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

VERT5: Energy and Power


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 Co-Chairs

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”.