Development of (Micro-) Services for Internet of Things Applications (Multiple Positions)

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Qualifications Required: 
a) Practical Programming Experience in C/C++ or Python, (b) At least theoretical knowledge of Network Programming (TCP, UDP, sockets, HTTP, ZigBee and other technologies)
Qualifications Desired: 
Experience with (a) Cloud Computing, (b) Development or use of REST APIs, (c) Distributed Programming, and/or (d) Service-Oriented Architectures, (e) Any experience related to topics of Image/video Processing, Event Recognition, Decision Making, etc.

* Please note that we welcome proposals from students carrying experience in different thematic areas such as Agriculture, Tourism, Logistics, Healthcare or any other areas that may believe the IoT can have an impact, as long as one has a keen interest in Computer Science and Programming.

Motivation
Recent technological advances in computer systems and telecommunications set a fertile ground for the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). The core characteristic of IoT is the integration of heterogeneous and multimodal sensors, processing units and action elements (actuators) in a distributed environment. (Micro-) Services are expected to be developed to interconnect and integrate billions of devices. Such micro-services have to be reusable and reconfigurable so that the developers could use them in building and realizing more complex services and applications.

What We Offer
The Intelligent Software Solutions Lab. (ISS) of the Inst. of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR 'Demokritos' has developed a scalable, distributed and cloud-based IoT platform with high-availability, called SYNAISTHISI. SYNAISTHISI follows a service-based architecture where all IoT resources are transformed to interoperable IoT services. Businesses, developers, and users may participate in the ecosystem by producing, consuming and interconnecting the available services, managing to develop their own real time applications and services by reusing digital assets and therefore offering IoT-based services with minimal time to market. (http://iot.synaisthisi.iit.demokritos.gr/)

Your Contribution
The Intern will be responsible for the development of a few independent services that might feel unconnected at first; however, collectively they have to be used for building more complex IoT applications. The common ground will be the integration with the SYNAISTHISI platform and the corresponding protocols that the SYNAISTHISI platform supports.
The (Micro-) Services will initially fit in an area of interest to help the intern develop an expertise in that particular area. However, the gained skills will later be transferable to other domains as well.

Multiple Positions
A. Smart Farming and Agriculture:
Examples of such applications are: Environmental Monitoring, Web Scrapping (news, weather channel), plant monitoring, etc.

B. Smart Home - Energy Management
Examples of such applications are: Smart Lighting Control, Stand-by state control of devices, Smart Heating and A/C control, Energy Load Shifting. Additionally, the intern will have access to already developed services from past projects.

C. Smart Home - Ambient Assisted Living
Examples of such applications are: People Fall detection, Activity Recognition, Verify Performance of daily activities (Did I take my pills/have a shower/went shopping), Schedule - Reminders, Autonomous control of Home activities.

D. Tourism/Smart cities
Examples of such applications are: Location-based marketing, Smart Suggestions, Boat Tracking, Boat/Car sharing services, Accident Response, Safety and Security of Tourists, Traffic information, environmental information, tour planning, parking availability,etc.

Overall, the services will either be semantically or syntactically interoperable enabling developers and end-users to seamlessly interconnect them in ever more complex applications. These IoT services will be registered with at least one IoT platform and discoverable by other services. We expect that the Interns will support an ecosystem of IoT services and will have the experience to cooperate with other members of the team a) to help them create a more generic marketplace of services, and b) supervise other developers to create IoT services in a systematic way. In return, he/she will have gained vast experience in a very active area that attracts the lights of the world's biggest corporations.

Looking for some inspiration on IoT applications?
https://www.the-iot-marketplace.com/

For more information, please contact
Dr Costas S. Spyropoulos
Director of Research
costass@iit.demokritos.gr

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