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CLOUDCOMP 2015: An update about Cloud Computing

CLOUDCOMP 2015, the EAI International Conference on Cloud Computing, has arrived to the sixth edition, taking place on October 28-29 in Daejeon, South Korea.

Cloud architectures include a pool of virtualized computing, storage and networking resources able to be launched as platforms to run workloads and satisfy their Service-Level Agreement (SLA). Elasticity through up/down scaling of resources to track workload behavior, extensive monitoring, failure mitigation and energy optimization, are among the main values of cloud architectures. Virtualization and manageability (autonomics) are the cornerstones of the good functionality of cloud systems.

CLOUDCOMP 2015 aims at bringing together researchers, developers and industry professionals to discuss recent advances and experiences in clouds, cloud computing and related ecosystems and business support. Furthermore, the conference will give the opportunity to present and share the recent advances, experiences and results obtained in the wider area of cloud computing.

The event will be chaired by Chan-Hyun Youn, from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Eui Nam Huh, from the Kyung Hee University, and Min Chen, from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China. Dr. Chen will also contribute to the conference with a keynote speech titled ‘Emotion Detection Networking: An Innovative Technology with the Integration of Cloud Computing, Big Data and IoT Emotion-aware Sensing’. A second significant speech will be by Prof. José A.B. Fortes, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

In conjunction with CLOUDCOMP 2015, the First International Workshop on the Convergence of Cloud computing, Internet of Things and Social Media (CISMA 2015) will take place adding an additional value with an up-to-date focus.

The conference will be located at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), established in 1971 to model a research-focused university and to foster elite human resources in science and technology IN South Korea.

For further details about CLOUDCOMP 2015, please refer to the official website

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This year’s topics of IOT

How can the digital revolution be unlocked and which challenges will the IOT be facing this year? How can cutting-edge research around the globe be synchronized and research findings disclosed? Prof. Mischa Dohler, pioneer researcher in Tactile Internet and 5G System Design and also policy, technology and entrepreneurship adviser will be illustrating emerging research topics and launching a new transaction on the Internet of Things during the IOT360 Summit.

Read more about the IOT360 Summit taking place in Rome from 27-29 October 2015.

 
 

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Marketing IOT products and services

Co-creating is the name of the game. The Internet of Things ecosystem is developing a plethora of products and services and for this reason, we need to focus on how to improve the process of funding and successful commercialization of these innovations, so that they can effectively influence the Smart Cities. This is especially true about energy, transport, healthcare and home appliances. Test marketing and developing a community of early adopters should be the strategy for consumer IOT products.

Read full interview with Somnath Chatterjee, speaker at the IOT360 Summit.

Learn more about the IOT360 Summit taking place in Rome from 27-29 October 2015.

Many issues will be raised at the second edition of the IOT360 Summit. Which one do you find the most innovative?

The 2015 CES  at Las Vegas featured the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies encompassing the “Internet of Things” (IoT), with more than 900 exhibitors presenting innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices. Going by these emerging trends, innovations in sensor marketplace are gaining lot of traction and could capture the limelight during the deliberations of IOT360 by EAI. Innovative applications in smart cities seem to be among the leading topics for IOT360.  

Energy, transport, healthcare and home appliances are likely to be the key beneficiaries of major IOT innovations sweeping hardware, software and firmware. Interestingly, government support in Europe through investment in strategic infrastructure and favorable regulatory policies could spur innovative technologies to scale in these areas. One very crucial byproduct of the IOT would be data analytics to improve operational efficiency and making effective business decisions. Issues related to nurturing robust ecosystem around the IOT are critical with security, privacy, big data and standardization contributing significantly to the successful commercialization of these innovations. I expect all these items to feature prominently at the IOT360 Summit.

New forms of fundraising such as online fundraising have emerged in recent years, what would you recommend to communities that want to use this type of support?

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Indigogo and others are trying to address the need for IOT innovators. Few entrepreneurs managed to raise funds online. For small scale projects and those related to analytics and software, there could be scope for online fundraising. The overall scope for full fledged IOT companies especially those in the hardware space appears limited at this stage. Only exception so far has been Pebble Technology and Pebble Time that created all time Kickstarter record. But there aren’t any others close to that so far.

