IEEE IoT Vertical & Topical Summit for Agriculture

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Sunday, May 21, 2017 | The Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile | 3 Place du Général Kœnig Paris, France

Agenda | Summit SummarySpeakers



  1. Welcome  
         Dr. Adam Drobot, IEEE IoT Initiative   
  1. Keynote Address
         Julie Morris, UC Davis, World Food Institute
  1. Overview (Introduction to IoT, agriculture industry overview)
        Walter Stiers  IBM Belgium
    Alexander Berlin, Berlin Thinking Consulting
    Coffee Break        
  1. Industry IoT Strategy – Equipment Manufacturers                   
        Christophe Gossard, John Deere
    Dr. Joachim Stiegemann, CLAAS                           

    Lunch Break  


  1. Technology Drivers/Developments                                 
         Dr. Benjamin Kloepper, ABB Corporate Research
         Patrick Wetterwald,  Cisco France
         Dr. Mark Mueller, Bosch     
  1. Infrastructure (Networks, Telecom, Cloud, Big Data, etc.) 
        Dr. Axel Uhl, SAP
        Christian Jacquenet, Orange 
    Coffee Break                                                                                                                    
  1. University Session 
         Dr. Krikor B. Ozanyan, University of Manchester
         Dr. Monisha Ghosh, University of Chicago
         Dr. Mehmet Can Vuran, University of Nebraska
  1. Agriculture Vertical and Topical Working Group Panel Roundtable 
         All speakers and participants
15:45 -17:00
  1. Wrap-Up 
  1. Reception and Networking Event                  


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Alexander Berlin, Berlin Thinking Consulting | Monisha Ghosh, University of Chicago | Christophe Gossard, John Deere GmbH & Co. KG | Christian Jacquenet, Orange |
Benjamin Kloepper, ABB Corporate Research | Julie Morris, UC Davis, World Food Institute | Mark Mueller, Bosch | Krikor B. Ozanyan, University of Manchester |
Joachim Stiegemann, CLAAS | Walter Stiers, IBM Belgium | Axel Uhl, SAP | Dr. Mehmet Can Vuran, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Patrick Wetterwald, Cisco France

Alexander Berlin
Berlin Thinking Consulting

Alexander Berlin is a professional startup developer, investment adviser and data business model expert on the European level. As CEO and Founder of Berlin Thinking Consulting, he provides acceleration service for tech startups in all IoT and ICT sectors growing internationally and scouts startups for synergetic funds of business and super angels.

Alexander is currently in charge of the business support at the large scale IoT project IoF2020 and develops the next generation data business models for the agricultural sector. He is an experienced EU project manager and worked already on the development of a competitive European entrepreneurial infrastructure at projects like FIWARE and @diversity. He is part of advisory groups on the EU level and translates the needs of the IoT ecosystem, startups and investors in Europe into economically reasonable actions.

With Berlin Thinking Social, Alexander is also actively supporting technological innovations for humanitarian aid organizations like UNHCR, WFP and UNOCHA. He organizes together with Techfugees, HackingAid (by HumanityX and PwC), FIWARE and other partners, hackathons for the development of concrete technical solutions to manage the refugee crisis or to coordinate humanitarian aid.
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Monisha Ghosh
University of Chicago

Monisha Ghosh is currently a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, researching wireless technologies for the Internet of Things, 5G cellular and next generation Wi-Fi systems. Prior to this, she worked at Interdigital, Philips Research and Bell Laboratories on the research and development of various communication systems such as the HDTV broadcast standard, cable standardization and on cognitive radio for the TV White Spaces. She has been an active contributor to many industry standards and was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contributions to IEEE 802.22. Her research interests are broadly in the area of signal processing and communications, with particular emphasis on spectrum sharing. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991, and her B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1986. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.
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Christophe Gossard
John Deere GmbH & Co. KG

Christophe Gossard started his career as a computer sciences engineer in 1996 in France. He was assigned in 2000 as an internal SAP consultant for 3 years at the Deere Headquarters in the US. He managed the data warehousing systems in relation with various SAP modules to provide analytics. During his assignment, he completed his background with a MBA from Tippie Management School at the University of Iowa.

