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The Microsoft Summer School on the Internet of Things took place in Kazan, Russia, from July 17 to 23, 2016. Our summer schools provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about fundamental and state-of-the-art results and to mingle with world leaders in the field.
The 2016 Microsoft Research summer school approached the broad field of the Internet of Things (IoT) by considering the models and concepts surrounding distributed computations, ubiquitous computing, architectures for sensor networks, infrastructure support for smart real-world objects, interaction in smart environments, and privacy and security concepts. We will look at flexible platforms for experimental research that connect devices in homes and beyond.
Invited speakers and courses
- Nilanjan Banerjee, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA – Applications on the Lab of Things
- Carlo Alberto Boano, Graz University of Technology, Austria – Dependable IoT communications
- Gerd Kortuem, TU Delft, The Netherlands and Claire Rowland, Independent UX Consultant, UK – Designing Connected Products and Services for the Internet of Things
- Dimitrious Lymberopolous, Microsoft Research, USA – Indoor Location
- Luca Mottola and Mikhail Afanasov, Politecnico di Milano, Italy – Networked Embedded Software
- Thomas Ploetz, University of Newcastle, UK – Sensing and Sense Making: Wearables, Ubiquitous Computing, and (Applied!) Machine Learning
- Atul Prakash, University of Michigan, USA – Security of Smart Things
- Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research – Microsoft and Your Future
- Denis Makrushin, Kaspersky Lab, Russian Federation – From smart homes to smart cities: how secure is smart world around us?
- Irina Selezneva, Kaspersky Lab, Russian Federation – Kaspersky Academy
- Alberto Silitti, Innopolis University – Agile Approaches to the IoT
- Judith Bishop, School Director
- Alexander Popov, Microsoft Russia – management
- Marina Neverova, Microsoft Russia – management
The school begins with an information session and dinner on Sunday, July 17, 2016, and ends with student demos and a banquet on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Lectures and practical sessions will run from Monday to Saturday, with a half day on Wednesday. Thus travelling on Sunday July 17 and Sunday July 24 is possible.
Each course has six hours and may consist of lectures and/or hands-on sessions. In the morning and afternoon, there are also half-hour slots for contextual talks or additional activities.
Advanced undergraduates, MS and PhD students, young scientists (35 or younger), and developers who are interested in the Internet of Things are encouraged to apply. The school is aimed at Russian residents primarily, but students residing abroad who do not need a visa to enter Russia may apply (see Russian-language FAQ).
English is the working language of the school. Fluency in English is required and knowledge of Russian is strongly recommended. Minimal necessary background includes an introductory algorithms class and basic programming skills.
Students who are accepted into the summer school pay no tuition, and the school covers their accommodations, meals, and social program. The students do pay for their travel to Kazan and back. A limited number of partial or full travel grants may be provided.
Dates: Qualified candidates should complete their applications and submit them by May 6, 2016. Acceptance decisions were made on June 6, 2016.
Application materials: A transcript, short CV, a term or research paper, and optional supporting material can be uploaded and updated any time until the application deadline of May 30, 2016.
The Summer School will be held at the beautiful Grand Hotel in Kazan, where all speakers and students will be accommodated. The “Grand Hotel Kazan” is an ultramodern hotel, officially opened in February 2009, located in the heart of the Kazan city. with a panoramic view over the city centre. The hotel is within walking distance of the famous sights of Kazan, such as Kazan Kremlin, Kul-Shariff Mosque, State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the Russian Drama Theatre named after Kachalov. The hotel is directly connected to the The Mall “Koltso” and the underground station located in this Shopping Centre.
Kazan is one of the top IT innovation centers in Russia, an important cultural, sports, and political center. The city is more than 1,000 years old and offers plenty of museums, historical sites, and established theatres. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia and is a one-hour flight from Moscow. Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. With a population of more than one million, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia.