IfI Colloquium: Edgeware, the Open Specifications Model, and the Internet Backpack, September 21, 2017

Speaker: Prof. Lee McKnight, Ph.D.
Syracuse University, U.S.A.

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 17:15 h

Location: BIN 2.A.01


Human and cyberphysical systems are always susceptible to a variety of threats. Perhaps we might prefer systems that will at least not do – foolish things. An Open Specifications Model has been developed around a 2-part cyber-physical kernel by researchers and students from many nations in part through several National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation projects. The work began in 2002 as exploratory research on what we now call the Internet of Things, cloud services, and edgeware, and soon will call 5G+ advanced wireless networks. Nine doctoral theses have been authored and thousands of academic and industry researchers, school teachers and schoolchildren, as well as Enterprise CIOs, government and civil society members, have contributed to date in various ways including to academic and professional conferences, publications and journal articles, and standards, reference architecture, and framework specification organizations.

The Open Specifications Model v0.5 in development has many technical mechanisms, as well as law, policy and economic elements and features; and is far from complete, and must continually evolve as for example blockchain and Internet of Things were added to v0.4. This talk explores the virtual market questions stimulating the research originally, reviews the insights from the ‘cloud to edge’ focus of the current phase, and suggests directions for future edgeware research and development.   Innovation Zones in Democratic Republic of Congo and testbeds in the United States permitting evaluation of edgeware and the Internet Backpack for emergency and education use will be described. Opportunities for further contributions to the model, IETF and other standards, and future research will be identified.


Prof. Lee W. McKnight, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the iSchool (The School of Information Studies), Syracuse University, an Affiliate of Syracuse University's Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSTC), and lectures annually at MIT since 1998. Lee was Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grids Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) project 2009-2014, which was recipient of the 2011 TACNY Award for Technology Project of Year. Lee is inventor of edgeware, a new class of software for creating secure ad hoc overlay cloud to edge applications. Lee’s research focuses on cloud management of dynamic edge services, virtual markets and wireless grids, and Internet governance. McKnight teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Blockchain Management, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Management, Information Security Policy (joint with Syracuse Law School/INSCT), and Information Policy at Syracuse University, and lectures annually in the MIT Professional Education short course, 'Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work.' In addition to many peer reviewed journal articles in technical and policy journals, his academic work includes several path-breaking books. Lee received a Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT; an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 1981; and a B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1978.​