【物流讲坛】Towards Interoperable, Cognitive and Autonomic IoT Ecosystems: an Agent-based Approach
Within the Information and Communication Technology hype cycle the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a prominent subject, being rich in potentiality as well as in development issues. The future IoT will enable a new and wide range of decentralized systems (from small-scale smart homes to large-scale smart cities) in which “things”, able to sense/actuate, compute and communicate, play a central and crucial role. The growing importance of such novel networked cyber-physical context demands suitable and effective computing paradigms to fulfill the general and specific requirements of IoT systems engineering.
In this talk, we face the IoT development process first “in the small” by designing the Smart Objects (SOs, representing the fundamental IoT building blocks) as agents, and then “in the large” by treating the IoT systems as Multi Agent Systems (MASs). The synergic meeting of agents with IoT makes it possible to develop smart, social and dynamic IoT systems of diverse scales. Indeed, the agent abstraction is a suitable paradigm to instill smartness and autonomy within a single SO and consequently to realize distributed, self-steering and heterogeneous IoT systems. In such directions, the Agent-based COoperating SO (ACOSO) middleware represents a viable solution for the programming, development and management of agent-based SO systems while its performance verification on different IoT networks of different scale can be effectively supported by the Omnet++ simulator. A real case study concerning the development and evaluation of a complex IoT system, namely a Smart University Campus, is described to show the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed approach.
Giancarlo Fortino is currently a Professor of Computer Engineering (since 2006) at the Dept. of Informatics, Modeling, Electronics and Systems (DIMES) of the University of Calabria (Unical), Rende (CS), Italy. He has a Ph. D. degree and Laurea (MSc+BSc) degree in Computer Engineering from Unical. He holds the Italian Scientific National Habilitation for Full Professorship and is High-end Foreign Expert of China and Adjunct Professor at the Wuhan University of Technology, China. He is adjunct senior fellow at ICAR-CNR (National Research Council) and High-end Expert at Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology. He has been also Visiting Researcher and Professor at the International Computer Science Institute (Berkeley, USA) and at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), respectively. His main research interests include agent-based computing, wireless sensor networks, pervasive and cloud computing, multimedia networks and Internet of Things technology. He participated to many local, national and international research projects and currently is the deputy coordinator of the EU-funded H2020 INTER-IoT project He authored over 300 publications in journals, conferences and books. He is in the TIS (Top-Italian Scientists) ranking (h-index=31 and n. citations≈3200). He chaired 80+ Int'l conferences/workshops as co-chair, organized 30+ special issues in well-known Int'l Journals, and participated to many (350+) TPC of conferences. He is the founding editor of the Springer Book Series on "Internet of Things: Technology, Communications and Computing”, and currently serves (as associate editor) in the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Sensors Journal, IEEE Access, Journal of Networks and Computer Applications, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Information Fusion. He is the recipient of the 2014 Andrew P. Sage SMC Transactions Paper award. He is co-founder and CEO of SenSysCal S.r.l., a spin-off of Unical, developing innovative IoT-based systems for e-health and domotics. He is IEEE Senior member, the Chair of the IEEE SMC Italian Chapter, and founding chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Interactive and Wearable Computing and Devices.