IEEE DL Distinguished Lecture: Computation Offloading and Activation of Mobile Edge Computing Servers: Minority Game Models

12th Oct 2018 10:00am-12:00pm
Presenter/Speaker: Ekram Hossain, FIEEE, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Manitoba, Canada
Location: G.1.15

With the increasing popularity of resource-intensive mobile applications, offloading computationally expensive tasks to the edge nodes such as base stations and access points will be a key feature of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) networks. However, compared to the classical remote cloud, these edge nodes are typically equipped with low power computational resources with limited computational capability. Therefore, efficient computation offloading systems need to be designed where the servers are efficiently utilized while fulfilling the users' latency constraints. One such approach is to save energy by dynamic server mode selection between active and inactive modes. In this talk, I will present novel Minority game (MG)-based distributed methods for computation offloading and server mode selection for MEC networks. The basics of a minority game model will be also discussed. In the proposed methods, efficient activation of MEC servers is ensured while users' quality of experience (QoE) requirements are also satisfied.

Ekram Hossain (IEEE Fellow) is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is a Member (Class of 2016) of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Victoria, Canada, in 2001. Dr. Hossain's current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization of wireless, mobile, cognitive, and green communication networks with emphasis on 5G/B5G cellular, applied game theory, and network economics. He has authored/edited several books in these areas ( He was elevated to an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to spectrum management and resource allocation in cognitive and cellular radio networks". Currently he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press and an Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications. Previously, he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2012-2016), the Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the area of “Resource Management and Multiple Access'' (2009-2011), an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2007-2012), and an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Cognitive Radio Series (2011-2014). Dr. Hossain has won several research awards including the “2017 IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award”, IEEE VTC 2016-Fall “Best Student Paper Award” as a co-author, IEEE Communications Society Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee's Best Paper Award in IEEE Globecom 2015, University of Manitoba Merit Award in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (for Research and Scholarly Activities), the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2012 (WCNC'12) Best Paper Award. He received the 2017 IEEE ComSoc TCGCC (Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing) Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award “for outstanding technical leadership and achievement in green wireless communications and networking”. He was listed as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science in 2017. To date, he has a Google Scholar Citation count of more than 22,000 (with an h-index of 75). Dr. Hossain is an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society for the term 2018-2020. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2012-2015). Currently he is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Manitoba, Canada.

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