“Internet of Things is a very important trend, which allows placing huge capacity in a small chip,” says Roman Pavlyuk, Solution Leader at SoftServe. He is a member of the working group, which develops a Bachelor’s program on Internet of Things (IoT) at Lviv Polytechnic University. Program is a unique practical course designed by experienced professionals. We encourage applicants to start preparing the documents, and now, we share the expert’s interview about the trend.
“The theme of the Internet of Things has always interested me, and when I heard about the development of a new program, I really liked the idea,” says Roman. At home, he created his own lab where he works on IoT devices. “Thanks to the trend, I can watch what’s happening in my house while I am away, and I can block processes or broadcast everything on the Internet.” His hobby and understanding the trend’s importance motivated Roman to join the development of the program.
“Internet of Things means that the traditional devices, which were previously dead to the Internet, are now connected to the network and have new features,” says Roman. For example, the classic of the trend is a refrigerator with Internet access. Other household examples are smart thermometers, watches, or fitness trackers.
This is not the limit to IoT devices because they can be used in specialized spheres such as medicine or business. “Thanks to the Internet of Things, pacemakers can store information about the patient so the doctor can monitor his or her situation in real time. Also, computers can analyze patient’s medical data during a specified period and make predictions for effective treatment,” continues Roman. According to him, it enables finding better treatment for the patients.
“Internet of Things allows collecting huge amount of data on a global scale and creating an image of the world. Business sees it as a possibility to cooperate with the customers much closer,” says the expert. Moreover, IoT can analyze the data. “The development of the Internet of Things requires developing storage data area. An example is Data Science when we use available information and mathematical modeling to see the possible predictions,” says Roman.
According to experts, studying Internet of Things is necessary because it moves the industry forward, and outsourcing requires skills associated with this trend. “Development of IoT-devices requires a different level of skills because it combines hardware i software,” says Roman, «The experts in this field must have deep knowledge of programming and the tools they work with”.
The expert continues: “We will focus more on programming, but in the IoT environment, and for specific platforms. The programmers will communicate not only with the computers, but with processors directly, and this is a different approach to programming.”
Since IoT devices communicate with each other, the Bachelor’s program will focus on hardware, data processing, and economics. “We need our engineers to understand how the IT company works, the internal processes, the estimations of operating costs, and the development of IT project. This is important because often, people come after university and have no understanding of finances or organizing projects,” says Roman. According to him, experts with such knowledge are more competitive in IT environment.
“Overall, the course is a combination of hardware and software, fundamental sciences, data processing, and economics. We will try to make the program interesting and practical,” concludes Roman.