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Speaker Schedule

Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder, Apple Computer, Inventor of the World's First Personal Computer, Cult Icon, Computer Geek,

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.


Edy Liongosari

Chief Research Scientist, Accenture Labs

Accenture Labs

Edy Liongosari is Accenture Labs’ Chief Research Scientist and Managing Director. In this capacity, he is responsible for the agenda and outcomes of Accenture Labs’ applied technology research across all seven Labs locations globally. The research defines the future for large enterprises, shapes the technology market and creates strong business results for our clients.


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.


Eric Byres

CEO, aDolus Inc

aDolus Inc

Eric Byres (PEng, ISA Fellow) is an expert and visionary in the field of SCADA/ICS and IIoT security. Experienced in controls engineering, security research and corporate management, he offers a unique blend of deep technical knowledge and practical business experience.Eric is probably best known for inventing and successfully commercializing the Tofino Firewall, the world’s most widely deployed ICS security appliance. Tofino technology has received numerous industry awards and is licensed by industry giants such as Honeywell, Schneider Electric and Caterpillar.Before starting Tofino, Eric founded the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) Critical Infrastructure Security Centre. He shaped it into a leading academic facility in the field of SCADA security, culminating in a SANS Institute Security Leadership Award in 2006.Eric has received many international awards for his research work, including the IEEE Outstanding Industry Applications Article Prize and the ISA “Donald P. Eckman Education Award”. Eric was made an ISA Fellow in 2009 and given the ISA’s highest honor, ISA Excellence in Leadership, in 2013.


Rhonda Dirvin

Director, IoT and Embedded, 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.


Don Banks

Senior Principal Engineer/System Architect, 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.


Doug Johnson

VP Strategic Alliances, BlackRidge Technology

BlackRidge Technology

Doug leads the strategy and development of technology alliances and integrations with strategic partners enterprise and IoT environments. Doug has over 20 years of experience bridging the gap between security, networking, and network management, developing integrated solutions with and for vendors such as Cisco, Juniper, Huawei, IBM, Motorola, Nortel, SevOne, and Splunk. Doug holds an MSc in Information Technology from the University of London, several security certifications including a CISSP, and he is one of the co-founders of the Silicon Valley chapter of (ISC)².


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).


Charles C. Byers

Senior Technical Lead and Platform Architect, 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.


Russ Gyurek

Director of IoT, CTO Group, Cisco

Hazim Dahir

Distinguished Engineer, Cisco


Hazim Dahir is a distinguished engineer at Cisco Services office of the CTO. He is working to define or influence next generation Digital Transformation Architectures across multiple technologies and verticals. Hazim is currently focusing on developing Security and Data Analytics IoT architectures facilitating visibility, efficiency, and safety of operations at the Manufacturing, Oil&Gas, Transportation, Smart-City, and other IoT areas.In addition, he’s working on IoT Cyber Security architectures. He’s working with major manufacturers and System Integrators on developing security solutions for Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). He has multiple pending patent filings with the USPTO on the subject and is a frequent presenter in US and International Conferences.


Jonathan Fox

Director Strategy and Planning, Chief Privacy Office, Security & Trust Organization, Cisco


Jonathan Fox, Director of Strategy and Planning, is a member of Cisco’s Chief Privacy Office and co-author of The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto, Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value (ApressOpen 2014).With over 16 years of privacy experience, Jonathan’s principal areas of focus have been product development, government relations, mergers and acquisitions, and training. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), and was a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).Prior to Cisco, Jonathan was a Senior Privacy Engineer at Intel. His previous roles have included Director of Data Privacy, McAfee; Director of Privacy, eBay; Deputy Chief Privacy Officer for Sun Microsystems, and Editor-in-Chief of frequently speaks at industry events and is a member of the OASIS Privacy by Design Documentation for Software Engineers Technical Committee, which focuses on enabling privacy to be embedded into IT system design and architecture.


Yonggang Wen

Associate Dean (Research), College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Yonggang Wen is an Associate Professor with School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He serves as the Associate Dean (Research) at College of Engineering, and the Acting Director of Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre at NTU. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (minor in Western Literature) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, in 2007. He has worked extensively in learning-based system prototyping and performance optimization for large-scale networked computer systems. Previously he led product development in content delivery network at Cisco, which had a revenue impact of 3 Billion US dollars globally. His work in Multi-Screen Cloud Social TV has been featured by global media (more than 1600 news articles from over 29 countries) and received 2013 ASEAN ICT Awards (Gold Medal). His recent work on Cloud3DView, as the only academia entry, has won 2016 ASEAN ICT Awards (Gold Medal) and 2015 Datacentre Dynamics Awards 2015 – APAC (‘Oscar’ award of data centre industry). He is the winner of 2016 Nanyang Awards in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is a co-recipient of multiple best papers awards, including 2015 IEEE Multimedia Best Paper Award, 2016 IEEE Globecom, 2016 IEEE Infocom MuSIC Workshop, 2015 EAI/ICST Chinacom, 2014 IEEE WCSP, 2013 IEEE Globecom and 2012 IEEE EUC. He received 2016 IEEE ComSoc MMTC Distinguished Leadership Award. He serves on editorial boards for multiple transactions and journals, including IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Wireless Communication Magazine, IEEE Communications Survey & Tutorials, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, IEEE Access Journal and Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and was elected as the Chair for IEEE ComSoc Multimedia Communication Technical Committee (2014-2016). His research interests include cloud computing, green data center, distributed machine learning, blockchain, big data analytics, multimedia network and mobile computing.


Carl Ford

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.


