Panel Program


Plenary Panel 1 (Monday, September 17th, 2018):

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Panel Moderator:  

Wei-Jen Lee: Professor Lee received Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center. He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and dot 3000 series development. He is the Vice President of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS). He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IAS Magazine. Since 2008, he has served as the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects with the total amount exceed US$15 million dollars. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.



Dr. Amro M. Farid is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Adjunct Associate Professor of computer science at the Department of Computer Science. He leads the Laboratory for Intelligent Integrated Networks of Engineering Systems (LIINES). He is also a Research Affiliate at the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department and the U. of Massachusetts Transportation Research Center. He has made active contributions to the MIT-Masdar Institute Collaborative Initiative, the MIT Future of the Electricity Grid Study, and the IEEE Vision for Smart Grid Controls. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN).


Dr. Baek-Young Choi is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). Prior to joining the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Dr. Choi held positions at Sprint Advanced Technology Labs, and the University of Minnesota, Duluth, as a postdoctoral researcher, and as a 3M McKnight distinguished visiting assistant professor, respectively. She published three books on network monitoring, storage systems, and cloud computing.  She has been a faculty fellow of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Visiting Faculty Research Program (AFRL-VFRP) and Korea Telecom’s – Advance Institute of Technology (KT-AIT). She is a senior member of ACM and IEEE, and a member of IEEE Women in Engineering. She has been an associate editor for IEEE Internet-of-Things Journal, Springer Journal of Telecommunication Systems and Elsevier Journal Computer Networks.

Prof. Jose L. Ayala is currently and Associate Professor of Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He got his MSc and PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Technical University of Madrid, and his MSc in Applied Physics from Autonomous University of Madrid. Before joining his current position, he was a visiting professor in EPFL, Switzerland. During his academic career, Prof. Ayala has focused in ultra low-power electronic design for embedded processors, with special emphasis in biomedical applications. He has also worked in energy and thermal optimization for large scale computing architectures in HPC and Cloud. During the last years, his research work is focused in IoT technologies for personalized healthcare



Professor Loi Lei Lai received B.Sc., Ph.D. and D.Sc. from University of Aston and City, University of London respectively. Presently he is University Distinguished Professor at Guangdong University of Technology, China. He is a member of the IEEE Smart Grid Steering Committee and IEEE Smart Cities Publications Committee Chair. He was Director of Research and Development Centre, State Grid Energy Research Institute, China; Pao Yue Kong Chair Professor at Zhejiang University, China; Vice President with IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (IEEE/SMCS); Professor & Chair in Electrical Engineering at City, University of London; and a Fellow Committee Evaluator for IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.


Prof. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 130 journal papers and has made over four hundred conferences and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications.




Plenary Panel 2 (Tuesday, September 18th, 2018):

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Panel Overview:

This session will address the formidable challenges in the development of regulatory policies and practices faced by the government as cities act as laboratories for experiments with new forms and uses of data gathering, handling, and dissemination, artificial intelligence and robotics.  A substantial and rapidly growing body of published commentary evidences the tensions between the deployment of powerful sensors, algorithms, and autonomous devices (and the impending, and pervasive expansion of such rapidly evolving technologies), and equitable opportunities of human beings for dignified work, prosperity, and reasonable expectations of privacy.  The panelists in this session will address several key questions associated with such tensions, including:

  • Who are the stakeholders in the development of laws and regulations that sensibly balance the promise and the perils of experiments with new technologies in cities, and in establishing practices for monitoring and enforcing compliance?
  • What are the relative roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local government (or similar levels of government outside of the U.S.) in developing and implementing such policies and practices?
  • What types of governance structures are needed to assure appropriate and well-informed creation of laws, regulations and regulatory systems and practices pertaining to Smart Cities experiments, including such matters as the negotiating and enforcement of contracts among cities, industry, and other participants in public-private partnerships—including assurance that informed and timely input from members of the public who are the human subjects in “Living Lab” endeavors will be part of the process?
  • What are the “qualifications” of the people needed to make those governance structures function well?
  • To what extent should a government be investing in technology to independently monitor the effects of deployment of Smart Cities technologies?
  • What are the roles and responsibility of the education establishment in addressing all of the above?
  • How can cities and identify and promote public goods in their Smart Cities projects?
  • How can cities avoid a race to the bottom and/or coordinate with one another?
  • What are the pitfalls of experimentation, what must cities be wary of?

