Internet of Things and Smart Cities Ph.D. School 2014

Lerici (SP), Italy - September 8th - 13th, 2014



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The aim of the Ph.D. School is to address researchers to the forefront of research activity on Internet of Things & Smart Cities, by presenting state-of-the-art research together with the current and future challenges in building Smart Cities in an efficient and sustainable way, in order to provide a thorough overview of the main topics about IoT and Smart Cities and their envisioned integration. International speakers from academia and industry will give lectures tailoring their research field for an interdisciplinary audience. This year's edition will focus on three keywords each tailoring a dedicated day in the technical program of the school.

CONNECT > "Connecting smart objects": provide an extensive overview of low-power communication technologies, with performance comparison which can be used to make choices for different application scenarios.
COLLECT > "Creating and transmitting data": analyze different communication paradigms (REST, Publish/Subscribe, etc…) application-layer protocols targeting IoT, such as CoAP, MQTT, and other options.
CONSUME > "Understanding and working with data": provide theoretical and practical concepts for storing, fetching, and analyzing data collected by IoT applications, with focus on Big Data analysis and Cloud for IoT.

The school will include "hands-on" sessions that students will attend in order to develop individual/group projects to put in practice what they learn and to actually build their own IoT application.
Along with the technical program, a 1-day Business event will be included in the school's program, in order to provide insights from industry and business, extend the vision of IoT and Smart Cities with concrete experiences, and give participants an opportunity to create new connections which might be an added value for their careers and activities. A dedicated discussion panel will focus on the interaction and the collaboration between academia and industry in order to depict the future vision of Smart Cities and IoT. One of the aims of this school is to allow young researchers to get in touch with Open Source/Hardware platforms in order to have the possibility during their careers to design and develop the next generation of IoT and Smart Cities frameworks and applications.

Two registration of participants are available:

- Full School Attendee will follow all the six days of the event and will be eligible if interested in gaining credits. (The school will involve a total of 40 hours plus an additional individual activity at the end of the school in order to gain credits)
- Business Day Auditor can only participate during the business day.

IoTSC 2014 - University Credits

The school consist of 48 hours of lectures and practical activities that will be certified at the end of the event through an individual certificate of participation. Additional credits could be obtained at the end of the school by preparing an individual report related to the hackathon's activities according to the requirements that will be presented at the school. In that case, after the evaluation of the reports by the school committee, a second certificate with the result of the final exam will be sent to the attendees after the end of the event.

Each University is responsible for the conversion of the total amount of hours in to credits. The University of Parma's guideline recognizes 1 Credit for each 25 hours of work (8 hours as lectures and 17 hours as individual activities). According to this rules, the University of Parma recognizes for its students 2 Credits for attending the Ph.D. School and 2 additional Credits after the evaluation of the final report.

Keynote Speakers and Lecturers

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Bormann

Honorarprofessor for Internet technology
University of Bremen.
Co-chair of the IETF Constrained RESTful Environments (CoRE) Working Group


Frank Van Steenwinkel

FideCity and Senior Director Advanced Services, Cisco Systems

Prof. Andrzej Duda

Grenoble INP-Ensimag

Prof. Roberto Verdone

Università degli Studi di Bologna

Dr. Màrius Montón

Assistant Prof. at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Innovation Unit Manager at WorldSensing

Dr. Simon Duquennoy

Senior Researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science

Matthias Kovatsch

Department of Computer Science
Institute for Pervasive Computing
ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich).

Dr. Christos Efstratiou

Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts
University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Dr. Mirco Musolesi

Reader in Networked Systems and Data Science at the School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Prof. Andrea Basso

Adjunct Associate Professor
Dep . Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Victoria, British Columbia CA.

Dr. Jérémie Leguay

Thales Communications & Security

Dr. Flavio Bonomi

IoXWorks, Inc.

Confirmed Universities and Companies

Technical Program Committee

School Organizers

People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Internet of Things and Smart Cities Ph.D. School Organization
Università degli Studi di Parma - Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
Viale G.P. Usberti, 181/A
43124 Parma (PR) Italy

Tel: +39 0521 905741
Fax: +39 0521 905758

E-mail: iotsc.unipr [at]