Jiang­nan Uni­ver­sity key as­pect for IEEE des­ig­na­tion

In­ter­net of things tech­nol­ogy gar­ners ‘smart city’ ti­tle for Wuxi

China Daily (USA) - - IOT@ WUXI - By CANG WEI cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Through­out six years of rapid de­vel­op­ment, the IoT En­gi­neer­ing School of Jiang­nan Uni­ver­sity has wit­nessed the ex­plo­sive growth of the in­ter­net of things sec­tor in Wuxi and be­lieves that a promis­ing fu­ture lies ahead.

Founded in 2010, the school, the first of its kind in China, now has more than 200 teach­ers, with many counted among the lead­ing aca­demic ex­perts in the coun­try.

More than 3,200 bach­e­lors and 800 post­grad­u­ate stu­dents are study­ing ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies at the school.

“We help com­pa­nies in many fields to de­velop their own IoT tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices based on their re­spec­tive needs,” said Gu Xiaofeng, deputy di­rec­tor of the school. “IoT tech­nol­ogy can ac­cel­er­ate the ad­vance­ment of tra­di­tional in­dus­tries.”

In a nar­row sense, IoT is just the con­nec­tion of dif­fer­ent things; but nowa­days it has per­me­ated many ar­eas of life, like in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture and fi­nance, Gu said.

Liu Fei, di­rec­tor of the IoT En­gi­neer­ing School, said: “The fo­cus of IoT is to com­bine dif­fer­ent kinds of tech­nol­ogy to­gether and ap­ply in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to them.”

Due to the ap­pli­ca­tion of IoT tech­nolo­gies, many food pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies have au­to­mated con­trol and pro­duc­tion sys­tems, power plants choose en­ergy-sav­ing and emis­sion-con­trol­ling sys­tems, and hos­pi­tals use sys­tems to mon­i­tor the in­fu­sion process and read tu­mor re­ports.

“If a se­nior who has alarm equip­ment on his wrist falls down at home, the ter­mi­nals at com­mu­ni­ties or med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions can re­ceive the in­for­ma­tion im­me­di­ately and send peo­ple to help,” Liu said. “IoT can ben­e­fit peo­ple in many as­pects.”

In 2014, Wuxi was elected one of the pi­lot cities of the In­sti­tute of Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tron­ics En­gi­neers’ Smart Cities Ini­tia­tive that aims to meet res­i­dents’ needs for a qual­ity liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment. IEEE is a renowned pro­fes­sional tech­no­log­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion head­quar­tered in the United States.

Gilles Betis, chair of IEEE’s Smart Cities Ini­tia­tive, said dur­ing an in­ter­view in 2014 that Wuxi is well po­si­tioned to uti­lize the re­sources of­fered through the IEEE Smart Cities Ini­tia­tive, and the city gov­ern­ment showed its plans to in­vest cap­i­tal and in­volve more peo­ple in the project.

To sup­port Wuxi’s IEEE pro­gram, the IoT school founded a team and in­vited fa­mous ex­perts from around the world to give sug­ges­tions in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

Wuxi was se­lected to be the only city in Asia to join the IEEE pro­gram in July 2014.

With the sup­port of the IEEE Smart Cities Ini­tia­tive, the team from the IoT school has co­op­er­ated with for­eign agen­cies in post­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tion.

Their ef­forts in­clude the Mas­sive Open On­line Cour­ses pro­gram, which in­cludes big data and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence for a smart city, and a white book com­pi­la­tion that in­cludes de­vel­op­ment of data and frame­works, as well as data anal­y­sis.

About 70 to 80 per­cent of its grad­u­ates choose to stay in the Yangtze River Delta and work in the IoT in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to the school.

In the fu­ture, it will com­mu­ni­cate more fre­quently with for­eign uni­ver­si­ties and re­cruit more ex­perts to re­search ad­vanced IoT tech­nolo­gies.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Un­der­grad­u­ates at the IoT En­gi­neer­ing School of Jiang­nan Uni­ver­sity in Wuxi dis­play their in­no­va­tive in­ter­net of things tech­nol­ogy.

Stu­dents at the IoT En­gi­neer­ing School con­duct tests while learn­ing about IoT tech­nol­ogy, with the aid of their pro­fes­sors.

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