IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things
15-18 April 2019 – Limerick, Ireland

Track Speakers

Gerhard Fettweis

Gerhard FettweisGerhard Fettweis earned his Ph.D. under H. Meyr’s supervision from RWTH Aachen in 1990. After one year at IBM Research in San Jose, CA he moved to TCSI Inc., Berkeley, CA. Since 1994 he is Vodafone Chair Professor at TU Dresden, Germany, with currently 20 companies from Asia/Europe/US sponsoring his research on wireless transmission and chip design. He coordinates 2 DFG centers at TU Dresden, cfAED and HAEC. Gerhard is IEEE Fellow, member of acatech, has an honorary doctorate from TU Tampere, and has received multiple awards. In Dresden he has spun-out ten startups, and setup funded projects of more than EUR 1/3 billion volume. He has helped organizing IEEE conferences, most notably as TPC Chair of IEEE ICC 2009, IEEE TTM 2012, and General Chair of VTC Spring 2013. He remains active within IEEE.

George Iosifidis

George IosifidisGeorge Iosifidis is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Future Networks, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He obtained his M.Sc. (2007) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece, and holds an engineering diploma in avionics and quality control. He worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at CERTH, Greece, and Yale university, for 2 years respectively, as an associate research scientist at Yale for 1 year, and as an aircraft engineer from 2001 to 2012. His research interests lie in the area of network optimisation and network economics with applications to wireless networks and edge computing. He is co-recipient of the Best Paper Awards in IEEE WiOpt 2013 and IEEE INFOCOM 2017, a Guest Editor for IEEE JSAC Special Issue in Caching, and has received a Career Development Award from Science Foundation Ireland in 2018.

Talk Title: Cooperative IoT Edge Analytics: Benefits and Trade-offs

Ernoe Kovacs

Ernoe KovacsHead of IoT research at the NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg, Germany.  Working on advancing the Internet-of-Things into a programmable cloud-edge platform, adding moving objects like cars or drones, and creating new solutions for the Smart Cities of the Future. We are involved in public and private funded cooperative R&D projects in Europe as well as NEC-internal projects. We participate in IoT large scale pilots, for example for autonomous driving cars as well as for building reference zones for Smart Cities in Europe.




Magnus Madfors

Magnus MadforsSenior director with more than 25 years of experience and a record of superior results in a variety of challenging international and multicultural environments. Unique blend of leadership and executive business savvy with competencies to develop strategic planning, establish priorities and delegate tasks, motivating teams to reach for their best, and following through to ensure success. Excellent negotiating and problem solving skills and a proven ability to manage and complete projects to the highest standard.

Excellent experience in research and innovation, motivation and team building, leadership that inspires high-performing teams, general and technical project management, negotiation, and mediation.

Examples are the establishment of one of Europe’s first knowledge and innovation community bridging pan-European education, research an innovation programs; The large-scale European Public-Private Partnership in communication technologies “5G”; and the development and implementation of the Long-Term Strategy of a world-leading standards organization.

Internationally established leader with high-level board positions in areas of research, standardization and procurement, public affairs, representing industry in government fora, industry associations and business strategy groups.

Debbie Power

Debbie PowerHaving joined Vodafone Ireland in 2014, Debbie Power was appointed regional manager for Enterprise, bringing 16 years’ experience in the ICT industry. In this role, Debbie had responsibility for corporate growth across fixed and mobile solutions, including cloud-based platforms and IOT services.

In 2016, Debbie was appointed IoT solutions sales manager, where she focused on expanding Vodafone’s customer base and partner ecosystem in the IoT sector. In early 2018, Debbie became Country Manager for IOT. Leading a team of specialists, she manages Vodafone’s IOT services and solutions across Ireland, working with customers who have both international and local requirements.

Since its Irish launch in 2017, Debbie has overseen the roll out of Narrowband-IOT (NB-IoT). Debbie’s team give customers access to the NB-IoT network, which complements Vodafone’s existing suite of IoT services and technologies by providing customers and partners with multiple connectivity options to suit a variety of operational use cases.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Debbie spent 13 years with BT in a number of roles covering customer service, sales and marketing. She holds an executive MBA from University College Cork and an H-Dip in Management and Marketing. She is also a member of the MBA Association of Ireland. Debbie is a native of Cork and has four children.

Dorothy Stanley

Dorothy StanleyIEEE 802.11 WG Chair







Martin Tufft

Martin TufftDirector IoT at BT







Colin Wilcock

Colin WilcockColin Willcock graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK, with a B.Sc in Phyiscs in 1986, an MSc. In Astronomical Technology from the University of Edinburgh in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Parallel Computation from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1992. Dr. Willcock joined Nokia in 1999, and is currently Head of Radio Network Standardization. He has participated extensively in standardization activities at ETSI, ITU-T and 3GPP, and also has extensive experience of European research having led a number of European projects. In March Colin was elected as the new board chairman for the 5G Infrastructure Association.



Juan Carlos Zuniga

Juan Carlos ZunigaTelecommunications expert with over 20 years of international experience. Currently leading the networking standardization activities at SIGFOX, coordinating IPR strategy, performing strategic Business Development, co-chairing the IETF IntArea WG, and helping as TPM at the SIGFOX Foundation for the IoT-Based Seismic Alert project.

Experienced in technology development and standardization activities in the areas of IoT and wireless such as LPWAN, Cellular (2G/3G/4G/5G), Wi-Fi, as well as Data Privacy and NFV/SDN/MEC.

Highly skilled in positioning technology to ensure market adoption and drive standards. Active thought leader and contributor in different standards fora, such as IETF, IEEE, ETSI, 3GPP and W3C. Invited speaker at several conferences and panels. Served as Guest Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine.

Experienced in defining and implementing technology roadmaps for different business models. Strong experience managing, analyzing and leveraging intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Inventor of more than 50 granted USPTO/EPO patents and over 70 published applications. Holder of several recognitions and awards.