2nd International Workshop on Smart City and Ubiquitous Computing Applications
SCUCA 2014

in conjunction with the 10th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications


IEEE WiMob 2014

October 8, 2014
Larnaca, Cyprus

Keynote Talk

The Web of Things: towards smart pervasive environments

Sensors and wireless sensor networks are being deployed around the world, capable of measuring the local environmental conditions. Their sensing functionality can potentially enable context-aware ubiquitous platforms, middleware and applications to proliferate. Moreover, residential smart meters, smart power outlets and smart appliances have appeared in the market, facilitating electricity metering and control of individual electrical appliances, extending homes into smart energy-aware environments. Residences can be transformed into smart homes, incorporating embedded sensors and ubiquitous technology. In recent years, new technologies like short-range wireless communications, RFID and real-time localization are becoming largely common, allowing the Internet to penetrate into the real world of physical objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) allows physical devices to seamlessly communicate through the Internet. Inspired from embedded Internet connectivity, the Web of Things (WoT) is about reusing well-accepted and understood Web principles to interconnect the quickly expanding ecosystem of embedded devices, built into everyday smart things. In this talk, we identify contributions that have enabled the vision of Web-enabling smart objects. We will present promising applications of the WoT in domains such as smart homes, urban environments, and the forthcoming smart grid of electricity. We will also discuss and identify challenges in this domain, and how the WoT can constitute a driver towards an energy-efficient, sustainable future.


Prof. Andreas Pitsillides, Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus

Andreas Pitsillides is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus, and heads the Networks Research Laboratory. Andreas is also a Founding member and Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Academic and Research Network (CYNET) since its establishment in 2000.

His research interests include fixed and mobile/wireless networks, the Internet- and Web- of Things, and Internet technologies and their application in Mobile e-Services, especially e-health, and security. He has a particular interest in adapting tools from various fields of applied mathematics such as control theory, game theory, nature inspired techniques, and computational intelligence to solve problems in computer networks.

Andreas has published over 230 referred journal papers in flagship IEEE, Elsevier, IFAC, Springer journals, international conferences and book chapters, he is the co-author with Josephine Antoniou of the book Game Theory in Communication Networks: Cooperative Resolution of Interactive Networking Scenarios (CRC, ISBN: 978-1439848081, 2012), he is the co-editor with Petros Ioannou of the book on Modelling and Control of Complex Systems (CRC Press, ISBN: 978-0-8493-7985-0, 2007), participated in over 30 European Commission and locally funded research projects with over 4.5 million Euro as principal or co-principal investigator, presented keynotes, invited lectures at major research organisations, short courses at international conferences and short courses to industry.

He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computer Networks (COMNET) and International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR), served on international conferences as General Chair (ICT2011, EuroMedNet’98), Vice General Chair (WiOpt’07), international co-chair (INFOCOM 2003), technical program chair (MCCS05, ISYC06), and on executive committees (e.g. INFOCOM 2001–2003, and ICT98), technical committees, guest co-editor, invited speaker, and as a regular reviewer for conference and journal submissions. He is also a member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Technical Committee (TC 1.5) on Networked Systems, IFAC TC 7.4 on Transportation Systems and the IFIP working group WG 6.3.

Andreas is also very active in competitive research projects. He participated in over 30 European Commission and locally funded research projects with over 4.5 million Euro as principal or co-principal investigator. Recent projects in which he is involved with as a (co)principal investigator include European Commission funded (e.g. AGILE, GINSENG, C-CAST, C-MOBILE, MOTIVE, B-BONE, E-NEXT, SEACORN, M-POWER, GN2 and GEANT), National Research Board funded (e.g. MIND2C, EM-VANETS, VIDEO, TRAFFICNET, TRAFBUS, DITIS), Cambridge Microsoft Research Labs (DITIS II) and University project grants (e.g. ADIVIS).


Workshop Organizers



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