Award Talk: Wei Zhao

Internet of Things — What and How

Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking infrastructure for cyber-physical systems. With IoT, physical objects should be able to be seamlessly integrated into an Internet-like system so that the physical objects can interact each other and to cyber-agents in order to achieve mission-critical objectives. Internet of Things (IoT) should have tremendous application potential and hence has become popular in recent years, attracting great attentions from both academic research and industrial development. In this talk, we will first focus on fundamental issues related to IoT. We address principles that should guide R/D of IoT. We will then present several approaches that may lead to implementation of IoT and analyze their advantages and disadvantages. Finally, we will discuss critical issues that must be addressed in order to fully realize the objectives and potentials of IoT.

Slides: 2012 12 05 RTSS IoT V1.0

Speaker’s biography

An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Wei Zhao is the Rector of and Chair Professor of the University of Macau. Before joining the University of Macau, Professor Zhao served as the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S., Director for the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. Professor Zhao completed his undergraduate programme in physics at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, China, in 1977, and he later received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983 and 1986, respectively. An IEEE Fellow, Professor Zhao has made significant contributions in distributed computing, real-time systems, computer networks, and cyberspace security. In 2007, he received the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems Outstanding Achievement Award. Professor Zhao has published over 300 papers in journals, conferences, and book chapters. In 2011, he was named by the Ministry of Science and Technology as the Chief Scientist of the national 973 Internet of Things Project on cyber-physical networking systems. Professor Zhao is also an outstanding leader in academic service. He has served on editorial boards of technical journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He was the chair for the IEEE Technical Committee of Real-Time Systems. He has chaired more than ten international conferences including the IEEE Real-Time Technology and Applications Symposia, the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium, the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems and Cyber-Physical Systems Week. Prof. Zhao received of IEEE TC-RTS Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award in 2011.