Laura Élan

Sr. Cybersecurity Manager, CSA Group Innovation Team

CSA Group Innovation Team

Laura Élan is a recent addition to the CSA Group Innovation Team in the role of Sr. Cybersecurity Manager, supporting several industry verticals including Heatlhcare Solutions. Prior to joining the CSA Group, she served as the Cybersecurity Practice Lead for UL’s Digital Health Service team, supporting medical device software and solutions customers in meeting regulatory and business imperatives for software and cybersecurity assurance. Laura has more than 30 years of software and product development and compliance engineering experience, grounded in several decades of senior leadership roles with R&D and Manufacturing organizations including Medical Devices, Commercial and Consumer Electronics companies. Laura holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and an MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Computer Science with a focus on cybersecurity. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois and holds the RAC credential from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.


Liam Quinn

Chief Technology Officer, Sr. Vice President, Sr Fellow, Dell


Mr. Quinn joined Dell in Jan 1997, and holds over 90 granted and pending patents, and was named inventor for the year in 2005, 2007, and 2014. Mr. Quinn represents Dell on the Board of the Wi-Fi Alliance, and the UT WNCG Board (Wireless Networking and Communications Group). He is the Dell Exec Sponsor for the UT Cockrell School of Engineering and the UT College of Natural Science. He is also a member of the UT Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board.Mr. Quinn holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Limerick, and an MSc in Computer Engineering from Boston University. He is a member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IET (Institute of Engineering Technology), and a certified Chartered Engineer. Liam was an adjunct Professor at the Dublin Institute of Technology, the University of Texas and Texas State University. Liam is a frequent presenter in the Dell Executive Briefing Center and is the Executive Sponsor for Corning and Qualcomm. He is a published author on Networking ( to Dell Mr. Quinn worked for over 6 years with Computer Automation, for over 6 years as a senior design Engineering with Digital Equipment Corporation, and 4 years at Thomas Conrad Corporation.


Samuel Smith

CTO, Difuon


LinkedIN: researcher in artificial intelligence, automated reasoning, and intelligent control. My greatest strength is a comprehensivist approach to intelligent systems design. I was a pioneer in the development of reinforcement learning algorithms for optimization. Early in my career I was responsible for the multi-disciplinary design of autonomous underwater vehicle systems. Thus I learned to see systems holistically. The more complex the problem, the greater my relative ability to solve it.I am also an avid disciple of Lean Startup methodologies with extensive experience running businesses as an entrepreneur and intrapreneur. Inside the university I supervised 20 engineers and a dozen graduate students and an annual budget of over $ 2 million. I have founded two different companies. My passion is finding solutions that benefit from computational intelligence.I have also been actively involved in open source software development. I am the originator of Ioflo, an open source flow based programming framework. I am the architect of, a blockchain based reputation system. I am also the designer and primary developer of RAET (Reliable Asynchronous Event Transport) protocol which are at the core of the new SaltStack. I was also the chair of the CEA working group on the ANSI/EIA 852.1 network protocol standard and a major contributor to both the ANSI/EIA 852 and 709.x protocols. I have over 25 years experience in a variety of disciplines including computational intelligence, machine learning, network automation, autonomic systems, cloud based computing, intelligent control, embedded systems design, autonomous vehicles and blockchain technology. I have over 120 publications in the fields of intelligent control, survivable network automation, autonomous systems, simulation, computational search, and expert systems, including seven book chapters, 20 journal papers, and 100 refereed conference papers.


Nicola Dragoni

Associate Professor in Distributed Systems and Security and Professor in Computer Engineering, DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark and Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University

DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark and Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University

Nicola Dragoni is Associate Professor in Distributed Systems and Security at DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, and Professor in Computer Engineering at Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Sweden. He got a M.Sc. Degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at University of Bologna, Italy, respectively in 2002 and 2006. His main research interests lie primarily in the areas of pervasive computing and cyber-security, with focus on domains like Internet-of-Things, Fog computing, mobile systems applied to pervasive healthcare. He has co-authored about 95 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and he is editor of three journal special issues on security and dependability.


Dr. Maria Gorlatova

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

Duke University

Maria Gorlatova is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and her M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Ottawa, Canada. Her research is focused on reaching the next level of adaptive intelligent behavior in Internet of Things systems and applications. Maria has several years of industry experience, and has been affiliated with Telcordia Technologies, IBM, and D. E. Shaw Research. Maria is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg USA Fellowship, Canadian Graduate Scholar NSERC Fellowships, and the Columbia University Presidential Fellowship. She is a co-recipient of the 2011 ACM SenSys Best Student Demonstration Award, the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications, and the 2016 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award.


Alexey Klimenko

Technology Advisor, Ekatra


Alexey Klimenko is a passionate technologist and a software entrepreneur. Having received an M.SC specializing in Industrial Control Systems, Alexey started his first business in Smart Home automation software and consulting, released one of the first distributed integrated home control systems. Since 2011, Alexey has co-founded and served as a CTO in several successful companies in retail automation and compliance, enterprise supply chain automation and IoT asset tracking.Alexey is a strategy and technology advisor for Ekatra IoT where he brings and applies his deep tech and industry knowledge.


Giuseppe Mascarella

Adj. Professor, EKATRA IoT


Adjunct Prof. Giuseppe Mascarella is a former Microsoft consulting manager and has won WW awards on leading cloud and business intelligence programs at a global level. He works as an Adjunct Prof. of Social Media Analytics and Data security at FAU and is a Principal at EKATRA IoT where he works on Machine Learning and IoT solutions.


Anoop Nair

Sr Director, Smart Software Center of Excellence, Flex


Anoop Nair is Sr. Director, Smart Software Center of Excellence at Flex. He has over 15 years of software leadership and development experience in major R&D organizations and several startups, including Flex, Intel, Blackberry and Lucent. He has spoken at or submitted papers for several developer conferences. At Flex, he leads the architecture and development of secure Iot platforms and the adoption of secure software development practices across Flexs design centers.


