Panel Discussion on "IoT Testbeds as a Service (IoTaaS)"

Session Objectives

IoT will allow people and objects in the physical world as well as data and virtual environments to interact with each other so as to create smart environments such as smart transport systems, smart cities, smart health, smart energy, etc., as part of a prosperous digital society. IoT is likely to improve the quality of people’s lives, create new markets and new jobs, increase economic growth and be an impetus for competition.
However, IoT raises important questions and introduces new challenges for the security of systems and processes and the privacy of individuals. Some IoT applications are tightly linked to sensitive infrastructures and strategic services such as the distribution of water and electricity and the surveillance of assets. Other applications handle sensitive information about people, such as their location and movements, or their health and purchasing preferences. Confidence in and acceptance of IoT will depend on the protection it provides to people’s privacy and the levels of security it guarantees to systems and processes.
IoT will enable objects to become active participants: these objects will be able to recognize events and changes in their environment and to sense and react autonomously without human intervention. Introducing objects into the control processes makes IoT security very difficult to address. Indeed, the Internet of Things is a complex system in which people interact with the technological ecosystem based on smart objects through complex processes. The interactions of these four IoT components: personsintelligent objectstechnological ecosystem, and processes highlight a systemic and cognitive dimension to the security of IoT. The interaction of people with the technological ecosystem requires the protection of their privacy, in a new way that we could call “3D Privacy”, matching the personal data protection with the defence of private and family life. Similarly, their interaction with control processes requires to guaranteeing their safety. Processes must ensure their reliability and realize the objectives for which they are designed.
The move towards a greater autonomy for objects will bring the security of technologies and processes and the privacy of individuals into sharper focus. Furthermore, in parallel with the increasing autonomy of objects to perceive and act on the environment, IoT security should move towards a greater autonomy in perceiving threats and reacting to attacks.
This session will highlight and discuss several paradigm shifts in the way IoT research and IoT testbeds are addressing these new constraints and opportunities. It will illustrate this evolution through various examples, including research prelim results from European Research projects, such as IoT Lab, F-Interop and Privacy Flag."

Chair: Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum President, Chair, IEEE COMSOC IOT & 5G subCommittee, Chair, ETSI IP6 ISG, Research Fellow, University of Luxembourg
Panel Experts:

  • Sebastian Ziegler, CEO Mandat International, President of the IoT Forum, Switzerland
  • Luca Bolognini, Presidente dell’Istituto Italiano per la Privacy, Italy
  • Sotiris Nikoletseas,Professor at the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University and Director of the SensorsLab, Greece
  • Srdjan Krco, CEO Dunavnet


Panel Chair






Latif Ladid is Founder & President of the IPv6 Forum,  Emeritus Trustee, Internet Society , Board Member IPv6 Ready & Enabled Logos Program and Board Member World Summit Award Latif  Ladid is a Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg “Security & Trust” (SnT) on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects. Latif is also Member of the United Nations Strategy Council,  Member of the 3GPP PCG Board ( ),  Chair of IEEE ComSoc IOT, Chair of IEEE ComSoc 5G MWI, Vice Chair of IEEE ComSoc SDN-NFV, Founding Member of the Future Internet Forum EU Member States, representing Luxembourg: .







Sébastien Ziegler serves as President of the IoT Forum, as Vice Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Subcommittee on the IoT, and as Rapporteur on Research and Emerging Technologies for the Internet of Things and for Smart Cities at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T SG20). He initiated several national and international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT), IPv6, multiprotocol interoperability, crowd sourcing and privacy. He is currently coordinating three European research projects: IoT Lab, Privacy Flag and F-Interop. He published various articles on the Internet of Things, IPv6 and personal data protection. Sebastien founded and directed several organizations, including several foundations and SMEs, which are all active. He graduated in International relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, followed by a Master in Environment, a MBA in international administration (HEC Geneva), and complementary executive education at Harvard Business School in Boston, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and EPFL. He is currently Director of Mandat International.










Luca Bolognini – President of Italian Institute for Privacy, the main national private research center dedicated to advanced data protection and partner of the EU H2020 Privacy Flag project. Luca is a practicing lawyer, member of the Rome Bar Association, founding partner of ICT Legal Consulting law firm with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam and partner firms in many other countries. His work concerns privacy, ICT law and corporate administrative liability. Luca assists companies and is part of several corporate Surveillance Bodies and serves as an independent ethics and privacy advisor for European projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020). Luca has written on issues concerning Big Data, cloud, IoT, web 2.0, legitimate interest, freedom of information, right to be forgotten, profiling and pseudonymization for legal journals and both national and international newspapers (including Corriere della Sera, Sole 24 Ore, Il Mondo, Affari Italiani, European Voice, The Wall Street Journal). Luca is member of the International Core Team of DataEthicsEU. He participates as speaker in national and international conferences (including ITU Telecom World 2012 in Dubai and 2015 in Budapest) and radio/TV broadcasts on innovation policies matters. Luca wrote the pamphlet “Generazione Selfie”, published by Corriere della Sera in 2014. He was co-author and editor of the first commentary on the Italian Privacy Code of Ethics for lawyers and private investigators (Giuffrè) and of the book “Next Privacy” (RCS Etas). He has lectured at Alma Graduate School of the University of Bologna, at Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione, at IED, at the italian Privacy Officer TÜV master and for several other training and higher education programs. Since 2010 Luca is in charge of teaching privacy law at the Professional school of Legal Professions at the University of Teramo, Italy. He obtained his Law degree from the University of Bologna. He speaks fluent Italian and English, and has a good knowledge of Spanish. Website:



Sotiris Nikoletseas is a Professor at the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University and the Director of the SensorsLab at the Computer Technology Institute, Greece. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Geneva, Ottawa and Southern California (USC). His research interests include sensor networks and the IoT, wireless power transfer, probabilistic algorithms and random graphs, algorithmic engineering. He has coauthored over 200 papers, three books  (on the Probabilistic Method, on sensor networks and on wireless power). He has served as the Program Committee Chair of several Conferences, and as Associate Editor of major Journals. He has initiated international events related to sensor networks (ALGOSENSORS, DCOSS). He has delivered several invited talks and tutorials. He has coordinated several externally funded R&D Projects by the European Union as well as national projects.




Dr Srdjan Krco holds a PhD degree from the University of Novi Sad for the work in the application of mobile communications in health monitoring. He is currently managing and driving research activities in DunavNET with particular focus on the smart city domain. Previously, since 2000, Srdjan was with Ericsson where he held a number of positions (senior research engineer, system manager, project manager) and has worked in and managed a number of product development and research projects, focusing on M2M, Internet of Things and their application in various domains including the smart cities. He has participated in a number of FP7 projects (SocIoTal, IoT Lab, SENSEI, SmartSantander, IOT-i, Exalted, etc.) as coordinator, work package leader and a researcher. Srdjan is active in the International IoT Forum and Alliance for IoT Innovation (AIOTI). He has published more than 50 papers in international journals and at international conferences as well as more than 10 patents. In 2007 he received the Innovation engineer of the Year Award in Ireland from the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.