Forthcoming Distinguished Visitor Events

Speaker: Professor John Soldatos, Associate Professor at the Athens Information Technology

Title: Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies for Integrated Smart Cities Applications

Details: Monday 31st March at 4.00pm at the University of Glasgow (Room 422, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens G12 8QQ)

Wednesday 2nd April at 1.00pm, University of St Andrews, (Cole 1:33b, Jack Cole Building KY16 9SX)

Abstract: The aim of this talk is to illustrate the use of Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies as building blocks of smart city applications. As a first step the talk will present the pertinence of IoT and smart cities and accordingly it will introduce a range of smart city challenges that could be remedied based on recent advances in IoT technologies. Specifically, we will present how IoT/cloud convergence and IoT semantic interoperability can be used to facilitate the integration of existing silo developments in smart city developments, while at the same time providing new opportunities for innovative applications. The talk will also include the presentation of three practical smart city applications that make use of IoT technologies, notably applications in the areas of smart security, live news and urban planning. These applications are developed in the scope of (on-going) FP7 projects PROACTIVE (FP7-285320), SMART (FP7-287583) and VITAL (FP7- 608682-VITAL) and deployment in European cities (Santander (Spain), Camden/London (UK), Istanbul (Turkey)).

Speaker: Professor John Soldatos, Associate Professor at the Athens Information Technology

Title: OpenIoT: The Open Source Internet-of-Things

Details: Thursday 3rd April at 4.00pm at the University of Edinburgh (Centre for Design Informatics, T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House, 8 Westport, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE)

Abstract: This talk will introduce OpenIoT, a Free Open Source Software project for developing/integrating Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications and services, which has been recently selected (by Black Duck) as one of the top open source rookie projects for 2013). The main goal of the OpenIoT FP7 project ( is to develop a blueprint middleware infrastructure for implementing IoT solutions. It is a joint effort of several developer teams around Europe, including open source enthusiasts and developers of other prominent open source IoT platforms such as Global Sensor Networks (GSN) and AspireRfid. OpenIoT features several unique properties, since it provides the means for: (a) collecting and processing data from virtually any sensor/ data stream, including physical devices, sensor processing algorithms, social media processing algorithms and more, (b) semantically annotating sensor data, according to the W3C Semantic Sensor Networks (SSN) specifications, (c) streaming data of the various sensors to a cloud computing infrastructure, (d) dynamically discovering/querying sensors and their data, (e) composing and delivering IoT services that comprise data from multiple sensors based on minimal programming and through the use of visual tools, (f) visualizing IoT data based on appropriate mashups (charts, graphs, maps etc.) (g) optimizing resources within the middleware and cloud computing infrastructure. Based on the above features OpenIoT is radically differentiated from state-of-the-art IoT middleware projects.

Speaker: Professor John Bass, University of Tasmania

Title: National and International Data Linkage – top down or bottom up?

Details: Friday 23rd May at 4pm at the University of Glasgow, Level 5 Meeting Room, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, G12 8QQ

Abstract: How do we create a national, let alone international, linkage? At the national level, projects rarely have the time and willingness to pay attention to detail, and tend to create “broad brush” data. Small local entities often take pride in making use of local knowledge to create high-quality linkage. Is it possible to have a big picture that still reflects the quality of linkage found in a local cancer registry? It’s easier than you might think!

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