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Date: Wednesday 12th June 2024, 10:00-11:00

Room: C3-005, Campus Nord, UPC

Online MEET: https://meet.google.com/fxf-nosw-mix

PhD Seminar: "IoT: Features and security risks"

Organizer: Prof. Mónica Aguilar Igartua

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a technology that has become popular because of the ease of use, accessibility and services that can be offered to improve the quality of life of users. However, most of the manufacturers and IoT developers do not consider the risks inherent to this new technology due to, among other factors, their eagerness to market their products and/or applications and the lack of understandable ways to identify where and what to protect in this wide environment to preserve data according to their sensitivity. Despite the above, IoT ecosystems are already being used in multiple contexts such as healthcare, automotive industries, home automation, among others, so it is necessary to have a structured methodology to develop secure IoT applications.

Short Bio: Rafael V. Páez Méndez received the Laurea degree (cum laude) in the Ph.D. in Telematics Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), in 2007. In October 2008 he joined the faculty of the Pontifical Javeriana University of Bogotá, Colombia, where he is currently an Associate Professor and the coordinator of the master in Digital security. He is also the director of the research group in Distributed Systems and Network communications. He is author of several scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.  

 1) June 4th from 16:00 to 17:30.

2) June 6th from 16:00 to 17:30.

3) June 10th from 16:00 to 17:30

Building C3 Campus Nord and online: 

https://meet.google.com/obt-vzya-kpm 

Seminar on Protection of Medical IoT Devices.
Organizers: Professors Josep Pegueroles, Jose Luis Muñoz and Oscar Esparza from the ENTEL ISG-MAK research group,
and Carla Brugulat from the cybersecurity “Catedra CARISMATICA”.
Abstract: 

Connected medical devices or Medical Internet of Things (MIoT) devices offer real-time monitoring of vital signs, interactions, and a patient’s health status. This category includes wearable medical devices, implantable devices, health applications, diagnostic monitors, and therapeutic devices.

The seminar includes the study of Artificial Intelligence techniques for detecting and mitigating cybersecurity attacks in MIoT networks. The seminar held at the Department of Network Engineering at UPC serves as an introduction to understanding the problems and ongoing work in this field. Below are the details of the talks.

May 29th, 18h-19h

Room C4-021B, EETAC, online at  http://meet.google.com/bff-rmhs-ghd

Title: Unleashing the potential of Open RAN: Leveraging Deep Learning for Radio Access Network Control and Management
Speaker: Dr. Jose Suárez Varela (Telefonica Research)
Organizer: EETAC.
Abstract: Nowadays, the networking community is actively working on the development of the key technologies that will drive the success of 6G networks based on Open RAN. In this exciting landscape, Deep Learning can be a game-changer in propelling such a revolution, especially for processing the vast amounts of data collected in networks, uncovering intricate patterns in that data, and making complex decisions in real time. This talk will present some ongoing efforts from the Telefonica Research team to apply cutting-edge Deep Learning techniques for control and management of future 6G networks. We will introduce some use cases that we are exploring in the Open6G project where we leverage Deep Learning for achieving unprecedented levels of connectivity and user experience. Next, we will discuss some key open challenges still ahead to achieve mature Deep Learning solutions applied to mobile networks. Finally, we will outline some future directions that may help materialize robust Deep Learning-based solutions for the mobile networks of tomorrow

May 22th, 18h-19h

Room C4-021B, EETAC, online at https://meet.google.com/qcf-vyba-tzi

Title: How 5G penetrates the Industry? Can 5G satisfy Industry 4.0 requirements?
Speaker: Dr. Mahdi Darroudi (Neutroon)
Organizer: EETAC.

Abstract: From the common user experiences point of view like web browsing or Youtube video streaming, etc, there is not much difference between 4G and 5G. The main benefit of the 5G is how it satisfies the Industry 4.0 requirements and penetrates into industrial use cases. Slicing and improving network KPIs opens the horizon to remove cables from shop floors and have a flexible production line employing 5G. However, the success rate of such replacement depends on how the 5G can be integrated into industrial communication protocols. This talk explains the 5G features which can satisfy Industry 4.0 requirements, challenges and solutions.            


