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Researchers Say It's Time to Build an IoT Engineering Discipline


A representation of the Internet of Things.

Several researchers are suggesting educational institutions should establish an engineering discipline for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.

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Researchers suggest educational institutions should establish an engineering discipline for the Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems (CPS).

Pennsylvania State University's Joanna DeFranco and Mohamad Kassab, and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)'s Jeffrey Voas, said such disciplines tend to "follow the newest technologies."

Voas and NIST's Phillip Laplante cited five core topics specifying a "Network of Things," including sensors, aggregators, a communication channel, process-executing "eUtility" software/hardware, and a decision trigger that produces a result.

Knowledge areas that Voas and Laplante said "correspond well with understanding IoT" include algorithms and complexity, graphics and visualization, human-computer interaction, and social issues and professional practice.

Suggested IoT/CPS courses could emphasize designing embedded and CPS systems with real-time behaviors; CPS architecture and vulnerabilities to cyberattacks; or combining robotics, sensors, and actuators within a cloud computing environment.

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