The IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2021), will take place at IFEMA in Madrid, from 7 to 11 December, 2021, under the theme “Connecting Cultures around the Globe”. It is organized by the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca together with the Carlos III University of Madrid and other national and international institutions. This year’s event will be held in Spain for the very first time and will bring together more than 3,000 researchers, world-renowned scientists and industry professionals from different fields with the aim of driving innovation in most aspects of communications.

This year will feature a new Spotlight talks format. These talks will address technology that has emerged from R&D and its use in commercial environments, and they will be of special interest to engineers who are interested in applying these technologies in their own products or who wish to learn how to apply these technologies in their own field. The talks will be interactive so that the audience may engage with the speakers, ask questions and make comments.

Spotlight Talks

The first talk is “Security Considerations for Evolving Open RAN Architectures,” which will be given by Scott Poretsky, Director of Security, Network Product Solutions, Ericsson North America and Jason S. Boswell, CISSP, Chief Security Officer, MANA Network Product Solutions. They will address the significant societal value of 5G, which is already being used in critical infrastructure, mission-critical applications, smart manufacturing, connected car and other use cases.

 In addition to Open RAN approaches which are virtualized, disaggregated, cloud native, automated and intelligent. Its security risks will also be discussed. The topics to be covered will be 3GPP 5G security, cloud security, security through design and secure use of open-source software. As well as concepts for achieving a zero-trust architecture for Open RAN that can be implemented in Cloud RAN and O-RAN.

Later on we will tell you about other interesting presentations that will take place at IEEE GLOBECOM 2021, as well as provide more information on the speakers and the topics to be discussed.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.