SICT Summit 2019

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Program Information

Keynote Speakers


Winston A. Saunders

Title of Talk: Microsoft Datacenter Sustainability

Microsoft builds and operates a worldwide network of datacenter infrastructure. Current programs to reduce carbon dependency, environmental impact, and water usage are reviewed, including Microsoft’s unique “Carbon Fund.” Several challenges where innovation is needed will be discussed.



Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

Title of Talk: Smart Villages: When Affordability Meets Connectivity

The role of Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) in bringing about a revolution in almost all aspects of human life needs no introduction. It is indeed a well-known fact that the transmission of information at a rapid pace has transformed all spheres of human life such as education, health, and economy to name a few. In addition, with the advent in Electronics and Photonics Technology (EPT), we have observed sustained growth and expansion in computation and display technology. From user demography perspective, urbanized population are the major beneficiary of such advances. Therefore, the benefits of ICT and EPT are yet to be experienced by almost 4 billion people in the world who are still “unconnected or under-connected” and suffer as such from the “digital divide,” a term coined in order to emphasize the lack of ICT infrastructure in many parts of the world.

Major challenges for widespread adoption of ICT and EPT in these areas are related to cost, lack of power supply, and complexities associated with learning and usage. However, if we can categorically overcome these challenges, then these technologies can be used for food, water, shelter, energy, environment, education, healthcare, and security. In addition, the wide-spread availability of these technologies, will lead to smart suburbs, smart towns, smart villages, etc., without the need to necessarily live in smart cities. This would reverse the trend and allow a more sustainable world with a more balanced distribution of the population density. In this context, this talk will present recently proposed solutions to provide high speed connectivity in rural areas along progress in affordable electronics to serve and contribute to the development of far-flung regions.

In particular, new solutions for both: (i) integrated satellite-airborne-ground networks providing global coverage and connectivity and (ii) terrestrial mesh/multi-hop directive networks connecting underserved areas will be discussed.

Moreover, some examples of democratized wearable electronics using Do-It-Yourself (DIY) assembly of paper along Android DIY applications capturing and displaying vital health signs over connected smartphones for real-time diagnosis will be presented.

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Catherine Goyer
Director, Corporate responsibility and Environment
BCE and Bell Canada.

As Director, Corporate responsibility and Environment, Catherine leads a team responsible to plan, develop and manage Bell’s responsibility and environment programs to ensure compliance, management of risks, meeting stakeholder expectations and creating value for the company. Her key responsibilities include energy, climate change, wastes, product stewardship, contaminated properties and responsible procurement. As part of her functions, she is also accountable to maintain the ISO 14001 certification and reporting of the company’s performance, including issuing an annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Recognized for her passion and professionalism, Catherine has been working in the environmental field for more than twenty years. First in the manufacturing business and now at Bell. She has successfully lead projects to improve environmental practices, employees’ engagement and relations with stakeholders and to integrate sustainable development in the day-to-day business. She is an active member of non-profit organizations, as a board member of the Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Quebec (CPEQ), Ecotech and Federation quebecoise en environnement (FQE).

Catherine is an engineer. She graduated from Ecole de technologie supérieure in construction and she holds a Master degree in civil engineering specialized in environment, from Polytechnique Montreal.


Maxime-R. Clerk
Senior Director, Partnerships and Communications at Prompt

A graduate of UQAM in business administration, Mr. Clerk is noted for his involvement in Quebec’s ICT and innovation sector. He was Director of Communications, as well as General Manager of the Training & Transfer Center, at CRIM, until 2014. Mr. Clerk is a creative leader, focused on collaboration. He has had the opportunity to work closely with many key players in the ICT sector and has contributed directly to several mobilizing and structuring projects in our industry.

Mr. Clerk has also served as VP, Strategic Communications, at Vortex Conseils – a firm specialized in organizational performance and which markets technology to assist in quality management. Mr. Clerk has worked with different ICT management teams to assist them with their strategic planning exercises and with the development and implementation of marketing and communication strategies.

Wednesday, June 19 8:30-9:30

StICT.1: Energy Sustainability and ICTs

PMU Placement for Maximal Power System Observability Using Topology Transformation
Haneen Bawayan (University of Maryland Baltimore County & Embedded Systems and Networks Lab, USA); Mohamed Younis (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA

Environmental Assessment of Fluctuating Residential Electricity Demand
Julien Walzberg (Polytechnique Montréal & CIRAIG, Canada); Thomas Dandres (École Polytechnique de Montréal & École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada); Nicolas Merveille (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada); Mohamed Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure, University of Quebec), Canada); Réjean Samson (École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada)

Testbed for Adaptive Microphones in Ultra-Low-Power Systems
Evan Fallis, Mark Lipski, Andrew Mackey and Marc Jayson Baucas (University of Guelph, Canada); Matthew James (Kapik Integration, Canada); Petros Spachos and Stefano Gregori (University of Guelph, Canada)

LTM: Adaptive learning-based thermal model for temperature predictions in data centers
Seyedmorteza Mirhoseininejad, Fernando Martínez García, Ghada Badawy and Douglas Down (McMaster University, Canada)

StICT.2: Smart and Sustainable 2-3

Considering the temporal variability of power generation in the assessment of ICT emissions
Thomas Dandres (École Polytechnique de Montréal & École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada); Ana Carolina Riekstin (Kaloom, Canada); Mohamed Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure (University of Quebec), Canada)

A new routing metric for real-time applications in smart cities
Lamia El garoui (École Polytechnique Montréal, Canada)

Energy Efficient Bike-Share Tracking System with BLE Beacons and LoRa Technology
Andrew Mackey, Petros Spachos and Stefano Gregori (University of Guelph, Canada)

PReS: Power Peak Reduction by Real-time Scheduling for Urban Railway Transit
Zekun Yang, Yu Chen and Ning Zhou (Binghamton University, USA); Shiqiong Tong (Burns Engineering, Inc., USA)

Wednesday, June 19 3:30-4:30

StICT.3: Sustainable Computing and Communications

The Impact of Inter-Virtual Machine Traffic on Energy Efficient Virtual Machines Placement
Hatem Alharbi, Taisir El-Gorashi, Ahmed Lawey and Jaafar Elmirghani (University of Leeds, United Kingdom (Great Britain))

Greening The Network Using Traffic Prediction and Link Rate Adaptation
Abdolkhalegh Bayati (École de Technologie Superieure (ETS), Quebec, Canada); Kim Khoa Nguyen (University of Quebec, Canada); Mohamed Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure (University of Quebec), Canada)

Toward Predictive Handover Mechanism in Software-Defined Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks
Sadegh Aghabozorgi Nafchi (École de Technologie Supérieure, Canada); Abdolkhalegh Bayati (École de Technologie Superieure (ETS), Quebec, Canada); Kim Khoa Nguyen (University of Quebec, Canada); Charles Despins (ETS, University of Quebec, Canada); Mohamed Cheriet (Ecole de technologie superieure (University of Quebec), Canada)

Power Consumption and Delay in Wired Parts of Fog Computing Networks
Bartosz Kopras, Filip Idzikowski and Pawel Kryszkiewicz (Poznan University of Technology, Poland)