The Internet of Things (IoT) is a vision. It is being built today. The stakeholders are known, the debate has yet to start. In hundreds of years our real needs have not changed. We want to be loved, feel safe, have fun, be relevant in work and friendship, be able to support our families and somehow play a role - however small - in the larger scheme of things. So what will really happen when things, homes and cities become smart? The result will probably be an tsunami of what at first looks like very small steps, small changes. The purpose of Council is to follow and  forecast what will happen when smart objects surround us in smart homes, offices, streets, and cities.

Christopher Mims: "the "Internet of Things" evolving into a responsive global nervous system"

Christopher Mims 05/13/2012: "Joi Ito's Near-Perfect Explanation of the Next 100 Years: "One hundred years from now, the role of science and technology will be about becoming part of nature rather than trying to control it." Steelcase asked 100 thinkers to describe their wish for the next 100 years, and MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito hit it out of the park with his 150-word bon mot: Read more about Christopher Mims: "the "Internet of Things" evolving into a responsive global nervous system"



Tu Le: The Rise of the Machines – The Machine-to-Machine Evolution

On Skynet: "Some call it the "Internet of Things" others call it "Machine-to-Machine" and some simply call it the convergence of smart enabled devices with the Internet—whatever you call it—we are at a new inflection point of connected devices. Based on Analysys Mason forecasts, within the next few years, literally billions of Internet-enabled microprocessors will provide digital intelligence and connectivity Read more about Tu Le: The Rise of the Machines – The Machine-to-Machine Evolution



PhD Research Position: Privacy in the Internet of Things (deadline May 20 2912)

Radboud University, SIDN - the company behind .nl, Tilburg University and TNO collaborate in developing better solutions for managing online privacy and electronic identities. To this end they have established a new expertise centre, the 'Privacy & Identity Lab' (PI.lab), in which they will combine their current research and start up new research. This joint collaboration is unique because it involves integrated research into the technical, legal and socio-economic aspects of privacy and identity. Read more about PhD Research Position: Privacy in the Internet of Things (deadline May 20 2912)



Call for Papers IIKI2012

The challenges on technologies of identification, information, and knowledge systems are the primary issues for the purpose of full implementation of the Internet of Things. This workshop aims to provide the scientific community a dedicated forum for discussing research, development, and deployment efforts in these technologies: International Workshop on Identification, Information and Knowledge on the Internet of Things (IIKI 2012) in conjunction with IOT2012, Wuxi, China, October 24-26, 2012. Read more about Call for Papers IIKI2012



Submission deadline of IoT 2012 extended to May 15, 2012.

The IoT connects a vast number of heterogeneous smart objects that cooperate to support manifold applications. This requires efficient use of scarce resource in order to adapt to a dynamically changing environment. Users, applications, and devices compete for resources such as processing time, memory, communication bandwidth, and sensors/actuators. Access among them will need to be constantly and dynamically negotiated. Read more about Submission deadline of IoT 2012 extended to May 15, 2012.



François Carrez: CFP - Self-IoT: International Workshop on Self-aware Internet of Things, in conjunction with ICAC 2012

Spectacular advances in technology have introduced increasingly complex and large scale computer and communication systems. Autonomic computing has been proposed as a grand challenge that will allow the systems self-manage this complexity, using high-level objectives and policies defined by humans. Read more about François Carrez: CFP - Self-IoT: International Workshop on Self-aware Internet of Things, in conjunction with ICAC 2012



Carsten Magerkurth: DOMe-IoT 2012 International Workshop on Digital Object Memories for the Internet of Things

DOMe-IoT will continue an established workshop series on digital object memories. In 2012, its focus is on research issues related to agency and digital object memories. Things will be enabled to make suggestions and propositions to human users - which implies that an object may have a level of agency. Read more about Carsten Magerkurth: DOMe-IoT 2012 International Workshop on Digital Object Memories for the Internet of Things



ARTECH 2012, 6th International Conference on Digital Arts

Artech aims to create a forum for the emerging digital arts, bringing together the scientific, technological and artistic community.
Artech 2012, the sixth international conference on Digital Arts, will be held at University of Algarve, Portugal, November 7th-9th 2012. It is the sixth international conference on Digital Arts, this time held at University of Algarve in the South of Portugal. Read more about ARTECH 2012, 6th International Conference on Digital Arts



Council will once again be involved in the 4th Annual Internet of Things Europe

The 4th Annual Internet of Things Europe Conference will explore the co-existence of real and virtual worlds in everyday life within areas such as health, transport and retail. The event will facilitate debate among stakeholders on how both the public and private sectors need to work together to create an environment for increased innovation, investment and economic growth. Read more about Council will once again be involved in the 4th Annual Internet of Things Europe



Ben van Lier: Global Internet of Things Day in Rotterdam

Ben van Lier works at Centric as an account director and, in that function, is involved in research and analysis of developments in the areas of overlap between organisation and technology within the various market segments. He writes: "It was the 9th of April: not only Easter Monday, but also Global Internet of Things Day. Most people will not have heard about it, but ultimately people in approximately 14 meetings in 13 places focused on issues related to the development and structuring of the Internet of Things. Read more about Ben van Lier: Global Internet of Things Day in Rotterdam



Social Networks for People and Things (SoNePT)

Social Networks for People and Things (SoNePT): The on-going connection of appliances, the increasing adoption of smartphones, and emerging instrumentation of items with QR-codes and RFID provide the basis for a comprehensive layer of connectedness to objects, Products, things and people. People are becoming part of digital social networks driven by personal interests and aspiration. Read more about Social Networks for People and Things (SoNePT)



Lars Erik Holmquist: Grounded Innovation - Strategies for Creating Digital Products

Lars Erik Holmquist: Grounded Innovation - Strategies for Creating Digital Products: "The book gives a practical guide to how you can be innovative and user-oriented when creating computer-based products - including everything from mobile web pages to robots, and passing location-based services, context-aware cameras, informative artworks and much more on the way. Read more about Lars Erik Holmquist: Grounded Innovation - Strategies for Creating Digital Products



Mischa Dohler: CFP: IEEE Comm-Magazine: Smart Cities (deadl 1 Aug 2012)

Urban living is commencing to take a central role in the direction humanity evolves. Today, more than 1 in 2 is living in urban environments with related efforts to facilitated viable living conditions becoming tremendous. Urged by these observations, city halls and political decision makers have become very alert, calling for urgent solutions to the growing problems. Read more about Mischa Dohler: CFP: IEEE Comm-Magazine: Smart Cities (deadl 1 Aug 2012)



ETSI: Successful first Internet of Things (IoT) CoAP Plugtests

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and the IPSO Alliance are "proud to announce the successful completion of the first Internet of Things (IoT) Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP) PlugtestsTM interoperability event. This event, organized in co-operation the Probe-IT project, was held in Paris, France on 24-25 March 2012 and was co-located with IETF 83. Read more about ETSI: Successful first Internet of Things (IoT) CoAP Plugtests



Council Interview with Roberto Saracco

Council: Privacy today is a big topic within Internet of Things, IoT. Do you see it a a roadblock for technological development?
Roberto Saracco: "Privacy is a big issue, independent of the IoT. The issue is complex per sè and gets even more complex because of the different regulation and sensitivities. If we are not finding a way to protect privacy when people want it protected and give back to people a certain degree of control of the data they generate we will see a growing uneasiness towards technology. Read more about Council Interview with Roberto Saracco



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