The IoT 2017 (7th International Conference on the Internet of Things) visits Linz for the first time.

Following Switzerland, Japan, China, USA, South Korea, and Germany, the international conference IoT comes to Austria for the first time. The conference is taking place at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) from Oct 22-25, 2017, which is particularly due to Professor Alois Ferscha’s untiring activities. Alois Ferscha, Pro²Future’s Scientific Director, will chair the conference together with Joe Paradiso from MIT Media Lab, USA.

Moreover, Alois Ferscha is not the only link between IoT 2017 and Pro²Future. Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis, JKU professor as well and interim scientific chair of Pro²Future, will serve as workshop chair and treasurer of IoT 2017. Simon Mayer, chairing the Technical Program of IoT 2017, is currently moving from Siemens in Berkeley, USA to Graz, Austria and will take over the management of Pro²Future’s AREA 4.1 “Cognitive Products” in November 2017. Professor Franz Haas, heading the TU Graz Institute of Production Engineering and acting as Pro²Future key researcher of AREA 4.2 „Cognitive Production“, will chair the Doctoral Colloquium at IoT 2017. Bernhard Anzengruber, Assistant at the JKU Institute of Pervasive Computing und significantly involved in Pro²Future activities, will feature the Demo & Poster Session. Last but not least, Professor Kay Römer, key researcher of Pro²Future’s AREA 4.1 and head of TU Graz Institute of Technical Informatics, is active as Program Committee member of IoT 2017.

Of course, these links between IoT 2017 and Pro²Future have not arisen incidentally but result from the close thematic vicinity. In fact, industrial opportunities and challenges regarding the Internet of Things are of core importance for Pro²Future’s research agenda. The following excerpt from IoT 2017’s call for papers is fully applicable to Pro²Future’s research efforts:

“The vision for the Internet of Things has always been the creation of complex interacting systems that allow for seamless information exchange between physical and digital objects. Thanks to the wide availability of smartphones, not only companies but also consumers are part of this networked world. This interconnectivity together with large-scale data processing, machine learning, robotics, and new fabrication techniques leads to a transfer of innovation and business patterns from the digital space into the physical world — indicating that we are at the brink of another industrial revolution.”

In coaction with JKU Linz, Pro²Future actively supports IoT 2017. Within a panel session on Oct 25, Pro²Future will have the opportunity to introduce the key topics of Pro²Future to the conference audience. For further information on the conference, switch to the Conference Homepage.

Linz hosts IoT 2017 in October