Communication and Distributed Systems

Symposium on Networked Systems 2024

March 15, 2024, 12.45 - 18.30 h

University of Bern, Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern, Room F-121

The CDS group at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Bern was founded in 1998, i.e. more than 25 years ago. More than 40 PhD students graduated since then, and many projects with national and international partners in both industry and academia have been successfully finished, resulting in numerous publications in journals and conferences. The symposium will review joint research topics and give an outlook on emerging topics in networked systems. The symposium consists of three sessions of invited speakers who collaborated with the CDS group over the last 25 years. Topics are in the area of research of the CDS group.


The symposium will be in person but not online. All presentations will be given in English. 

Participation (both speakers and attendees) is on invitation only. 

Sandwich Lunch and Coffee breaks will be served in Mensa Unitobler

Contact: Prof. Dr. Torsten Braun and Priska Grunder


Friday, March 15, 2024

 Time Title Speaker/Chair
12.00 - 12.45 Arrival of Participants and Sandwich Lunch
12.45 - 13.00 Welcome Prof. Torsten Braun (Universität Bern)
13.00 - 14.30 Session 1: Mobile and Fixed Networks Chair: Prof. Marilia Curado (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
A journey from traditional 2D wireless and mobile multimedia networks towards the cutting-edge realm of 5D immersive holographic-type communications Prof. Eduardo Cerqueira (UFPA, Belem, Brazil)
Research Challenges in Open Programmable Radio Access Networks
Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury (Northeastern University, Boston, USA)
What is still to be done after 50 years of research on networking ? Prof. Edmundo Monteiro (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
Trends in Network Evolution and (Unexpected) Problems Prof. Slawomir Kuklinski (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
High-Performance Communication Prof. Martina Zitterbart (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
OpenCNC - An Open Source Network Configuration Engine for Time Sensitive Networks Prof. Andreas Kassler (Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany)
14.30 - 15.00 Coffee Break 
15.00 - 16.30 Session 2: Internet of Things and Vehicular Communications Chair: Dr. Heinrich Stüttgen (Board Member of IEEE Communications Society, previously Head of NEC Labs Europe)
Exploring Sensor Networks, Vehicular Networks, and Federated Learning
Prof. Leandro Villas (Unicamp, Campinas, Brazil)
Multi-Agent Collaborative Environment Exploration under Resource Constraints
Prof. Zhongliang Zhao (Beihang University, Beijing, China)
Vehicular Named-Data Networking: State of the art, Challenges, and Future Perspectives Prof. Joao do Monte (Universidade Tecnica do Atlantico, Cabo Verde)
Towards Battery-Free In-Body Internet of Things
Prof. Thiemo Voigt (Uppsala Universitet, Sweden)
Connecting the unconnected with Internet of Things and Satellites Dr. Maria Rita Palattella (LIST, Luxembourg)
Intelligent Wireless Sensing and Positioning Prof. Zan Li (Jilin University, Changchun, China)
16.30 - 17.00 Coffee Break 
17.00 - 18.30 Session 3: Secure and Trustworthy Systems / Interdisciplinary Topics Chair: Prof. Peter Kropf (Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland)
AI, Cyberwar and IoT - The umpteenth wake-up call
Prof. Jochen Schiller (FU Berlin, Germany)
Securing Machine Learning
Prof. Ibrahim Khalil (RMIT Melbourne, Australia)
High-Performance and Trustworthy Networked Systems
Prof. Georg Carle (TU München, Germany)
From Picojoules to Terawatt Hours - Network Research and Climate Change Simon Leinen (SWITCH Zürich, Switzerland)
Decoding other people’s feelings: A social superpower? PD Dr. Katja Schlegel (Universität Bern, Switzerland)
Inferring Large DNA Aberrations from RNA Chistophe Georgescu (Broad Institute/MIT, Boston, USA)
19.00 - 22.00 Dinner at Restaurant Veranda