Edited and prepared by Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU.

Interview of Dr. Sean McGrath, Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering  and conference organiser at UL. Sean gave us a great explanation of what was the IoT Industrial Seminar.

When is it on?

IOT @ UL 2017: The IoT Industrial seminar is on 20th July 2017 venue Analog Devices building, on UL campus.

How many years has it been going?

This is the second it is running. We are expecting an attendance of over 150 people, from a variety of different backgrounds.

What was the inspiration to start it?

This event is part of a 3-week summer school/workshop on Internet of Things aimed at international students from leading Universities in China, Europe to attend a hands on Internet of Things workshop. This year the summer school has grown to have attendees from China, Brazil,France and Ireland. As part of this Summer school the Industrial Seminar was created to allows students to listen to leading experts and discuss new trends in various technologies effecting all our lives, be it health, environment or smart cities. When it was initially being organised we felt that the standard of Industrial presentations should be shared with the wider UL community and local industry. So we opened it to the general public to help raise awareness of the fantastic work that is happening in the region and beyond.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

This event will feature Scientific and Professional lectures from Industry leaders in the area of IoT. While the day will feature discussions on topics related to IoT, such as Energy Harvesting, Sensors, Embedded Systems,Wireless Technologies, Networks and Protocols, Data Security and Applications. There will be live demonstrations of cutting edge technologies in the area of health sensing/monitoring and demonstrations of autonomous vehicle technologies from some of the multinational companies coming.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

Local Startups will have the opportunity to see what the main players in the area of IoT are bringing to market without having to travel to events outside the region. It will be a chance to network with some of the major technologists in the sector. The general public will get to hear speakers from Analog Devices, ComReg, Blockchain Association of Ireland, Limerick Council, Intel, Trust, EpiSensor, Rapid7, Ceva, JaguarMotors,IBM + more, will give a talk based around the central theme of: “How the Internet Of Things/Technology is shaping their business activities”

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

This is a rare chance to interact with these companies, The seminar. while it is a series of technical talks aimed at the general public is part of our process to develop stronger relationships with industry and to spread the word of the excellent work that is happening in the sector both locally and nationally. The more people interact with the speakers the better the event will be, so just ask as many questions as time allows. Remember most of these speakers and companies won’t be available for a long time again. The venue was selected as it holds a maximum of 200 people. This provides a good number to allow interaction between speakers, student and attendee

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Last year we had to stop taking bookings two days before the event started, this year we expect there to be more demand. Tickets for the event can be booked on eventbrite or people wishing to attend or looking for more information can email also us: [email protected]

Further details available here: www.iot.ul.ie

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

We see this event as Limerick’s chance to highlight the magnificent work that is happening in the region. It is a fantastic opportunity to interact with some of the main players in the technology sector and also a chance to see University of Limerick’s  great campus on what should be a fine Summers day.


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