Thursday, 20th of January 2022, 12:00 – 1:00

From Internet of Things Platforms to Web of Things User Agents


Andreas Harth, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


Many current enterprise IoT projects are implemented with IoT platforms, which follow a centralised architecture. Sensor readings are transmitted to a cloud, where the data is processed and aggregated. The cloud is also responsible for controlling actuators. Such a setting works for systems that are managed by a single organisation. But future IoT systems involve devices and data from multiple organisations, which makes a centralised architecture difficult to implement, both from a technical perspective and from an organisational perspective. The talk starts with an overview of centralised Internet of Things platforms and outlines their shortcomings. The talk then introduces hyperlinks as a means for decentralised linking and discovery on the web, and sketches systems that sense and actuate within an agent architecture in a decentralised setting.



Andreas Harth is professor of technical information systems at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and leads the department "Data Spaces and IoT Solutions" at the Fraunhofer IIS-SCS in Nuremberg. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Institute AIFB at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany after pursuing a Ph.D. at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests are large-scale data interoperation on the Semantic Web, Linked Data, knowledge representation, computational logic and user interaction on web data. Andreas has published several dozen papers in these areas, and is author of a number of open source software systems. Recently, he has become interested in (RESTful) architectures for cyber-physical systems (e.g., smart energy grids and mixed-reality systems). Andreas has successfully carried out numerous European and national projects and participated in the W3C Semantic Web Best Practices and Deployment, Rules Interchange Format and Spatial Data on the Web working groups. In addition, he served as program committee member of numerous conferences and was one of the co-organisers of the Consuming Linked Data (COLD) workshop series and of the Semantic Web Challenge and acted as general chair of ESWC 2020.


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