Prof. Maged N. Kamel Boulos
Professor Maged N. Kamel Boulos is a British scientist and Chair of Digital Health at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, UK. He worked before that at Plymouth University, University of Bath and City University London. He has more than 26 years of combined clinical and informatics experience, spanning the clinical, industry and academic/research worlds (1990-2016). As well as his medical degree and Master’s in Clinical Dermatology, he holds a Master’s in Medical Informatics from King's College, University of London, and a PhD in Measurement & Information in Medicine (GIS) from City University London. Maged teaches and has >150 publications (h-index: 33) on a specialist range of medical/public health informatics and geoinformatics topics. He is Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and was Co-Chair of WG IV/4 within ISPRS Commission IV, 2008-2012. He served as Expert Adviser/External Expert for the WHO (European Office) and the ECDC. He is the founding editor (2001) and Editor-in-Chief of the MEDLINE-indexed Int J Health Geogr. His research received wide media coverage, and is/has been funded by national and international bodies, including World Health Organization EMRO and EURO; European Commission; UK TSB KTP Programme; UK AHRC; and Public Health Agency of Canada (funding one of his former PhD students).
The Internet of Things (IoT) is made of sensors and other components that connect our version of the world made of atoms, i.e., humans/our bodies, our devices, vehicles, roads, buildings, plants, animals, etc., with a mirror digital version made of bits. This enables cities and regions to be self-aware and dynamically reconfigurable in real- or near-real-time, based on changes that are continuously monitored and captured by diverse sensors. IoT-powered smart cities and less urbanised regions and the countryside stand better chances of becoming healthier and happier places to live in. We will discuss, with examples, the potential benefits (e.g., smarter communities that are socially connected in new ways), as well as the challenges and caveats (e.g., security and privacy issues) associated with IoT for cities and regions.