IEEE 4th World Forum on Internet of Things
05-08 February 2018 – Singapore

Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Plenary Speaker at WF-IoT 2018

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim is the Minister for Communications & Information, the Minister in charge of Muslim Affairs and the Minister in charge of Cyber Security, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore.

He was a structural engineer at Bylander Meinhardt Partnership before receiving a scholarship to pursue a PhD at Stanford University (US). He then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell University (US) before joining the National University of Singapore. He is currently on leave of absence from the university as an associate professor.

Dr Yaacob has been active in community service since his school days and has been involved in the Association of Muslim Professionals, Jamiyah, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura and the Nature Society (Singapore). Dr Yaacob also served as a board member of the Civil Service College, the National Heritage Board, STV12 Pte Ltd, and Temasek Polytechnic, and as a trustee of NTUC Income, a union-linked cooperative. He has been associated with Yayasan Mendaki since its formation and has been its Chairman since March 2002.

Dr Yaacob has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1997. He served as the MP for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency (GRC) from 1997 to 2011 and Moulmein-Kallang GRC from 2011 to 2015. He is currently the MP for Jalan Besar GRC (Kolam Ayer). He was also the first Mayor of Central Singapore District from April to November 2001.

Dr Yaacob served as Parliamentary Secretary and Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology before he was appointed the Minister of State for Community Development and Sports in November 2001. In March 2002, he was appointed as the Ministry’s Acting Minister and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs. In May the following year, he was promoted to Minister for Community Development and Sports.

In August 2004, Dr Yaacob was appointed Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. He was re-appointed in the same capacity following the May 2006 elections. Following the May 2011 elections, he was appointed Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. In November 2012, with the restructuring of ministries, Dr Yaacob became the Minister for Communications and Information. He was appointed the Minister in charge of Cyber Security in April 2015. He has been re-appointed as the Minister for Communications and Information following the September 2015 elections. He continues to be in charge of Muslim affairs and cyber security.

Dr Yaacob serves in the People’s Action Party’s Central Executive Committee as its vice-chairman.

Dr Yaacob was born in Singapore on 3 October 1955. He is married and has two children: a son and a daughter. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and meeting people.

Maciej Kranz – Keynote Speaker at WF-IOT 2018

MACIEJ KRANZ is a business leader, frequent keynote speaker, and the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Building the Internet of Things. Kranz brings 30 years of computer networking experience to his current position as Vice President of the Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco Systems. He leads the team focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers, partners and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. Prior to this role, he was general manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, where he drove the Internet of Things (IoT) business for key industrial markets. In his book, Building the Internet of Things, Kranz cuts through the hype to provide the first practical guide for business decision-makers on how to start their IoT journey. The book provides all the ingredients for IoT transformation, including case studies, step-by-step plans, fast paths to payback, cultural changes, standards, security, and much more.

Chris O’Connor – Keynote Speaker at WF-IOT 2018

Chris O'Connor

CHRIS O’CONNOR is the General Manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things Offerings. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a focus on the recent maturity of device intelligence which has created a wealth of information, data, that can be arranged for operations, value, and insights. While it relies heavily on existing internet technologies, it expands in scope to include physical devices (e.g. robots, cars, home appliances), specialized protocols (e.g. Modbus, OPC, DNP3), physical analytics (e.g., pressure, temperature, torque), and a unique partner network. Chris’s current responsibilities are focused on growth of this area for clients and IBM. Prior to this role, Chris was responsible for the product strategy and engineering of the IBM Tivoli Software Division in IBM and similarly for the Industry Solutions Software division around Smart Commerce and Smart Cities. His roles have involved successive responsibilities around arranging patterns of software for industry as well as IT data center value. This included a 2 year role as IBM’s lead Security Products Strategist. Chris is an active member of the IBM Growth and Transformation Team and has served on the IBM Technology Team. This role reports directly to IBM’s CEO and senior leaders. He has been active in the IT Industry for the past 25 years both within IBM and at other industry software providers.

Jan Rabaey – Keynote Speaker at WF-IOT 2018

JAN RABAEY holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a founding director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab, and is currently the Electrical Engineering Division Chair at Berkeley.

