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Connections 2022 - IoT Track


India Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc) & Industry Network Technology Council (INTC) will be organizing the 5th iteration of Connections as a joint India-US fully online event on April 2-8 2022.


Register - HERE


The timing of the event would be 19:30 India, 14:00 UTC, 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT for 2.5 hours each day.


Day 4 (Thursday, 7th April) would be the IoT track -


Internet of Things: The Standards Landscape by Carsten Bormann


Microcontrollers have enabled adding processing and communication to many physical objects, but the result is not a simple copy of a general-purpose computing environment. Bringing these objects into the Internet requires attention to their specific constraints. Since 2005, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been shaping Internet protocols towards the special requirements of such constrained devices, addressing a full stack from adaptation layers to the application layer, including security protocols. Looking at 17 years of standardization, what have we achieved, and what still needs to be completed to arrive at a true Internet of Things?


Carsten Bormann likes bringing the Internet to odd places. Honorary professor for Internet Technology at the Universität Bremen, he is a member of its Center for Computing and Communications Technology (TZI). His research interests are in protocol design and system architectures for networking. In the IETF, he mainly has been working on bringing

Internet Technology to new links, applications, or radios. Since 2005, he has co-chaired, initiated, or co-authored many of the IETF efforts that now make up its Internet of Things (IoT) stack: he initiated the IETF work on Constrained RESTful Environments (CoRE) and the CoAP (Constrained Application) Protocol and co-chaired the IETF CoRE WG for its first ten years. Most recently, he launched the Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG) in the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). He has authored and co-authored 48 Internet RFCs, which have 439 citations in other Internet RFCs.


IoT Webinar Series Kickoff by Pascal Thubert & Georgios Z. Papadopoulos


In May 2021, the IETF published the 6TiSCH architecture, the first IETF document that brings together the components defined at the IETF to enable a combination of deterministic and stochastic IPv6 traffic over a deterministic low power radio. The IoT Webinar series cover the main elements of that architecture, first placing the 6TiSCH architecture in the more general context of deterministic networking, then walking through its main elements that are 6LoWPAN Header compression, fragmentation, and Neighbor Discovery, as well as the RPL routing protocols, introducing the key design choices that lead to the standards and the resulting protocol operations.

The webinar will be composed of 5 sessions of one hour each:

  • Session 1: Introduction :

  • Session 2: 6TiSCH, DetNet & RAW Architectures RFC 9030, RFC 8655, RAW architecture draft

  • Session 3: IPv6 and 6LoWPAN: RFC 4919, 4944, 6282, 8025, 8930, 8931

  • Session 4: Routing protocol in Industrial IoT: on RPL in existing - RFCs 6550, 8138, 9008, (DAO projection)

  • Session 5: 6LoWPAN ND and RPL: present, interaction, future - RFC 8505, 8928, 9010, 6lo multicast draft


Dr. Pascal Thubert has been actively involved in research, development, and standards efforts on Internet mobility and wireless technologies since joining Cisco in 2000; he currently works at Cisco’s Chief Technology Office. Standards-wise, Pascal mostly contributes to the ETSI and the IETF. At the IETF, he co-chairs two IoT-related Working Groups and contributes to several others in the Internet and routing areas, where he authored 20+ RFCs the general context of IPv6, wireless, and the Internet of Things; he also contributed to the creation of DetNet and RAW and participates to the IEEE/IETF coordination, the INT Area and the IoT directorates. Pascal holds an Engineering Degree from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon and a Ph.D. from IMT Atlantique, and above 300 patents.


Georgios Z. Papadopoulos (MIEEE) serves as an Associate Professor at the IMT Atlantique in Rennes, France. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bristol. He received his Ph.D. from University of Strasbourg, in 2015 with honors, his M.Sc. in Telematics Engineering from University Carlos III of Madrid in 2012 and his B.Sc. in Informatics from Alexander T.E.I. of Thessaloniki in 2011. Dr. Papadopoulos has participated in numerous international and national research projects on diverse networking verticals. He has received the prestigious French national ANR JCJC 2017 grant for young researchers. He has been involved in the organization and program committee of many international events, such as IEEE ISCC’20, IEEE DIPI’19, AdHoc-Now’18, IEEE CSCN’18, GIIS’18, IEEE ISCC’17. Moreover, he has been serving as Associate Editor for Wireless Networks journal and Internet Technology Letters since 2018. He is author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in the area of computer communications, networks and cybersecurity. He actively participates at the IETF standards organization with multiple drafts in the ROLL and RAW Working Groups. His research interests include Industrial IoT, 6TiSCH, 6lo, LoRa & LPWAN, Wireless Battery Management System, Smart Grid, Cybersecurity and Moving Target Defense. Dr. Papadopoulos has received the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award granted by the University of Strasbourg and he was a recipient of two Best Paper Awards (IFIP Med-Hoc-Net’14 and IEEE SENSORS’14).


