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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Industrial Internet

Jon Bruner (O'Reilly Media), Daniel Koffler (Rio Tinto Alcan), Ami Daniel (Windward), David Simchi-Levi (MIT), Victor Fang (Pivotal), Yu Cao (EMC), Nathan Oostendorp (Sight Machine), Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Cameron Turner (The Data Guild), Leo Spiegel (Pivotal), Edy Liongosari (Accenture), Mark Grabb (General Electric Global Research Center)
9:00am–5:00pm Wednesday, 10/15/2014
Business & Industry
Location: 1 D03/1 D04
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Big Data is reaching beyond the Internet and into the machines that drive our world. Visit Industrial Internet day to gain insights from the way that power plants, factories, cars, and airplanes make use of sensors and software intelligence to improve operations and help managers make good decisions.

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Jon Bruner

O'Reilly Media

Jon Bruner is a data journalist who approaches questions that interest him by writing and coding. Jon is cochair of the O’Reilly Solid conference, focused on the intersection between software and the physical world, and he oversees O’Reilly’s publications on hardware, the Internet of Things, manufacturing, and electronics. Before coming to O’Reilly, Jon was the data editor at Forbes magazine. He lives in San Francisco, where he can occasionally be found at the console of a pipe organ.

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Daniel Koffler

Rio Tinto Alcan

With over 20 years of experience in enterprise and start-up technology companies, Daniel has recently moved into the world of large enterprise heavy industry operational technologies. As information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) converge at an ever accelerating pace, Daniel is applying his knowledge and skills of cloud computing, Big Data, security and enterprise IT to drive innovation and efficiencies within the largest aluminium producer in the world.

Daniel regularly presents at conferences on cloud computing, Big Data and the industrial Internet. Daniel has hands on experience in many technology domains and has a talent for breaking things that are considered unbreakable or resilient. Daniel resides in Montreal with his wife and two small children.

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Ami Daniel


Ami Daniel is the CEO and co-Founder of Windward Ltd., the world leader in predictive maritime analytics. In 2010, following seven years as a Naval Officer in the Israeli Navy, Daniel and fellow Naval Officer, Matan Peled, co-founded Windward, having recognized the immense challenges and opportunities presented by the intersection of technology and the maritime domain.

An entrepreneur with a lifelong interest in large-scale social and technological change, Daniel is the recipient of the Israeli President’s Award for Social Activism and The Ilan Ramon Award for Leadership and Excellence. In 2013, Daniel was included in a distinguished group of the ‘40 most promising managers under 40’ published by The Marker Magazine, and was named a Tel Aviv leader by “Leaders Magazine," a U.S.-based publication focused on leadership issues. Daniel holds a law degree from the University of Tel Aviv.

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David Simchi-Levi


David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering
Systems at MIT and Chairman of OPS Rules Management Consultants, an operations strategy consulting company. He is considered one of the premier thought leaders in supply chain management.

His research focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for logistics and manufacturing systems. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of logistics and supply chain management.

Professor Simchi-Levi coauthored the books Managing the Supply Chain (McGraw-Hill, 2004), The Logic of Logistics (Springer 2005), as well as the award winning Designing and Managing the Supply Chain (McGraw-Hill, 2007). His new book Operations Rules: Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations was published by MIT Press in 2011.

Professor Simchi-Levi has consulted and collaborated extensively with private and public organizations. He is the founder of LogicTools which provides software solutions and professional services for supply chain planning. LogicTools is now part of IBM.

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Victor Fang


Dr. Chunsheng Victor Fang is a Senior Data Scientist at Pivotal. His Big Data expertise covers verticals e.g. large scale machine learning, video analytics, social network analysis, FDA approved medical imaging algorithms,etc. Prior to Pivotal / EMC, he has gained experience in real world machine learning and computer vision algorithm development and software architecture design, with a track of successful records in academia, leading eCommerce company, national laboratory, healthcare, etc. He holds a Ph.D of Computer Science and B.E of Electrical Engineering. What he believes: “Everybody lies” (Dr. Greg House), though data never does.

