Speaker Schedule

Robert MacInnis

CEO & Founder, AetherWorks

AetherWorks

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.

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Rhonda Dirvin

Director, IoT and Embedded, Arm

Arm

Rhonda Dirvin is Director, IoT and Embedded at ARM. Since joining ARM in 2011, she has worked in several marketing and strategic roles, including digital marketing and alliances. She now drives ARM’s marketing strategy through the lens of IoT vertical markets. Ms. Dirvin is an experienced electronics-industry veteran, who began her career with Motorola Semiconductor, where she worked for 17 years. She started in the nascent data communications business where she took on increasing responsibility as it grew into a multi-billion dollar business. She moved on to roles in sales, wireless marketing, and operations with P&L responsibility. She holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business.

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Don Banks

Senior Principal Engineer/System Architect, Arm

Arm

Don’s work is centered on technology and architecture for security, virtualization, and networking acceleration. He is a member of both the Architecture and Security working groups for OpenFog. Prior to joining ARM, Don was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco. There he was the architect for High Availability and In Service Software Upgrade for router and switch products. He created the first h/w virtualized router platform prototypes using [cisco] IOS. He was part of the small team in Research & Advanced Development at Cisco that defined the architecture for Fog Computing. Previous to Cisco he worked at Apple, Tandem, and Amdahl where he was engaged in the design and implementation of operating systems, including a B2-level secure OS, as well as firmware and hardware subsystems. Don has over 30 years experience in the industry and has been a contributor to many industry consortiums and standards bodies during that time. He holds 10 US patents.

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Helder Antunes

Sr. Director of Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco

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).

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Charles C. Byers

Senior Technical Lead and Platform Architect, Cisco

Cisco

Charles C. Byers is a Senior Technical Lead and Platform Architect with Cisco. He works on the architecture and implementation of Fog Computing platforms, media processing systems, and the Internet of Everything. He also serves as co-chair of the OpenFog Technical Committee and co-Chair of its Architecture Workgroup. Before joining Cisco Systems, he was a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. During his 32 years in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas including voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, video, modular platforms and IoT. He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as a founding member of PICMGs AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees, and currently serves as co-chair of the Architecture Framework Working Group and Technical Committee of the OpenFog Consortium. Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds 72 US patents.

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Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery

Software Engineer, Machine Learning, Google Brain

Google Brain

Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery, Software Engineer, Machine Learning, Google Brain. Dr. Chowdhery was previously an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton University. Her research work is at the intersection of mobile systems and machine learning focusing on fog computing architectures to optimize the tradeoff between bandwidth, energy, latency and accuracy for video analytics. Her work has contributed to industry standards and consortia, such DSL standards and OpenFog Consortium. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 and was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research in Mobility and Networking Group until 2015. In 2012, she became the first woman to win the Paul Baran Marconi Young Scholar Award, given for the scientific contributions in the field of communications and the Internet. She also received the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship and the Stanfords Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence (DARE) fellowship. Prior to joining Stanford, she completed her Bachelors degree at IIT Delhi where she received the Presidents Silver Medal Award.

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Ashish Nadkarni

Group Vice President, IDC

IDC

Ashish Nadkarni is a Program Vice President within IDCs worldwide infrastructure practice, managing research on Computing Platforms. Ashish takes a holistic view of compute in the datacenter, in the cloud and at the edge. His core research starts with a critical examination of evolving computing architectures and technologies, including disruptive trends such Heterogeneous, Accelerated, Edge and Quantum Computing. It is complemented by qualitative and quantitative research on current and next-gen workloads, server form factors and deployments, vertical and industry specific use cases, emerging computing architectures such as composable/disaggregated systems and rackscale design, cloud frameworks such as OpenStack, and datacenter initiatives like Open Compute. And finally, it is rounded off by touching upon on physical and virtual computing software, operating systems, cloud system software and software-defined compute.Previously, Ashish was a Practice Lead at GlassHouse Technologies, a vendor independent consulting firm where he focused on infrastructure-related strategy, design and implementation and managed services engagements. Ashish has also held infrastructure operations, engineering, and product management positions at firms like Bose, Computer Sciences Corporation, EMC and AutoVirt.

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Matt Vasey

Director of IoT Business Development, Microsoft

Microsoft

Matt Vasey is Director of IoT Business Development at Microsoft, focused on expanding the ecosystem of technology partners, standards bodies, and other innovation enablers that are required for the new generation of IoT Applications, Services, and Systems that serve both individuals and businesses. Previously, he led Microsoft ‘s Embedded Sales team in the Americas, working with industrial OEMs to build a wide variety of industrial and consumer devices across a range of vertical industries.Mr. Vasey has represented Microsoft as a spokesperson to the press and analyst community on a variety of topics including Enterprise IT, Cloud Services, Service Providers and most recently the Internet of Things. In addition to his work at the OpenFog Consortium, he serves as a Board member for the OPC Foundation. Outside of Microsoft, Mr. Vasey has led regional and national sales teams for leading technology firms, driving revenue and business expansions ranging from startups to $1B+ revenue public companies. While at ODIN (an Ingram Micro company) he drove business and corporate development with Tier 1 investment banks, venture capital firms and technology partners. Mr. Vasey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University in Canada.

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Flavio Bonomi

Founder and CEO, Nebbiolo Technologies, Inc.

Nebbiolo Technologies, Inc.

Flavio Bonomi is a co-founder and the CEO of Nebbiolo Technologies, a young Silicon Valley startup, focused on manifesting the potential of Fog Computing, with first application in the Industrial Automation vertical. Previously, Flavio was a Cisco Fellow, Vice President, and the Head of the Advanced Architecture and Research Organization at Cisco Systems, in San Jose, California. He was co-leading the vision and technology direction for Cisco’s Internet of Things initiative. Before joining Cisco in 1999, Flavio Bonomi was at AT&T Bell Labs from 1985 and 1995, with architecture and research responsibilities, mostly relating to the evolution of the ATM technology, and then was Principal Architect at two Silicon Valley startups, ZeitNet and Stratum One. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from Pavia University in Italy, and the Masters and PhD in Electrical Engineering degrees in 1981 and 1985, respectively, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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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.

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Sam Bhattarai

Director, Technology & Business Enablement Toshiba Digital Solutions Co., Toshiba America Research Institution

Toshiba America Research Institution

Sam Bhattarai is Director, Technology & Business Enablement, at Toshiba America Research Institution (TARI). He works for Toshiba as a leader focused on technology and business strategy for Toshiba Digital Solutions (TDS). Sam has led design engineering, product management and marketing of technology products in several large and small technology companies for over 25 years. He holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Technology Management from the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Sam is passionate about the many benefits and disruptive potential of the Internet of Things and how it fits into Toshibas Mission of Innovation for the betterment of humanity.

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