September 06, 2018

By connecting many billions of smart devices, the internet of things (IoT) will transform how we live, learn, work and play. Welcome to the next industrial revolution, soon to become a multi-trillion-dollar industry. IoT will soon impact every aspect of human life. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Pugh Hall Ocora, John Harris, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, discussed UF’s role as an emerging leader in the Internet of Things.   

Current research includes wearable medical devices, the smart grid, autonomous vehicles, and personalized education. The resulting data tsunami from billions of connected devices will fuel future artificial intelligence-driven applications that are yet to be invented or even imagined. In addition to the myriad of technical challenges, the IoT revolution needs policy makers to confront multiple issues involving ethics, physical safety, cybersecurity, and data privacy.

Read the story: Connected World - University of Florida Engineers focus on the Internet of Things. This story originally appeared in the summer 2018 issue of Explore, UF's research magazine 

Watch the video here.

Biography: Dr. John G. Harris earned his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1983 and 1986. After a year of working on autonomous vehicles at the Hughes Research Labs (HRL), Dr. Harris joined the first entering class of graduate students in the interdisciplinary Computation and Neural Systems Program at Caltech. He earned his PhD in 1991 and then worked as a post doc at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. Dr. Harris joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at UF in 1993. For his research, Dr. Harris develops biologically inspired circuits, architectures, and algorithms for signal processing and has published over 200 research papers in this area. In August of 2011, Dr. Harris became the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Florida.