Internet of Things — What and How

Date: 24 January 2013
Speaker: Prof. Wei Zhao


Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking infrastructure for cyber-physical systems. With IoT, physical objects should be seamlessly integrated into an Internet-like system so that the physical objects and cyber-agents can interact each other in order to achieve mission-critical objectives. 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 research and development 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.

Speaker Bio

Prof. Wei Zhao

Rector of the University of Macau

Professor Wei Zhao is currently the Rector 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, 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.

An IEEE Fellow and an Academician of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, Professor Zhao has made significant contributions in distributed computing, real-time systems, computer networks, and cyber-physical systems. His research group has been well recognized and received numerous awards and prizes including the outstanding paper award (1992) from the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, the best paper award (1998) from the IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference, an award on technology transfer from the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency in 2002, and the best paper award (2008) from the IEEE International Communication Conference. In 2007, he received the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems Outstanding Achievement Award. 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. Recognizing his accomplishments in education leadership and scientific research, Professor Wei Zhao has been a recipient of 12 honorary doctoral degrees.