Henning Schulzrinne

The Internet of Things that Shouldn't be on the Internet

The Internet of Things promises to make homes, factories, cars and cities smarter, promising better information and better outcomes. We have made significant progress in making these devices cheaper and allow them to communicate in many more places than a few years ago. But the promise of the Internet of Things faces significant obstacles: Security, usability, programmability and impact. I will discuss challenges to making the Internet of Things more secure, why using IoT services and devices remains difficult, how to effectively control thousands of devices within a single campus, factory or hospital, and how to think about possible impacts on the public.


Henning Schulzrinne was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the United States Federal Communications Commission, having been appointed to that role on December 19, 2011 to 2014.Previously he was chair and Julian Clarence Levi Professor of the Computer Science department at Columbia University. He is a co-chair of the Internet Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society.

Schulzrinne studied engineering management at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the German Technische Universität Darmstadt in Darmstadt, where he earned his Vordiplom (cf. Diplom), then went on to earn his M.Sc. at the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Schulzrinne has contributed to standards. He co-designed the Session Initiation Protocol along with Mark Handley, the Real Time Streaming Protocol, the Real-time Transport Protocol, the General Internet Signaling Transport Protocol, part of the Next Steps in Signaling protocol suite. He was elected as an ACM Fellow (2014) for contributions to the design of protocols, applications, and algorithms for Internet multimedia.