Actualization of the Internet of Things

A FIAP Industrial Physics Conference, American Physical Society

Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA
April 17-19, 2017

The conference is finished and included many interesting talks. You can see the program and links to some of the presentations on this program document.

Some of the presentations from the program
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The Internet was invented by physicists, emerging from scientists at CERN who needed a means to send information quickly to geographically dispersed team members. The systems that have evolved since then have been labelled equivalently as the internet or cyber-space. The technical advances which enable the physical infrastructure of the internet are all well-known and well-documented and include fiber optics, diode lasers, electro- optical switching, and wireless networking.

But the internet has yet to reach even a fraction of its potential. Even now, 20 years after the internet’s presence became ubiquitous in business and personal spaces, it serves primarily to move information among computers. Interactions with physical objects are starting to happen, and an explosion of possibilities has caught the imagination of scientists, engineers, computer experts, and the general public.

The phrase the Internet of Things, (IoT) is now being used to represent this interconnection of large numbers of physical entities. But if the interactions arise only from those proficient in software and algorithms, then integration of physical entities, whose behaviors are fundamentally analog, will be inefficient and halting at best. Perhaps this is why the IoT has been so slow to materialize.

This conference, the first of its kind, is intended to bring together those technologists with the skill sets to actualize the IoT. As an APS meeting, we certainly intend to bring together physicists who have interest in this area. In addition, we will include experts in robotics, automation, sensors (without limitation on the definition of a sensor), algorithms, and physical actuation. We also welcome the participation of scientists and engineers from across the technological spectrum (EE, ME, AE, etc.) to allow the sort of cross disciplinary conversations and innovation that will be necessary to build the IoT.

The conference features five topical sessions, each with four or five expert presenters to give an overview of today’s status and tomorrow’s challenges. A program including abstracts is available, and here are some of the featured speakers:

The Internet of Things for the Cognitive Era
Heike Riel, IBM, Director, Physical Sciences

Quantum Applications and Microsoft’s unique approach to Quantum Computing
Dave Wecker, Microsoft, Principal Program Manager for Azure IoT

Fleet Management with Hybrid Physics-Based Models
Mahadevan Balasubramaniam, GE, Mechanical Engineer

Impact of Big Data and Industry 4.0
John Carrier, MIT Sloan School of Management, Senior Lecturer

Connected Edge Controls - How Things Talk to Each Other
Jean Lau, GE, VP of Software Engineering

AI for Industrial IoT and Smart Infrastructure
Piyush Modi, Invida, Chief Strategist, Industrial Sector

Sensor Technology Keynote: Novel Sensor Technologies
David Chow, HRL, Director, Microelectronics Laboratory

Quantum Computing Meets Big Data
Seth Lloyd, MIT, Professor, Quantum Information

NIST Focus on IoT
Jim St. Pierre, Deputy Director, NIST Information Technology Lab

Finding and Fitting Batteries for Small IoT Devices
Andy Keates, Intel, Principal Engineer

"Nose" for the IoT
Kumar Virwani, IBM, Research Staff Member

In Pursuit of Brilliant Operations
Paul Boris, GE Digital, VP, Manufacturing Industries

Trillion Sensor Initiative - Panel Discussion

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Conference Poster

IOT Poster

Print a copy to inform your colleagues about this event.
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Full conference: $375
Single day: $250 April 17-18, $125 April 19

Registration includes refreshment breaks and some meals, reception on April 18, all program materials, and internet access in the meeting rooms.

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Poster Session

In addition to the invited talks, there will be a poster session for contributed talks on any aspect of the IoT. Poster space is limited so we may not be able to accommodate all submissions.

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The Monterey Marriot is the official headquarters of the conference.

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Vendor Exhibit

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The conference is organized by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) of the American Physical Society (APS) and is the first in a series of conferences aimed directly to the industrial physics community. The organizing committee is:

Organizing Committee

Barbara Jones
IBM Research – Almaden

Arun Subramaniyan
General Electric
Program Committee

Joe Mantese
United Technologies
Program Committee

Jeff Hunt
The Boeing Company

Michael Gaitan
NIST Gaithersburg
Program Committee

Steven Lambert
American Physical Society
Program Committee

Key contacts are Barbara Jones, IBM Almaden ( and Jeff Hunt, Boeing ( Please contact them for more information.