Sastry Malladi

Chief Technology Officer, FogHorn Systems

FogHorn Systems

Sastry Malladi is an active member in the Technology Workgroup of the OpenFogConsortium, contributing to the development of an open and interoperable fogcomputing architecture. As CTO of FogHorn, Sastry is responsible for and oversees all technology and product development. Sastry is a results-driven technology executive with deep technology and management experience of over two and half decades. His areas of expertise include developing, leading and architecting various highly scalable and distributed systems, in the areas of big data, SOA, microservices architecture, application servers, Java/J2EE/web services middleware, and cloud computing to name a few.Prior to joining FogHorn as CTO, Sastry was chief architect of StubHub, an eBay company, where he led the technology architecture transformation and also spearheaded big data initiatives and data-driven decisions. Sastry was also a key technology executive at eBay that led the technology re-platforming effort from its monolithic architecture to the distributed and scalable service-oriented architecture that it is today enabling the business growth. Prior to joining eBay, Sastry was co-founder and CTO of OpenGridSolutions, founding member and architect at SpikeSource, and an architect at Oracle. Sastry has also worked at many other companies in his career early on.


Scott Allen

Chief Marketing Officer, FreeWave Technologies

FreeWave Technologies

Scott is an executive leader with more than 25 years of experience in product lifecycle management, product marketing, business development, and technology deployment. He offers a unique blend of start-up aggressiveness and established company executive leadership, with expertise in product delivery, demand generation, and global market expansion.As CMO of FreeWave, Scott is responsible for product lifecycle/management, GTM execution, demand generation, and brand creation/expansion strategies. Prior to joining FreeWave, Scott held executive management positions at Fluke Networks (a Danaher Company), Network Associates (McAfee), and several start-ups including Mazu Networks and NEXVU Business Solutions. Scott earned his BA in Computer Information Systems from Weber University.


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.


Chunting Chou

Professor, Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, National Taiwan University

Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, National Taiwan University

Prof. Chou is an associate professor in Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (GICE), National Taiwan University (NTU). Before he joined NTU in 2008, he was a senior member research staff in Philips Research North America, New York for 3 years, where he was in charge of standardization for IEEE 802.15.3c, IEEE 802.22, ECMA-368, ECMA-387 and various international standards in wireless communication and networking. Prof. Chous main research interests include dynamic spectrum sharing (DSA), medium access control (MAC), wireless access for Internet-of-things (IoT), 4G/5G mobile networking. He is leading an innovation and value-creation MoST project for networking/AI start-up in 2018. He has also been the primary investigator of Taiwan Ministry of Education (MoE) 5G project on Next Generation Mobile Computing (NGMN) since 2014. He is also the (co-) primary investigator of Foxconn 5G project on mobile edge computing (2015 - 2018). He has published more than 30 papers on IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation, IEEE Infocom, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, etc. He also holds more than 20 granted patents in wireless system and applications. He is also leading a joint MoE 5G project that coordinates 5G research and development in Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) and Open Fog Consortium (OFC). Prof Chou was the recipient of Taiwans Outstanding Young Overseas Research Award in 2008. He was also the recipient of NTU Outstanding Teacher Awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011.


VS Joshi

Lead for AI Learning Initiative, Hacker Dojo

Hacker Dojo

VS Joshi is currently leading the ‘AI learning for beginners’ initiative at Hackerdojo. He is a Product Marketing Consultant in the IoT and AI domain and is consulting with various companies viz: Hitachi Vantara and couple of startups. He has given multiple guest lectures at various colleges in US and India on artificial intelligence. He also founded a startup building web and mobile apps and was also the Product Marketing lead in multiple Fortune 500 companies like DellEMC, NetApp and Compaq.


Joydeep Acharya

Senior Solutions Architect, Hitachi America R&D

Hitachi America R&D

Dr. Joydeep Acharya is a senior solutions architect in a Digital Solutions Platform Lab in the Global Center of Social Innovation, Hitachi America R&D at Santa Clara. His role is to manage and mentor R&D teams towards customer co-creation while working with product and engineering divisions to create technical solutions for solving business problems. He has 10+ years of consistent R&D innovations record in IoT sensing, edge analytics and machine learning and connectivity (wireless communications and networking). He is an expert in standardization processes in telecom (LTE 3GPP), WiFi and IoT (OpenFog, IIC, ISA-99). He is the author of 30+ academic publications and issued patents and a book on LTE 3GPP Heterogeneous Networks.


Tao Zhang

Senior Director for Technology and Industry Development, Huawei Technologies (USA)

Huawei Technologies (USA)

Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, has over 30 years of leadership experience in creating and commercializing new technologies in areas including connected vehicles, mobile networks, fog/edge computing, and IoT. He is Senior Director for Technology and Industry Development at Futurewei Technologies (Huawei R&D USA). He was the CTO / Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles business at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, he was the Chief Scientist for vehicular networks and the Director of multiple research groups on mobile networks and applications at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research). Tao cofounded and served as a founding Board Director for the OpenFog Consortium and the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). He was the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society. Tao holds over 50 US patents and has coauthored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004).


Christopher Fine

Founder & CEO, Integrative Technologies LLC

Integrative Technologies LLC

Chris Fine is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing in strategy, technology, innovation, and business consulting for companies, investors, and industry organizations. Chris’s background includes 29 years of engineering, IT, and financial work at Goldman Sachs in multiple roles. Some of his areas of technology and business expertise include enterprise technology, AI, cyber and physical security systems, communication and collaboration products and networks, workplace technology, and Internet of Things (IoT).Chris’s clients range from large technology companies to emerging startups. His work for clients includes go-to-market strategy, analysis and planning; ecosystem development; security assessment; technology evaluation; product design advice; sales consulting; executive mentoring; and other varied assignments.Chris’s extensive speaking background includes industry conferences, client meetings, Equity Research and Investment Banking gatherings, and internal corporate groups. He is the author or co-author of multiple industry studies, White Papers, and other publications.Chris holds a B.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and an MBA in Finance. He enjoys mentoring individuals and startups, and restoring vintage electronic equipment.A full profile can be found at


