EVENTS

May 2: Pre-Event Networking Dinner

Before the May 3 event, meet for a networking dinner at Paisan's. To request an invitation, please contact Marti Ryan at marti@wisc.edu.

If you need overnight accommodations, please check out our Hotels page. We recommend booking soon, as there are limited hotel rooms available.



May 3: Industry Event and Student Poster Session

Our next in-person event of the UW IoT Systems Research Center will be a full day of valuable content, knowledge-sharing and networking with peers.

  • When: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 3
  • Where: The second level of the Gordon Dining and Event Center on UW-Madison’s campus
    770 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706

Agenda

8:30 AM Registration and Networking
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
9:15 AM Best Practices in IoT Solutions
  Ken Carroll, VP Principal of IoT Architecture and John Churchill, Director of Sales Midwest – Cloud Technology Partners
Gain practical lessons from real-world implementations of IoT solutions for four use cases.
10:00 AM IoT for Organizations: Avoiding Common Pitfalls
  Mark Benson, CTO – Exosite
Understand five key successful behaviors (and corresponding pitfalls) that organizations exhibit along their IoT journey.
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Work Group Project Updates
 
  • Consumer IoT: Smart and Connected Home – Marti Ryan, UW IoT Systems Research Center
    Gain preliminary insights from our field study of 30 home owners who have recently installed a variety of smart home devices. We will share findings from our surveys conducted during the preacquisition phase and the post-installation phase.
  • IoT Security – Marti Ryan, UW IoT Systems Research Center and Eric Devoy, BP America
    Hear about IoT security best practices and challenges from our exclusive interviews of subject-matter experts at leading companies. We’ll be sharing the big aha! moments, common themes and solutions that companies can use as guidance for developing secure IoT-enabled products and services.
  • Industrial IoT: Predictive Maintenance – Professor Shiyu Zhou and Salman Jahani, UW-Madison
    Learn about superior data modeling and analytics methods IoT Center researchers are developing for industrial/commercial equipment condition monitoring, diagnostics and predictive maintenance.
12:15 PM Lunch (including table topics for discussion)
1:15 PM Challenges & Solutions in IoT End-Point Security
  Professor Younghyun Kim – UW-Madison
Learn about challenges in ensuring the security of IoT end-point devices and an innovative solution applied to implantable medical IoT.
2:00 PM Industry 4.0 Meets Workforce 2.0
  Ashis Khan, Area VP, IoT and Digital Transformation – L&T Technology Services and Ramarao Garikapati, CEO & Founder – ExTech Ideas
Takeaway valuable insights on how companies can prepare their workplace for Gen Z using new and emerging technologies.
2:45 PM Highlights From the Day and IoT Center Summer/Fall Plans
3:00 PM Student Poster Session
  Features projects on real-world IoT applications by multidisciplinary student teams in the introductory IoT course.

Participation in this event is by invitation only and is restricted to companies who are UW IoT Systems Research Center members or are strongly considering membership in the center. Attendees should be leaders of IoT initiatives and/or innovation in their companies. To request an invitation, please contact Marti Ryan at marti@wisc.edu.

PAST EVENTS

Industry Event

Steve Knackers Presenting Thomas Jean and Julian Dale PresentingJack Ma Presenting

The March 7 Industry event included peer-to-peer networking, breakout sessions and featured the following thought-provoking presentations from industry and academic experts:

  • High-Performance Flexible Electronics
    Professor Jack Ma, UW–Madison
  • Using Virtual Reality to Simulate Real World Environments
    Professor Kevin Ponto, UW–Madison
  • Benefits and Use Cases of IoT Edge Computing, Including the Newly Launched AWS Greengrass
    Thomas Jean and Julian Dale, Solstice
  • Cycle-Based Signal Modeling for Equipment Condition Monitoring
    Professor Shiyu Zhou and Salman Jahani, UW–Madison
  • Pratical Insights on IoT Security: The Big Little Things
    Steve Knackers, Sub-Zero Group

Additionally, Dr. Raj Veeramani and Marti Ryan provided an update on UW IoT Systems Research Center projects and activities.

The event also included breakout sessions where attendees discussed Consumer IoT, Industrial IoT and IoT Security.





