Wayne State University Joins OpenFog Consortium

DETROIT – Wayne State University, an academic leader in networked computer systems research, has joined the OpenFog Consortium to help advance the development of fog computing systems.

“The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the success of rich cloud services have pushed the horizon of a new computing paradigm, fog computing, which calls for processing data at the edge of the network,” said Weisong Shi, Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow and professor of computer science at Wayne State University. “It is extremely important that the students and faculty at Wayne State University have access to and are aware of this new wave of computing technology.” According to Shi, edge computing real potential to address concerns that come with the wide deployment of IoT such as response-time requirement, battery-life constraint, bandwidth cost , and data safety and privacy.”

Fog computing is an immersive, distributed computing infrastructure that distributes the resources and services of computation, communication, control and storage closer to devices and systems at or near the users. This results in more efficient network bandwidth and more functional and efficient IoT solutions. Fog computing offers greater business agility through deeper and faster insights, increased security and less demand on the network, resulting in lower operating expenses.    

Located in the heart of the Detroit, Wayne State University has a strong research program in the realm of smart and connected communities enabled by fog computing, including smart cites, connected vehicles, intelligent transportation and connected health. Shi leads Wayne State’s Mobile and Internet SysTems Laboratory (MIST) and Wireless Health Initiative (WHI), which investigate performance, reliability, power and energy efficiency, and privacy issues of networked computer systems and applications. “Our research is critical in understanding how fog computing systems can be developed and deployed in real-world applications,” said Shi. 

In addition to developing the partnership with the OpenFog Consortium, Shi has played a leading role in initiating a new symposium on edge computing for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery to push this emerging field. 

“Dr. Weisong Shi and his team are doing important work in networked computer systems and applications, and we are delighted to welcome Wayne State University as an early academic member of the OpenFog Consortium,” said Jeff Fedders, president of the OpenFog Consortium.  “Our academic members play a key role in defining the latest research in fog computing that will be applied to the OpenFog architecture and testbed activities.”

"Wayne State University is excited to join the OpenFog Consortium and share valuable information with other researchers and users of this emerging technology," said Farshad Fotouhi, dean of the the WSU College of Engineering. "This relationship will positively impact the work Dr. Shi and other faculty members are conducting in the areas of IoT and cyber-physical systems."

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. For more information, visit wayne.edu/. 

The OpenFog Consortium is a global nonprofit organization that is creating an open and interoperable architecture for fog computing. OpenFog members are working to define an architecture of distributed computing, network, storage, control and resources that will support intelligence at the edge of IoT, including autonomous and self-aware machines, things, devices, and smart objects. Ultimately, the work of the Consortium will help to enable and drive the next generation of IoT.  The Consortium was founded by ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Princeton University in November 2015. For more information, please visit openfogconsortium.org

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