IoT Goes Sky:

Non-terrestrial Connectivity for the Internet of Things Via Satellites and Unmanned Aerial Systems

IoT Goes Sky: Non-terrestrial Connectivity for the Internet of Things Via Satellites and Unmanned Aerial Systems


This seminar that will focus on non-terrestrial connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT) and, more specifically, on radiofrequency (RF) based non-terrestrial Machine-Type Communication (MTC).

During this session, Professor Konstantin Mikhaylov from the Centre for Wireless Communications and 6G Flagship University of Oulu will explore how this technology can bridge gaps in IoT connectivity, particularly in challenging environments like remote and offshore areas.

About the Seminar

The versatile Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, ranging from tiny sensors to autonomous robots and vehicles, and the services based on them have become often invisible but indispensable elements of our everyday routines. This made machine-type communication (MTC) technologies provisioning the connectivity for IoT a critical commodity, which must be available ubiquitously and resiliently to effectively bridge the existing digital divide and equalize the availability of services and the business potential they offer.

Despite all the immense progress of the past years, conventional terrestrial MTC technologies cannot effectively and sustainably address all the arising use cases. Provisioning MTC services in remote, fragile, and offshore areas is particularly challenging.

Therefore, this presentation focuses on the technology with the potential to bridge this gap – the non-terrestrial connectivity for the IoT and, specifically, the radio-frequency (RF) based non-terrestrial MTC.

The seminar will encompass the following key topics:

  • An introduction and discussion on the classification of NTN MTC and the drivers propelling NTN IoT.
  • Insight into the latest advancements and ongoing research in NTN MTC, including standardization efforts, emphasizing satellite MTC employing the direct-to-satellite (DtS) paradigm.
  • Presentation of analytical findings showcasing MTC technology performance and highlighting challenges encountered in DtS connectivity.
  • A perspective on the future trajectory of research and the lingering open challenges.
  • A brief overview of ongoing research projects within the Centre for Wireless Communication at the University of Oulu related to these themes.


About the Speaker

Konstantin Mikhaylov

Konstantin Mikhaylov is an Assistant Professor (tenure track) at the Centre for Wireless Communications and 6G Flagship University of Oulu. He achieved his Doctor of Science in Engineering degree in 2018 and was granted the title of Docent in 2021, both from the University of Oulu, Finland.

Prof. Mikhaylov has been associated with the University of Oulu since 2009, taking on diverse roles. Since 2019, Prof. Mikhaylov serves as the Assistant Professor for Convergent IoT Communications at the Centre for Wireless Communication of the University of Oulu and is part of the 6G Flagship program. Notably, he holds the esteemed Academy of Finland PostDoc position, which is highly competitive.

In recent years, Konstantin has held temporary and visiting positions at institutions such as the University of Bologna in Italy, Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic, and King’s College London in the UK. His research interests span a range of areas, including IoT and machine-to-machine wireless communication, the design of IoT devices and systems, and practical applications. Lately, he has been channeling his efforts into the realm of non-terrestrial (satellite and UAS-based) and sustainable IoT connectivity.

Konstantin Mikhaylov boasts an impressive body of work, with over a hundred research papers authored or co-authored, delving into various subjects related to machine connectivity. He holds the status of a Senior Member of the IEEE. He takes on the role of co-chair for the “Network Architectures and Protocols” working group in the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) CA20120 “INTERACT” action. This COST action involves a substantial 184 institutions focused on radio communications.

His active involvement is evident through his role as co-chair for the upcoming Sat-IoT Workshop in conjunction with IEEE WF-IoT 2023. He has also served as IoT track chair for EuCNC & 6G Summit 2022 and as the co-chair for five editions of the WearIoT workshop associated with the ICUMT conference. Additionally, he’s taken on responsibilities as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for numerous communication conferences and has served as an editor and reviewer for various IEEE journals.

Beyond academia, Konstantin Mikhaylov holds an EU A1/A3 open-category drone pilot license and has accumulated flight experience totaling over 250 km.

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