Kelli Schlegel

Corporate Responsibility & Human Rights Manager, Intel


Kelli Schlegel is responsible for enhancing Intel’s Human Rights Program, developing Intel’s CSR strategy, and collaborating with key internal stakeholders to ensure alignment and integration of policies, strategy, and stakeholder engagement. She launched and managed Intel’s first corporatewide human rights impact assessment. Prior to Intel, Schlegel spent one year developing Altera’s corporate responsibility program. During this time, she visited supplier sites around the world to ensure their commitment and compliance to corporate responsibility and the EICC Code of Conduct. Kelli also spent seven years at Hewlett-Packard (HP) where she helped develop HP’s legal and regulatory compliance program, devised and implemented its Human Rights Program, and managed media relations.


Fabio Ficano

President, Lufrarise & Associates

Lufrarise & Associates

Fabio Ficano is an eclectic entrepreneur, investor and tireless business development partner, recognized for his expertise in creating and advancing new businesses, ventures and partnerships. He excels at bringing together complex projects with multiple and frequently competing stakeholders to successful outcome and resolution. He is specialized in relationship management, including government and industry affairs, and as result of his extensive experience, Ficano offers his clients access to a vast network of domestic and international corporation heads, venture partners, government entities and officials, foreign counsel, Silicon Valley and European-based businesses. Key areas of focus for Ficano include clean/green technology, renewable energy, large infrastructure projects, security technology, transportation and most recently recruitment technologies.Ficano holds the title of “Knight Commander of the Italian Republic”, awarded to him in 2009, on the proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, bestowed by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, making him one of the youngest citizens to receive such an honor.Fabio Ficano is Founder and President of LufraRise; a firm specialized in business development, government and industry affairs and multi-stakeholder projects with particular emphasis on in the relationship between the public and the private sector and in bi-lateral investments between U.S. and European enterprises.Ficano is also Co-founder and Managing Director of Elettranova Inc., co-founder and ManagingPartner of Moncada Energy USA and Moncada Energy Malaysia & Philippines and President and Founder of BICA (Best of Italy Consumer Association). Ficano is Chair of International Relations and Renewable Energy Initiatives for the Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council (SVIEC), a member of the “U.S.–Italy Bilateral Climate and Energy Partnership”; an agency created by the U.S. Department of State and the Italian Government to pursue joint research programs on climate change and low-emission technology, and a commissioner for the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Best Commission.Previously Ficano held the role of Senior Fellow at Palantir Technologies, an IT firm specialized in data analysis serving government agencies, law enforcement, the intelligence community and financial institutions. From 2004 to 2007 Ficano was Director of Government Affairs at URS Europe and from 2001 through 2007 served as Special Delegate for one of the Italian Regions in the United States promoting investments, tourism and international exchange between Federal and States Agencies and the Region. He was also Co-founder and Managing Director of VM Relazioni Instituzionali USA from 2007 until 2012.In 1998, Ficano co-founded Gusto & Fantasia in Montreal Canada; a firm specialized in selecting and certifying European vendors and products on behalf of leading American food corporations. The company grew from 0 to 300 employees in two years and it was subsequently acquired by its main client, a Fortune 500 Company.Ficano currently resides with his family in San Francisco, California and holds dual EU/US citizenship.


Matt Vasey

Chairman & President, OpenFog Consortium; Director, AI & IoT Business Development, Microsoft


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.


John K. Zao

Associate Professor, National Chiao Tung University

National Chiao Tung University

Dr. John Zao is the Founding Chairman of the IEEE Standard Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework and the Founding Vice-chairman of the IEEE Standard Committee on Edge/Fog/Cloud Communications with IoT and Big Data. He is also the Co-chairman of the Security Working Group in OpenFog Consortium.John is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of the Taiwan Chiao Tung University. Before returning to Asia, he served as a Senior/Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Information Security Department of the Internet pioneering company, BBN Technologies. While at BBN, he served as the PI/Co-PI of five DARPA projects on Information Assurance and Internet Security with a total grant of $12M. He was the lead developer of policy management framework of IP Security Protocols and a member of the US Army Task Force XXI Tactical Internet Gray-Beard Panel.John is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded SecurKey Systems while he was a graduate student in University of Toronto. In 2015 and 2016, he co-founded Cerebra Technologies in Hsinchu, Taiwan and NGoggle in San Diego, USA respectively to perform neuromonitoring and neuromodulation using Virtual Reality and Brain Computer Interactions.


Maria Safianowska

Post Doctoral Fellow, National Chiao Tung University

National Chiao Tung University

Maria Barbara Safianowska is a postdoctoral fellow with Fog Computing Alliance Research Center at National Chiao Tung University. She works jointly with prof. ChingYao Huang and prof. John K. Zao on designing a testbed framework for Fog computing solutions and is an active member of OpenFog Consortium Testebed Working Group. She received her BSc in Telecommunications from Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) in 2009 and PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) in 2018. Her research interests include resource allocation and pricing systems for information services, as well as 5G systems and Edge/Cloud/Fog architectures.


Dr. Russell Hsing

Chair Professor and an IEEE Life Fellow, National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan

National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan

Russell Hsing, Life Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow for the British Computer Society (BCS), is now Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University, Guest Professor of Peking University, Adjunct Professors with the Arizona State University, Yonsei University, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Board Director of the OpenFog Consortium representing IEEE. He also services as Board Advisor for four high-tech start-ups in the United States (DaTaMi; Smartiply; and IoT Eye, Inc.) and Taiwan. Dr. Hsing has been Academic Advisor for the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance since March 2014. Currently, his research efforts are concentrating on Wireless 5G, Internet of Things, Network Economy, and Technology Entrepreneurship.


