Enabling a Smart World through Service Computing and Data Processing Architectures

Date and time
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
18.30 - 20.30

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Inaugural lecture: Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec

Smart cars, smart houses, smart medicine, smart cities. In recent years we have seen a great emergence of smart technology ideas, concepts and products. Looking more to the basics, they are all technologies that impact on people’s everyday lives based on interpretation of data gathered from the environment. These technologies are often introduced as the next must have, and then we can often read in the press where they went wrong. However, they are here to stay, more will emerge and they will improve our quality of life.

In this session we will reflect on the state of the art and highlight opportunities and challenges for the truly life changing smart technologies. I will consider the underlying technologies and the importance of data processing as a key enabler, but place these in the context of societal impact and demands. I will specifically focus on aspects of software architecture for cloud and service computing paradigms, highlighting key issues of these architectures that emerge when we consider the demands from the Internet of Things (IoT): a system of trillions of interconnected sensors producing ‘lots of little data’. We will consider how data processing can be distributed in various ways, and thus allow the ideas from service and cloud computing to be expanded for IoT, touching on the current hot topics of data analytics and machine learning.

Seen through the lens of a Computer Scientist, the talk will consider technical aspects, but these will be shown in the context of applications that everyone understands and uses. We will consider how the technology improves our daily lives, but also consider the more human worries that are associated.

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec

Professor Stephan Reiff-Marganiec is a Professor in Computer Science and the Head of Computing at the University of Derby. His responsibility includes oversight of teaching and research in the department and the interaction of teaching, research and knowledge exchange.

Prior to joining the University of Derby, Stephan worked in a dual role at the University of Leicester, leading the Leicester Innovation Hub whilst being an Associate Professor in Informatics.

Stephan's research focuses on data management and processing architectures including service-oriented architectures, cloud computing, IoT, as well as context sensitive/aware systems and data modelling considering an applied angle of these technologies.

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