IEEE Announces Keynote Speakers from IBM, Intel and Samsung at IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) in March 2014


IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things 2014 – WF-IoT2014

“Applications, Technologies and Social Impacts of Internet of Things”

Dates: 6-8 March 2014
Location: Seoul Olympic Parktel Hotel, Seoul, Korea


The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things 2014 was held in Seoul, South Korea in March 2014. This flagship conference featured a comprehensive technical program including numerous sessions, tutorials, and an industrial exhibition. The program featured prominent keynote speakers and vendor exhibits. Proposals for tutorials and industry exhibits were also invited. Extended abstracts describing research at the initial stage or relevant industrial results were also invited.

IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things 2014 – WF-IoT2014 was a world conference sponsored by IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Sensors Council, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Reliability Society, IEEE Social Implications of Technology Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Future Directions Committee, and Korean Information and Communications Society – KICS.


Learn About IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a self-configuring and adaptive complex system made out of networks of sensors and smart objects whose purpose is to interconnect “all” things, including everyday and industrial objects in such a way to make them intelligent, programmable and more capable of interacting with humans.

Internet of Things (IoT) will shape the evolution of the Future Internet. Besides connecting people anytime and anywhere, the next challenge is to connect humans to smart objects, and to put these objects at the service of an easier and better lifestyle for the human society.

Objects with embedded communication capabilities, ubiquitously distributed and connected via sensor networks, fully integrated into the current Internet and mobile networks, will dominate the information exchange on telecommunication networks. Examples are Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Web of Things and others where the human interaction is limited to take benefit of the resulting actions. In the long run, any real object will have a virtual counterpart that represents the properties of the physical one, facilitates the contextualization of the object in the real and virtual environments and in the context of usage, and extends its intelligence creating a sort of virtual continuum between atoms (physical objects) and bits (virtual objects). This will result in highly populated, distributed and powerful complex systems capable of producing and manipulating large amounts of data. This environment cannot be orchestrated and governed with current solutions. New technologies, new paradigms and new relations between products/objects/services/humans need to be created and exploited in order to exploit the many possibilities created by the Internet of Things.

This is a growing reality that finds its applicability in several fields: personal healthcare, manufacturing, smart grid, smart cities, home automation, intelligent transportation, etc, and requires more and more sophisticated interactions among different applications to deal with such complex multi-services and multi-domains scenarios.

The full exploitation of IoT is implying interoperable communications, semantic sharing of the collected sensor information and a shared access to the actuators that are shaping the real world.

Technological evolution is a key enabling factor: self configuration, self routing, data semantics, information storing and sharing of large systems, novel sensing technologies, and new platforms and systems need to be researched and consolidated into viable products and services. At the same time, IoT challenges the research in fields like security and privacy of smart environments, identification and association of sensors and users, and management of big data produced by monitoring systems which all contribute to new relationships between users and IoT systems.

Valuable and compelling applications and services are to be defined and developed in such a way to make the IoT effective with respect to the user’s needs. Applications of IoT could have the power to transform consolidated value and production chains favoring a user centric approach (e.g., do it yourself paradigm). New ecosystems will promote original usages of advanced technologies and solutions. Especially important are experiences and trials in these contexts.

Social impacts of these advancements have to be understood, controlled and governed in order to promote a fair development across the world. User centric approaches need to ensure that the technological evolution brings effective and positive benefits to the larger portion of humans. Under this perspective, standardization and regulatory aspects are key elements to assure a proper exploitation of the innovative technologies in a globalized manner.