Wednesday May 8th at 18:00

SpeakerJose Suárez Varela 
Title:  Unleashing the potential of Open RAN: Leveraging Deep Learning for Radio Access Network Control and Management

Online Meet: meet.google.com/sax-qroq-mad(obriu en una finestra nova)

Organizer: EETAC - UPC

Abstract:  Nowadays, the networking community is actively working on the development of the key technologies that will drive the success of 6G networks based on Open RAN. In this exciting landscape, Deep Learning can be a game-changer in propelling such a revolution, especially for processing the vast amounts of data collected in networks, uncovering intricate patterns in that data, and making complex decisions in real time. This talk will present some ongoing efforts from the Telefonica Research team to apply cutting-edge Deep Learning techniques for control and management of future 6G networks. We will introduce some use cases that we are exploring in the Open6G project where we leverage Deep Learning for achieving unprecedented levels of connectivity and user experience. Next, we will discuss some key open challenges still ahead to achieve mature Deep Learning solutions applied to mobile networks. Finally, we will outline some future directions that may help materialize robust Deep Learning-based solutions for the mobile networks of tomorrow.
These technologies are being used and developed in the OPEN6G project(obriu en una finestra nova) . The Open6G coordinated project -Open RANs for Revolutionary 6G Systems- conducts applied research on open RANs currently underway with the goal of designing and developing a 6G-based open test platform for the new network and sensing applications related to smart surfaces.

25th April 2024, 12:00-13:00

Title:
Adversarial incorrect information injection in cyber-physical systems

Speaker: Prof. Leonardo Badia

Location: C3-005, Campus Nord, UPC

Onlinehttps://meet.google.com/kei-ubka-zuv

Abstract:
Ambient monitoring through remote sensing is the first operation in cyber-physical systems to enable accurate decision-making by network intelligence. Persistence in an erroneous knowledge of the system state can therefore be harmful. The staleness and lack of accuracy about the system state are often quantified through age of incorrect information (AoII). To get fresh and accurate information, the network controller must perform system measurements at a sufficiently high rate. In this talk, we consider a security scenario where an adversary may inject false data to make the information available at the network controller incorrect, which can only be contrasted by additional measurements. This results in a game played by strategic agents, for which we provide an equilibrium analysis and discuss the role of
different system parameters.

Short bio:
Leonardo Badia received his Msc. and PhD degree from the University of Ferrara, Italy. After previous positions in other Italian Universities, he has been with the University of Padova, Italy, since 2011, where he is presently an Associate Professor.

19th December 2023, 16:00

Title: "Business Email Compromise (BEC) Techniques, Tactics and Procedures (TTPs)"

Speaker: Sebastien Kanj (PhD Student)

Room: Seminar C3-304 Campus Nord. Engineering Department. Entel.

 

Abstract: Business Email Compromise (BEC) frauds have emerged as a pervasive and rapidly evolving cyber threat, causing substantial financial losses to organizations and individuals worldwide. Cybercriminals have not only profited immensely from these schemes but have also reinvested their gains in technology to enhance their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). In this talk, we will explore the dynamic market for BEC fraud and elucidate the involvement of various Threat Actors (TAs) in the Kill Chain. Each TA employs distinct TTPs, contributing to the ever-evolving sophistication of BEC fraud schemes. The diverse TTPS will be examined and categorize,as a mean to provide a foundation for enhancing cybersecurity measures to mitigate this threat

13th December 2023, 12:00

Invited Talk: "Energy Informatics. Use Case of Data Centers”.

Dr. Robert Basmadjian

Room: 005 - C3 building, Campus Nord. Network Engineering Department. Entel.
On site.
Also available Meet link: meet.google.com/jke-zysy-ypz.

Data centers are the backbones in realizing digitization where they host ICT resources like servers, storage devices and networking equipment. Despite their advantages in terms of providing numerous services, the major drawback is that data centers devour enormous amounts of energy. It is expected that the energy usage of data centers will increase in the next few years due to the new emerging technologies such as blockchain and 5G.

2nd October 2023

NetBCN October 2023 "VPP and Hybrid Cloud networking"

The topics include cloud, data centers, and MPLS.

26-27 Sept 2023

ESNOG (Spanish Network Operators), celebrating its 30th meeting in Campus Nord UPC.
Link to the agenda and registration: https://esnog.net/gore30/agenda

Event regarding the areas of the group of Spanish Network Operators, such as  BGP monitoring, forensic analysis, network automation, etc.

