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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
From the Internet for People to the Internet of Things
Driven by the ubiquity of the Internet and advances in various technological fields, all aspects of the physical world in which we live are undergoing a major transformation. Underlying this transformation is a concept known as the Internet of Things (IoT) which envisions that every physical object in the world could be connected to the Internet. This concept is at the root of such developments as the fourth industrial revolution, precision agriculture, smart cities, intelligent transportation, home and building automation, precision medicine, etc. In this seminar, we trace back the origins of the IoT concept in terms of both the vision and pioneering work, identify the building blocks of an IoT system, and explore enabling technologies pertaining to the devices that get attached to things (possibly comprising sensors, actuators, and embedded systems) and the communications capabilities (RFID, Bluetooth, wireless sensor networks, Wi-Fi, Low Power WANs, cellular networks, vehicular communications). Students will apply the acquired knowledge to the design of IoT systems meeting specific objectives in various application domains.