Dear CSIM Members,

It is my pleasure to announce that Prof. Aiman Erbad was our speaker at CSIM Online Seminars on October 19th 2021, at 10:30 EST.

Please find below content information of this most interesting seminar.

Best regards,

Nizar Zorba,

CSIM chair


Speaker: Aiman Erbad  |  SM-IEEE  |  SM-ACM

Head, Information & Computing Technology Division  |  Associate Professor  |  Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Seminar Title: Distributed Inference in Resource-Constrained IoT/Edge Devices: Challenges and Opportunities

Content (Video recording): Please find the seminar recording in


Brief Abstract: Traditional cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) architectures cannot guarantee communication and computational efficiency in data intensive applications leading to issues in scalability, real-time interactions, and data privacy. This motivated the need for new emerging architecture such as edge, fog and pervasive computing, where we merge hierarchical computing with efficient communication, leveraging learning-based distributed optimization, in order to resolve many of the issues highlighted above.

In this talk, we will highlight the motivation and the challenges in distributed inference for IoT applications, and cyber-physical systems (CPS), in light of traditional cloud-based architectures. We will discuss state-of-the-art work in distributed inference/classifications in IoT, and multi-drone systems, taking into consideration the privacy and mobility of network users. We will motivate the need for segment-based vs layer-based inference for achieving different objectives as part of distributed inference over resource-constrained devices. Finally, we will discuss future research directions in distributed inference.


Short biography: Aiman Erbad is an Associate Professor and Head of Information and Computing Technology Division in the College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor and the Director of Research Planning and Development at Qatar University until May 2020. He also served as the Director of Research Support responsible for all grants and contracts (2016-2018) and as the Computer Engineering Program Coordinator (2014-2016) at Qatar University. Dr. Erbad obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia (Canada), a Master of Computer Science in embedded systems and robotics from the University of Essex (UK), and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington. He received the Platinum award at Qatar Education Excellence Day 2013 (Ph.D. category). He also received the 2020 Best Research Paper Award from Computer Communications (ComCom), the IWCMC 2019 Best Paper Award, and the IEEE CCWC 2017 Best Paper Award. His research interests span cloud computing, edge intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), private and secure networks, and multimedia systems. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.