Panel Moderator:

Anthony Luppino is a Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a Senior Fellow with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UMKC. In 2017, Prof. Luppino was named the recipient of the University of Missouri (UM) System’s inaugural Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award, and in 2018 received the UM System President’s Award for Economic Development. He teaches or co-teaches business, tax, and entrepreneurship courses, including interdisciplinary courses in for-profit, social, and civic entrepreneurship, and focuses his scholarship on associated subjects.  As an outgrowth of an interdisciplinary course in Law, Technology, and Public Policy, he was a co-founder and is one of the leaders of the Legal Technology Laboratory (see a multi-institution endeavor with projects at intersections of law, innovation, social justice, and policy development. He also serves and one of UMKC’s principal contacts with the MetroLab Network ( Prof. Luppino earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College, his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.


Jesse Woo is an associate at Aleada Consulting, where he helps companies manage their data systems to comply with both domestic and international legal requirements. He was formerly a researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology working on privacy and security policy issues related to emerging technology such as IoT and smart cities. He is also a 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar and will begin a residency at Kyoto University this fall to study cross-border data flows between the U.S. and Japan. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.



Dr. David Bodde is an emeritus professor of engineering and business at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. Currently a senior scholar at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Professional experience includes: Vice President of MRI Global, a Midwest research laboratory; Assistant Director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office; and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy.  Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University; Master of Science degrees in nuclear engineering and management from MIT; and Bachelor of Science from West Point.  Served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam 1968-69: Airborne and Ranger qualified.


Gilles Betis is the founder of OrbiCité, a consulting company dedicated to Smart Cities, Mobility, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He previously held various positions in Thales, a high-tech international companies in the defence, security, transport and smart city areas, in Transdev, a French and international transport services providers and EIT Digital, the European agency dedicated to transform digital technologies in new businesses, where he was leading the Smart City activities. In 2013 he co-founded the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative and have been chairing it until 2017 during its incubation phase. 



Kate Garman is the Smart City Policy Advisor to Mayor Jenny Durkan, City of Seattle. In this role works across city departments on smart city efforts, focusing on data-informed policy making, improving city performance, and furthering innovation. Previously, she was with the Office of Mayor Sly James in Kansas City, MO as the Innovation Policy Advisor, drafting ordinances and policy recommendations to foster a culture of innovation in Kansas City. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, where she was the Student Editor in Chief of The Urban Lawyer, the national ABA publication on state and local government.




Plenary Panel 3 (Wednesday, September 19th, 2018):

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Panel Overview:

There is little debate that safeguarding citizens is an important element in smart city building. What is less clear, however, is the path to defend citizens from harm, cities against major disruptions and the compromise of valued data or infrastructure caused by cyber threats.

The recent ransomware attacks on Atlanta (2018), Baltimore (2018), and San Francisco (2016), left several municipal services inoperable for significant periods of time, including the 911 emergency dispatch system in Baltimore, public parking and utility payments in Atlanta, and public transit payments in San Francisco. As key city functions become more dependent upon digital infrastructure, it is important to revisit the resilience of the city, which is ultimately a complex network of systems that may have critical nodes of failure. Consequently, what are the ways in which we can strengthen city resilience against cyber attack? What are the various challenges, and are there new opportunities to re-think, re-plan, and re-design older mistakes out of the system?

How do cities build trust around digitally enabled services with its own citizens? How do cities rebuild trust where it has been lost? To what extent is citizen trust integral to the success of smart city services?

We know that cities will continue to innovate and try new technological solutions to deliver public services more efficiently, more widely, and at reduced costs. We also know that there are inherent risks in adopting an untried technology, including cybersecurity risks. As cities experiment with blockchain technology, autonomous vehicles, drones, and other emerging technologies, who will manage the security risks to ensure that they are shepherded in responsibly? Drawing on a panel of area specialists from academia, think tanks, industry, and municipal government, this panel will collectively explore these topics from different viewpoints.

