ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT HEADS ASSOCIATION

November 2014

Letter from the Editor

 

Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Over the past year, there is a lot of discussion regarding the Internet of things (IoT).  IoT is the idea that physical things, sensors, actuators are coming online, and connecting them to our smartphones and cloud computing.  IoT has been embraced by Silicon Valley as well as many companies in ECE fields.  General Electric has launched the Industrial Internet,  Intel has an IoT group, and Cisco calls it Fog Computing (cloud computing but closer to the ground).  Then there is the Internet of everything (IoE) as well as the Trillion Sensor Challenge, where the goal is to have seven trillion sensor for seven billion people by 2017.  Even giant software companies, like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, are starting to invest heavily in hardware again.  All this attention has caused Gartner to put IoT on the very top of their famous 2014 Hype Cycle chart.  

What does this mean for ECE departments?  Does the tight integration of information with physical things present a great opportunity for ECE research?  What are the new challenges that industry needs our help with? The National Science Foundation has embraced this agenda under their Cyber-physical Systems programs across Engineering and CISE.  The Semiconductor Research Corporation has similarly invested in the so-called TerraSwarms Center.   Is IoT an opportunity for inspiring students, innovation, and increasing enrollments in ECE?   

This November issue of the ECE Source has a collection of articles that explores various flavors of IoT and some of the technical challenges.  During the ECEDHA Annual Conference we will continue this discussion by having a panel where  some of our corporate leaders will address some of these questions.

I hope you will enjoy the issue.

 

Best regards,
George Pappas

Guest Editor
Chair, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
 

 


 
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