IEEE 7th World Forum on Internet of Things
14 June–31 July 2021 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

VERT2: Energy and Power (Including Oil & Gas)

Dates: Monday, 6 April 2020-Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Time: 8:30am-6:30pm
Room: Fulton Room


The digitization and automation of a wide swath of business processes and the industrial infrastructure is creating a disruptive change for the energy, power and oil & gas sector. This is affecting production processes, service processes, environmental processes, facilities management, and transportation and logistics systems in a profound manner. The digitization and automation are being driven largely by Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. Sometimes also referred to as the Internet of Things, Services & People (IoTSP).

The deployment of low cost yet powerful sensing and actuation, communication and computing resources combined with the wide availability of data-driven services are the key enablers.

When the utility industry adopts IoT, it is creating new opportunities to manage the grid and connect with the consumer. Suddenly there is an influx of data streaming into the utility that they can harness to make decisions. For example, companies can utilize home automation to monitor consumer use, then adjust access as necessary. They can gather information on how to deliver services, manage infrastructure, and continue to meet consumer needs. Simply, the investment in a smart grid, smart meters, and home automation can allow utility companies to comprehensively recapture the energy industry, drive top-line growth, and improve consumer perception.

The impact of data-derived insights and digital technologies is especially strong within the full oil and gas value chain — upstream, midstream, downstream, services and capital projects. A granular view of network connected assets when linked with data-driven business systems helps generate quicker and better insights to drive competitive performance. The technology is creating opportunities for greater efficiencies and enhanced safety and creating agile organizations that can keep up with all manners of external changes.

This vertical track will feature invited speakers who are thought leaders and leading practitioners in the IoT space and who will report on work that is transforming the energy, power and oil & gas sectors of the global economy. Topics that will be addressed include

  • The Internet of Things and the digital twin
  • Large scale deployment of connected sensors
  • Edge and mobile cloud computing in industrial IoT
  • Dependable networks for automation systems
  • Industrial IoT Cybersecurity
  • Robust and Reliable IoT
  • Lessons learned from deployment of IoT technologies


Track Chair

Harshavardhan “Harsh” Karandikar,  ABB Inc., USA

Dr. Harsh Karandikar is an accomplished technology leader with over thirty years of experience in the engineering and product management of industrial products and services and with a focus over the last decade on technologies for medium voltage electrical power distribution. He has a track record of innovation and extensive international experience with strong background in technology strategy development, operation of global engineering organizations, management of complex product development projects, technology transfer, technical consulting and business development. Harsh has co-authored numerous technical papers and is a holder of several patents. Harsh is currently the Global Product Manager for ANSI Medium Voltage Switchgear and for ANSI Switchgear Digital Initiatives for ABB. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the ASME. He holds a PhD from the University of Houston.


Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis, PhD, is a Systems Scientist at the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, since Aug. 2018 (Postdoc ECE CMU 2016) and a R&D fellow with DEPsys SA, Switzerland since Sep. 2018. In 2014 he was awarded a fellowship by Arup, UK (through the University of Greenwich), on the “Research Challenge of Balancing Urban Microgrids in Future Planned Communities”, whereas in 2013 he won the “IEEE Sustainability 360o Contest” on the topic of Power. Between 2007 and 2015, as part of the research group SmartRUE, Greece, he contributed in over a dozen R&D projects funded by the European Commission. Panos studied at the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (Dipl. 2007, PhD 2015). He has published more than 20 papers and contributed to 2 book chapters, while also has over 10 years of experience as a technical consultant on and developer of projects of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency. He is the CTO of Proterima Energy Consultants, Greece, and technology advisor to Zeal (ex EVE Energy), USA, an electric vehicle charging platform start-up. He is a senior member of multiple IEEE societies, editor in IEEE journal publications, task-group chair in two IEEE standards working groups, Chair of the IEEE Smart Grid Publications Committee, Editor-in-Chief of the “IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter”, and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the “IEEE Smart Grid Compendium of Journal Publications, vol. 1”.

Track Speakers

Benton Calhoun, Co-founder and CO-CTO, Everactive 

Ben Calhoun received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. In January 2006, he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, where he is now a Professor. His research emphasizes energy efficient and sub-threshold integrated circuit design for self-powered, batteryless wireless sensing systems. Dr. Calhoun has over 200 peer reviewed publications and 22 issued US patents. He co-founded and is co-CTO at Everactive, Inc., which is selling self-powered, energy harvesting wireless sensing solutions in the industrial IoT market. He is a senior member of the IEEE.

Talk Title: Batteryless Wireless Sensors Unlock a New Digital Data Age

Abstract: Everactive is deploying dense networks of self-powered wireless sensors that generate vast new data streams from previously un-monitored physical assets. Breakthroughs in lowering power consumption, energy harvesting, and RF networks enable solutions that can continuously collect data at an unprecedented scale — all without the maintenance headaches of batteries. This talk covers the technology and applications of batteryless sensing and discusses opportunities for its use in the energy, power, and oil & gas industries. Everactive’s self-powered solutions eliminate costly physical inspection of assets, providing real-time insight and predictive analysis through a cloud platform and online dashboard. By deploying self-powered wireless sensors across your operation, you can sustainably maximize the returns on condition monitoring across your entire facility without adding any new maintenance tasks.

