IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things
12-14 December 2016 // Reston, VA, USA

IoT: a great opportunity for emerging economies? Industry Forum

Time/Date: 17:00-19:00, Tuesday, December 13 (see
Venue: WF-IoT 2016 will be held at the Hyatt Regency, located in the Reston Town Center, Reston, VA. (see
Room: Grand Ballroom C
Session Chair: Dr Farouk Kamoun, IEEE-Tunisia Section, President SESAME University, Tunisia– see profile

Panel Members

  1. Dr. A Carlos Kamienski, Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Santo André, Brazil
  2. Dr. Vyas Apoorv, Systems Engineer Signal and Systems Lab, Wireless Communications Research, Intel Labs, India Technology India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India 560103,
  3. Dr. Venkat Natarajan, Senior Staff Engineer, Signal and Systems Lab, Wireless Communications Research, Intel Labs, India Technology India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, India
  4. Mrs. Rosa Delgado, International ICT Consultant, Peru
  5. Prof. Nishchal Verma, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India

Motivation & Objectives

IoT is foreseen as a technology with great potential for boosting emerging economies. It’s key for emerging countries and particularly developing countries to use IoT to leapfrog the huge gap in many areas. As a matter of fact, emerging countries face many challenges in the areas of transport, health, security, water collection and distribution, natural disaster management, pollution control and monitoring, etc.
One of the major problems is the lack of data to facilitate decision making, planning and monitoring. Iot can bring fast and low cost solutions. Consequently many questions arise: which sectors can benefit most from the deployment of IoT? What are the most promising applications? Which technology and what kind of infrastructure should be deployed? It is necessary to adopt a shared infrastructure or allow for isolated approaches? Is the legal framework adequate for the deployment and use of IoT? Is it necessary to adopt experimental approaches (living labs) or engage more firmly in real operations? How about human resources and capacity building?

In this panel we shall review various experiences from emerging countries, share experiences, best practices and appreciate how the above issues have been tackled or could be best tackled in the future. Discussions should also shed some light on appropriate strategies, pilot projects at sectoral or country level. The panel should come up with recommendations on the way to go.


  • Panelists will be invited to present their country’s strategy and/or experience in the use of IoT and lessons learned. 7 to 10 minutes each
  • Questions from the floor and discussions
  • Reply from panelists
  • Second set of questions and comments from the floor
  • Panelists reactions and recommendations on the way to go


Dr. Farouk Kamoun received an Engineering Degree from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Paris, France in 1970 and the Ph.D. degree in computer science, in 1976, from UCLA, where he did his research on design considerations for large computer communication networks. His current research and interest areas deal with Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks, Internet of Things and Smart Cities. He is currently president of SESAME university, Professor Emeritus at the National School of Computer Science, ENSI and president of the African e-Governance for Inclusive Development Foundation, AeGID-F. He previously served as Dean of ENSI as well as chairman and CEO of the National Informatics Center, CNI, Tunisia.

Profile :
Dr. Carlos Kamienski received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife PE, Brazil) in 2003. He is an associate professor of computer science at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) in Santo André SP, Brazil, where currently he holds the position of director of international relations. His current research interests include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Cloud/Fog Computing and SDN/NFV. 


Apoorv Vyas received Bachelors of Technology in Electronics & Electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India in 2014. He is currently working as a Systems Engineer in Signals and Systems Research group at Intel Labs, India. He has 3 patents and 2 ACM/IEEE peer-reviewed publications to his name. His current research includes signal processing, compressive sensing and machine learning.

Profile :

Dr. Venkat Natarajan is currently a senior staff researcher in the Signals & Systems Lab with Wireless Communications Research organization in Intel Labs, Bangalore, India. He has received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA with a Bachelors of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India. He has more than twenty years of product design & research experience in the area of electronic and telecom systems working in Lucent-Bell Labs (New Jersey), Andrew Corporation & Intel Labs. Venkat has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications & has 12 patents. His current research includes signal processing, compressive sensing and energy-efficient IoT networks.


Mrs. Rosa Delgado received an Engineering Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria of Lima, Peru. She also holds a Masters degree in Digital Communications from Warwick University (1981) and Communications and Business Strategies from the Université de Genève (2005).  She is an Emeritus Internet Society Trustee. Involved in the creation of IPv6 Task Forces of Peru and Egypt and  EU Task Force member since 2000, representing SITA. She is currently President of the IPv6 Forum of Peru working with government agencies to ensure v6, Internet of Things and Smart Cities are taken in consideration in government plans. She previously  worked at WiseKey (, Société International de Télécommunications Aéronautique (SITA), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations (Disaster Emergency Network) and CERN Profile:

Prof. Nishchal Verma received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi, India, in 2007 . He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India and recipient of Devendra Shukla Young Faculty Research Fellowship from IIT Kanpur for 2013-16. He is an IETE Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, and served as Chairman of IEEE UP Section Computational Intelligence Society Chapter in 2013. His research interests include internet of things, big data, intelligent data mining algorithms, computer vision, and computational intelligence. He authored/co-authored more than 150 research papers in peer reviewed international journals and conferences. Dr. Verma is the Editor of IETE Technical Review, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, UK, and editorial board member for several reputed journals and conferences