Corporate Talk


Terry Mandin

(IoT Technical Solution Professional at Microsoft, Canada)

Bio: Terry Mandin is IoT technical solution provider for Microsoft based in Calgary, Alberta.  Working closely with Microsoft’s engineering teams, he provides in-depth technical guidance to Microsoft’s largest IoT customers.  Although he works across all industries, he specializes in industrial IoT (IIoT) and fleet management.

Title of the Talk: Anatomy of a Modern Industrial IoT Solution

Abstract: IoT technologies are transforming the industry by increasing efficiency and safety while reducing cost.  Scale, security and high availability raise unique challenges for IIoT solutions such as administrating and maintaining millions of devices in the field, hybrid on-premise / cloud architectures, and new IoT devices secured from the silicon up.  New consumers of industrial data such as data scientists require open standards and secure, access to data.  Join this session to hear the end to end story of implementing a modern, cloud-based IIOT solution.

Jeffrey de Leeuw

(IoT Specialist, Rogers Communications Canada)

Bio: Jeffry is  an IoT Specialist at Rogers Communications and he began his career with Alcatel-Lucent, gaining unparalleled experience in telephony and embedded systems in the early days of VOIP and mobile applications, while also establishing himself as a respected wireless expert working with companies like Boeing, Samsung and Google. Currently working for Rogers Communications, Jeffrey is widely known for his creative thinking and innovative approach to solve complex problems in the enterprise space. For the past 17 years he has worked with companies in IoT space in verticals such as Healthcare, Transportation, Manufacturing, Energy, and Public sectors leveraging AI, BigData, AR, VR, BI, microservices and next generation wireless technologies to build innovative solutions.

Title of the Talk: A Wireless Carriers Technology Stack - its not about connectivity anymore

Abstract:  Highest form of human interaction is not to talk about where we have been but how we can shape the future. Please join Jeffrey de Leeuw from Rogers Communications where he will share thoughts and interactions Rogers is having with customers and R&D they are doing to make it a reality. Learn how 5G, private licensed wireless networks and multi-purpose edge compute all need to be orchestrated to enable the promise of a fully connected world. Every element of these networks need to be virtualised, on-demand and dynamic in order to meet society's insatiable demands of more data, lower latency, security to enable the Internet of Things from consumer electronics to industrial automation and robotics.


Wayne Madhlangobe

(Director, Artificial Intelligence at Air Canada)

Bio:  Wayne Madhlangobe is an experienced advanced analytics leader with an extensive background in developing and implementing Data Science practices in large organizations. He has a PhD in Information Systems on Big Data Analytics. He started in career in aviation as an Air Traffic Controller and holds a private pilot license. Wayne is passionate about data and analytics. He sees an amazing future of AI due to increased rate of advances computational capabilities and advances in Machine Learning and Deeping Learning.

Title of the Talk: Data-Driven Economy: Data as an Organizational Asset

Abstract: Many economic activities of any nature, data and information are key ingredients and products. Data and information act as a glue that connects people, processes and events. It’s the lifeblood of many things that keeps the economy moving. We are in a data-driven economy and its no longer simply about getting access to data but about ensuring the right information at the right time for better decisions. It is important for organizations to be ready for a data-driven economy and understand the value Artificial
Intelligence to its operations. As a principle, data is an asset that has value. Data is a complemental product to prediction therefore as the cost of predictions goes down, the value of data is increasing.Data is a valuable resource and real with a measurable value. As an aid to decision-making, data needs to be accurate and timely. Better decisions are a result of good judgment and that is based on accurate predictions. Data is the foundation for accurate predictions.

Yonathan Dattner 

(Co-founder & CEO, Luxmux Technology Corporation, Canada)

Bio: Yonathan Dattner is an award-winning entrepreneur who has a track record of successfully commercializing innovative new technologies and products around the globe. Yonathan has
taken products through the whole life cycle from conceptual to commercial ready products, being sold worldwide across multiple industries and markets. As founder and President of Luxmux Technology Corporation, Yonathan has negotiated and secured capital from private, industrial and multiple government sources. In 2015, Luxmux received the ASTECH award for outstanding Science and Technology Start-Up. In 2017 the BeST-SLED® product was a finalist in the Photonics West PRISM Awards in San Francisco. PRISM Awards have been called “the global Oscars of photonics”.
Prior to founding Luxmux, Yonathan worked at Freescale Semiconductors and helped develop its I.MX application processors. In 2012, Freescale sold more than $2 billion worth of I.MX products, seen today in leading end products such as the Amazon Kindle 3, Sony PRS-650 and Kobo.
Among his awards, Yonathan has received the Queen Elizabeth II Award and the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Award through the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada.
Yonathan earned his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion - Institute of Technology in Israel, his M.Sc at the University of Calgary, and was an external student at the University of British Colombia’s Microsystems and Nanotechnology Group. Yonathan is a professional member in the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Title of the Talk: Greenhouse Gas Emmision (GHG) Monitoring System, data transmission, data collection and data conversion to large area flux emission rates.

