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

VERT6-Smart Cities

Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019-Thursday, 18 April 2019
Time: 11:00-18:30
Room: Jonathan Swift

ROOM CHANGE: VERT6-8: Trends II (14:00) and VERT6-9: Concluding Panel Discussion (16:30) have moved to room UCH Main Hall.

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-centred 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 – Denmark – France – Germany – Greece – Hong Kong – India – Ireland – Italy – Morocco – Switzerland – UK – USA

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

Tuesday, 16 April 2019:

  • Technology and Services

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).

Thursday, 18 April 2019:

  • Trends
  • 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.



Tuesday, 16 April 2019

11:00-13:00 Session 1, Technology & Services I
Session Chair: Rebecca Hammons, Center for Information and Communications Sciences, Ball State University (USA)
Talk 1 “Citizens Centric, Resilient & Sustainable Architecture for ICT/IoT Infrastructure in Smart Cities”, Kishor Narang, Mentor & Principal Design Architect, Narnix Technolabs (India)
Talk 2 “Privacy Challenges in Smart-Cities: Practical Approaches to Manage Ubiquitous Computer Vision in the Cloud”, Peter Corcoran, Professor of Electrical Engineering, NUI Galway (Ireland)
Talk 3 “Data Exchange & Data Layer Standardization for Smart Cities”, Subramanian Chidambaram, Cloud & ML Architect, Intel Corporation (USA)
Panel Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session 2, Technology & Services II
Session Chair: Joann O’Brien, VP, Ecosystems & Labs, TM Forum (UK)
Talk 4 Christian Maitre, Director of the Global Operations Transformation, Orange Group (France)
Talk 5 “City as a Data Platform”, Joann O’Brien, VP, Ecosystems & Labs, TM Forum (UK)
Talk 6 “A Minimal Common Ground: Towards Technical Underpinnings of a Global Market for Smart Cities and Communities”, Martin Brynskov, Chair, OASC – Open & Agile Smart Cities (Denmark)
Panel Discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 Session 3, Technology & Services III
Session Chair: Joel Myers, CEO, DOMILA (Ireland)
Talk 7 “Smart Cities: IoT & the Digital Revolution”,  Francesco Mazzola, CEO, Italia (Italy)
Talk 8 Eric Woods, Research Director, Navigant (USA)
Talk 9 “Multi-Service Networks for Smart Cities “, Arik Elberse, Global Director & Industry Principal for IoT Smart Cities & Buildings, Cisco (Ireland)
Talk 10 “Collaborative Approach to Choosing from the Open Standards Menu”, Lindsay Frost, Board Member of ETSI and Chief Standardization Engineer, NEC (Germany)
Panel Discussion, Wrap-up and Summary

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

11:00-13:00 Session 4, Goals, Vision and People
Session Chair: Joel Myers, CEO, DOMILA (Ireland)
Talk 1 Konstantinos Champidis, Chief Digital Officer, City of Athens (Greece)
Talk 2 Jorge Gomez-Sanz, Associate Professior, UCM (Spain)
Talk 3 “Sharing and Selling Information Between Different Silos: the NGSI-LD API”, Lindsay Frost, Board Member of ETSI and Chief Standardization Engineer, NEC (Germany)
Panel Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session 5, All Ireland I
Session Chair: Mihai Bilauca, Head of Digital Strategy & EU Programmes, Limerick City & County Council (Ireland)
Talk 4 “The All-Ireland Smart Cities Forum”, Brian Donnellan, Chairperson, All Ireland Smart Cities Forum (Ireland)
Talk 5 Alfie Jones, Head of Information Systems, Galway City Council (Ireland)
Talk 6 Naomh McElhatton, Founder, SMART Global (NI, UK)
Panel Discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 Session 6, All Ireland II
Session Chair: Joann O’Brien, VP, Ecosystems & Labs, TM Forum (UK)
Talk 7 “Building a Smarter City in Cork”, Ruth Buckley, Deputy Chief Executive, Cork City Council (Ireland)
Talk 8 Stephen Kinsella, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Talk 9 “Tackling Dublin’s Urban Challenges”, Alan Murphy, Lead, Smart Dublin (Ireland)
Talk 10 “InterTradeIreland: Assisting with Trade and Innovation Across the Island and Seeking Opportunities for New Cross Border Collaboration”, Grainne Lennon, International Funding and Collaborations Broker, InterTradeIreland (UK/Ireland)
Panel Discussion, Wrap-up and Summary

