March 6: Networking Dinner

The night before the Industry Event, the UW IoT Lab will host an informal get-together. This is a great opportunity to meet and have candid conversations with other attendees. More »

March 7: Industry Event

Join other IoT Lab industry members for a day packed with leading edge content, valuable research and networking. The day will include presentations from industry and academic leaders. More »

Spring 2017: IoT class

This semester, students can take ISyE601, Introduction to Internet of Things: Technologies and Applications, a three-credit course. The course is open to all majors and years, but registration is by instructor consent only.

  • Credits: This course is three credits.
  • Offered by: Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
  • Course number: ISyE 601 Section 004, Class #34304 (Special Topics in Industrial Engineering).
  • Time: 5:00–7:30 pm on Wednesdays.
  • Instructor: Dr. Thomas Yen

To register: Place yourself on the WAIT LIST, and the instructor will follow up.


Industry Event & Student Project Poster Session

The December 7 Industry Event was a full day of valuable content, knowledge-sharing and networking with peers. More »

September Industry Event

The Industry Event on September 14 featured presentations from Ipsen USA, Sysmex America and L&T Technology Services. More »

June Industry Event

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. More »

Consumer and Industrial Work Groups Meeting
and Student Poster Session

Consumer DiscussionDr. Shiyu ZhouAmazon Web Service

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. More »

Engineering EXPO

Engineering EXPO is an annual, two-day event on UW-Madison's campus. Hosted by the College of Engineering, April 15-16, this event was open to the public and brings thousands of visitors to campus to discover science and engineering. More »

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. More »

Lab students compete, win at Transcend Madison competition

Guadian teamWeightUp team winningSmart Cycles

On March 10 and 11, IoT Lab students competed in Transcend Madison, a student-led, campus-wide competition for innovative ideas and creations. Students competed for $20,000 in prizes and a spot in Madworks' 10-week intensive.

The lab served as a foundation for many of the competitors; nine entries featured IoT Lab students or were lab projects. Additionally, lab students were involved in the projects that won first place, second place and best business model. More »

Consumer and Industrial Work Groups Meeting

The Consumer and Industrial IoT Work Groups met February 24 to continue work on the recently launched applied research projects. More »

IBM Bluemix Boot Camp

Lab students, staff and industry partners worked with IBM engineers to connect Rapsberry Pi 2, temperature and humidity sensors, and smart devices to Bluemix in this hands-on, team-based workshop on February 24.

Consumer IoT Work Group Online Meeting

On January 28, the Consumer IoT Lab Work Group held a planning meeting to review 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.  More »

Student Welcome Back Session

The UW IoT Lab kicked off the semester January 27 with a Welcome Back Session to discuss exciting changes to the lab and what that means for future student involvement. More »

Industrial IoT Work Group Online Meeting

The Industrial IoT Work Group met online January 22 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. More »

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.

Industry Event

The Industry Session was a by invitation only event featuring company perspectives on IoT and a presentation on IoT and security from Cisco Systems. More »

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. More »

Mid-Term Internal Open House

At the Mid-Term Internal Open House, student teams shared their progress with other lab participants. Projects ranged from an anti-collision signaling device for bicycles to an apnea monitor for babies.

Check out all of the projects, hands-on demonstrations and exhibits at the UW IoT Lab Open House, Friday, December 11.

Learning Event and Working Session

Shi-Wan LinOn 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.  More »

Student Planning Session

Checking out a phoneStudent writing on boardStudents discussing at UW IoT Lab meeting

At the Planning Session on September 11, students proposed and brainstormed project ideas, technologies and devices they wanted to explore. Participants formed teams and developed project proposals for consideration by the UW IoT Lab staff.

Student Information Session

Students listen at Info Session

Nearly 200 students attended the UW IoT Lab's Fall 2015 kick-off on September 9. At the Information Session, students learned more about the Internet of Things, what a semester in the lab is like, and how to submit project proposals.

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 Sandra Bradley at or 608-265-3299.

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 Sandra Bradley at or 608-265-3299.

Work Groups Kick-Off

The UW Internet of Things Lab launched Industry Work Groups Thursday, May 28 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. If you would like to learn more about UW IoT Lab membership, please contact Sandra Bradley at 608-265-3299 or

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
American Family Insurance Matrix Product Development Terso Solutions We Energies

Industry Roundtable

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. The event featured a keynote by Dr. Sujeet Chand, the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Rockwell Automation and group discussions on the future of IoT and how the lab can bring value to companies. W

UW IOT LAb: Why Become a MEMBER?

Joining the UW IoT Lab provides your company with access to a multidisciplinary campus hub for university-industry collaboration. The lab 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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