The Internet of Things Podcast presented by Fybr - Season 2

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Dec 19, 2018

Dr. Jason Nurse conducts research in the Cyber Security Group at the University of Kent. His research focuses on the interaction between users and aspects of cyber security, privacy and trust. This considers the full spectrum of technologies in use today and encompasses a wide variety of topics. One topic that he is investigating is security and privacy in the internet of things (IoT) and social media (with an organizational and personal device focus). Another area of research focuses on usable security as well as security awareness programs in organizations and for the public. Further, Jason examines technical and psychological aspects of cybercrime (e.g. insider threat, phishing susceptibility, and ransomware). In addition, Jason is interested in understanding identity security and privacy risks in cyberspace (this also considers areas such as open-source intelligence). Jason is also conducting research on detection of fake news and rumors (or conversely, trustworthy content) on social media). A final area Jason studies is corporate security in light of new forms of technology (e.g. IoT, wearables, and cyber-insurance). Jason holds a M.Sc. in Internet Computing from the University of Hull and a Ph.D. in E-Business Security from the University of Warwick.

Dec 5, 2018

Hugo Fiennes is CEO and Co-founder of Electric Imp, an innovative and powerful Internet of Things-based cloud service and hardware platform that makes it simple to connect devices to the Internet. Hugo began developing hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s and has been building useful and successful things ever since. After designing many MP3 players for Rio, Hugo led Apple's hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking iPhone, and was then an early advisor to Nest Labs, architecting the hardware for their first thermostat product before starting Electric Imp in 2011. He graduated first honors from University of Warwick in Coventry, England with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering.

Nov 21, 2018

Hugh Leather, PhD is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the CARD group and of the Edinburgh ARM Center of Excellence. Hugh received his BSc (1st class hons) in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1998. He then worked at Microsoft in Redmond as a developer in their JVM and Windows NT groups before moving on to be a senior engineer at Trilogy in Texas. He completed his PhD in Computer Science in 2011 at the University of Edinburgh, extending the boundaries of machine learning in compilers. He was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship in 2009 and a Chancellor's Fellowship in 2012. He has been lecturing at the University of Edinburgh since 2012. Hugh's research is about improving the energy consumption and performance of computers, ranging from mobile systems to data centers. The energy used by the World's computers is staggering and growing exponentially. If we don't do something to fix it we are going to need a nuclear power station on every street corner just so we can all stalk each other on Facebook. Hugh's work often uses machine learning and deep learning to discover new ways to optimize programs and systems. He works on mobile systems, compiler optimization, power and energy optimization, runtime adaptation and dynamic runtime optimization, heterogeneous parallelism optimization, GPGPU optimization, and auto-tuning and machine learning techniques.

Nov 7, 2018

Bill Bither is currently Co-Founder and CEO at MachineMetrics. He is a serial software entrepreneur who founded Atalasoft in 2002, Vizit in 2008, and MachineMetrics in 2014. Atalasoft, recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the top 100 fastest growing software companies, was bootstrapped to 25 employees and successfully sold to Kofax (NASDAQ:KFX) in 2011. Using Bill's background in Software and Manufacturing, MachineMetrics is bringing Industrial IoT to the factory floor with a predictive manufacturing analytics platform that collects data from machines and connects with best-of-breed factory systems to increase visibility and drive performance. Bill holds a BSME degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Oct 17, 2018

Bruce Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient. In addition, Bruce is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and; and a special advisor to IBM Security. He is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 13 books--including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World--as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people. Bruce holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Rochester and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from American University.

Oct 3, 2018

Tarek Abdelzaher is a Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He conducts research on systems, including operating systems, networking, sensor networks, distributed systems, and embedded real-time systems. In particular, Tarek is interested in developing theory, architectural support, and computing abstractions for predictability in software systems, motivated by the increasing software complexity and the growing sources of non-determinism. Applications of his research range from sensor networks to large-scale server farms, and from transportation systems to medicine. One recent area of research has been the Internet of Battlefield Things where he is working to enable new predictive battlefield analytics and services. Tarek received his BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He also holds a PhD from the University of Michigan. Prior to establishing his lab at the University of Illinois, Tarek served on the faculty at the University of Virginia. He has authored/coauthored three book chapters and more than 60 refereed publications in leading conferences and journals in several fields including real-time computing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and control. Tarek is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, the International Journal of Embedded Systems and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal, as well as Editor of ACM SIGBED Review. He was Guest Editor for the Journal of Computer Communications and the Journal of Real-Time Systems, and is Co-Editor of IEEE Distributed Systems Online. 

