MIT Professional Education announced a first-of-its-kind Digital Program, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World, to begin on April 12, 2016.

Designed to provide actionable insight for technical professionals across all industries, the six-week online course will explore new research, architectures and applications at the forefront of IoT. Leading the course are esteemed faculty including Sanjay Sarma, dean of Digital Learning and co-chair of the MIT Auto-ID Labs and one of the original architects of IoT at MIT in the 1990s. Also presenting are Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), as well as other CSAIL researchers and industry experts such as Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Carlo Ratti, director, MIT SENSEable City Lab and Joseph Paradiso, co-director, Things That Think Consortium, MIT Media Lab

Featuring a holistic, MIT-styled approach to IoT topics, the new course offers a comprehensive overview of both existing and developing core technologies, as well as training and experience in the use of those concepts for real-world applications.

“Innovations in IoT, which has its roots at MIT, are driving remarkable new technologies and enhancing existing platforms in almost every major industry,” comments Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education. “The IoT revolution delivers enormous opportunity to savvy technical professionals, many of whom are now leveraging the latest research-based professional education programs like ours on IoT, big data and cybersecurity to gain a unique edge on the job.”

The content of this course has relevance to a broad spectrum of industries, and topics covered will be of particular interest to professionals in fields including manufacturing and supply chain, retail, transportation and logistics, energy, agriculture, automotive and telecommunications. Individual modules of the course will explore IoT topics such as RFID, data storage and analysis, security, speech interfaces, smart cities and homes, wearables, location tracking and dozens of additional technologies, applications and architectures.

“MIT is at the forefront of research in the IoT space, ranging from RFID to cloud technologies, from sensors to the World Wide Web,” noted Sanjay Sarma, dean of Digital Learning for MIT. “The value of IoT for professionals and their respective industries is the ease of collecting, communicating and coordinating the data from all of the connected devices, and leveraging it. MIT experts are deeply involved in a range of applications of IoT in smart cities, home automation and factory automation, working with national governments, large companies and startup companies.”

“The IoT technology has the potential to empower most inanimate objects in our daily lives with extensive sensing, computation and communication capabilities,” said Daniela Rus, course co-director and director of CSAIL. “This will profoundly impact how we live, work and play.”

Internet of Things: Roadmap to the Connected World is delivered globally via the open-sourced online education platform, edX. MIT Professional Education’s Digital Programs provide employees of companies and organizations the ability to undergo training and education in a variety of advanced subjects virtually from anywhere in the world. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, Continuing Education Units (CEUs), course materials from all presentations, 90-day personal access to the archived course (includes videos, discussion boards, content and Wiki), a complete course transcript of all course lectures as well as access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive professional alumni network and benefits. The course will be offered at the introductory price of $495.

Registration is available at MIT Professional Education’s The Internet of Things course website. Individuals across all industries or large groups of employees from the same organization can register for the course.