Prof. Rabaey has made high-impact contributions to a number of fields, including advanced wireless systems, low power integrated circuits, sensor networks, and ubiquitous computing.  His current interests include the conception of the next-generation integrated wireless systems over a broad range of applications, as well as exploring the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.

He is the recipient of major awards, amongst which the IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, and has received honoray doctorates from Lund (Sweden), Antwerp (Belgium) and Tampere (Finland).  He has been involved in a broad variety of start-up ventures.

Presentation: IoT++ – The Living Network of Everyone and Everything

The Internet of Things (IoT) or Swarm vision, formulated more than 2 decades ago, presented a transformational model on how the physical and cyber worlds would be interlinked, enabled by a network of trillions of motor-sensory nodes distributed throughout our physical world. Many of the envisioned concepts are now truly happening, and are migrating into the consumer, commercial and industrial domain.

A new leap forward is about to happen. While the current incarnation of IoT is rather static, moving entities such as robots, drones, cars and UAVs are becoming more ubiquitous, forming networks that are far more dynamic. Even more, miniaturization of motor-sensory functions enables the Swarm to encompass the human body (“The Human Intranet”) opening the potential of true augmentation, and fundamentally changing how we humans interact with ourselves and with the world around us. The resulting networks of everyone and everything create entirely new options in so many areas such as human-machine interaction, augmented reality, tactile inter-networking, distributed manufacturing and smart cities.

Turning these opportunities into reality however poses challenges on so many fronts, some of which will be outlined in the presentation.

Bill Ruh – Keynote Speaker at WF-IOT 2018

Bill Ruh

BILL RUH is the CEO for GE Digital and Chief Digital Officer for GE. GE Digital provides premier digital software solutions and services through Predix, GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications, including asset performance management, operations optimization, brilliant manufacturing, platform-as-a-service, cloud and cybersecurity. Ruh’s focus is on building advanced software and analytics capabilities, and driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of software services across all of GE’s businesses. He earned a bachelors and masters degree in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton.

Low Teck Seng – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Low Teck Seng

PROFESSOR LOW TECK SENG is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore. He was previously the Managing Director of A*STAR (2010 – 2012). Professor Low was also the founding principal of Republic Polytechnic (2002 – 2008), as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in the National University of Singapore (1998 – 2000). He was the founding Executive Director of A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (1992 – 1998).

Professor Low was awarded the National Science and Technology Medal in 2004 – the highest honour bestowed on an individual who has played a strategic role in the development of Singapore through the promotion and management of R&D. He was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2007 for his merit and service to Singapore. Professor Low is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.

Adam Beck – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Adam BeckAdam is Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to accelerating sustainability outcomes in cities and towns through the adoption of technology, data and intelligent design. In this role, Adam works with its member companies to help build a comprehensive smart cities policy framework for the region, accelerate the pipeline of smart cities investments, and build capacity within the marketplace.

Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based thinktank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation. During his time in the United States, Adam worked with over 55 cities to advance sustainable district development projects using a collaborative governance model to build resilience, equity and sustainability throughout North America. Before mocing to the United States Adam was Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia, where he was lead architect of the Green Star Communities certification system.

Before entering the mission-driven sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including almost a decade at Arup. He was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland for three years.

Tan Kok Yam – Plenary Panelist at WF-IOT 2018

Tan Kok Yam


is the Deputy Secretary of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), in the Prime Minister’s Office. In this role, he is responsible for the plans to realise impactful projects for Smart Nation, raise quality and inter-operability of Government IT and Smart systems, grow ICT-related capabilities for Government, and engage citizens and businesses to be part of the Smart Nation journey.

Mr Tan is also a Deputy Secretary in Strategy Group and oversees issues related to data, technology and climate change.

Prior to his current post, Mr Tan served in a number of other Ministries within the Singapore Public Service. As the Director of Manpower in the Ministry of Defence, he was in charge of both the human resource and national service policies of the Singapore Armed Forces. He also served previously in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Education, dealing with public housing and higher education policies respectively.

Mr Tan is an engineer by training, having graduated from the University College London in 1997 with a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Master of Science in Telecommunications. He also completed the 1-year Sloan Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Fulbright Scholar.