Sep 19, 2018

Steph Stoppenhagen is the Smart cities Business Development Director at Black & Veatch. She leads efforts to create smart cities technologies such as mobility/transportation, energy storage transformation, smarter energy use, and connected infrastructure. She is recognized as a business development expert in strategizing client data to bring value and revenue forward and running large teams to deliver programs/products. Steph has been an executive adviser on the Smart Grid Northwest Board since 2013, and she continues in this role today. Steph was responsible for the development of the technical mapping team of solar experts that have defined a methodology called SAFE ™ Method (Solar Automated Feature Extraction) which automates the process of examining the Photovoltaic (PV) potential of rooftops/reduces the time to analyze this potential by 75 percent. This process is being patented. Prior to joining Black & Veatch and CH2M HILL in Portland, Steph served as a geo-integration officer and business consultant internationally with the Department of Defense in the United Kingdom. Steph also worked as a Senior Consultant and Project Engineer with SCHLUMBERGER focusing on water and electric utilities. Steph has a strong history with the EPA and a background in Secret Service projects. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Sep 5, 2018

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, and journalist. He is Director of Babilim Light Industries, a tech consulting company focused on open hardware, mobile, and emerging technologies. Babilim Light Industries provides expertise in electronics, especially wireless devises and sensor networks, mobile computing, and the Internet of Things. In addition, Al is a freelance writer specializing in micro controllers and the Internet of Things for, he is a contributor-at-large to Hackaday on the topics of electronics, the maker movement, sensors, networking, and space, he is an advisor for the low-cost and accessible physical computing company Kano Computing, and he is a stakeholder resident of Kaleider, a production studio that brings together academics, climate scientists, technologists, creatives, and young people to produce innovative content and tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Al is the author of numerous books, a well-known conference presenter, and an expert in sensor deployment. He holds a M.Sci. degree in Astronomy from the University of St. Andrews and a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics from Keele University. As a former academic scientist, Al spent over a decade contributing to academic research. Through his research, Al built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events.

Aug 15, 2018

Chris Matthieu is the President, CEO, and founder of Computes, Inc. (, the world's first decentralized and distributed mesh computing platform. Computes can harness the world’s idle (or wasted) CPUs & GPUs for businesses and the greater good eliminating the line between cloud and fog/edge computing delivering infinite computing everywhere. Prior to founding Computes, Inc., Chris was the Director of IoT Engineering for Citrix. In this role, he led technical decision-making for the company’s IoT solutions. Chris joined Citrix through the acquisition of Octoblu, a revolutionary real-time IoT platform, where he served as the co-founder and CTO. Octoblu connects things, systems, people and clouds to a global mesh network allowing users to automate and control design flows, processes and sensor data, and analyze/react to real-time events and messages as well as big data trends and anomalies. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and the founder of Teleku, a communications-as-a-service cloud platform which was acquired by Voxeo. Chris was also the founder of Digital Voice Technologies, the creator of the first VoiceXML-powered voice browser, which was acquired by Ideas & Associates. Chris holds a bachelor of science degree in Business and CIS from the Northern Arizona University.