Thursday, 18 April 2019

11:00-13:00 Session 7, Trends I
Session Chair: Rebecca Hammons, Center for Information and Communications Sciences, Ball State University (USA)
Talk 1 “Context Broker Technology”,  Ernoe Kovacs, Head of IoT Research, NEC Europe (Germany)
Talk 2 “CDX: A Smart City Data Exchange Platform”,  Sidhartha Mohanty, Director of Technology Office, Intel Corporation (USA)
Talk 3 Simon Wood, GM of Sales for IoT, BT (UK)
Panel Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session 8, Trends II
Session Chair: Joel Myers, CEO, DOMILA (Ireland)
Talk 4 “Efficient Task Allocation for Resource Management in IoT: Objects Cooperation from Mobile CrowdSensing to Smart Buildings”, Virginia Piloni, Assistant Professor, University of Cagliari (Italy)
Talk 5 Sébastien Ziegler, President, IoT Forum (Switzerland)
Talk 6 Thomas Hermsdorfer, CEO, SET Technologies (Germany)
Panel Discussion

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 Session 9, Concluding Panel Discussion
Panel Leader: Adam Drobot, Chairman of the Board, OpenWorkTech (USA)
Panelist 1 Mingming Liu, IBM Ireland Lab – Innovation Exchange, IBM (Ireland)
Panelist 2 Thomas Hermsdorfer, CEO, SET Technologies (Germany)
Panelist 3 Yu-Hsing Wang, Professor (Associate Head), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong)
Panelist 4 Dirk Pesch, Professor, University College Cork (Ireland)
Panelist 5 Jeffrey Voas, Computer Scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)
Panelist 6 Fawzi Behmann, Chairman, IEEE Communications & Signal Processing (USA)
Panelist 7 Ernoe Kovacs, Head of IoT Research, NEC Europe (Germany)
Panelist 8 Kishor Narang, Mentor & Principal Design Architect, Narnix Technolabs (India)


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.

Talk Title:  City as a Data Platform

Track Speakers

Fawzi Behmann

Fawzi BehmannPresident, TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.
Vice-Chair, IEEE NA Communications Society

Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author, and entrepreneur in technology positioning, advancing the adoption of technology in serving key markets.

Fawzi spent over 35 years in the industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications and networks spanning service provider, equipment vendor, and semiconductor in US and Canada. Core competencies include strategic planning, Telecom Network Management based on ITU TMN, multiservice edge product release, and strategic marketing for SoC Multi-core-Multi-engine product roadmap.

Being passionate about technology & automation, Fawzi founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering professional services in the areas of technology trends, IoT/AI/5G technology positioning, and smart networking solutions development for key markets such as healthcare, mobility, energy, public safety and smart cities.

Fawzi has been a keynote & distinguished speaker, at several domestic and international conferences. He has several publications including a recent book on “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business “ published by Wiley.

Fawzi has organized several domestic and international conferences and summits. The most recent GreenTech international conference of Smart City.

Fawzi is currently the vice–chair of IEEE ComSoc for NA, chair of IEEE Central Texas and Region 5 Conference Committee chair. He received several awards form Indsutry and IEEE. Most recently is 2017 IEEE Communications Society Chapter of the Year award and 2018 IEEE USA Regional Leadership Award.

Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada.

