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

VERT6-Smart Cities

Track Description

A Smart City is a complex system, of interwoven ecosystems.  Each ecosystem in a true smart city has an inter-dependency on other ecosystems, be it smart energy, traffic management, smart buildings, and so on, data and services need to be shared to make the citizen experience smooth and efficient, requiring a cross industry collaborative approach. At its core is the need to balance available resources and manage their best use in providing value for citizens, industry and commercial entities, institutions, government and other stakeholders. Furthermore, Smart Cities are people-centered ecosystems, striving for improvements in the quality of life of its inhabitants, their social well-being and stimulating local economies.

Economics and regulatory aspects are playing a major role in fostering the adoption and deployment of Technology. They are a key ingredient in the decision making that translates potential into reality.

Technology advances are continuously contributing to this system. In the background, the Internet of Things (IoT) is proving that data gathering, the sensing of processes, infrastructure, and city management is a basis for improvement and innovation. New IoT capabilities are enabling real-time monitoring of conditions and the performance of city functions, which are driving subsequent analyses. This leads to greater awareness of the state of a city, resulting in a cycle of better planning and the execution of actions that can steer its evolution, improving the use of resources and the well-being of its citizens.

This WF-IoT 2019 track on Smart Cities will explore both a global and Ireland-wide view of:

  • the current status of technology;
  • services and trends;
  • people-centred vision, strategies and case studies;
  • the role of open standards in the development of integrated & federated ecosystems.

Our aim is to provide an open platform, where global smart city leaders from government, technology, academia, and business can share their expertise and interact with the audience to discuss the future we wish to chart, and the paths forward, taking into account the many alternatives unlocked by the Internet of Things.

We will be highlighting within the Smart City vertical track a People-Centric Approach to Smart Cities as an underlying theme to all the sessions, bringing together international expert speakers from:

Canada – France – Greece – India – Ireland – Italy – Morocco – UK – USA

The sessions will be split into 3 days with 9 sessions, as follows:

Day 1 (Tuesday, 16 April 2019):

  • Technology and Services

Day 2 (Wednesday, 17 April 2019):

  • Goals, Vision and People
  • All Ireland
    Dedicated to insight and open discussion on Smart City strategies, research and projects for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK).

Day 3 (Thursday, 18 April 2019):

  • Funding & Business Models
  • Concluding Panel Discussion
    A global discussion on Smart Cities and IoT, led by Adam Drobot (Co-Chair of the IEEE World Forum on IoT, Limerick 2019).

These sessions will be of interest to those involved in designing, building or deploying smart city solutions, from academic research, solution providers, suppliers, cities and government, where efficient service delivery, ease of doing business, quality of life and citizen engagement is critical to success.

 

Track Co-Chairs

Mihai Bilauca, Limerick City & County Council

Mihai Bilauca

Dr. Mihai Bilauca is leading the development and implementation of Limerick’s Digital Strategy which aims to lay the foundation for a Smart Limerick City Region. As a result of this strategic approach Limerick has become the first Lighthouse Smart City in Ireland. Having worked for Limerick for overs 17 years Mihai is now heading the Digital Strategy and EU Programmes departments in Limerick City & County Council. Mihai worked in various roles in the ICT Management for UPC Romania, and for Limerick City Council in senior roles or heading the ICT, Change Management (organisational transformation) or Customer Services departments. Mihai is involved in standardization work for Smart Cities & Communities with international standardization organisations (ISO, CEN/CENELEC, ETSI).

In his spare time Mihai continues his academic research in smart cities, mathematical programming and optimization modelling methods and publishes in ACM and other leading computing science journals and conferences. Mihai received a Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of Limerick, Ireland and the software engineering degree from “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania.

Rebecca Lee Hammons, Ball State University

Rebecca Hammon

Dr. Rebecca Hammons is an associate professor in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. She has extensive technology industry experience in establishing and leading software quality assurance, product development lifecycle services, and project management teams. Strengths include technical leadership, process improvement and automation, predictive analytics for software, and strategic planning.