Aug 1, 2018

Gabriel Halimi is CEO and Co-Founder of Flo Technologies, Inc. The company was founded in 2015, and their flagship product is a smart plumbing system that provides monitoring and security for residential and commercial water systems. They use a combination of hardware, software, and support services to prevent water damage through remote and automatic water shutoff, proactive maintenance alerts, leak identification, and daily maintenance tests. Prior to launching Flo Technologies, Gabe served as a Principal with Assessment Consulting group, a Partner with Raines Feldman LLP, and Vice President of Corporate Operations for Umami Restaurant Group, LLC. In addition to law and entrepreneurship, Gabe also has deep interests in philanthropy. He served as the Executive Vice President and a Founding Board Member for the Society of Young Philanthropists based in Beverly Hills, California, and he was also the Corporate Secretary and a Board Member for Moishe House. Gabe holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a J.D. Law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. You can learn more about Flo Technologies by visiting

Jul 18, 2018

Visa Vallivaara is an experienced Research Scientist in the areas of information security, blockchains, and cryptography at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT is a leading European research and technology organization that develops smart technologies, profitable solutions, and innovation services. The team at VTT uses research and knowledge to sere domestic and international customers and partners in both the private and public sectors. Visa earned holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree focused in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oulu in Finland. You can learn more at

Jul 4, 2018

Peter Linder is responsible for 5G Customer Engagement Marketing in the North America Market Area for Ericsson. He is a Digital Intrapreneur dedicated to develop opportunities driven by digital transformation for network operators and their customers. Peter is passionate about 5G and the value that network platforms will bring to society. He joined Ericsson in 1991 and has since represented Ericsson in a variety of global and North American leadership roles. Peter holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, as well as an MBA in International Business Management, both from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Jun 20, 2018

Walid Saad received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network Science, Wireless, and Security (NetSciWiS) laboratory, within the Wireless@VT research group. His research interests include wireless networks, game theory, machine learning, cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Saad is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013, the AFOSR summer faculty fellowship in 2014, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of six conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, and EuCNC in 2017. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society. In 2017, Dr. Saad was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. From 2015 – 2017, Dr. Saad was named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. He currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing,  IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and IEEE Communications Tutorials & Surveys.

Jun 6, 2018

Kevin Ponto is Assistant Professor in the Design Studies Department in the School of Human Ecology and faculty in the Virtual Environments Group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his B.S. Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, his M.S. from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Kevin has a long history of multidisciplinary studies. He has exhibited artistic work while in Arts Computation Engineering program at the University of California, Irvine. He worked on projects to rediscover a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting, locate the tomb of Genghis Khan, and facilitate natural methods for the public to explore cultural heritage artifacts in the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology at the University of California, San Diego. In his post-doctorate studies, Kevin worked on projects aimed at presenting, summarizing, and replaying virtual experiences and developed new methods for interfacing with virtual environments through the Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine program. His current research objectives aim to develop techniques to better the experience of virtual reality through new devices, interfaces, and techniques.

May 16, 2018

Chris is the CTO and Cofounder of Qeexo as well as an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. There he directs the Future Interfaces Group, which broadly investigates novel sensing technologies and interaction techniques that foster powerful and natural interactions between humans and computers. These efforts often lie in emerging use modalities, such as mobile computing, touch interfaces and gestural interaction. 

Harrison was named as one of the top 30 scientists under 30 by Forbes, a top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of six innovators to watch in 2013 by Smithsonian. He has been awarded fellowships by Google, Microsoft Research and Qualcomm.

May 2, 2018

David Raymond currently serves as Director of the Virginia Cyber Range and Deputy Director of Virginia Tech’s IT Security Lab. His previous position was on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of Education Research in the Army Cyber Institute, an Army-level research and outreach center.  At West Point, David taught undergraduate courses in computer networking, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity and coached the West Point cyber competition team.

David holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Duke University, and a Bachelors Degree in CS from the United States Military Academy. He has published over 20 journal and conference papers in the areas of cyber operations, information assurance, secure wireless protocols, and online privacy, and he has spoken at numerous industry and academic conferences to include Black Hat USA, RSA, Shmoocon, and the NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict. Certifications include CISSP, CEH, and SANS/GIAC certifications in penetration testing, incident handling, intrusion analysis, malware reverse engineering, and Unix/Linux security administration. Military awards include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service medals, and Airborne and Air Assault badges, among others.

Apr 18, 2018

After Joseph joined us on our last episode, many listeners requested we do an in-depth dive on IoT topics with Joseph.  He graciously agreed so we were able to address many listener questions and expand on topics we covered in the first episode!

