School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Internet of Things: Friend or Foe

Supervisor: Dr Raul Mondragon

Research group(s): Networks

The industrial an academic supporters of the Internet of Things (IoT) promote its deployment as they argue it would take us from the Information Age to the "Intelligence Age". The opponents argue that the IoT would bring a major loss in our privacy and the possibility of catastrophic failures as it would create strong interdependencies, for example, the food supply could depend on GPS for its distribution but also in RFID tags for animal welfare and, these two seemingly disparate sources of information would be correlated via the implementation of the IoT. This research is about how to describe interdependencies in large communication network, being physical (router) or logical (software) and if these interdependencies can be used to predict a catastrophic failure.