Evening Lectures - Pensacola

Dr. Niranjan Suri

THE TALK: Internet of Things: Origins, Present and Future

January 18, 2024


The Internet of Things (or IoT for short) has permeated many aspects of society already. From smart homes filled with smart appliances, smart switches, and smart light bulbs to personal devices such as Fitbits and smart watches, many of us interact with IoT devices on an everyday basis. But what exactly is IoT? And how did it become such a common element of our environment? What are some of the other applications of IoT? And what is to come in the near future? These are all questions that I will address in this talk, which will examine the origins of IoT, how it is being deployed and used today in many different domains, including smart homes, smart grids, smart transportation, smart cities, and the military. I will discuss some ongoing work at IHMC in the domain of military applications of IoT. I will also discuss some challenges raised by IoT, such as privacy and data rights / data management. Finally, I will discuss trends and the future of IoT.


Niranjan Suri is a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), the Division Associate for Research in the Military information Sciences Division at the US Army Research Laboratory, and a Director of Research Professor in the Intelligent Systems and Robotics Program at the University of West Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Lancaster University, England, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida.

Niranjan’s current research activities focus on networking, communications, distributed systems, information management, interoperability, Internet of Things (IoT), and the application of Machine Learning to all of those domains. One of his focus areas has been on the topic of Value of Information (VoI) and its application to military C2 systems, both to reduce operator overload and to alleviate communications bottlenecks. He is currently the co-chair of two NATO Research Task Groups – IST-176 on Federated Interoperability of Military C2 Systems and IoT and IST-194 on Adaptive Networking at the Tactical Edge. In the past, he also co-chaired groups on Military Applications of IoT and Tactical Group Communication and Information Dissemination.

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