Keynote Speakers


Panagiotis Sarigiannidis
University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Speech Title: Next Generation IoT

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) comprises a diverse mix of technologies, devices, and platforms that collaborate to optimise data sensing, collection, action, management and analysis. The rise of IoT has woven an intricate web of connections between individuals, services, and gadgets. Nevertheless, emerging IoT systems which utilize smart, integrated features need to process data in real-time at the network's edge, close to the user. Edge computing has become fundamental for the Next Generation IoT (NG-IoT). Coupling this with decentralized AI and machine learning sets the stage for managing and programming vast numbers of new devices that handle colossal data volumes. NG-IoT solutions demand swift analytics and minimal latency, which can be enabled through the deployment of a seamless Software-defined network fabric, advanced streaming analytics for IoT data and distributed federated learning services towards the realization of IoT to edge to core cloud continuum. This presentation will delve into the needs and uses of NG-IoT, bolstered by breakthroughs like 5G communications, edge computing, state-of-the-art distributed federated learning, blockchain, software-defined solutions and network function virtualization. These innovations promise to reshape our digital landscape with faster data speeds, enhanced reliability, cost-efficiency, heightened security and adaptability.

Biodata: Panagiotis Sarigiannidis is the Director of the ITHACA lab (, co-founder of the 1st spin-off of the University of Western Macedonia: MetaMind Innovations P.C. (, and Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the University of Western Macedonia, Kozani, Greece. He received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2001 and 2007, respectively. He has published over 300 papers in international journals, conferences and book chapters, including IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Internet of Things, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Access, and Computer Networks. He received 6 best paper awards and the IEEE SMC TCHS Research and Innovation Award 2023. He has been involved in several national, European and international projects. He is currently the project coordinator of three H2020 projects, namely a) DS-07-2017, SPEAR: Secure and PrivatE smArt gRid, b) LC-SC3-EC-4-2020, EVIDENT: bEhaVioral Insgihts anD Effective eNergy policy acTions, and c) ICT-56-2020, TERMINET: nexT gEneRation sMart INterconnectEd ioT, one Horizon Europe project, HORIZON-JU-SNS-2022-STREAM-A-01-06, NANCY: An Artificial Intelligent Aided Unified Network for Secure Beyond 5G Long Term Evolution, while he coordinates the Operational Program MARS: sMart fArming with dRoneS (Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation) and the Erasmus+ KA2 ARRANGE-ICT: SmartROOT: Smart faRming innOvatiOn Training. He serves as a technical manger of the DS-04-2020, ELECTRON: rEsilient and seLf-healed EleCTRical pOwer Nanogrid, while he serves as a principal investigator in the DS04-2018, SDN-microSENSE: SDN-microgrid reSilient Electrical eNergy SystEm and in three Erasmus+ KA2: a) ARRANGE-ICT: pArtneRship foR AddressiNG mEgatrends in ICT, b) JAUNTY: Joint undergAduate coUrses for smart eNergy managemenT sYstems, and c) STRONG: advanced firST RespONders traininG (Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices). His research interests include telecommunication networks, internet of things and network security. He is an IEEE member and participates in the Editorial Boards of various journals.

Sotirios K. Goudos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Speech Title: Emerging Nature-Inspired Algorithms for Wireless Communications: State-of-the-art and Challenges

Abstract: The lecture will make an introduction to evolutionary algorithms (EAs) basics. The EAs have also been applied to a variety of microwave components, antenna design, radar design, and wireless communications problems. The main algorithms that will be discussed are Biogeography Based Optimization (BBO), Grey Wolf Optimizer (GWO), and Whale Optimization Algorithm (WOA). The use of emerging nature-inspired algorithms in wireless communications will be discussed. In this context, the concept of meta-optimizers will be presented. Moreover, use cases from antenna design and wireless communications will be discussed.

Biodata: Sotirios K. Goudos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He joined the department in 2013 and is currently the director of the ELEDIA@AUTH lab, a member of the ELEDIA Research Center Network. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Telecom open-access journal published by MDPI. In addition, he serves as an Associate Editor for various journals including IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Access, IEEE Open Journal of the Communication Society, International Journal of Antennas and Propagation (IJAP), Technologies, and Electronics. Prof. Goudos is the author of the book "Emerging Evolutionary Algorithms for Antennas and Wireless Communications", published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology in 2021. He currently holds the position of IEEE Greece Section Vice Chair.

Invite Speakers


George Kokkonis
International Hellenic University, Greece

Speech Title: Haptics Towards 5G Tactile Internet
Abstract: Tactile Internet promises to revolutionize how we interact with and control physical, digital objects and systems in real time, transcending the limitations of distance and delay. Tactile Internet is about transmitting not only data and visuals but also tactile sensations and physical haptic feedback in real time.
Haptic technology promises to unlock new frontiers in human connectivity and control. Haptic marks the beginning of a journey into a tactile Internet where the digital and physical realms converge seamlessly.
Haptics and tactile internet help us minimize the gap between the digital and physical worlds, enabling immersive, ultra-responsive, and highly reliable interactions with remote environments and devices. Haptics stimulates the immersive feeling of “being there” in a tactile internet.

Biodata:  George Kokkonis is assistant Professor at the Dept. of Information and Electronic Engineering of the International University of Greece. He received his PhD from Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Greece. He received a five-year Eng. Diploma from the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his MSc in Information Systems from the University of Macedonia. He has worked as assistant Professor for three years at the Dept. of Business Administration, University of Western Macedonia, Greece. He also worked as adjunct professor for 12 years at the Dept. of Computer Applications in Management and Economics, Technological Educational Institution (TEI) of West Macedonia, Grevena, Greece. He has been teaching Lessons of Multimedia Systems, Pc Programming and Data Bases and Human Computer Interaction. For 10 years was responsible of the NOC of the branch of the University of Western Macedonia in the city of Grevena, Greece. His research interests include haptic interfaces, multisensory protocols, teleoperations and human–computer interaction.

Speakers in 2024 to be announced soon......