Dr. Michaela Iorga

Senior Security Technical Lead for Cloud Computing, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Security Division

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Computer Security Division

Dr. Michaela Iorga serves as senior security technical lead for cloud computing with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Computer Security Division. She also chairs the NIST Cloud Computing Public Security Working Group and co-chairs the NIST Cloud Computing Public Forensic Science Working Group. Having previously served in a wide range of consulting positions in both, government and private sector industries, Dr. Iorga has a deep understanding of cybersecurity, risk assessment and information assurance for cloud, fog and IoT systems, identity and credential management, and cyberspace privacy issues. In her role at NIST, Dr. Iorga supports the development and dissemination of cybersecurity standards and guidelines that meet national priorities and promote American innovation and industrial competitiveness. Aligned with NIST’s mission, Dr. Iorga’s work particularly focuses on collaborating with industry, academia, and other government stakeholders on developing a high-level, vendor-neutral cloud, fog and IoT security and forensics guidance. A proven leader and expert in problem-solving and analysis, Dr. Iorga is also managing several other NIST efforts that include the development of the Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL), the fog computing conceptual model, the cognitive-based IoT devices fingerprinting, and the risk management for cloud-based systems. Dr. Iorga received her Ph.D. from Duke University in North Carolina, USA


Hung-Yu Wei

Professor, National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University

Prof. Hung-Yu Wei received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He was a summer intern at Telcordia Applied Research in 2000 and 2001. He was with NEC Labs America from 2003 to 2005. He joined National Taiwan University in 2005. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering at National Taiwan University. His research interests include broadband wireless networking, IoT, and fog computing. He actively participates in wireless communications standardization activities. He was the recipient of K. T. Li Young Researcher Award from ACM Taipei Chapter and IICM, CIEE Excellent Young Engineer Award, the NTU Excellent Teaching Award, and Wu Ta You Memorial Award from MOST. He serves as the Secretary of IEEE P1934 Working Group to standardize fog computing and networking architecture.


Hugo Vliegen

VP of Product Management, Nebbiolo Technologies

Nebbiolo Technologies

Hugo Vliegen currently serves as Vice-President of Product Management for Nebbiolo Technologies Inc., a young Silicon Valley stage startup with the vision of applying the Fog Computing Paradigm to Industrial Automation and other IoT Verticals. Hugo joined Nebbiolo from Cisco Systems, where he conceptualized and launched the first Secure Wireless Machine-2-Machine Router of which about one million units are in use by customers for a wide range of IoT applications. At Cisco, he served as a Senior Director responsible for managing a $4 Billion enterprise routing & network security product portfolio. Before Cisco, Hugo worked in various business & manufacturing roles at Infogear Technologies Corporation, a startup acquired by Cisco Systems, Philips Electronics, and TNO. Hugo is a graduate of the McKinsey Academy Market Assessment Program. Hugo received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Twente, and MS & BS engineering degrees from the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.


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.


Shyam Nath

Enterprise Cloud Architect, Oracle


Shyam is an experienced Industrial IoT professional and author of book Architecting the Industrial Internet. His area of focus are IoT Cloud, Edge Computing, Analytics and Blockchain. He has designed end-to-end solutions for connected airline baggage and other industrial solutions. He works at Oracle and prior to this has worked for GE Digital, IBM, Deloitte and Halliburton. He is Task Group Chair at Industrial Internet Consortium. He has an MBA and MS Computer Science degree. He is active on Twitter as @ShyamVaran


Dr. Fred Douglis

Chief Research Scientist, Perspecta Labs

Perspecta Labs

Fred Douglis is a Chief Research Scientist at Perspecta Labs since January 2018, where he works on applied research in the areas of blockchain, network optimization, and security. He was previously with companies including Matsushita, AT&T, IBM, and (Dell) EMC. His research interests included storage, distributed systems, web tools and performance, and mobile computing. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. Douglis is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors and a fellow of the IEEE. He has volunteered with IEEE-CS since 1993 and was named a member of the Golden Core in 2012. He served as EIC of IEEE Internet Computing from 2007-2010 and has been on its editorial board since 1999. He is also on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, as well as ACM Transactions on Storage. He formed the IEEE-CS Technical Committee on the Internet, chairing it from 1997-2000, and previously chaired the TC on Operating Systems from 1996-1998.


Arun Rajasekaran

Director of Engineering , Plantronics


As Director of Engineering for Plantronics, Arun Rajasekaran provides strategic guidance and leads internal and external teams working on embedded software (firmware, DSP, and IoT) development. In addition, he is also responsible for leading the company’s enterprise and consumer wearable communication product architecture, design, and development efforts. This includes spearheading global engineering efforts related to the conceptualization of next generation connected wearable tech platforms. Previous to Plantronics, Rajasekaran was an engineering manager at Blackberry, where he led embedded systems teams in the United States and Canada. Additional positions that have contributed to Rajasekaran’s more than 23 years of experience include vice president of engineering at Xingtera, and director of engineering at Ikanos Communications. Rajasekaran holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and a BE (Honors) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, India.


Arsalan Mosenia

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Princeton University

Princeton University

Arsalan Mosenia is currently a postdoctoral researcher, jointly working with Profs. Mung Chiang (Purdue University) and Prateek Mittal (Princeton University). He received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2012, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, in 2014 and 2016, respectively. He has over 7 years of research/engineering experience at the intersection of Machine Learning and Information Security. His interests lie at the intersection of Machine Learning, Security & Privacy, and Fog Computing. His work has uncovered fundamental security flaws in the design of multiple widely used Internet-connected systems, such as implantable and wearable medical devices and smart/autonomous cars. His research impact includes several publications that are among the most popular papers of top-tier IEEE Transactions, multiple research excellence awards (including Princeton X, Princeton¬¬¬ Innovation Award, French-American Doctoral Exchange Fellowship, and Princeton IP Accelerator Award), and extensive press coverage. Furthermore, at OpenFog Consortium, he is actively collaborating with Security Work Group, where he defines domain-specific security standards for fog computing.


