IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
12-15 January 2018 // Las Vegas // USA

Panels

Panel #1: Fog Computing and Networking – What’s Next?

17:00-18:30 | Room: TBD

 

Moderator:

Doug Zuckerman
IEEE Communications Society President Emeritus

 

An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Doug Zuckerman is a past IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, USA, and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he is still active in standards as a representative to the OpenFog Consortium where as a board member.  He is also a consulting employee for Vencore Labs.  He currently serves on the IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors and the IEEE Future Directions Committee.

 

Panelists:

Tao Zhang
IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Engineer
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy Group, Cisco Systems

 

He joined Cisco in 2012 as Chief Scientist for Cisco’s Smart Connected Vehicles business. Since then, he has also been leading initiatives to develop strategies, technology, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing. He is a co-founder and Board Director of OpenFog Consortium, the CIO and a Board Governor of IEEE Communications Society, and a co-founder and founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). Prior to joining Cisco, Dr. Zhang was Chief Scientist and Director of Wireless and Vehicular Networking at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research or Bellcore). For over 25 years, Tao has been in various technical and executive positions, directing research and product development in vehicular, mobile, and broadband networking.

 

Bruce McMillin
Professor of Computer Science, Associate Dean of Engineering and Computing, Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Co-Director of the Center for Smart Living at the Missouri University of Science and Technology


He leads and participates in interdisciplinary teams in formal methods for fault tolerance and security in distributed embedded systems with an eye towards critical infrastructure protection. His current work focuses on protection for advanced power grid control.  His research has been supported by the United States NSF, AFOSR, DOE, NIST and several Missouri Industries.

Dr. McMillin  has authored over 100 refereed papers in international conferences and journals.  He is leading the distributed grid intelligence project of the Future Renewables NSF Engineering Research Center, an advanced smart grid architecture.  He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the IFIP WG 11.0 on Critical Infrastructure Protection, and member and contributor to the SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance). He currently serves in the IEEE Computer Society’s Board of Governors and is a member of the Computing ABET Accreditation Commission.

 

Robert Fish
President of Netovations, LLC


Besides his activities at Princeton, Dr. Fish is President of NETovations, LLC, a consulting company focused on the creation of communications and networking technology innovation. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Product Officer and Senior VP at Mformation, Inc. specializing in carrier software for mobile device management. From 1997 to 2007, Rob was Vice President and Managing Director of Panasonic US R&D laboratories working on the embedding of networking in consumer devices. Prior to this, he was Executive Director, Multimedia Communications Research at Bellcore after starting his career at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Fish has about 30 publications and 17 patents.

Rob is the Vice President of Industry and Standards Activities of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). He was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Standards Association, Chair of IEEE-SA’s Global Committee, and a founding member of the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group. He co-edited a series in IEEE Communications Magazine on IEEE standards in communications and networking. He is Co-founder and Steering Committee Chair of IEEE ComSoc’s Consumer Communications and Networking Conference and a member of the IEEE Conferences Committee. For his leadership and contributions to the Multimedia Communications Technical Committee, Dr. Fish was the recipient of MMTC’s Distinguished Service Award.

Rob’s interests are pretty wide ranging. They include networking and telecom; learning, perception, and intelligence, artificial and otherwise; human-computer interaction; as well as the general topic of R&D innovation methodologies.

 

Tom Coughlin
President, Coughlin Associates


A widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant, Dr. Coughlin has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which was published by a division of Elsevier Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE (he is Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He has been the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit.  He is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to www.tomcoughlin.com.

 

Abstract:

Clouds alone are becoming increasingly inadequate for supporting the emerging systems and applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT), 5G wireless systems, Big Data, edge analytics, and embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI). Fog computing and networking – or fog – has emerged to fill the gaps by bringing computing, networking, management, and control functions anywhere along the cloud-to-things continuum where these functions can best meet users’ requirements. The immersive fogs can address many challenges that clouds cannot effectively address, such as enabling realtime edge analytics and local control, connecting and protecting the vast spectrum of resource-constrained devices, and overcoming network bandwidth and availability constraints.

As fog will extend from the clouds all the way to the end users, it will have a profound impact on consumer communications. Wireless gateways in homes would become fog nodes that will serve not just as a networking gateway but also as a local computing and data storage server. A fog node embedded on a vehicle can make the vehicle a seamless part of the end-to-end services provided by the fog and the clouds to, for example, help update the software on the many microcomputers on the car and to allow the user to reconfigure the applications and user interface in the car. When someone gets in her car, her smartphone can become a fog node to provide services to her car. Consumer drones will rely on fog nodes on the ground and on other drones to help guide his flight regulate drone traffic, and ensure drones’ safety and security.

This new fog paradigm imposes both new opportunities and research challenges, calls for fundamental rethinking of computing and networking architectures, and can disrupt existing business models and reshape industry landscapes.

The industries, from chipmakers to networking companies to software companies to application developers to IoT vertical technology providers and users, are devoting significant efforts to develop fog technologies. The OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog), consisting of industry movers and leading academic institutions are developing an open fog reference architecture and building a global ecosystem to accelerate market adoption of fog. The many profound research challenges in fog computing and networking are also drawing a booming interest in the academia. A growing number of universities and R&D organizations have launched fog-related initiatives. We have witnessed a breath of new workshops, panels, and journal special issues on fog computing and networking have over the past couple of years. Government agencies around the world are initiating new R&D programs on fog.