The ability to quantify air for fugitive methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large industrial area sources has been a prerequisite for industry and government to develop Greenhouse Gas mitigation strategies. The techniques currently used to measure and model air emissions from these sites are widely considered inadequate. Luxmux Technology Corporation has developed an Accurate Remote Monitoring System (ARMS) which measures, transmits and quantifies GHG emissions from large industrial area sources. The problem of accurately measuring and modelling air emissions over large industrial areas is required by industries such as the oil sands, natural gas production & processing, oil production, landfills, wastewater, coal mines, agriculture and other large area sources. This talk will include an overview of the ARMS system from measurement, to transferring the data over radio to a central server and from the central server over mobile to a cloud platform for user access and interface.


Steve Liang

(Founder and CTO, SensorUp Inc., Canada)

Bio: Dr. Steve Liang is a global influencer and change maker of Internet of Things. Steve is the founder and CTO of SensorUp, and an associate professor who holds an IoT research chair at the University of Calgary. Dr. Liang is chairing and the editor of several key IoT enabling standards in Open Geospatial Consortium and UN's ITU-T. Dr. Steve Liang's leading edge research and product development efforts are designed to unlock the full potential of the IoT by transforming heterogeneous "silo-ed" IoT systems into a homogeneous IoT system of systems. For example, Steve is the editor of the OGC SensorThings API, an IoT cloud API standard that has been widely implemented around the world for applications ranging from homeland security, logistics, smart cities to energy.

Steve is recognized as a thought leader, especially in IoT and geospatial technologies. Dr. Liang has published more than 60 research publications, and delivered more than 100 invited talks in more than ten countries around the world. Dr. Liang also received numerous pretisgeous awards, include Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, Calgary's Top 40 under 40, the SSE Early Research Excellence Award, the SSE Research Excellence Award, University of Calgary's Peak Scholar Award, and more. He served on the prestigious Council of Canadian Academies' expert panel on Enabling Sustainability in an Interconnected World, Competing in a Global Innovation Economy: The Current State of R&D in Canada, and US Transportation Research Board's report on Connected Airport and the Internet of Things.

Title of the Talk: Aggregate Multiple IoT Silos for Actionable Insights

Abstract:  In the near future, millions to billions of small sensors and actuators will be embedded in real-world objects and connected to the Internet forming the Internet of Things (IoT). The basic premise of the IoT is that everyday objects or devices
can sense their environment, collect information, and communicate and interact with each other. The changing nature of smart, connected "things" is disrupting value chains and will force organizations to rethink and retool nearly everything they do internally
in order to stay competitive. For example, progressive cities and businesses around the world are using IoT to transform themselves into smart cities or smart products, and changing how we live, work, and play. In this talk, Dr. Liang will present
the opportunities and challenges of building an interconnected and interoperable Internet of Things system of systems. In
particular, Dr. Liang will present the real-world use cases of how IoT system of systems transforming existing organizations
and make them more competitive. 

Mark Scantlebury

(President and CEO, Extreme Telematics Corp., Canada)

Bio: Mark Scantlebury has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering with a minor in Computer Science and has over 18 years of experience in electronic product design and manufacturing in both telecommunications and industrial control. He is currently the CEO of Extreme Telematics Corp., a technology company that designs electronic controls and sensors for the oilfield. Mark is also the Chairperson for Alberta IoT, a not-for- profit committed to positioning Alberta as the worldwide centre of excellence for IoT Technology. He has worked to improve the reliability, safety, and optimization of electronic systems which has resulted in 3 granted and 2 pending patents.

Title of the Talk: Using IoT to Democratize Industrial Automation

Abstract: In the past, control and monitoring technology has been developed by individual companies in silos without being open and standardized preventing collaboration between competitors. This constant drive to maximize profit over advancing the industry has led to stagnant growth of digital technology, a lack of open and integrated solutions, and a high cost model. With the emergence of cloud and edge computing, there is the opportunity to use IoT to not only revolutionize industrial automation, but change business models at the same time using a collaborative framework.
We have seen 3 major technology phase shifts over the past 4 decades that has led to the democratization of personal computing. This has increased the capability and pace of technology, provided opportunities to empower everyday people, and dramatically lowered the cost of computing. The PC (Personal Computer) used an open hardware platform and common operating system, the Smartphone added an unparalleled level of integration, cloud connectivity, and the app store, and Raspberry Pi standardized a core computing platform that unlocked the ability for any software developer to build cheap, complete systems.
By aligning the goals of industrial users, cloud service companies, app developers, controls and sensor companies, equipment manufacturers, and process experts we can create a standardize hardware and software framework to transform industry in the same way. We have made substantial progress already on:
 A common edge computing operating system
 Acquiring and transporting data in a common format
 Standardizing how cloud services interact
 Enabling edge apps from multiple developers to work together
 Achieving an unparalleled level of hardware integration to drive down system cost
 Mass producing a computing core while proving a common hardware expansion interface.

