Internet of Things: 7 Things You Should Know

"The most profound technologies are those that disappear"
Published 09/30/2020
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iot250x250New technology, the internet of things, is blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds.

The drastic expansion of the IoT, which helps us understand and address customer needs, has likely led to the need of content and resources to assist in your understanding and growth.

See our 7 tips and resources for a career in the Internet of Things:


1. Learn about careers in the internet of things with Advice From an Expert

Read our interview with Bruce West, Chief Scientist Mathematics for the Army Research Office, University of Rochester. He is a senior research scientist interested in the nonlinear interactions among entities of all kinds and the types of emergent properties resulting from these interactions.

West served previously as professor and chair of the physics department at the University of North Texas and director of research for the La Jolla Institute. He co-authored “The Internet of Battle Things” in the June 2017 issue of Computer magazine.


2. Discover new technology with the Invisible Internet of Things

The “most profound technologies are those that disappear,” wrote the computer scientist David Weisser some 20 years ago. They “weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.”

However, some technologies require a substantial public discussion before they take their place as part of the fabric of everyday life. The conversation goes back and forth until we have adjusted the technology to solve real problems and redefined our problems in a way that can be solved by the new technology. At the moment, we are in the midst of such a dialogue with the Internet of Things.


3. Prepare for the internet of things explosion with our Career Round Table

The fourth industrial revolution is in high gear as evidenced by the proliferation of the so-called “Internet of Things.”Cyber-physical systems powered by the Internet of Things (IoT)—among them, smart grids, autonomous vehicles, medical systems, and robotics. They are also revolutionizing the way we live and work.

By 2021, the combined IoT market will reach about 520 billion, driven primarily by data centers and analysis, say experts. The challenges facing this high tech explosion include system integration, scalability, data storage, and security. The growing sector needs a varied workforce—data analysts, cloud engineers, security and privacy experts, and software designers as well as mechanical and electrical engineers.

We asked several IoT experts to tell us what changes job-seekers can expect over the next several years in the realm of IoT.



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4. Explore the role of computing in the physical world by subscribing to IEEE Pervasive Computing

IEEE Pervasive Computing explores computing as characterized by visions such as the Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing. Designed for researchers, practitioners, and educators, this publication acts as a catalyst for realizing the ideas described by Mark Weiser in 1988.

The essence of this vision is the creation of environments saturated with sensing, computing, and wireless communication that gracefully support the needs of individuals and society. Many key building blocks for this vision are now viable commercial technologies: wearable and handheld computers, wireless networking, location sensing, Internet of Things platforms, and so on.


5. Participate in our quartos online course, Internet of Things Perspectives

This article offers expert opinion on two Internet of Things (IoT) perspectives. The first is a research agenda for the IoT to ensure the development of a trusted, secure, reliable, and interoperable net-centric computing environment. The second discusses the IoT as a human agent, extension, and complement.


6. Invest in the hands-on resource, Learning Internet of Things Security

The computational and data-centric problems faced by scientists and engineers transcend disciplines. There is a need to share knowledge of algorithms, software, and architectures, and to transmit lessons-learned to a broad scientific audience. Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) is a cross-disciplinary, international publication that meets this need by presenting contributions of high interest and educational value from a variety of fields, including—but not limited to—physics, biology, chemistry, and astronomy.

CiSE emphasizes innovative applications in advanced computing, simulation, and analytics, among other cutting-edge techniques. CiSE publishes peer-reviewed research articles, and also runs departments spanning news and analyses, topical reviews, tutorials, case studies, and more.


7. Get involved with the Internet of Everything Special Technical Community

Internet of Everything STC provides a collaborative platform and community for researchers and professionals in the area of IoE. As an emerging area, IoE requires multi-disciplinary efforts in pushing forward its technology development.

Key enabling technologies of IoE are actually related to CS, such as sensing, data mining, computing, security and networking. Our community is essential for technology development, collaboration and knowledge sharing in this emerging area.

Discover the technical scope here.