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Presentation: "Don't be religious about the Internet of Things!"

Track: Embedded technologies and the Internet of Things / Time: Tuesday 15:50 - 16:40 / Location: Lille Sal, Musikhuset

Wen Jiabao, the Former Premier of the People's Republic of China, provided the most poetic and, for me, complete picture of the Internet of Things – the Internet + the Internet of Things = the Wisdom of the Earth.

The IoT is not a technology, not even a suite of technologies. Nor is it an application, idea or concept. It is all of them together and much more. It will define how we live, work and play – it will shake up industries, governments and society as a whole. It is the biggest disruption hitting the planet since the printing press.

For many years we have built expert systems solving a problem (a business case) now we are starting to connect these expert systems to the Internet (vague business cases) and we are seeing new opportunities, challenges and risks. The talk I will be giving is about getting ready to embrace the chaos. There will be many technologies and platforms that will make up the Internet of Things. And there will be countless applications and services supported by it. The trick is to keep it connected enough and open enough to foster innovation.

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Mirko Presser, Research and Innovation for the Smart City Lab, Alexandra Institute

Mirko Presser

Biography: Mirko Presser

Mirko Presser is the Head of Research and Innovation for the Smart City Lab at the Alexandra Institute and has been studying and working in the connected research areas of Internet of Things, Open Data and Smart Cities for the past 12 years and has published over 20 peer reviewed scientific papers on these topics. He has received his PhD on the Mobile Internet of Things from the University of Surrey and a Masters Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Bristol as well as a Masters Degree in Physics with Astrophysics also form the University of Bristol. Mirko has been very active in the FP6 and FP7 programmes of the European Commission and has participated to several projects including as technical manager for two large IoT projects and has since last year been the coordinator of the URB-Grade project. In June 2013 he was also elected the Chair of the International IoT Forum and has served on numerous technical committees at international conferences.