Dr. Hammons has worked for Ontario Systems, Apple, Raytheon, Tivoli Systems and Wang, in addition to several niche software firms. She is a Certified Quality Manager and Certified Software Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner with Scrum Alliance. Dr. Hammons received her Ed.D. and M.A. from Ball State University and her B.A. from Michigan State University.

Her dissertation research was in self-directed learning for software quality practitioners. Current technology industry research interests include Slow Tech, Burnout Theory, Internet of Things/Smart Cities, and Gold-Collar Workers. Dr. Hammons thrives on leading organizational change initiatives and coaching individuals and teams to reach their full potential.

Joel Myers, DOMILA Limited (Dublin, Ireland)

Joel Myers

CEO, DOMILA Limited, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Vice Chair of the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Consortium Smart Cities Working Group

Leading technologist specializing in the creation and development of innovation technology solutions in the communications and management of services in Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and since 2015 in Business Networking.

Over the past 30 years, he has worked with museums and archaeological worldwide, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pompei in Italy, the Courtauld Institute in London, and The Frick Museum and Metropolitan Museum in New York. His projects in cultural heritage and tourism have covered solutions in digital photo-archiving, reconstructions of sites using 3D virtual reality, augmented reality, and audio-visual mobile applications. In 2008, Joel Myers led a team of developers in partnership with Google Inc. (Mountainview, California) and the Universities of Virginia and UCLA in the creation of Google Earth’s first historical city layer, ancient Rome, launched with Michael Jones (CTO, Google Inc. in 2008) under the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and hosted by On. Gianni Alemanno, the Mayor of the Municipality of Rome in 2008.

His company, HoozAround Corp. is currently commercialising a mobile application called HoozAroundTM. This App offers very close-proximity networking for users to carry out business and social networking based on profile matching needs or interests in real-time, indoors and outdoors. Its aim is to bring people together that would otherwise never meet, face-to-face, in order to create new and more efficient opportunities to grow personally, socially as a city-wide community and in developing business. The app was successfully piloted at the IFA Berlin consumer electronics trade fair in 2017 and at the IEEE World Forum on IoT in February 2018 (Singapore).

Over the past few years Joel Myers has been focusing on the redefinition of the “Internet of People” exploring the goals of the smart city industry movement juxtaposed with the need for humanity to remain connected as physical people on the following 3 themes:

  1. real face-to-face connectivity: people are a city’s most important resource and by bringing them together in a more efficient and cohesive way, a city will grow exponentially, both socially and economically; physical connectivity also fights the growing issues of social isolation that are becoming more and more present in today’s cities, by helping people to meet face-to-face we move away from virtual communities when smaller distances permit it, and create real relationships within cities that offer sharing and giving back social themes, resulting in a happier population;
  2. the social consequences of increased virtualisation and automation; and
  3. the impact of automation on employment and the economy.

Under HoozAround Corp., Joel Myers has also started working together on a new concept in social credits for Smart Cities that provides awards without the possibility of negative ratings, called HooziesTM. Awards given when people meet face-to-face and carry out positive social actions. The aim is to develop a happier city through technology that promotes human interaction, relationship-building, sharing and giving back to the community, on a local, national, and international level.

The work carried out by Joel Myers has been published in international newspapers and journals such as the BBC, New York Times, Hong Times, the Hindu Times, Wired, and Forbes Magazine.

Joann O’Brien, TM Forum

Joann O’Brien

Vice President, Ecosystems & Labs of TM Forum

Joann is a transformative technology leader who recognized early the role of APIs and automation in achieving a true digital strategy.  Joann has led the TM Forum’s Open API initiative from concept to global success as an enabler to the zero integration economy.  Joann has significant experience leading complex large scale transformation programs for a number of global organizations.  She has a mixture of technical and management background, enjoying both equally, she has a BS in Information Technology majoring in Telecommunications from Dublin City University and MBA from Open University.

Track Speakers

Silje Bareksten

Silje BarekstenSilje Bareksten is Nor-Shipping’s first ever Head of Sustainability and Technology. Silje joined the team in 2018 with an ambition to leverage her expertise in digital technology and green innovation to help our customers release the huge opportunities for sustainable business activity within the ocean space.

