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Dr. Ethiopia Nigussie

Internet-of-Things for Development in Africa: opportunities and challenges

Abstract

Internet-of-things (IoTs) involvement in creating new business opportunities and improving efficiency of services are becoming increasingly common in advanced countries of the world. However, the use of IoT technology and its implementations are still in infancy in the majority of African countries. IoT applications have the potential to improve the life of both urban and rural populations of Africa substantially and ultimately helping to achieve nearly all of the sustainable development goals. The integration of IoT technology with advanced data analytics facilitates better service delivery, efficient environment and resources managements, and climate change adaptations, which are important for economic growth in Africa. Though the infrastructural requirements of IoT technology are not hard to fulfill (low-power, low-cost, low data rate, various connectivity options), in-depth research is necessary to produce customized solutions that will enable wider and affordable adoption of the technology throughout the continent. This talk covers the required research and education undertakings for reaping the benefits of the IoT technology for development in Africa. The associated challenges and recommendations to succeed will also be discussed.

Short Bio

Dr. Ethiopia Nigussie is an Adj. Professor and a Senior University Lecturer at the University of Turku, Finland. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Communication Systems from University of Turku, M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Dr. Nigussie is the author of "Variation Tolerant On- Chip Interconnects" book (Springer) and she has about 60 international peer-reviewed journal and conference articles. She has supervised/supervising 5 PhD students and 28 M.Sc theses. She is actively serving in scientific communities as a technical program committee member for a number of international conferences as well as guest editor, editorial member and reviewer for many international journals. She is a senior member of IEEE, member of IEEE Internet-of-Things Community, Life Sciences Community, Computer Society Technical Committee on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerances, and Computer Society Technical Committee on VLSI.

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