Increasingly, the Internet is not only connecting computers, phones, tablets and smart TVs Machines, ships, cars, light bulbs – and even human beings – are also being equipped with networked sensors that monitor their environment, provide status reports, receive instructions, and take short-term and long-term actions based on intelligent processing of the gathered data. The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) has begun, and at its heart there’s a world of thinking objects.
The Internet of Things is bringing a massive change to industry and society. By connecting everyday objects – and embedding intelligence in them – we are given unprecedented control over our sur- roundings. In turn, this will lead to major efficiency gains. The impact of the IoT will be felt everywhere: in rural villages and urban centers, in every sector of the economy – from transportation and logistics to medicine, manufacturing and food production It will optimize business systems, enable asset tracking and facilitate cost-saving predictive maintenance in machine parks
But the impact of the IoT will also be felt at home – making household environments highly adaptable, for example by boosting the volume of the stereo automatically when the dishwasher is running, or quieting the TV when someone picks up the phone. Or consider the impact in the health and care sectors, with intelligent robots walking around semi-autonomously in nursing homes and interacting personally with different residents as a useful support tool for nurses and caregivers.
Imagine a next-generation navigation system in which information about the arrival of a big container ship is transmitted to public navigation systems – helping predict traffic jams in-land, related to unloading and transporting containers from that ship. As such, moving from one point to the other will look completely different in a few years from now – thereby significantly reducing the productivity loss linked to traffic jams.
The call for papers will be out in June, and will contain more info on suggested contributions
Time flies, don't get surprised by how fast things go...
Call for Papers publication
Sunday 30 Jun 2019
Friday 31 Jan 2020
notification of acceptance
Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
Sunday 21 Jun 2020
Because Lonely Planet has called our city “Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see destination, and more recently “a city small enough to feel cosy but big enough to stay vibrant”.
Because National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed our city as the most authentic historic city in the world and full of life.
Because you must witness with your own eyes what Napoleon and the mysterious thief of “the Just Judges” panel already knew: The Mystic Lamb really is key to European art history.
Because Ghent is at the crossroads of the most important inland waterways in Flanders.
Because the city comes to life again after sunset.
And of course because you like to get off the beaten track.