Pedro José Marrón
University of Duisburg-Essen and Fraunhofer FKIE
Keynote title : Are we Ready to Go Large-Scale? Embedded Technologies for Smart Cities
The world is changing at an incredible pace. An enormous amount of data is being generated continuously everywhere at a rate faster than ever before, leaving us with the challenge of making sense out of it at the right time and the right place. With concepts such as the Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical- Systems, Cooperating Objects and Smart Cities, things are only going to get worse. But are we ready to go large-scale? In this talk, we will deal with the main challenges and present some possible answers to the question of how to deploy, maintain and use a network composed of millions, if not billions, of sensors, smart phones and, in general, devices that continuously gather, process and send data into our lives. Without the right technology, we might become slaves of our own technology instead of being on top of it. Are we ready for the challenge?
Prof. Dr. Pedro José Marrón received his bachelor and master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA in 1996 and 1998 respectively. At the end of 1999, he moved to the University of Freiburg in Germany to work on his Ph.D., which he received with honors in 2001. His dissertation was awarded with a post-doc prize from the University of Freiburg. After finishing his habilitation at the University of Stuttgart in 2005, he moved to Bonn to head the Sensor Network and Pervasive Computing group. Since 2009, he is the head of the Networked Embedded Systems group at the University of Duisburg-Essen and since 2012 Director of the newly founded European Center for Ubiquitous Computing and Smart Cities (UBICITEC) and a lead scientist at Fraunhofer FKIE in Wachtberg. His current research interests are distributed systems, mobile data management, location-aware computing, sensor networks and pervasive systems and this shows in the breadth of European projects and industrial cooperations lead by his research group. He is also a member of ACM and GI. Among several projects, Prof. Marron is coordinator of CONET, the Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence that, with over 40 members and companies like SAP, Boeing and Telecom Italia, shapes the research in Europe on topics related to Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical-Systems and Cooperating Objects. Additionally, Prof. Marron is coordinator of PLANET, an Integrated Project that deals with the deployment of large-scale heterogeneous networks, and GAMBAS, a STREP that deals with the design and implementation of an adaptive middleware for context-aware applications.