Prior to her existing role she was Head of Smart City in Oslo, where she created the first smart city accelerator and helped position the Norwegian capital as a smarter, greener, more inclusive and creative place to live and do business. She has also worked as Innovation Manager for Inven2 and boasts experience from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, alongside the International Space University (ISU). Silje holds a MSc in entrepreneurship, a BA in marketing and concludes her BSc in Psychology spring 2019.

Silje’s responsibilities include leading Nor-Shipping’s Blue Economy efforts, developing Nor-Shipping as the most important global maritime innovation platform and championing sustainable, green and digital initiatives.

Mihai Bilauca

Mihai BilaucaHead of Digital Strategy & EU Programmes, Limerick City & County Council, Ireland

Dr. Mihai Bilauca is leading the development and implementation of Limerick’s Digital Strategy which aims to lay the foundation for a Smart Limerick City Region. As a result of this strategic approach Limerick has become the first Lighthouse Smart City in Ireland. Having worked for Limerick for overs 17 years Mihai is now heading the Digital Strategy and EU Programmes departments in Limerick City & County Council. Mihai worked in various roles in the ICT Management for UPC Romania, and for Limerick City Council in senior roles or heading the ICT, Change Management (organisational transformation) or Customer Services departments. Mihai is involved in standardization work for Smart Cities & Communities with international standardization organisations (ISO, CEN/CENELEC, ETSI).

In his spare time Mihai continues his academic research in smart cities, mathematical programming and optimization modelling methods and publishes in ACM and other leading computing science journals and conferences. Mihai received a Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of Limerick, Ireland and the software engineering degree from “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Romania.

Konstatinos Champidis

Konstatinos ChampidisKonstatinos Champidis is responsible for the digital transformation of the city of Athens. After a distinguished initial career in engineering within the private sector, he spent two years as a special advisor to the Mayor of Athens, actively participating in the development of “Digital Agenda 2020” for Greece. From October 2014 until today, he has been the Executive Member of the Board of Directors of DAEM. From January 2015 to February 2017, he served as Administrator of the Mayor’s “Project Management Tool” and advised him. Then, in February 2017, he became the first Chief Digital Officer of the City of Athens. Konstantinos, released the city’s “Digital Roadmap” on January 2018, which includes all the digital initiatives for Athens. He enjoys cycling and listening to classical music. He is married and has a wonderful 6-year old daughter.

Subramanian Chidambaram

Subramanian ChidambaramCloud & ML Architect – Intel Corporation

I am a blend of technologist, entrepreneur, product architect and engineering manager, I lead the cloud platform & machine learning architecture group, provide inputs to strategic product planning and manage software vendors and SI’s.

Deep domain expertise in creating API based products with innovative business models, building SaaS and big data analytics solution. Experience in taking solutions through privacy, legal & security life cycle milestones.

I actively track technology trends and provide strategic inputs in go-to-market strategies, investment opportunities, channel partner evaluation & structuring the solution terms sheet for partnerships.

I have around 20+ years of experience and pride myself being a hands-on technologist. I do have extensive experience in taking to production many solution offerings and managing the operations in cloud.

My hands-on experience is in building solutions in the technology space include Developing Micro Services for Internet of Things, Identity management for Single Sign-On, License Key Management & DRM for Content Protection, Enterprise Solutions varied Industry verticals.

Piero Dominici

Piero DominiciScientific Director of the Complexity Education Project

Prof. Piero Dominici (PhD), Director (Scientific Listening) at the Global Listening Center and Scientific Director of the Complexity Education Project, teaches Public Communication and Intelligence Activities at the University of Perugia.  As scientific researcher, educator, author and international speaker, his main areas of expertise and interest encompass (hyper)complexity, interdisciplinarity and knowledge sharing in the fields of education, systems theory, technology, innovation, intelligence, security, citizenship and communication. Member of the MIUR Register of Revisers, (Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research), and of the WCSA (World Complexity Science Academy), he is also standing member of several of the most prestigious national and international scientific committees. Author of numerous essays, scientific articles and books.

