UW Allen School MSR Summer Institute 2017
Unpacking the Future of IoT
 CSE Home    Previous Institutes 


The 2017 Summer Institute, cosponsored by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and Microsoft Research will be held at the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington from the evening of July 31 through mid-afternoon August 3, 2017. Snoqualmie is approximately thirty minutes east of Seattle. Attendance is by invitation only.


According to IDC, a global market research firm, by 2020 the Internet of Things (IoT) market will expand to $1.7 trillion with nearly 24 billion devices, a number that is well over double the number of smartphones, PCs, tablets, connected cars, and the wearables combined, connected to the Internet. IoT will have a profound impact on our daily lives, the way we live and the way we interact with objects around us in our homes, offices, and on the move. IoT technologies will be infused everywhere impacting how we manage our health, environment, natural resources, and businesses.

Important advances in hardware sensing, wireless networking, battery management, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing have enabled computers to more easily observe (gather and analyze data) and react to changes in the physical world. This trend is fundamentally changing how people and machines interact with physical objects, the environment, and with one another. Design and development strategies that will make IoT systems ubiquitous encourage us to take a multifaceted approach that transcends technology, policy, and regularity issues.

This Institute will bring together the world's leading researchers and practitioners under one roof to help unpack the future of IoT. Discussion topics will include, but not be limited to, emerging areas of battery-free computing, backscatter communication, machine learning, edge computing, human-computer interactions, sensor devices, mobile sensing, IoT security and privacy. The objective is to take a critical and deep look at the nascent field, and to prioritize research problems to realize useful IoT systems. The organizers hope that at the end of this meeting, all attendees will have a better understanding of the state of the art and the important set of open research problems that they can tackle. The meeting will also help identify and promote areas for potential collaborations among the participants.

Organizers: Shyam Gollakota, Yoshi Kohno, Shwetak Patel, Joshua R. Smith (CSE) and Victor Bahl (MSR)

Descriptions of past summer institutes may be viewed at: www.cs.washington.edu/events/mssi/.