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

Distinguished Speakers

Mirko Florindo, BT Global Services

Head of IT Sales Specialists & Industry Solutions – Europe at BT Global Services. Executive in BT Global Services, after 19 years dedicated to the ICT solutions. Expert in Digital Transformation, mainly in the Retail, Manufacturing, Finance and Government sectors. He leads the European IT Division and the Vertical Solutions R&D teams, based in Uk and Italy.

Presentation:  Smart Safety in Smart Cities: a concrete solution

“Smart Safety in Smart Cities”, based on BT-Comunica Italia Alert System, is able to collect data from multiple sources, correlate them, define the risk level and quickly alert security forces and/or citizens in case of crisis situations such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and also manage timely assistance. The talk leverages on experiences from the field and aims at showing practical approaches to this crucial aspect.

Woon-Seng Gan, Centre for Infocomm Technology in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University

Woon Seng GanWoon-Seng Gan received his BEng (1st Class Hons) and PhD degrees, both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He is currently a Professor of Audio Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infocomm Technology in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University. He also served as the Head of the Information Engineering Division in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University from 2011-2014, and deputy director of the Centre for Signal Processing from 2007-2008. His research has been concerned with the connections between the physical world, signal processing and sound control, which resulted in the practical demonstration and licensing of spatial audio algorithms, directional sound beam, and active noise control for headphones.

He has published more than 300 international refereed journals and conferences, and has translated his research into 6 granted patents and has founded a company, Immersive Sound Technology Pte Ltd in 2015. He had co-authored three books on Subband Adaptive Filtering: Theory and Implementation (John Wiley, 2009); Embedded Signal Processing with the Micro Signal Architecture, (Wiley-IEEE, 2007); and Digital Signal Processors: Architectures, Implementations, and Applications (Prentice Hall, 2005).

He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society(AES), a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET), and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE/ACM Transaction on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (TASLP; 2012-15) and was presented with an Outstanding TASLP Editorial Board Service Award in 2016. He also served as the Associate Editor for the IEICE transaction (2014-2016) on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences(Japan). He is currently serving as Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2015); Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Audio Engineering Society (JAES; 2013-); Editorial member of the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA; 2011-) Transaction on Signal and Information Processing; Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing (2007-).

He was elected as Board of Governor in 2014 and Vice President – Institutional Relations and Education Program in 2017 for the Asia Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA). He also participates in the IEEE Signal Processing Industry DSP committee and IEEE IoT special interest group. He also served as member in the IEEE Signal Processing Design and Implementation of Signal Processing System from 2012-2015; IEEE Signal Processing Education Technical Committee from 2009-2015. Additionally, he is also the General Conference Chair of APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference in 2017.

Presentation: Smart Audio Sensing for Environmental Deployment

With the availability of low-cost, sensing and processing components, we are seeing deployment of smart audio sensors in outdoor environmental monitoring. Audio information provides another dimension to surveillance and monitoring. For example, audio events give extra information on specific incidents; know the precise moment specific sound event happens; and allows us to trigger camera nearest to the incident. In this work, we developed a web-based audio intelligence monitoring at the edge (AI-ME) that can be deployed in indoor environment to recognize activities of elderly staying in alone or in elderly home. AI-ME uses acoustic signal processing with deep learning techniques to learn and understand everyday sound patterns (just like human learn to recognize sound from examples). In addition, putting the AI-ME technology into edge devices means that audio analytic do not have to rely on central server, saving on cost, increasing flexibility and scalability; also can retrofit on legacy devices, like camera. Additional video bandwidth can be saved as there is no need to stream in full high quality all the time; only when a desired sound is detected.

Derrick de Kerckhove, McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology, University of Toronto

Derrick de Kerckhove is former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto, where he is professor emeritus at the Department of French. He subsequently joined the Faculty of Sociology of the University Federico II in Naples. Presently, Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Design at The Politecnico of Milan, he is also scientific director of the Rome based monthly Media Duemila. He is author of more than a dozen books edited in over ten languages including Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian, Slovenian, Polish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He is also Research Director at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at l’Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona. His fields of research include Technopsychology, Psychotechnology, Neuro-cultural research, Art and communication technologies, Media Theory, Collaborative Educative Software, and Connected Intelligence.

Presentation: Sentiment Analysis: From “Smart” City to “Happy” City 

What is the use and value of sentiment analysis and how can it offer advantage to various fields including health, municipal affaires, transportation, banking, insurance, security  and business, thus adding another criteria set to manage smart cities and make use of available IoT. This approach could be particularly useful in the context of Singapore and other Asian cities that have made a great leap forward over European or American cities in terms of maximising the adroit usage of IoT sensors present in their very large distribution of smartphones and public cameras. I will give examples both from case studies and from artists.