Martin Brynskov

Martin BrynskovMartin Brynskov is chair of the global Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC), which encompasses more than 100 cities from 24 countries. OASC is a non-profit association based in Brussels, Belgium, and it aims to develop so-called Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) for cities and communities. Dr Brynskov is vice-chair of the UN ITU-T Focus Group on Data Processing and Management to support IoT and Smart Cities & Communities (FG-DPM) and chair of the Working Group on Use Cases, Requirements and Applications/Services, and Chair of the Danish Standards Committee on Smart Cities and Communities (ISO TC 268 mirror committee). Dr Brynskov is associate professor, PhD, in Interaction Technologies at Aarhus University in Denmark, director of AU Smart Cities and DITCOM, Centre for Digital Transformation of Cities and Communities, founder and co-director of the Digital Living Research Commons, director of the Digital Design Lab, and fellow at the Center for Advanced Visualization and Interaction (CAVI). Dr Brynskov is coordinator of the European IoT Large Scale Pilot on Smart Cities “SynchroniCity”, and the European project New Generation Internet of Things “NGIoT”. He is a global expert, speaker and advisor on IoT and smart cities with a human-centric focus.

Talk Title:  A Minimal Common Ground: Towards Technical Underpinnings of a Global Market for Smart Cities and Communities

Ruth Buckley

Ruth BuckleyRuth is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Information & Communication Technology (ICT)  and Business Services for Cork City council a large urban local authority in southern Ireland which serves a diverse population of 230,000 people.   She has worked in a variety of change management and strategic leadership roles over a 30-year period in both the private and public sector.

Over the last 10 years Ruth has held a number of leadership roles in other organisations including, Vice president of the Major Cities of Europe, Chair of the Heads of Information Systems Liaison group, Director of I Wish and current as a founding member of the Cork Smart Gateway. The gateway is collaboration between Tyndall Research Institute, Nimbus and both Cork local authorities., Ruth is also a founder member of the Water systems and services innovation centre based in Nimbus.

In 2015 Ruth co-founded the ‘I wish’ not for profit organisation with two business women, Caroline O’Driscoll Partner with KPMG and Gillian Keating Partner with RDJ. See . This year over 4000 transition year students attended two events (Cork and Dublin) designed to introduce young girls to careers opportunities in Science Technology Engineering Maths (STEM) via an interactive exhibition featuring STEM employers and role models.

Talk Title:  Building a Smarter City in Cork

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.

Talk Title:  Data Exchange & Data Layer Standardization for Smart Cities

Peter Cocoran

Peter CorcoranProfessor of Electrical Engineering, National University Ireland Galway

Peter Corcoran is an academic, entrepreneur, industry consultant, expert witness and prolific inventor. He has 30 years experiences as a Professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway and was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2010 for contributions to digital camera technology. He has more than 300 published research & technical articles with a Google Scholar h-index of 56. He was a co-founder of FotoNation (, now a key business division of Xperi corporation ( and is a named inventor on more than 250 granted US patents. Currently he is director of the Center for Computational, Cognitive and Connected Imaging (C3I) and heads up a group of 15+ researchers in advanced AI and Computer Vision techniques for embedded systems. He also consults for industry as an expert witness and advisor on Intellectual Property development and strategy.

Brian Donnellan

Brian DonnellanProf. Brian Donnellan is Vice-President of Engagement and Innovation in Maynooth University.  He is also Professor of Management Information Systems and Academic Director of the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) in that university. He is Co-Principal Investigator in the Irish Software Research Centre (Lero), where he is leading research projects on Smart Cities and Business Model Innovation and is a Funded Investigator in several other Science Foundation Ireland research centres. Having facilitated the formation of the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum, Brian is now its’ Chairman.  Prior to becoming an academic, he spent 20 years working in the ICT industry where he was responsible for the provision of Engineering Information Systems to support New Product Development.  Brian has been guest and associate editor of several leading academic journals and has published widely on IT Innovation.

