IEEE International 5G Summit

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The 18th IEEE International Summit was completed successfully on Saturday, 1st July, at Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum, under the leadership of Dr. Ashutosh, IEEE 5G initiative Co-chair (in absentia), Mr Munir Mohammed, Senior Programmer, IEEE India office, and Dr Lillykutty Jacob, IEEE ComSoc Kerala Chapter chair. The summit topics were focused on 5G, IOT and Cybersecurity. In addition to the talks from Industry, Government and Academics, there was a research forum dedicated to ongoing research in these areas. The event was sponsored technically/financially by ISOC Trivandrum Chapter, KSCSTE, Texas Instruments, Lab Systems.

This event was attended by around 85 people onsite and was watched by around 370 online viewers. IEEE 5G Initiative was the sponsor for the streaming. Recording of the streaming event is available at the website The program details are available at
These series of summits all over the world have provided a great momentum to the ongoing efforts of connecting the Industry community in the areas of 5G, SDN/NFV, IOT and Cybersecurity.
The chief guest for the inaugural event was Dr. K. Suresh Das, executive vice president, KSCSTE & Principal Secretary S&T Dept. and it was presided by Dr. K.R.Suresh Nair, Chair, IEEE Kerala Section. The summit began at sharp 9:15 am. It had a total of 10 invited speakers. The hosts for the event were Ms. Sreela Srinivasan and Ms. Pooja Reghu.

The first speaker of the day was Dr. Jomy Jose, an alumni of NIT Calicut, Head-Telecom Solutions, L & T Technology Services. The session was on the topic “5G: Standardisation Status and Pre-Standardisation Activities”. The topics like 5G requirements, 5G roadmap, 5G Key Technologies, 5G Standardisation Status were covered.
A very informative session was administered by Dr. Sastri Kota, President of SoHum Consultants. “The Role of Satellite in 5G: A Perspective” was the patch he had chosen. The next session was handled by Mr. Rajesh Banda, Head of 5G India Office at Nokia on “5G Key Technology Components Enabling the Future”. It was propounded that if 5G will be used in right scale, 6G will not be required.
Mr.Veera Manikandan Raju, CTO Software & Systems, Embedded Processing and Distinguished Member Technical Staff at Texas Instruments, took the session on “5G Connected  Intelligence Era Applications and Security Challenges”.

The fifth session was handled by Mr. Nishant Krishna, Consulting Engineer at Avaya on the concept “Real-time Onsite Operations Facilitation (ROOF) for the Internet of Things” It commenced with a quote that states “There are two types of organization in today’s world, those that have been breached and those that just don’t know about it”. It was followed by a very live session by Dr. Prasant Misra, Scientist, Embedded Systems and Robotics, TCS Research and Innovation on the topic “Balancing the NEEDS vs the wants in IoT”.

Mr.S.Venkatesan, CEO & Managing Director, Lab Systems delivered a session on “Digital Forensic Case Study”. Dr. Soman K P Professor and Head of the Department of Computational Engineering and Networking at Amrita University, Coimbatore Campus. Dr. Prabaharan Poornachandran, Professor & Security researcher at Amrita University, Kollam dealt with “Security Issues of Internet of Things and the way forward”. Being personalities from academia, the session was more academic oriented and student targeted. The final session of the summit was by Mr.Satish Babu, InApp, ISOC- Trivandrum Chair on the topic “IoT, Blockchain and Security”.


Soon after the sessions the research forum chaired by Dr. Ciza Thomas, CET, took place. The presented topics were:

1) “A fault-Resilient approach for underwater sensor network localization” by Anjan P Das,CET
2) “Fake news detector:a tool for detecting fake news in online social networks by Indu V, IIITM-K
3) “A random projection based image encryption and dimension reduction technique for big image analytics” by Sidharth Ravindran, NIT-Puducherry.
4) “Android malware detection mechanism based on bayesian model averaging” by  Roopak S, IIITM-K
5) “Image forensics techniques for revealing image forgery” by Divya Vidhyadharan, CET
6) “Improved P2P communication in IoT using LOADng routing protocol” by Deepthi Sasidharan,NIT-C
7) “Development of embedded system for secure biometric authentication using IoT” by Annies Joshy,GEC-Idukki
8) “Authorship analysis framework for a clutter-free online social media account” by Athira U, IIITM-K
9) “On the scope for hardening the security of V2X communication” by Nandakumar, NIT-C