Panel Discussion on IoT deployments


The panel brings together leading academics and industry veterans to discuss and debate on the progress we have made so far in defining and deploying IoT technologies. We will hear about IoT protocol standardization, IOT in rural and Agri as well as defense use. Followed by forecasts on what is next in this space.


Apart from the above speakers, this panel includes -


Shwetha Bhandari (Moderator) is a Principal Engineer at ThoughtSpot securing the application and cloud infrastructure. She has been an active contributor to IETF since 2008. She currently co-authors Insitu OAM related work, Attestation related work in RATS workgroup at IETF and chairs 6lo wg. She serves on the IETF Ops and IOT directorate.


Rahul Jadhav is an avid coder, a system engineer working on solutions involving network and transport optimization. He has contributed to more than a dozen open sources including Linux Kernel and worked closely with IETF Standards Working Groups (such as ROLL, 6lo, LWIG) and Linux Foundation Groups. Taken several projects from conception to market. Architected metering infrastructure based on 802.15.4G + PLC/6lo/RPL for Smart Grids and has a special interest in scalable mesh network architectures for low-power networks and has contributed towards IETF protocol standardization in the domain. Currently, he is a part of the Accuknox team figuring out the best way to handle Zero-Trust based Security solutions involving Cloud/Edge/IoT.


Sundar Ramakrishnan is the co-founder of Pinaka Aerospace Pvt Ltd - a company working in the area of defence and aerospace. The company primarily serves the Indian market, and counts amongst its customers the full spectrum, from India’s Armed Forces, Public and Private Sector Tier-1 companies such as HAL, BEL, the Tata group, etc., and the R&D Labs under the Indian Defence R&D Organization. Sundar heads the new Space Business for Pinaka. Sundar began his career with the Indian Defence R&D Organization where he was involved in developing high-performance computing solutions for India’s missile program and light combat aircraft program. He has since worked at Hewlett Packard and Cisco where he has contributed to diverse technologies such as network security, network management and high-end routing. At Cisco, Sundar led various product development groups, and in his last stint, ran the engineering organization that built products bringing in revenue of over $1.7 Billion per annum for Cisco. Sundar was also the co-founder and CEO of Sharanga Technologies - a startup which worked on security and management for highly scalable IoT networks – which exit via the successful sale of IP. He is currently in the board of two other stealth-mode startups in an advisory capacity and is the strategy advisor for the 75 Satellites mission. While at Cisco, he was involved as a mentor in the Cisco Launchpad program – a platform for startups to benefit from Cisco’s innovation ecosystem and connect with Cisco’s partner community to deliver business-relevant end-to-end solutions. Sundar has an MS in Computer Science and an MBA in General Management. He holds patents in the area of network security and network management. He has published papers in industry journals, and has been an invited speaker at technology symposiums and conventions.


Ravishankar G Shiroor is the COO of Stellapps Technologies. He co-founded Stellapps in 2011 along with 4 others. Ravishankar is a technology expert with 26+ years of experience in embedded software and telecommunications. Ravishankar was a member of Wipro Center of Excellence (COE) and headed Global Pre-sales & Consulting, Apps Practice for Wipro. He also served as strategy advisor for the likes of AT&T, Telstra, Nortel, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent. Among other organizations, he has served as solutions architect for Sasken Technologies and as design engineer for Aplion Networks, USA. With a master’s degree in telecommunications from IIT Madras, Ravishankar is a thought leader in the areas of SDP, IoT, VAS and applications.



Full schedule HERE with abstract and speaker information.


On behalf of the program committee, we would like you to welcome to our annual event and hope to see you participate on all days!

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