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Keynote Speakers

Robert Macinnis

Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder, ActiveAether


As Founder and CEO of AetherWorks since 2010, Rob has led the design, development, and commercialization of multiple software products, with a particular focus on fault-tolerant distributed systems. He holds several patents in the sector, and his present research activity spans fields from drones and augmented-reality through to fog computing and IoT. Through AetherWorks Rob serves as a member of the OpenFog Consortium and a Partner in Blue Bear Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on bringing new technology into the global energy supply chain. In tandem with ventures in location-based advertising and online gaming software, Rob completed his post-graduate research at the University of St Andrews and was awarded his Ph.D. in 2010 for a thesis entitled "A Scalable Architecture for the Demand-driven Deployment of Location-neutral Software Services" - a body of work of particular relevance to fog computing. Rob received a B.Sc. Honours (First Class) in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews in 2005. He serves as a member of the board of trustees of the University of St Andrews American Foundation.


Mung Chiang

Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University

Purdue University

Dr. Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University and a visiting professor at Princeton University. Formerly, he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on networking received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to US young scientists and engineers. His textbook "Networks: Friends, Money and Bytes" and online course reached 250,000 students since 2012.Dr. Chiang founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. He co-founded a few startups in mobile, IoT and big data areas. Dr. Chiang was the Director of Keller Center for Innovations in Engineering Education at Princeton University and the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council.


Helder Antunes

Sr. Director of Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco


Helder Antunes is Senior Director, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. He is a results-driven technologist and Cisco veteran with more than 28 years of experience in leading product and solution development. In his current position, Mr. Antunes leads a team to identify major technology market disruptions and align them with Cisco’s key market initiatives and business unit strategies. Previously, as managing director of Cisco’s Internet of Things group, he focused on Smart Connected Vehicles, one of the fastest growing market opportunities for the IT sector.Mr. Antunes also works with the Portuguese government on innovation programs including the AICEP internship “INOV Contacto Program” and is a guest lecturer at several Portuguese universities. He also serves as an adviser to the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal. Mr. Antunes has received many awards for his work at Cisco and with the Portuguese government including the COTEC Portuguese Diaspora Entrepreneurial Innovation Award (multiple years).