Invited Speaker

A design of Blockchain-driven
Hybrid Network Architecture for Sustainable Smart City

Pradip Kumar Sharma
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity,
Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Recent trends of smart cities have developed notably with the rise and development of the IoT as a novel form of sustainable and continuous development. Smart cities are based on independent and distributed infrastructure including intelligent information processing and control systems, heterogeneous network infrastructure, and ubiquitous sensing involving millions of information sources. And based on the continued growth of data volume and number of connected IoT devices, however, issues such as high latency, bandwidth bottlenecks, security and privacy, and scalability arise in the current smart city network architecture. Designing an efficient, secure, and scalable distributed architecture by bringing computational and storage resources closer to endpoints is needed to address the limitations of today's smart city network. In this talk, we discuss a novel hybrid network architecture for the smart city by leveraging the strength of emerging Software Defined Networking and blockchain technologies in order to achieve efficiency and address the current smart city limitations.

He is an Assistant Professor in Cybersecurity in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen, UK. He received his Ph.D. in CSE from the Seoul National University of Science and Technology, South Korea. He was a Software Engineer at MAQ Software, India, and involved on variety of projects, proficient in building largescale complex data warehouses, OLAP models, and reporting solutions that meet business objectives and align IT with business. He has published many technical research papers in leading journals from IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, MDPI, etc. Some of his research findings are published in the most cited journals. He has been an expert reviewer for IEEE Transactions, Elsevier, Springer, and MDPI journals and magazines. He received a top 1% reviewer in computer science by Publons Peer Review Awards 2018 and 2019, Clarivate Analytics. He has also been invited to serve as chair and program committee member in several reputed international conferences such as ACM ICDNC 20201, IEEE CCNC 2021, CSA 2020, HCIS 2020, IEEE ICC2019, IEEE MENACOMM'19, 3ICT 2019, etc.