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Keynote Speaker: 

Prof. Kwei-Jay Lin, University of California, Irvine


Building Smart Homes and Buildings using Service-Oriented Things


With the advance of sensing, actuation and wearable technology, Internet of Things (IoT) has become the next IT research focus. Many IT companies have started to invest heavily into this area by developing and inventing innovative IoT products. However, due to the diversity of embedded devices, application domains, and networking requirements, building IoT applications requires a stiff learning curve for most teams due to a significant customization effort on sensors, embedded software, cyber-physical integration, and cloud service support. 

We have developed a flexible IoT platform and middleware, called WuKong, to ease the development of new IoT applications. The WuKong middleware supports the flow-based programming (FBP) paradigm for users to easily define data and control workflows among virtual, conceptual sensing classes. Users can also specify simple execution policies on when, where, and how an FBP should run in a users environment. The WuKong middleware can intelligently decide how to deploy an IoT application by mapping an FBP to physical devices in order to meet the functionality requirements. We have recently built smart building applications using evacuation sensors that can guide people to find safe exit paths when fires are detected in a building. Algorithms and techniques can be integrated for real time detection of fire events and situations. Combined with data analytics, evacuation sensing can make predictions on dangerous areas for people to avoid. In this talk, the issues, techniques and challenges for evacuation sensing will be discussed.

About the Speaker:

Kwei-Jay Lin is a Professor at the University of California, Irvine. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1985-1993. He is an Adjunct Professor at the National Taiwan University and National Tsinghua University, Taiwan; Zhejiang University, China; and Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. He is the Chief Scientist of the NTU IoX Research Center at the National Taiwan University. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan in Spring 2016.

Prof. Lin is an IEEE Fellow, and Editor-In-Chief of the Springer Journal on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA). He was the Co-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems (TCBIS) until 2012. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2002-2006, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, 1996-2000. He served as the External Examiner for the Hong Kong University's Master Program on E-Commerce and Internet Computing during 2006-2009. 

Prof. Lin has published more than 200 papers in journals and conferences. He has served on many international conferences, recently as conference co-chairs of IEEE SOCA 2016 and CBI 2015. He has given keynote speeches in the 22nd IEEE Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications in August 2016, and the 6th IEEE Symposium on Cloud and Service Computing, in December 2016. His research interest includes service-oriented systems, intelligent IoT applications, middleware and kernel, real-time computing, and distributed computing.