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MMsys 2018 Special Session: IoT and Smart Cities
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The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem is slowly transforming different areas of human life, involving sectors such as transportation, health, energy, and safety. Over the recent years several IoT deployments and testbeds have been proposed to create new smart infrastructures (e.g., buildings, transportation networks, energy delivery, water and wastewater management) and address specific societal needs through services (e.g., healthcare, public safety and emergency response). Such smart infrastructures and applications enable cities to not only reduce costs and resource consumption but also improve governance and quality of life for residing citizens. Devices embedded in these smart infrastructures capture multimodal information of varying types that differ in scale, volume and semantics – audiovisual information at varying quality levels from cameras and microphones, environmental data from air quality sensors, weather stations, satellite images etc. and personalized data from body-worn devices. The multimodal nature of the information being captured by IoT devices today lends itself to new challenges in multiple dimensions at the information and system levels.
Driven by the concept that IoT testbeds are at the heart of building upcoming smart cities, a key question that arises as these IoT testbeds scale in size and sophistication is how to leverage this new and diverse big data to address all the real world challenges for building smart cities. The testbeds vary significantly in the devices they use, the data/information generated and used and the network/communication technologies they leverage. A variety of old and new communication technologies (such as 5G, WLAN, SIGFOX/LoRa, Zigbee, SDN, gateways) and infrastructure technologies (such as data center clouds, fog computing and edge platforms) are being brought together to operate simultaneously in a coordinated fashion to realize the novel applications. The resulting heterogeneity and capabilities present new opportunities, but create significant complexity and new challenges. Security and privacy also become inevitable requirements not only for personal safety, but also for assuring the sustainability of the ubiquitous city.
This special session addresses recent technologies and latest advances, their benefits and challenges with an aim toward establishing a forum for exchanging ideas, thoughts and contributions to creating the computing, data and communication infrastructure for next generation multimodal IoT systems as well as the reliability, performance, security and privacy challenges that emerge from deploying such IoT systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
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