Lindsay Frost

Lindsay FrostChief Standardisation Engineer at NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH

Lindsay Frost is Chief Standardisation Engineer at NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, chairman of the ETSI ISG CIM group for Context Information Management, Board member of ETSI, and ETSI delegate to the Sector Forum for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities as well as delegate to a sub-group of the Digitizing European Industry activity. His previous roles included board member of HGI, co-chairman of HGI Smart Home group, Chair of ETSI TISPAN WG5 Home Networks, Chair of WFA Mobile Convergence group. Lindsay Frost has a Ph.D in experimental physics, a strong interest in medical engineering and a passion for promoting better use of standards for Smart Cities and communities.

Rebecca Lee Hammons

Rebecca HammonDr. Rebecca Hammons is an associate professor in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. She has extensive technology industry experience in establishing and leading software quality assurance, product development lifecycle services, and project management teams. Strengths include technical leadership, process improvement and automation, predictive analytics for software, and strategic planning.

Dr. Hammons has worked for Ontario Systems, Apple, Raytheon, Tivoli Systems and Wang, in addition to several niche software firms. She is a Certified Quality Manager and Certified Software Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner with Scrum Alliance. Dr. Hammons received her Ed.D. and M.A. from Ball State University and her B.A. from Michigan State University.

Her dissertation research was in self-directed learning for software quality practitioners. Current technology industry research interests include Slow Tech, Burnout Theory, Internet of Things/Smart Cities, and Gold-Collar Workers. Dr. Hammons thrives on leading organizational change initiatives and coaching individuals and teams to reach their full potential.

Aawatif Hayar

Aawatif HayarProf. Aawatif Hayar is the Chair of the Casablanca IEEE Core Smart City project.  As a Professor at University Hassan II Casablanca Morocco, she is currently leading GreenTIC-ENSEM, and is the co-founder of E-Madina, a smart city cluster effort. She was selected in 2015 by the African Innovation Foundation as one of the Top-10 innovative African women. She is currently leading R&D projects in smart cities fields with the City of Casablanca, CNRST, Lydec, GIZ and HBS Foundation.

Derrick de Kerckhove

Derrick de KerckhoveAuthor, visiting professor at the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples, and former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto

Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French. He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples. Presently, scientific director of the Rome based monthly Media Duemila, and the Osservatorio Tuttimedia in Milan, he is author of a dozen books edited in over ten languages including English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Visiting Professor at Politecnico of Milan, he is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Stephen Kinsella

Stephen KinsellaStephen is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick, Ireland and Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne, Australia. Stephen is an award-winning weekly columnist for the Sunday Business Post. Stephen’s research uses national accounting data to make better models, the economics of small open economies like Ireland under austerity.

Christian Maitre

Christian MaitreChristian graduated as a Computing & Telecom Engineer, and in the early 90s started working for a software company (Steria) to develop standard of interconnectivity between banks and large accounts. He moved to London to build the international projects for Young & Rubicam, a well-known Advertising company, and then onto New York at the WWHQ to develop the first corporate Intranet. Back in France we took the position as CIO of the Young & Rubicam group. Following this he became CIO for IBM software group/Lotus France, developing lots of new concepts with the rise of Internet.

in 2000 Christian joined a small French internet company as deputy general manager in charge of Operations, reshaping all their operations and supporting new innovation for business (one of the main multimedia service providers in France). The company was acquired by Orange in 2006, and he became VP for Operations for Orange Business Services (the enterprise branch of Orange). He then spent 7 years in the Orange group as Deputy CIO in charge of IT modernisation for the whole group. Now he is Director of the Global Operations Transformation for countries in the Orange group, working on new digital paradigms for network, service platform and IT contexts.

Christian is an expert in Smart Cities, with many awarded catalyst projects that standardise a city’s digital journey.

Francesco Mazzola

Francesco MazzolaCEO in T.net Italia Spa

Francesco Mazzola graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and attended several postgraduate degree programs. He has performed his first experience as an expert in multidisciplinary engineering at Snamprogetti (ENI) of San Donato Milanese and then at Agip Petroli of the same group. CEO and CIO of T.net Italia since 2002 he has leaded T.net, a private held company, into ambitious projects, such as the Oncology Network of Eastern Sicily, whose project received in 2008 in Cernobbio (Italy) the award as an Excellence in Health Digital Information Systems while in 2014, an advanced Hybrid Cloud Project became an Emear Case Study of Cisco Systems. Since 2007 he has been working on cognitive computing, machine learning (Electronic Health Record in the Oncology Clinic, Pollution Air Modeling, Farming) and Software Defined Network development.