Yang Gao

(Co-Founder and CTO of Profound Positioning Inc., Canada)

Bio: Dr. Yang Gao is Professor in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at The University of Calgary. His research expertise includes both theoretical aspects and practical applications of satellite-based positioning and navigation systems with a focus on high-precision and low-cost systems, including real-time kinematic (RTK), wide-area augmentation, precise point positioning (PPP) and multi-sensor fusion. He is also the co-founder and CTO of Profound Positioning Inc.

Dr. Gao has published over 300 technical papers in academic journals and conference proceedings and his research results have been applied by companies in Canada as well as international customers for commercial product development. Dr. Gao has received many national and international awards in recognition of his significant contributions and leadership in the development and application of high-precision GNSS technology, including the ION Thurlow Award, APEGA Research Excellence Award and CPGPS Distinguished Leadership Award. He also received awards for excellence in research, teaching and graduate supervision from Schulich School of Engineering at The University of Calgary. He is active in scientific and professional associations who has served on the editorial boards of five international journals including IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and Journal of Geodesy, and led the technical commissions on high-precision GNSS at the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) for many years. Dr. Gao earned a Ph.D. from The University of Calgary and is a registered professional engineer.

Title of the Talk: Precision GNSS to Mass-Market Applications

Abstract: High-precision location information from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is widely obtainable using high-end GNSS receivers which has enabled many demanding applications over a broad range of disciplines from aerospace, marine, agriculture, survey, mining, construction to disaster detection and monitoring. Lately there is a strong market demand to
bring high-precision GNSS to mass-market applications such as the ever-expanding uses of smartphones and the emerging self-driving cars and drones. For example, high precision location information (position, velocity and orientation) are essential for connected Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in confined environments, self-driving cars in intelligent transportation
systems, and handheld mobile devices in emergency responses.
Precision GNSS to mass-market applications however faces some significant challenges since existing solutions are mainly designed for professional applications with the use of high-end expensive GNSS receivers and systems. A major challenge is that higher accuracy must be affordable, robust, versatile and globally obtainable for mass market applications. Since GNSS
signal is vulnerable to various sources of effects including radio frequency interference, atmospheric disturbance, and signal loss or attenuation, how to ensure precise location information to be continuously available in all environments presents further challenge for mass market applications. Recent technology advances in multi-frequency and multi- constellation GNSS and integration with other enabling sensors such as micro-electro- mechanical system (MEMS) based inertial navigation systems (INS) open up new solutions to help bring precision GNSS to mass market applications.
This presentation will discuss opportunities in bringing precision GNSS to mass-market applications, major barriers that must overcome, and progresses in technology and product development including demonstration of low-cost high-precision GNSS systems and their performance in operational environments.

Hamid Alemohammad

(Co-Founder & CEO at AOMS Technologies Inc., Canada)

Bio: Dr. Hamid Alemohammad is the co-founder and CEO of AOMS Technologies, a company specialized in the development of industrial IoT systems for harsh environments. Hamid has over 15 years of industrial and entrepreneurship experience in industrial sensing systems and instrumentation and the Internet of Things (IoT). Dr. Alemohammad is specialized in technology commercialization, leadership for technology ventures and startups, and technology capital funding and investment. He is an advocate for commercializing transformative scientific research to address global challenges in energy and environment industries.

Title of the Talk: Industrial IoT Solutions with Fiber Optic Sensors

Abstract: Over the past decades, optical fiber, which was originally developed for the telecommunication industry, has been recognized as a promising platform for industrial sensing. In the early days, the fiber optic sensor technology was only adopted by the oil & gas and defense industries. Thanks to the new advancements in the development of low-cost opto-electronic systems, the technology is finding niche markets in other industry sectors including environmental monitoring, process industry, transportation, structural health monitoring, and biomedical. The adoption of fiber optic sensors, especially in harsh and heavy industrial applications, stems from unique features and technical capabilities unmatched by electronic sensors which enables high-fidelity and reliable measurement of critical parameters (such as temperature, pressure, strain, chemicals, etc.); these features include low-loss remote sensing, the ability to work in harsh environments, immunity to electromagnetic interference, small size, and capability of integrated and distributed sensing.
This presentation will focus on existing applications of fiber optic sensors for industrial sensing and monitoring applications and new opportunities to expand the technology for the Industrial Internet of Things.

Important Deadlines

Full Paper Submission:15th august 2019
Acceptance Notification: 31st August 2019
Final Paper Submission:22nd September 2019
Early Bird Registration: 16th September 2019
Presentation Submission: 1st October 2019
Conference: 17 - 19 October 2019

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