The workshop took place on 7 Nov 2016 at the 6th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2016). We had one keynote and three selected papers in the following afternoon program:
- 14:00 – Introduction: Semantic Interoperability for the Internet of Things (Matthias Kovatsch)
- 14:30 – Hypermedia-driven Socio-technical Networks for Goal-driven Discovery in the Web of Things (Andrei Ciortea)
- 15:00 – Toward Constrained Semantic WoT (Remy Rojas)
- 15:30 – Modeling the Internet of Things: A Foundational Approach (Ram D. Sriram)
- 16:00 – Breakout discussions about the future of the Web of Things
We teamed up with the Seventh International Workshop on the Web of Things (WoT 2016) to broaden the reach and to strengthen the first issue of the SIFI Workshop. In our breakout discussion at the Brauhaus Schoenbruch, we brought up the issue of the inflatious spawning of IoT workshops and conferences, and the increasing uncertainty among researchers as well as companies where to attend. We concluded to keep the partnership with the WoT Workshop under the more established name, but with a new focus on semantic interoperability for the IoT.
The accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library within the Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on the Web of Things. Unfortunately, legal issues are currently delaying the process.
Call for Papers 2016
The International Workshop on Semantic Interoperability for the IoT (SIFI) targets authors from the Semantic Web and the Internet of Things (IoT) application layer to form a community that explores machine-understandable information and interaction models for Thing-to-Thing communication. While the IoT promises products and higher-value services based on the widespread and integrated use of connected devices, we are currently witnessing application silos with custom interfaces, heterogeneous network communication mechanisms, and individual data models. The workshop aims to overcome scenario-driven, not reusable, isolated islands of solutions, so that everyday objects are not only network-enabled, but can finally participate in integrated scenarios. The challenges include:
- Connectivity and Integration: There is a heterogeneous landscape of both wired and wireless communication standards to fulfill different application requirements. Manual integration via gateways increases the implementation effort and the complexity of the solutions.
- Information Models: Each application usually comes with its own data model, although the information about the physical world is relevant even across application domains. The IoT requires shared formats and models so that information can be understood and interpreted by all applications.
- Security and Privacy: Each IoT platform typically comes with its own security mechanisms and policies. To make use of a common information model and interact with integrated IoT devices, these must be declared in a machine-understandable manner.
- Flexibility and Scalability: IT systems have usually been developed and deploying with only the current or immediate future needs in mind. IoT systems need to be able to handle change and evolve with their environment, in particular when being part of long-lived infrastructure.
- Monitoring and Analysis: IoT systems will produce a huge stream of quasi real-time data. This requires innovative ways to analyze and assess information to notify users in time or even to act autonomously.
The first SIFI workshop primarily seeks position papers to gather researchers who want to follow a practical approach of Semantic Web technology or who want to enrich their IoT applications, protocols, and security profiles with semantic information. Promising concepts and solutions may be pursued further within the IRTF Thing-to-Thing Research Group and the W3C Web of Things Interest Group.
- Matthias Kovatsch - Siemens AG and ETH Zurich, DE/CH
- Maria Maleshkova - KIT, DE
- Michael Mrissa - Université de Pau, FR