978 Winter 2020 Are You Smarter Than Your Toaster? The Future of the Internet of Things
Friday, 2:00–3:30, Feb. 21
Instructor: Christine Pommerening
Coordinator: Luci Martel
Smartphones, smart speakers, smart toasters—there is an ever-increasing scale and scope of devices and appliances that are connected to the Internet. These devices, and the sensors they rely on, are embedded in common ecosystems such as houses and cars, which in turn are part of emerging ecosystems like smart cities. The Internet of Things (IoT) and the infrastructures it supports have tremendous potential to reduce waste and save time, but these efficiency gains may result in a loss of privacy and security. This session will explain some basic functionality of the IoT, and explore how a hyper-connected world changes the way we live and work.
Dr. Christine Pommerening has taught at George Mason University since 2004. Her research focuses on the governance of large technical systems and risk management of critical infrastructures. As a consultant, she has worked with various federal and state agencies, as well as in the private sector.