Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ryerson University, Canada
Abstract: Privacy is under siege. With the growth of ubiquitous computing, online connectivity, social media, and wireless and wearable devices, people are being led to believe they have no choice but to give up on privacy. Not so! Dr. Cavoukian will outline a privacy framework called Privacy by Design that will enable our privacy and our freedom, to live now and well into the future. While some believe that fundamental privacy protections will be challenged by the operation of Big Data and the Internet of Things, Dr. Cavoukian dispels the notion that privacy acts as a barrier to data analytics and the innovations they can spark. She argues that the limiting paradigm of “zero-sum” – that you can either have privacy or innovation, but not both – is an outdated, win/lose model of approaching the question of privacy in the age of Big Data, IoT, Network, and Information Systems. Instead, a “positive-sum” solution is needed in which the interests of both sides may be met, in a doubly-enabling, “win-win” manner through Privacy by Design (PbD). PbD is predicated on the rejection of zero-sum propositions by proactively identifying the risks and embedding the necessary protective measures into the IT and data architecture involved. Dr. Cavoukian will demonstrate how you can embed privacy into virtually any system or operation to achieve positive-sum outcomes, enabling both privacy and data utility – not one at the expense of the other.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Distinguished Expert-in- Residence, leading the Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of information technologies, networked infrastructure and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 39 languages. Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, including being named as one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada, named among the Top 10 Women in Data Security and Privacy, named as one of the ‘Power 50’ by Canadian Business, named as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Identity, and most recently, Dr. Cavoukian was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her outstanding work on creating Privacy by Design and taking it global (May, 2017).
Prof. Shahrokh Valaee, University of Toronto, Canada
Abstract: Can autonomous driving fully replace the driver with a smart control system? We are witnessing the emergence of Self-Driving Vehicles, which intend to be an assistant to, or completely replace the driver. Unfortunately, we also hear about accidents that such autonomous vehicles are involved in. In this talk, we will show that autonomous driving will indeed be the start of a new chapter for automobiles that will pave the path for the more advanced Connected Car technology. Despite much progress in manufacturing sophisticated vehicles, the communication methods among drivers on roads are still primitive, through visual contact. Autonomous driving addresses some of these issues by using advance sensing to enhance safety. However, sensing quickly loses its effectiveness in high speeds, severe weather conditions, and non-line-of-sight. This talk will explore the need for communication in smart vehicles and discusses the research challenges. We will investigate both the WiFi and 5G cellular technologies and study their role in cooperative self-driving vehicles.
Shahrokh Valaee is a Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the founder and the Director of the Wireless and Internet Research Laboratory (WIRLab) at the University of Toronto. Professor Valaee is the Lead TPC Chair of PIMRC 2017, and has served as Networks Track Co-Chair of WCNC 2015, TPC Co-Chair of ICT 2014, Tutorial Chair of PIMRC2014, Co-Chair of the Wireless Networks Track of WPMC 2012, and the TPC chair of PIMRC 2011, among other conference chairing activities. He has served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and as a guest editor for several journals including IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Wiley Journal on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He is currently serving as an Editor of Journal of Computer and System Science and the Area Editor of Localization and Location Based Services of Springer Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks. Professor Valaee is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. His research includes, vehicular networks, localization and tracking, and cellular systems.