“Internet of Things in Industries: A Survey” – IOTAP seminar #2

SEMINAR SEP 7 – The second article to be presented and discussed in the IOTAP seminar series is “Internet of Things in Industries: A Survey”.

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ABSTRACT – Internet of Things (IoT) has provided a promising opportunity to build powerful industrial systems and applications by leveraging the growing ubiquity of radio-frequency identification (RFID), and wireless, mobile, and sensor devices. A wide range of industrial IoT applications have been developed and deployed in recent years. In an effort to understand the development of IoT in industries, this paper reviews the current research of IoT, key enabling technologies, […] Continue reading

Possible to map data from smart door locks

More and more people use smart door locks to control access to their house or apartment. These door locks are often wirelessly connected to the Internet, which poses several security and privacy challenges.

A recent study on a door lock readily available on the market shows that the encryption of data sent between the door lock and the central router could be improved. With the current encryption, it is possible for a technically skilled person to find out what kind of data is communicated by the lock. This means that you can find out when a person locks or unlocks […] Continue reading

“The Human Face of the Data-Driven Society”—Topic of the first IOTAP seminar

SEMINAR AUG 24 – The first article to be presented and discussed in the IOTAP seminar series is Human-Data Interaction: The Human Face of the Data-Driven Society.

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ABSTRACT – The increasing generation and collection of personal data has created a complex ecosystem, often collaborative but sometimes combative, around companies and individuals engaging in the use of these data. We propose that the interactions between these agents warrants a new topic of study: Human-Data Interaction (HDI). In this paper we discuss how HDI sits at the intersection of various disciplines, including computer science, statistics, […] Continue reading

Mobile services for more sustainable energy consumption

The website energinyheter.se writes about the recently completed Elis project:

“Both housing companies as well as energy companies have an interest in mobile services that could contribute to more sustainable energy consumption. A project in Malmö demonstrates that it is possible to implement such solutions into existing buildings. But, to develop more advanced services has other requirements.”

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The article is based on an interview with Ulrik Eklund (IOTAP, Malmö University), following his presentation at an IoT conference in Lund. See Eklund’s presentation in the video player below, or on Vimeo.

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User-centered development in IoT — New PhD candidate at IOTAP

Malmö University’s focus on society was one of the reasons why Brian Katumba applied for a PhD at IOTAP. Starting in May, Katumba will focus on adapting user-centered development methods to IoT product development.

Brian, what is your research interest?

I am interested in the holistic view of software and systems engineering research. I am specifically interested in product development methods, product requirements, and how users and other stakeholders can be involved in the different development phases of a product. Academia in collaboration with industrial research and development is something I treasure!

Why is this research important?

With the Internet […] Continue reading

“To develop information systems is more an art than science”

For more than two decades, Prof. Nancy L Russo has been researching how computing technologies can improve organizational processes and practices. Her expertise is in information system development, an area whose methods are changing with the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. In the fall of 2015, Nancy Russo will team up with IOTAP.

Russo’s field of interest is Information Systems, which is about using information and computing technologies to improve the processes and practices of any organization. The distinction between individual and organizational use of technology, however, is nowadays less than clear given that we bring individual technologies […] Continue reading

Post-doc with interest in smart grids and artificial intelligence

IoT research that focuses on people brought Radu-Casian Mihailescu to Malmö. In April, he joined IOTAP as post-doc in computer science. His main research interest is at the intersection of artificial intelligence and so-called smart grids.

Radu, why is there such a strong interest in IoT?

There is no doubt in my mind that the proliferation of intelligent objects in our surrounding environment will bring about fundamental changes to society. This poses a wide variety of challenges, but also opportunities for innovation.

First, I see huge opportunities for people and businesses to make more timely and better informed decisions based on a […] Continue reading

Twelve considerations to make when designing for activity tracking

Many people use apps to track their everyday activities. These apps collect data about what we do, but they aren’t very intelligent when it comes to doing things with the data – or making recommendations of what we should do. In a recent paper, Fredrik Ohlin and Carl Magnus Olsson argue that if we want a richer understanding of the data, we need intelligent computing to be included in the systems that run the apps.

The standard activity-tracking apps present data in statistical form meant to be viewed after the activity has ended. But, what if these services could give […] Continue reading

New paper: Making hybrid materials palpable

The design materials of the Internet of Things are hybrid. Physical properties such as texture and weight are combined with digital properties including behaviour and responsivity. This ‘new’ material is a challenge for interaction designers.

In a recently published paper, Jonas Löwgren proposes a design strategy for designers working with hybrid materials: To build prototypes and do material experiments in a way that foregrounds immediate sensate feedback and externalizes responses that are normally not perceivable.

Löwgren writes:

It is quite common in interaction design theory to talk about design as a conversation with the situation […] Continue reading