Yasunori Mochizuki, NEC 

Dr. Yasunori Mochizuki is a Senior Vice President in NEC.  Dr. Mochizuki is based in Tokyo, Japan, and is currently responsible for the NEC’s corporate technology strategy. Previously, he was a Vice President for Central Research Laboratory of NEC.  He has 30+ years of career as a research scientist and then as a general manager of research departments and his technical expertise covers a broad area including AI-oriented computer science, ICT systems, integrated devices and solid-state physics.  He is also a BoD member of FIWAWRE Foundation since March, 2017 representing NEC.  Dr. Yasunori Mochizuki received his PhD, MS and BS from, University of Tokyo (Electronics Engineering) in 1987, 1984 and 1982, respectively and joined NEC Corporation in 1987.

Presentation: FIWARE: the open platform of choice for Truly Smart Cities

The European Union has invested hundreds of million of Euros over several years in the development of an open platform, FIWare, that can be used in a variety of fields. One of the most important one is Smart Cities. The foreseen investment in the development of applications for Smart Cities over the next 5 years is in the range of billions worldwide and the availability of an open platform promoting re-usability would significantly decrease the investment required and accelerate the deployment.

The talk will elaborate on the critical importance of Context Information Modelling as the concrete enabler for Smart Cities and will present worldwide business experiences in deploying and exploiting the FIWare platform. Both technology, service and policy aspects will be addressed.

Ghee Leng Ooi, Data-Enabled Scalable Research Laboratory, HKUST

Ghee Leng OoiMr. Ghee Leng Ooi received his B.S. and M.Phil. degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and currently is a final-year Ph.D. at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the co-founder of Data-Enabled Scalable Research (DESR; pronounced desire) Laboratory, HKUST. The DESR Lab is a physical Makerspace, specialized in the applications of Geotechnical Internet of Things (Geo-IoT), Big Data Analytics, and Deep Learning on sustainable urban development and critical infrastructure resilience. The DESR Lab is also an open platform for geotechnical academics and practitioners to collaborate and share resources. He also co-founded AkiraKan Limited, a startup which provides holistic Artificial Intelligence with full-stack IoT solutions to mission-critical enterprise for real-time knowledge discovery and decision-making. Together with his partner Pin Siang Tan, they created the Open Smart Soil Particle (OpenSSP) reference architecture for resilient COTS sensing and its implementation, DeepVibes.  They have also spearheaded the integration of Big Data analytics and deep learning into health monitoring and predictive maintenance with applications in large-scale projects concerning public safety in Hong Kong and Taiwan since 2012.

Presentation: The Four Pillars of a Smart City: Agreements, Trusts, Agnostic Infrastructure and Audit Trails

Smart City is not about money; if it is, the future would have been already here, considering the amount of resources nations already threw at the vision. In this talk, we delve into the very reasons why Smart City is hard to implement, and contend that if nations want their cities smart, they should find their Smart City blueprints on top of the four pillars: agreements, trusts, agnostic infrastructure and audit trails. The first pillar solves the incentive misalignments among sensor vendors, contractors and back-end service providers through service level agreements, binding all parties to deliver a long-term, well-maintained and integrated physical and digital solutions. The second pillar solves the potential security threats lurking behind a connected city through end-to-end root-of-trusts in the infrastructure, with suggestions on how nations can assume the role of an overseer of public security from the ground up. The third pillar solves the scalability problems of customized data collection backends and protocols through a flexible and agnostic data collection infrastructure, so that cost and manpower do not get exponentially expensive as deployment scales. The final pillar deals with the assumption that once collected, every data point carries its legal weight. Therefore, we implemented a spatio-multitemporal database to document an immutable audit trail of all processes, from data creation to ingestion to transformation to queries, so that every single commit and change is recorded and version-controlled. All the experiences shared will be referenced to our works with different government bureaus and institutions in Hong Kong and Taiwan for the past 6 years. We contend that when all parties are bound to agreements, when data collection backend is flexible enough to accommodate deployment scaling, when the data collected are trustworthy and leave immutable audit trails, then will Smart City be truly maintainable and secure.

