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Thursday 28 Nov 2019The Internet of Things: A Radical Change in Network Data Traffic Patterns

Dr. Miguel Lopez-Benitez - University of Liverpool

Harrison 170 14:00-15:00

Abstract: Existing communication networks have historically been designed and optimised to support the traffic generated by human-driven services. However, current communication networks no longer connect just people but are evolving into a myriad of machine-type devices interconnected through the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is expected to introduce billions of new machine-type devices with lower individual data rates but potentially much larger aggregated traffic volumes, which will represent a radical change in network data traffic patterns. An accurate modelling of such traffic patterns is of utmost importance in IoT networks research. This talk will discuss some of the models most commonly used to the date for IoT traffic, present some of the latest advancements in the field, and illustrate the importance of accurate models in the design, performance evaluation and optimisation of future IoT communication networks.

Short bio: Miguel Lopez-Benitez received the BSc and MSc degrees in Telecommunication Engineering (both with Distinction) from Miguel Hernandez University, Elche, Spain in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and the PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering (with Highest Distinction, summa cum laude) from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain in 2011. He was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Communication Systems Research of the University of Surrey, UK from 2011 to 2013. In 2013, he became a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics of the University of Liverpool, UK, where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2018. His research interests are in the field of wireless communications and networking, with special emphasis on mobile communications, dynamic spectrum access in cognitive radio systems, and the Internet of Things. He is/has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of research projects funded by the EPSRC, British Council and Royal Society. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Access, IET Communications, and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing.

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