Dr.-Ing. Joern Ploennigs is scientific researcher and manager at IBM Research – Ireland. He works on several aspects of enriching IoT by cognitive computing including machine learning, semantic reasoning, and natural interfaces to enable autonomous, highly scalable, and accessible IoT solutions for a sustainable future. Prior to joining IBM, he was heading the junior research group at Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany, as well as the data analytics group in the Irish strategic research cluster ITOBO as Feodor-Lynen fellow of the Humboldt-Foundation. He holds a master in electrical engineering for automation and control and a PhD in computer science from Technische Universitaet Dresden. He is chair of the IEEE IES TC BACM and board member of the IEEE IoT initiative as well as program committee member of several renowned international conferences and journals.