IEEE IoT Webinar Series

The IEEE IoT Initiative Activities Board holds monthly webinars on topics that are beneficial to our members and the general public. We are happy to provide you with this program where you can expand your knowledge of IoT. You are most welcome to join us.

Event-Based Reinforcement Learning for Cyber-Physical Energy Systems – Smart Buildings, Smart Grid, and Smart Cities

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Presenter: Professor Qing-Shan (Samuel) Jia, The Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Abstract: Cyber-physical energy system (CPES) is where information and energy merge together to improve the overall system performance including economic, comfort, and safety aspects. Artificial intelligence which is enabled by internet of things (IoT), big data, and cloud computing, has a big role in the optimization of CPES. In this talk, we focus on event-based reinforcement learning (eRL) which makes decisions according to events instead of states. This method provides a scalable solution for large-scale multi-stage decision-making problems in which an accurate model may not be available. The performance of this method will be demonstrated by examples in smart buildings, smart micro-grid of buildings, and smart cities, and in particular on the problem of stochastic matching between the renewable power generation and the uncertain charging demand from the plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) in a city. We will also discuss extensions of this method to distributed optimization. We hope this work sheds light to the optimization of CPES.

Qing Shan JiaBiography: Qing-Shan Jia received a B.S. degree in automation in July 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering in July 2006, both from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is a Full Professor in the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS), Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, where he currently serves as the associate director. He was the vice dean of Tsinghua Global Innovation eXchange (GIX) institute from 2016 to 2019 and the vice-chair of the Department of Automation at Tsinghua University from 2015 to 2018. He was a postdoc at Harvard University in 2006, a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2010, and at Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. His research interest is to develop an integrated data-driven, statistical, and computational approach to find designs and decision-making policies which have simple structures and guaranteed good performance. His work relies on strong collaborations with experts in manufacturing systems, energy systems, autonomous systems, and smart cities. He is currently the executive editor-in-chief of Results in Control and Optimization and an associate editor (AE) of Science China Information Sciences.

He was an AE of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2015-2021), IEEE Control Systems Letters (2019-2021), IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2012-2017), and Discrete Event Dynamic Systems – Theory and Applications (2012-2016). He served as the Discrete Event Systems Technical Committee chair in IEEE Control Systems Society (2012-2015), and the co-chair for Smart Buildings Technical Committee in IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (2012-2021). He is currently the Control for Smart Cities Technical Committee chair of the International Federation of Automatic Control, and the Beijing Chapter Chair of IEEE Control Systems Society. He is a member of the 11th Chinese Automation Association Technical Committee on Control Theory (2018-2022) and the 1st Chinese Automation Association Technical Committee on Information Security of Industrial Systems (2016-2020).

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Industrial Real-time Communication from the Sensor to the Cloud in Converged Networks - OPC UA TSN

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Presenter: Dietmar Brucker, B&R Industrial Automation

Abstract: The industrial communication market is dominated by Ethernet-based fieldbus systems. Although they share similar requirements and market segments, their implementations and ecosystems differ considerably. As a result, end customers and device manufacturers are faced with a multitude of technologies that need to be produced, run, diagnosed, maintained, and kept in stock. Although the availability of products and services is largely satisfactory, dealing with multiple solutions generates high costs and limits IoT capability and interoperability. This webinar introduces Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture Time-Sensitive Networking (OPC UA TSN) as a new technology and presents the current state of standardization and deployment. This time, the industrial prospects of fulfilling industrial communication requirements while leveraging the cost benefits of standard Ethernet hardware in the midterm are in reach. We anticipate that OPC UA TSN will reveal itself as a game changer in the field of industrial automation, being a candidate for establishing a holistic communication infrastructure from the sensor to the cloud.

Dietmar BrucknerBiography: Dietmar Bruckner is with B&R Industrial Automation since 2013, where he is a unit manager in the RnD department System Software. He is responsible for the development (i) of a wide range of Industrial Connectivity solutions based on (real-time) Ethernet, and (ii) of the real-time operating system Automation Runtime for PC and PLC platforms. Before B&R, he worked as a University Assistant (i.e., Assistant Professor) at the Institute of Computer Technology of the Vienna University of Technology, managing research teams in the areas of field busses, building automation, and artificial intelligence.

