The Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab is a part of OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative, and spearheads the university’s research into the Internet of Things, and the adaptive capabilities of a smart global society versus the needs and activities of its human citizens.

About IoT:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad emerging technology that touches upon a host of industries and applications as a backend coordination and interaction medium. It typically involves sensing, analytics, visualization, and network communication. While computers become smaller, faster, and ubiquitous in the environment, they intertwine and lace the underlying fabric of daily life. Communications between these devices embedded in our environments for a vast network of interactive and inter-relational objects that engage with users (with mobile devices and smartphones), and other environmental actors. This forms a complex system of systems that is set to grow more and more prevalent as the world becomes more socio-techinical. If designed well, IoT can be a powerful medium for fluid user interactions and connectedness, as well as for quality of life, and optimal social functions. This brings with it a host of important challenges for the future of this technology, and the world around us. Some standard definitions of the IoT are the following, as in [1]:

  • "The worldwide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable based on standard communication protocols,"
  • "Interconnection of sensing and actuating devices providing the ability to share information across platforms through a unified framework, developing a common operating picture for enabling innovative applications. This is achieved by seamless large scale sensing, data analytics and information representation using cutting edge ubiquitous sensing and cloud computing."
  • "'Things' are active participants in business, information and social processes where they are enabled to interact and communicate among themselves and with the environment by exchanging data and information sensed about the environment whiel reacting autonomously to the real/physical world events and influencing it by runing processes that trigger actions and create services with or without direct human intervention."

1. Gubbi, Jayavardhana, et al. "Internet of Things (IoT): A vision, architectural elements, and future directions." Future generation computer systems 29.7 (2013): 1645-1660