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 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.
Shawn Chandler is the Director of IT – Enterprise Architecture and Data Analytics at PacifiCorp, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy company. In his role he leads enterprise strategic efforts regarding big data and complex system development.
Prior to Pacificorp, Shawn was the Director of Energy System Transformation at Navigant Consulting, a global management consulting firm. He is an adjunct professor of electrical engineering for Portland State University, and a senior member of the IEEE.
Shawn is the current Chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Smart Buildings – Loads – Customer Systems Technical Committee, and the Chair of the Smart Cities Working Group for the IEEE Internet of Things Initiative.
Piero 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.
Russell Gyurek currently a Director, IoT-CTO and Industries at Cisco. He has over 25 years of networking related technology experience, the majority in leadership positions. Russ’ range of expertise includes; IoT/connectivity of things, analytics and big data, cloud, optical networking technologies, broadband architectures and related technical policy, and emerging market development. He has held various leadership roles in creating strategy and direction in these areas. In Russ’ current role he is responsible for technology leadership, market development and partner due diligence & enablement related to IoT. The CTO group evaluates future trends, emerging standards, technologies, and architectures that drive and influence Cisco’s market portfolio relating to IoT. He also works closely with the vertical solutions organization- turning strategy into real world IoT deployments, including Smart Cities. In addition, Russ is a value-of-the-infrastructure advisor to customers, helping to create new business models and use cases to leverage network data for cloud and real time event processing.
Russ engaged in numerous sponsored research work at various universities during his 17 plus career at Cisco. In industry related work, he holds a board seats on the OCF (Open Connectivity Foundation), University of Washington IoT Board, and the NCSU ECE strategic advisory board. In these board roles he has collaborated with multi-stakeholders to create new programs for IoT and data science/analysis. He has given numerous keynotes at conferences and research workshops on IoT and related topics. Russ has played key roles in IEEE standards development and ratification including 802.3. Russ holds an appointed position on the FCC-TAC (Technical Advisory Council) where he has chaired Working Groups on the “sunset of the PSTN”, “network resiliency”, “IoT”, and Next Generation Internet. He is currently the working group Chairman for the FCC “Next Generation Policy and Regulations” team. Russ has led and participated on numerous technical policy teams in the past 10 years. These include the state of California, West Virginia, and the country of Lebanon. Prior to Cisco, Russ held senior technical and leadership roles at BellSouth (AT&T), in the networking part of the business.
Rebecca Lee Hammons
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.
Christian 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a Director leading Navigant Research’s global coverage of smart cities. In this role he brings together his research experience in smart grids, smart water networks, smart transport, and smart buildings. He has over 20 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.