20-23 February

Seminars addressed to PhD students:
- "Scientific writting”
- "English communication skills"

https://5gsmartfact.upc.edu/training-events/courses

9th June 2022, 11:00-12:00

Speaker: Dr Leonardo Badia (Univ. Padova)
Title: "Impact of transmission cost on Age of Information at Nash
equilibrium in random-based medium access
"

Talk. C3-005, Campus Nord (UPC). Also online:https://meet.google.com/tvx-wahz-hte

 

Abstract: Random-based medium access protocols are often considered inefficient and unstable from a game theoretic perspective, because the players (i.e., the transmitters) want to maximize their individual utility and so they tend to be very aggressive, which causes collisions. Generally, this is limited by introducing a cost for the transmission. However, if each player's objective is high throughput, the aggressiveness is only partially limited as the resulting equilibrium is inefficient. We show that, if the objective shifts to age-of-information, the resulting equilibrium can become more efficient. Interesting, this has some simple analytical formulation in basic protocols like slotted ALOHA, but becomes still valid in more advanced techniques where irregular-repetition or capture-effect are inserted.

Friday, 1st October 2021, 11:00h - 12:00h

"Talk on 5G: technology and security"

Speaker: Dr Jordi Mongay Batalla (Univ. Warsaw, Poland)

C3-005, Campus Nord (UPC). 

Also online:  https://meet.google.com/fgb-usnn-bxz

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K6epjTugUw2fltOBUA47kD_-uQ2nfHnC/view?usp=sharing PDF of the talk

Abstract:  In the next years, 5G will introduce hundreds of new services and applications, which will benefit from the advanced features of the 5G network. The new scenarios foreseen in 5G are: (1) Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC) including applications with strict requirements on latency and reliability for mission-critical communications, such as remote surgery, autonomous vehicles or the tactile Internet; (2) Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) which includes data-driven use cases requiring high data rates across a wide coverage area; and (3) Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) which support a very large number of devices in a small area that may only send data sporadically, such as Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.

5G is a new network that is currently being developed and implemented. This offers the possibility of approaching security not only as a response to threats, but also from the moment of designing the network and starting the development of the elements of the network. However, before approaching security in the 5G, we should recognise that a completely secure network will never be possible…

Bio: JordiMongay Batalla (MSc by Polytechnic of Valencia, Spain; PhD and DSc by Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. ORCID: 0000-0002-1489-5138) was born in Barcelona (Spain). He obtained M.Sc. degree from Universitat Politècnica de Valencia in 2000 and Ph.D. and habilitation degrees from Warsaw University of Technology in 2009 and 2017, respectively. In past, he worked in Centro Nazionale di Astrofisica in Bologna (Bolonia, Italy), where he conducted research on Diffserv networks, in Telcordia Poland, an Ericsson R&D Co. (Poznań, Poland), where he provided research on Vulnerabilities Management of IPv6 and Risk Assessment for IPv6 Ready; as well as in Seidor S.A. (Barcelona, Spain), in charge of European R&D projects in the field of cybersecurity enforcement. He is now with National Institute of Telecommunications, one of the largest scientific research institutions in Poland, where from 2018 he is the Deputy Director of Research. He is also with Warsaw University of Technology, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Network and Services.

Currently Prof. Mongay Batalla is an adviser in different international and national technical groups. He is a technical adviser of the Polish Government for 5G cybersecurity law, a technical adviser of Polish Ministry of Infrastructure for autonomous automotive and others. Jordi Mongay is a Non-CEI expert of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) for 5G cybersecurity. He is also a technical member of the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (European Commission) and is a member of Hyperledger platform (a TheLinuxFoundation project). He is Member of the Polish Normalization Committee and collaborates actively with ITU-T Standardisation Groups (SG-12). He is an IEEE and ACM Member since 2010.

His research interest focuses mainly on Cybersecurity (Risk Assessment, Security Enforcement, Vulnerabilities Management), IP Technologies (radio: 5G and 6G, core: Network services chain, SDN, AI) and Applications (DLT and blockchain, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, multimedia) for the Future Internet.

Jordi Mongay Batalla took part (coordination and/or participation) in more than 30 national and international ICT research projects (including EU ICT Programs). He is editor of four books and author of more than 150 papers published in books, international journals (IEEE ComMag, IEEE WCM, IEEE JSAC, ACM CSUR, etc.) and conference proceedings and two patents (Polish and European Patent Offices). He is/ has been guest editor and member of Editorial Board in more than 10 international journals. He is also interested in human sciences, especially psychology and social sciences, where he finished two postgraduate courses.