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Yu Cao


Yu is an engineering manager at EMC, where he works at a combo role of data scientist, solution architect and technical leader on customer specific Big Data solution innovation for verticals like social intelligence, smart-grid, video surveillance and healthcare, as well as applied research like infrastructure (IaaS, PaaS, SDDC) analytics and software-defined storage intelligence. He also works on collaborative relationships between EMC and the academic community across APJ region. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from National University of Singapore.

Nathan Oostendorp

Sight Machine

Nathan Oostendorp is a co-founder of Sight Machine, a data and application platform for manufacturing.

Nathan co-founded, worked 9 years as an architect and director for, and has developed several other successful online communities. Nate also has worked in industrial controls and machine vision.

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Alasdair Allan

Babilim Light Industries

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

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Cameron Turner

The Data Guild

Combining an extensive background in product research, data analysis, program management, and software development, Cameron Turner cofounded the Data Guild in 2013. Previously, he founded ClickStream Technologies, which was acquired by Microsoft. While at Microsoft, Cameron managed the Windows Telemetry team, responsible for all inbound data for all Microsoft products and partners. He is an active member of and speaker at a number of Bay Area tech groups, including Churchill Club, SOFTECH, the Young CEOs Club, the CIO Roundtable, and BayCHI. Cameron holds a BA in architecture from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Oxford University, and an MS in statistics from Stanford University.

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Leo Spiegel


Leo Spiegel is the senior vice president of strategy and corporate development at Pivotal. Spiegel is a managing partner at Mission Ventures, a Southern California venture capital firm that invests in early-stage IT companies which was the lead investor in Greenplum. Previously, he served as president of Digital Island, a provider of global e-business network and content delivery services. Leo joined Digital Island as a result of a merger with Sandpiper Networks, Inc., the world’s first content delivery service provider for the Internet, where he was the chairman, president, and CEO.

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Edy Liongosari


Edy Liongosari is a Managing Director of Accenture Technology Labs. He leads the Infrastructure and Systems Research Group, which covers the Industrial Internet. His teams are actively working on Smart Grid, Intelligent Cities, Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles and Digital Platform Technologies. Edy has been with Accenture for over 20 years. Prior to his current role, Edy was the head of Accenture R&D Labs in Bangalore, India, where he led a global team of R&D personnel to industrialize Accenture’s system development process. He also spent several years in leading research for knowledge modeling and semantic integration of disparate information sources which has been successfully applied in many domains – from drug discovery in pharmaceutical companies to identifying suspects in criminal investigation. Edy and his team have received numerous patents and awards on innovation. A copy of his research work has also been placed into the Smithsonian’s permanent research collection. Edy has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Indiana University and is a member of IEEE and ACM. He is also the board member at the Software and Information Industry Association.

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Mark Grabb

General Electric Global Research Center

Dr. Mark Grabb is the Technology Director for Analytics at the General Electric Global Research Center in New York. The Analytics Technology Organization includes labs with expertise in Applied Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Quantitative Finance, Operations Research, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Image Analysis, and Computer Vision. Analytics Research at GE and for GE is primarily focused on the company’s services businesses in the industrial sectors as well as GE Capital in financial services. Dr. Grabb and his teams invent and develop big data analytics that are key components within larger GE Software solutions that enable GE’s customers to generate profit by increasing their revenues, lowering their costs, and managing their risks.

Additionally, the teams create new solutions for other Fortune 500 companies in non-competitive areas and support the research goals of the US Government. Dr. Grabb holds over 26 issued US patents. He is a registered patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to General Electric, Dr. Grabb created analytics at The Analytic Sciences Corporation, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, Sperry Corporation, and the Defense Communications Agency. He has been with GE Global Research since 1996 and has been leading organizations since 1999.

Dr. Grabb received his BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees from North Carolina State University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Michigan, respectively.