AN10 collaborating with Rutgers University’s INSPIRE Lab

AN10 collaborating with Rutgers University’s INSPIRE Lab

AN10, an innovative IoT company and the INSPIRE Lab at Rutgers University–New Brunswick , have
together initiated a collaborative project that is meant to break down the barrier between the IoT industry
and academic researchers, and allow a seamless flow of ideas between the two. The focus of this initial
collaboration is on decentralized deployment of machine learning models within IoT systems.

Introduction

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has identified the Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems as an important pillar of the fourth industrial revolution. There, however, remain several engineering and technological challenges that need to be overcome before IoT systems can start making a noticeable impact on the world around us.

While the industry has taken the lead on addressing many of the engineering challenges of IoT systems and academia has taken the lead on
addressing many of the technological challenges, the general consensus in industry and academia is that there is limited cross-pollination of ideas between these two important drivers of advances in IoT systems.

AN10, an innovative IoT company and the INSPIRE Lab at Rutgers University–New Brunswick , have together initiated a collaborative project that is meant to break down the barrier between the IoT industry and academic researchers, and allow a seamless flow of ideas between the two. The focus of this initial collaboration is on decentralized deployment of machine learning models within IoT systems.

Machine learning (ML) is typically applied over IoT data to analyse the massive amounts of data that IoT deployments produce and develop evolving analytical models. While traditional IoT ecosystems tend to base their ML capabilities in a central platform, this centralization is resource intensive and, importantly, raises issues of data privacy in a post-GDPR world.

The solution is a distributed machine learning implementation, in which the ML models reside within edge devices. This approach allows for a significant amount of analytical load to be handled at the edge, allowing faster response times than a centralized system. Furthermore it handles security concerns by sending only aggregated and non-identifiable data to the central platform for IoT application consumption.

This partnership has already helped the Rutgers INSPIRE Lab team better understand the challenges, such as missing data, adversarial attacks, and real-time data analytics from streaming data, facing real-world IoT systems. Complimentarily, it will help the AN10 team in identifying practical solutions that can mitigate some of these challenges.

“The focus at AN10 has always been to be beyond the forefront of existing capabilities. Solving today’s problems is easy;, predicting and solving tomorrow’s challenges is what makes us special. Our collaboration with Rutgers will be instrumental in this regard, combining the latest in academic research into intelligent systems and machine learning, with the real-word issues our clients face,” said Affan Syed, Director Technology AN10

An advantage for INSPIRE Lab from this partnership is the access to real-world IoT data corresponding to
the systems managed by AN10. This access will allow them to reflect on the real-world challenges facing IoT
systems, something that remains a major concern for academic researchers. This partnership provides a
pathway to ensure that the researchers at INSPIRE Lab focus on the truly impactful research for IoT
systems.

“Our partnership with AN10 is going to be extremely valuable given the scope of their IoT deployments and the immense size of data they collect. The large-scale issues of highly complex networked systems and massive Big Data are exactly the types of challenges that our research aims to address. Having an industry partner with experience in this area has been very fruitful for us.”
said Dr. Waheed Bajwa, Director of the
INSPIRE Lab at Rutgers University–New Brunswick

About AN10

AN10 is a revolutionary IoT company that is based out of Maryland, USA with its offices in Islamabad, Pakistan as well. It is building cutting-edge technologies and solutions for industrial-scale IoT, with its products ranging across the domain, including IoT edge devices and sensors, a radical new IoT platform, and solutions that solve real-world problems faced by companies worldwide.

AN10 is working with some of the largest companies in the world to address the needs of Industry 4.0 and develop an intelligent IoT-based ecosystem that enables Digital Transformation of large-scale industrial operations. Its solutions address the needs of a diverse market that spans across almost every industry, including Telecom, Fleets, Logistics, Commercial & Residential Buildings, Agriculture and many more.

About INSPIRE Lab

Research conducted at the Information, Networks, and Signal Processing Research (INSPIRE) Lab at Rutgers University–New Brunswick provides fundamental mathematical understanding of and theoretically optimal, computationally efficient, and algorithmically robust solutions for some of the most pressing problems arising in information processing—an umbrella term that subsumes mathematical signal
processing, high-dimensional statistics, and machine learning—and networked systems, such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems, multiagent systems, (online) social networks, wireless sensor networks, and brain networks.

In the specific case of IoT systems, current research at INSPIRE Lab is focusing on three things that are directly relevant to the challenges facing operators of IoT systems: (i) missing data due to sensor or communications failures; (ii) dealing with equipment failures and/or adversarial attacks; and (iii) edge computing-based data analytics

Links

[1] http://www.an10.io/
[2] http://www.inspirelab.us/

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