Canada Research Chair held by Georges Kaddoum

Creating a framework for the next generations of IoT networks

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


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Georges Kaddoum.

Georges Kaddoum, a Professor-Researcher in the Electrical Engineering Department, is looking to create a framework for ensuring the connectivity, resource management and security of the next generations of IoT networks. Thanks to the Canada Research Chair on the Creation of a Framework for the Next Generations of Internet of Things (IoT) Networks, which he has held for a year already, he can now focus on this research project over the next four years. 

Although there are now 25 billion linked objects on the planet, and the market for the Internet of Things is expected to grow by 8% by 2022, there is currently no single solution that provides optimal access to these linked objects while ensuring their security and integrity. In fact, these objects have been designed in response to certain parameters that are not necessarily compatible with other objects or networks with which they must connect. This leads to incomplete solutions that are worrisome to experts, especially from the perspective of connectivity and security. In addition, each of these linked objects requires specific resources, some of which must be affordable and energy efficient, whereas others must be extremely reliable, or even infallible, and must be compatible with ultra-low latency communication. 

In order to achieve their goal, Professor Kaddoum and his team are attempting to design intelligent resource-allocation solutions that will meet the technical challenges of the next generations of networks to be used to integrate billions of linked objects. The objective is to develop new access strategies that are robust enough to maintain massive connections while preventing any possible security breaches. 

It is worth noting that the array of linked objects is expansive, ranging from medical and transportation devices to public service resources to sports gadgets and beyond. Many of these objects will reside at the heart of the smart cities of tomorrow. 

It goes without saying that the results of the work being done by Professor Kaddoum are meeting a real need. According to Forrester, 69% of North American companies have more linked objects connected to their servers than computers. 

About Professor Georges Kaddoum 

Georges Kaddoum earned a PhD with distinction in Signal Processing and Telecommunication from the Institut national des sciences appliquées (INSA – National institute of applied sciences) at the University of Toulouse, and joined the Electrical Engineering Department at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) as a Professor-Researcher in 2014.

Since 2010, he has been a Scientific Consultant in Space-Based and Wireless Telecommunication for multiple American and Canadian companies, and has authored 200 articles for journals and conferences. He currently holds 2 patents pending. 

Professor Kaddoum’s recent research activities focus on intelligent management of resources related to wireless networks, the security of mobile networks and space-based communication and navigation. He is currently Assistant Editor of the journals entitled IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEEE Communications Letters.

In addition to holding this Level 2 Canada Research Chair, intended to recognize the exceptional work of researchers who are judged by their peers to be likely to become leaders in their respective fields, Professor Kaddoum is also Director of the Ultra-TCS Research Chair on Tactical Wireless Communication in Difficult Environments.

Chantal Crevier

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