ICMIT - 2016

International School of Informatics and Management, Technical Campus (IIIM) organised ICMIT 2016, the International Conference on the theme, Big Data and Internet of Things: Technology and Impact on Business and Management, in collaboration with The IIS University,  Indus International University, Una, Himachal Pradesh, Western International College (WINC) , RAK UAE and University of Bolton, RAK Campus, UAE.

The conference provided a multidisciplinary forum for academicians, researchers and practitioners to present and share their experience and research results about all aspects of Internet of Things and Big Data.

The conference received around 100 research papers under various themes and sub themes of the technical sessions covering wide range of topics under the theme from various parts of the country including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and also interactions with experts from UK, UAE, Netherlands and Bangladesh.

Dr. Ashok Gupta, Director, IIIM welcomed all the delegates. He said that Big  Data and internet on things are amongst the most talked about issues the world over as the drivers of the changing social, scientific, business, analytical and information processing paradigms. Dr. Gupta said that the conference aims at searching for new vistas of blending between data and technology with new application domains.

Dr Manju Nair, Principal, IIIM welcomed all the Guests and gave introduction about the conference. Dr. Nair informed that this conference is an effort to present the growth of IoT and Big Data that would  entail efficient, quick and intelligent processing of large amount of data with different formats and content through advanced algorithms, techniques, models and tools. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Dr. Narendra Prakash Kaushik, Vice-Chancellor, Rajasthan Technical University, Kota as Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour was Mr.  Nishant Patni, CEO and co-founder of CultureAlley.com, Hello English App.

Dr. Kaushik said that technology has changed the educational landscape. However, these advancements are minimal compared to the sea change that’s to come as the Internet of Things (IoT) reaches critical mass.

Dr. Kaushik said that the IoT—which connects people, processes, devices and data—enhances the volume and value of information we can collect, allowing educators and administrators to turn data into actionable insight like never before. With the advent of mobile technologies, institutes can now keep track of important resources, create smarter lesson plans, design safer campuses, improve access to information and much more. As educational organizations begin to leverage solutions like cloud computing and radio frequency identification (RFID) across an IoT platform, they’re able to capture, manage and analyze Big Data.

Mr. Nishant Patni enumerated that The Internet of Things is creating a new world, a quantifiable and measureable world, where people and businesses can manage their assets in better informed ways, and can make more timely and better informed decisions about what they want or need to do. This new connected world brings with it fundamental changes to society and to consumers. By sensing our surrounding environment, the IoT will create many practical improvements in our world, increasing our convenience, health and safety, while at the same time improving energy efficiency and comfort. The IoT will be a new source of wealth creation.

The Book of Abstracts, a compilation of selected abstracts contributed by the participants of the conference was released by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor in the inaugural session.

The Session concluded with the vote of thanks extended by Dr. Raakhi Gupta, Registrar, The IIS University.

The speakers for Technical Session I on How the Internet of Things and Big Data are changing the Business Landscape were Prof (Dr) Nuzral Islam, School of Business, Uttara University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Divya Bhutani, University of Twente, Netherlands & University  of Gronigen Netherlands and Dr. Rohit Joshi, IIM Shillong.

Prof (Dr) Nuzral Islam said that we’ve now reached the point where the talk is turning into action -- technology is adapting and businesses are planning IoT strategies. The Internet of Things is exciting to talk about, but as is often the case with technological advancements on the cusp of becoming mainstream, it’s hard for us right now to imagine day to day practicalities. The IoT is a catalyst for making services smarter, better and more efficient, therefore saving people time and money.

Dr. Divya Bhutani, in her session said that many of us unknowingly have already joined this club, commonly referred as IoT. Having a smartphone means you are in this group. And almost everyone nowadays has a smartphone in their pocket and smart phone brims with sensors like the GPS, an accelerometer, a compass, sound, light and an altimeter. I’m sure you’ve noticed that your smartphone can monitor your health, check the velocity of your car, measure the magnitude of an earthquake and countless other things. Smartphones can also be a wireless hub for other gadgets and sensors, she said. They can also act as a universal remote control for a smart home. The smartphone is an important driver behind the concept of connected devices.

Dr. Rohit Joshi, IIM Shillong dealt with the impact of big data in management of Customer Relations.

 He said that CRM will be at the heart of digital initiatives in coming years as enterprises look to create more targeted interactions in a multichannel environment. The bottom line is that IoT is a big paradigm shift that is not only affecting the way people interact with objects and things but also the way customers interact with brands. The advent of connected technology continues to extend people’s expectations, increasing the level of sophistication that is now required to serve the new digitally savvy customer. All of this is driving remarkable change in the marketing and customer relationship management realm.

The technical session was followed by a panel discussion by Dr. S.P. Garg, Swami Keshwanand Institute of Technology & Management, Jaipur, Mr. Vipin Jain, MetaCube Software Pvt. Ltd., Jaipur and Dr. Subrat K Dash, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, The LNM Institute of Information Technology (Deemed University).

