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Guest Lecture: A Safer Internet of Cyber-Physical Things

On Friday, March 17th, 2017, Prof. Antonio Augusto Fröhlich (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) will give a guest lecture titled: "A Safer Internet of Cyber-Physical Things".

The talk will be given at 12:15 in meeting rooms Mänty and Honka, Agora building (4th floor).

Abstract: The Internet of Things is a central element of Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Environments and recently became subject of intense academic research. The potential for services around the theme has been demonstrated by numerous projects and is now also attracting important sectors of the economy. However, most demonstrations of IoT presented thus far makes use of technologies developed for the ordinary Internet and for SmartPhones. Assuming that each object connected to the Internet will feature an ordinary TCP/IP stack implemented on the same premises of the original Internet is certainly a mistake, especially considering aspects such as security, power consumption, size, and cost. Moreover, the IP protocol itself, the driving force of the technological revolution we live, does not encompasses the notions of space and time that are so crucial to the emerging technology and inherent to Cyber-Physical Systems. UFSC's EPOSMote provides an open hardware and software platform for IoT research. Its main goal is to investigate and demonstrate alternatives to the Internet legacy for a Trustful Internet of Cyber-Physical Things. The mote was designed around a modular architecture, with interchangeable components in four layers: processing (AVR8, ARM7 and Cortex-M), communication (IEEE 802.15.4 and PLC), I/O (various types of sensors, leds, buttons, USB, serial, and J-Tag) and energy (battery, USB and photovoltaics). Modules can be easily tailored to specific applications following the philosophy of Application-driven Embedded System Design (ADESD). This talk presents the project, its role in IoT research, cyber-physical applications currently under development, and recent achievements toward a trustful cross-layer communication protocol for IoT.

Bio: Dr. Antonio Augusto Fröhlich is currently an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), where he has been leading the Software/Hardware Integration Lab (LISHA) since 2001. With a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, he has coordinated a number of R&D projects on embedded systems, including the ALTATV Open, Free, Scalable Digital TV Platform and the CIA² research network on Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. Major contributions from these projects materialized within the Brazilian Digital Television System (SBTVD) and Wireless Sensor Network technology for Energy Distribution, Smart Cities, and Precision Agriculture. Dr. Fröhlich is member of ACM, IEEE, and SBC.