IEEE 7th World Forum on Internet of Things
14 June–31 July 2021 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Communications, Connectivity, and Networking (Including RFID)

Track Description

The co-evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) and communication systems has only compounded interest in and growth of technologies in this area. While sensing techniques and methods have evolved as has data intelligence through machine learning, the benefits of the IoT will mean little without having a fast, efficient and robust network with which to move this data around. Will the data from the mushrooming collection of ‘things’ overwhelm networks? How will different connectivity solutions suit different application areas with differing requirements for bandwidth, latency and energy efficiency? With 5G technology now deploying, there are new opportunities for both industry and government to leverage this increase in connectivity to better distribute data among many different types of networks up and into the cloud. This track seeks to address the challenges in technology and policy related to moving data throughout the IoT as well as note novel applications.

Some particular themes of this track include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Communication Networks for IoT
  • Physical Layer communication protocols
  • Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology
  • Policy
  • What’s after 5G?

Track Co-Chairs

Jacqueline Walker University of Limerick, Limerick Ireland

Dr Jacqueline Walker is a lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland where she teaches in Cloud Computing,and Mobile Wireless Communications. Dr Walker gained her BE degree with first class honours from The University of Western Australia and her PhD degree from Curtin University of Technology where she made significant contributions to time transfer and synchronization in communications networks. She has also published in biomedical, speech and music signal processing and is currently pursuing research in software radio for a variety of satellite applications and also for use in engineering education.



Christopher R. Valenta, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA

Christopher R. Valenta is currently a senior research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Electro-optical Systems Laboratory where he acts as the EO Systems Innovation Division Associate Chief and Opto-Electronics branch chief. His research interests lay in wireless power, radio frequency identification, remote sensing, active-passive electro-optics, optical system design, microwave and milli-meter wave sensing, and digital signal processing. Dr. Valenta is also an adjunct professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the winner of the 2015 IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award, and a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia.



Narang N. Kishor, Narnix Technolabs Pvt. Ltd, India

Kishor is Technology Consultant, Mentor & Design Architect in Electrical, Electronics & ICT with over 40 years of professional experience in education, research, design and consulting. Over 30 years of hardcore Research and Design Development Experience in Solutions, Systems, Products, Hardware, Software & Firmware (Embedded Software) in fields of Industrial, Power, IT, Telecom, Medical, Energy and Environment, and over 10 years of Consultancy Experience to different segments of business & industry. He has over 200 Research & Design Mentees in the Electronics, ICT & STI Ecosystems. Professionally, he is an Electronics Design Engineer practicing design & development of a wide spectrum of Products, Systems & Solutions as an Independent Design House – NARNIX since 1981.

For last 10 years, deeply involved in Standardization in the Electrical, Electronics, Communication and Information Technology Domains with focus on Identifying Gaps in Standards to address Interoperable Systems & Solutions Deployments and bring Harmonization by defining standardized interfaces to ensure End-to-End Interoperability. Currently leading the Standardization activities as the Chairman of Smart Infrastructure Sectional Committee LITD 28 in BIS the Indian National Standards Body, Vice Chair – Strategy & Convenor – Reference Architecture WG in IEC Systems Committee on Smart Cities, Project Leader – IEC TS 63188 ED1 – Smart Cities Reference Architecture Methodology, Project Leader – IEC 63205 ED1 – Smart Cities Reference Architecture, Member Steering Committee – OCEANIS (The Open Community for Ethics in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems) & Co-Editor – ISO 30145 on Smart City ICT Reference Frameworks…

Currently, Kishor is developing a Comprehensive “5G inclusive ICT Architecture for Critical Infrastructure” and leading the 5G Application Layer Standards development in India.


Latif Ladid, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Prof. Latif Ladid holds the following positions:

Founder & President, IPv6 FORUM,

Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society

Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program

Member of 3GPP PCG (Board) (

Member of IEEE 5G Initiative Steering Committee (Future Networks Initiative) and IEEE IoT Steering Committee.

Vice-Chair, ETSI IPv6 Industry Specification Group :

Member of Future Internet Forum EU Member States (representing Luxembourg).

IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award, 2002IPv6 Life Time Achievement Award, 2016.

Research Fellow @ University of Luxembourg ( since 2006) on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies Projects.


Gürkan Solmaz, IoT Research Group, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany

Gürkan Solmaz is a Senior Researcher in the IoT Research group at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. His research interests include mobile computing/networking, mobility, and cloud-edge systems aspects of IoT with a particular focus on crowd mobility in smart cities as well as autonomous vehicles/drones in IoT applications. He received his BS degree in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the USA. He co-authored more than 30 papers and he was co-recipient of two best paper awards and the UCF Computer Science Ph.D. Student of the Year First Runner-up award. He has been a regular member of the technical program committees of IEEE conferences and a member of IEEE, Communications Society (ComSoc), ACM, SIGMOBILE, and ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA).


Ori Mor, Co-Founder and Vice President of Research & Development Wi-Charge

Ori – a serial entrepreneur who’s served in an elite unit of the Israeli defense forces for years – is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Research & Development of Wi-Charge. Wi-charge is the world leader in wireless power, providing long-distance wireless charging technology through focused infrared beams. Prior to Wi-Charge, Ori was the Founder and CEO of Appoxee Mobile Technologies, a leading SaaS mobile engagement platform that was sold to Teradata (NYSE:TDC). Before Appoxee, Ori held a series of leadership positions at the Electronic Research Department (ERD), the top research and development unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Ori has shared his powerful insights and sense of humor to engage audiences in venues such as CES, the World Mobile Congress, the AWS Innovate Online Conference, and others. He is also a frequent contributor to several publications including Forbes, Electronic 360, Digital Trends, Evaluation Engineering, and Inverse. Ori holds a master’s degree as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering – Magna Cum Laude – from the Tel-Aviv University. He is the laureate of the Israel Defense Award (2008).


Bala Krishna Maddali, GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India

Bala Krishna Maddali (M. Bala Krishna) received Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Degree in Computer Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology (presently Netaji Subhas University of Technology and formerly Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology), University of Delhi, Delhi, India and Master of Technology (M.Tech.) Degree in Information Technology from University School of Information Technology (presently University School of Information and Communication Technology), Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India. He received Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Computer Engineering from JMI Central University, New Delhi, India. He had worked as Senior Research Associate and Project Associate with the Indian Institute Technology, Delhi, India. He worked as Research Associate with the University School of Information Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India. He is presently working as Assistant Professor in University School of Information and Communication Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. His areas of interest include computer networks, wireless networks, mobile communication networks, network security and Internet of Things. He has publications in International Journals, Conferences, and Book Chapters. He is IEEE Senior Member. He has served as the Workshop Co-Chair and Tutorial Chair/Co-Chair for IEEE Conferences. He has organized the IEEE and ACM Workshops. He is Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for IEEE Conferences.


Talk Title: Participatory Data Sensing for IoT Networks

Abstract: Participatory Sensing comprises of entities and groups that sense the attributed task and contributes for cooperative and collective communication in the network. Smart embedded devices sense the surrounding, initiate the data forwarding process and create new tasks for the neighborhood nodes. Historical data combined with current location-aware sensing considerably reduce the sensing cost. Smart phone users intentionally increase the sensing cost to maximize the incentives, hence location-aware data sharing approach is used to restrict the coverage cost in the network. Mobile crowd sensing based on sensing environment, network topology and current social requirements address the tasks such as data collection and sensing by router nodes and server nodes. The context awareness focuses on specified targets and improves the user participation in the network.