Somnath Chatterjee, speaker at IOT360 Summit
Somnath Chatterjee, speaker at IOT360 Summit

Regulations and deal flow management related to online funding often pose constraint. While debt funding through online platforms are relatively pragmatic, there are roadblocks for equity finance. A review of Kickstarter and Indigogo – the two major online fundraising platforms demonstrate IOT especially those involving hardware are not the favorites. Interestingly, there are companies selling IOT products and services through online platforms by taking advance money for supplying products to customers on a deferred arrangement. There are quite a few IOT companies taking the route.

On the whole, the online platforms have to mature and investors remain skeptical about such mode of finance when it comes to raising large sums of money. Apart from Pebble watches, about 3 more IOT companies raised over $ 1 million so far through online platforms. Lifx, Smart things, Amigo and Ninja Cloud are some of the other IOT related companies raising fund online. Mojio and SkyCam also turned to online funding but amounts vary across companies. Hopefully we may see some more action here in future though this is not an immediate solution for all kinds of IOT innovations.

The Internet of Things is already a reality. What way, in terms of marketing, should industries follow in order to promote their work in this field?

Test marketing and quickly developing a community of early adopters should be the strategy for consumer IOT products. Co-creating is the name of the game especially in the B2C space. For industrial products, partnerships with enterprises and running pilots as well as demos need to be tried out.

For emerging IOT products and services, IOT360 serves as an effective forum for promotion, networking and outreach to stakeholders. Working with IOT accelerators, design houses and corporates championing IOT should help in early adoption and product marketing. Online platforms for consumer IOT continues to be another area of opportunity that some companies like to tap. There are also interesting companies that emerge out of Hackathons arranged by large corporates to solve pressing futuristic problems through IOT innovations.

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‘An IoT-connected world is possible!’ Dr. Skarmeta, IOT360

Dr. Antonio Skarmeta is co-founder of ODIN Solutions, a spin-off of the University of Murcia, and is coordinator of several projects at national and international level, such as IoT6, Openlab, GEN6, and Smartie. Dr. Skarmeta will be a Speaker at IOT360, the Second International Summit on the Internet of Things taking place in Rome, on October 26-29. Today he talks to us about the present status of the IoT ecosystem and about the role that the Summit plays in the field.

The first edition of IOT360 Summit was a successful event last year. What can we expect from this second edition?

Hopefully the second edition will go further in the awareness of the relevance of the Internet of Things in different and new areas and applications. It is important to notice how the IoT is smoothly impacting our normal life and is being integrated in many sectors, such as retail, agriculture, energy etc. This is quite exciting as we can see that a fully IoT-connected world is possible and what is necessary to do it, and the IOT360 Summit could create links between different stakeholders.

Dr. Antonio Skarmeta, Keynote Speaker at IOT360 Summit
Dr. Antonio Skarmeta, Keynote Speaker at IOT360 Summit

Monitoring is one of the main aspects within the IoT ecosystem, but some ethical issues (i.e. about privacy) may obstacle the passage to the concretization of a product. What compromises have to be accepted by users and which ones by the specialists?

More than concrete compromises, it is needed to have user-centric solutions on privacy management for granting data access in the IoT ecosystem. It is fundamental to allow the user or systems to have some flexible mechanism to identify what they want to expose or share and to whom. That will facilitate the ethical aspects of monitoring and data provision.

IOT360 is going to assume a leading role in bridging the worlds of Research and Industry. Would you give us your idea of the basis for a fecund cooperation between the mentioned actors?

It is fundamental for the innovation cycle to be improved and, for this purpose, the actions of promoting incubators and mentoring programs are key-factors. Additional activities, such as meetings like IOT360 where research and industry can present their views, provide cross-fertilization between both worlds and synergies for collaboration, bringing new ideas to the industry.

 

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'The moment for IoT market is really hot!' Dr. Carnevali, IOT360 Summit 2015

Claudio Carnevali created his first hardware company, design and manufacturing, when he was only twenty-four years old; now he is co-founder and CEO of openPicus and Smartables. Dr. Carnevali will be keynote speaker at IOT360 Summit 2015, the Second International Summit on Internet of Things, which will take place in Rome, Italy on October 27-29. He talked to us about the delicate balance between research and market in IoT.

