Mobile Edge Computing for Internet of Things

Wen-Tsuen Chen
Distinguished Research Fellow
Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

The keynote slides are available here.

Internet of Things (IoT) has been recognized as one of the most important paradigms in 5G networks, where things will be given computation and communication capabilities to enable intelligent interactions between human and things, among themselves, and to autonomously take safe and urgent actions according to environmental changes. A new age of applications with efficiency, safety, and sustainability is coming with the aids of comprehensive sensing from intelligent sensors, intelligent analytics from cloud computing, and ubiquitous communications from mobile networks. IoT has found many applications in environmental monitoring, energy saving, transportation safety, and health care etc. In recent years, new mobile computing paradigms, such as Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) emerge to alleviate the network loads with computation and traffic offloading. Especially, MEC has received increasing attention and assisted time-critical applications because it can collect and process IoT data in the MEC servers collocated with base stations or aggregating points to effectively reduce the latency and jitter. Architecture and enabling technologies for MEC will be presented in this talk. Future opportunities and challenges on MEC for the Internet of Things will be addressed.

Wen-Tsuen Chen received his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences both from University of California, Berkeley, in 1970, 1973, and 1976, respectively. He has been with the Department of Computer Science of National Tsing Hua University since 1976 and served as Chairman of the Department, Dean of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the President of National Tsing Hua University. Since March 2012, he has joined the Academia Sinica, Taiwan as a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Information Science with joint appointment as Sun Yun-suan Chair Professor of National Tsing Hua University. Dr. Chen has served as consultant and advisor in various levels of Taiwan government and industrial research organizations including Ministry of Economic Affairs, Institute for Information Industry, and Industrial Technology Research Institute. From July 2006 for 4 years, he was a science and technology advisor of Premier, the Executive Yuan of Taiwan. Starting in January 2011, he is the Program Director of the National Program for Intelligent Electronics of the National Science Council, aiming at developing advanced and innovative industrial technologies for bio-medical, green, automotive, and ICT electronics. Dr. Chen’s early research work was on software engineering. He pioneered the design of computer networks and parallel systems in early 1980s. His current research interests include intelligent sensing and applications, mobile computing, and high-speed communication networks. Dr. Chen received numerous awards for his academic accomplishments in computer networking and parallel processing, including Outstanding Research Award of the National Science Council, Academic Award in Engineering from the Ministry of Education, Technical Achievement Award and Taylor L. Booth Education Award of the IEEE Computer Society. He is an IEEE Life Fellow and a lifelong National Chair of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Dr. Chen is the Founding General Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems and the General Chair of the 2000 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems among others.