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Throughout the year, IEEE Future Directions hosts webinars that explore the latest emerging technologies with leading experts in the field. Access available webinars below.

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Symbiotic Autonomous SystemsSymbiotic Autonomous Systems: Autonomy & Ethical, Legal, and Societal Considerations

Today, we are at a crossroads, on the cusp of significant transformative changes that will impact society worldwide, revolutionizing global business operations and fundamentally altering how inanimate objects are perceived in a world increasingly reliant on autonomous systems. A key outcome of this transformation will be a notable shift in the interaction of previously independent systems, including humans, and an increased awareness and responsiveness to autonomous systems that will lead to the development of symbiotic relationships that have significant implications for human society as a whole.

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Raj Madhavan
Raj Madhavan
IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Co-Chair
6/25/2017
Symbiotic Autonomous SystemsSymbiotic Autonomous Systems: A Path from Now to the Future

Symbiotic Autonomous Systems may be seen as a next step in the digital age. The age of computers has fostered automation of many activities and its performances have enabled the creation of new ones. The age of “digital” is harvesting the computer productions, the 0 and I, the bits, giving rise to a parallel World, the cyberspace. In the coming decades we are bound to see progress in both the "computerization" of the World and in its digitalization. These two trends will strengthen one another and will overlap creating the age of Symbiotic Autonomous Systems, SAS.

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Roberto Saracco
Roberto Saracco
IEEE Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Co-Chair
6/8/2017
SDN / NFV / IoTSDN in LANs: Programming the Network to Secure IoT Traffic

The webinar will present results from an internal research project that aims at giving back to users control over their connected lives. By using virtualization and software-defined networking we scout the future of connected environments, in which dedicated, isolated network overlays, within and across administrative domains, are automatically set up on behalf of the users. The resulting solution provides means for users to have fine grained control over the sharing and composition of their IoT resources, by explicitly defining which resources should be shared, with whom and how, while relieving them of the underlying networking technical complexity. We will describe the overall solution before illustrating its behavior in a number of scenarios, insisting on its benefits and challenges such as security & privacy.

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Matthieu Boussard
Matthieu
Boussard

Nokia Bell Labs

Nicolas Le Sauze
Nicolas Le Sauze
Nokia Bell Labs
11/9/2016
IoT / Smart CitiesIntegrating the IoT and Cultural Heritage in the Smart City

Achieving smartness in cities through IoT is difficult because it requires integration of different technologies, processes, and administrative domains but, even more challenging, it requires the ability to see the city as a large complex system. As well, a city is largely characterized by its cultural heritage that makes it different from any other city. To quantify and leverage cultural heritage within the large context of a multidisciplinary effort of IoT deployments is a huge challenge.

In addition to domain-specific technological issues, there exist further challenges in business, social, and regulation realms that are deeply intertwined. These intricacies can greatly impact the deployment and the success of IoT deployment within Smart Cities. But, a city’s cultural heritage can and should also be a factor in the creation of its unique path to smartness.

This webinar provides a view on some major technology challenges of the IoT, covers critical business and social issues that could hamper the large deployment of IoT systems within smart cities and provides examples related to the creation of a future city that leverages its cultural heritage and specific needs using Venice, Italy as the example.

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Roberto Minerva
Roberto Minerva
Chair, IEEE IoT Initiative; Telecom Italia Lab
10/27/2016
IoTThe “Soft” Internet of Things

The “soft” IoT includes those things that are not usually associated with the idea of things, either because they are a piece of software or because they are embedded in something else.

Data have reached such a volume and diversity that they have become a fabric upon which applications and services may be built. Some of these data can have a characterization of their own; they become “soft” things. Among these are virtual sensors, sensing made based on data derived from several streams and the virtual representation of devices, like digital cameras. This latter is particularly interesting in view of the trend towards industry 4.0, an area where we have just start to take the first steps.

The talk will address the aspects of virtualization, of data fabric, digital signature and the role these Soft IoT will be having in the coming years.

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Roberto Saracco
Roberto Saracco
IEEE Senior Member, Future Directions Committee, EIT Digital Trento Node Director
9/29/2016
IoTSocial Impact of and on IoT

Demographic, economic, and sociotechnical trends will influence the context of IoT deployments in the short and long run. Especially relevant will be continued population growth, the aging of the population and workforce, increased urbanization, continuing high rates of international migration, high rates of workforce disruption requiring retraining, jobs that are less tethered to particular locations, more leisure time, persistent income inequality, and continued concerns about security and personal safety.