Industry Event & Student Project Poster Session

IoT Lab Meeting - Room viewTobin Jansenberger, American Family InsuranceStudents at poster session

The December 7 Industry Event was a full day of valuable content, knowledge-sharing and networking with peers, including the following presentations:

  • IoT in Manufacturing: A Progress Report
    Joe Kann, Vice President Global Business Development, Rockwell Automation
  • Emerging Data Science Capabilities: Opportunities and Challenges
    Tobin Jansenberger, Data Science and Analytics Lab Manager, American Family Insurance
  • Update on UW IoT Lab Activities and Projects
    Dr. Raj Veeramani, Executive Director, UW IoT Lab
  • IoT Enablement of Legacy and New Equipment
    Anurag Garg, Founder and CEO, DATTUS, Inc.
  • Mixed and Augmented Reality Featuring Microsoft Hololens
    Greg Levenhagen, Principal Consultant, Skyline Technologies

The work groups met in breakout sesssions to discuss ongoing projects: Smart and Connected Home (Consumer IoT) and Predictive Diagnostics of Equipment (Industrial IoT). Additionally, the IoT Security Work Group met for the first time.

The day concluded with a student poster session, featuring projects on real-world IoT applications by multidisciplinary student teams in the new IoT course.




September IoT Lab Industry Event

The Industry Event on September 14 featured presentations from Ipsen USA, Sysmex America and L&T Technology Services. Addtionally, Dr. Raj Veeramani provided an update on UW IoT Lab projects and activities.

The day also included a group discussion on forming a collaborative learning work group focused on IoT security.




June Industry Event for Consumer and Industrial IoT Work Groups

Curt G Joa presentation Professor Zhang

The June 23 Industry Event was a full day of valuable content, knowledge-sharing and networking with peers. The day's program included insightful presentations (including one by Curt G. Joa Inc., a world leader in engineering and building specialty machines for producing disposable products, such as diapers). Participants also learned about emerging wireless communications technologies from Professor Xinyu Zhang (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department) and Blockchain and its implications for IoT from Dr. Thomas Yen (Technical Director, UW IoT Lab).

The day included breakout sessions for the Industrial IoT and Consumer IoT Work Groups to review progress and discuss next steps for the applied research projects focused on Smart and Connected Enterprise (predictive diagnostics of equipment) and Smart and Connected Home use cases.




April Industry Event for Consumer and Industrial IoT Work Groups

Consumer DiscussionDr. Shiyu ZhouSpeaker

The IoT Lab’s Industrial IoT and Consumer IoT Work Groups are actively engaged in developing the project roadmap for applied research projects focused on Smart and Connected Enterprise (predictive diagnostics of equipment) and Smart and Connected Home use cases respectively. In these projects, we are adopting a “learning by doing” approach using real-world scenarios and testbeds to address and learn about significant issues of common interest pertaining to IoT infrastructure, analytics and customer value.

At the April 28 Industry Event, attendees learned about the lab's proposed plan of action for both Work Group projects and how companies can get involved in and benefit from these projects. Participants also had the opportunity to gain valuable practical insights from member companies, as well as from research projects being conducted by faculty and students in the IoT Lab. After the industry event, lab students shared their projects' progress at the Poster Session.




March Consumer and Industrial IoT Work Groups Online Meetings

On March 29 and 30, both Work Groups met over the phone and online to discuss and finalize next steps and action plans for Work Group projects. The Industrial IoT Work Group's project focuses on the use case of "Predictive Diagnostics of Industrial/Commercial Equipment," while the Consumer IoT Work Group addresses the use case "Smart & Connected Home: Reducing Risk and Cost and Enhancing Convenience for Home Owner."




February Consumer and Industrial Work Groups Meeting and IBM Bluemix Boot Camp

The Consumer and Industrial IoT Work Groups met February 24 to continue work on the recently launched applied research projects. The Industrial IoT project is focused on Smart and Connected Enterprise (predictive diagnostics of equipment), while the Consumer IoT Work Group is taking on Smart and Connected Home use cases. In both of these projects, the work groups' approaches are based on “learning by doing” using real-world scenarios to address and learn about common issues of interest pertaining to IoT infrastructure, analytics and customer value.

The day kicked off with updates on lab activities and the results of company interviews conducted by the lab. Next, Professors Shiyu Zhou and Kaibu Liu each gave presentations addressing IoT analytics challenges. In the afternoon, attendees broke into parallel work group sessions to develop study designs and activities and determine next steps.

Immediately after the Industry Session, attendees were invited to join IoT Lab students and staff in the lab for an immersive workshop with IBM engineers. Participants gained hands-on experience with Bluemix and learn how to connect it to Rapspberry Pi 2, temperature and humidity sensors, and smart devices.






