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IETF Standards for the Internet of Things


Dr. Jürgen Schönwälder, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany


14 October 2010






In 2006, the IETF started working on a set of standards for the Internet of Things. The work originally focused on running IP over IEEE 802.15.4 radios and has since then evolved into a much larger project. The goal of the presentation is to provide an overview of these standardization efforts. The discussion starts from the IEEE 802.15.4 physical and MAC layer, covers the IPv6 adaptation layer (6LoWPAN), the tree routing layer (RPL), and finally an application protocol substrate (COAP). A demo with some blinking LEDs will be provided for those who love to see hard- and software in action.

Slides available here.


Dr. Jürgen Schönwälder is an associate professor of Computer Science at Jacobs University Bremen, where he leads the computer networks and distributed systems research group. He received his Diploma degree in 1990 and his doctoral degree in 1996 from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. His research interests are network management, distributed systems, wireless sensor networks, and network security. He is an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he has edited more than 25 network management related specifications and standards. He is the initiator and chair of the Network Management Research Group (NMRG) of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and a regular program committee member of more than a dozen IEEE/IFIP workshops and conferences. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, the Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management and the Wiley International Journal of Network Management. He served as a guest co-editor of special issues of the IEEE Communications Magazine, the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, and the Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management. He has been technical program co-chair of IM 2003 and DSOM 2005. In 2007, he organized the first International Summer School on Network and Service Management (ISSNSM 2007) and a Dagstuhl seminar on Autonomic Management of Networks and Services. In 2008, he organized the 2nd conference on Autonomous Infrastructures, Management and Security (AIMS 2008).