EU-US IoT Workshop 2014

Smart Action is organising a workshop at Cambridge on October 8th, 2014 colocated with IoT conference 2014.

See EU/US Workshop: Promoting Global IoT Success Stories

Analysts predict that new Internet of Things (IoT) products and services will grow exponentially in the next years. There are more and more reports giving evidence on the growing importance of the role internet of things will play driving our future smart lives (in transport, energy, health, environment, cities). Additionally, many SMEs and large market stakeholders are working on Internet of things and expected applications as bringing promising booming businesses.

Nevertheless, there are many factors which keep the global market fragmented, and which slow down the expected rapid growth of these new business activities. This workshop aims to explore important topics, which have to be addressed by important actors on the US and the EU side to support a truly global market. The workshop brings together leaders in the IT community with the purpose of initiating a policy framework where industry can express the challenges and limitations they perceive with regard to the current policy. The proposed outcomes of the workshop will be to:

  • Identify few areas of common interest where cooperation can be established at the level of policy,
  • Provide room for policy discussions
  • Research or operational real market-driven projects like open platforms stimulating IoT ecosystems.

Agenda (Draft as of Sep 8th)

Venue: Multi-Purpose Room, MIT Media Lab (Building E14), Cambridge, MA, US (East side of campus)

3:30- 4:00

Keynote Speeches:

  • EU: Andrea Glorioso, ICT & Digital Economy Counselor, EU Delegation to US (invited- TBA)
  • US: Dr. Chris Greer, Director of Cyber Physical Systems & Smart Grid Program Office, NIST  

4:00- 4:40

IoT Research Strategies to Promote Innovation & Ecosystems

  • EU: IERC, Philippe Cousin, CEO, Easy Global Market
  • US:  Dr. Sanjay Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Founder of Auto-ID Center, MIT

4:40- 5:00

Addressing Global Challenges to Enable Market Take-up & the IoT Economy

  • EU: Srdjan Krco, IERC AC1, SocioTal, IoT Lab, Citi-sense and Smartie projects
  • US: Invited: IBM, INTEL, Cisco, AT&T  (TBA)

5:00- 5:15

Coffee break

5:15- 5:45

Spotlighting Market Innovation with Open Platforms

  • EU: Open platform ensuring openness and semantic interoperability
  • Martin Serrano, Insight, Open IoT Project
  • Dr. Gurgen Leven, CEA, Butler Project
  • US: Dr. Keith Marzullo, Division Director for Computer & Network Systems, NSF (invited)

5:45- 6:45

Success Stories & IoT Business Cases (up to 12 flash; 5-7 minute presentations)

  • EU: 5-6 EU stories: P. Marron Gambas, Planet, Smart Action, M. Serrano, A. Jara/HOPU, S. Krco, Nicolae Fontana
  • US: 5-6 US stories; Florian Michaeles, Siemens US
    (invited) CA Technologies, AT&T   

6:45- 7:00

Discussions, Conclusions & Next Steps for an EU-US IoT Liaison Group

  • Moderated by Pedro Marron

List of speakers, panelists and moderators

  • Philippe Cousin, Easy Global Market, France, CEO representing IERC (IoT European Research Cluster)
  • Prof Pedro Marron, University of Duisburg-Essen and Fraunhofer FKIE, also representing Planet, Smart-Action projects
  • Dr Levent Gurgen, CEA-LETI to represent BUTLER, ClouT and FESTIVAL
  • Dr Antonio Jara, As. Prof HES-SO, IoT Start-up HOPU, representing projects IoT6
  • Dr  Srdjan Krco, DunavNET ltd,  representing projects  SocIoTal, IoT Lab, Citi-sense and Smartie
  • Dr Martin Serrano, National University of Ireland Galway, representing openIoT
  • Dr Nicolaie Fantana, ABB

Short Bios in Alphabetical Order:

Philippe Cousin, Easy Global Market, C.E.O. Philippe Cousin is currently chairing the WG Market Confidence within the IoT Forum. He is involved in the IoT European Research Cluster (IERC) as coordinator of the Interoperability Activity Chain (AC4), as well as on Dissemination and International matters (thanks also to the Smart Action project). Since 2011, he has been rapporteur of EU-China IoT expert Group. He is project manager of the EU-China Fire project and named ECIAO. He is also involved in Future internet FI-PPP programme in the Use Case FI-STAR project where he is leading the Quality and Validation WP, as well as addressing IoT related Generic Enablers. Philippe Cousin has 30 years of experience in ICT and has worked since 2001 in +20 EU Research projects. He is an expert in ICT Standardisation, Validation and Interoperability issues and has spent 20+ years working in Orange/France Telecom R&D. He also worked as Project Officer at the European Commission in Standardisation, Quality and CE Marking. After 4 years as Test house General Manager he joined ETSI in 2011 where he worked on ICT testing and validation issues as the Interoperability Service Director. There, he launched the Plugtests Service. He also founded Easy Global Market in 2010, which is successfully involved in many FP7 projects and looking towards future Horizon 2020 projects.  

Dr. Chris Greer is NIST Senior Executive for Cyber Physical Systems and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability.  In these positions, he is responsible for strategic planning, program implementation and coordination with partners across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NIST, Dr. Greer served as Assistant Director for Information Technology R&D in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Cybersecurity Liaison to the National Security Staff. His responsibilities there included networking and information technology research and development, cybersecurity, and digital scientific data access.  Dr. Greer has also served as Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program.  This program coordinates IT R&D investments across the Federal government.