January Consumer Work Group Online Meeting

Facilitators: Ryan Rist (American Family Insurance) and Todd Duberstein (Andersen Corporation)

At the January 28 planning meeting, attendees reviewed the charter and a draft work plan of our Work Group project focused on the use case of Smart & Connected Home: Reducing Risk and Cost and Enhancing Convenience for Home Owners. The lab recruited a group of homeowners to participate in this Work Group project and to use their homes as a testbed for this study.

We defined the questions of interest pertaining to infrastructure, analytics, and customer value aspects of the Smart & Connected Home.






January Industrial Work Group Online Meeting

Facilitators: Joe Kann (Rockwell Automation) and Tim Gamroth (Johnson Controls)

On January 22, the work group met to review the charter and a draft work plan of the Industrial Work Group project focused on the use case of Predictive Diagnostics and Maintenance of Industrial/Commercial Equipment.

As a group, we defined the questions we wish to investigate pertaining to infrastructure, analytics and customer value aspects of this use case. We discuseds the potential approach and project activities we will jointly pursue, (e.g., compiling insights and lessons learned from IoT Lab member companies, defining and setting up a test bed, conducting experiments or developing a proof-of-concept demonstration).






Industry Event and Open House

Special double event!

  • When: Friday, December 11, 11:30 am-7:00 pm
    • Industry Session: 11:30 am-4:30 pm (By invitation only – Register below)
    • Open House: 5:00-7:00pm (Open to public)
  • Where: Mechanical Engineering Building on UW-Madison’s campus
    1513 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 | Google map»

At the Industry Session, attendees had the opportunity to share their company’s perspectives and initiatives on IoT in a round-robin series of short presentations. The Industry Session was a by invitation only event for  UW IoT Lab members or or companies strongly considering membership (learn more about membership benefits) in the lab.



Cisco Presentation: Securing the Internet of Things

Nancy Cam-Winget, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems

The Internet of Things is already impacting many environments, from homes to critical infrastructures like your power grid. With more than 15 billion devices already connected today, we are already seeing and experiencing the benefits of such connectivity. However, benefits such as being able to remotely control your thermostat or have the manufacturers troubleshoot your home appliance come with security challenges and growing threats.

This presentation described how our digital information world is transformed to a hyper-connected environment driving the research needs to better understand how we can continue to enjoy such benefits while addressing security. Watch the keynote»



Open House

The UW IoT Lab Open House showcased 18 innovative student team projects, hands-on demonstrations and exhibits. Projects were entirely student-driven, and teams were composed of students from multiple disciplines.

This semester the lab had more than 50 students from across campus participating. Projects represented a diverse range of IoT applications in health, home, buildings, city and consumer applications.

Congratulations to the award-winners:

  • Most Potential Impact – Safe Cycle
    • William Caldwell (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
    • Bradley Scharlau (Electrical Engineering, BS)
    • Katherine Miller (Dietetics, BS)
    • Kangbo Li (Mechanical Engineering, BS)


  • Most Innovative Technology – Smart Shoes for Health Management
    • Mihir Shete (Computer Science, MS)
    • Tushar Verma (Computer Engineering and Computer Science, BS)


  • Best Demonstration – Amazon Echo with Insteon Connected Kit
    • Alex Valaitis (Computer Science, Economics, BS)
    • Chris Sivanich (Computer Sciences, BS)

Learn more about student projects and demonstrations, including a complete list of experiences on our Projects page.






UW IoT Lab Webinar: Lessons in IoT Applications: What B2B Can Teach B2C and Vice Versa

Rodney Sloan, Director of Technology Partnerships, Johnson Controls
Jessica Groopman, Research Director & Principal Analyst, Harbor Research

Andrew McCartney, Founding Partner at Whitespace Ventures, LTD

Some may argue that the Internet of Things has more advanced applications on the industrial side than on the consumer side. Yet, the synergies between these two are greater than you may think: when it comes to developing and adopting technology, people are people — whether consumers or employees.

In a one-hour web discussion on November 12, Rodney Sloan, Jessica Groopman and Andrew McCartney had a lively discussion regarding issues that impact both B2B and B2C. The trio addressed the following themes and delved into what works and what doesn’t in the IoT space:

  • Identifying the opportunity (and risks!)
  • Aligning the organization
  • Designing user experience
  • Technological considerations
  • Measurement and optimization

Rodney Sloan, Director of Technology Partnerships, Johnson Controls

Rodney drives IoT vision and initiatives with technology partners specific to JCI Building Automation Systems and HVAC equipment. These partners include Cisco, Rockwell, Microsoft, Intel, Hitachi and others.