  • Digital Trust – What trust relationships are most important in enabling and sustaining a smart and responsive city? In the panelists’ opinion, what approaches are effective in building trust between these parties (public, municipal government, private entities who store, process, and analyze public data), particularly in an information security & privacy context? Where do failures and disconnects most often happen? How does one mend and repair fragile or fractured trust relationships?
  • Data Privacy – Citizen-focused data is the bloodline of smart cities. Without citizen consent, however, it is often difficult to collect or use that data. What is a reasonable balance between data privacy on the one hand, and the deployment of more data-collecting sensors in cities, on the other?
    1. Is the concept of ‘data minimization’ – which demands all the use-cases for data to be defined prior to its collection – practical from a government and business workflow standpoint? Practical or not, should it be sought and protected?
  • City Resilience – In what ways can more system-integrated smart cities become less resilient than before against intentional or unintentional system failures? (e.g. ransomware attack disruptions on the City of Atlanta March 2018, Baltimore 911 emergency system March 2018, San Francisco public transit Nov 2016) Conversely, what opportunities, new technologies, and approaches do we have now to make cities more resilient than before?
  • Emerging Technology Protection – Finding more effective and efficient solutions to existing or anticipated city problems lies at the crux of smart cities. This often involves exploring the use of new but less tried-and-tested technologies, methodologies and approaches. In the panelists’ opinion, what are some guiding principles, checks and balances that will shepherd in the safe and secure innovation, design/development, and adoption of new technology? (e.g. vis-a-vis self-driving vehicles, distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, etc)
  • Human and Capital Resources – Are municipal governments equipped with the right mix of IT security professionals to defend against the today’s threat actors (human or otherwise)? Alternatively, do cities have the right level of funds to augment their IT team with external security teams or advisors? If not, how do we tackle this problem?


Panel Moderator:

David Hong is a Manager in PwC’s Cybersecurity & Privacy practice, focuses on smart city security and critical infrastructure protection. Serving as the Strategy & Integration Lead for PwC Canada’s Incident & Threat Management Team, David also drives cross-functional service innovation – bridging capabilities between teams across cyber, M&A, behavioral economics, and others.

David has worked with municipal police on vulnerability management, with a public transit agency on security strategy and governance design, with a global mining firm and a power company on NIST-based enterprise security standards, and with a number of banks on threat modelling and communicating program risk and progress with their boards/ senior executives.



Ali Tizghadam is a Principal Technology Architect and responsible for strategizing and developing network softwarization in the TELUS network, a major telecom in Canada. Presently, Ali and his team are designing an open platform leveraging most recent advances in Big Data and Software Defined Networking to enable automation and innovative service composition paving the road to 5G networks. Ali has also led the development of Connected Vehicles and Smart Transportation (CVST) platform at the University of Toronto within Prof Alberto Leon-Garcia’s team to enable the creation of transportation related applications.  Ali received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tehran (1994) and University of Toronto (2009), respectively.

Brian Nussbaum is an assistant professor of homeland security and cybersecurity in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the University at Albany. His research focuses on state and local government homeland security and cybersecurity efforts and issues. He is an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and cybersecurity fellow at New America. Formerly, he served as senior intelligence analyst with the state of New York’s Office of Counter Terrorism.


Ginger Armbruster is the Seattle’s Chief Privacy Officer, Ginger leads a team of privacy specialists in the execution of the City’s Privacy Program, following a principles-based approach to the City’s management of the public’s personal and sensitive information. Prior to this role, she worked for Microsoft on an international team of privacy specialists to resolve issues associated with multi-million-dollar marketing initiatives. Before moving into privacy, she spent the first 20 years of her career working in sales and marketing for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Johnson & Johnson, as well as several medical technology startup companies.


Natasha Cohen is a fellow in New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative, where she focuses on State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) cybersecurity policy issues. She has published on best practices in SLTT cybersecurity governance, national and state compliance and regulation, and economic development.  Her clients included government agencies, Fortune 100 companies, and small to midsize firms operating in the United States and international spheres. Cohen has also served in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, where she worked on counter-terrorism, defense, and security issues. She was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service while working at West Point in 2009.






Concurrent Panel 4 (Tuesday, September 18th, 2018):

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Panel Overview:

Many cities have deployed or are actively deploying technologies to improve the mobility, public safety, public heath, energy use and overall livability of their cities. This is being done as part of active smart cities deployments happening today. This session will focus on real technologies that are being designed and implemented now including connected corridors, connected and autonomous vehicles, smart mobility, smart lighting, smart health, smart water, smart parking, smart public safety and smart freight among others.

Panel Moderator:

Joe Averkamp, Parsons


Randy Butler, CDM Smith, Speaking on Smart Columbus

Joseph Brahm, Parsons, Speaking on Chicago Smart Mobility

Bob Bennett, City of Kansas City, Mo., Speaking on Kansas City Smart City

Samir Trivedi, Trilliant, Speaking on Wireless Communications