IOT360 has arrived to its second edition. What can we expect from the Summit this year?

The moment for IoT market is really hot so I expect much more involvement from Government and Corporates in general. Everybody is aware that IoT is going to create a revolution in any sector. Smartphones and connected devices are changing people’s expectations about services and the way they interact with the cities for example. In one word: IoT has to make life easier so I hope that the Summit this year will focus on real applications and applied research.

“Success Stories” will be an important panel of the Summit. What are the main obstacles to transferring research outcomes into concrete and successful products?

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Dr. Claudio Carnevali, keynote speaker at IOT360 Summit

This is a big question. I can speak about Italy only. What I see is that the academic and research world is still too far away from the people and businesses needs. I think both worlds will benefit from a better integration, but sometimes the main issue is the different timescale. Companies have to be fast to compete in today’s market and we measure time and deadlines in days or weeks. Research as not this kind of constrains normally so their timescale is measured in months. I don’t know if it is possible to fill this gap, for sure a good way is to make easier the integration of the researchers into companies in order to have a stronger exchange of experiences and methods.

Which role does IOT360 effectively play in order to promote a healthy cooperation between research and industry?

At least putting together the different actors is a good beginning, but for sure is not enough. I think that the Summit can lead also European funds to drive those money into real projects that are involving companies and researchers. So the Summit can act as a facilitator and as a trust for this kind of activities.

Would you give us your idea of a balanced model able to cross-check research results, business plan and citizens’ needs?

Companies normally have small budgets for market research, especially in a new market that is going to be created almost from scratch. So the first benefit for everyone is that research focuses much more on understanding what citizens appreciate the most, so basically what they are ready to pay for. This is the most important starting point, if there is no will to pay there is no business and the technical research is almost useless. Then once those economic data are collected I expect task forces made by research and companies (with proven experience on this market) in order to speed up the creation and distribution of IoT devices. There is a weak point on IoT that almost nobody is talking about: those devices need a Cloud service that has a monthly cost. Is the end user ready to pay a fee on each devices? How much? Can it become a new business for TelCos?

 

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Prof. Sá Silva, MobiQuitous 2015: ‘Everything can be soon connected to the Internet’

Jorge Sá Silva is a Tenured Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra and a Senior Researcher of Laboratory of Communication and Telematics of Centre of Informatics Engineering of University of Coimbra, Portugal. He will be a General Co-Chair at MobiQuitous 2015, the 12th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services. We talked with him about the upcoming conference, and how wireless sensor networks are changing our lives.

What is the goal of the Twelfth International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous 2015)?

MobiQuitous2015 intends to bring together researchers and practitioners in areas related to Internet of Things, social networks, middleware, networking, data management and services, all with special focus on mobility and ubiquitous computing. I believe the conference program, the keynote speech, the panel and the workshops are very interesting and they will provide participants with a very valuable opportunity to share ideas with other researchers strongly involved in these areas.

In what way do you think MobiQuitous 2015 will foster research collaboration in Ubiquitous Computing?

Prof. Jorge Sá Silva, General Co-Chair at MobiQuitous 2015
Prof. Jorge Sá Silva, General Co-Chair at MobiQuitous 2015

I believe that the participation at MobiQuitous2015 will be fruitful, as it is an excellent opportunity to contact and exchange ideas with scientific research groups from different countries. This scientific meeting will open new communication channels between the participants, which are a first step towards identifying common research interests.

How are wireless sensor networks changing our lives? And which are the most significant developments researchers achieved in this field?

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have been the subject of intensive research in the last few years. Several factors have contributed to this, namely the huge potential for application of WSNs in almost every aspect of day-to-day life. Theoretically, everything from lightbulbs to fridges, microwaves and coffee machines can be soon connected to the Internet. As the field of Internet of Things and wireless sensor networks matures, new findings and concepts have continued to emerge. However, while discussing the Future, we should also consider how we can take advantage from this technology. I believe we are now facing not only the concept of Internet of Things but also a new concept of Internet of People. Currently, Internet supports social activities, offers interaction and collaboration in ways that were previously unimaginable. The use of low-cost technologies like WSNs can, in fact, offer an important contribute to the future Low Cost Internet, which ultimately will result in more users

 

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Smartcity360 2015 summit: the challenge of the new cities and citizens

Only six months left till SMART CITY 360, the first international summit about technology and innovation applied to smart cities!

