Scenarios of Internet of Things

Tullio Vardanega
Dept of Mathematics

Andrea Zanella
Dept. of Electronic Engineering

The Internet of Things extends digital connectivity to physical entities and real-world situations, giving rise to extraordinary opportunities to conceive, realize, and deliver value-added services including cognitive and life-support aid, smart appliances, remote monitoring, guidance and control systems.
PhD students in the BMCS program should be familiar with the IoT concept, its foundations for vision and architecture, and its use prospects.

The course will have two parts of 8 hours each, plus a public, collaborative and interactive exam session that will be included in the total hour count. The first part, delivered by prof. Vardanega, will illustrate the origin of the IoT concept, and the relation that it has to the Internet that we know.  The second part, delivered by prof. Zanella, will present use scenarios of IoT services and applications, focusing on some key use-cases (Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, e-health) and bringing forward lessons learned in their realization. More specifically:
- Overview and taxonomy of of Smart Cities services and requirements
- IoT in e-Health
- IoT in industry 4.0
- Open discussion about specific Smart City problems (security, ethics, user interfaces)

Course requirements 
The course intentionally places no restrictions on the background knowledge of participants.

Exam modality
The exam will take place as part of the lecture hours, as a culmination of the course program. In the last lecture delivered by the instructors, all individual students will be asked to briefly outline a few innovative applications of IoT technology, which catch their interest. The students will then group in pairs (or threesomes as the numbers require) with different curricular background, and pick one of the proposed applications for further study of the relevant literature, the use scenarios, the technology requirements, the adoption challenges, and their social implications. At an agreed date, all groups will convene for the final exam, in a public session, and in turn present their findings and discuss them with the other groups and the instructors. The duration of the exam session will be limited to 4 hours and the individual groups' presentations and discussions will be sized to fit in that overall duration.

Course material, enrollment and last minute notifications
Made available by the teacher at this Moodle address

19 Jan 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Vardanega)
20 Jan 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Vardanega)
21 Jan 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Vardanega)
22 Jan 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Vardanega)
26 Jan 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Zanella)
27 Jan 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Zanella) (rescheduled from Jan 28)
02 Feb 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Zanella)
04 Feb 2021, 10:30-12:30 (Prof Zanella)
+4 hrs for the examination (to be defined in agreement with the students)

Zoom; the link is in the Moodle page of the course.

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