General Keynote (ALGO plenary):Modeling reality algorithmically: The case of wireless communication. Magnús M. Halldórsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland.
Magnús M. Halldórsson is a professor in the School of Computer Science of Reykjavik University, where he also serves as vice-dean and the chair of the university's research council. He is the Director of Icelandic Center of Excellence in Theoretical Computer Science (ICE-TCS) and leads a research group on ad-hoc wireless networking that was recently awarded the sole grant-of-excellence given by the Icelandic Resarch Fund in 2012. The work of the group has led to the first algorithms for throughput link scheduling in the SINR model with constant performance guarantees, and optimal distributed algorithms for connectivity and aggregation.
Prof. Halldórsson has authored over 50 journal papers and 70 refereed papers in competitive conferences. He received the first research award of Reykjavik University in 2010, and has received awards from the Icelandic Research Council and best-paper awards at conferences and from journals. His research interests include algorithms on networks, scheduling, distributed algorithms, as well as combinatorics and bioinformatics.
He supervised the first computer science Ph.D. graduating from an Icelandic university, has advised three M.Sc. students and been an examiner of five Ph.D. theses.
Opening Keynote:Autonomous Mobile Robots: A Distributed Computing Perspective. Giuseppe Prencipe, University of Pisa, Italy. Giuseppe Prencipe has received his PhD in Computer Science in 2002 at the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on distributed mobile robots. After his PhD studies, he continued his investigations on distributed mobile computing as a Visiting Researcher in Ottawa, at Carleton University and at the University of Ottawa, and in Zurich at ETH. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa. His main research interests are: distributed algorithms, distributed computing, and mobile agents computing.
He has authored journal and referred conferences papers on distributed computing and mobile entities, and in particular on the design of algorithms for autonomous mobile robots. He is co-author of the book "Distributed Computing by Oblivious Mobile Robots" (Morgan & Claypool, 2012). He has been involved in the design of the first simulation environment for autonomous mobile robots, which has been instrumental in the development of efficient dynamic protocols for exploration and patrolling of restricted areas. Currently, in addition to his theoretical investigations, he is also conducting experiments on real quadricopter drones.