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

Distinguished Speakers

Fahd A. Banakhr, Yanbu Research Centre

Dr. Fahd A. Banakhr is the Director of Yanbu Research Centre in Royal commission of Yanbu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Fahd was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1977. He received his Associate Diploma from Yanbu Industrial College, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, and his BEng. In Electronics and Industrial Control Engineering from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. His MSc degree in Electronics Instrumentation Systems from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. He was awarded his PhD from Loughborough University, UK in Pulsed Power and measuring intensive Pulsed Electric Field.

He was Awarded the High Voltage Association Student Excellence Award from IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference in 2012, also he was awarded Sir Martin Award for Academic and non-academic achievement  from Loughborough University in 2011.

He is a member of :

  • Institute of Measurement and Control.
  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and Intelligent Control technical committee of IEEE Control systems.
  • Optical Society of America (executive member of the technical committee of Systems and Instrumentation)

Presentation: Royal Commission of Yanbu Build a Better Connected – Smart City

Yanbu Industrial City is the 3rd largest global refining hub with a capacity more than 1.1 million barrels per day and largest oil shipping port on the Red Sea. The Industrial production capacity of 131 MMtones/year, and the average annual growth rate of private sector investment is 18%. This paper will discuss the development of Yanbu Industrial City to become the first Smart City in Saudi Arabia and how build a better connected active network. Moreover, the paper will discuss the using the Internet of Things (IoT) in its Colleges as a Smart Campuses.

Steve Olshansky, Internet Society

Steve OlshanskySteve Olshansky is the Internet Technology Program Manager at the Internet Society (, based in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2014, Steve was Director, Federated Technologies for Internet2. He was with Internet2 for 12 years, managing a variety of projects related to increasing trust and security and reducing friction for online business, education, and collaboration. In this context he was especially focused on digital identity and federated identity and access management, including software development, best practices, and policy guidance. Prior to his tenure with Internet2, he was a consultant in eBusiness and online training and education, a content and business developer for IP services at a large US telecommunications carrier, and a founding board member of a leading community content network in the mid-90s.

Steve holds a M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College. He is a member of ACM, and a senior member of IEEE.

Presentation: Internet of Things Security and Privacy: Challenges and Opportunities

The IoT is having a substantial and rapidly growing impact on the Internet and its users. Security and privacy are challenging and multi-dimensional problems as this arena expands. Attacks on devices, applications and services threaten the safety and privacy of users and their data, and attacks on IoT within critical infrastructure threaten the delivery of critical services.

The IoT ecosystem is in many ways quite fragmented, and proprietary vs. open and interoperable solutions are competing in the marketplace. Standards and certification organizations are working at various levels, but codification and standardization of processes and implementations in the IoT space is an ongoing challenge. And as is often the case, technology is ahead of associated regulation and policy.

This presentation will address the issues and challenges in the IoT Ecosystem, especially related to security and privacy, and potential approaches to addressing them.

Yu Chien Siang, Certis

As Certis’ Chief Innovation Officer, Professor Yu is responsible for cultural transformation, strategic problem solving and innovations in areas such as Big Data, video and cognitive processing, Smart Nation, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, drones and high security solutioning.

Previously, Professor Yu held a similar role with the Ministry of Home Affairs. He has worked in the Civil Service since 1981 and was awarded National Day Honours, The Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1993 and The Public Administration Medal (Silver) Bar in 2004.

Prior to being part of the Civil Service, he was awarded the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Scholarship, a Public Service Commission Scholarship, to pursue his studies at Fachhochschule Munchen, where he graduated as a Data Systems Engineer. During his studies, he received training at the Siemens Research Laboratory and IBM R&D Laboratory in Boblingen.

Professor Yu has been active in the fields of IT management and IT security for more than 20 years. He has led numerous national-level projects in IT security and homeland security and has been instrumental in evolving their architecture and fundamental mechanisms.

Professor Yu, a pioneer in the exploitation of microcomputers, is a former President of the Singapore Microcomputer Society. He is the inventor of cost-efficient and unique smart card readers, cryptography systems, more efficient protocols and fault tolerant systems. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore where he teaches an introductory course on cyber security.

Presentation: Future of IoT with embedded AI and its new security implications

This presentation will focus on the rapid developments of new cognitive chips for running embedded AI via Deep Learning and how they will soon become mainstream capabilities for IoT, via the emergence of AI powered smart cameras, robotic and drone autonomous controls and finally next generation devices for smart building maintenance and facility management. These self learning, adaptive low power systems will revolutionise IoT systems, as they will not only be able to deliver low cost intelligence at the edge but also can collaborate well with each other by exploiting smart agents and cloud AI backends. The talk will also share performance and cost expectations, as well as new findings about how such narrow AI can make mistakes, leading to possible safety and security issues. Thus, there is a need for new standards to manage embedded AI.

Nestor Michael Tiglao, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman

Nestor Michael Tiglao received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, in 1995 and 2005, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal in 2013. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman. His main research interests are in wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, and Smart Cities.

Presentation: Transactive Energy Infrastructure for Quezon City, Philippines

Transactive Energy (TE) is a promising mechanism to support bidirectional communications and maintain a reliable and efficient energy balance in a Smart Grid. In this talk, we will present the vision and the proposed architecture for a TE infrastructure in Quezon City, Philippines.  We will also discuss the main issues and challenges related to TE deployment.

Yi Zhao, Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Huawei R&D USA)

Yi Zhao, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Huawei R&D USA), the North America subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, Ltd. headquartered in Shenzhen, China. As its first US employee, Dr. Zhao assisted the parent company in successfully establishing the subsidiary organization in Plano, Texas. During his career in Huawei, Dr. Zhao has been in various leadership roles of company’s operation, research and development, sales and marketing, standards and industry development, Open Source, business strategy and development, intellectual property rights, as well as the company’s public and industry relations.

Dr. Zhao has over 25 years experience in telecommunications and IT industries. Prior to joining Huawei, Dr. Zhao worked for research institutes (Shanghai Jiao Tong University and The University of Texas at Dallas) and major corporations — Hewlett Packard and Ericsson — in different technical and managerial positions.

Dr. Zhao has served in the board for numbers of forums and committees in ICT industry including Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), IPsphere Forum, Open Patent Alliance (OPA), and International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS). He has been frequently invited to speak to various industry and business forums around world.

Dr. Zhao was a board director for the Dallas Regional Chamber and co-chair of the DRC Innovation and Technology Council. He is currently a member of Associate Board for SMU Cox School of Business, and a member of the Executive Council for the UT Dallas Eric Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

In 2008, Dr. Zhao received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Texas at Dallas. It is the highest honor bestowed on alumni and is given to individuals who are distinguished in their chosen profession or life’s work and who demonstrate pride in the University.

Dr. Zhao has a BSCS and an MSCS from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Presentation: Open Standards, Open Source, and Digital Transformation

This presentation will discuss the value propositions of open standards and open source, and the challenges to align open standards and open source together. An IoT related open standards and open source landscape will be described. Views and practice on applying open standards and open source to digital transformation will be presented.