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EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good

October 26, 2015 | Rome, Italy


Eiko Yoneki is a Research Fellow in the Systems Research Group of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory in United Kingdom. She has received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge on ‘Data Centric Asynchronous Communication’ in 2007. Previously, she spent several years with IBM (US, Japan, Italy, and UK) working on various networking products. She has received IBM Networking Division Technical Award. During her postdoctoral work, she has worked on the Project: Autonomic opportunistic communications, where she focused on the topics of complex, time-dependent networks and multi-point communication inspired by social science and biology.    

Her research interests span distributed systems, networking and databases, including complex networks and parallel data-flow programing. She holds several EPSRC and EU grants and the current research focus is the exploration of new abstractions for supporting the design and implementation of robust, secure, and heterogeneous large-scale graph data processing in distributed systems.  

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Abstract and title

Challenges in Data Collection in Developing Countries

Respiratory and other close-contact infectious diseases, such as TB, measles and pneumonia, are major killers in much of the developing world. Understanding how the diseases spread and for identifying how best to control them can be tackled by mathematically modelling the spread diseases. Although central to the models, few quantitative data are available on relevant contact patterns, and no study to measure these factors has yet been attempted in developing countries.


We have originally exploited device connectivity traces from the real world for modelling social network structure. The empirical study of contact networks shares many issues with network-based epidemiology, and our work has been extended towards understanding the epidemic spread of infectious diseases. Capturing human interactions will provide an empirical, quantitative measurement of social mixing patterns to underpin mathematical models of the spread of close-contact diseases.


I will describe remote sensing platform to collect human mobility data using RFID sensors, Raspberry Pis and mobile-phones, recording proximity, to gather information on human interactions in rural and urban communities in developing countries.


Gianluca Verin – Athonet’s CTO & co-founde

Gianluca is responsible for Athonet's Research & Development activities. During his time in Athonet he was awarded a medal by the president of Italian Republic and was nominated for the Global Mobile Award 2013 in the category “Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations” having installed the world first LTE network for emergency use after the Italian earthquake of 2012. Gianluca brings over 18 years of experience in mobile and fixed network design, product development, deployment and verification know-how to the company. His previous experience was at Ericsson where he was responsible for IP mobile network design, deployment and integration, including end-to-end characteristics assessment for 3G networks, quality of service studies and optical network development and deployment. Gianluca is an expert in Internet and Telecom protocol implementation. He holds a M.Sc. from the University of Sunderland (UK) and a Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy).

Title: Telco at the Edge: bringing communication technologies closer to the people

Athonet was founded based on the vision that only a highly efficient and effective software-based network could provide latest generation mobile broadband services, not only in existing markets but also to users and areas of the world excluded due to the complexity and cost of existing technologies.

At Athonet we believe the "the software is the network", which allows to build mobile networks that drastically reduce costs, address growing capacity needs and enable the Internet of Things only by distributing and virtualising mobile network functionality just as it is happening on the fixed Internet and in fixed enterprise networks. The talk will share some experiences on how we invented a new technology to address requirements from the Civil Protection in order to provide assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake in Emilia;  how we have demonstrated the use of LTE for anti-poaching activities in South Africa and how we are bringing LTE based wireless broadband to the people in Africa, including in Malawi, where our client Access Communciations launched the country's first LTE network in record time.