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.


Stan Schneider

CEO, Real-Time Innovations (RTI)

Real-Time Innovations (RTI)

Stan is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial IoT connectivity company. RTI has an extensive footprint in Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense and Industrial Control. Stan is Vice Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Steering Committee. He also serves on the advisory board for IoT Solutions World Congress.Stan is active in the Silicon Valley Alliance of CEOs. IoTOne named Stan a Top 10 Influencer in the IIoT in 2017.Embedded Computing Design presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015. Stan has a PhD in EE/CS from Stanford.


Brett Murphy

Sr Director Market Development for IIoT, RTI


Brett is responsible for RTIs initiatives in the Industrial IoT, in particular activities at the Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium. Brett is currently the co-chair of the OpenFog Communications Working Group, co-chair of the IICs Distributed Data Interoperability & Management Task Group, and recipient of the Testbed Award from the IIC. For over 20 years, Brett has worked on controls analysis, hardware-in-the-loop test systems, robotics, real-time software development, and systems engineering in the aerospace and embedded software industries. In the distant past, Brett received a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University.


Perry Lea

Co-Founder, Principal Architect, RUMBLE, Microsoft

RUMBLE, Microsoft

Perry Lea has spent 21 years at Hewlett Packard as distinguished technologist and chief architect working on embedded computing, imaging systems, and esoteric computing. He then served as a distinguished member of technical staff and strategic director at Micron Technologies leading a team working on advanced computing devices. He also spent time as the technical director at Cradlepoint where he led research and development in IoT and fog computing.Since then he joined the startup Rumble specifically in the areas of edge computing and is also now a principal technologist at Microsoft leading the next generation of cloud computing architectures.Perry has degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and an EE degree fromColumbia University. He is the author of the leading book on IoT: IoT for Architects and has been published in numerous IEEE, ACM, and technical journals (CompTIA and CIO Magazine)He is a senior member of IEEE and a senior member/distinguishedspeaker of ACM. He has 10 patents with 40 pending.


Shunsuke Kikuchi

Senior Researcher, SAKURA Internet in.

SAKURA Internet in.


Brian Green

Director, Technology Ethics, Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Brian Patrick Green is the Director of Technology Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and is adjunct faculty in the School of Engineering. He specializes in AI ethics, engineering ethics, and the ethics of emerging technologies. He represents the Markkula Center at the Partnership on AI, and has worked with major tech companies to develop practical ethics in their contexts.


Ming-Tuo Zhou

, Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (ShanghaiTech University & SIMIT)

Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (ShanghaiTech University & SIMIT)


Dr. Yang Yang

Professor, School of Information Science and Technology Co-Director, Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT), ShanghaiTech University, China

ShanghaiTech University, China

Dr. Yang Yang is currently a tenured professor at ShanghaiTech University, China, serving as the Executive Dean of School of Creative Arts and a Co-Director of Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT). Before joining ShanghaiTech in July 2018, he has held faculty positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Brunel University (UK), University College London (UCL, UK), and SIMIT, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS, China) since 2002. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, Fog computing, and Open 5G. He has published more than 180 papers and filed more than 80 technical patents in those areas. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Board Member and the Director of Greater China Region for the OpenFog Consortium.


Tony Q.S. Quek

Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Prof. Quek received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, respectively. At MIT, he earned the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Currently, he is a tenured Associate Professor with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He also serves as the Acting Head of ISTD Pillar and the Deputy Director of SUTD-ZJU IDEA. His current research topics include wireless communications and networking, security, big data processing, network intelligence, and IoT. He received the 2008 Philip Yeo Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Research, the IEEE Globecom 2010 Best Paper Award, the 2012 IEEE William R. Bennett Prize, the 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, 2017 CTTC Early Achievement Award, 2017 IEEE ComSoc AP Outstanding Paper Award, and 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society and a Fellow of IEEE.


Jason Lee

CEO, SmartCone Technologies Inc.

SmartCone Technologies Inc.

Jason Lee is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SmartCone Technologies. Jason has dedicated most of his professional life to developing new technologies that make the world a safer place, with applications in aviation, business intelligence, manufacturing, and software development. He spent time in Kuwait and Afghanistan researching and developing smart safety for military use. Jason has created three award-winning products.


Kaushik Pillalamarri

CEO & Co-Founder, Smartiply Inc.

Smartiply Inc.

Kaushik Pillalamarri is a global technology and business leader with cross-industry experience. Prior to co-founding Smartiply, he was Group CEO of Universal Industries, SVP of Reliance Group, and a Verizon Executive.


Ed Kuzemchak

CTO and Director of IoT and Embedded Engineering, Software Design Solutions, Inc

Software Design Solutions, Inc

Ed Kuzemchak is the founder of Software Design Solutions. He has been creating embedded software solutions for nearly 30 years and has been the president of Software Design Solutions for over 13 years. The company provides embedded system software development, desktop application development and software process improvement consulting. Software Design Solutions is also able to provide temporary software engineers for projects greater than the scope of its clients abilities and to provide experienced programmers to companies who need to focus on other lines of business.


Igor Lebedev

Head of the SONM development team, SONM


Igor is a specialist in computer science with 15 years of IT experience, including seven years developing software for enterprise. He is an expert in classic system architectures for OLTP, MDM, DWH, OLAP, and BI system classes, databases, as well as some specialised architectures for the fog computing and microservices, smart contracts and the blockchain, automated trading systems and microelectronics. He has finished several projects in Prognoz and EPAM.


Jamison Shaver

Senior Director of Product Management, Swim Inc.

Swim Inc.

