IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Industry Workshop on the
Internet of Things and Services

8 December 2014 - Austin, TX, USA

in conjunction with

Keynote Speakers

Matthias Illing, Bosch

Matthias Illing

Center of Competence Connectivity
Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

«Connecting the Dots:
How the IoTS Changes Multi-Domain Enterprises»

Abstract — The emerging Internet of Things has an increasingly large impact on industrial product development. The IoT not only connects devices but also business domains that have until recently been independent silos. By doing so, the IoT is creating a huge range of new business opportunities, both in products and services. The talk will highlight some of these new developments in various business verticals, such as automotive, energy & building and industry. However, the trend towards connected devices also creates challenges, for example regarding technology, standardization and development processes, which will also be discussed.

Bio — Dr. Matthias Illing is currently head of advanced development in the business unit Automotive Electronics of Robert Bosch GmbH in Reutlingen, Germany and coordinator of the Competence Center Connectivity at Robert Bosch GmbH. He received an M.A degree in physics from SUNY at Buffalo in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in applied physics from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany in 1996. He held positions as senior project manager, strategic product planning and senior research and development manager. He has many years of expertise in the field of sensors and more recently in smart buildings and energy management. Since 2009, Matthias has been working on Internet of Things related topics and initiated several research and development projects in this field.

Joseph J. Salvo, General Electric

Joseph J. Salvo

Founder and Director of the
Industrial Internet Consortium
General Electric Global Research, USA

«The Industrial Internet in the "Systems Age"»

Abstract — The rapid globalization of much of the world’s economy has encouraged the formation of extensive knowledge networks. The first connections have been extended between people and computers on every continent enabling rapid innovation at many levels of commerce and society. Now we are poised to connect many industrial machines and systems to form an even larger knowledge network that will certainly usher in a new industrial revolution. Many opportunities for value creation are being realized as the power and efficiency of new computing and information storage paradigms are integrated into traditional industrial environments. Crowdsourcing, collaboration platforms and the connections between brilliant minds and machines will be reviewed, followed by a look to the future.

Bio — Dr. Joseph Salvo is the founder and GE Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). He is responsible for setting the overall direction and prioritization of IIC activities for the organization. He also manages the Complex Systems Engineering Laboratory at GE Global Research. For the past 15 years Dr. Salvo and his laboratory have developed a series of large-scale internet-based sensing arrays to manage and oversee business systems and deliver value-added services. Under Dr. Salvo’s leadership, the lab has released commercial releases of complex decision platforms such as GE Veriwise™ GE Railwise™, Global Vendor Managed Inventory, Ener.GE™, and E-Materials Management that deliver near real-time customer value through system transparency and knowledge-based computational algorithms.

Dr. Salvo holds 15 U.S. patents, with more than 15 additional patents pending. He is a member of the board at the M.I.T. Forum for Supply Chain Innovation and the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Salvo joined the GE Global Research Center in 1988. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

Greg Burns, Qualcomm Connected Experiences

Greg Burns

Vice President of Engineering
Qualcomm Connected Experiences, USA
Technical Steering Committee Chair, AllSeen Alliance

«Programming the Internet of Things
- Why Devices Need APIs»

Abstract — The OSI model describes the traditional view of how communication protocols are layered starting with a PHY, to a MAC and on up to the application layer. Useful as this conceptual model is for describing communication protocols, it offers little guidance to developers writing Internet of Things applications. Application developers live and breathe application programming interfaces (APIs), not network protocols.

Greg Burns, VP of Engineering for Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. and Chair of the AllSeen Alliance Technical Steering Committee, will focus on the conceptual model of the AllJoyn framework, a collaborative open source project of the AllSeen Alliance. AllJoyn is not so much a network protocol but rather a framework for creating network protocols - network protocols that function at the application level, layer seven in the OSI model. He will talk about how IoT devices describe and advertise their capabilities and how software developer access and interact with them. Greg will touch on the security and access permission model and how it maps into real-world use cases. Lastly, he will review the technical challenges and complexities of supporting this model end-to-end across a broad range of operating environments, from microcontrollers to cloud servers.

