Florida college adds institute for designing, testing a secure IoT


A new, critical resource for designing, developing and testing state-of-the-art internet of things (IoT) systems will be available at the University of Florida. The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World, named to honor the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) alumnus, will work closely to integrate complete security considerations into all designs.

The alumnus is known for building his own solar smart house where he then raised his children, both of whom followed in their father’s footsteps by going on to the University of Florida for engineering.

“For our students, this institute will open up opportunities for hands-on learning in a field many are calling the next industrial revolution,” UF President Kent Fuchs said. “For the rest of the world, the research and technology transfer we’re focusing on will help to create a more secure and connected future.”

The institute will have established professionals within the IoT field as professors. Yier Jin, known for exposing vulnerabilities of the “smart” thermostats and other smart devices, will join the department in July.

Cammy Abernathy, dean of University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, believes that the university will “be among the first with an institute dedicated to the connected world in all of its forms, including the security of the internet of things and the safety of future technologies.”