We are delighted to announce the following keynote speakers:

Barry Smyth (University College Dublin)  

Bram Nauta (University of Twente)




Prof. Barry Smyth

Barry holds the DIGITAL Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is the Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, a €100m research centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Industry.

Barry’s own research interests include information discovery, personalisation and recommender systems. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and founded a number of companies to commercialise the outputs of his research.


Abstract Barry Smyth

Title: From Small Sensors to Big Data: How the Sensor Web is Changing our World

In our increasingly digitized world almost everything we do creates a record that is stored somewhere, whether we are purchasing a book, calling a friend, ordering a meal, or renting a movie. And in the world of the sensor web this no longer limited to our online activities: exercising in the park, shopping for groceries, falling asleep, or even having a shower, are just some of our everyday activities that are likely to generate data. 


The world of the sensor web is all about understanding how we can (and whether we should) use this information to enable better decisions. Better decisions for where we might live or where to send our kids to school. Better decisions about the food we eat and the exercise we should take. Better decisions by our governments and policy makers when it comes to managing education, energy, infrastructure, and healthcare. And better decisions for business and enterprise when it comes to understanding customer needs and demands. 


In this talk we will discuss the origins of the sensor web and the attendant big data revolution. We will explore how these ideas suggest new ways of thinking about some of modern society's toughest challenges and how the resulting technologies will impact on our everyday lives in the future. 

Bram Nauta

Bram Nauta was born in 1964 in Hengelo, The Netherlands. In 1987 he received the M.Sc degree (cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. In 1991 he received the Ph.D. degree from the same university on the subject of analog CMOS filters for very high frequencies. In 1991 he joined the Mixed-Signal Circuits and Systems Department of Philips Research, Eindhoven the Netherlands. In 1998 he returned to the University of Twente, as full professor heading the IC Design group. His current research interest is high-speed analog CMOS circuits, software defined radio, cognitive radio and beamforming techniques.


Abstract Bram Nauta

Title: Modern wireless receiver techniques

Due to the increase of wireless standards using different radio communication frequencies there is a need to have receivers that can handle a very wide range of frequencies. A modern smartphone already uses dozens of different frequencies and this number is only growing. The challenge in these modern receivers is that the amount of filtering around the antenna input using bulky and expensive fixed-frequency filters should be minimised to save cost and volume. However these filters do serve an important purpose: to protect the transceiver from strong out of frequency band interferers.


By abandoning this narrow-band approach, new receiver architectures are explored, which can work without these fixed-frequency filters. Challenges will be addressed and solutions will be presented. One example is the “noise cancelling technique” where electronic noise in amplifier can be cancelled, increasing the sensitivity of the receiver, without needing narrow-band filters.