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CMU Leads Google Expedition to Create Technology For 'internet of Things'

Ph.D. student Adrian deFreitas uses Impromptu, a system that accesses shared apps only when needed, such as a public transit app when the user is standing near a bus stop.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University is collaborating with Google to turn the college campus into a living laboratory for an experiment related to the Internet of Things.

Credit: Carnegie Mellon News (PA)

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Google are collaborating to turn the college campus into a living laboratory for a Google-funded, multi-university experiment to create a platform that will enable Internet-connected devices and buildings to communicate with each other.

"The goal of our project will be nothing less than to radically enhance human-to-human and human-to­ computer interaction through a large-scale deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) that ensures privacy, accommodates new features over time, and enables people to readily design applications for their own use," says Anind K. Dey, the project's lead investigator and director of CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

The researchers will work with colleagues at Cornell and Stanford universities, as well as the University of Illinois, to create GloTTO, a new platform to support IoT applications. A separate CMU team will develop technology to further protect the privacy of IoT users.

Overall, the project aims to create a complete system of interoperable IoT technology and find answers to key research questions, such as how to preserve privacy and ensure security in an increasingly sensor-filled environment. "An early milestone will include the development of our IoT appstore, where any campus member and the larger research community will be able to develop and share an IoT script, action, multiple-sensor feed, or application easily and widely," Dey says.

From Carnegie Mellon News (PA)
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