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Keynote Speakers

Sam Liccardo

Mayor San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015; San Jose has surged ever since.
In his brief tenure, Sam has: forged a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades; launched "San Jose Works," an initiative that will provide jobs to over 1,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods this year; crafted innovative programs to reduce homelessness, from rehabilitating decaying motels to incentivizing landlords to house homeless veterans; announced five new international flights at Mineta San Jose International Airport; created after-school programs for hundreds of low-income children, boosted library services in every neighborhood, and expanded youth learning opportunities for coding and STEM skills; ushered a major expansion of tech employers into San Jose, from corporate titans like Apple and Google to fast-growing innovators such as Silver Spring Networks, Splunk and SuperMicro; launched San Jose's "Smart City Vision," forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San Jose the most innovative city in America.

In Sam's prior public service, he prosecuted a range of felony cases as a federal and local criminal prosecutor, from sexual assault and child exploitation to international narcotrafficking. In 2006, voters elected Sam to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize its downtown, preserve San Jose's hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes.
Additionally, Sam serves on a number of boards of directors, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Valley Transit Authority Board, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. Sam also is the co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley and a founding board member for Cristo Rey High School. He also holds senior fellowships for the American Leadership Forum and the Aspen Institute and is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Sam graduated from San Jose's Bellarmine College Prep and Georgetown University, prior to receiving a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master's degree from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sam and his wife, Jessica, live in the Northside neighborhood, east of Downtown, within blocks of Jessica's childhood home, where Sam's father also grew up, and where Sam's grandparents operated a neighborhood grocery store. Sam descended from the first Mexican settlers in the Bay Area, as well as from Sicilian and Irish immigrants.

More details about him can be found at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/mayor.


Lily Mei

Mayor, City of Fremont, California

Mayor Lily Mei grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Drexel University. Her diverse professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis, product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently she led a global high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best practices to advance intellectual property protection.

Since 1994 Mayor Mei and her family have proudly called Fremont home, choosing our city for its family-friendly environment. She began her local service participating on numerous school-related committees, including the Fremont Unified Pupil Overload Task Force, Ad Hoc Budget Developers Fee Task Force, Fremont Council PTA School Board Liaison, a PTA Unit President, a PTA Vice President of Membership and a School Site Council member.

Mayor Mei is proud to be a contributor to the growing success of Fremont's public education where she was elected twice as a School Board Trustee to the Fremont Unified School District serving from January 2008 to December 2014.

In addition to education, Mayor Mei embraces diverse recreational and cultural programs serving as a volunteer and leader supporting local scouting and sports programs. She is a board member/advisor of Citizens for Better Community, Music for Minors II and South Bay Chinese Service Club. Mayor Mei also has been a dedicated supporter involved with community focused groups encouraging civic engagement such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group - Minority Women Leadership Day/Education Summit and American Association of University Women.

At the state level, Mayor Mei was the President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA) for California. During her tenure, Mayor Mei worked to ensure APISBMA's active participation on California School Board Association's Council of Presidents to strengthen their partnership with ethnic school board member associations statewide. Regionally in the Bay area, Mayor Mei was elected by surrounding local school districts to two terms as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 7 which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Mayor Mei lives in Fremont with her husband, Peter, and their children, Katie and Calvin.

More details about her can be found at https://fremont.gov/701/Lily-Mei-Mayor.


Bibhrajit Halder

Ph.D, Sr. Architect, Apple

Bibhrajit Halder, Ph.D., is an industry expert for self-driving vehicle and autonomous robotics. He has been working on autonomous robotics for over 12 years. He completed Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. During his Ph.D., he worked on fault detection and isolation and a supervisory control architecture that allows autonomous robots to identify failures and take safe action. Dr. Halder joined Caterpillar and worked on Autonomous Mining Truck, which is one of the first commercially available fully autonomous trucks in the world. At Caterpillar, he worked on Vehicle Health Management system, which is critical to any autonomous machine. He also developed algorithm for localization and perception for autonomous vehicle. After Caterpillar he joined Ford and build a team of 15 engineers to develop self-driving algorithm. Later he worked at a start-up, Faraday Future, as Sr. Manager where he led a team of 12+ engineers to develop localization and perception software for next generation smart cars. Currently he is working at Apple as Sr. Architect to build the next cool product.

