National R&D Programs in (2000 and 2003). For his contributions in research and scholarship he was the Westin Hadden Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at WPI (1993-1996), was elected as a fellow of the IEEE (1996), became the first non-Finn fellow of the Nokia (1999), received the first Fulbright-Nokia fellowship (2000) and received WPI board of trustee’s award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship (2011). Recently, he received an “overseas famous scholar award” from R.I. China to serve as a visiting professor at University of Science and Technology of Beijing (2019-2022).