Jamison (Jay) Shaver is the Senior Director of Product Management at SWIM.AI. He has years of leadership experience building iterative solutions to solve complex challenges. He enjoys developing new products, crafting business strategy, and building businesses with a lasting impact. He is well versed in the areas of AI, Software Technology and IoT.


Ashish Singh

Director & head of IOT Product Management, Teradata Labs

Teradata Labs

From startup ventures to some Fortune 500 technology companies, Ashishs background spans over 20 years in the M2M/IoT, Cloud computing, Big Data industries in a wide variety of Product Management and Marketing & Strategy leadership roles. He has led multiple product management and go to market efforts to introduce cutting edge Cloud, Big Data, “As a service” solutions in the US and global markets catering specifically to IIOT, Smart Cities, Smart Grid, ITS and Service Provider segments. His areas of interest are focused on building products leveraging new software architectures and restructuring the current business models to enable the enterprises to transition to a IOT enabled connected enterprise and develop new revenue models for their end consumers. As a clear strategic thinker, he has an excellent track record of creating and launching hardware and software based products from concept to launch and experienced in thinking and executing global go-to market strategies.A.K holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Marketing & Strategy from Ohio State University. As a prominent industry executive, he shares his experience and insights through speaking engagements at multiple Big Data, IoT, Cloud Computing conferences and as needed with various regulatory and standardization bodies.


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.


Ashwin Krishnan

COO, UberKnowledge


Ashwin Krishnan is a reformed hi-tech executive witha focus on using his tech roots to educate, empower and excite change both in consumers and vendors. A parallel mission to elevate the seemingly ordinary to spread goodness and positivity by connecting people. A former Hi-Tech exec (SVP at HyTrust, VP at Versa Networks) turned Cyber Moralist, Cyber Security evangelist, Board advisor, Podcaster, Author, Blogger with over two decades of hi-tech executive experience in the cyber security and virtualization domain. The author of Mobile Security for Dummies and a recognized thought leader, he is a regular columnist with, ITSPMagazine, ThriveGlobal, CPOMagazine, Kinja and Qrius. As a podcast host with Cyber Security Dispatch he regularly interviews CISOs and security thought leaders. He also regularly contributes to other publications including,, ,,,,,


Marc Körner

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Netsys Lab

UC Berkeley Netsys Lab

Marc Körner is currently working on a postdoctoral research fellowship at the UC Berkeley Netsys Lab group with Prof. Scott Shenker and Prof. Sylvia Ratnasamy, He is further affiliated with the International Computer Science Institute and the EIT Digital Silicon Valley hub. He received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Berlin in 2015 for his dissertation on “Software Defined Networking based Data Center Services” and has 10 years experience in academic and industrial research. For the last two years he has worked in the area of fog computing and developed an edge computing application management framework called Open Carrier Interface. His research interests include networking technologies, SDN/NFV based data center solutions, cloud and edge computing approaches and optimization.


Dr. Hong Wen

Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Dr. Hong Wen received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Sichuan University of Sichuan, P. R. China, and pursued her Ph.D. degree in Communication and Computer Engineering Dept. at the Southwest Jiaotong University and University of Waterloo (Canada). Then she worked as an associate professor in the National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Communications at UESTC, P. R. China. From January 2008 to August 2009, she was a visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow in the ECE Dept. at University of Waterloo. Now she holds the professor position at UESTC, P. R. China. She is the sole author of three books, and has published more than 100 papers and book chapters. She is the PI of several key and major research projects. Her major interests focus on wireless system reliability and security for the fog and cloud network.


Blaine Mathieu

Chief Product Officer, VANTIQ


Blaine Mathieu is a multi-time CPO, CMO, and CEO, with 25+ years of experience in prominent private and public technology companies including Gartner, Adobe, Corel, GoodData, and now with real-time application platform company VANTIQ. He holds undergraduate Business and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta and Athabasca University in Canada.


Michael Dolbec

Managing Director,, Venture Capital and Corporate Business Development GE Digital

Venture Capital and Corporate Business Development GE Digital

Michael leads software venture investing for GE Digital and GE Ventures. His ventures team focuses onthe industrial uses of: big data, IoT, edge computing, cyber security, machine intelligence and cloudinfrastructure. The Digital Industrial Portfolio includes: Maana, Bit Stew (acquired), Ayasdi, Mocana,DataTorrent, Snappy Data, FogHorn, Equalum, IoTium, Morphisec, Thetaray, mPrest, Pivotal andServiceMax (acquired).Michael joined GE from LG Electronics, where he led venture capital and innovation activities. Prior tothat, he led the venture capital groups at Orange, 3Com, and IBM. Earlier, he co-founded an awardwinning mobile internet startup and sold it to Earthlink. Mike began his investment career at KleinerPerkins and Greylock. His early investments include: Juniper, Extreme, Epigram, Macromind, Trilogy, andNetezza. He has held positions in research, engineering, product management, sales, marketing,business development and M&A. He began his career at Xerox PARC. Michael holds an MBA from Wharton, as well as an MS in Artificial Intelligence and BS from Stanford.


Salim AbiEzzi

Director of IoT Standards, Vmware


Salim AbiEzzi, Ph.D., is Director of R&D in the Industrial Standards Office (INSO) at VMware. Salim represents VMware on IoT consortia and standard groups. He is a founding member of the EdgeX Foundry and a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). In his 34+ year career, Salim led a wide variety of technology development projects including at Sun Microsystems and Microsoft with dozens of publications and patents. Related to IoT, Salim was the founding chairman of the UPnP consortium in the fall of ‘99, leading it for four years into a successful international organization, today with more than two billion certified devices.