IoT will influence society by facilitating the untethering of work from workplaces, increasing the potential for migration without losing touch with family and friends, making physical environments more user-friendly for old people, and improving personal security through surveillance. It will also bring negative consequences including exposure of formerly private personal behaviors, loss of privacy and trade secrets, and vulnerability to serious cyber-disruptions. There will be unintended consequences that we cannot yet foresee, requiring adaptive responses by courts, public policymakers, enterprises, and individuals. Standards and regulations will often lag perceived need, placing significant responsibility on individuals to protect themselves. New insurance products, contracting norms, and litigation opportunities will help individuals and enterprises manage these risks.

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Clint Andrews
Clint Andrews
Professor and Associate Dean for Planning and New Initiatives, Rutgers University; Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building
8/24/2016
Smart CitiesA Preview of and Discussion on IEEE International Smart Cities Conference Content

This panel, led by Dario Petri, Conference Chair of the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2) 2016, will give attendees a preview of the content to be available at the conference this September 12-15 in Trento, Italy. The conference theme, Improving the Citizens’ Quality of Life, will factor into the material presented. Dario will be joined in presentation by conference track co-chairs in the areas of Smart Government, Health and Well-Being, Smart Energy Systems, Smart Transportation, Big Data and Open Data, and Privacy and Security.

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Dario Petri
University of Trento, Italy, IEEE International Smart Cities Conference 2016 Chair
7/28/2016
IoT / SecurityA Trojan Horse of the Modern Day

Complete IoT embedded device security is not just about the device but involves the entire product’s identity, data/control integrity, and services traversing the cloud. A device can no longer be looked at as an island, it is a part of a system. And given the cross-domain interactions enabled by IoT it could be a part of many systems. Also, depending on where the device is deployed, for example in the office building verses a factory floor or oil field, reliability, ethics, policy, and safety requirements will present unique challenges.

  • What specifically are the present and future security concerns that product developers have to consider when deploying solutions in a specific segment?

  • What kinds of new ethical issues arise with IoT-embedded devices that are different from traditional devices (e.g. GWs, PCs, etc.)?

  • What kinds of governance/policy measures need to be considered to reflect the evolving world of technology?

  • Who are the real customers, and what are they asking for?

  • What are the business/financial benefits for customers to consider in IoT Embedded Security, Reliability and Safety?


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    Oleg Logvinov
    Oleg Logvinov
    Chair, IEEE Internet Initiative, and President and CEO IoTecha Corporation

    Panelists Include:
    Dennis Ward
    Founder and Analyst at Dennis Ward Enterprises, Internet of Things Market Research and Solution Consulting firm

    Kenie Ho
    Partner, Finnegan, intellectual property law firm

    Vinai Sandaram
    CEO, SensorHound, security and reliability software for the Internet of Things

    Jonathan Joseph Klinger
    LL.M, Attorney at Law

    Louis M. Parks
    President and Chief Executive Officer, SecureRF, small, fast solutions to small or embedded computing platforms
    7/27/2016
    IoT / Privacy / EthicsEuropean Approach to IoT, Privacy, and Ethics with a Global View

    The coming proliferation of interconnected physical objects in the Internet of Things (IoT) brings concerns over privacy, and ethical access to and use of personal data to new heights. In this webinar, privacy experts examine the state of privacy protection in the European community and extend their knowledge and considerations to a global view on this issue.

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    Luca Bolognini
    President, Italian Institute for Privacy; Founding Partner, ICT Legal Consulting Board, Privacy Flag

    Sebastien Ziegler
    President, IoT Forum and IoT Lab; Director, Mandat International; Vice-Chair IEEE Subcommittee on IoT; ITU Rapporteur on Emerging Technologies for the IoT and Smart Cities
    6/20/2016
    IoT / AIIoT Is the Body, AI Is the Brain

    In a quickly unfolding near-future, the Internet of Things will merge with other technologies — e.g., mixed reality, data analytics — to create the beginnings of a sentient and interactive physical environment. The potential of this grand convergence will be enabled by what we today call artificial intelligence. But how will developers encode the human need for randomness and serendipity into the software that will make increasingly important and autonomous decisions in our lives? Is an echo chamber, in which one experiences only what one wants to experience, an inevitable consequence of delegating control to ubiquitous intelligent systems? If IoT is the body and AI is the brain, where is the soul?

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    Jay Iorio
    Innovation Director, IEEE Standards Association

    BC Biermann
    Educational Technologist, Academic, Digital Artist

    Heather Schlegel
    Futurist
    5/18/2016
    IoT / Smart GridAn Emerging Enernet of Things

    This webinar will explore how the emerging decentralized, disaggregated smart grid will converge with the Internet of Things in an "Enernet" that will not just maintain, but improve economy, reliability, security and sustainability. The bulk power grid in America has long been a smart grid. Generators, substations and transmission lines are monitored, analyzed and controlled in real time. Yet, this grid is proving to be inadequate in terms of economy, reliability, security and sustainability. Even if this was not the case, the grid is not designed to accommodate an exploding penetration of new kinds energy production (e.g., wind, solar PV, microgrids), storage (e.g., battery, mechanical, thermal), control (i.e., independent from bulk power grid, even stochastic), utilization (e.g., electric vehicles, smart appliances, smart buildings, smart cities), and commerce (i.e., transactive energy markets) at the distribution edges of the grid.

