Hyderabad: European Union through its India-EU ICT Standardisation Cooperation Project is supporting the creation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Cities at IIIT-Hyderabad. As part of the CoE, the EU India project will not only help to design relevant courses on IoT, but will also facilitate capacity building by supporting research collaborations and exchange of experts between India and EU.
The project will also organise outreach activities such as hackathons, workshops and conferences on varied components of IoT including the use of standards such as one M2M for interoperability for the benefit of public at large. The CoE brings together faculty from several IIIT-H research centres such as Signal Processing and Communications, Embedded Systems, Data Science, Computer Systems Group and domain areas such as Building Science, Spatial Informatics, e-Governance, and Earthquake Engineering, thereby facilitating co-operation between different experts on interdisciplinary aspects of IoT for Smart Cities.
The EU as part of the project facilitated an exploratory trip to Estonia of the IIIT-H faculty in January. In July, the CoE will undertake a visit to France for enhancing collaboration between Indian and French universities and startups working in Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Dr Sachin Chaudhari, Assistant Professor, Signal Processing and Communications Research Center said “Learnings from our research collaborations, courses and hackathons, conducted as part of this CoE’s activities, will be used to apply smart city solutions in Hyderabad and then the successful models will be replicated across India.”