Apr 4, 2018

Joseph A. di Paolantonio is an Independent researcher and consultant in IoT Data Management and Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAEIoT). He helps glean value from IoT data and sensor analytics through strategic consulting and independent research. Over his career, Joseph’s roles include executive, primary researcher, principal investigator, program & project manager, line & organizational manager, strategic consultant and entrepreneur at startups, F100, large & small companies. He has worked in the energy, renewables, aerospace, telecommunications, and information technology industries. His expertise is in data analysis, system engineering, Bayesian statistics, data warehouses, business intelligence, data mining, predictive methods, and very large databases (VLDB). His talents include team building, mentoring, and effective process development. Joseph’s interests include the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems, Sustainability, open source, Agile, green business, clean technology, distributed workgroups, complex systems, smart grids, database technologies, enterprise information integration, and using data to solve real-world problems.

Mar 21, 2018

Dr. Dominique Guinard is the CTO and co-founder of EVRYTHNG, an IoT PaaS managing billions of connected products for big brands. He is also an Advisory Representative at W3C and a faculty at the Blockchain Research Institute, working on IoT related topics. Before that, Dom worked for SAP taking an active role in their IoT strategy. Dom was also pioneering Web of Things research at ETH Zurich and MIT where he worked on his Ph.D. He has more than a decade of IoT experience working on projects for Oracle, the Auto-ID Labs, Nokia and SAP. Dom authored two IoT books “Building the Web of Things” and “Using the Web to Build the IoT” (Manning) as well as many scientific articles and book chapters. In 2011 and 2016, Dom was listed in the top 10 IoT thinkers by Postscapes and early in 2012, his Ph.D. on the Web of Things was granted the ETH Medal.

Mar 7, 2018

Peter is a partner at betaworks ventures.  Additionally, he is the founder of Gizmodo, Engadget, RCRD LBL, and gdgt.

Feb 21, 2018

Ali Rebaie is the President and principal industry analyst at Rebaie Analytics Group. He is also a prominent data scientist, consultant and keynote speaker. As a data science anthropologist, Rebaie has been studying the impact of data patterns that govern changes in business, human affairs, and culture. His research, keynotes, and consulting help data natives and business executives to draw power from these universal patterns to better understand its impact on people and the role each one of us play in the data era. His studies are based on the philosophical foundations of data, with focus on the social underpinnings of technology encounters. As a part of his work at his boutique consulting, Rebaie Analytics Group, Rebaie has led and developed several data science projects for Fortune 500 organizations in different industries such as media, travel, marketing, retail, oil & gas, fashion, energy, and transportation to help them become competitive in the new economy. Ali Rebaie contributed and quoted in leading technology and media outlets and also appeared in several lists of "Who's Who in Big Data" since 2013. Ali was one of the initiators of School of Data, jury member in leading big data competitions and IEEE conferences, and also an Advisory Board member of the internationally renowned Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT) in Boulder, USA. 

Feb 7, 2018

Josh is the founder of CarKnow and a MIT Research Scientist. His research and commercialization focus is on building smart technologies for a changing world through the thoughtful application of sensing, connectivity, inference, and actuation. In my academic pursuits, I help my students invent disruptive technologies and learn to become leaders and practitioners in emerging industries.

Jan 24, 2018

Writer of some of the most prolific IoT white papers, Jeremy Jesenovec joins us today.

Jan 3, 2018

Alexandra is a consultant with an interaction & product design background specializing in the internet of things since 2006. She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, a family of internet-connected lamps for your global friends and family which is made in the UK. 

Her clients include Proctor & Gamble, Intel, BBC R&D, Nokia Advanced Labs, British Gas, EDF R&D, EDF Energy, British Telecom, Nominet Innovation. 

Her work has been exhibited at the London Design Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and galleries around the world.

She was named 2nd in "Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders" (Onalytica, 2014), included in the "Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter" (Business Insider, 2014), and included in the "Top 10 IOT Influencers you need to know about" (Dataconomy, 2015).

She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the world's second largest dedicated meetup that topic. She was CEO of TInker London the first distributor of the Arduino in the UK.