In 2015 he started the IOT Business Unit of T.net Italia and he is actually involved in building the Middleware Infrastructure and developing the Software Defined Radio to let IOT Sensors talking efficiently to ITS in Smart Road and Smart City context optimizing V2X Communications. He’s also Tech Leader with the University of Catania (IT) in a Smart Farm (Precision Lifestock Farming) Internet of Things Solution and Application named “CowTech”.

Keynoter in several Events, he is also Senior Member at IEEE and Leads the IEEE Architecture Committee of the Smart Cities Working Group in the IEEE IOT Consortium.

Naomh McElhatton

Naomh McElhattonFounder of SMART Global (Ireland)

Highlighted as one of Northern Irelands most energetic entrepreneurs, Naomh has over fifteen years’ experience working in the digital and creative industries sector. As Founder of SMART Global, she has created a bespoke series of events, digital transformation think-tanks and a platform for a diverse mix of industry sectors to network together to share their learnings and experiences.With a keen interest in Immersive Tech Naomh and her team have had great success working and supporting the Retail and Hospitality space. They also work with the Education, Recruitment, Government, Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors and have formed strong relationships in the Healthcare sector, with a new AI product launching in 2019.

As a specialist in Digital Education Naomh works with organisations to identify unmet needs, define goals, create opportunities and pinpoint challenges throughout a company’s digital transformation journey.

Naomh is a well-known guest speaker, mentor and events host, she was honoured to host the inaugural “Women in Tech” Conference in Northern Ireland. She is also the Curator of the She Said Club, an Associate Lecturer at Ulster University, a STEM Ambassador, board member of the Digital Catapult and is an official TEDx Speaker.

Sidhartha Mohanty

Sidhartha MohantyDirector, Technology Office at Intel Corporation

I am a Results-Driven Senior-Level Executive with 20+ years of broad-based experience in technology. I have considerable experience developing and leading multi-million dollar businesses. I have expertise establishing and managing high performance teams, developing technical leaders, defining and investing in new technological areas of growth, establishing a new site, managing and growing the site. As a business executive, I have extensive experience in people and site management, identifying technology trends, managing research engagements, product definition and product marketing, strategic marketing, customer marketing, business development, project and resource planning, change management, strategic product planning, customer support and sales management.

I love working with customers and have been successful in penetrating key accounts worldwide. I have strong business skills gained through extensive interactions with customers worldwide. I have managed key customer accounts in North America, Europe, and APAC.

I have set up a complete site in India from scratch and have grown it to be a high-performance site that delivered world class solutions to customers around the world. I am able to work successfully across cross-functional teams located around the world. I have extensive experience delivering key solutions to major OEMs globally. I have been a consistent peak performer with strong relationship management for building and developing teams that deliver high quality results with less.

Michael Mulquin

Michael MulquinMichael Mulquin has been working for over twenty years to identify and implement ways that technology can help neighbourhoods, cities and regions work better.

He is the City Standards Associate for the UK Future Cities Catapult and is working with them to support the uptake of city standards and the development of cohesive packages of standards to meet city needs.

He is Chair of the IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee and an active member of several ISO TC268 Working Groups. Previously he was involved with smart city standards work in ITU-T and in ISO/IEC JTC1. He is also Chair of the IEEE IoT and Smart Cities Open Standards group.

He is technical author of two British Standards Institution publications: PD8101 Smart cities – Guide to the role of the planning and development process, and PD8100 Smart cities overview – Guide.

Alan Murphy

Alan MurphyAlan leads the Smart Dublin team which uses emerging technology to provide better public services in areas such as Mobility, Environment, Energy Efficiency, etc. He has extensive experience in developing new business models and delivering technology projects in the Energy, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Manufacturing and Humanitarian sectors. He was the Design Authority on the Irish Smart Metering programme which sparked his interest in Smart Cities. He has previously worked for PwC, IBM and HCL Axon amongst others. Alan’s qualifications include a Business Studies Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Limerick.

