Program Committee Bios

Chuck Byers

Evan Birkhead, Strategic Marketing, Industrial Internet Consortium

Evan Birkhead became part of the IIC team in January 2019 when the organization joined forces with the OpenFog Consortium. In addition to IIC, he directs marketing for the Trusted IoT Alliance, an IIC partner consortium with the mission to secure the IoT with blockchain and ledger technologies. His commercial clients include leaders in IoT, IT operations, cybersecurity and fraud prevention. Evan began his marketing career in 1997 when he joined Micromuse, a start-up in the network management space that experienced skyrocketing growth, went public on Nasdaq, and was acquired by IBM. Evan received his B.A. from Tufts University and his M.S. in Public Communications from Syracuse University.



Chuck Byers

Chuck Byers, Associate Chief Technical Officer, Industrial Internet Consortium

Chuck C. Byers is Associate Chief Technology Officer of the Industrial Internet Consortium, now incorporating OpenFog. He works on the architecture and implementation of edge-fog computing systems, common platforms, media processing systems, and the Internet of Things. Previously, he was a Principal Engineer and Platform Architect with Cisco, and a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. During his three decades in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas including voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, video, modular platforms, edge-fog computing and IoT. He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as CTO for the Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium, and was a founding member of PICMG's AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees.

Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his spare time, he likes travel, cooking, bicycling, and tinkering in his workshop. He holds over 80 US patents.

Lynne Canavan

Lynne Canavan, Director, Content Marketing Real-Time Innovations, Inc. (RTI)

Lynne Canavan is a collaborator and marketing professional with over 25 years in the technology industry, working with Fortune 100 companies, startups, agencies and consultants. Named a ' 2018 Woman of IoT in Marketing' by Connected World, Lynne has been involved in the launch and growth of collaborative ecosystems in the fast-moving Internet of Things world.

Lynne currently directs and manages the content, university program and other ecosystem initiatives for Real-Time Innovations (RTI). She also serves as Vice President of Marketing for the DDS Foundation. Previously, she served as the Executive Director and Vice President of Marketing for the OpenFog Consortium and was the Executive Co-Chair of Fog World Congress at its inaugural 2017 event. Previously, she helped to launch and run the Industrial Internet Consortium, which grew from 5 to over 200 member organizations during her tenure. She also served as the first Program Chair of IoT Solutions World Congress.

Sandy Carielli

Sandy Carielli, Director of Security Technologies, Entrust Datacard

Sandy is a principal analyst at Forrester advising security and risk professionals on application security, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration among security and risk, application development, operations, and business teams. Her research covers topics such as proactive security design, security testing in the software delivery lifecycle, protection of applications in production environments, and remediation of hardware and software flaws.



Bonnie Gordon

Bonnie Gordon, Conference Director, Industrial Internet Consortium

Bonnie Gordon is the Conference Director at the Industrial Internet Consortium. Bonnie brings years of experience on all sides of the event industry, and is highly invested in helping organizations succeed and build their presence via events.



Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes, Senior Analyst, Internet of Things, 451 Research

Ian Hughes is a Senior Analyst for the Internet of Things practice at 451 Research focussed on Industrial IoT, Ar and VR. He has 30 years of experience in emerging technology as a developer, architect and consultant through key technology trends. Ian had 20 years of experience at IBM in cross-industry application development. This included automotive, global sporting events, retail and telecoms. Ian was early to the Web development space in 1998 and social media in 2004, and was influential in virtual-worlds adoption in 2006-09. He spent the next seven years at his own consulting company, where he presented a regular emerging technology feature, on a UK Saturday morning children's TV show, built virtual disaster simulators for hospitals, pitched start-ups to investors, wrote a technology column for a fashion magazine and published two sci-fi novels (so far) under his online handle of epredator. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology from Southampton Solent University in 2018.


Terry McElrath

Terry McElrath, Vice President, Operations, Industrial Internet Consortium

As the Vice President of Operations, Terry works across all of OMG and it's communities reporting to the President and COO of OMG. Terry focuses her efforts on managing business development, member engagement and continuing to build a world class conference program for IoT Solutions World Congress. This includes business development practices, member engagement and strategic relationship development that benefit our memberships, the industries we serve, and our organization as a whole.



Stephen Mellor

Stephen Mellor, Chief Technical Officer, Industrial Internet Consortium

Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams. He also co-chairs both the Definitions, Taxonomy and Reference Architecture workgroup and the Use Cases workgroup for the NIST CPS PWG (National Institute for Standards and Technology Cyberphysical System Public Working Group).

