IEEE IoT Newsletter - May 2021

Article 1

The Global Observatory for Urban Intelligence: Unraveling the Complexities of City Ecosystems

Joel Myers, Gyu Myoung Lee, Victor Larios, Mohamed Essaaidi, and Adam Drobot

Today, the goal of creating sustainable resilient cities is still, for the vast majority, an unrealized dream and very much an uphill struggle. However, COVID-19 has brought with it a stark wake-up call. A shared global realization that the very “local” places we live in, where we work, and visit, are, in fact, extremely fragile. They will not survive, nor will we, the majority of the world’s population that call a city their “home”, without a firm grounding in a truly sustainable and resilient framework.


Article 2

Time-critical IoT Communication with 5G NR: A Technical Overview

Torsten Dudda

5G New Radio (NR) is equipped to fulfill time-critical communication needs, resulting in several emerging use cases in the areas of real-time media, mobility automation, and remote control, as well as, industrial automation IoT. 5G is known to serve a wide range of use-cases and devices that go well beyond smartphones and mobile broadband.


Article 3The Internet of … What ??!

Nahum Gershon

Suzanne Simard discovered that “fungal threads link nearly every tree in a forest — even trees of different species. Carbon, water, nutrients, alarm signals and hormones can pass from tree to tree through these subterranean circuits."


Article 4Our Stealthy Housemates: Consumer IoT Devices, Privacy Risks, and Potential Mitigations

Anna Maria Mandalari, Hamed Haddadi, Daniel J. Dubois, and David Choffnes

Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are gaining an increasing presence in our homes, with the promise to deliver unprecedented benefits and personalized services. The increasing range of sensors embedded in these devices, alongside the availability of sophisticated AI models and interactions mechanisms (e.g., voice-based smarthome assistants), present a complex range of functionalities, analytics, and capabilities. However, this complexity results in our inability to fully assess and establish the reliability and trustworthiness of these devices, in addition to their security threats and privacy risks, despite our increasing dependence on these devices and their underlying services.




Article 5

IEEE Internet of Things Initiative - Upcoming Events

IEEE 7th World Forum on Internet of Things - 2021
14 June-31 July 2021 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA / Hybrid Event
Register today for the upcoming WF-IoT 2021
Tutorial Week - 14-18 June
Core Conference -- Live from New Orleans! - 21-23 June
Women In Engineering Program - 25 June
Workshops/Special Sessions and Technical Paper Discussions - 18 June-1 July
Vertical and Topical Tracks - 12-23 July
Entrepreneurial Program - 26-30 July

IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism
20-24 September 2021 // Virtual Event
Submit a paper today!

IEEE International Conference on Omni-layer Intelligent Systems 2021 (IEEE COINS 2021)
23-25 August 2021 // Barcelona, Spain

IEEE COINS includes a multi-disciplinary program from technical research papers, to panels, workshops, and tutorials on the latest technology developments and innovations. IEEE COINS will address all important aspects of the IoT ecosystem from smart things to the circuit and system, design automation, Edge-Fog-Cloud computing, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, security, and smart products/services as well as business models. IEEE COINS solicits papers and proposals accompanying submissions for presentations in the Vertical and Topical Tracks. Please visit the website for more information.

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IEEE Internet of Things Magazine

Internet of Things Magazine logoThe IEEE Internet of Things Magazine solicits high quality articles that: a) describe in depth and/or breadth the state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary IoT-centric research and deployments, b) present groundbreaking novel practical contributions and insights into emerging IoT hot topics and futuristic applications, c) develop/share best practices, vision and lessons learned on integrated IoT environments, and d) establish guiding principles for the advancement of IoT-centered research as well as for the technical, operational and business successes.

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This Month's Contributors

Joel Myers is a leading international technologist, specialising in the creation and development of innovation technology solutions in Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Smart Cities, working internationally with state and local government, and industry.

Gyu Myoung Lee is with the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK and with KAIST Institute for IT convergence, Korea.

Victor M. Larios is a Professor at the Information Systems Department at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Mohamed Essaaidi is Head of the Smart Systems Lab and Former Dean, ENSIAS College of Engineering, Mohamed V University in Rabat.

Adam Drobot is an experienced technologist. His activities are strategic consulting, start-ups, and industry associations.

Torsten Dudda is a Master Researcher at Ericsson located in Aachen, Germany.

Nahum Gershon focuses on social media, the Internet of Things, strategic planning, visualization, combining creative expressions with technology and real-time information delivery, presentation & interaction (including storytelling) in mobile, wearable as well as traditional devices including how they could improve both organizational environments and our personal lives.

Anna Maria Mandalari is a Research Associate in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial College London.

Hamed Haddadi is an Associate Professor at Imperial College.

Daniel J. Dubois is an Associate Research Scientist at Northeastern University, his research is rooted in software engineering, with a current focus on IoT privacy.

David Choffnes is an Associate Professor at Northeastern University, member of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, and affiliate faculty at the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC).


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