Joel Myers

Joel MyersCEO, DOMILA Limited, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Vice Chair of the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Consortium Smart Cities Working Group

Leading technologist specializing in the creation and development of innovation technology solutions in the communications and management of services in Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and since 2015 in Business Networking.

His company, HoozAround Corp. is currently commercialising a mobile application called HoozAroundTM. This App offers very close-proximity networking for users to carry out business and social networking based on profile matching needs or interests in real-time, indoors and outdoors. Its aim is to bring people together that would otherwise never meet, face-to-face, in order to create new and more efficient opportunities to grow personally, socially as a city-wide community and in developing business. The app was successfully piloted at the IFA Berlin consumer electronics trade fair in 2017 and at the IEEE World Forum on IoT in February 2018 (Singapore).

Over the past few years Joel Myers has been focusing on the redefinition of the “Internet of People” exploring the goals of the smart city industry movement juxtaposed with the need for humanity to remain connected as physical people.

The work carried out by Joel Myers has been published in international newspapers and journals such as the BBC, New York Times, Hong Times, the Hindu Times, Wired, and Forbes Magazine.

Kishor N. Narang

Kishor NarangMentor & principal design architect, Narnix Technolabs

Kishor is currently leading the Smart Cities Standardization Globally as “Convener of Reference Architecture Work Group in IEC Systems Committee on Smart Cities” and Project Leader of IEC Standards – IEC TS 63188 ED1 – Smart Cities Reference Architecture Methodology & IEC 63205 ED1 – Smart Cities Reference Architecture; and also, as Co-editor of a few ISO Standards in ISO/IEC JTC1 Committees. At the National level, he is leading the Smart Cities Standardization work in ICT & Electrotechnology domains as the Chairman of LITD 28 – Sectional Committee on Smart Infrastructure at BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards), where the main focus is on Standards development for Unified & Secure ICT Architecture for Smart Cities/ Infrastructure.

Professionally, Kishor is Technology Consultant, Mentor & Design Architect in Electrical, Electronics & ICT with over 40 years of professional experience in education, research, design and consulting. Over 30 years of hardcore Research and Design Development Experience in Solutions, Systems, Products, Hardware, Software & Firmware (Embedded Software) in fields of Industrial, Power, IT, Telecom, Medical, Energy and Environment, and over 10 years of Consultancy Experience to different segments of business & industry.  He has over 200 Research & Design Mentees in the Electronics, ICT & STI Ecosystems. Professionally, he is an Electronics Design Engineer practicing design & development of a wide spectrum of Products, Systems & Solutions as an Independent Design House – NARNIX since 1981.

Joann O’Brien

Joann O'BrienVice President, Ecosystems & Labs of TM Forum

Joann is a transformative technology leader who recognized early the role of APIs and automation in achieving a true digital strategy.  Joann has led the TM Forum’s Open API initiative from concept to global success as an enabler to the zero integration economy.  Joann has significant experience leading complex large scale transformation programs for a number of global organizations.  She has a mixture of technical and management background, enjoying both equally, she has a BS in Information Technology majoring in Telecommunications from Dublin City University and MBA from Open University.

John Taylor

John TaylorProfessor John E. Taylor is the inaugural Frederick Law Olmsted Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Taylor received his PhD in 2006 from Stanford University on the topic of innovation in architecture, engineering and construction industry networks, and his research continues to explore such network dynamics. At Georgia Tech he is the founder and Director of the Network Dynamics Lab, which examines industrial and societal dynamics associated with information system integration, industry globalization, workforce virtualization, shifting workforce demographics, energy conservation in and across buildings, and human mobility in natural disasters. Dr. Taylor has authored over 200 technical publications winning a number of conference and journal best paper awards, including five journal best paper awards. He was awarded the ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Research Prize in 2009 and the ASCE Daniel W. Halpin Award in 2015 for his scholarship. Dr. Taylor serves on four editorial boards that span computer science, civil engineering and organizational science, including two as Associate Editor. He has guest edited two journal special issues, and is currently guest editing a special issue in the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering on “Engineering Smarter Cities with Smart City Digital Twins” to be published in 2019. His most recent research focuses on the application of smart city digital twins to achieve the smart, sustainable, and resilient cities that help people live better.