Dr. S.P. Garg said that, today, many large operators, service providers and utilities have already launched residential applications that can be managed via the set-top box/gateway and from there over the web, allowing their subscribers to monitor their homes from anywhere in the world via smart phones.

In the near future, in the “Really Smart Home”, all of these applications will operate under the same open communication standard, and the different sensor applications will be integrated, linking their intelligence to create the real Smart Home that no longer needs ongoing human intervention. For example, the motion sensor used in the security system is integrated with the home’s light control and system to switch off the lights and the heating when nobody is in a room. The same motion sensor, when the home security system is on, can be used to send an alarm if someone breaks in and is moving throughout the house. That is Really Smart.

Mr. Vipin Jain, MetaCube Software Pvt. Ltd., Jaipur said that we live in an age of immense technological and social change, much of which has been brought about by the emergence of such advanced technologies as cognitive computing, the internet of things and robotics. In fact, the current pace of change and the potential for further transformation is so great, that many see this as the fourth industrial revolution. He talked about how these technologies, powered by cloud computing, are changing the way we live, work, produce and consume — disrupting many of our existing models for business and innovation.

Dr. Subrat K Dash, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, The LNM Institute of Information Technology (Deemed University) described the ‘Vs’ of Big Data and also said that the challenge is that over next few years, the internet of things will become the biggest source of data in the world. That’s where cognitive computing comes in. Machine learning and other techniques help us understand this data and turn it into insight which can help automate certain tasks, enable manufacturers to design better products, innovate new services and enable humans to make better decisions.

He said that he is extremely excited about what we can achieve across so many areas of our lives, but I think it’s especially exciting to look at how IoT will impact our lives at home.

Day two commenced with the poster presentation by students on internet of things. Poster presentation was followed by technical session two on Big data and Enabling Technologies. The resource persons were Ms. Anusha Reddy Thokala, Chrysler, Michigan, USA, Dr Aarushi Jain, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States and Prof Atulya Nagar, Liverpool Hope University, UK.

With the entire world’s knowledge in our pockets, we are living in a world that is already smart, with this thought Ms. Anusha Reddy Thokala commenced her session. She shared that technology is continually changing the rules of competition, rendering many traditional business strategies, processes and operating modes obsolete. Emerging technologies provide opportunities for creating new, high margin products and services, as well as enable companies to gain new levels of speed, agility and cost savings. In addition, they allow us to de-commoditize current products and services. Identifying and understanding the challenges and opportunities that new technologies create has become a key business imperative.

Dr Aarushi Jain, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States shared that  Big data is as important to business – and society – as the Internet has become. There are multiple uses for big data in every industry – from analyzing larger volumes of data than was previously possible to drive more precise answers, to analyzing data in motion to capture opportunities that were previously lost. A big data platform will enable each organization to tackle complex problems that previously could not be solved. More accurate analyses may lead to more confident decision making. The real issue is not that you are acquiring large amounts of data. It's what you do with the data that counts.

She said Hadoop is by far the most popular implementation of MapReduce, being an entirely open source platform for handling Big Data. It is flexible enough to be able to work with multiple data sources, either aggregating multiple sources of data in order to do large scale processing, or even reading data from a database in order to run processor-intensive machine learning jobs. It has several different applications, but one of the top use cases is for large volumes of constantly changing data, such as location-based data from weather or traffic sensors, web-based or social media data, or machine-to-machine transactional data.

Prof Atulya Nagar, Liverpool Hope University, UK, shared his thought via skype. In his session with help of case studies sir elucidated that, the era of big data is at its full bloom with the data being generated, captured, stocked, polished, and processed in astronomical proportions. This is mainly due to the unprecedented levels of technology adoption and adaption resulting in the connectivity technologies, network topologies, and tools that have enabled seamless connectivity between billions of physical, mechanical, electrical, electronic, and computer systems. This data explosion also challenges the way corporate decisions are being taken.

In the knowledge economy and digital world of today, insight-driven decision-making is being tipped as the most important and influential factor. Precisely speaking, competent and cognitive data analytics is capable of bringing forth better and hitherto unforeseen approaches and solutions for a variety of perpetual problems that are constantly hitting hard our society and the global economy.

Technical Session titled “IoT, Big data and Enabling Technologies” was chaired by Dr. Ampu HariKrishnan, Indus International University, Una and Dr. Madhavi Sinha, Birla Institute of Technology Extension   Mesra Center, Jaipur. During the session papers on topic like Impact of IoT on Business Models, Test Case Prioritization Techniques, Specification of Information Technology in Knowledge Management, Query Cacher Model in Cloud, Internet of Things: Impact on Security and Risk,  IoT has arrived: Is the testing world prepared?, A Detailed study on Workforce Analytics and its impact on Organizational Effectiveness, e-Governance, e-Commerce, e-Science using Internet of Things and Big Data, Internet of Things: Impact on Security and Risk were presented.

Thereafter Dr. Madhavi Sinha and Dr. Ampu Harikrishnan felicitated the winners of poster competition. Dr. Manju Nair, Principal IIIM, thanked the guests, delegates and participants, and the reviewers, advisory committee, and co-organizers for their support for the success of the conference.