SMART CITY 360 brings together researchers, industry and urban leaders to discuss the crucial issues around smart cities and mobility. The Summit will take place simultaneously in Bratislava, Slovakia and Toronto, Canada, on 13-16 October 2015 and consists of three tracks: TechnologyInnovation and Community.

The objective is to provide a platform for international scientific cooperation, presentation of scientific output, linking research and practice community-based and popularization of topics Smart Cities and mobility in Central Europe and North America.

The day before the opening and the official start, 12 co-located scientific conferences that give a space to selected scientific researches will start. Each of the one or two-days conferences will have a separate organizational and scientific team. The following events will take place in Bratislava: SmartCityCom, ECARS, MobilityFoF, Sustainable MoG, CivicTech and DanubeRegionMobility. The appointments in Toronto will be with: SUMS, SGSC, SWIT-Health, 5GiSC, S2CT and BigDASC.

More than 100 speakers from all around the world, representing both industry and academy, have already confirmed their participation – including leaders of IBM, Ericsson, Qatar Foundation, SAVI, GENI, or Italian Create-NET. Furthermore, EAI partners with various governmental and regional bodies, including I-Canada Alliance, Slovak University of Technology, or Toronto University, in order to ensure the top quality of the event in Slovakia as well as in Canada. SMART CITY 360 will also welcome representatives of various cities, among others Bratislava, Toronto, Montreal, Vienna and Barcelona.

Furthermore, Mr. Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner of Energy Union, will patronize the event.

If you are ready to meet leaders of innovative technology companies, or you are a manager focused on the world’s most innovative examples of smart city development, get involved!

Find more info about the SMART CITY 360 Summit and the co-located conferences here and follow us on Twitter!

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S-CUBE 2015 accepts your paper until June 15th!

The 6th Conference on Sensor Systems and Software (S-CUBE 2015) will take place in Rome, Italy on October 26–27, 2015 and will be co-located with the IOT360 Summit.

S-CUBE 2015 will be chaired by Andrey Somov (CREATE-NET, Italy) and will provide an ideal venue to disseminate state-of-the-art work in the areas of system development and software support for wireless sensor network-based systems.

The conference is a single track forum for research on system development and software support for embedded sensing, broadly defined. This year the conference will be organized in conjunction with ‘IoT 360’ Summit and will be focused on the Internet of Things paradigm. In the last decade, the IoT paradigm has slowly but steadily and increasingly permeated what researchers and engineers study and build. However, ‘killer’ IoT applications have been slow to emerge.

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum in which researchers and practitioners from academia and industry, as well as the ‘makers’, may work together in order to present and debate on different innovative solutions and applications in sensing systems within the scope of IoT.

Accepted papers will be published in the Springer’s LNICST series and will appear in SpringerLink, one of the largest digital libraries online that covers a variety of scientific disciplines, as well as in the ICST’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL). LNICST volumes are submitted for inclusion to leading indexing services, including DBLP, Google Scholar, ACM Digital Library, ISI Proceedings, EI Engineering Index, CrossRef and Scopus. Selected papers may be invited to publish in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications and in the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Ubiquitous Environments.

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: June 15th 2015

Acceptance Notification: July 25th 2015

Camera-ready deadline: August 25th 2015

Find more details here.

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IOT360: new approaches to Innovation in the Internet of Things

The Second International Summit on Internet of Things (IOT360) is to take place in Roma, Italy on October 27-29. The Summit is a unique event bringing a 360 degree perspective on IoT-related projects and activities and aiming to coach involved people on the whole path between research to innovation and all the way through to commercialisation of ideas, projects and technologies.

Sessions of IoT360 Summit will be spread across three day program and will be divided in three tracks. Day 1 – Technology Track: meant to shed more light over the actual steps taken by different people / organisations to capitalise on what the Internet of Things can deliver; day 2 – Community Track: an instrument to meet people, companies and organizations, in order to bring together such actors to share research plans, kick-start initiatives, formulates new projects and make business; day 3 – Innovation Track: meant to deal with the aspects of taking an idea to market, following through the commercialisation process, from idea development all the way through funding.