Bio — Greg Burns is vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. In this role, Burns serves as the chief software architect and one of the maintainers of the AllJoyn open source software framework, that is now hosted by the AllSeen Alliance. Burns has been the technical lead for AllJoyn since its inception in 2009 and continues to contribute code to the open source project.

Prior to Qualcomm Burns developed Bluetooth stacks as CTO of software startup Open Interface North America. He has over 30 years of experience in software fields ranging from compilers and optimizers to security, audio codecs, and network protocols.

Moe Tanabian, Samsung Electronics

Moe Tanabian

Vice President of Engineering
Head, Samsung Smart Things IoT Innovation Lab
Samsung Electronics, USA

«Bringing Life to Wearable / IoT Ideas with Rapid Prototyping Using Open HW and SW»

Abstract — Makers leverage a great of deal of already done work in open HW and open SW space to make things. With the rapid growth of open source prototyping platforms, it has become incredibly easier to prototype and bring Wearable concepts to life. When designing and building Wearables and IoT devices, there are several factors that can make or break the device’s success. Many of these factors are technical and some are design related.

This talk touches both the Technical side and User Experience side of leveraging open source HW and SW for building Wearable devices. It additionally discusses how to bring Wearable / IoT ideas to life quickly using cost effective and ready to use Open Hardware Sensors and components and Open Software.

Technical factors:

  • Designing and building Input and Output mechanisms for Wearables
  • Sensors and sensor arrays in Wearables
  • Adding connectivity to Wearables
  • Optimizing energy and battery consumption in Wearables
  • Hardware Reference Designs for building different Wearable experiments
Design factors:
  • Form factor and wearable ergonomics
  • Industrial design and fashion element in designing Wearables
  • Designing interactions UX for Wearables

Bio — In his role as Head of the Smart Things IoT Innovation Lab, Moe Tanabian leads a team of highly skilled multi-disciplinary engineers, designers and scientists with a mandate to innovate new experiences and technologies in the IoT, Smart Objects and the new world of connected everything space.

Moe started tinkering with Digital and Analog Electronics and wrote his first line of code when he was a young teenager. He then attended college and was trained as an engineer and worked as a software engineer for over a decade. Later in his career he developed a great sense of respect for and interest in design and how great design can make or break a new product. He believes that successful product innovators are a breed of people who can effectively and seamlessly combine technology and good design and that is how amazing products are created and brought to life. Prior to joining Samsung, Moe worked for Amazon leading the efforts for building and delivering Amazon Android Appstore on Kindle Fire and HD devices, and for the wireless division of Nortel as a lead software architect for CDMA and UMTS Infrastructure products. He additionally worked for Arthur D. Little as a Strategy Management Consultant leading engagements for mobile operators product strategy projects, globally.

Moe still tinkers and makes stuff both for his day job and as a hobbyist and he always tends to infuse the maker culture and attitude in teams that he leads. He holds a Master’s degree in Systems and Computer Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, and an MBA from School of Business Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Invited Talks

Mischa Dohler, King's College London

Mischa Dohler

King's College London & Worldsensing

Simon Mayer, Siemens

Simon Mayer


Fan Bai, General Motors

Fan Bai

General Motors Global R&D

Geng Wu, Intel

Geng Wu


Tao Zhang, Cisco Systems

Tao Zhang

Cisco Systems

Chonggang Wang, InterDigital Communications

Chonggang Wang


Chuck Adams, Jr., Huawei

Chuck Adams

Huawei Technologies

Jan Höller, Ericsson Research

Jan Höller

Ericsson Research

Panel Discussion

Theme: The Internet of Things and Services - From Theory to Practice

Hans D. Schotten, Technical University of Kaiserslautern & German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Hans D. Schotten
(Panel Chair)

Technical University of Kaiserslautern
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Hans Schotten is Scientific Director and member of the Management Board of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH), full professor and head of the Institute for Wireless Communications and Navigation at the University of Kaiserslautern, and dean of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1997, he received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Aachen University of Technology RWTH, Germany. He held positions as senior researcher, project manager, and head of research groups at the Aachen University of Technology, Ericsson Corporate Research, and Qualcomm Corporate R&D. At Qualcomm he has also been a Director for Technical Standards and coordinator of Qualcomm's activities in European research programs. Prof. Schotten published over 200 technical papers, filed 15 patents, received several awards, served as TPC co-chair and TPC member of many international conferences, and consultant for research organizations, governmental bodies, and the ICT industry.

