From the Internet of (Macro) Things to the Internet of Bio-Nano Things: Vision and Perspectives

Where: DTU, room S14, building 101
When: Monday, September 25th, 1-4pm

In this half day seminar we will focus on new future perspectives on the Internet of Things, in particular when moving from the macro to the nano world. The agenda includes the following 3 keynotes.

Keynote 1

TITLE: Can’t You Hear Me Knocking: Novel Security and Privacy Threats to Mobile Users

SPEAKER: Mauro Conti, Associate Professor at University of Padua, Italy

ABSTRACT: While Smartphone and IoT devices usage become more and more pervasive, people start also asking to which extent such devices can be maliciously exploited as “tracking devices”. The concern is not only related to an adversary taking physical or remote control of the device, but also to what a passive adversary without the above capabilities can observe from the device communications. Work in this latter direction aimed, for example, at inferring the apps a user has installed on his device, or identifying the presence of a specific user within a network.
In this talk, we discuss threats coming from contextual information and to which extent it is feasible, for example, to identify the specific actions that a user is doing on mobile apps, by eavesdropping their encrypted network traffic. We will also discuss the possibility of building covert and side channels leveraging energy consumption and audio signals.

Keynote 2

TITLE: Molecular Communication and the Future Perspectives on the Internet of Bio-Nano Things

SPEAKER: Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Academy Research Fellow at the Nano Communication Centre (NCC), Department of Electronic and Communication Engineering at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland

ABSTRACT: The field of nanotechnology, evolved over the last few decades, has resulted in the ability of engineering novel tools, materials, and components at the molecular and atomic scale, and it is expected to lead to the development of nanoscale machines, or nanomachines. However, a shortcoming of these nanomachines is the limited processing capabilities that allow them to only perform limited tasks. Enabling communication between nanomachines could further strengthen their capabilities and provide opportunities for new applications. The emerging field of molecular communication aims to enable nanomachines to communicate from an infrastructure that is constructed using biological components and systems that are found in nature. The possibility of constructing bio-compatible communication systems using natural biological cells are at the basis of a plethora of application including, intra-body sensing and actuation as well as targeted drug delivery. The focus of this talk is to provide an overview of this new field, where molecular communication system models using bacteria, calcium signaling, and virus will be presented. For each of these models, a representative communication system will be discussed. The talk will also discuss the possible reuse of protocols from conventional communication systems that can be applied to molecular communication. Lastly, the talk presents future perspectives of applying molecular communication for the Internet of Bio-Nano Things.

Keynote 3

TITLE: Bio-NanoThings: There’s Plenty of Weakness at the Bottom

SPEAKER: Alberto Giaretta, PhD Student at Örebro University, Sweden

ABSTRACT: Nanotechnology is growing faster than ever, and the advancements in the field of molecular communication, along with the outstanding discoveries in synthetic biology, make possible to build futuristic biologic nanonetworks. Even though deep investigations about bio-nanonetworks have been (and still are) done, very little attention has been paid to the related security issues: this lack of investigations could lead to serious problems, such as new forms of bioterrorism. In this lecture we first provide an overview of nanomachines and molecular communication technologies. Then, we propose two new types of attacks, specific to bio-nanonetworks, which aim to the signalling sub-layer of the physical layer and two countermeasures that rely on a threshold-based decision process and a Bayes’ rule decision process, respectively. We ran a thorough set of simulations, in order to asses the feasibility of our countermeasures and evaluate their potential collateral disruptiveness. Results show that our attacks are feasible and that the countermeasures are capable to effectively mitigate the danger.


High Tech Summit is a  unique trade fair and conference on 20-21 September at DTU Lyngby Campus. No entrance fee!

The event showcases the newest leading Industry 4.0 technologies and shows you how to start using and benefitting from these technologies. DTU is Denmark’s largest technological platform while also being a university with extensive, daily contact to the Danish business community. This generates a lot of support for a new type of event. The High Tech Summit is part conference and part exhibition, with a focus on digitalization of Danish industry.

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Industry 4.0 Brokerage Event at DTU

DTU’s IoT Center and InfinIT invites companies in the broad areas of Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT to a brokerage (matchmaking) event between industry and researchers.
Date and time: April 4, 12 to 5 pm
Place: Glassalen, Building 101, Technical University of Denmark

The event will do a matchmaking between your company’s challenges and researchers at DTU and other Danish research organizations. 

Companies: tell us what are your challenges that need research (visit the event page and upload a few slides; present your slides at the event).  

The goal is to define proposals in the Industry 4.0/Industrial IoT areas, to be submitted for public funding, for example to Innovationsfonden’s June 13th open call

Other possible outcomes are of the event are: direct collaboration between companies and researchers (using your use case in ongoing research projects, applying for industrial PhDs or postdocs), master’s thesis topics, increased visibility among researchers.
Register and send us your challenge/use case here:
For more information, please contact Prof. Paul Pop, (IoT Center Director).

IoT Center Kick-off, Dec. 12

Thank you for joining us for the launch of the new IoT Center at DTU

The IoT Center kick-off has taken place on Dec. 12th, 2 pm, DTU, building 101, meeting room S01.

Please see the program.


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Join our IoT center—see the contact info

We are open to researchers from other departments at DTU, other Danish universities, and we’re welcoming company members. You can join our center as a member or you can even lead one of the research topics. Membership is free.

Benefits for research organizations

  • Networking
  • Access to relevant industry contacts
  • Participation and formulation of joint research projects
  • Increased visibility

Benefits for companies

  • Networking
  • Matchmaking with researchers (solutions, joint proposals)
  • Exposure to students and researchers
  • Participation in relevant events