Engineer and run the IoT through emergent configurations | New PhD student at IOTAP

fahed-alkhabbasA strong connection between research and industry. That is one of the reasons why Fahed Alkhabbas, PhD student in computer science, came to Malmö University. At IOTAP, Alkhabbas will focus on emergent configurations—that is, how “things” temporarily connect and cooperate to achieve some kind of goal.

Fahed, what is your research interest?

Mainly, my research interest is about “emergent configurations of connected systems” within the context of Internet of Things. The research is conducted under the ECOS project within the Internet of Things and People research center.

Why is this research important?

The Internet of Things is the new generation of the Internet which does not connect only computers but also involves several other types of objects (“things”). These objects can be sensors, actuators, smartphones or everyday objects such as chairs, tables and even umbrellas. The Internet of Things offers a variety of useful services to governments, organizations, communities and to the public. In the context of the IoT, we refer to the term “emergent configurations of connected systems” as a set of things with their functionalities and services that connect and cooperate temporarily to achieve a goal. We envision that the concept of emergent configurations is a novel approach to engineer, manage and run the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things consists of a network of heterogeneous things, including sensors, actuators, more or less complex devices, and physical objects. Several open challenges are identified in several IoT areas among which heterogeneity, adaptability, interoperability, security, and privacy are some. This highlights the need for novel approaches to middleware, software architecture, data mining, etc., to support the design and development of IoT systems, as well as to run them. The core scientific challenge is to devise a theory of and methods for adaptive goal-oriented emergent configurations encompassing both their design and management.

Which IOTAP projects will you be involved in?

Mainly, I am involved in the Emergent Configurations of Connected Systems (ECOS) project. I do research about emergent configurations from several perspectives such as models and architectures, goal-oriented analyses, adaption mechanisms, context awareness and enactment infrastructure. In addition, I plan to participate in realizing several demos to better reflect the concept of emergent configurations from the industrial perspective. I will probably participate in exchanging the views between the ECOS and the CoSIS projects.

Why did you want to come to Malmö University?

My interest in doing a PhD at Malmö University is the strong correlation between the research and the industry. Several companies are involved in the ECOS project activities. We continuously meet and discuss how to harmonize research and industrial activities.  This correlation enriches both my research and industrial experiences within the IoT field.

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