Jessica Groopman, Research Director and Principal Analyst, Harbor Research

Jessica conducts research on disruptive technologies and specializes in the Internet of Things. Her current focus is the application of sensors on consumer-facing businesses, with an emphasis on customer experience, the ethical communication of data use, privacy, contextual marketing, automated service and wearables.

Andrew McCartney, Founding Partner at Whitespace Ventures, LTD
Perhaps the quintessential tech entrepreneur, Andrew has travelled from coder to chic geek, to working for one of the largest tech firms in the world and becoming a keystone for the booming British tech ecosystem. He is a founding partner of Whitespace Ventures, a venture capital fund based in London with a strong focus on IoT, Deep Science and Corporate Spin outs.






Learning Event and Working Session

On September 22, the UW IoT Lab hosted a by-invitation-only event featuring leading companies who are UW IoT Lab members or are strongly considering membership (learn more about membership benefits). At this event, participants helped shape future activities of our IoT Work Groups (in Consumer IoT and Industrial IoT), heard about skills modules development and ongoing projects in the lab, and learned about best practices from industry leader Intel. Attendees learned how the UW IoT Lab can serve as a strategic resource to help companies leverage IoT technologies to create customer value and gain competitive advantage.

 

Intel Presentation — IoT Strategic Perspective and Insights:

Shi-Wan LinIntel introduced an end-to-end IoT system architecture in the industrial context where analytics plays a key role in realizing the IoT premises and where safety, security and resilience are critical to its success. Participants discussed the unique challenges on interoperability in industrial IoT, as well as approaches that are being taken to meet these challenges — including the efforts in key standards development organizations. Intel shared current perspectives on what have been recognized as key issues in the industrial IoT system architecture as well as some thoughts on how they can be addressed.

About Shi-Wan Lin: Shi-Wan Lin has two decades of industrial experience in telecommunication, wireless communication, enterprise software, Cloud Service, security and trust, Big Data and Big Data analytics, and industrial IoT system architecture in both large technology company and start-up settings.

Shi-Wan is currently a Principal Engineer in the Strategy and Technology Office in Intel’s Internet of Things Group. He is also a co-chair of the Technology Working Group in the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he played a leading role in developing the recently published Industrial Internet Reference Architecture. He has also contributed to other standard development organizations, including the NIST Cyber-Physical System reference framework.

Watch the keynote»

 




Industrial IoT Work Group Online Meeting

On August 14, Co-chairs from GE Healthcare and Rockwell Automation walked the group through the work plan and discussed topics and experiments around Smart Enterprise. If you are interested in joining the UW IoT Lab (learn more about membership benefits) and learning more about the Consumer IoT Work Group, please contact Raj Veeramani at raj.veeramani@wisc.edu or 608-262-0861.




Consumer IoT Work Group Online Meeting

During an online meeting on July 29, Consumer IoT Work Group Co-chairs from Briggs and Stratton and American Family Insurance led discussions about the group's work plan, Smart Home topics and experiments for the coming year. If you are interested in joining the UW IoT Lab (learn more about membership benefits) and learning more about the Consumer IoT Work Group, please contact Raj Veeramani at raj.veeramani@wisc.edu or 608-262-0861.






Work Groups Kick-Off

The UW Internet of Things Lab launched Industry Work Groups Thursday, May 28, 2015,  with a Kick-Off event at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Companies from diverse industries shared perspectives on how IoT it transforming their business, and attendees participated in breakout sessions to discuss and refine plans for the Work Groups.

Keynote: The Internet of Things — Opportunities, Challenges and Collaborative Innovation by Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2

Florence HudsonThe Internet of Things is here, and growing. It is expected that the Internet of Things will create trillions of dollars in economic value, providing the opportunity for many firms and people to realize new value.

Yet, there are challenges including privacy, trust and security related to the devices, users and data. Through collaborative innovation we can realize the value from the Internet of Things while addressing the challenges.

Internet2 and the University of Wisconsin - Madison are developing collaborative learning and innovation communities to further the value and address the risks in the Internet of Things. We invite you to join these efforts.