Levent Gurgen is R&D project manager in CEA-LETI and currently coordinating 2 European collaborative projects on the Internet of Things. He is the technical coordinator of the BUTLER project, a large scale European project (15M€ budget, 20 partners). The main goal of this project is to develop a horizontal IoT platform where context aware IoT applications from different verticals can be plugged in. He is also the coordinator of the ClouT project, a collaborative Europe-Japan project focused on using cloud computing as an enabler for exploiting the potential of the Internet of Things in the context of smart cities. Levent obtained his PhD degree in computer science from the Grenoble Institute of Technology. After 4 years in Orange Labs in France as a researcher, and 1 year in National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, he joined CEA-LETI in 2009. His main research interests include service-oriented platforms for the Internet of Things, on which he published more than 30 papers-including journals and book chapters. He has also been involved in standardization activities such as IETF and UPnP Forum, and participated in the program committees of several scientific conferences. He has organized workshops such as Self-IoT’12 and Self-IoT’13 in conjunction with the ICAC conference on autonomic computing. Additionally, He has been involved in several other large scale European projects related to IoT and smart cities such as OUTSMART, IoT-I, and SocIoTal.

Antonio J. Jara is Prof. PostDoc at University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) from Switzerland, vice-chair of the IEEE Communications Society Internet of Things Technical Committee, and founder of the Wearable Computing and Personal Area Networks company HOP Ubiquitous S.L. He did his Ph.D (Cum Laude) at the Intelligent Systems and Telematics Research Group of the University of Murcia (UMU) from Spain. He received two M.S. (Hons. - valedictorian) degrees. Since 2007, he has been working on several projects related to IPv6, WSNs. and RFID applications in building automation and healthcare. He is especially focused on the design and development of new protocols for security and mobility for Future Internet of things, which was the topic of his Ph.D. Nowadays, he continues working on IPv6 technologies for the Internet of Things in projects such as IoT6, and also Big Data and Knowledge Engineering for Smart Cities and eHealth. He has also carried out a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He has published over 100 international papers and holds one patent. Additionally, he participates in several Projects about the IPv6, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and mobile healthcare.

Dr. Srdjan Krco is CEO of DunavNET ltd. In addition to managing general direction of the company he also drives its strategic research agenda. The main focus of research activities is on Internet of Things and applications of IoT in various domains, of which the smart cities is the most important. Previously, Srdjan was with Ericsson (starting in 2000) where he held a number of positions (senior research engineer, system manager, project manager). He also worked in and managed  various product development and research projects during his time there. Srdjan has participated in many of FP7 projects (SocIoTal, IoT Lab, SENSEI, SmartSantander, IOT-i, Exalted, etc.) and is active in the Future Internet Assembly and IoT Forum. In 2007 he received the Innovation Engineer of the Year Award in Ireland from the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. Srdjan is one of the co-founders of the IoT Forum.

Prof. Dr. Pedro José Marrón  received his bachelor and master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1996 and 1998. At the end of 1999, he moved to the University of Freiburg in Germany to work on his Ph.D., which he received with honors in 2001. From 2003 until 2007, he worked at the University of Stuttgart as a senior researcher, leading the mobile data management and sensor network group. In 2007, he left Stuttgart to become a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bonn, where he led the sensor networks and pervasive computing group. In 2009 he left Bonn to become a full Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is currently head of the “Networked Embedded Systems Group” (NES). Additionally, Pedro Marrón is also the initiator and president of UBICITEC, the European Center for Ubiquitous Technologies and Smart Cities, which counts over 20 institutional partners from industry and academia forming a virtual European Center with clear research and dissemination objectives. The goal of UBICITEC is to coordinate the research efforts on enabling technologies for Smart Cities, e.g. Internet of Things and to encourage the transfer of technology to industry.

Dr. Martin Serrano is Unit Director, Coordinator and Project Leader at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics Galway (Former DERI)  at the National University of Ireland Galway. He holds a MSc and a Ph.D from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Tech), Spain.  Prior to DERI he worked at the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) of the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland (WIT). Dr. Serrano and his team have contributed to the development of the  state of the art Semantic Web and Liked Data, (Data Management and Stream Data Processing) Pervasive Computing (Modelling and Context Awareness), Knowledge Engineering (Semantic Reasoning and Ontologies) and Autonomic Computing areas (Networks and Services). His research Interests are on Distributed Systems, Security and Privacy, Ontology Engineering, Semantic Web, Data and Information Modelling, Data and Services Interoperability, Policy-based Management, and Autonomics (self-organisation, and self-management). Dr. Serrano's team is actively investigating Cloud Computing Services Management, Semantic-based Cloud Infrastructures Control, Big Data Management, Stream Processing and Big Data Analytics. He is also investigating Cyber-Physical Systems Control, Sensor Networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their deployment in Cloud Environments.

Dr. Serrano has a leading role at the European Research Cluster for the Internet of Things (EU-IERC) in Service Openness and Semantic Interoperability (AC4). Dr. Serrano has more than 10 years of experience in ICT architecture, solutions design and systems deployment. Before joining academia, Dr. Serrano worked as Senior Engineer Supervisor at Panasonic-AKME at the Product Design Engineering department and was Research Intern at National/Panasonic-KME (Kumamoto, Japan). Dr. Serrano has Published in International conferences IEEE ICC, IEEE UIC, etc), international Journals (IEEE Wireless Magazine, IEEE Pervasive Computing, etc) and several chapters in the aforementioned domains. He has served as reviewer of various high impact journals, including IEEE Network Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Networks and Service Management, etc. He is Author of the book Applied Ontology Engineering in Cloud Services, Networks and Management Systems edited by Springer Publishers.

About BILAT USA 2.0:

BILAT USA 2.0 is a project funded by the European Commission under FP7 (GA N° 312081). BILAT USA 2.0 aims at enhancing Science, Technology and Innovation collaboration between the EU and the US.

About the co-organizers:

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