Supporting fog/edge-based cognitive assistance IoT services for the visually impaired: poster abstract


The fog/edge computing paradigm is increasingly being adopted to support a variety of latency-sensitive IoT services, such as cognitive assistance to the visually impaired, due to its ability to assure the latency requirements of these services while continuing to benefit from the elastic properties of cloud computing. However, user mobility in such applications imposes a new set of challenges that must be addressed before such applications can be deployed and benefit the society. This paper presents ongoing work on a dynamic resource management middleware called URMILA that addresses these concerns. URMILA ensures that the service remains available despite user mobility and ensuing wireless connectivity issues by opportunistically leveraging both fog and edge resources in such a way that the latency requirements of the service are met while ensuring longevity of the battery life on the edge devices. We present the design principles of URMILA’s capabilities and a real-world cognitive assistance application that we have built and are testing on an emulated but realistic IoT testbed.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation, IoTDI 2019, Montreal, QC, Canada