Keynote Speakers


Prof. Wei Zhao

University of Macau, P.R. China
Title: "WInternet: From Net of Things to Internet of Things"

Date: 8:45 am - 10:00 am, Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking infrastructure for cyber-physical systems. With IoT, physical objects should be seamlessly integrated into an Internet-like system so that the physical objects and cyber-agents can interact each other in order to achieve mission-critical objectives. Given its tremendous application potential, IoT has become popular in recent years, attracting great attentions from both academic research and industrial development. In this talk, we will first focus on fundamental issues related to IoT. We address principles that should guide research and development of IoT. We will then present several approaches that may lead to implementation of IoT and analyze their advantages and disadvantages. We will show an implementation of IoT called "WInternet" and demonstrate its application. Finally, we will discuss critical issues that must be addressed in order to fully realize the objectives and potentials of IoT.

Bio: Professor Wei Zhao completed his undergraduate studies at Shaanxi Normal University, China, in 1977, and then received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA in 1983 and 1986, respectively. In 2008, Professor Zhao was appointed as the 8th Rector for the University of Macau. Prior to this position, Professor Zhao also served as the Director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems at the US National Science Foundation, the Dean of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Senior Associate Vice President of Research at Texas A&M University, making him one of the few scholars from Mainland China who have ever held such senior posts in the US federal government and high education institutions.

An IEEE fellow, Professor Zhao is internationally acclaimed for his research in the areas of Internet of Things, distributed computing, and cyber-physical systems. His research team has won numerous awards from international research community. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in scientific research and contributions to higher education, he has been conferred honorary doctorate degrees by twelve world-renowned universities. In 2011, he was appointed by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology as the Chief Scientist of the Internet of Things - a national 973 project. In 2012, he was elected to be an Academician of the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.



Dr. Christoph Grote

Head of BMW Group Research and Technology
Munich, Germany
Title: "IoT on the Move: The Ultimate Driving Machine as the Ultimate Mobile Thing"

Date: 8:45 am - 10:00 am, Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Abstract: Automotive customers’ expectations have significantly changed in the past decade. They are influenced by new technologies such as the high-bandwith mobile Internet and increasingly capable mobile consumer electronics devices. At the same time, urbanization and the necessity for ecological sustainability provoke new demands. Internet based communities are drivers for a developing Shareconomy. It is evident that that the conventional car, whether it is the all mechanical Auto 1.0 or the electronics and driving assistance systems loaded Auto 2.0, will not be able to meet these expectations and demands.

The upcoming Auto 3.0 is no longer mobility hardware, but instead integral part of a seamless intermodal mobility chain for individuals. It is connected with the surrounding environment and other modes of transport. It is capable of understanding the mobility requirements of the individual, and it delivers the right information at the right time in order to make the right decisions. For this to work, the Auto 3.0 will need access to all sorts of data that is always current, comprehensive, filtered, and geographically referenced. Important enabling technologies are cross-OEM crowd sourcing of data as well as processing and real-time data analytics in the cloud. The vehicle finally becomes part of the Internet of Things.

Benefits that can already today be achieved are for example traffic jam avoidance by enrichment of the navigation map with relevant real-time traffic flow information, reduction of CO2 emissions by anticipatory adaption of engines, power train and recuperation, and extension of the mileage of electric vehicles. The next steps are to open up the systems and to establish market places for the interconnection of different services. Traditionally, in the Internet of Things, services realized by combining sensors, computing backends, and apps are part of a single offering and cannot be combined with other services. Platforms such as IFTTT, on the other hand, connect different ecosystems and enable a new class of services. Especially the Auto 3.0 will benefit from such an open platform which allows the implementation of a multiplicity of connected and location-based services including data from numerous systems, operators, and stakeholders. Additional potentials in efficiency for future smart cities can be realized by this interconnection of different systems and participants such as vehicles, buildings, urban administration, and utilities. Establishing such a platform is an important

Bio: Dr. Christoph Grote, born in 1967, is a physicist. After completing his degree at Ruprecht Karl University Heidelberg he obtained a doctorate in theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge after carrying out research into stochastic theories of glass transition. He launched his professional career at BMW in 1997 as an advisor in in-house consulting for development. From 1999, he was responsible for a wide range of specialist areas: configuration management, light engineering, air-conditioning, physical onboard power supply, batteries, fuel cells and the cockpit. From 2004, he headed the highly innovative Central Department for Information and Communication Systems before he took over management of Strategy and Innovations in the development portfolio of the BMW Group in 2009. Since 1st November 2011 Dr. Christoph Grote is the Head of BMW Group Research and Technology.