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The State of IoT Research


Industry uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to characterize a broad range of Internet-connected devices and services that include consumer products, smart homes and buildings, mobile systems, smart grid and energy thrusts, and various dedicated sensor networks. The potential for huge economic retuns has driven rapid development and deployment; commercial products are already being sold. Vendors have formed consortia, hoping that interoperability and branding will encourage customers to adopt their products. Unfortunately, despite the excitement and initial commercial success, IoT has been plagued by false starts and a sequence of technical challenges. The primary reason is that fundamentals -- including basic networking protocols used in IoT -- are still being developed and standardized. This talk review hot topics in IoT research, and explains which missing pieces of technology will be needed before IoT vendors can coalesce on secure, interoperable standards.


Douglas E. Comer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Formerly, he served as the inaugural VP of Research at Cisco Systems. As a member of the original IAB, he participated in early work on the Internet, and is internationally recognized as an authority on TCP/IP protocols and Internet technologies. Comer has written a series of best-selling technical books on Computer Networks, Internets, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. His 3-volume Internetworking series is cited as an authoritative work on Internet protocols and technologies. Comer's books have been translated into 16 languages, and are used in industry and academia in many countries. Comer consults for industry, and has lectured to thousands of professional engineers and students around the world. For twenty years he was editor-in-chief of the journal Software -- Practice and Experience. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the recipient of numerous teaching awards.