7/23/2020 5:27:31 PM


  • Keynote 1

 Smart sensors for health care application: challenges and opportunities

Prof. Nguyen Duc Hoa

Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam



Smart or intelligent sensors have been playing an important role in different industries especially with the rapid development of the fourth industrial revolution. The roles of smart sensors are becoming more important and reliable in personal health care applications because many personal devices such as smart phone, smart watches etc. are easily connected to the internet enabling the point-of-care, and everywhere applications. Especially, with the revolution of the Internet of Things and wearable systems, those care integrated with smart sensors for data collection and analysis are changing the way personal care services, giving many challenges and opportunities in development of smart sensors. Yes, smart sensors are gaining increasing attention for health screening, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment purposes thanks to their non-invasive, real time monitoring, easy to use, point-of-care applications, etc. However, there are many challenges and opportunities in development of new smart sensors to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, safety and sustainability of healthcare services in acute and chronic conditions. In this talk, I will introduce the overview of smart sensors for IoT and its applicability in healthcare applications. Some insights about current trends and an outlook on future developments of smart sensors in healthcare systems are introduced. I will introduce the up-to-date technology of smart nanosensors fabrication, their potential applications in IoT and healthcare. I also introduce the challenges in development of smart nanosensors and their integration in IoT devices. Finally, I will introduce some results of our group on the development of smart nanosensors and their application in and environmental monitoring.


Nguyen Duc Hoa obtained his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2009 at Chungnam National University in Korea. He awarded JSPS fellowship and conducted the research at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Japan) from 2009 to 2011. Currently, he is a full Professor at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. He has published more than 100+ ISI papers. He has a total of about 4000 citations with a H index of 33. His research activity has covered a wide range of nanostructured materials from synthesis, fundamental, and applications. He collaborated in several projects focusing on the outreach and education of students in the thematic of pollutant gases and related smart sensing platforms useful for their detection. He also developed inorganic materials and the use of machine learning towards smart sensing


  • Keynote 2


The Emerging Optical Wireless Commun. for Future Wireless Commun. Networks

Dr. Hoa Le-Minh

Northumbria University, UK



Artificial general lighting sources are currently evolving through the traditional fluorescent and incandescent sources to the modern energy saving light bulbs and now white light emitting diodes (LEDs). The introduction of solid state LED lighting source has attracted the attention of communications engineer’s worldwide, enabling the achievement of the dual functionality of room illumination whilst simultaneously transmitting wireless data via visible light communication (VLC), or optical wireless communications (OWC) in general, in optical spectrum regime. Although the existing wireless networks are primely dominated by radio-based technology, the emerging OWC will play increasingly important role in future wireless communications landscape. It is anticipated that both spectrum regimes, radio and optical, will eventually contribute equally for the next network generation, especially in nanocell and picocell network structures. This talk will outline the growth of optical wireless communications including VLC, and present the challenges and roadmap of the technology for the future generation of wireless networks.


Dr Hoa Le Minh is an Associate Professor at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. Prior to joining Northumbria University he was a research fellow at Siemens AG, Munich, Germany and at University of Oxford, UK. His research area is optical communications, visible light communications, sensor network and Smartphone technology in which he has published over 150 papers in journals and conferences.  He participates in a number of European and industrial projects. Hoa has chaired a number of international conferences/workshops and sessions in telecommunications. He is currently the Chairman of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Chapter of UK and Ireland, and the Editor of IEEE Communications Letters.


  • Keynote 3


An Energy-Efficient Clustering and Routing Framework for Disaster Relief Network

Dr. Antonino Masaracchia

Queen’s University Belfast, UK



The lack of communication between local authorities, first aid responders, and the population that are present in a natural disaster area, represents critical aspects which can compromise relief operations in saving human lives. During natural disasters (earthquakes/tsunamis), the typical telecommunications network infrastructure in the affected area could be damaged or unfunctional. This can seriously compromise the efficiency of first aid operations. This talk illustrates a possible device-to-device (D2D)-based framework which, starting from some basic information such as positions and battery level of victim’s devices, could provide communication from a disaster area towards a functional area. This framework, utilized by a base station located in a functional area, organizes users of disaster area into clusters of users and for each cluster select a gateway. This framework permits also, to evaluate the optimal transmission power for each gateway in order to maximize the energy efficiency in the area and to create a multi-hop path from the disaster area to relay node minimizing the end-to-end delay. The simulations results demonstrate that this proposed approach outperforms either random policy assignment and static policies assignment in both power allocation and routing path creations.


Antonino Masaracchia received the Ph.D. degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 2016. His Ph.D. studies were conducted in joint supervision with the Institute of Informatics and Telematics (IIT), National Research Council (CNR), Pisa, Italy, and the obtained results have been important contributions from IIT to the FP7-MOTO European Project. Since 2018, he is Research Fellow with the Centre for Wireless Innovation, Queen’s University Belfast, U.K. His research interests include heterogeneous networks, convex optimization and machine learning techniques, wireless communication, and green communication networking. He currently serves as a Guest Editor for IET Communications and a special issue on Radio Frequency Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer published by MDPI Electronics for which serves also as Topic Editor. He serves as guest editor for a special issue on Controls, Communications and Networking for Ad-hoc Mobile Sensor Networks published by ICSES Transactions on Computer Networks and Communications. He served as guest editor for a special issue on Reliable Communication for Emerging Wireless Networks published by Mobile Networks and Applications (ACM/Springer).