Dr. Halder's research interest includes fault detection and isolation, machine learning, localization, and applied mathematics. He has published 1 book on autonomous robotics, over 15 journal papers, and filed more than 40 patent applications. Dr. Halder is a senior member of IEEE and serves as a technical reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Transactions of Autonomous Robots, and Automatica. He is an external advisor to department of mechanical engineering at his Alma matter Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Halder is an invited speaker at national and international conference. He has given a talk at Tsinghua University Beijing, China.

Panel VIP Guest


"Sean" Xiao Yan

Professor, Shanghai University (SUES)

Dr. Yan currently holds a "Shanghai Thousand Talent" professorship at auto engineering school, Shanghai University (SUES) of Engineering Science, where he established a power battery test lab focusing on developing a battery testing methodology to evaluate SOC and SOH from single to a power battery, and a practical solution to access the SOC and SOH for the after-sale of a pure electric vehicle market.

Before coming to SUES, he headed a startup company Makesens in Silicon Valley, which demonstrated a dynamic swap iBattery system with redundancy resolving the inconsistency issue; and was an active board member of CASPA responsible for establishing an annual "Chinese Semiconductor Technology and Industrial Forum" during Semi China time. Between 2006-2008, he was a director of technology transfer for Suzhou Institute of nanotech of Chinese Academy of Science.

Before that he had ~15 year experience on magnetic materials and sensors, from basic research as a faculty member at HKUST, to the application on test, new product development and a large scale manufacturing in the disk drive industrial such as ReadRite and Seagate. He obtained his B.S. in Physics from Peking University, went to the US via CUSPEA, and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Physics from U Penn.

Panel Speakers


Jonathan Trent

Director of OMEGA Global Initiative (OGI)

Jonathan Trent is the leader of the international OMEGA Global Initiative (OGI), a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding global access to potable water, food from the ocean, and alternative energy, while improving coastal environments, promoting circular economics, and adapting coastal cities to climate change.

He is also currently adjunct professor at UC Santa Cruz and a civil servant scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He has published and lectured on topics of sustainability, marine microbiology, astrobiology, and nanotechnology.

Jonathan earned a PhD at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and conducted research at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Copenhagen University, University of Paris, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale Medical School, Argonne National Laboratory, and NASA. He is a life-long Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.

Jonathan was recently selected by "Portrait" magazine in China to be one of their "Global 30: People of the Year of 2016" based on his work at OGI.




Dan Baldree

Business Relationship Division Manager, County of Santa Clara

Dan Baldree's top priority is enabling better government through technology. A Credentialed California County Technology Executive with more than fifteen years of IT experience, Dan has spent the last seven years driving innovation in the County of Santa Clara, home of Silicon Valley.

As one of a new generation of government IT leaders, Dan has been a major force behind the replacement of several labor-intensive legacy applications within the County of Santa Clara. Transitioning these to cloud-based solutions not only dramatically improved functionality, but also saved taxpayers millions of dollars.

Currently, Dan leads a unique organization within the County known as the Business Relationship Management team. Dan formed this team, comprised of accomplished IT Managers from the private sector, to direct technology advancements throughout County departmental units. These managers are embedded in County business units and partner with top executives to complete projects and initiatives essential to each unit's specific strategic plan. He then leverages his extensive network and influence throughout the County to ensure that business process and policy updates keep pace.

Dan received his Master of Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus, where he graduated top of his class. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Washington State University. Dan is an Associate Board Member of the California County Information Services Directors' Association and a frequent presenter at Association conferences.


Jin Yang, PhD

Senior Director,
Applied Machine Learning for Communication Systems and Services,
Huawei USA R&D, New Jersey

Jin Yang is currently leading a research group exploring and applying machine learning and AI technologies in wireless network operation, optimization and design space, including network performance and user experience monitoring, anomaly detection, root cause analysis, network optimization and resource management. He is in charge of some companywide initiatives for AI enabled 5G networks.

Jin Yang spent the last 20 years in telecommunication (Lucent and Motorola), after receiving his PhD degree at Imperial College, London, and BSc and MSc degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing.






Chen Zhong

Ph.D, Professor of School of EECS, Peking University

Chen Zhong, Ph.D, Professor of School of EECS at Peking University, and Director of MoE Key Lab of Network and Software Assurance, Director of Financial Information Research Center of Peking University. His research interests include domain-specific software engineering, network and information security, software-hardware co-design etc.