He studied Electrical Engineering, where he obtained an MSc in 2004 and a PhD in 2007 and passed both degrees with distinction.

Bruckner is a Senior Member of IEEE, and an IEEE IES AdCom member. He published ~70 reviewed scientific publications, and ~100 scientific publications in total as well as 5 international patents and edited the IEEE 61158 standard. He is actively involved in organizing international conferences, editing high ranked international journals (AE of TII, TIE, and IEM), and drafting international standards in the IEEE and OPC Foundation.

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How to Feed a Growing Population While Conserving the Planet's Resources – IoT to the Rescue

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Presenter: Victor Grimblatt, R&D Group Director and General Manager at Synopsys, Chile

Abstract: The world population is growing and according to FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization), agriculture production should increase by 70% by 2050. On the other hand, it is also well known that agriculture is dramatically impacting the 9 planetary boundaries defined by Johan Rockström and his group in 2009. We are facing a big dilemma, how to improve the productivity of the soil without impacting the planet and its limits.

The growth of crops depends on several parameters such as soil moisture, soil temperature, nutrients (fertilizers), soil pH, soil salinity, etc. Without having an online measurement (real-time) of those parameters we will probably be able to get products from the ground, however, we are not taking into account the impact of what we are doing and the way we are making agriculture. With the appropriate sensors and IoT, we are able not only to know the level of the parameters already mentioned but also to act based on the results.

Victor GrimblattBiography: Victor Grimblatt has an engineering diploma in microelectronics from Institut Nationale Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG – France) and an electronic engineering diploma from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile). He is doing his PhD on IoT for Smart Agriculture at IMS lab, University of Bordeaux. He is currently R&D Group Director and General Manager of Synopsys Chile, leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). He opened the Synopsys Chile R&D Center in 2006. He has expertise and knowledge in business and technology and understands very well the trends of the electronic industry; therefore he is often consulted for new technological business development.

He has published several papers in IoT, EDA and embedded systems development, and since 2007 he has been invited to several Latin American Conferences (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay) to talk about Circuit Design, EDA, IoT, and Embedded Systems. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of the “Chilean Offshoring Committee” organized by the Minister of Economy of Chile. In 2010 he was awarded as “Innovator of the Year in Services Export”. In 2012 he was nominated to best engineer of Chile. He is also a member of several Technical Program Committees on Circuit Design and Embedded Systems. Since 2012 he is chair of the IEEE Chilean chapter of the CASS. He is also the President of the Chilean Electronic and Electrical Industry Association (AIE). Since 2021 he is a member of the IEEE CASS Board of Governors (CAS BoG).

Victor Grimblatt was professor of Electronics and IC Design in Universidad de Chile and Universidad de los Andes. He is currently lecturing a course IoT for Agriculture at Universidad Santo Tomas, Chile. Victor’s research areas are EDA (Electronic Design Automation), and Smart Agriculture applying Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT.

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Future Agriculture - Outlook of Photovoltaic Farm IoTs

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Presenter: Professor Lei Shu, Professor at Nanjing Agricultural University, China and University of Lincoln, UK

Abstract: We believe that the "Photovoltaic Farm Internet of Things" will be the most effective management tool to achieve this new agricultural production mode - "Photovoltaic Farm", and it will also be a new research direction in the field of information technology, which integrates smart agriculture, sustainable energy, and Internet of Things.

