Charith Perera | Research Associate

Charith Perera

I am research associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University. I'm interested in building Internet of Things and Sensing as a Service platforms focusing on data management aspects (from acquisition to analysis to storage to dissemination). Privacy is also a major priority in my work.

I received my PhD in Computer Science from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. I hold a MBA from University of Wales, UK.

Sensing as a Service (S2aaS) is a vision that promotes data exchange (i.e. trading) between data owners and data consumers. Imagine a world where data owners (who own IoT solutions) get rewarded (e.g. money, loyalty points, gifts, vouchers, bitcoin, actionable advice, etc.) for sharing (i.e. trading) their personal data (collected by IoT products). From the other end, companies (i.e. data consumers) get to understand their customers (i.e. data owners) better. As a result, companies will be able to optimize their business operations by saving costs and create new products and services to fit individual customer needs. Data consumers may recover their data acquisition costs through business process optimization and increased customer (i.e. data owners) satisfaction. Data consumers can be government or not-for-profits as well. The S2aaS model provides stimuli for everyone to adopt IoT solutions and to participate in data trading as it helps data owners to recover the cost (at least in part) they invested on purchasing, deploying, and maintaining IoT solutions. More importantly, S2aaS goes beyond smart home domain and is applicable to smart cities as well. For more:


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