Sridevi Ravuri

Sr. Director, R&D, Vmware


Sridevi Ravuri is Sr. Director, R&D at VMware. She is currently the head of engineering for VMware Cloud for Edge initiative. In this role, she manages the engineering team that is bringing together VMware strengths in virtual infrastructure (vSphere, vSAN, VMware Cloud) and Networking (Velocloud SD-WAN, NSX) to deliver an agile, highly available, cloud-ready edge infrastructure to our customers. Prior to this role, she has led engineering teams for VMware Identity Manager and Workspace ONE app in VMware’s End User Computing (EUC) division. She led the team to build Workspace ONE app from scratch and delivered one of the most successful solutions in EUC, that brought an easy to use digital workspace to enterprise users on iOS, Android and Windows. She has over 12 years of engineering management experience of building agile SaaS and mobility products. She has been recognized for her customer-oriented engineering leadership and her ability to execute by building strong engineering teams. Prior to VMware, Sridevi has held various technical leadership roles in Flexera, Macrovision and i2 Technologies. She holds a M.S from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


Sotirios Paroutis

Professor of Strategic Management & Head of Strategy and International Business Group, Warwick Business School

Warwick Business School

Sotirios is Head of the Strategy and International (SIB) group and teaches in the Masters, MBA, and Executive programmes at the Warwick Business School (WBS). He is recipient of multiple annual WBS Outstanding MBA and Masters Teacher Awards and has been involved in training for a number of organizations including IBM, E.On, UBS, CapGemini and Transport for London. Previously he worked as Junior Associate at McKinsey & Company (London), Financial Analyst at Procter & Gamble (Athens) and Credit Analyst at Eurobank EFG Bank (Athens).


Christopher Bergey

Senior Vice President of Devices Product Marketing and Management, Western Digital

Western Digital

Christopher Bergey is the Senior Vice President of Devices ProductMarketing and Management at Western Digital responsible for theData Center, Client Compute, Embedded, and Mobility productofferings. Bergey’s charter is to lead Western Digital’s devices productportfolio, from definition and strategy to concept and customeracceptance.Previously, Bergey was Vice President for Embedded and IntegratedSystems (EIS) at Western Digital, focused on developing and drivingproduct strategies in mobile and compute, as well as new marketsincluding automotive, connected home, smart city and industrial IoTmarket segments.Prior to joining Western Digital in 2014, Bergey has held multipleexecutive positions including VP of Marketing at Luxtera, VP of Mobileand Wireless at Broadcom, and Director of VLSI marketing at theMultilink Technology Corporation.Bergey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineeringfrom Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration inFinance and Economics from the University of Maryland.


Ed Hemphill

CEO & Co-Founder, WigWag


Ed Hemphill is the CEO and Co-Founder of WigWag, an Austin-based tech startup. WigWag delivers a powerful platform to make connected devices more manageable, secure and automatic. WigWags Device Cloud Services PaaS and the deviceOS gateway operating system together provide a powerful, open platform to rapidly control and monitor IoT devices and deploy IoT edge applications. Prior to co-founding WigWag, Ed was an early employee at LifeSize Communications, a video and audio telecommunications company. Ed led the sales engineering team through all major customer wins in the Americas, resulting in the $400 million acquisition by Logitech in 2009. Formerly a U.S. Army Signal Officer, Ed served with PSYOPS, managing TV and radio broadcast systems, as well as the 3rd Special Forces Group, including a tour in Afghanistan. Ed currently holds 2 patents: one for Provisioning of Electronic Devices (US 8,806,209 - published in 2014) and another for Distributing and Executing Software Code (US 8,954,956 - published in 2015). He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from West Point and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


Susanto Irwan

Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, Xage Security

Xage Security

Susanto Irwan is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at Xage. Prior to Xage, Susanto held senior engineering and product development roles at Shape Security and Arxan Technologies (acquired by TA Associates). Susanto has over 16 years of experience in security, from embedded systems to desktop, mobile and web applications; from critical infrastructure systems to consumers. Susanto holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Purdue University.


Moderator List

Greg Orloff (Moderator)

Chief Innovation Officer, IIoT World

IIoT World

Greg previously served as the CEO of Tangent Company, inventor of the Watercycle™, the only commercial residential direct potable reuse system in the country. Greg holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Business Administration in International Business from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and is a graduate of Ivey Business School’s Executive Leadership Program at Western University.


Trevor Curwin (Moderator)

Editor-in-chief, RTInsights



Larry Walsh (Moderator)

CEO and Founder, The 2112 Group

The 2112 Group

Larry Walsh, CEO and founder of The 2112 Group, a business strategy and research firm. He is one of the most recognizable figures in the IT channel and security communities and is considered one of the more forward-thinking leaders in the industry. He is a seasoned and award-winning journalist, analyst, author, and industry commentator. He’s personally involved in the development and implementation of client engagements ranging from strategic advisory and consulting to research and content programs. A specialist in the development and execution of channel programs, disruptive sales models, and growth strategies for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 organizations, Walsh has worked with a roster of diverse technology players, including Ingram Micro, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Microsoft, SAP, and Verizon. An expert in a broad array of topics—cloud computing, security, analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and more—Larry is frequently sought after to provide his perspective on how emerging technologies should be leveraged as next-generation business drivers.


Luciano Oviedo (Moderator)

Researcher, Warwick Business School

Warwick Business School

Luciano C. Oviedo performs computational strategy R&D at the Warwick Business School (UK) with a focus on strategy making, design thinking, social impact, emerging technologies and new product development. Oviedo was most recently a corporate & business strategist at Intel Corporation where he collaborated with leaders across diverse cultures and geographies to formulate and implement new products around emerging technologies such as (2D/3D) body processing, computational imaging, video analytics, IOT/Fog, NLP/AI and AR/VR. Oviedo actively contributes to a variety of initiatives as a visiting researcher, co-chair or director at organizations such as Arizona State University, OpenFog Consortium, IEEE Standards Association and the Strategic Management Society. He earned a bachelors in electrical & computer engineering, a masters in tech/info systems from Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a doctorate in strategy from Warwick.