On this plenary panel, industry and academia experts from different regions of the world will discuss their visions on the road ahead on fog computing and networking, focusing on challenges in fulfilling the full potential of fog computing and networking.

 

 


 

Panel #2: "Immersive Future" with New and Emerging Innovations and Predictions
A Mini-Technology Time Machine Panel Session

17:30-19:00 | Room: TBD

 

Moderator:

Kathy Grise
Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions

 

Kathy supports new technology initiatives, and is the IEEE staff program director for the Big Data Initiative, Smart Materials Initiative, the IEEE Technology Navigator, Future Directions and Industry Advisory Board Committees, manages the digital presence team for Future Directions, and serves as the Technical Program Chair of COMPSAC 2018 Symposium - Data Sciences, Analytics, & Technologies (DSAT).

Prior to joining the IEEE staff, Ms. Grise held numerous positions at IBM, and most recently was a Senior Engineering Manager for Process Design Kit Enablement in the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center.  Ms. Grise led the overall IT infrastructure implementation, and software development in support of semiconductor device modeling verification, packaging, and delivery, device measurement and characterization data collection and management, and automation for device modeling engineers. Ms. Grise is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, and an IEEE Senior member.

Check out ieee.org/futuredirections, bigdata.ieee.org, and TTM.ieee.org.

 

Panelists:

Tom Coughlin
President, Coughlin Associates

 

A widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant, Dr. Coughlin has over 35 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at high profile companies.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit.  Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics:  The Essential Guide, which was published by a division of Elsevier Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services.  Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports.  Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.

Tom is active with SMPTE (Journal article writer and Conference Program Committee), SNIA (including a founder of the SNIA SSSI), the IEEE (he is Chair of the IEEE Public Visibility Committee, Past Director for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society) and other professional organizations.  Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He has been the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit.  He is a Senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV).  For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to www.tomcoughlin.com.

 

Nicholas Napp
Co-Founder, Xmark Labs, LLC

 

Nicholas Napp has been working with VR and AR systems since the early 1990s. His team at Rainbow Studios pioneered the use of VR in 3D animation production.

Nicholas has brought over 40 products to market across a wide range of consumer and enterprise markets. He is a systems thinker with broad skills in business development; product development; innovation & technology; and strategic marketing and partnerships. He is particularly focused on the integration of strategy, technology and corporate narrative to accelerate business growth.

His prior roles include leading multiple startups; Lead External Technology Scout, North America for Sony Ericsson; and Vice-President, Animation, Rainbow Studios (sold to THQ, inc.). He is also Chairman of the Board at FabNewport, a non-profit makerspace for middle school and older students.

 

Joe Sullivan
Utility Solution Sales Executive, The Weather Company, an IBM Business


Joe Sullivan has been connecting weather with smart decisions for nearly 2 decades. He spent the last 10 years working for renewable energy, utility and weather companies coupling the weather with electric generation and demand, customer impact and storm outages. Joe has held roles as a Product Manager, Research Project Manager, Executive Director, Account Manager and Television Broadcaster.

At The Weather Company, Joe works with utilities, smart energy companies, energy service providers, energy retailers and analytics companies providing customized weather output for analyzing weather’s impact to a customer’s business. Joe has been with The Weather Company since 2012.

Prior to TWC, Joe was Director of Operating Services at WindLogics, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy. Joe’s team of consultants and researchers provided renewable energy and electric demand forecasts for utility clientele.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He lives in Eden Prairie, MN with his wife and three children. He enjoys everything outdoors and all kinds of weather.

 

Tao Zhang
IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Engineer
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy Group, Cisco Systems

 

He joined Cisco in 2012 as Chief Scientist for Cisco’s Smart Connected Vehicles business. Since then, he has also been leading initiatives to develop strategies, technology, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing. He is a co-founder and Board Director of OpenFog Consortium, the CIO and a Board Governor of IEEE Communications Society, and a co-founder and founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). Prior to joining Cisco, Dr. Zhang was Chief Scientist and Director of Wireless and Vehicular Networking at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research or Bellcore). For over 25 years, Tao has been in various technical and executive positions, directing research and product development in vehicular, mobile, and broadband networking.

 

Abstract:

Predicting and immersing one with the future is always a challenge and a desire. The IEEE rises to that challenge based upon the work it does on multiple new and emerging technologies through serving as a catalyst for developing new innovations, products and services. IEEE Future Directions serves as an incubator for these new initiatives. These include, but not limited to:

  • The Big Data Initiative (BDI), bigdata.ieee.org.
  • The Brain Initiative (BI), brain.ieee.org
  • The Digital Senses Initiative, digitalsenses.ieee.org
  • Fog Computing and Networking

The session hopes to demonstrate the interplay and intersections among Big Data, Brain, Digital Senses, and Fog Computing. Emphasis will be upon presenting practical applications and its implementations. Invited subject matter expert speakers will comment on current and past implementations, with a focus on predictions of the future and potential implications to the consumer. In particular on aspects of AR, VR, and Mixed Reality.
This session will provide a “mini-Technology Time Machine” preview of the future on Big Data, Brain, Digital Senses, and Fog Computing technologies.

A panel of industry experts from the fields of Big Data, Brain, Digital Senses, and Fog Computing will each provide their perspectives, observations, and predictions of the future. The focus will be on new developments as it relates to the consumer. This will be followed with the opportunity for comments and questions.