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Workshop on Smart Building and Internet of Things (SBIoT)

Workshop Chair (s)

• Michele Nitti – University of Cagliari (Italy) –
• Virginia Pilloni – University of Cagliari (Italy) –

Internet of Things (IoT) enables network objects of the most diverse types to dynamically cooperate and make their resources available in order to reach a common goal. Such a paradigm is currently revolutionizing a variety of fields, facilitating and improving human life and work. Among them are Smart Buildings, which are characterized by the presence of smart devices, which give the opportunity to monitor and to remotely control key equipment within buildings. In such an intelligent environment, major goals are to improve the comfort and quality of life of people and to provide decision-support tools in order to aid users in making cost-effective decisions when utilizing electrical energy. Smart Buildings integrate autonomy and adaptive control and are considered as the next generation of buildings that must be allocated in Smart Cities. Smart Building links automation, sustainable development, information technology, security, industrial controllers and communications (among other systems) to achieve an optimal level of comfort and energy consumption. As for now, the research on this topic has a sufficient degree of advancement, however several issues still remain open. Indeed, this scenario is lacking people-centric applications, where the presence of intelligent tools can augment the capabilities of the objects in constructing a relationship with the users and exploit the user profile to construct personalized services; moreover, it is important to define methodologies and algorithms to analyze and exploit the context in which the user lives and works. Based on these considerations, the objective of this workshop is to highlight recent research, development, and evaluation of novel systems in Smart Building scenarios. We are seeking for original, previously unpublished work, addressing key issues and challenges in this area. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Active and Collaborative Sensing in Smart Building
• Behavioural and Energy Consumption Analytics
• Implementation of Social IoT for Smart Building
• IoT applications, systems, and testbeds for Smart Building
• Models of context and context awareness
• IoT for Smart Building devices and accessibility
• New design paradigms in human-machine interaction for Smart Building
• Cloud and mobile cloud architectures supporting Smart Building through IoT
• Privacy-preserving data processing techniques
• Big data, analytics, and signal processing for Smart Building enabled by an IoT approach
• People-centric applications in Smart Building
• Algorithms, architectures and platforms for Active and Assisted Living
• Safety and Security preservation in Smart Building
• Indoor location and guidance applications

Michele Nitti is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari, Italy. He received a M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering with full marks in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 2014. In 2010 he worked for a year as a researcher at the National Interuniversity Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) at Cagliari, on the development of models for network connectivity in mobile ad hoc network. In 2013, he has been a visited student at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has been technical program co-chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting 2017 and invited keynote speaker at the International Workshop of Trends and Challenges in Social Internet of Things (TC-SIoT’2018) at PIMRC 2018. Currently, he is a member of the editorial board for the Computer Networks Journal. He is Assistant Professor since 2015 at the University of Cagliari. His main research interests are in architectures and services in the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly in the creation of a network infrastructure to allow the objects to organize themselves according to a social structure.

Virginia Pilloni is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari. In 2013 she was awarded with the PhD degree with Doctor Europaeus mention. From November 2011 to April 2012 she was a visiting PhD student at the Centre for Communication System Research at the University of Surrey. She was awarded with the Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering with full marks in 2009 at the University of Cagliari. She has been involved in several national and international research projects, among which DEMANES (EU – 7FP) and QoE-NET (EU – H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014). She is an Associate Editor of Elsevier Computer Networks. Her main research interests are Internet of Things and Wireless ad-hoc networks, with particular attention to the improvement of their performance through task allocation.