Time-Aware Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)

‌‌‌IT Research Seminar

Time-Aware Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Seminar Slides:Time-Aware Systems

Dr. Marc Weiss

Formerly NIST Colorado US

Friday 31st October 2014, 1pm-2pm, Room IT207 (IT Building)

Trillions of Euro in growth are forecast over the next decade as the Internet becomes Industrialized. Companies like GE, AT&T, Cisco, IBM Intel and others are investing in an "Industrial Internet." A Public Working Group with co-chairs from NIST, NUIG, and National Instruments is developing a Framework and Reference Architecture for Cyber-Physical Systems: networked systems that sense, compute and control. A new initiative has begun called Time-Aware Applications, Computers and Communications Systems (TAACCS). The U.S. National Science Foundation has funded research on Timing in the IoT called the Roseline Project. With computing and networking optimally developed to disconnect from the physical layer, optimal timing, which comes as a physical signal, is at odds with modern data systems. Yet, improved timing methods will be critical for this massive growth predicted. This seminar discusses the current state-of-the-art in timing systems, and a way forward to further develop Time-Awareness in crucial elements to make timing a first-class citizen in the IoT.

Dr. Marc Weiss has worked at NIST (the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology--formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) since 1979, specializing in time transfer techniques. Specific work has included: developing GPS since 1980, Relativity problems applied to clocks, optimal statistics for clocks, creating and leading a workshop on synchronization in telecom, and more recently focusing on sync and control systems in other networks. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical-Physics from the University of Colorado in 1981.

See Figure 1 From http://www.ge.com/docs/chapters/Industrial_Internet.pdf

Topic: Open education and digital identities

Time: Thursday, 6th February 2014, 11:00-12:00.
Location: Seminar Room THB-G010 (James Hardiman Library Extension)

Speaker: Catherine Cronin

Topic: Open education and digital identities

“I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process [of] establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity.”
- Joi Ito (2011)


This presentation will explore emerging open education practices and their effects not only on learning and teaching, but on our multiple and overlapping identities as networked scholars, educators, students, and citizens. We are in the early days of large-scale open education. The boundaries continue to blur between real and virtual spaces, formal and informal learning, educators and learners. Open, participatory and social media are enabling new ways of learning and new forms of education (MOOCs anyone?). While the traditional higher education model is focused on centralized expertise, the individual learner, and competition, higher education is currently engaged in the process, albeit unevenly, of moving towards more distributed expertise, facilitation of networked learners, and openness. This presentation will consider the concept of digital, networked identities in the context of open education, with a particular focus on us as educators and our interactions with students in both bounded and open online spaces.

Speaker bio: Catherine is academic coordinator of IT Online programmes and lecturer in Professional Skills in the BSc CS+IT programme. Catherine’s work focuses on online and open education, digital literacies, and social media in education. In addition to her teaching and research in HE, she works with schools and community groups exploring these areas. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the area of open education and digital identity practices. She holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng. in Systems Engineering, and M.A. in Women’s Studies where her dissertation topic was gender and technology.