Dr. Chen graduated and earned his Ph.D degree from Computer Science and Technology Department of Peking University in 1989, and became faculty of Peking University. He became full professor in 1995. He was a visiting professor of UCLA from 2001 to 2002. He has been assumed the founding dean position of School of Software and Microelectronics, Peking University from 2002 to 2010, Chairman of CS department from 2011-2015.

Dr. Chen has published over 100 research papers. He has served in the Technical Program Committee of various international and domestic conferences such as ICC-CISS/GC-CISS/ ICDKE/ICICS/ICESS/InTrust/Inscrypt etc. He was in charge of many national level research projects since 1985 and did commercialization of the research achievements. He has awarded Beijing Excellent Teacher Award in1996, Chinese Youth Scientific and Technological Award in 1997, 2nd Prize National Science and Technology Award in 1998(personal ranking at 4th), 1st Prize National Higher Education Teaching Achievements Award in 2005, 2nd Prize National Science and Technology Award in 2010.

As for public service, Dr. Chen is senior member and IoT Expert Committee member of CIE(China Institute of Electronics), Cloud Computing Expert Committee member of CIC(China Institute of Communications), fellow and managing director of CCF(China Computer Federation) and vice-chair of Information Secrecy Professional Committee of CCF, deputy director of China Software Industry Association. Chairman of SEMAT China Chapter.


Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer City of Palo Alto, Nova Southeastern University

Named one of the 20 most influential Chief Information Officer's in the United States in 2016. An experienced IT leader with over 25 years of success in driving and achieving organizational goals in both the private and public sectors in a variety of key technology positions including Chief Information Officer (CIO), IT Innovation Director, Software Engineering Senior Manager, and external IT Consultant.

Specialties: People: IT Leadership, Sourcing, Change Management, Coaching

Process: IT Strategy, IT Governance (COBIT), IT Consulting, Innovation Mgt, Service Mgt (ITSM), Business Analysis (BA), Project Management (PM), IT Contract Management, Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Business Process Management (BPM)

Technology: Software Engineering, Content Management Systems (CMS), Mobile, Social Media, Cloud Computing, Web 2.0, Knowledge Management (KM), Business Intelligence (BI), Emerging Tech

Videos, articles, and more can be found at http://www.reichental.com.


Gordon Feller

Co-founder/Convenor of Meeting of the Minds

Gordon Feller is Co-founder/Convenor of Meeting of the Minds, an annual leadership summit organized since 2007 by Urban Age Institute (UAI). Feller was for more than five years Director at Cisco Systems headquarters in Silicon Valley. He served in an executive capacity within the company's programs focused on cities.

Prior to joining Cisco, Feller was CEO of UAI, an international non-profit research/training organization which began as a magazine inside the World Bank and was spun off ten years later in 2001. For 30 years, Feller's advised on economic and technology issues with leaders of multinational companies, cities, NGOs / foundations, and national governments. His clients included World Bank, United Nations, German and Canadian national governments, The Rockefeller Foundation, IBM, Reuters, Metropolis, and United Cities & Local Governments.

Feller advises leaders on how advanced technologies enable leaders to solve complex problems - with a special focus on developing practical and forward-looking solutions where economics, technology, and sustainability intersect. His work is the basis of documentaries and other multimedia projects. Feller's published hundreds of articles in newspapers, scholarly journals, and magazines, including CFO Magazine, Urban Land Magazine, TIME Magazine, Financial Times. He was formerly executive editor of Urban Age Magazine and Planet Earth Magazine.

Feller's a keynote speaker at key leadership events. Columbia University awarded him a Bachelor's in political science, cum laude, and a Master's in International Affairs. AT Columbia he served as a Lehman Fellow, a Wallach Fellow and a Deans Fellow.

More details about him can be found at http://meetingoftheminds.org/speaker/gordon-feller.


Jo Zientek

Deputy Director, Environmental Services Department, City of San Jose

Jo Zientek is San Jose's deputy director of integrated waste management, with more than 20 years of experience implementing waste management programs, including the city's Zero Waste Strategic Plan 2022.