Andrew Thiessen

Andrew ThiessenDivision Chief, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (US dept. of Commerce/NTIA/ITS)

Andrew Thiessen is the Division Chief for the Telecommunications and Information Planning Division, which is the Division responsible for functional areas that include Public Safety and National Security/Emergency Preparedness, commercial broadband communications testbed creation and evaluation, Internet of Things, and Quality of Experience assessment for audio and video communications.

Before becoming a Division Chief at ITS, Andrew led the Systems Research and Architecture Development Team within the Division, where he was responsible for all standards are requirements development in such organizations as 3GPP, ATIS, and GSMA. Andrew led the standards team responsible for the creation of standards for public safety’s use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) to include features vital for mission critical communications such as direct mode, group communications, and mission critical push to talk. Additionally, Andrew has served as, and remains, the Vice-Chair of the Technology and Broadband Committee within the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC). Andrew has also served as the Laboratory Program Manager of the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program and the Deputy Program Manager of the Public Safety Communications Research Program. Prior to beginning work at ITS, Andrew was the principal engineer at a startup (Integral Focus) focused on developing cloud based medical office management software. Prior to working at Integral Focus, Andrew was a senior systems engineer for Sun Microsystems and MITRE, along with several successful starts ups including MessageMedia (purchased by DoubleClick), where he managed the integration of an acquisition into the business and then managed the system architecture upon the successful integration. Andrew started his career with the National Security Agency out of undergraduate school, working on varied project areas.

Andrew is the recipient of Department of Commerce Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for his work in public safety communications. He is also the recipient of the DJ Atkinson Technical Award from NPSTC.

Eric Woods

Eric Woods

Research director, Navigant

Eric Woods is a research director leading Navigant Research’s smart cities and urban innovation services. In this role, he brings together his experience across the energy, mobility, buildings, and government technology sectors.  As well as authoring a series of ground-breaking research reports on the smart cites market, Dr. Woods has led several major smart city consultancy projects with cities, suppliers, and utilities.

He has 25 years of experience as an analyst and consultant on new technology trends including in-depth research in the areas of IT infrastructure, data analytics, knowledge management, public sector IT, and cleantech innovation. He is frequent speaker at industry conferences and is quoted regularly in major publications. He has worked on consultancy assignments to a wide range of clients, including public and private sector technology users, utilities, and global IT players, as well as many small and growing technology companies.


Cork Smart Gateway

Cork Smart Gateway logoA smart agenda is being developed in Cork. One which will build on the existing assets, attributes and experiences in the region and will help position Cork as a ‘World-Class Smart Region’. The Cork Smart Gateway was established by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Nimbus Research Centre and Tyndall National Institute to pursue and facilitate the delivery of this agenda.

The Smart Gateway aims to enhance the reputation of Cork as an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest. A place where public infrastructure and public service provision utilise best in class technology solutions and one which allows all stakeholders to participate in decision making and enjoy an enhanced environment. This initiative will compliment and support the already large number of organisations in Cork who are working on smart solutions to improve the physical realm, from energy conservation to open data. The Smart Gateway will create a forum to allow these organisations to share and collaborate together while also marketing the Cork region as a smart destination internationally.

InterTradeIreland

InterTradeIreland logoInterTradeIreland is a Cross-Border Trade and Business Development Body funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland (DBEI, UK) and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland (UK).  It supports businesses, through innovation and trade initiatives to take advantage of North/South co-operative opportunities to improve capability, drive competitiveness, growth and jobs.

Smart Belfast

Smart Belfast logoBelfast has ambitious plans for the future. Building on its economic revival, it wants to make the city an outstanding place to live, work and invest. Drawing from the city’s tradition of hard work and know-how, Smart Belfast brings together its universities, businesses, local government and citizens to collaborate, innovate and experiment using cutting-edge technologies and data science.

Smart Belfast is building the foundations to let Belfast and the UK better harness an amazing pool of talent, creativity and first-class digital infrastructure to address challenges here and now; while at the same time growing an urban economy for the twenty-first century.