Lei ShuBiography: Lei Shu is currently a Professor with Nanjing Agricultural University, China, and a Lincoln Professor with the University of Lincoln, UK. He is also the Director of the NAU-Lincoln Joint Research Center of Intelligent Engineering. He was the vice-director of Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Equipment Fault Diagnosis, China, 2013–2017. He received the B.S. degree in computer science from South Central University for Nationalities, China, in 2002, the M.S. degree in computer engineering from Kyung Hee University, South Korea, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree from the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, in 2010. He was a recipient of the 2014 Top Level Talents in Sailing Plan of Guangdong Province, China, the 2015 Outstanding Young Professor of Guangdong Province, the GLOBECOM 2010, ICC 2013, ComManTel 2014, WICON 2016, SigTelCom 2017 Best Paper Awards, the 2017, 2018 and 2020 IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Awards, the 2017 Journal of Network and Computer Applications Best Research Paper Award, Outstanding Service Award of IUCC 2012, ComcomAP 2014, Outstanding Leadership Award of Healthcom 2017, the Outstanding Associate Editor Award of 2017, and the 2018 IEEE ACCESS.

He has published over 400 papers in related conferences, journals, and books in the areas of sensor networks and Internet of Things. His current H-index is 62 and i10-index is 244 in Google Scholar Citation (more than 13400 times). He is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE IES, IEEE ComSoc, a member of ACM.

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AI-based Smart Cities Initiatives in Morocco

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Presenter: Professor Mohamed Essaaidi, Head of the Smart Systems Lab and Former Dean, ENSIAS College of Engineering, Mohamed V University in Rabat
Chief of Party, Interactive Digital Center, Morocco Former Director International Coop. at Ministry of General Affairs & Governance, Morocco Founder & Former Chair of IEEE Morocco

Abstract: As is the case for many countries, Artificial Intelligence (AI) appears to be a priority for the Moroccan government owing to the wonderful and amazing benefits it brings to all kind of sectors and areas related with the country’s and its population activities and needs as well as to their performance. This is evidenced by several initiatives launched in Morocco during the last few years and which aim to harness the benefits of AI for all kind of areas and applications for Morocco and its citizens, such as:

  • The funding of 45 applied research projects developed by universities, research institutions and start-ups over a period of three years, under Al-Khawarizmi AI Research Program Fund in all areas like industry, agriculture, health, education, mobility, energy, etc.
  • The establishment of the International AI Center at Mohammed VI University.
  • The launch of several start-ups developing AI based solutions and apps for areas as diverse as government, industry, education, health, mobility, smart cities, etc.
  • The launch of training programs (e.g. M.Sc., M. Eng) in several universities throughout the country.
  • The launch of Cities of Professions and Skills targeting to contribute to the training of AI human capital in the country at the level of TVET.

All these initiatives should have a strong impact on Morocco at different levels and in all kind of areas and sectors within the next few years.

Mohamed EssaaidiBiography: Mohamed Essaaidi, Prof. Dr. IEEE Senior Member, received the “Licence de Physique” degree, the “Doctorat de Troisième Cycle” degree and the “Doctorat d’Etat” degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and with honors, respectively, in 1988, 1992 and 1997 from Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetuan, Morocco. He is a professor of Electrical & Computer  Engineering and  the Past Dean of  ENSIAS College of Engineering and current Director of Smart Systems Lab of Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. He is also the Chief of Part of Interactive Digital Center Morocco. He is also the founder and past chair of IEEE Morocco Section and Chair of IEEE ComSoc / Computer Morocco Chapter.  He was co-organizer of IEEE Casablanca Core Smart City in 2016.  He was the General Chair of Rabat Smart Cities Week 2020. He is also a member of 2021 HAC Assessment Committee and 2021 IEEE Teaching Excellence Hub Board. Prof. Essaaidi is involved in several initiatives related to Smart Cities in Morocco and within IEEE.

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IEEE IoT Courses

Complimentary Tutorial 

The IoT Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities

The Internet of Things (IoT) will bring about tremendous improvements in user experience and system efficiency. It will have a transformational impact on all industries and re-shape business models and industry configurations. An estimated 50 billion connected devices will be deployed by 2020 and the total IoT revenue is expected to grow to $1.2 trillion in 2022. As a result, IoT services are expected to be a key driver for growth in the telecommunication industry. The focus of this tutorial will be on the evolution of cellular technologies to support low-power wide-area IoT services, related requirements, commercial use cases, field experiments and performance results.

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IEEE IoT Courses


IEEE Guide to the Internet of Things Course Program

New online course program from IEEE covering industry applications for the Internet of Things, along with challenges and future opportunities. Includes topics such as IoT software, limitations of wireless technology, reference architecture and use cases.