David Lawrence, Manager – Emerging Technology Office, Duke Energy

David Lawrence is a Technology Development Manager with Duke Energy working in the Emerging Technology Office. In this role, he provides leadership on a portfolio of technologies to support the Future Grid. He is a founding technologist in the development of the NAESB ratified OpenFMB framework, and is currently focused on distributed Grid applications, Microgrids, DC services and metering, Grid edge analytics, and Cybersecurity.

Mr. Lawrence has 41 years of experience in the energy industry. He worked in research and development and IT management for electric metering, transformer, and switchgear product manufacturing. His roles included embedded systems and protocol development, engineering management, global engineering information systems, manufacturing execution and scheduling systems, product life-cycle management (PLM), and IT management. A native of Portsmouth, VA., Mr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been awarded six US Patents.

Talk Title: IIoT Challenges in the Electrical Sector: Progress in DERs, DAFs, Interoperability, Cybersecurity, and Standards. Are we doing enough?

Abstract: Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology Organization (ETO) has worked over the last decade to address the new requirements of the IIoT-enabled Electric Grid. With the advent of lite-weight, intelligent, communicating sensors, power electronics, Direct Current (DC) services, and the proliferation and maturing of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and Microgrids, the historical top-down Electric Grid is being turned upside down. It is interesting to look at the technology transitions that have occurred and those that are presently occurring in plain view. Microprocessor development through the 1970’s spawned a decade of hybrid analog-digital devices. In the 80’s, the pendulum swung from central computing and mainframes to distributed Personal Computing (PCs). The hardening of Digital Signature Processors (DSPs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) through the 80’s led to completely digital Grid devices in the 90’s. Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems with faster connections to Grid devices, improved optimization and efficiencies. The 90’s concluded with WWW Internet expansion and Sun Microsystem’s proclamation that the Network is the Computer. The Internet clamor over the last 20 years has propelled forward Cloud services, business digital transformation as well as disruption, monetization of data, and 2-Tier convenience architectures, where the Cloud directly manages millions of sensors. In recent years, Duke’s ETO work has focused on machine-to-machine communications, semantic data model harmonization and interoperability, abstraction layers and containerization to support Distributed Intelligence (DI), Microgrid designs, and cybersecurity. Suitably, ETO contributed to the development of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) interoperability framework. OpenFMB is a standard ratified in 2016 by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). The OpenFMB Users Group was created in 2018 after a transition to the Utility Communications Architecture International Users Group (UCAIug), previously organized by the Smart Grid interoperability Panel (SGIP), now part of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). OpenFMB is a framework for the Electrical Sector to securely access Grid Edge device data and share it between all devices and systems. It is based on proven Internet technologies and on the Common Information Model (CIM) and IEC61850 standards.

Steve Beamer, VP Customer Success & Transformation, ElementAnalytics 

Steve leads our customer success and transformation organization. Prior to joining Element, he worked in site and executive leadership roles at large oil and gas and mining companies for 30+ years including ExxonMobil, Hess, Peabody Energy and BP. He began his career in the Nuclear Navy and since moving to industry has worked in Engineering, Maintenance/Reliability and Operations. He has a solid understanding of operations excellence and the systems which support it. As a former customer who led a digital transformation, he wants to help others do the same. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Steve lives in Houston with his wife, Sally, and two teenage boys. He enjoys reading, biking, hiking, food, travel, and technology.

Rajit Gadh, Director of Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC), UCLA

Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC). He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium (WINMEC). Dr. Gadh’s research interests include Smart Grid, Micro Grids, Electric Vehicle to Grid Integration, Electric Vehicle (EV) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV), Smart Transportation, AI and machine learning in EV and AV management.  He has over 200 papers in journals, conferences and technical magazines, and, 5 patents granted. He has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and did his sabbatical as a visiting researcher at Stanford University for a year. He has won several awards from NSF (CAREER award, Research Initiation Award, NSF-Lucent Industry Ecology Award, GOAL-I award), SAE (Ralph Teetor award), IEEE (second best student-paper, WTS), ASME (Kodak Best Technical Paper award), AT&T (Industrial ecology fellow award), Engineering Education Foundation (Research Initiation Award), William Wong Fellowship award from University of Hong-Kong, etc., and other accolades in his career. He is on the Editorial board of ACM Computers in Entertainment Publication and the CAD Journal.

Glen Endress, Manager – Emerging Digital Technology, ConocoPhillips

Glen has worked at ConocoPhillips for over 30 years, with positions in downstream, midstream and upstream. His responsibilities have focused on IT systems, global support and leadership. In his current role as Manager, Emerging Digital Technologies, Glen leads the team driving an early global adoption strategy for new digital technologies in the back office and field operations.



