Seminar Series on Advances in Telecommunications, Networking and Computing

This seminar series is organized by the Department of Networked Systems and Services to provide unique opportunities to meet internationally recognized leading experts in the fields of Telecommunications, Networking and Computing. The lectures will be given in English by prominent foreign researchers from academia and industry, and they will be open to ALL interested colleagues, PhD students, and students. There is no fixed schedule for the seminar, but the lectures will be organized based on the availability of the invited lecturers, and they will be announced via various mailing lists. In addition, slides and up-to-date information on the program will be published on this site.

For further information, please, contact Dr. Levente Buttyán, Program Chair by e-mail (buttyan (at) or telephone (+36 1 463 1803).

Past years: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Program in 2015 and 2016

Date Lecturer Title Time Location
May 5, 2015 (Tue) András Takács
Head of R&D, Commsignia Ltd., Hungary
Information exchange aspects of autonomous driving 14:00 IB 110
Sep 9, 2015 (Wed) Arpad G. Toth
IDH Consulting LLC, Virginia, USA
Best practices for industry-university partnership 16:00 IB 017
Jan 22, 2016 (Fri) Giuliano Casale
Imperial College, UK
Performance Aware DevOps 10:00 IB 110

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Program in details

Information exchange aspects of autonomous driving

Speaker   András Takács, Head of R&D, Commsignia Ltd., Hungary
Date and time   May 5, 2015, 14:00
Location   BME, Informatics Building, IB 110
Download   20150505_Information_exchange_aspects_of_autonomous_driving.pdf

Abstract: Autonomous driving is slowly moving from sci-fi to near future, which increases the demand for specialized communication technologies. However, the common, widely-used networking technologies are not able to fulfill the latency, reliability and addressing requirements of such a complex system. It is difficult to focus for only one layer in this context while the system must take care of multiple aspects from the channel management, via the transmission power to the frequency of message transmission. The seminar summarizes the information exchange aspects of autonomous driving and targets the networking layer, especially the GeoNetworking protocol, the European standard of geo-aware cooperative V2X communication. This interesting technology provides addressing methods based on the geographical location of the vehicles instead of numbered addresses (i.e. IP address). The audience will be familiar with the different routing technologies applicable in this advanced C-ITS solution and will see the communication challenges of autonomous and semi-autonomous driving.

Short bio: András Takács is an automotive technology expert with distinct embedded software engineering and computer networking background. Active contributor to global standardization (IEEE, ISO, ETSI, CEN), and V2X organizations and alliances (C2C CC). He is a PhD candidate in the field of intelligent transportation systems and telematics with strong focus of protocol optimization. MSc degree from Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Currently he leads the R&D department of Commsignia Ltd, a leading Cooperative-ITS technology provider.

Best practices for industry-university partnership

Speaker   Arpad G. Toth, IDH Consulting LLC, Virginia, USA
Date and time   Sep 9, 2015, 16:00
Location   BME, Informatics Building, IB 017

Abstract: All technical universities of the world have been striving to achieve best status in educating scientists and engineers for future decades. A significant part of the university mission is to maintain professional collaborative relationship with the particular industries of interest. University – Industry (U-I) partnering and co-development are integral part of the practice. However, it is a challenge how universities can achieve best collaborative R&D result and highest impact on their industry clients’ business performance. This presentation details the university and industry value creation objectives that are not the same. It outlines major barriers to U-I collaboration, how to obtain highest value out of the U-I collaborative effort, the importance of strong communication channels between the U-I partners, the role and capabilities of the University program manager, the strict management of the program confidentiality and the criticality of investing into mutual long-term U-I partnership. The talk also illustrates the technological and logistical factors that impact the joint U-I R&D. Then a number of U-I R&D cooperation models is illustrated and it is concluded that there is no once size fits all solution. Finally the talk details best practices of U-I partnership recommending effective industry participation on the Department level by creating U-I Advisory Board, development of continuous and effective Alumni relations development process and exploration of volunteer efforts by those who want to contribute to the success of university.

Short bio: Arpad G. Toth is a globally recognized technologist, inventor, and business executive in the fields of converged homeland/physical security protection and information technology; safe and smart cities; wired and wireless communications; digital image and video. He has spent more than 4 decades as research scientist, manager, executive director, chief technology officer (CTO), and senior executive (Vice President, CEO, Chairman) in the field working for Nortel-BNR, Philips-Research, Kodak Research, Circuit City, GTSI System Integration Co. He co-founded three high-technology start-up firms (IDH Consulting LLC., Alacera International and Inciscent), has worked and led efforts globally in nine nations. While currently founder and president of IDH since 2009, Arpad conducts executive advisory work on large enterprise, military and homeland security IT solutions. He has been executive advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, AT&T, Lockheed-Martin, Ridge-Global Inc., GTSI, etc. Since 2012, he has also been member of the Board of COMINT Systems Inc. and acts also as the company’s CTO. Arpad concluded his PhD studies (without degree) and holds an MSEE in telecommunications, both from the University of Toronto, Canada. He earned EE Telecommunication’s degree and also Education/Management degree from the Technical University of Budapest. Arpad completed executive management programs at Harvard University (sponsored by Kodak) and the Chief Security Officers (CSO) management program at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania (sponsored by GTSI).

Performance Aware DevOps

Speaker   Prof. Giuliano Casale, Imperial College, UK
Date and time   Jan 22, 2016, 10:00
Location   BME, Informatics Building, IB 110
Download   20160122_Casale_Devops.pdf

Abstract: DevOps has emerged in recent years as a novel paradigm to facilitate the interaction between development and IT operations. For example, DevOps advocates the use of automated tools and infrastructure-as-code as a way to increase the agility of IT application delivery. In this talk, I will first discuss opportunities and challenges that DevOps brings to the area of performance engineering. I will then review automated tools to meet performance and cost requirements since the early design stages of an application.

Short bio: Giuliano Casale is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing of Imperial College London. Prior to this, he was a full-time researcher at SAP Research UK. His research interests include cloud computing, modelling, and resource management, topics on which he has published more than 80 refereed papers in international conferences and journals. He has served as co-chair for ACM SIGMETRICS/Performance, IEEE MASCOTS, USENIX ICAC and ACM/SPEC ICPE. He is member of the IFIP WG 7.3 group on Computer Performance Analysis and of the ACM SIGMETRICS Board of Directors.

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