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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY
Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan
Director, Babilim Light Industries

Website | @aallan

Alasdair Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker and Tinkerer, who recently has been trying to fix the Internet of Things.

He is the author of a number of books, and from time to time he also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He recently rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensors motes covering the entire of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering.

He sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him, or more frequently provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for MAKE magazine, and a contributor to the O’Reilly Radar.

A few years ago he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. This caused several class action lawsuits and a U.S. Senate hearing. Several years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.

Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes which, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of±what was at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.

Sessions

9:00am–5:00pm Wednesday, 10/15/2014
Business & Industry
Location: 1 D03/1 D04
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)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
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. Read more.
2:15pm–3:00pm Wednesday, 10/15/2014
Industrial Internet
Location: 1D03/1D04
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Our computing is slowly diffusing out into our environment and everyday objects are becoming smarter. Soon every piece of clothing you own, and every thing you carry with you will be measuring, calculating and weighing your life. The world — your world — will soon be full of sensors. Read more.
11:50am–12:30pm Friday, 10/17/2014
Machine Data
Location: 1 E12/1 E13
Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 7 ratings)
The trend towards cloud architectures we've seen over the last few years isn't sustainable. With tens of billions more Internet connected devices arriving over the next few years—far faster than any predicted increase in bandwidth to outside world—data is increasingly going to become a local problem, rather than a cloud problem. Read more.