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A Ubiquity symposium is an organized debate around a proposition or point of view. It is a means to explore a complex issue from multiple perspectives. An early example of a symposium on teaching computer science appeared in Communications of the ACM (December 1989).

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New in Ubiquity Symposia: 

"The Internet of Things (IoT)"

The Internet of Things (IoT) Table of Contents

  1. The Third Wave (Opening Statement) by Kemal Delic
  2. Discovery in the Internet of Things by Arkady Zaslavsky and Prem Prakash Jayaraman
  3. W3C Plans for Developing Standards for Open Markets of Services for the IoT  by Dave Raggett (October 2015)
  4. Standards for Tomorrow by Dejan Milojicic, Paul Nikolich, and Barry Leiba (November 2015)
  5. A Case for Interoperable IoT Sensor Data and Meta-data Formats by Milan Milenkovic (November 2015)
  6. Programmable IoT: On The role of APIs in IoT by Maja Vukovic (November 2015)
  7. Fog Computing Distributing Data and Intelligence for Resiliency and Scale Necessary for IoT by Charles Byers and Patrick Wetterwald (November 2015)
  8. Evolution and Disruption in Network Processing for The Internet of Things by Lorenzo di Gregorio (December 2015)
  9. The Importance of Cross-Layer Considerations in a Standardized WSN Protocol Stack Aiming for IoT by Bogdan Pavkovic, Marko Batic, and Nikola Tomasevic (December 2015)
  10. Using Redundancy to Detect Security Anomalies Toward IoT Security Attack Detectors by Mladen A. Vouk and Roopak Venkatakrishnan (January 2016)
  11. Ensuring Trust and Security in the Industrial IoT by Bernardo A. Huberman (January 2016)
  12. On Resilience of IoT Systems by Kemal Delic (February 2016)
  13. IoT in Energy Efficiency by Francois Jammes(February 2016)
  14. IoT: Promises, Perils, Perspectives (Closing Statement) by Kemal Delic (February 2016)

Previous Ubiquity Symposia:

"The Technological Singularity"

"MOOCs and Technology to Advance Learning and Learning Research"

"The Multicore Transformation"

"The Science in Computer Science"

"Evolutionary Computation and the Processes of Life"

"What is Computation"

2017
  • Big data: big data and the attention economy

    While attention has always been prized above money, few people have had the means to attract it to themselves. But the new digital economy has provided everyone with a loudspeaker; thus efforts at getting noticed have rapidly escalated in global society. The attention economy focuses on the mechanisms that mediate the allocation of this scarce entity. Social networks and big data play a role in determining what is noticed and acted upon.

  • Big data: big data, digitization, and social change
    We use the term "big data" with the understanding that the real game changer is the connection and digitization of everything. Every portfolio is affected: finance, transport, housing, food, environment, ...
2016 2015
  • The Importance of Cross-layer Considerations in a Standardized WSN Protocol Stack Aiming for IoT: The Internet of Things (Ubiquity symposium)

    The Internet of Things (IoT) envisages expanding the current Internet with a huge number of intelligent communicating devices. Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) integrating IoT will rely on a set of the open standards striving to offer scalability and reliability in a variety of operating scenarios and conditions. Standardized protocols will tackle some of the major WSN challenges like energy efficiency, intrinsic impairments of low-power wireless medium, and self-organization. After more then a decade of tremendous standardization efforts, we can finally witness an integral IP-based WSN standardized protocol stack for IoT. Nevertheless, the current state of standards has redundancy issues and can benefit from further improvements. We would like to highlight some of the cross-layer aspects that need to be considered to bring further improvements to the standardized WSN protocol stack for the IoT.

2014 2013 2012
  • Ubiquity symposium: The science in computer science: computer science revisited

    The first article in this symposium, which originally appeared in the Communication the ACM, is courtesy of ACM President Vinton Cerf. Earlier this year, he called on all ACM members to commit to building a stronger science base for computer science. Cerf cites numerous open questions, mostly in software development, that cry out for experimental studies.

2011
  • Ubiquity symposium: What have we said about computation?: closing statement

    The "computation" symposium presents the reflections of thinkers from many sectors of computing on the fundamental question in the background of everything we do as computing professionals. While many of us have too many immediate tasks to allow us time for our own deep reflection, we do appreciate when others have done this for us. Peter Freeman points out, by analogy, that as citizens of democracies we do not spend a lot of time reflecting on the question, "What is a democracy," but from time to time we find it helpful to see what philosophers and political scientists are saying about the context in which we act as citizens.

  • Ubiquity symposium: Biological Computation
    In this thirteenth piece to the Ubiquity symposium discussing What is computation? Melanie Mitchell discusses the idea that biological computation is a process that occurs in nature, not merely in ...
  • Ubiquity symposium: Natural Computation
    In this twelfth piece to the Ubiquity symposium discussing What is computation? Erol Gelenbe reviews computation in natural systems, focusing mainly on biology and citing examples of the computation that ...
  • Ubiquity symposium: Computation, Uncertainty and Risk
    In this eleventh piece to the Ubiquity symposium discussing What is computation? Jeffrey P. Buzen develops a new computational model for representing computations that arise when deterministic algorithms process workloads ...
2010