Course Titles Include:

  •     What is the Internet of Things?   
  •      IoT Software: Fundamental Concepts and State of the Art      
  •     Exploring IoT Industry Applications
    •  The Evolution of Internet of Things for Healthcare
    • Limitations of Wireless Technology for Healthcare IoT
    • Paving the Way for Future IoT Applications in Healthcare     
  •   Social Internet of Things
    •  The Emerging Paradigm of the Social Internet of Things
    • Existing Platforms
    • Reference Architecture and Use Cases


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On-Demand Webinars

IEEE ComSoc Webinar: 5G's Role in the Internet of Things 

IEEE Communications Webinar Series: Three Key Challenges for 5G 

This series of IEEE Communications Society webinars will highlight three areas of intense technical interest that require substantial development to make 5G a reality and realize its promises for the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is expected to be the main driver of demand for the higher information rates and lower latencies of 5G, and it will be a different world. The current LTE framework is built around the base station. It’s not clear yet how 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other communications modalities will divide the IoT communications pie, or how they will interact in practice. Will high-bit-rate, short-range communications in ranges above 6GHz bypass the bases-station take on the local device-to-device load. Will backers of different protocols go to war over staking claims to the expanding spectrum? How will IoT networks coordinate among devices that may rely on different communications protocols? How much data will have to be referred through the backbone for central coordination, and how much will be allocated and adjudicated out on the edge?

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IEEE Smart Tech

Disruptive Internet of Things Course: Evolution, Applications, Architecture and Future TrendsDisruptive Internet of Things Course: Evolution, Applications, Architecture and Future Trends

In this 6+ hour course, viewers get an overview of the smart IoT solutions and services that have been unleashed thanks to recent advancements in wireless, miniaturization of technology, improvement in processing power, standards, and market attraction. Taught by Fawzi Behmann, President of TelNet Management Consulting.

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IEEE ComSoc Infographic: Internet of Things

IEEE ComSoc Infographic: Internet of Things

By 2020, the number of internet-connected things will reach or exceed 50 billion. Learn more about the impact of IoT in this infographic from IEEE ComSoc.

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IoT Developer Survey 2016 Results

IoT Developer Survey 2016 Results

IoT Developer Survey 2016 Results

An annual survey of the IoT developer community was sponsored by Eclipse IoT, AGILE IoT and IEEE IoT. Thanks to this partnership, 528 participants responded. The report includes developer usage of different IoT standards, technology and industry perceptions.

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For a summary of the results, read "Profile of an IoT Developer: Results of the IoT Developer Survey" blog post by Ian Skerrett, Director of Marketing for the Eclipse Foundation.



Vint Cerf Keynote and Q&A at IEEE WF-IoT 2015

Vint Cerf Keynote and Q&A at IEEE WF-IoT 2015

American Internet pioneer, Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf, delivered a keynote at the 2nd IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) in Milan, Italy. Following his keynote, he answered questions from the audience on the topics of cloud privacy and IoT security.

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Networks of 'Things' (Demystifying IoT)

Networks of 'Things' (Demystifying IoT)

On 31 May 2016, Jeff Voas, Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and IEEE Fellow, gave a talk on Networks of Things as part of a two-day workshop on Named Data Networking (NDN) at NIST Headquarters.

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WSIS 2016 Interview: Oleg Logvinov, Chairman, IEEE Internet InitiativeWSIS 2016 Interview: Oleg Logvinov, Chairman, IEEE Internet Initiative

IEEE recently participated in the WSIS Forum in Switzerland, which represents the world’s largest gathering of the “ICT for development” community. IEEE’s engagement at WSIS complements its existing open, global and collaborative work in Internet Governance, security and privacy, including: IEEE Internet Initiative, IEEE Big Data Initiative, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, IEEE Internet of Things Initiative, IEEE Smart Cities, and the IEEE Standards Association Industry Connections program for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, which helps provide recommendations for the ethical implementation of standardized intelligent technologies, as well as others.