29th September 2021, 18:00h

 

Talk: "An NFV system to support service provisioning on UAV networks”

- Speaker: Borja Nogales, from UC3M.

Where: Classroom C4-021B and meet.google.com/nvc-qepq-axz
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Abstract: We will describe the design an implementation of an NFV system capable of deploying moderately complex network services over a wireless ad-hoc network of resource-constrained compute nodes. The system design targets aerial networks built by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and it relies on container virtualization to support the execution of network functions within constrained environments, as well as on mobile ad-hoc networking to support the underlying end-to-end network communications. The presentation will also cover the implementation experience from developing this NFV system, which is based on relevant and widely-adopted open-source technologies in the NFV arena such as ETSI Open-Source MANO (OSM) and OpenStack. In addition, we will present the integration of this system into a distributed NFV testbed spanning three different remote sites in Spain, i.e., Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and Universidad del País Vasco (UPV-EHU). The goal of this testbed is to explore synergies among NFV, UAVs, and 5G vertical services, following a practical approach primarily governed by experimentation.
Speaker: Borja Nogales (Carlos III University)
21 September 2021, 10:00h - 11:00h
Speaker: Dr Leonardo Badia (Univ. Padova)
Title: "Multi-agent navigation of autonomous vehicles and parking problems"

Talk. C3-005, Campus Nord (UPC).  Also online: https://meet.google.com/fgb-usnn-bxz

PDF of the talk:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kd6mEsZWooscvEarqofRP4aZuIOpADzK/view?usp=sharing

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Abstract:  Intelligent autonomous vehicles navigating in a smart city environment need to find a parking spot, but the task of efficiently using parking resources is at odds with the selfish nature of competing agents. If we model the problem through game theory, we can evaluate the efficiency of a distributed decision mechanism. At the same time, we
also gain insight on the complexity of identifying efficient solutions and hint that the overall problem is difficult to solve without compromising the inherent selfish objective of each individual vehicle.
Bio: Leonardo Badia  received both the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. in information engineering (with highest mark) from the University of Ferrara, in year 2000 and 2004, respectively. In March 2011 he joined the faculty of the University of Padova, where he is presently an Assistant/Adjunct Professor. Leonardo Badia also held several research and teaching collaborations at various titles (lecturing and/or participations to research projects) with the Italian Universities of Padova, Pisa, Ferrara, and the IMT Advanced Studies Institute in Lucca, and also the Consorzio Ferrara Ricerche, also in Ferrara, Italy. He is author of more than 120 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals or conferences. He presently serves on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters.
20 September 2021, 15:00h - 16:00h
Speaker: Dr Leonardo Badia (Univ. Padova)
Title: "A Game of One/Two Strategic Friendly Jammers Versus a Malicious Strategic Node"

Talk. C3-005, Campus Nord (UPC). Also online: https://meet.google.com/fgb-usnn-bxz

PDF of the talk: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U7nEXQofhq7V53ZsqRS3UqVvbe1_YzHM/view?usp=sharing

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Abstract: This talk presents some research applications in the context of friendly jamming, where jamming is performed by the legitimate network to defeat a malicious transmitter. We will see how game theory is able to find interesting and sometimes counterintuitive behaviors when analyzing this jamming problem in the presence of one or multiple jammers.
Bio: Leonardo Badia received both the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. in information engineering (with highest mark) from the University of Ferrara, in year 2000 and 2004, respectively. In March 2011 he joined the faculty of the University of Padova, where he is presently an Assistant/Adjunct Professor. Leonardo Badia also held several research and teaching collaborations at various titles (lecturing and/or participations to research projects) with the Italian Universities of Padova, Pisa, Ferrara, and the IMT Advanced Studies Institute in Lucca, and also the Consorzio Ferrara Ricerche, also in Ferrara, Italy. He is author of more than 120 scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals or conferences. He presently serves on the Editorial Boards of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters.  
28-03-2021

PhD Program transversal activity.

Research Dissemination and other issues along the PhD studies.

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(1) PhD Program presentation [Xavier Hesselbach] The Network Engineering Doctorate Program at a glance Industrial Doctorate The Research Plan The PhD Defense International Doctorate mention The boards Quality indexes and metrics. JCR, SCOPUS.

(2) Discussion and Open Questions [ALL]

(3) Slides Show of the works in progress from all the PhD students (available in the Entel web site for your interest)