ITx Rutherford 2019 Speakers

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Narayan Nepal

Aspire2 International

I have completed my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

My research interest lies in the general areas of wireless communications, signal processing techniques, Cognitive Radio (CR), Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G communications. I was the recipient of the University of Canterbury Doctoral scholarship award. I have published my research articles as journals and conference papers in high standard journals like IEEE and IET communications. I am also serving as a reviewer for several international journals and conferences.

Currently, I am working as an ICT trainer at Aspire2 International, Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to coming to New Zealand, I was involved with Kathmandu Engineering College, Kathmandu, Nepal as a research coordinator and a lecturer. I have also worked as a part-time lecturer and as a project supervisor for other engineering colleges in Nepal accounting my total years of experience in the academic sector to be eight years considering home and overseas.

The internet of Things as a permanent part of the curriculum in PTEs.

Thursday 3:40pm - 4:10pm, CITRENZ (CITRENZ 1 Room)

Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of everyday physical devices connected through the internet, allowing the sharing of data, but also the remote management of various devices. IoT systems have earned huge popularity and growth lately due to their immense number of applications in different fields, the large-scale adoption by consumers and a continual price drop.

Despite its enormous importance, IoT in private training establishments (PTEs) has not received significant attention. Traditionally only the connectivity side of IoT is looked at, where it is considered as just another networked device. In this paper, we provide an overview of IoT and its incorporation in the context of New Zealand based PTEs. Furthermore, we provide insights on how IoT can be considered as an effective tool for both learning and teaching environments. We highlight the benefits and challenges for incorporating IoT into PTEs curriculum, where we did not just look at connectivity, but also access, system administration, security, and privacy.

We discuss low-cost laboratory environments and course materials associated with IoT learning. Additionally, we provide recommendations for PTEs to consider IoT as a part of the course curriculum.