MAKI Scientific Workshop 2023

Anna Förster

Bild: Anna Förster
Bild: Anna Förster

Universität Bremen
Sustainable Communication Networks

„Towards Self-Awareness of Internet of Things Devices“

The Internet of Things has experienced a significant growth in the last years. Applications span all personal and societal aspects. Research has been mostly focusing on networking, on embedded artificial intelligence, on cyber security, and on system architecture. However, many real-world aspects and challenges have been only marginally explored. Among many others, these include resilience against physical attacks, both intended and non-intended. We will look into challenging everyday situations for IoT devices and how they impact their performance and reliability. We will look into various applications, from smart home to forest monitoring. We will also explore what is needed to make IoT devices more self-aware and empower them to look after themselves.

Anna Förster obtained her MSc degree in computer science and aerospace engineering from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, in 2004 and her PhD degree in self-organising sensor networks from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, in 2009. She also worked as a junior business consultant for McKinsey&Company, Berlin, between 2004 and 2005. From 2010 to 2014, she was a researcher and lecturer at SUPSI (the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland). Since 2015, she leads the Sustainable Communication Networks group at the University of Bremen. Currently, she serves as Director of the Bremen Spatial Cognition Center (BSCC) and as a board member of the Center for Computing Technology (TZI).
Her main research interests lie in the domain of the Internet of Things. She is mostly interested in self-awareness and resilience, user friendliness and user adoption, self-organisation, and machine learning for IoT applications. All considered scenarios and applications serve the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful future.