Abstract: The IoT paradigm manifests itself in a myriad of applications such as smart cities, intelligent transportation systems, smart grids, industrial and critical infrastructure monitoring, low cost e-healthcare, logistics, home automation, safety etc. The focus of this tutorial is on the application of IoT to realize a practical smart connected system that contributes towards addressing sustainability goals. In light of the global environmental concerns, there is an increasing push worldwide to reduce CO2 emissions with governments pledging to emission targets. Buildings are one of the heavy consumers of energy and water resources and a dominant contributor to the global CO2 footprint. This tutorial will examine the challenges in developing and deploying IoT solutions to enhance operational efficiency and environmental footprint of buildings. In the first half of this tutorial, we will elaborate on the challenges, design, implementation and deployment of low cost, scalable and easy to deploy proof-of-concept prototypes that we have developed as a part of our research into smart connected systems. In the second half of the tutorial, we will demo and work alongside participants (in groups as needed) to build a quick proof of concept IoT solution using off-the-shelf components. The nature of this topic being inter-disciplinary and applied, the objectives of this tutorial are to engage the audience through hands-on learning and also generate discussion that would enable them to come up with solutions to problems that they may be aware of / uncover during the discussions.
Names of the Presenters: Dr. Parag Kulkarni and Mr. Bivin Pradeep
Designation and Affiliation: Associate Professor, Researcher, United Arab Emirates University
Parag Kulkarni is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer and Network Engineering at the College of IT, UAE University (UAEU). He is broadly interested in the design and application of technology to solve problems in different domains and the associated commercialization aspects. He has extensive experience working on applied R&D projects in collaboration with industry and academic partners spanning different areas such as Energy/Water Management, Smart cities, ICT for Sustainability resulting in real impact in terms of operational insights, cost savings, technology commercialisation and published research. Before joining UAEU, he spent over a decade at Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. in Bristol, UK where he led a team of researchers and was actively engaged in research, intellectual property generation, prototyping, publishing, technology transfer and outreach activities in wide ranging areas. He obtained his B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Regional Engineering College Calicut India (now NIT Calicut) and the PhD degree from the University of Ulster in the UK.
Bivin Pradeep graduated from Mahatma Gandhi University, India, with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He has been working in the smart connected systems area for the last several years and his expertise is in creating MVP’s using embedded platforms and cross-platform applications. He holds keen interest in robotics and automation and is looking to pursue a PhD in this field.