Adam Drobot

Adam DrobotDr. Adam T. Drobot is a technologist with over forty years of experience in industry, the public sector, and in research. Today his activities include strategic consulting, start-ups, and participation in industry associations and government advisory bodies. He is the Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc. a company specializing in open source software. Previously he was the Managing Director and CTO of 2M Companies in Dallas, TX, from 2010-2012, and President of the Applied Research and Government Business Units at Telcordia Technologies and the company’s CTO from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that, Adam managed the Advanced Technology Group at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He also served as the Senior Vice President for Science and Technology as part of his 27 years of service at SAIC from 1975 to 2002.

Adam has been the principal or key participant in the development of several large, scientific and engineering code systems and software for managing the design and production of complex platforms. He has published more than 100 journal articles, and is a frequent contributor to industry literature. He currently holds 26 patents. Adam is a member of Several Corporate Boards, and the FCC Technology Advisory Council. He is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association where he has Chaired the TIA Technology Committee. He is the 2007 recipient of IEEE’s Managerial Excellence Award. For the IEEE he has Chaired IEEE Employee Benefits and Compensation Committee, the IEEE Awards Recognition Council, served as a member of the IEEE Awards Board. During 2017 and 2018 he chaired the IEEE IoT Activities Board that oversees the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a PhD. in Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.

Arik Elberse

Arik Elberse

Global Director, Industry Principal for IoT Smart Cities Solutions, Cisco Systems (Ireland)

Arik Elberse is the Global Director and Industry Principal for Cisco’s IoT Smart Cities Solutions.  He is responsible for leading end-to-end, innovative and flexible Smart Cities and Connected Roadways solutions, by leveraging Cisco’s market leading Intent-Based Networking, IoT Networking and the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform, as well as a broad selection of eco-system partners.

Arik’s previous Cisco responsibilities have included Director of Collaboration Systems and Solutions Engineering and Architecture and Director of Product Management for Video and Desktop Unified Communications. He has 25+ years’ experience in ICT and prior to joining Cisco in early 2007 held a variety of senior positions, incl. CTO for Contact Center and Multimedia Applications with Nortel (now Avaya).

Talk Title:  Multi-Service Networks for Smart Cities

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.

Jorge Gomez-Sanz

imageholder-150x190Jorge has a degree in Software Engineering and a PhD from the Faculty of Computer Science of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has contributed mainly to the agent oriented software engineering with one of the most cited agent oriented methodologies. He had leaded open source projects focused on the creation of different simulators ( 3D for buildings and discrete event simulation for smart grids). He is the author of more than one hundred and fifty publications in Computer Science and Telecommunications, which have received more than 3800 cites (h-index=29).

Thomas Hermsdorfer

Thomas Hermsdorfer

Thomas Hermsdorfer is Founder and CEO of SET Technology GmbH. He founded SET in 2007 and graduated in Business Administration. Thomas has had a long-standing career in business consulting, strategy development and technology consulting.

For 15 years, he served as a congressman for the Free State of Saxony and was involved in the State’s technology strategy and infrastructure. He led the parliamentary committee for Science, Universities, Media and Art over a period of several years. As such, he was they core university liaison and responsible for science policy. Both fields are regulated on a state level in Germany.

As a member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Labor a key focus was on the creation of new economic reality in Saxony, one of the new German federal states after reunification. During Thomas’s political service, new business incubators were successfully established in Saxony as a link between R&D and the regional economy.

Starting in 1998, Thomas has established deep business relations with organizations at a number of key economic locations in the U.S. Together with the Economic Development Organization of Saxony, he created networks for market expansion, especially SMEs between 1998 and 2007. In collaboration with various Fraunhofer Institutes, Thomas has worked on several international programs in the U.S. and China. Fraunhofer Society is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization.

Alfie Jones

Alfie JonesHead of Information Systems, Galway City Council

Alfie Jones has 25 years  of ICT experience, working in the sectors of Retail, Financial Services, e-commerce, logistics, HealthCare and Local Government.

