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

Distinguished Speakers


Tom Penning, Irrometer Co., Inc.

Tom PenningTom Penning is the CEO of Irrometer Co., Inc., a USA based manufacturer and global supplier of soil moisture measurement equipment, primarily used in irrigated agriculture. During 28 years of experience in the irrigation industry, he has worked in both the manufacturing and supply chain segments of the business. Irrometer has developed and deployed numerous automated telemetry systems to gather field soil moisture data for farmers. Since its inception, Tom has been on the ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering) and AgGateway committees for agricultural data standards development, an effort to streamline integration and adoption of IoT technology in agriculture.

Presentation: Is IoT the future of Ag?

To feed an expected world population of 9.1 billion by 2050, an increase of 1.5 billion from current levels, food production will also need to increase to meet this growing demand. Even though this represents a 34% increase in population growth, because of swelling urban sprawls, increasing income levels, producer demographics and expanded use of crops for bio-energy and other industrial purposes, crop production will need to be increased by more than 70% to satisfy all these needs.

To achieve this projected growth target in crop production, agriculture will have to rely on technology more than ever. Technology has already been integrated into farming methods to make farming more efficient. For example, farming is relying on sensors to trace, detect and diagnose issues with soils, crops, livestock machinery, etc. Similarly, remote sensing and precision agriculture are already optimizing farm inputs. However, these technologies might not be enough and will need to become more efficient in order to meet the exponential growth in crop production demand. It is therefore vital that we think of ways in which this could be possible. The Internet of Things (IoT) could be the catalyst that could make some of these existing technologies even more efficient. An IoT platform will allow for various and numerous devices in the field to exchange data efficiently and economically so that near real-time recommendations and prescriptions could be generated by systems such as Farm Management Information Systems (FMIS), making farming much more efficient.

This paper will describe a use case of how an IoT platform and communication technologies, focused primarily on collection of soil moisture data from agricultural fields, can be used. This data will be standardized so that exchange between irrigation management systems is seamless. AgGateway’s Precision Ag Irrigation Language (PAIL) and Standardized Precision Ag Data Exchange format (SPADE) will be used as the standardization and exchange tool respectively.

Ganesh Subramanian, Panimalar Institute of Technology, Chennai

Ganesh SubramanianGANESH SUBRAMANIAN received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Bharadidasan University, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India and M.E Degree in applied Electronics from Anna University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India, in 1998 and 2008, respectively.

He completed his Ph.D. degree in the area of “Efficient and Secure Routing Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks” as a part-time candidate in Sathyabama University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. He is working as a Professor in the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Panimalar Institute of Technology, Chennai. Also he is the Chief-Operations for Chennai based Aerial Robotic Company called Aero 360 where he handles Operations, team coordination and R&D activities. He is the mentor of Team Dronix, an aerial robotics student’s startup.

He has contributed and presented papers at IEEE international conferences in Kerala, Allahabad, China, Korea, and in Thailand. He has been invited and presented his project at National University of Singapore (NUS) during LSGCC -December 2013. He had published his research works in various reputed international and national journals.

The teams led by him have participated in International ROBOSUB competition held at Sandiego,CA, USA, under the sponsorship of Indian Government during the month of July 2012, and in Singapore Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition (SAUVC) during the month of March 2013,March 2015 and March 2016.

Also he led teams during Singapore Robotics Game (SRG) 2014 as well as 2016. He had been Invited and presented as a speaker for “The Commercial UAV show Asia 2016” at Singapore , in “Small Unmanned Business System Exposition2017” at San Francisco, CA,USA , in “Drone Tech Europe 2017” at Bristol, U.K, in International workshop on Telemedicine and Medical drones-India sponsored by National Disaster Relief Forum of India as well as a Distinguished Panelist for IEEE Symposium on Drone Computing during October6, 2017 at Bengaluru, India

He has completed Nineteen years in the field of Research and Education.

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Presentation: Drones/UAVs for Aerial surveillance –The Indian Perspective

The farming industry will become arguably more important than ever before in the next few decades. The IoT is set to push the future of farming to the next level. Smart agriculture is already becoming more commonplace among farmers, and high tech farming is quickly becoming the standard thanks to agricultural drones and sensors. The world will need to produce 70% more food in 2050 than it did in 2006 in order to feed the growing population of the Earth, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The main goal of this presentation is to focus on the impact of drones in precision farming and implement a Smart irrigation system through various networking technologies and their integration with IoT.

Hironobu Takagi, IBM Research – Tokyo, IBM

Hironobu TakagiDr. Takagi is the senior manager of the Accessibility & Aging group at IBM Research – Tokyo. He joined IBM Research – Tokyo in 1999 and received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Tokyo in 2000. He has been investigating Web-accessibility, crowd-sourcing, elderly-care technologies and real-world accessibility technologies. He currently leads the Aging Research initiatives at global IBM Research. He is leading collaboration with University of California San Diego for eldercare and Carnegie Mellon University for real-world accessibility technologies. He received best paper awards at ACM ASSETS (Annual ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies) 2002 and 2009 and received an achievement award from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2011. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and ACM.

Presentation: Realworld Accessibility