The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Invited Course Lecture entitled:
Web of Things: Present state and future challenges
Speaker: Prof. Andreas Pitsillides
Sensors and wireless sensor networks are being deployed around the world, capable of measuring with high precision the local environmental conditions. Their sensing functionality potentially can enable context-aware ubiquitous platforms, middleware and applications to proliferate. Residences can be transformed into smart homes, incorporating embedded sensors and ubiquitous technology. In recent years, new technologies like short-range wireless communications and real-time localization are slowly becoming common, allowing the Internet to penetrate into the real world of physical objects. Inspired from embedded Internet connectivity, the Web of Things (WoT) is about reusing well-accepted and understood Web principles to interconnect the quickly expanding ecosystem of embedded devices, built into everyday smart things. In this talk, we identify contributions that have enabled the vision of Web-enabling smart objects. We will present promising applications of the WoT in domains such as smart homes, urban environments, logistics and the forthcoming smart grid of electricity. We will also discuss and identify challenges in this domain, and how the WoT can constitute a driver towards an energy-efficient, sustainable future.
Andreas is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, and heads the Networks Research Laboratory (NetRL, http://www.NetRL.cs.ucy.ac.cy). His research interests include fixed and wireless Networks (ad-hock and sensor networks, VANETS, WLANs&WMANs, UMTS Third Generation mobile networks and beyond, 4G), flow and congestion control, resource allocation and radio resource management, and Internet technologies and their application in Mobile e-Services, e.g. in Tele-Healthcare, and the Web of Things. He has a particular interest in adapting tools from various fields of applied mathematics such as adaptive non-linear control theory, computational intelligence, and recently nature inspired techniques, to solve problems in communication networks. Andreas has published well over 200 research papers and book chapters, he is the co-editor with Petros Ioannou of the book on Modelling and Control of Complex Systems (CRC, 2007), participated in over 30 European Commission and locally funded research projects with over 4 million Euro as principal or co-principal investigator, presented invited lectures at major research organisations and universities, has given short courses at international conferences and short courses to industry. Andreas serves/served on the executive committees of major conferences, as e.g. ICT 2011, INFOCOM 2001, 2002, 2003, WiOpt 2007, ISYC 2006, MCCS 2005, and ICT 1998. He is a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee TC 1.5 on Networked Systems and TC 7.3 on Transportation Systems, and of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) working group WG 6.3: Performance of Communications Systems. Andreas is also a member of the Editorial Board of Computer Networks (COMNET) Journal and the International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR).
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