Oluwatobi Oyinlola, Entrepreneur & Consultant, (Rwanda, Africa)

Oluwatobi Oyinlola is a Nigerian-born inventor and entrepreneur. He is a Software Innovator at Intel, Embedded System Engineer and IoT Evangelist. He is currently implementing Pay-As-You-Cook technology to promote use of affordable LPG in Africa. Recently he has been working in the avionics sector with rLoop Incorporated (a company sharing the dream of realizing the fifth mode of transportation initiated by Elon Musk, i.e. the Hyperloop) applying some of his experience in Robotics. Oluwatobi was recognized as one of the Most Influential Young Nigerians Award.


Talk Title: How IoT is solving fuel theft in Africa

Abstract: It has become increasingly difficult to get the optimum value for money in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Africa because of volume integrity across the distribution chain from depot to truck to filling station tank to pump nozzles. It seems to be a local problem with the African region, where salesperson keep account of monetary transaction manually each day but eventually leads to fuel theft by some dishonest employees. Using low cost IoT technology which can be installed in each of the dispenser with advance functionalities of capturing the pulser changes and give the owner of the station a remote access to track each dispenser transactions to know how much was sold which will completely eradicate any theft in the fuel stations.

Havard Devold, Manager – Digital Technologies for Oil & Gas, ABB Norway

Håvard is Vice President and country technology manager (CTM) for ABB Norway, with a focus on new and emerging technologies. He is also responsible for Market Development for renewable and sustainable energy for ABB’s Industrial Energy Business. Håvard has worked for ABB since 1982. He has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a graduate of the ABB Business Development program at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland He was most recently the Digital Lead for Energy Industries. Håvard authored and continues to update the “Oil and Gas Production Handbook” and has published many papers.

Rami Zewail, R&D Consultant and Co-Founder, Smart Empower Innovation Labs Inc.

Rami Zewail received a BSc. and MSc. In Electronics & Communications Engineering, Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Egypt, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. And a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, in 2010. He has over 15 years of academic and industrial R&D experience in areas of embedded computing, machine learning, and signal processing. Dr Zewail’s research experience spans different fields such as Energy industry, Computer vision, biomedical, BlockChain, and IoT. Dr. Zewail has over 12 years of R&D experience in Oil &Gas sector. He has contributed to the scientific community with a patent and over 20 publications.

Dr. Zewail is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists (APEGA), The Canadian Association for Artificial Intelligence. He also has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Electronics Imaging, Journal of Optical Engineering for the SPIE society.

Talk Title: Accelerating Digital Transformation in Energy Industry Through Edge Computing and Decentralized Intelligence

Abstract: With the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and low power efficient processors, Embedded Machine learning and edge computing have recently received much interest over a wide range of fields including predictive maintenance, tele-medicine, and wearables. Big players like Google and Microsoft are now moving from Cloud-based intelligence to Embedded Edge-based intelligence.  Edge computing refers to processing, analyzing and storing data at the origin hardware layer instead of the Cloud. Lately, Edge computing has drawn a lot of attention as a key infrastructure and the backbone in IIoT and Industry 4.0 initiatives. Edge Computing is about de-centralization of computing power and intelligence. This has potential to overcome a lot of the current challenges in BIG DATA and Cloud Computing. Examples of foreseen benefits include reduction of decision latency, enabling real-time intelligence, improved operational efficiency, and robustness of connected applications. On the other side, it is well known that the oil and gas industry has traditionally been slow in adopting new technologies and innovation. However, due to the current challenges in the industry, a lot of the companies are now turning towards digital transformation technologies as a means to optimize operations, and maximize financial gains.

Karthik Gopalakrishnan Country Head IoT and Connected Solutions, North America, Bosch USA

Karthik is passionate about all things connected and the possibility the future holds for better everyday life in the connected world. He Heads the IoT & Connected solutions business for North America at Robert Bosch based out of Farmington Hills, Michigan. He is a true believer of the Bosch vision to apply the Sensor – Software – Services approach to domains such as Manufacturing ( I4.0) , Mobility, Cities, Communities & Energy to provide sustainable solutions for the industry challenges. He leads IoT solutions Go-To-Market for North America, building partner ecosystems and creating new personas of participants in the IoT value chain. Karthik is a technology & business enthusiast with a vision to build a tech-agnostic, disruptive ecosystem to enable new ideas and its owners to succeed. Prior to Bosch, Karthik has been an Entrepreneur and has worked at Technology companies in Asia & Americas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering & an MBA from India.

Igor Shirokov Sevastopol State University

Prof. Igor Shirokov is been a Full Professor at Sevastopol State University, Sevastopol, Russia. He received M.S. (Diploma) and Ph.D. (Candidate of Science) in “Radio Engineering” in Sevastopol Instrument Making Institute, Sevastopol, USSR, in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He received Dr. Sc. (Doctor of Science) in “Radio Engineering” in 2014. His scientific interests are in following fields: antennas and microwave propagation; searching people under avalanches, rock obstruction in mines; telecommunication systems; navigation systems; radar systems; RFID; remote sensing; controlling of technological processes; technological equipment sensors; ultrasonic technology; energy saving technologies; wireless energy transfer. He has more than 580 scientific and methodical publications, including more than 100 Patents and Patent applications.