Florence Hudson is Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Internet2, a not-for-profit consortium of more than 250 academic institutions and more than 150 research organizations developing innovations around the Internet. In this role Florence is leading the Internet2 community in identifying and developing new innovations that leverage the high-speed 100 gigabit network Internet2 provides today to bring greater value to Internet2 members and the world.

Hudson was with IBM for more than 33 years in many leadership roles, including Vice President and Director of Corporate Strategy, Vice President in Systems and Technology Group, and Vice President and acting Chief Technology Officer of the IBM Global Industrial Sector. Most recently, she was Director of Business Development in the Internet of Things Division within the IBM Analytics Business Unit, executing the strategy she built. Prior to that, in Corporate Strategy, she led the development of business and technical strategies across IBM including the Internet of Things, energy and the environment, smarter planet, smarter buildings and cities, advanced water management, cognitive computing, analytics, cloud computing, growth markets, financing, hardware, software and services.

Hudson graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and has attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Watch the keynote»






Internet of Things Open House

On December 9, about 400 people attended the Internet of Things Lab's Fall 2014 Open House. The event included hands-on experiences with emerging technologies and devices. Attendees tried on Google Glass, rode virtual roller coasters with Oculus Rift, watched drones take off and fly, and more!

Congratulations to the award-winners:

  • Most Potential Impact – Smart Helmet
    • Shawn Bartel (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
    • John Keehn (Mechanical Engineering, BS)
    • Sohan Shinde (Mechanical Engineering, MS)


  • Most Innovative Technology – Object Tracking Using Mobile Radio Frequency and Drones
    • Songzi Wen (Computer Sciences, BS)
    • Yefeng Yuan (Computer Sciences and CE, BS)
    • Xiaojian Nie (Computer Sciences, BS)
    • Jiangnan Chen (Computer Sciences and Math, BS)
    • Shamial Ahmed (Electrical Engineering, BS)
    • Pedro Molgarejo (Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD)


  • Best Demonstration – Myo Band
    • Gustavo Zach Vargas (Biomedical Engineering, BS)
    • Robert Scott Carson (Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences, BS)

Learn more about student projects and demonstrations, including a complete list of experiences on our Projects page.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors
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Industry Roundtable

On September 28, 2014, the UW IoT Lab hosted a half-day Industry Roundtable for companies to share perspectives regarding IoT implications and opportunities, and to help shape the UW IoT Lab as a valuable resource to industry.

Keynote: How Industrial IoT is Delivering Value Today

Sujeet ChandManufacturing companies are deriving real value from IoT today. The convergence of IT and OT with IP-based networks as the backbone is enabling The Connected Enterprise where IoT helps transform data into information, knowledge and wisdom. This transformation is helping companies optimize their production and supply networks to realize unprecedented productivity gains and improved global competitiveness. During the keynote, Dr. Chand discussed applications of IoT in industry and highlight progress and challenges in realizing value from IoT in The Connected Enterprise.

The Roundtable's keynote speaker, Dr. Sujeet Chand, is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Rockwell Automation. Sujeet leads the company's global technology strategy and technical innovation. His focus on customers' productivity and sustainability has been integral in Rockwell Automation's growth in next-generation product architecture and platforms, global technology roadmaps, and research and development. Watch the keynote»

UW IOT Center: Why Become a MEMBER?

Joining the UW IoT Systems Research Center provides your company with access to a multidisciplinary hub for university-industry collaboration. The center focuses on industry-driven learning, research and hands-on investigation in a noncommercial environment. Learn more »

Selected Keynotes and Videos

Industry Event Presentation:

IoT in Manufacturing: A Progress Report

Joe Kann, Vice President, Global Business Development, Rockwell Automation




Industry Event Presentation:

Blockchain and Its Implications for IoT

Dr. Thomas Yen, UW IoT Lab Technical Director




Industry Event Keynote:

Securing the Internet of Things

Nancy Cam-Winget, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems




INdustry Learning Event & Working Session:

IoT Strategic Perspective and Insights

Shi-Wan Lin, Intel Principal Engineer/IoT System Architecure Technologist Strategy and Technology Office/Internet of Things Group, Intel





Work Groups Kick-Off Keynote:

The Internet of Things — Opportunities, Challenges and Collaborative Innovation

Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2





Roundtable Keynote:

The Connected Enterprise: How Industrial IoT is Delivering Value Today

Sujeet Chand, Senior Vice President and Chief Techonlogy Officer, Rockwell Automation

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