    Some 20,000 generators, 70,000 substations and 100,000 transmission lines in the legacy bulk power grid are being supplemented, even supplanted by millions, eventually billions of new points of energy production, storage, utilization and management at the distribution edges of the grid. The distribution grid has not been a smart grid with only limited monitoring, analysis and control in real time. How will the complexity and autonomy of these new nodes be dealt with? How can billions of variables be monitored, analyzed and controlled to ensure reliability?

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    Steven Collier
    Steve Collier
    IEEE Smart Grid and IoT subject matter expert
    4/28/2016
    IoT / 5GDefining 5G Architecture as the Future Communications Infrastructure of IoT

    The definition of the next generation of mobile network is at an initial stage and there is not a consistent and shared view about its architecture and technical aspects. In this early stage it is important to define the goals and requirements of the future infrastructure. Telecom Operators want to play a key role in this and they are putting forward a very detailed set of requirements capitalizing the efforts on M2M architectural definition and the evolution to 5G.

    The definition of the next generation of mobile network will not be inertial (simple technological improvements), instead the goal is to position the 5G network as a powerful enabler for many industries and at the center stage of many future business and technological transformation. The 5G network aims at providing a considerable and diversified capacity and intelligent functions to a large set of classes of applications. This webcast will focus on how the different requirements of IoT could help in defining a slice of the forthcoming architecture of the 5G of mobile systems.

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    Roberto Minerva
    Roberto Minerva
    Chair, IEEE IoT Initiative; Telecom Italia Lab
    2/24/2016
    IoT / Internet / SecurityIPv6-based IoT

    The importance of IP addresses as an enabler in the Internet of Things (IoT) is considerable. IPv6 enables about a trillion, trillion, trillion IP addresses whereas IPv4, which has provided about 4.3 billion addresses is largely exhausted. Scalability, better security, performance factors for the particulars of IoT applications, and hockey stick adoption are just some of the benefits of IPv6, but there are hurdles.

    In this webinar, presented by IEEE IoT Expert Latif Ladid, attendees will learn the role IPv6 will play in the global IoT and why it is worthwhile to understand its benefits and challenges.

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    Latif Ladid
    Latif Ladid
    Chair, 2015 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things; President, IPv6 Forum; Research Fellow, University of Luxembourg
    11/19/2015
    IoTPanel: Startups and Investors in the Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things will benefit from new technologies and applications at every level, from complex, embedded systems to those consumers directly interact with in everyday life. The IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Internet of Things Initiative are fostering this environment of innovation with a series of IoT Startup events. In this webinar, hear from startup companies that exemplify new approaches and technologies in IoT markets. Webinar presenters include esteemed panelists from IoT-related fields who provided their invaluable insights on startups.

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    Oleg Logvinov
    Oleg Logvinov
    Chair, IEEE P2413 Working Group, IEEE IoT; Director of Special Assignments, STMicroelectronics
    10/29/2015
    IoT / StandardsThe Internet of Things, Architecture and Standards

    This webinar by IEEE IoT expert Oleg Logvinov discusses IEEE P2413 - Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things - and the key elements that provide a path to develop Quadruple Trust, to managing both information and access to it. He also discusses how IEEE P2413 will help minimize industry and vertical market fragmentation, ease implementation of cross-domain applications, and ensure that IoT achieves critical mass on a global scale.

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    Oleg Logvinov
    Oleg Logvinov
    Chair, IEEE P2413 Working Group, IEEE IoT; Director of Special Assignments, STMicroelectronics
    8/6/2015
    IoTThe Internet of Things: Why Now and What's Next?

    The technology to connect 'things' to the Internet has existed for more than 20 years, so if we take a look back at recent history we might well be tempted to ask the question why now? In this webinar we examine the origins of the Internet of Things, answer the question "Why Now?", and look forward to the next wave of disruptive technologies that will be coming to a device near you in the next few years.

    Peter Corcoran originally worked on connecting Home Network devices to the Internet in the mid-1990's and gave a tutorial on this topic to delegates at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) back in 2002. With two decades of experience in connecting things to the Internet he is uniquely qualified to answer the questions of "Why Now?" and "What’s Next?