Roberto Saracco, Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital

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Presentation: Creating a citizens based infrastructure

Information technology and the availability of smartphones plus disseminated IoT allows the empowerment of citizens and careful planning from Municipalities, including education, awareness raising, open data framework can go a long way to leverage on citizenship transforming them into a crucial infrastructure adding to the overall city intelligence and capability. The talk will address the issues in harvesting what is already available and providing the required “glueing” to create an emerging citizens infrastructure. It will be based on concrete experiences derived from EIT Digital Digital Cities effort in Europe and from the IEEE FDC Smart Cities initiative worldwide.

Paolo Traverso, Center for Information and Communication Technology, Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK)

Paolo Traverso is the Director of the Center for Information and Communication Technology of the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) since 2008. The Center has about 250 people (researchers, developers, project managers, and PhD Students) who are active in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Safety, Security, and Privacy, Data Analytics, IoT, and Embedded Systems. Main application areas are Health and Well Being, Smart Cities and Communities, and Smart Digital Industry.  From 2011 to 2013, he was the Director of the Trento Research, Education, and Innovation System, the core partner of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in ICT (the EIT Digital). Since January 2017, he is the Chair of the Node Strategy Committee of EIT Digital Italy. He was head of the Automated Reasoning Systems Division at the Institute for Scientific Research and Technology (IRST) from 2000 to 2007. From 1995 to 1999, he led the IRST lab working on software development and verification, and automated planning and scheduling. He was the coordinator of industrial projects for the development of safety critical systems. He joined IRST in 1989, after working for four years in the advanced technology groups of different companies for management information consulting in Chicago, London, and Milan.  In addition to over one hundred published scientific papers – in international journals and conference proceedings – Paolo Traverso is also co-author of two main textbooks in Automated Planning:  “Automated Planning: Theory and Practice”, Morgan Kaufmann/Elsevier, 2004  – Chinese translation available; “Automated Planning and Acting”, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Presentation: Practical Use of IoT Data to Make the City Smarter and Smarter

The availability of data is huge and it is just going to increase in the coming years. The real challenge for a city planner is how to leverage these data that are owned by different parties and ensure policies that are stimulating data sharing and usage.

The talk will address these challenge using the practical experience of the speaker in fostering the evolution of the city of Trento, illustrating the highs and the lows.

The presentation will also look into the near future and the plans for steering the IoT deployment in the urban environment ensuring their effectiveness from a city planner viewpoint.

Tan Kok Yam

Deputy Secretary
Smart Nation and Digital Government Office, and Strategy Group
Prime Minister’s Office
Republic of Singapore

Mr 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.

Dr. Yang Yang

Director, Key Lab of Wireless Sensor Network and Communication
SIMIT, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Distinguished Adjunct Professor, ShanghaiTech University, China

Dr. Yang Yang is currently a professor with Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology (SIMIT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, serving as the Director of CAS Key Laboratory of Wireless Sensor Network and Communication, and the Director of Shanghai Research Center for Wireless Communications (WiCO). He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor with the School of Information Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University. Prior to that, he has held faculty positions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Brunel University, and University College London (UCL),

Yang is a member of the Chief Technical Committee of the National Science and Technology Major Project “New Generation Mobile Wireless Broadband Communication Networks” (2008-2020), which is funded by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China. In addition, he is on the Chief Technical Committee for the National 863 Hi-Tech R&D Program “5G System R&D Major Projects”, which is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China. Since January 2017, he has been serving the OpenFog Consortium as the Director for Greater China Region.

Yang’s current research interests include wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, Fog computing, Open 5G, and advanced wireless testbeds. He has published more than 150 papers and filed over 80 technical patents in wireless communications.

Presentation: Massive IoT Monitoring System for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China

This talk introduces the design and implementation challenges of distinctive IoT technologies for the world longest water monitoring system of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China. This system consists of a variety of advanced sensors for monitoring weather, geological features, infrastructure health, water quality and quantity, and security. In particular, three key problems have been addressed: (1) real-time processing of large volume of mixed structured and unstructured sensing data from 100K+ sensors; (2) multi-hop data transmission over heterogeneous wireless networks (WSN/WLAN/GPRS/3G/4G) with strict constraints in end-to-end delay performance (<3 seconds) and connection reliability (>99.9%) for over 1430KM distance; and (3) web-based data integration and visualization in a comprehensive system for remote monitoring, dispatching, command and control functions at all times and all situations. Currently, this impressive IoT monitoring system covers the entire 1432 KM drainage basin from Danjiangkou Water Reservoir in Hunan Province to Beijing and Tianjin cities. It is providing crucial real-time information for day-to-day surveillance, operation and management of the world longest water diversion system.