After returning to France in 2003, he managed the Sales Engineering department for 7 years in Europe, South Africa, and South Korea supporting John Deere distributors.

In 2010, he started to work with the European commission through trade associations as the European Emission Coordinator for the company.  He participated in discussions on European directives, and on legal interpretation of European provisions.

Since 2012, he is the Regional Strategic Standards Manager at the Regional Center in Mannheim, Germany, in charge of regulatory subjects.  He is providing support for the relevant regional issues for strategic standards and regional governmental affairs.
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Christian Jacquenet

Christian Jacquenet graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille. In 1989, he joined the national directorate of France Telecom where he was in charge of the specification and of the technical support related to the deployment of the first internetworking service offerings of France Telecom.

In 1993, he joined the research labs of France Telecom (FTR&D) and, from 1993 to 1997, worked as an R&D engineer involved in the specification, development, and evaluation of ATM-based internetworking service offerings.

From 1997 to 2002, he was the head of an R&D team that was in charge of conception, specification, development, and validation of new IP service offerings, including IP multicast networks, and dynamic provisioning techniques.

From 2002 to 2005, he was head of the IP services and architectures team within the Long Distance Networks directorate of France Telecom, where he was involved in the specification and the development of France Telecom's IP network design strategies.

From 2005 to 2008, Christian Jacquenet was the Director of Standards for France Telecom R&D, and chaired the board of the Home Gateway Initiative ( He was also a member of the IPsphere Forum's board of directors (, and involved in IPTV service standardization activities through his vice-chairmanship within the IPTV Focus Group that was created by ITU-T.

He’s now the Director of the Strategic Program Office for the evolution of the IP backbones operated by France Telecom’s Group, and he’s responsible of the Group-wise IPv6 Program that aims at defining (and driving the enforcement of) the IPv6 strategy of France Telecom.

He authored and co-authored several Internet drafts and RFC in the field of dynamic routing protocols and provisioning techniques, as well as several papers in the field of (multicast) traffic engineering and automated production of services.
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Benjamin Kloepper
ABB Corporate Research

After studying Business Informatics, Benjamin Kloepper received a PhD from the University of Paderborn for his work on planning for intelligent mechatronic systems. During his time in Paderborn he was a guest researcher at the Daimler Research center in Ulm developing data quality tools for assembly line balancing. From 2009 until 2011 he joined the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo as a post-doc research in the area of self-adaptive software system. In 2012 he joined ABB corporate research and is a principal scientist for analytics and the industrial Internet of Things.
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Julie Morris 
UC Davis, World Food Institute

Ms. Morris is an experienced technology executive with over 25 years in leadership roles ranging from startups to large Fortune 500 companies. She is currently director of technology innovation at the World Food Center at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis she was CFO of SureClinical, an online platform for managing clinical drug trials. She also spent 8 years in the ag biotech industry with Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (MBI). She was CFO of MBI from its founding in 2006 until 2011, when she assumed the role of VP Corporate Development and led the company’s growing business development activities. During her tenure she raised $70M in capital and was an integral part of the team that completed the IPO for Marrone Bio Innovations.

Before joining MBI, she spent 15 years in management roles at Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Agilent Technologies. The majority of the time she was involved with corporate development activities including numerous investments in emerging technologies, private and public company acquisitions, international joint ventures as well as several significant divestitures. Before joining the corporate development group she held various roles in marketing. Prior to HP, Ms. Morris worked with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and also spent time as an investment banker in Madrid, Spain.

Ms. Morris holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an emphasis on bioelectronics.
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Mark Mueller

Mark is a director at Bosch Software Innovations GmbH in the IoT General Projects and Smart City Product Group. He has over 20 years of experience with software-intensive systems in various industries. He has supported start-ups as a freelance software engineer, advised large enterprises as a strategy consultant, and held various engineering and management positions within the Bosch Group. Currently he is focusing on innovative internet of things solutions for agriculture, consumer products, and health clients. Mark holds a diploma in electrical and computer engineering, a PhD in computer science, and a MBA in general management.
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Krikor B. Ozanyan
University of Manchester