While at WSIS, Oleg Logvinov, chair of the IEEE Internet Initiative, was interviewed on how ICT supports the 17 sustainable development goals, as well as other topics.

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IEEE Live Panel: Algorithmic Access Control - Are machines qualified to solve access control for Internet of everything?

IEEE Live Panel: Algorithmic Access Control - Are machines qualified to solve access control for Internet of everything?

On 26 August 2015, the IEEE Internet Initiative held a live panel where leading industry experts participated in a dynamic discussion on algorithmic decision-making and its impact on our increasingly connected lives. It is now available for viewing on Google+.

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IoT and Its Challenges

IoT and Its Challenges

Watch the keynote speech "IoT and Its Challenges" by Roberto Minerva, chair of the IEEE IoT Initiative, presented at the eHealth Summer University, 1-3 July 2015, in Castres, France.

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A Market Driven Architecture - The Standard for an Architectural Framework for the IoT

Keynote: A Market Driven Architecture - The Standard for an Architectural Framework for the IoT

Keynote by Oleg Logvinov, Chair of the IEEE P2413 Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group and Director of Special Assignments at STMicroelectronics' Industrial & Power Conversion Division, at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics.

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IEEE at CES 2015IEEE at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015

IEEE's main attraction this year is a mind-control racing game. Players wear EEG headsets that analyze their brain waves and help them propel cars down the track with their thoughts.

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IEEE WF-IoT 2014 Conference Videos

IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) 2014 Conference Videos

Video presentations and keynotes from the 2014 IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things are now available for viewing.

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Cisco Internet of Things World Forum Interview: Mary Lynne Nielsen and Oleg Logvinov

Cisco Internet of Things World Forum Interview: Mary Lynne Nielsen and Oleg Logvinov

This video interview at Cisco’s Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago provides insight on the scope and nature of the Internet of Things (IoT), how IEEE is addressing an architectural framework for IoT, and the top challenges associated with it. Speaking to these topics was Oleg Logvinov, Chair of the IEEE Working Group on IEEE P2413, IEEE Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things, and director, special assignments, Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics; and Mary Lynne Nielsen, Technical Initiatives Director for IEEE Standards Association.

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Oleg Logvinov at TEDxTaipei 2014

Oleg Logvinov at TEDxTaipei 2014

Oleg Logvinov, an IEEE subject matter expert on the Internet of Things (IoT), was recorded at TEDx Taipei Innovation speaking on aspects of IoT including humanization of technology, embedded intelligence and demographic megatrends that will converge in the smart home as a de facto proof-of-concept lab. Oleg serves on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group and the IEEE-SA Standards Board, and is the Director of Special Assignments at STMicroelectronics' Industrial & Power Conversion Division.

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The Great Internet of Things Debate

On 2 May 2014, IEEE held an hour-long live Q&A where some of the top IoT experts discussed current progress and future ideas in the field. The expert panel included William Webb, Oleg Logninov, Kevin Curran and Roberto Minerva, moderated by Chris Murphy, editor of InformationWeek. It is available for viewing on IEEE's Google+ page.



NIST is first to ask: ‘What is Internet of Things anyway?’

When Jeff Voas, Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), set out to determine the security implications of IoT, he discovered that first he would need to provide a scientific definition. In this podcast, he discusses how his research led him to create NIST Special Publication 800-183 which explores the science, foundation, and security ramifications of IoT.

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GigaOm Podcast Interview with Oleg Logvinov on IoT and Power Efficiency

In this podcast interview (10/21), Oleg Logvinov paints a picture of how and where power will be consumed, and ways we can build a more power-efficient Internet of Things. If our society will have 50 billion connected devices in our future, then we need to start thinking about energy efficiency, not just in terms of silicon efficiency at the device level, but all the way up to the networking technologies, to how we design our apps to talk on the most efficient networks.

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Podcast: Meet Four of the Finalists at This Year's Google Science Fair

Eighteen finalists from more than 120 countries came to California to compete in the final round of the 2013 Google Science Fair. This event brought kids from around the world to open their eyes to the problems around them and turn to science to find the solutions.

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