IEEE workshop on IoT: Sensor Technologies, Applications and Entrepreneurship

17-18 October, 2017 | Liverpool, UK


Michael Walker

Michael Walker is professionally qualified as a Civil Engineering Land Surveyor (MCICES) with a BA in Law and an MSc in Management Science. He has over 30 years’ experience of successfully developing and delivering infrastructure, nuclear, regeneration and ICT projects, funded by EU, UK public and private funding for both private and not for profit sectors. After working on major construction projects for Nuttall, Tarmac and BNFL, Michael developed and marketed specialist survey and construction equipment for international companies Leica and Ingersoll-Rand and acted as a technical expert to the EU, developing machinery safety legislation. He has spent nine years on the Digital Services sector and recently completed AIMES’ new, energy efficient Data Centre, and an InnovateUK funded IoT project. In addition to managing the development of AIMES Data Centre facilities, he is currently working on data centre industry development, data security and health innovation projects. Michael has published papers on the thermochemical conversion of biomass and energy efficiency in data centres. He maintains an active interest in education, serving as Chair of the Liverpool Blue Coat School Foundation and Vice Chair of Governors of the school.
Abstract - The hour-long session will focus on the collection, collation, curation and monetisation of data, primarily from an IoT perspective. It will discuss differing aspects including types of data, collection methodologies, collation, legal responsibilities and possible monetisation as well as touching on the different aspects of the current rush to mine data for information.

Ouahcene (O2) Ourahmoune

As Operations Director for the Systems & Infrastructure department within Alstom UK, Ouahcene (O2) Ourahmoune has successfully started 2 major transport infrastructure projects in the UK: one for Crossrail (in London) and one for Network Rail (National Electrification Programme). After 15 years of projects in Telecom & IT industries in different countries across Europe, Ouahcene joined Alstom as a Project Director in France and then took global responsibility for business development of the Infrastructure division, before joining Alstom UK. Ouahcene’s current challenge is to manage Innovation for Alstom UK, with a particular focus on Intelligent Mobility, energy efficiency and Open Innovation. Ouahcene holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA from ESCP-Europe, one of the most prestigious French Business schools.
Abstract - IoT within Alstom group is part of a larger Digital transformation programme addressing all areas of the business, from product design, to production, to workforce connectivity and through to asset management. For this workshop, I will illustrate how IoT is implemented for maintenance and asset management of railway systems.I will also explain why our industry needs entrepreneurs to bring it to the 21st century

Robert Minerva

Roberto Minerva holds a Ph.D in Computer Science and Telecommunications from Telecom Sud Paris, France, and a Master Degree in Computer Science from Bari University, Italy. He was the Chairman of the IEEE IoT Initiative, an effort to nurture a technical community and to foster research in IoT. Roberto has been for several years in TIMLab, involved in activities on SDN/NFV, 5G, Big Data, architectures for IoT. Now he is a research engineer in Paris Sud Telecom and the Chief Technologist in, a start-up aiming to drive the digitalization of businesses in several industries. He is authors of several papers published in international conferences, books and magazines.
Abstract - The Internet of Things is viewed as a set of enabling technology that will support the progressive softwarization of many processes. Its impact is huge and it will touch almost every industrial sector. However, there are still many research and innovation challenges to be solved and tackled especially when considering large IoT systems aiming at offering a way to "program" the world. In spite of all the effort on the technological side, the business and the social impacts have still to be fully understood. So far, IoT has been deployed essentially in a siloed fashion. This has limited its full impact on very specific and confined environments. What are the technical issues when IoT systems scale up to integrate millions of different objects? What are the issues that large IoT systems have to consider when crossing administrative and business domains? What are the impacts on people? These and other challenges will be presented during this talk.

Zaiku Group & Nanosai

In simple terms Nanosai is developing innovative backend technologies that will provide a nervous system and brain for sensors. Our platform will provide easy, compact and fast storage of sensor data together with powerful processing capabilities (e.g. stream or batch processing) of large variety of data sets.
Venture Background: Nanosai although UK headquartered, is by default an internationally diverse venture made of team members from 6 nationalities and counting! The Nanosai journey started in January 2015 when the two founders of UK based Zaiku Group (Bamborde Balde & Liam Shore) and the founder of Denmark based Jenkov Aps  (Jakob Jenkov) joined forces to create an alternative distributed systems infrastructure stack because our founders had long been annoyed with the limitations of existing public cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services.
Key Benefits of Nanosai
1.Optimised sensor data encoding using our data format ION.
2. Easy processing (e.g. batch or stream) and optimised transport of data via our own network
protocol IAP. But also, possible via TCP, UDP and even radio broadcast!
3. Replay of entire streams of data from the log (e.g. in post hacking forensic analysis).
4. Flexible subscription to data logs – ability to request data from time A to time B.
5. Easy replication, backup, and restoration of data.