Krikor B. Ozanyan (MSc in Engineering Physics; PhD in SolidState Physics) has a 30 years’ career dedicated to photonics. After several posts as researcher and academic, he joined in 1998 the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester (until 2004 Department in UMIST), where he is currently Professor of Photonics Sensors and Systems. Since 2010 he is Head of the Sensors, Imaging and Signal Processing research group. His main interests are in photonic materials, devices, systems and their application across the near UV, visible, infrared and THz spectrum. Among his achievements are the shortest wavelength ZnS/CdZnS heterostructure laser (1995), the first surface-phase diagram of InP (1997), as well as the pioneering of Guided Path Tomography (2005). He was appointed by the IEEE Sensors Council as Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE in 2008-2011 and has delivered worldwide in that period 20 invited lectures in Sensing and Tomography. He was the recipient of the technical award at the 2013 World Congress of Industrial Process Tomography, for his presentation of a new imaging system for Photonic Guided-Path Tomography. He has edited several Special Issues on sensor topics and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Sensors Journal.
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Joachim Stiegemann 

Dr. Ing. Agr. Joachim Stiegemann, born 1958, originated from a farm in Northern Germany, after final secondary-school examinations (Abitur), Federal Armed Forces, farm apprenticeship, from 1980 studies of agriculture sciences at the University of Goettingen, Germany, 1986 graduation as agronomist (Dipl. Ing. Agr.), postgraduate scholarship at the Institute of Soil Science/Division Soil Physics, 1990 PhD (Dr. Ing. Agr.) in Soil Science and assignment as academic councilor of the University of Goettingen, in 1991 occupational change, joining TMI Training and Consulting in Stuttgart and Munich, in 1996 employed with RWTÜV Systems Engineering/Certification, since 1997 engaged with CLAAS in various positions at the headquarters in Harsewinkel/Germany and Omaha, NE, since 2015 Head of Product Management CLAAS E-Systems.
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Walter Stiers
IBM Belgium

Walter Stiers is an Industry Architect at IBM in Brussels, Belgium. He also has held Software IT Architect and Systems Engineer positions at IBM, and Academic Program Manager, Account Technology Strategist, and Solutions Architect positions at Microsoft. He is a graduate of K.U. Leuven where he received a Master in Sciences in Geography.
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Axel Uhl

Dr. Axel Uhl is Chief Development Architect at SAP SE and has worked for the company since June 2004. Since 2011 his focus is on IoT projects for sports, in particular sailing, in the context of SAP's Global Sponsorships, delivering scalable, live and near real time analytics in the cloud. Before that, Axel worked in the field of tool and language design,  model-driven software development and MDA where he is well published. He started his career at ABB Research in 1995, notably delivering one of the first Internet-based logistics system for power plant construction.

Axel holds a PhD from the RWTH Aachen University and a computer science master's degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)."
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Dr. Mehmet Can Vuran
University of Nebraska

Mehmet Can (Jon) Vuran received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey in 2002. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

Currently, he is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Vuran received an NSF CAREER award in 2010 for “Bringing Wireless Sensor Networks Underground”. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, he was named a highly-cited researcher in computer science by Thomson Reuters. He received a Parents Recognition Award from UNL Parent’s Association in 2016. He is the co-author of Wireless Sensor Networks textbook and an editor in Computer Networks Journal, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal. His current research interests include wireless sensor networks, underground communications, cognitive radio networks, and cyber-physical networks.
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Patrick Wetterwald
Cisco France

Patrick Wetterwald is a thought leader in Architecture and Standardization for the Smart Grid, Industrial Sensor Networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). He held various Engineering Manager positions within Cisco where he successfully led advanced technology projects in the domain of wireless sensor networks, wireless communication, layer 3 mesh and IPv6 network mobility. Mr. Wetterwald is an initial founder of the IPSO Alliance, where he has served for five years as the President of the Board of Directors. He has written several articles on behalf of the Alliance and delivered many keynote at international events. He is leading and participating to several standardization efforts for ETSI, IETF, IEC, ITU, European Mandates and EC expert groups. He is now focusing on industrial automation technologies including deterministic networking. Before joining Cisco, he spent 25 years in the telecommunication industry working for Lucent Technologies, IBM, and Airbus Industry. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne. Patrick filed 85+ patents and received PMP certification in 2001.
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