Saturday, July 21, 2012

Students' opinions about business aspects of the Internet of Things | Florian Michahelles

"I just just finished the first series of my lecture Business Aspects of the Internet of Things. For this lecture I introduced the concept of teaching on one topic for one hour in each session and then discussing the topic in the second hour of the session  together with the students. For each session students prepared one-page opinion papers in which they discussed the pro's and con's of IoT-related concepts being described in given literature. Thus, a list of short essays about various topics of IoT, such as technologies, business models, data analytics, smart cities, do-it-yourself, and management implications has been generated (a selection of essays are summarized here).
Throughout the lecture I considered the activation of students in the lecture as an insightful element for establishing sharing of knowledge in class among students and lecturer. In the final feedback and evaluation session of my class I was intrigued about one student's comment: "Actually, in the beginning it was quite hard. As students we never get asked about our opinion, I first had to get used to have an opinion..." - looks like the experiment was worth it!"

"IoT Challenge" Competition at IoT2012

"The “IoT Challenge” offers a platform to graduate students, PhD students, researchers and developers to showcase their recent highly innovative research and practical solutions to real-world problems. Best ideas will be awarded. 

The “IoT Challenge” offers a platform to graduate students, PhD students, researchers and developers working in all areas of Internet of Things to share and showcase their recent highly innovative research and practical solutions to real-world problems.

The solutions should be highly novel, exiting, and show a complete and working system, addressing a relevant application area for IoT, including, but not limited to: supply chain and logistics, healthcare, M2M, security, environmental monitoring,intelligent transport systems,smart homes, industrial manufacturing, and critical infrastructures.

The topics of interest include, but are definitely not limited to:

  • Smart Dust technologies: highly miniaturized integrated microelectronic or MEMS based solutions, addressing aspects as energy harvesting, wireless communication, and efficient processing. 
  • Opportunistic networking and participatory sensing: solutions showing the potential impact of the use of smartphones, and the integration and sharing of different sensor systems for IoT 
  • Wearable computing and smart textiles: showing integrated solutions for body area networking, their interaction with people and environment. 
  • Real Time Localization Systems: should demonstrate efficient, scalable, and easy to deploy localization technologies. 
  • Internet integration: showing end-to-end internet based IoT solutions offering scalable and efficient services. 
Contestants are free to choose their topic beyond the ones mentioned above as long as it is related to the Internet of Things concept, and it clearly shows a significant progress beyond the State of the Art. Both individual and group participations are welcome. 

 To be eligible for the challenge, the contribution should not only present a working system but also clearly describe how it solves the real-world problem and how it goes beyond the State of the Art solutions. Showcasing excellent results in this occasion is not left unnoticed, as participants also compete for three different prices of 3000 euro (for the first place), 1500 euro (for the second place) and 500 euro (for the third place). 

 The IoT Challenge consists of two selection rounds: (i) selection based on an extended abstract, and (ii) showcasing and presentation. A reviewing committee will evaluate the extended abstracts for their quality, innovation, originality, challenge, and significance for the community. Authors of the accepted abstracts need to showcase their solution and hold a presentation during the conference. Both the showcase and presentation will be judged by a judging panel to select the top three contestants. The ranking of the top contestants at the end will be done by the audience. 


Contributions for the challenge are different from demo contributions in a sense that IoT Challenge seeks solutions that are highly innovative, significantly contribute to IoT technology, and present a "wow" factor. Each submission must make clear the novelty, how the solution works, how it advances the State of the Art, and the impact. They should strive to clearly state the significance of the contribution to the Internet of Things. Contributions that fail to address these aspects will be considered as demo and will consequently not be eligible for challenge and award prices. 

 Submissions should include an extended abstract of four to eight pages, and can optionally include a demo video, whose URL should be referred to in the submission. Submissions should be done through EDAS, conference name: IoT 2012, Track name: IoT Challenge Competition. 

 Submission deadline: August 15 , 2012 
 Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2012

 Accepted IoT Challenge contributions will appear in the final proceedings. 

 IoT Challenge chairs: Nirvana Meratnia, University of Twente, the Netherlands 
 Hans Scholten, University of Twente, the Netherlands 
 Paul Havinga, University of Twente, the Netherlands"

source: "Florian Michahelles | mobile internet of things blog" 
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