Workshop Organizers

Andreas Mueller, Robert Bosch GmbH

Andreas Mueller

Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Andreas Mueller is a Research Engineer and Project Manager within the Corporate Research Department of Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. In line with Bosch’s ambition to actively drive and shape the emerging Internet of Things and Services, Andreas is responsible for various research activities in this exciting area, with applications in different verticals, including the industrial, consumer, building and healthcare domains. To this end, he is closely collaborating with experts from various fields and disciplines in order to make the Internet of Things and Services become reality.

Prior to joining Bosch, Andreas was a Research Staff Member at the Institute of Telecommunications of the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he was contributing to the further development of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution towards LTE-Advanced. Besides, he was working as a Systems Engineer for Rohde & Schwarz, developing a novel software-defined radio based communication system for the German Armed Forces. Andreas holds a German Diploma degree as well as a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with distinction) and a M.Sc. degree in Information Technology, all from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Gerhard Wunder, Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute

Gerhard Wunder

Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, Germany

Gerhard Wunder studied electrical engineering at the University of Hannover and the Technical University (TU) Berlin and received his graduate degree in electrical engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) with highest honors in 1999 and the PhD degree (Dr.-Ing.) in communication engineer-ing on the PAPR problem in OFDM with distinction (Summa Cum Laude) in 2003 from TU Berlin. In 2007, he also received the habilitation degree and became a Privatdozent at the TU Berlin. Since 2003 he is heading a research group at the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut in Berlin.

In 2000 and 2005, he was a visiting professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Prof. Jayant), and the Stanford University (Prof. Paulraj). In 2009 he was a consultant at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, New Jersey (USA). Since 2011, he is an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. In 2011 he received the award for outstanding scientific publication by the German communication engineering society (ITG).

Workshop Outline

The Internet of Things and Services (IoTS) will be one of the next big things. By enabling all kinds of smart objects, such as intelligent sensors and actuators, to communicate and interact with each other across different networks and domains, a plethora of new services & applications may be created, thus bearing the potential to create substantial new markets and to revolutionize existing ones. Future Smart Factories, for example, will exhibit an unprecedented degree of flexibility and versatility, Smart Homes will improve the comfort, convenience and energy-efficiency at your home and Intelligent Transportation Systems will increase traffic safety and eventually enable autonomous driving. Current forecasts predict that there will be more than 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 and this is just the beginning.

However, it is also quite clear that on the way to a fully connected cyber-physical world still numerous research challenges have to be addressed. This includes aspects like the development of new energy- and resource-efficient connectivity solutions, comprehensive support of self-management and plug-and-play mechanisms, novel (usable) security approaches, seamless interoperability across heterogeneous networks and different domains, novel semantic technologies and middlewares, and many more. Also, in order to exploit the full potential of the IoTS, a close collaboration is required between academia, the traditional telecom industry, but also industries representing the different application domains, which probably will be among the main beneficiaries of the IoTS in future.

The goal of this workshop is to bring all these players together and to foster a better common understanding, to exchange visions and latest research results, to discuss promising new technologies and to highlight open research challenges. To this end, several renowned experts from industry have been invited, who will cover the topic in keynote speeches and invited talks from different perspectives in order to provide a rather comprehensive overview of all issues that have to be considered in this respect. Besides, the workshop will include a panel discussion on open research challenges and the way forward to finally make the IoTS become reality. Furthermore, it will feature a demo session, during which latest (practical) research results will be showcased and demonstrated.

You should not miss this exciting event if you want to:
  • Learn more about the unprecedented opportunities and applications enabled by the IoTS
  • Get in touch with leading experts and industry representatives and expand your professional network
  • Understand the major research challenges and ongoing developments in this quickly growing area
  • Get a better overview of relevant standardization bodies and initiatives
  • See how your own research activities may contribute to the future success of the IoTS
We are already looking forward to meeting you in Austin/Texas in December!


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