Today the world faces many environmental, developmental, social, health challenges. In the face of these situations, there is an ever increasing need to find viable solutions to these highly complex problems. Wireless technologies are proving to be a powerful resource that can be harnessed in amazing ways to provide Humanitarian Relief.

A high-profile International Conference on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief, will be hosted by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham during December 18-21, 2011.

The conference will bring together renowned professionals seeking to apply advanced and emerging technologies for humanitarian applications.

Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, will deliver the inaugural address.

Delegates will represent not only the best universities in India but also institutions of higher learning and advanced research in the US, China, Japan, Canada, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Australia and Costa Rica.

Invited guests will deliver keynote lectures, teach focused workshops and tutorials and participate in panel discussions.

Among the keynote speakers will be Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Member of Planning Commission, Government of India; Dr. Dawn Song, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Shilesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and Dr. Deborah Estrin, Director, Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA.

Of the 310 research papers that were submitted, 65 selected papers will be presented. These papers will be published in special issues of the following journals – Ad Hoc Systems Journal on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief (Elsevier); Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal (Elsevier); and the Journal on Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer).

Worldwide today, there is an ever-increasing need to find solutions to complex problems. Wireless technologies hold the key to providing effective answers in many cases of environmental monitoring as well as addressing developmental challenges including social and health issues.

For instance, forecasting disasters enabling precautionary measures, making advanced medical services available in emergency situations or to remote communities through the use of telemedicine and health monitoring for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes can all be made easily possible through wireless technologies.

The sponsors for the conference included, Infosys, Fujitsu, Qualcomm, Cognizant Technologies, National Instruments, Indian Space Research Organization, Defense R & D Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Intel.


Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 10:30
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Nagabhushana Sindhushayana, Vice President of Technology, Qualcomm, USA Title:  Heterogeneity and Multi‐cell Cooperation in Wireless Cellular Networks  Abstract:   The  performance  of  most  urban  cellular  networks  is  limited  by  inter‐cell  interference.   This  is particularly true of a cellular network with heterogeneous infrastructure, wherein the same spectrum is shared  by  different  types  of  base‐stations such  as  ...
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 01:30
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Ian Akhilidz, Editor‐in‐Chief, AdHoc Networks, Elsevier  Title:  Wireless Sensor Networks in challenged environments such as underwater and underground Abstract:   Oceanographic data collection, pollution monitoring, offshore exploration, disaster prevention, assisted navigation and tactical surveillance are typical applications for wireless underwater sensor networks. In this talk wireless underwater channel is explored, novel medium access control and routing protocols will  be  presented. On the  other  ...
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 12:00
Tutorial  Speaker:  Dr.  Ramesh Govindan,  Editor‐in‐Chief  IEEE  Transactions  on Mobile  Computing,  Professor in  Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, USA Title:  Wireless Sensor Networks: A Systems Perspective  Abstract:   This tutorial will cover a decade's worth of research in   sensor network technologies and applications, with a focus on   systems issues.     
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 12:00
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Maarten van Steen, Chair & Professor Dept. of Informatics, Extreme Distributed System, VU, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Title:  Exploring Extreme Wireless Distributed Systems  Abstract:   Modern distributed systems are increasingly relying on components that need to make use of wireless technology.   Examples include subsystems implemented as wireless sensor networks or subsystems making use of mobile computing platforms.  In this tutorial, we'll be looking closer into wireless‐only distributed systems that...
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 12:00
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Ashok Agrawala, Professor of Computer Science, Director, The MIND Lab and The MAXWell Lab, University of Maryland, USA    Title:  Context‐Aware, Event‐Driven Systems  Abstract:   It is well recognized that context plays a significant role in all human endeavors.  All decisions are based on information which has to be interpreted in context. By making the information systems context‐ aware we  can have systems that significantly  improve the human  capabilities to handle situations.  Further, most...
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 12:00
Tutorial Speaker: Dr. Sajal K. Das, Director, Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University Texas at Arlington, USA    Title: Cyber‐Physical and Networked Sensor Systems: Challenges and Opportunities  Abstract:   Rapid advancements in embedded systems, sensors and wireless communication technologies have led to the  development  of  cyber‐physical systems,  pervasive  computing  and smart  environments with important applications such as...
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 12:15
Tutorial  Speaker:  Dr. Dinesh Bhatia,  Professor  in  Electrical  Engineering Department,  Erik Jinsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA  Title:  Building Reliable Body Sensor Networks for Healthcare  Abstract:   The idea of placing small pervasive sensors for quickly and continuously monitoring a variety of vitals signs holds tremendous promise in healthcare applications. Disease management requires continuous monitoring,  managing  at  risk  ...
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 12:15
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Dilip Krishnaswamy, Sr. Staff Systems Engineer, Office of the Chief Scientist,  Qualcomm, San Diego, USA    Title:  Emerging topics in m2m systems and wireless distributed processing    Abstract:   It is well recognized that context plays a significant role in all human endeavors.  All decisions are based on information which has to be interpreted in context. By making the information systems context‐aware we  can have systems that significantly  improve the human  capabilities to handle situations...
Monday, December 19, 2011 - 09:00
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Sneha Kumar Kasera, Associate Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah, USA    Title:  Wireless Network Security  Abstract:   The  need  for  ubiquitous  network  access  and  services  is  fueling  tremendous  growth  of  wireless technologies, networks, and applications. Mobile and wireless devices are being increasingly used for a variety of applications including multimedia, information search and retrieval, entertainment, social, ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 09:00
Tutorial Speaker:  (1) Venu Govindaraju, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, USA (2) Anurag Bharadwaj, Senior Research Scientist, eBay Research Labs, USA, (3) Utkarsh Porwal, PhD Student, University at Buffalo, State University of New York,USA    Title:  Machine Learning Algorithms and its Applications in Distributed Wireless Sensor Networks  Abstract:   Wireless  Sensor  Networks  (WSNs)  has  been  applied  in  various  domains...
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 09:00
Tutorial Speaker:  Dr. Ram Narayanan, Professor of Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, USA    Title:  Human Detection and Characterization through Barriers  Abstract:   This tutorial will review and summarise the current state of knowledge in the area of obscured target detection. The talk will address the phenomenology and characteristics of wave propagation through barriers, such as ground, walls, foliage, etc., as a function of frequency and material properties.Techniques  for detecting such obscured targets...
Event Details
2011-12-18 09:00 to 2011-12-21 17:00
Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA)
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