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UT Dallas CS Hosts IoT Conference for Academics, Industry Members, and Students

Earlier this semester, the UT Dallas CS Department hosted a one-day Internet of Things (IoT) Conference for students, academics, and industry members. The IoT Conference’s mission was to provide undergraduate students, graduate or PhD students, academics, and engineers from industry with hands-on knowledge regarding the most recent advances and developments in the IoT. The UT Dallas CS Department was motivated to host this conference because of the general growing attention paid towards the IoT.  Techrover Solutions, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) served as the conference sponsors. The Conference included industry-led workshops, three academic speakers, and thirteen industry speakers from IBM, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, AT&T, Fujitsu, ThoughtWorks and more.

The Conference began with industry-led workshops, which included a hands-on Microsoft Azure IoT Guided Workshop led by Microsoft Architects, Ranga Vadlamudi and Kevin Saye, and an AWS IoT Workshop led by Anton Schmagin. Following the workshops, Greg Gorman, Director of the IoT Developer Ecosystem at IBM, delivered a talk titled, “The Power of One.” In his talk, Greg Gorman explores how citizen developers are transforming IoT development.  During the latter part of the conference, attendees had the option to attend either technical or business-use case sessions, which ran parallel to each other. The conference ended with a closing address from Harold Pulcher, a Microsoft MVP, who delivered a talk titled, “Talk to Millions of IoT Devices Without Pulling Your Hair Out.” In his talk, Harold Pulcher explores Azure IoT Suite and explains how there is no reason to be overwhelmed or complicated by the idea of IoT technology.

The following is a list of all the lectures from the UT Dallas IoT Conference 2017, click here to read a more in-depth description of each talk.

Technical Talks
Internet of Things with AWS, Anton Shmagin, AWS
IoT Security Vulnerabilities Demos, Dr. Alvaro Cardenas’ team, UT Dallas
Jumping into IoT Security Fray, Mark Szewczul, ZIMPERIUM
Predictive Maintenance of WindTurbines Using IoT & Big Data & Cloud – Shrinath Parikh, Fujitsu
Connectivity Issues with IoT, Ed Hightower, IEEE
Sub $5 IoT Device Development, Sampo Karvonen, ThoughtWorks
IoT Trends in Smart Healthcare, Prabha Sundaravadivel, UNT


Business Use-Case Sessions
Defining the Entire IoT Ecosystem, Dan Schmidt, AT&T
Real World IoT Implementations, Jeff Smith, QuantumIOT
IoT and Big Data, Peter DeNagy, Acommence Advisors
IoT Platform for Improved Water Management, Dr. Andrea Fumagalli’s team, UT Dallas
New IoT Security Method, Ben Clay, Synchronoss
Internet of Smart Vehicles, Swapan Das, Electrify America
Open Source IoT Architecture, Rajat Modi, Softweb

Click here to view photos from the conference.



The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 2,400 bachelor’s-degree students, more than 1,000 master’s students, 150 Ph.D. students,  53 tenure-track faculty members and 38 full-time senior lecturers, as of Fall 2017. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.


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