Basser Seminar Series

New trends in Web development: Connecting the physical realm to the digital world

Speaker: Associate Professor Paulo F. Pires
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte / Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Time: Friday 12 November 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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The "Internet of Things (IoT)" explores the development of applications built upon different networked physical objects, extending the capabilities of today's Internet. IoT is based on new technologies for embedded devices like RFID, short-range wireless communications, real time localization, and sensor networks that perceive the world for themselves. Standardized infrastructures capable of managing, sharing and processing the data captured by such devices are necessary in order to bring the Internet of Things into commercial use. Such type of infrastructure is being built through the Web of Things (WoT) approach. The Web of Things is about re-using the Web standards to connect the quickly expanding eco-system of embedded devices built into everyday smart objects. In the WoT, embedded devices are first-class citizens of the Web. In this way, core principles and technologies of modern Web architecture (e.g., HTTP, REST, Atom, JSON) can be used to the seamless integration of things into the Web and to develop applications on top of web-enabled devices. In this talk we will discuss the current WoT solutions tailored to integrate wireless sensor networks and the Web with focus on interoperability (Web services and REST) and composition (mashups) issues.

Speaker's biography

Paulo F. Pires is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and Researcher Fellow of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). He received his Diploma (M.Sc.) and his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Computer Science and Systems Engineering, in 1997 and 2002, respectively, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His main research interests include model driven development, software product lines, and application of Software Engineering techniques in the development of applications for emerging domains, such as ubiquitous and pervasive systems. He is currently at the University of Sydney as a visiting academic, on sabbatical leave from Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.