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.

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.

Talk Title:  Context Broker Technology

Gráinne Lennon

Grainne LennonGráinne Lennon works a collaborations broker with InterTradeIreland.  Her responsibilities include running the Horizon 2020 north/south support programme, secretariat for the US-Ireland R&D partnership and exploring new opportunities for all island collaboration/clusters that will result in mutual economic benefit for Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Prior to this, she managed InterTradeIreland’s Funding for Growth programme, which aims to assist companies become investor and funding ready.  Gráinne has a wide range of experience gained from working in an executive capacity with a number of SME’s across the island.  Her skills stretch from business planning to raising finance and financial control.  She has worked with early stage/start up businesses and more established ventures.  Gráinne is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Mingming Liu

Dr Mingming Liu is a data scientist within Innovation ExcMingming Liuhange, IBM Ireland. He has many years of experience in machine learning, data science, centralized & distributed control and optimization theories with strong links to electric, hybrid vehicles and IoT in the context of smart grids, intelligent transportation systems and smart cities. Prior to IBM, he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher then a senior postdoctoral researcher with the control and decision science research group at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he spent almost three years working on both EU and SFI funded projects, including Green Transportation and Networks (SFI) and Enable-S3 (H2020). He is currently involved in several EU H2020 funded projects at IBM, and his works mainly focus on leveraging the state-of-the-art machine learning, deep learning techniques, as well as advanced control & optimization solutions for practical and challenging problems arising in the industry.

Mingming received his B.Eng. degree with first class honours from the Dept. of Electronic Engineering at the National University of Ireland Maynooth in 2011, and then the PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from the Hamilton Institute at the Maynooth university in 2015 with his thesis entitled “Topics in Electromobility and Related Applications”. He is an IEEE member and an active reviewer in the fields. He has published over 20 papers to date, including top-tier journals such as “IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid”, “IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation System”, “IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering”, and “Automatica”.

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 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 Italia since 2002 he has leaded, 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 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.

Talk Title:  Smart Cities: IoT & the Digital Revolution

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.

Talk Title:  CDX: A Smart City Data Exchange Platform

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.

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.

Talk Title: Citizens Centric, Resilient & Sustainable Architecture for ICT/IoT Infrastructure in Smart Cities

Dirk Pesch

Dirk Pesch

Dirk Pesch is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. Dirk’s research interests focus on architecture, design, algorithms, and performance evaluation of low power, dense and moving wireless/mobile networks and services for Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical System’s applications and interoperability issues associated with IoT applications. He has over 25 years research and development experience in both industry and academia and has (co-)authored over 200 scientific articles. He is involved in a number of Irish national collaborative research centres, the CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and the CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing. He has also been active in many EU funded research projects, having coordinated the FP7 SCUBA and GENiC projects focused on smart building and data centre energy efficiency. Dirk is on the editorial board of Springer’s Wireless Networks and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks and contributes to international conference organization in his area of expertise. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM. Dirk received a Dipl.Ing. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, both in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Virginia Pilloni

Virginia PilloniVirginia Pilloni is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cagliari. Her main research interests are focused on Internet of Things and Wireless ad-hoc networks, with particular attention to the improvement of their performance through task allocation. She received her PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering with Doctor Europaeus mention from the University of Cagliari in 2013. From November 2011 to April 2012 she was a visiting PhD student at the CCSR at the University of Surrey. She was awarded with the Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering with full marks in 2009 at the University of Cagliari. She has been involved in several national and international research projects, among which DEMANES (EU – 7FP) and QoE-NET (EU – H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014). She is an Editor of Elsevier Computer Networks. She has served as conference chair and program committee member of several international conferences.

