The 19th IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC 2018) was held in Kalamata, Greece, June 25-28, 2018.

The workshop was co-organized by AIT’s Scientific Director, Dr. Constantinos Papadias and by Dr. Athina Petropulu, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, USA.

The 19th edition SPAWC, which is the flagship workshop of the IEEE’s “Signal Processing for Wireless Communications and Networking” Technical Committee (SPCOM-TC), emphasized the following four emerging areas of ICT:
(i) machine learning and data analytics,
(ii) secure & adversarial systems,
(iii) biological communications and signal processing, and (iv) 5G and beyond.

The workshop was attended by over 250 participants and featured plenary talks by world-renowned scientists, invited talks by experts on the workshop’s thematic areas, regular and special poster sessions, as well as tutorial presentations.

This year’s workshop also introduced an industrial program, consisting of a keynote delivered by Dr. Gregory Yovanof, Head of AIT’s Research in Innovation Entrepreneurship group, and a panel discussion with industrial and academic innovation center representatives. It also featured an exhibition of research demos on topics related to wireless systems, including an over-the-air demo by AIT’s B-WiSE research group on the topic of beamforming with hybrid antenna arrays, as a complement to a more theoretical paper published in the workshop’s proceedings and presented as a poster.

SPAWC 2018 also featured a fascinating invited talk delivered by renowned Engineering Professor and Philosopher Dr. Theodosis Tassios on the topic of Technology in Ancient Greece.

The workshop took place at Kalamata’s Elite Blue Conference Center and was inaugurated by the City’s Mayor, stirring significant local interest and publicity.

It was financially sponsored by a number of companies from the high-tech (Huawei, Intralot, Nokia) and shipping (Navarino) sectors, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the Municipality of Kalamata. It also attracted sponsorship from several local corporations who contributed to the social events and gifts.

The high quality of the technical program, combined with the record-breaking attendance and sponsorship as well as the pleasant venue and location, made for an unforgettable workshop.

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