Recent achievements: development of $30 million Clean Tech Demonstration Center, supporting City's Economic Development Strategy and partially financed through an innovative Federal New Markets Tax Credit program - a first for a California city; new commercial solid waste system-live July 2012 - with best-in-class recycling rate - won 2013 Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Excellence Award; and design/implementation of most comprehensive national ordinance to reduce single-use carryout bags.

Jo has won the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award twice, the most prestigious prize for environmental achievement in the state. Current committee service includes: California's Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act advisory committee; the Urban Sustainability Directors Networks Innovation Fund Steering Committee, which provides grant funding from foundations to cities to implement cutting-edge projects; and the board of CommUniverCity a partnership between San Jose, San Jose State and neighborhood associations to enhance the livability of very low income communities in San Jose. Jo completed the 2013 Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Leadership Program.

More details about her can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-zientek-921bb421/.


Abhishek Dubey

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Abhishek Dubey is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Software-Integrated Systems and co-lead for the Vanderbilt Initiative for Smart Cities Operations and Research (VISOR). He has over 15 years of experience in the area of distributed system engineering.

His research interests including analysis, design and integration, and runtime management of geographically dispersed cyber-physical application platforms. He is a senior member of IEEE and he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Abhishek completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2009. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in August 2005 and completed his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, India in May 2001.

He currently manages a number of projects in this area, for example Integration Platform for Human Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Cities, Social Computing Platform for Multi-Modal Transit, Integrated Safety Incident Forecasting, and Analysis, and Resilient Information Architecture Platform for Smart Systems. His research is directed through SCOPE lab at Vanderbilt University (scope.isis.vanderbilt.edu).


Shireen Santosham

Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Liccardo

Shireen Santosham is Chief Innovation Officer for Mayor Liccardo where she leads efforts to build the "smart city" vision and strategy for San Jose. Previously, she worked at the GSMA where she was a Director in the Mobile for Development group that aims to close the digital divide for base of the pyramid populations in the developing world through mobile technology and the internet. She has extensive experience working on innovative initiatives across sectors, including working at McKinsey & Company, with international NGOs, and as an impact investor at Vulcan Capital.

Shireen holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

More details about her can be found at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=4892.





Invited Speakers

Dinesh C. Verma

IBM Fellow, Distributed Cognitive Systems
IBM TJ Watson Research Center, NY

Dinesh C. Verma is an IBM Fellow leading the Distributed Cognitive Systems area at IBM T J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. In this role, he leads a research team creating new technologies that intersect the domain of cognitive computing, Internet of Things, and Distributed Systems & Networks. He received his doctorate in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1992, the Bachelors' in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India in 1987, and Masters in Management of Technology from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY in 1998. He holds over 135 patents, and has authored over 110 papers and 10 books in computer science. He has served in various program committees, IEEE technical committees, editorial boards and led international multi-institution research alliances. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.

Title of the talk: Edge Computing and its applications to Cognitive IoT
Abstract: Cognitive Computing technologies like IBM Watson hold the promise to revolutionize modern IT systems. When they are applied to the IoT landscape, they find many different applications in areas ranging from manufacturing, home safety, automotive, social sensing and healthcare. New technologies can enable the power of cognitive computing to move out from a centralized location and to work in a distributed manner. In this talk, we will explore the architecture, application and use cases when Cognitive technologies are applied to the IoT domain, and leverage the power of edge computing.


Paolo Nesi

Professor, University of Florence

Paolo Nesi is full professor at the University of Florence, working at DINFO, Department of Information Engineering (Computer Science Department, dipartimento di ingegneria dell'informazione) as: Chair of DISIT Lab, of the University of Florence (this portal). Since 2011, he is also a member of the scientific committee of CSAVRI of the University of Florence, and referent of the APRE Toscana for the University of Florence. He founded and is at present responsible of the DISIT research group and LAB. The work he has carried out in such different fields has been appreciated in different ways. P. Nesi is a member of IEEE , ACM, AIIA, ICPR.

Research areas are: data mining and understanding, semantic computing, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, big data, data analytics, knowledge mining, knowledge representation, semantic models, formal models, linked open data, content protection. Algorithms and solutions for: recognition, disambiguation, user behaviour analysis, collective analysis, recommendation, multilingual and cross media indexing, path generation, user profiling, indoor/outdoor navigation, media synchronisation, knowledge matchmaking, audio transcoding, decision support, sentient and autonomous agents and tools, ontology production, etc. Paolo Nesi has been principal investigator for the research and innovation projects: Sii-Mobility, WEDELMUSIC, ICARO, ECLAP, MUSICNETWORK, eBRAIN, OSIM, MyStoryPlayer, MobileEmergency, DICCOF, Collabora, Linked Open Graph, etc. Scientific coordiantor for I-Maestro, etc.