Talk Title:  Efficient Task Allocation for Resource Management in IoT: Objects Cooperation from Mobile CrowdSensing to Smart Buildings

The Internet of Things (IoT) is characterized by heterogeneous objects that dynamically cooperate and make their resources available, with the aim of achieving a common objective. Thanks to the pervasive spread of smart objects, the IoT is expected to offer amazing improvements in collecting, processing and distributing information. With the aid of context awareness technologies, objects will gain the intelligence to provide information on their status and acquire data from other objects. This entails that devices will implement a certain level of logic to coordinate in the execution of collaborative actions so as to optimize the management of their available resources (e.g. lifetime, storage, processing capabilities) and improve the system reliability.

The objective of this talk is to analyze the opportunities and challenges related to efficient task allocation for optimal resource management in IoT scenarios.  The talk will first introduce the technologies that can be used to address the IoT challenges that affect resource management. It will later focus on the main approaches proposed by the literature for the deployment of applications to IoT objects. The talk will discuss how the analyzed approaches address the problem of optimizing different resources, and which constraints are considered in order to satisfy quality requirements. Accordingly, the application of these approaches to some typical IoT scenarios, such as Mobile CrowdSourcing (MCS) and Smart Buildings, will be investigated.

Jeff Voas

Jeffrey Voas

Jeffrey Voas is an innovator. He is currently a computer scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Before joining NIST, Voas was an entrepreneur and co-founded Cigital that is now part of Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS). He has served as the IEEE Reliability Society President (2003-2005, 2009-2010, 2017-2018), and served as an IEEE Director (2011-2012). Voas co-authored two John Wiley books (Software Assessment: Reliability, Safety, and Testability [1995] and Software Fault Injection: Inoculating Software Against Errors [1998]. Voas received his undergraduate degree in computer engineering from Tulane University (1985), and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the College of William and Mary (1986, 1990 respectively).   Voas is a Fellow of the IEEE, member of Eta Kappa Nu, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and member of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS).

Simon Wood

Simon WoodSimon is General Manager IoT within BT’s Enterprise division. Simon is responsible for building the IoT B2B business, providing specialist sales support to the various channels and developing BT’s strategic partner ecosystem for IoT. Simon has spent over 15 years in the telecoms industry in a variety of diverse commercial and leadership roles, before focusing more on digital transformation and monetisation of data. Most recently he led the business turnaround of two leading data providers to the legal profession helping them with agility and the challenge of falling market share to new digital disruptors.

Talk Title: TBA

The future of networks is evolving, as 5G networks and NB-IoT become a real thing, huge opportunities are on the horizon. The momentum around IoT adoption is building, the industry is becoming crowded and the competition is fierce.

Playing to win in this market requires a combination of network, applications, security and IoT solutions. What opportunities are being created from network technology advancements? What new markets will open? And how will partner ecosystems and commercial models develop? In this talk Simon will address all of these burning questions.

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.

Sébastien Ziegler

Sebastien ZieglerDr Sébastien Ziegler is a founder and the Director general of Mandat International. He serves as President of the IoT Forum and IoT Lab, as Chair of the EuroPrivacy international board of experts, as Vice Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Subcommittee on the IoT, and as Rapporteur on Emerging Technologies for the IoT and for smart cities at the ITU (SG20). Sébastien has a PhD in Management with a specialization in Information Systems at the Faculty of Economy and Management of the University of Geneva. He graduated in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, followed by a Master in Environment, a MBA in international administration (HEC Geneva), and complementary executive courses at Harvard Business School in Boston, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and EPFL. He is an expert in data protection accredited for EuroPrivacy, EuroPriSe and ISO 27001 certifications. Sébastien founded several foundations, organizations and companies, and he initiated several international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on the Internet of Things, IPv6, and privacy. He is currently coordinating and associated to several ongoing European research projects and is co-directing the Master in Advanced Studies on the Internet of Things at the University of Geneva. With a multi-disciplinary academic profile, combining international law, science, and economics, he is a relentless promoter of research, innovation and international cooperation.