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    Peter Corcoran
    Peter Corcoran
    Statutory Lecturer at National University of Ireland, Galway; Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine
    7/15/2015
    SDN / NFV / CloudThe Coming Age of Softwarization - Socio-economic Impact of SDN, NFV, Cloud as Drivers for Growth

    There is a shift occurring in the character of Telecommunications and Internet Communications Industry. Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are paradigms that are not just impacting telecom providers, technology vendors and other players of the related ecosystems. In fact, coupled with Cloud, Edge and Fog Computing, SDN and NFV are expressions of the "softwarization" trend, which is opening a new value-chain for a variety of industries, including government, pharmaceutical, and agriculture.

    As innovation remains a driver for growth, it is important to advance research and development activities that bring "softwarization" to important and practical applications. This webinar delves into the vital insights being made to accelerate innovation and economic growth for the entire Internet communications industry, and its related ecosystems.

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    Antonio Manzalini
    Antonio Manzalini
    IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative; Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation / Future Centre of Telecom Italia
    6/8/2015
    IoT / Big Data / Consumer Electronics / Security & PrivacyDigital Storage and Security in the Consumer Internet of Things

    As the things we use in our everyday lives become smarter and connected, these devices can provide important services, but at the same time they expose our personal data to risks of exposure and exploitation. Where and how this data is stored and analyzed and how this data is shared with the outside world will be important characteristics in determining how private our personal data will be. This concern with privacy of data may lead to local processing and storage of content and the sharing of this content as anonymous data to larger storage aggregators. By controlling access to identifiable data, big data analytics can be applied to consumer data while preserving privacy.

    This talk looks at trends in digital storage technology and its use in consumer Internet of Things applications and how an anonymous content sharing network can be implemented to enable on-line applications while preserving privacy.

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    Tom Coughlin
    Tom Coughlin
    Senior Member, IEEE; Chair, Future Directions, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society; President, Coughlin Associates, Inc.
    5/18/2015
    IoT / Big Data / Artificial IntelligenceArtificial Intelligence with the Internet of Things in Our Lives: The Present with an Outlook on Our Future

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making its way into homes, offices, streets and onto your person through the Internet of Things (IoT). This is happening now to some extent, but if you think your smart devices are indeed smart now, just wait. AI is the answer to the question of what to do with the mind-bending amounts of Big Data generated by the IoT. What are the small and transformative future benefits of AI-enhanced IoT? What are the security and privacy risks and can they be addressed? Can AI + IoT be controlled?

    This webinar by William Lumpkins, IEEE Sensors Council Standards Chair and Senior Systems Engineer, takes on the current and future landscape and developments of the IoT with AI inside.

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    Will Lumpkins
    William Lumpkins
    IEEE Sensors Council Standards Chair
    4/15/2015
    IoT / SDN / NFV / CloudSoftwarization and the Disappearing Internet of Things

    In the future, the border between the network and what is connected to the network will gradually disappear: more and more powerful users' terminals, devices, machines, smart things will become like networks nodes, storing data locally and even executing network functionalities and service components.

    In this webinar, IEEE Internet of Things expert Antonio Manzalini explains how "Softwarization" at the edge and the Internet of Things will merge in a sort of virtual continuum of resources, a pervasive "fabric" spanning from users' terminals, devices, machines, smart things, to the network nodes, up to the cloud computing. This "fabric" will be so embedded into our daily life that it will "disappear".

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    Antonio Manzalini
    Antonio Manzalini
    IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE SDN Initiative; Senior Manager, Strategy and Innovation / Future Centre of Telecom Italia
    2/25/2015
    IoTTechnology, Business & Societal Challenges of IoT

    In this webinar, Roberto Minerva discusses the technological, business, and societal challenges in moving into an Internet of Things that envisions a self-configuring and adaptive, complex system of networks of sensors and smart objects, the purpose of which is to interconnect "all" things, including everyday and industrial objects, in such a way as to make them intelligent, programmable, and more capable of interacting with humans.

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    Roberto Minerva
    Roberto Minerva
    Head of Innovative Architectures within the Future Centre in the Strategy Department, Telecom Italia; IEEE IoT Initiative Chair
    12/17/2014
    IoTOrchestrating the Smarter Planet in the World of IoT

    This webinar by IoT expert Dr. Chung-Sheng Li addresses the evolution of the IoT. Dr Li describes the opportunities and challenges after applying intelligence in interconnected and instrumented worlds and calls out the system-of-systems trends in interconnecting these distinct but interdependent worlds. Interconnecting distinct physical, people, and business worlds through ubiquitous instrumentation, though still in its embryonic stage, has the potential to unleash a planet that is much greener, more efficient, more comfortable, and safer.

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    Dr. Chung-Sheng Li
    Dr. Chung-Sheng Li
    Director of commercial systems at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center; IEEE Fellow
    10/29/2014