More details about him can be found at http://www.disit.org/drupal/?q=node/5490.

Title of the talk: Making Smarter Tuscany and Florence with Km4City
Abstract: The main technical issues regarding smart city solutions are related to data gathering, aggregation, reasoning, data analytics, access, and service delivering. The ICT architectures are strongly influenced by the amount of data, the provided services and the analytics requested. Services are becoming more and more personalized and smarter demanding more real time, and data stream analytic and machine learning. The first approach can be the adoption of Smart City APIs (Application Program Interfaces) for providing services, for which standards are far to be proposed and accepted. The new push on IOT/IOE (internet of things/internet of everything) is changing the concepts and the smart city architectures. Therefore, there is a strong activity on defining smart city architectures to cope with this complexity, putting in place a significant range of different kinds of services and processes. In this paper, presentation an overview of what we are doing in Tuscany area (a region with 3.5 inhabitants with about 25 M of tourists per year) to provide smarter services, addressing 1.2 M of new complex events per day on mobility & transport, energy, tourism, culture, pollution, pollination, IOT, parking, social, etc. (http://www.km4city.org ). The work performed is referring to Sii-Mobility national smart city project on mobility and transport, RESOLUTE European Commission H2020, REPLICATE SCC1 H2020 lighthouse project on smart city European Commission, etc.


Raj Jain

Cox Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
Washington University, Saint Louis

Raj Jain is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ACM, A Fellow of AAAS, a winner of ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time award, 2015 A. A. Michelson Award from Computer Measurement Group, CDAC-ACCS Foundation Award 2009, Distinguished Alumni award from Indian Institute of Science Alumni Association, and ranks among the top 75 in CiteseerX's list of Most Cited Authors in Computer Science. Dr. Jain is currently the Barbara J. and Jerome R. Cox Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he was one of the Co-founders of Nayna Networks, Inc - a next generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, CA.

Further information is at http://www.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/.

Title of the talk: Multi-Cloud Global Application Delivery for Internet of Things and Smart Cities
Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) is currently on the top of the hype cycle with investments from governments, corporations, and venture capital firms. Smart Cities enhance the quality of life of its citizen by building an eco-system for health, environment, and business. Both IoT and Smart Cities share similar issues and challenges. The key areas of research in IoT including security will be explained. In particular, IoT and smart cities will lead to increased use of cloud computing and will soon lead to multi-cloud computing. We finish with a discussion about our OpenADN project for managing such globally distributed multi-cloud applications.


Dr. Sajal Das

Department Chair & St. Clair Endowed Chair
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Sajal K. Das is the Chair of Computer Science and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at Missouri University of Science and Technology. During 2008-2011, he served the NSF as a Program Director in the Division of Computer Networks and Systems. Prior to 2013 he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Das' current research interests include theory and practice of wireless sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems,smart environments including smart healthcare and smart grid, big data analytics, IoT, distributed and cloud computing, security, biological and social networks, and applied graph theory and game theory. He has directed numerous funded projects and published extensively with more than 650 research articles in high quality journals and refereed conference proceedings. He holds 5 US patents, co-authored 52 book chapters and four books titled Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications (2005), Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges (2012), Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking (2012), and Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2017). He is one of the most prolific authors in computer science according to DBLP. His h-index is 75 with more than 24,500 citations according to Google Scholar.

Dr. Das is a recipient of 10 Best Paper Awards at prestigious conferences and numerous awards for research, teaching and mentoring including the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing. He serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal (since 2005), and as an Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. A (co-) founder of IEEE PerCom, IEEE WoWMoM, and IEEE SMARTCOMP conferences, he has served on numerous IEEE and ACM conference committees as General Chair, Technical Program Chair, or Program Committee member. Dr. Das is an IEEE Fellow.

The topic talk: "Smart Living: The Next Frontier"

More details about him can be found at https://cs.mst.edu/facultystaffandfacilities/das/.