MIT Professional Education announces new online course on the Internet of Things


MIT Professional Education has announced the introduction of a new online course, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World. Making its debut on April 12, this first-of-its-kind digital course will teach key IoT concepts including identification, sensors, localization, wireless protocols, data storage, and security. Designed for technical professionals across all industries, the innovative, six-week course examines new IoT research, architectures, and applications.

Around the world, organizations are considering the possibilities and ramifications of the Internet of Things, and MIT is at the forefront of this evolution.

“IoT is driving remarkable new technologies and enhancing existing platforms across almost every industry,” comments Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education. “To gain a competitive edge on the job, many professionals are leveraging research-based professional education programs like ours, which focus on timely topics including IoT, big data, and cybersecurity.”

The 12 faculty members leading the course include Sanjay Sarma, vice president for online learning, co-chair of the MIT Auto-ID Labs, and one of the original architects of IoT; Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL); and Tim Berners-Lee CSAIL professor and inventor of the World Wide Web. Together, they will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of existing and emerging core technologies — and explain how to apply them to the real world.

“MIT’s experts are deeply involved in a range of IoT applications in smart cities, home automation and factory automation, working with national governments, large companies and startup companies,” Sarma notes.

“Because the Internet of Things has the potential to awaken 99 percent of the devices around us, it’s more important than ever for educational institutions and organizations to remain on the cutting edge of this evolution,” Rus adds.

Course details

Delivered globally via the open-source online education platform edX, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World will focus on several IoT topics including radio-frequency identification (RFID), data storage and analysis, security, speech interfaces, smart cities and homes, wearables, and location tracking. Because of the technical nature of the program, the course is suited for professionals with a background in electrical engineering or computer science as well as people working in a variety of industries, from health care to telecommunication.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, continuing education units (CEUs), and access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive, global professional alumni network. The course is being offered at the introductory price of $495.

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Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World is eligible for reimbursement under MIT’s Tuition Assistance Plan. To find out if you are eligible to use tuition assistance funds to pay for this course, please visit MIT's tuition assistance site.


Topics: MIT Professional Education, online learning, Massive open online courses (MOOCs), internet of things, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (eecs), School of Engineering, Classes and programs

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