The Internet of Things for Sustainability is Smart Business Conference

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The Internet of Things for Sustainability is Smart Business Conference

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Georgia Tech Research Institute Auditorium

250 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318


Deloitte (Diamond), The Coca-Cola Company (Platinum) and Comcast (Platinum).

Note: Thanks to the event sponsors, food and beverages during the conference (including the reception) will be provided free of charge.



7:30 am - 8:00 am REGISTRATION

8:00 am - 8:05 am Opening Comments

Mr. Alain Louchez, Managing Director, Georgia Tech CDAIT

8:05 am - 8:15 am Official Welcome

Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Chief of the Study Groups Department, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) [United Nations] Standardization Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland

8:15 am - 8:45 am Keynote

Mr. Robert Schmid, Chief IoT Technologist, Managing Director, Deloitte Digital

8:45 am - 10:00 am Business Executive Roundtable: Why IoT technologies could be a game changer for sustainability? Why it makes business sense (revenue and cost standpoints) for companies to focus on sustainability objectives through the use of IoT technologies.

“Our analysis shows that 84% of IoT deployments are currently addressing, or have the potential to address, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations. The analysis supports the intuition that many share – that IoT has development benefits that could be maximized without compromising the commercial viability. The reason that the IoT could become a game-changer for sustainability lies in its technology. At its core, IoT is about measuring and remotely controlling previously unconnected ‘things’, reaching people and objects that technology could previously not reach and in the process also supports sustainable development elements. However, the awareness of this link between IoT and sustainable development is limited.”

Source: World Economic Forum, “Internet of Thing Guidelines for Sustainability,” World Economic Forum, January 2018, p.3,

The goal of the roundtable is to increase the awareness of the connection between IoT and sustainability and explore how the deployment of sustainability-focused IoT technologies can be an appealing and viable business objective.

The business executive roundtable will be introduced by Mr. Jeff Evans, Director of the Digital Transformation of Things, Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP); Treasurer of the National Spectrum Consortium; and Chairman of the Georgia Tech CDAIT Executive Advisory Board.


Mr. Reed Peterson, Senior Vice President of GSMA and Head of MWC Los Angeles (formerly Mobile World Congress Americas)


Ms. Mariya Filipova, Vice President, Anthem Innovation

Dr. Pramod Kalyanasundaram, Vice President and Chief Technologist, Verizon Connect

Ms. Jessica Phillips, Director of Internet of Things Strategic Development, Comcast Cable

Dr. Sameer Vittal, Senior Director, Head - Data Science & Analytics Practice, GE Digital

10:00 am - 10:45 am Session 1: Government's Perspective: regulation and policy

“The relationship between governments and businesses — especially tech companies — has always been difficult to navigate. It seems technology is evolving too fast for government standards to keep up, let alone create new regulations and oversight. While many leaders are unsure what role the government should play when it comes to managing technology’s evolution, it is becoming increasingly apparent that some level of unified tech and environmental guidelines is necessary.”

Source: Jayraj Nair, “IoT is the key to sustainability, so what's holding it back?”, IoT Agenda, February 6, 2018,

This session will discuss broad international and national courses of action (e.g., internet governance, policies related to Industry 4.0, critical infrastructure, civil engagement and incentives encouraging the prioritization of sustainability objectives) and possibly other sets of regulatory measures (e.g., licensing, spectrum management, labeling, and security and privacy) that may or may not be needed to provide a favorable environment for sustainable development through the Internet of Things.


Dr. Farzaneh Badiei, Research Associate, School of Public Policy; and Executive Director, Internet Governance Project (IGP), Georgia Institute of Technology


Mr. Russ Gyurek, Director, IoT-CTO and Industries, Cisco

Mr. Forrest Pace, Cyber Sales Leader , South Zone, American International Group, Inc. (AIG)

10:45 am - 11:00 am BREAK

11:00 am - 11:45 am Session 2: Buildings - Home and Commercial

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the design and operation of smart buildings and smart homes, which are already the biggest users of IoT in smart cities. The global IoT markets in buildings is rapidly growing and is projected to reach $75.5 billion by 2021. The adoption of IoT in buildings bring new opportunities for promoting the performance of buildings and the productivity and comfort of occupants. IoT devices are easily embedded in building services systems. IoT-enabled building management systems (BMS) can closely monitor inside and outside conditions, occupant presence and comfort, equipment operation and energy use in real time. IoT sensors share data between themselves and communicate information with the BMS, which can lead to the efficient operation of buildings. In particular, the advances both in wireless technologies and in storage and computing power make the collection, storage and analysis of big data from IoT sensors easy. The big data from smart buildings has sparked innovations in the BMS systems by applying machine learning approaches to the control and operation of building services systems. However, the full potential of IoT adoptions in the building industry is not yet fully realized. Moreover, there are inherent vulnerabilities in IoT devices, which result in cyber security and privacy challenges.”

Source: Geun Young Yun (Guest Editor), Information on Special Issue on "The Deployment of IoT in Smart Buildings", Sustainability, January 2019,

The session will address how the use of IoT technologies in the residential and commercial buildings can help promote a sustainable lifestyle.


Dr. Dennis R. Shelden, Associate Professor; Director, Digital Building Laboratory; Director, Ph.D. in Architecture Program, Georgia Institute of Technology


Mr. Daniel Marut, Director of Technology and Partnerships, Comcast Corporation

Mr. John Wallace, Director Innovation, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

11:45 am - 12:00 pm BREAK

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Session 3: Sustainable Manufacturing

“Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. Sustainable manufacturing also enhances employee, community and product safety.”

Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Sustainable Manufacturing, EPA Website,

“The aim for sustainable manufacturing is to enable manufacturers to maximize revenues and global leadership, while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. Essential to sustainable manufacturing is technology investment—automation, robotics, software, IT, and sensor technologies—all of which are the foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT), and necessary for sustainable manufacturing operations.”

Source: Mark Crawford, “Sustainable Manufacturing Is the Wave of the Future,” Gray Construction Website, May 25, 2017,

The session will introduce some examples of actual sustainable manufacturing, the impact of IoT technologies and what’s to be expected in the future.


Mr. Andrew Dugenske, Principal Engineer; Director, Factory Information Systems Center; and organizer of the annual Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) Workshop on IoT for Manufacturing, Georgia Institute of Technology


Mr. Matt Rachford, Director, Innovation, Environmental Operations, Georgia-Pacific

Mr. Mark Williams, Vice President IoT & Analytics, Software AG

12:45 pm -1:30 pm LUNCHEON

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Education and Training Roundtable: Are we ready? What needs to be done? Does IoT require a specific perspective?

“While some participants who teach college courses on sustainability, or run university programs centered on that goal, said they had faced some initial resistance from administration and other faculty members, many of them found that such resistance faded once they were able to demonstrate concrete results as well as enthusiastic responses and useful research carried out by students.”

Source: David Chandler, “Education leaders gather to chart a future for sustainability at universities,” MIT News, September 22, 2016,

“The past industrial revolutions had negative effects on our world especially on environmental and social aspects. Hence, our societies must be able to steer the continued industrial revolution into the direction of sustainability. In particular, the current industrial revolution relies on the technologies of the Internet of Things, which open the ways to the development of sustainable solutions in order to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. In the transition towards a sustainable society, teaching sustainability is necessary to ensure sustainable design and preserve the ecosystem. Consequently, educating engineering students on sustainable development is wide spreading and is actually taking place worldwide in many modern faculties and universities.”

Source: Amr Elsaadany and Ahmed Helmi, “Sustainable Development, Technological and Industrial Impacts on Engineering Education,” Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems (INDECS), Vol. 16 No. 2, 2018,

Since companies will increasingly need employees and other partners with a solid background in sustainability- and IoT-related disciplines rooted in engineering, computer science, business, and other domains, the aim of the roundtable is to advance the discussion on the role and relevance of education and training in sustainability, which integrate the important contribution of IoT technologies.

The education and training roundtable will be introduced by Dr. Margaret Loper, Chief Scientist, Information & Communications Laboratory, Georgia Tech Research Institute; Regents Researcher, University System of Georgia; and Chief Technology Officer of Georgia Tech CDAIT.


Ms. Ciannat M. Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University


Mr. Steven Ferguson, Chief Information Officer, Technical College System of Georgia

Mr. Balaji Jayaseelan, Head/Senior Manager, Global Sustainability, Newell Brands

Dr. Beth Mynatt, Regents and Distinguished Professor, College of Computing, and Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology (IPaT), Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Irene Petrick, Senior Director, Industrial Innovation, Internet of Things Group, Intel

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm BREAK

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Session 4: Supply Chain and Logistics

"Supply chain sustainability can no longer be ignored.”

Source: EY, “State of sustainable supply chains – Building responsible and resilient supply chains,” EY, 2016, p.14,

“Improving the environmental sustainability of their operations through the adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies is a crucial priority for organizations engaged in the global supply chain according to a new a study undertaken on behalf of Inmarsat.”

Source: Inmarsat, “Industrial IoT a key force in reducing the environmental impact of global supply chain, finds Inmarsat,” Inmarsat Press Release, November 1, 2018,

The session will discuss the increasing pervasive use of IoT technologies in the sector and their beneficial impact on monitoring environmental conditions and improving efficient resource utilization.


Mr. John E. Osborne II, Vice President of IoT Sales and Marketing, LEEDARSON and Chairman of the Board, Zigbee Alliance


Mr. Ivan Alvarez, IT Vice President – Big Data and Analytics, NCR Corporation

Mr. Adam Coonin, Principal, North America Digital Operations, Capgemini

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm BREAK

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Session 5: Consumer Products

“Shifting consumer preferences towards wellness and sustainability represent an opportunity, even an imperative, for manufacturers and retailers to reset and reposition themselves to create an IoT offering that consumers really care about. /…/ Consumers who place more value on wellness and sustainability in their purchase decisions appear more likely to use social media, mobile applications, and digital sources to acquire information about products or brands on the path to purchase. As a result they will be more willing to embrace IoT technologies to give them more visibility into how a product aligns to their values, as well as to develop more specific, nuanced preferences around them. Imagine the potential if we extend the concept of connected product to wellness and sustainability to evoke the ‘care factor’ in consumers.”

Source: Deloitte, “Connecting Products – Restoring Brand Value and Reimagining Consumer Relationships,” March, 2017, p. 12,

This session will address the shifting of consumer preferences towards sustainable products and how the Internet of Things can be an effective driver of customer satisfaction in this regard while contributing to an appealing return on investment.


Dr. Wesley J. Johnston, CBIM RoundTable Professor of Marketing; and Director, Center for Business and Industrial Marketing (CBIM), J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University


Mr. Dave Adamson, Technical Director, Global Services & Solutions, Michelin

Ms. Nell Fry, Senior Manager of Sustainability, Sodexo North America’s Office of Corporate Responsibility

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Concluding Remarks

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm NETWORKING RECEPTION featuring hors d'oeuvres and beverages

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