An Internet of Things: for the Kitchen, to accompany you, and to Save the Planet
Stefan Poslad (Queen Mary, University of London)
October 28, 14:00 in BEN LT1 (Host: Andrzej Murawski)
The Internet of Things is currently a hot topic and has been proposed as one of the latest visions for ubiquitous computing but … Is it really anything new? The Internet has already existed for several decades and can be readily accessed over a variety of fixed and wireless physical networks, anywhere and anytime (IP anytime, anywhere). An increasing variety of devices have been equipped with digital interfaces … fridges, weighing-scales, toasters, coffee machines, TVs, the kitchen sink, etc. These can be ‘digitised’, networked and are addressable, but these types of things still aren’t in widespread use. Major challenges to this vision appear to be: how to select the useful things in the first place to internet and then, how to browse, identify, locate, route to, and contextualise such untethered, mobile, things in the physical world. This presentation explores how ubiquitous computing has evolved since the 1990s, what kind of ubiquitous Internet of Things currently exists for the kitchen, for your pocket and to save the planet, and explores some approaches to address these challenges.
Stefan Poslad is a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and a member of the Interaction, Media and Communication (IMC) research group in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, intelligent systems, and distributed system interaction and management. He has a PhD in medical informatics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and is a member of the IEEE. He is the author of the book “Ubiquitous Computing: Smart Devices, Environments and Interaction" (Wiley, 2009) and has been a principal investigator on 8 EU and EPSRC collaborative projects covering context awareness, intelligent systems, trust, mobile services, environment informatics and personalisation.