|IITG holds workshop on info technology|
GUWAHATI, Aug 27 - India Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati recently organised the second edition of its workshop on ‘Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Security’ at its campus here.
Approved by the Executive Council under the AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Academy, the workshop was intended to train teachers of technical institutions. The workshop saw participation of over 55 teachers and postgraduate students from the entire Northeastern region.
The objectives of the workshop was to provide a deeper insight and a platform for training, learning and skill development in the thrust areas through well-designed lectures, demonstrations, and lab and hand-out sessions.
The sessions included overview of IoT, wireless communication technologies in IoT, introduction to ‘Smart Sensors and Actuators – the “Things” in IoT, IoT Access Technologies like 6LoWPAN, ZigBee, LoRaWAN, IoT Protocols like RPL, CoAP, MQTT, bio-inspired agent-based IoT/CPS, programming agents in IoTs, IoT application development using ESP8266 and Cloud Infrastructure, security in IoT and basics of cyber security with application.
The workshop was inaugurated by Prof PS Robi, Deputy Director of IIT Guwahati, along with Prof Rohit Sinha, Head of Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
The workshop was coordinated by Prof Sunil Khijwania, Head of Centre for Educational Technology and Professor at Department of Physics of IIT Guwahati, Prof Ratnajit Bhattacharjee of the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Prof SB Nair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
In his welcome address, Pro Khijwania spoke about ATAL academy, its role and the objectives of the workshop.
He also highlighted the importance of IoT relevance of optical fibre communication and sensing technology in IoT and why IoT is the fastest growing area in the field of technology.
Prof Sinha, in his speech, stated that IoT has gained a lot of influence in the last decade with the industry making a huge investment in it.
The popular application ATM (automatic teller machine) dates back to the 1970s and it can also be interpreted as an IoT. Thus, the novelty of IoT lies in the massive scale of implementation and the diversity of communication for gathering data in so far uncharted domains, he said. Prof Sinha emphasised the timeliness of the workshop and elaborated on the hidden opportunities for humanity in the IoT although many technological and regulatory challenges are yet to be overcome.
Prof Bhattacharjee discussed about the course content for the workshop in detail. He also highlighted about some emerging wireless technologies which are relevant in the context of IoT.
Prof Nair said that with the advent of better and smart sensors, cheaper and more powerful embedded processors and communication technologies, IoTs have found their way into a wide variety of areas, including agriculture and medical health.