Saturday, October 19, 2013

There is no Internet of Things - (yet?)

"There is no Internet of Things", this is a title of a promotion for a recent Forrester report.  The report has one more word in its title -- "yet".   The (right) claim is that while there are a lot of sensors, mobile devices, wearable computing devices and vision about "Internet of Things",  and recently "Internet of everything", the vision was not fulfilled yet, and the world of sensors is still very fragmented.   
What made the (current) Internet successful is a combination of standard protocols, the ease of creating content, and the ease of retrieving its content with the combination of web browsers and search engines.  
In order for the Internet of Things to become "Internet" - there is a need to make it much simpler and standard oriented.  Imagine that in the current Internet the retrieval from the Internet would have required everybody to write SQL queries --  do you think that the Internet  would have become pervasive?
What is the equivalent?  --  standard and simple way to perform the functionality of IoT.   I'll be able to report about our related work  in a few weeks -- stay tuned. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Start of a new semseter and upcoming talks

I have not written recently -- some due to a short vacation (in Paris), and some due to seasonal laziness.. 
In any event - this week the semester started in Israel, and I am giving an Event Processing course again at the Technion, this time I am doing some change in the course.   The course is still based on the EPIA book,  but I am updating now to teach event processing through a model-based approach, which corresponds to the project we are working on recently.  We are going to do first public exposure of this work in ER 2013 in Hong-Kong.  I'll write about it later.  
Next week, I am giving keynote talk in an event oriented workshop co-located with ACM Multimedia 2013.  in which I'll talk about the semantics and modeling of situations and contexts.   Both talks will become public after they are given.