He is a well-known technology consultant on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Stephen is the author of Structured Development for Real-Time Systems, Object Lifecycles, Executable UML, and MDA Distilled.

Vijay Raghunathan

Vijay Raghunathan, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Embedded Systems and IoT Lab, Purdue University

Vijay Raghunathan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and the Director of the Embedded Systems and IoT Lab, which he founded in 2006. His research interests include hardware and software architectures for next-generation embedded systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), and wearable/implantable electronics, with an emphasis on ultra-low power design, edge analytics, and reliable/secure system design.

Vijay has co-authored over a hundred journal and conference papers (several of which have won best paper awards) and has presented numerous invited talks and tutorials on the above topics. Several of the technologies and systems developed in his lab have been widely used in academia and industry. He has chaired multiple premier ACM and IEEE conferences and has served on the organizing and technical program committees of many more. He has served as an Associate Editor of two leading research journals, the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems and the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. He also serves as the founding Director of the Professional MS program in the School of ECE at Purdue. Vijay received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and his B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras, India.

Arjmand Samuel

Arjmand Samuel, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Internet of Things, Microsoft

Arjmand Samuel is a principal program manager at the Microsoft Azure Internet of Things team where he leads security and Azure IoT Edge engineering project. Arjmand has a PhD in Information Security from Purdue University, USA and has published in a variety of publications on topics of security, privacy, location aware access control and innovative use of mobile and IoT technology.


Dr. Richard Soley

Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium and is responsible for the vision and direction of the organization. In addition to this role, Dr. Soley is Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group®. He also serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks around the world on issues relevant to emerging technologies, IT standards, and creating successful companies. Dr. Soley also serves as an advisor to many governments and is an agenda contributor in the World Economic Forum. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Soley holds SB, SM, and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.

Hiten Trivedi

Hiten Trivedi, Director for IoT Solutions, Social Innovation Business Unit, Hitachi Global Digital Holdings

Hiten Trivedi is the Director for IoT Solutions, Social Innovation Business Unit at Hitachi Global Digital Holdings. In his current role, he is responsible for leading global digital innovation initiatives to help enterprises, cities and utilities select and implement the right set of technologies/solutions that can have a meaningful impact to their customers and citizens.

Hiten has spent 18+ years of career in Utilities, Energy, Telecom and Hi-Tech industries where he has been involved in delivering and impacting business outcomes through technology strategy, innovation and digital business transformation. Prior to joining Hitachi, he was CTO at a fintech startup where he spearheaded the development of an AI-based compliance and audit data management platform.

Kathy Walsh

Kathy Walsh, Vice President of Marketing, Industrial Internet Consortium

Kathy Walsh is the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Vice President of Marketing and is responsible for the marketing of the Industrial Internet Consortium. To her role, she brings extensive marketing experience and a broad array of business skills acquired from roles in accounting, customer service, market research, product management, and social media management. Prior to joining the Industrial Internet Consortium, Kathy was a Product Marketing Manager at Dimensional Insight, Inc. and Oracle Corp. Kathy also worked in market research and client service at IRI, Inc. as a Project Manager.

Kathy holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing, from Babson College. She is married with three sons and spends much of her free time cheering on youth sports. Kathy is a published author of Preacher Kid: A Story from the Heartland.

John K. Zao

John K. Zao (邵家健), PhD (Harvard) SMIEEE, Director, NCTU Intelligent Fog Computing Research Center, Co-Chair, IIC Fog Computing Task Group, Chair, IEEE 1934 Standard Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework, Vice-Chair, IEEE Standard Committee on Edge/Fog/Cloud Communications with IOT and Big Data

Dr. Zao is the founding chair of the IEEE 1934 Standard Working Group on Fog Computing and Networking Architecture Framework and the co-chair of the Fog Computing Task Group in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). He is the editor of the Fog Framework Technical Report and was a main contributor to the OpenFog Reference Architecture, which became the IEEE 1934 Standard. Currently, Dr. Zao is the Director of Intelligent Fog Computing Research Center at the Hsinchu Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan, and the platform architect of the Edge/Fog Computing testbeds deployed in Shanghai Tech University, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and NCTU. Dr. Zao is also an entrepreneur. He is a founder of NGoggle in San Diego, USA and CerebraTek in Hsinchu Taiwan. Together, these two companies developed Augmented Brain-Computer Interaction Systems for neural monitoring and rehabilitation based on visual stimulation. Dr. Zao received his PhD in Computer Science at Harvard University in 1995 and was elected a Senior Member of IEEE in 2001.

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