The event offers a wide set of activities, such as the International Innovative ‘IoT360’ Summer School on the Internet of Things and twelve co-located scientific conferences:

  • The International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good (GOODTECHS 2015);
  • The International Conference on CYber physiCaL systems, iOt and sensors Networks (CYCLONE 2015);
  • The Second International Conference on Mobility in IoT (Mobility IoT 2015);
  • The Second International Conference on Cognitive Internet of Things Technologies (COIOTE 2015);
  • The International Conference on Cloud, Networking for IoT systems (CN4IoT 2015);
  • The Second International Conference on IoT Technologies for HealthCare (HealthyIoT 2015);
  • The Second International Conference on IoT as a Service (IoTaaS 2015);
  • The Sixth International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software (S-CUBE 2015);
  • The International Conference on Pervasive Games (PERGAMES 2015);
  • The Second International Conference on Software-Defined and Virtualized Future Wireless Networks (SDWN 2015);
  • The Second International Conference on Safety and Security in Internet of Things (SaSeIoT 2015);
  • The International Conference on Interoperability in IoT (InterIoT 2015).

Are you into Internet of Things? Don’t lose the great opportunity to discuss with top international experts within the field, such as: Prof. Mischa Dohler – Chair Professor, King’s College London, Dr. Richard Mark Soley – Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Christin Pfeiffer – Secretary General at INSME, Michel Mulquin – Global Smart Cities Standards Expert, member of the ISO Technical Committee 268, Co-Chair Advisory Group British Standards Institution and Angel Garcia– Founding Partner at Startupbootcamp and Lanta Digital Ventures.
Find more details about the Summit here.

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IOT360 Belisario: 'Many issues concerning privacy and the IoT are arising'

Ernesto Belisario combines his two passions – computer science and law – by being an administrative and ICT lawyer. His areas of research include new forms of political participation, internet in democracy, legal issues of open government, open data, and ICT Law, including privacy and copyright. He works as a consultant and delivers training and masterclasses all around Italy. He is the director of the Observatory on Open Government, Secretary General of the Institute for Policy Innovation, founder of e-Lex, and the author of numerous books and publications. Last but not least, he was one of the speakers at the latest edition of the IoT360 Summit.

Ernesto Belisario, IOT360 Speaker
Ernesto Belisario, IOT360 Speaker

What are your impressions of the IoT360 Summit? What are the big questions that have emerged from it?

The biggest questions mainly concerned two areas. The first are intellectual property issues, which have been discussed by the participants and the panelists alike. Some of the seminar participants who work in this sector have raised several concerns, many of which were easily solved by the panelists. The second group of questions concerned privacy issues, which, from a legal perspective, seem to be the main limit to the development of the sector, especially due to the partly different visions of the EU and the US regulators.

With the rapid development of the Internet of Things, what kind of privacy concerns are coming to the forefront? Could there be government regulation in this respect?

Many issues concerning privacy and the Internet of Thing are arising. The Article 29 Working Party has already published its opinion, which has been widely discussed during the forum as one of the representatives of the Italian DPA, which has drafted the opinion, was present at the forum. However, the Italian DPA is about to launch a public consultation on IoT, which should be published in the Official Journal in the following weeks, and which should involve all the different stakeholders. Participation at the consultation should be free, so IT companies, universities, scholars, and lobbying groups are all expected to contribute to it. At the end of the consultation, the DPA should pass a formal provision that could summarize the main privacy issues and give the guidelines to be followed by IoT operators. At the present moment, as far as we know, no bills on IoT are pending before the Parliament.

What kind of issues linked with ICT law would you like to see discussed at the 2015 edition of the IoT360 Summit?

On the one hand, it would be useful to follow up on the discussions of privacy and intellectual property issues from the 2014 summit. Many changes are likely to be introduced in the following months, by both national and EU authorities. On the other hand, the different legislations of the US, the EU, and third countries, especially Israel and other countries that area leaders within the sector, should be analysed in-depth, through a comparative approach.