The Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing D4P Horizon Europe webinar aims to gather researchers, innovators and policy makers that are at work across a number of communities to ensure the development and adoption of eco-friendly advanced cloud-edge-IoT technologies and solutions for sustainable growth of our society and economy
The main objective is to discuss and identify research and innovation challenges, as well as funding opportunities in view of the upcoming Horizon Europe Calls.
All sectors of business and society, from housing to energy, transport, healthcare, education, banking, industry, entertainment will increasingly rely on the cloud-edge-IoT continuum, and it is often argued that the overall trajectory of the ICT sector as it is used today is unsustainable. Without dramatic increases in its efficiency, the ICT industry could use up to 20% of all electricity and emit up to 5.5% of the world’s carbon emissions by 2025: a reliable assessment of the environmental impact of the Cloud-Edge-IoT continuum, along with effective measures to reduce it, becomes key to the sustainability of our whole society.
The Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing D4P Horizon Europe webinar is gathering top experts from the European Commission, to industry and academy to present and discuss how energy-efficiency technologies, mechanisms, and policies must be put in place at several levels to ensure the development of an eco-friendly cloud-edge-IoT-empowered market that is accessible to both public and private organisations.
Relevant Horizon Europe initiatives will be presented, as well as concrete activities planned by the Digital for Planet – D4P Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing Working Group, in preparation of upcoming Horizon Europe Calls.
10:00h – 10:15h – Welcome and introduction to Digital for Planet – D4P
Dr Monique Calisti,
President D4P, CEO Martel Innovate
10:15h – 10:45h – The twin green and digital transformation of Europe
Dr Bjorn-Soren Gigler,
10:45h – 10:55h – The Green Cloud-Edge-Computing D4P Working Group
Dr Giovanni Rimassa,
Vice President D4P, CIO Martel Innovate
10:55h – 11:55h – Research Challenges and Priorities – Expert Panel
VP and Head of IoT Strategy, Ericsson, Exec Director MOAB Foundation
Rob Tiffany is Vice President and Head of IoT Strategy at Ericsson where he drives strategy and execution at the intersection of 5G, Edge computing and the Internet of Things. He joined Ericsson in 2018 from Enterprise IoT, where he was Founder and CEO. There he created an Edge computing system powered by Digital Twins that targeted enterprises and industries. As CTO and Global Product Manager at Hitachi, he received the Presidential “Product of the Year” award for designing the Lumada Industrial IoT platform that landed in Gartner’s “Visionary Quadrant.” Spending most of his career at Microsoft, Rob was the Global Technology Lead for IoT where he incubated the Azure IoT cloud platform and co-authored its reference architecture. Prior to Microsoft, Rob was the Co-Founder of NetPerceptor where he developed one of the industry’s earliest Mobile Device Management (MDM/EMM) platforms for smartphones.
A bestselling author and frequent keynote speaker, Rob serves on the boards of SmartCitiesWorld, the Washington State IoT Council & Kapios Health. He’s the Executive Director of the Moab Foundation focused on global sustainability and is routinely ranked as one of the top IoT experts and influencers in the world by Inc Magazine, Onalytica and others.
Prof. Babak Falsafi,
Director EcoCloud, President SDEA
Babak is a Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences and the founding director of EcoCloud (ecocloud.ch) an industrial/academic consortium at EPFL investigating energy-efficient and low-emission cloud and datacenter technologies. He is also the president of the Swiss Datacenter Efficiency Association (sdea.ch) certifying energy efficiency and emissions in datacenters. He has made numerous contributions to server design and evaluation with impact on commodity digital platforms. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE.
Dr Bjorn-Soren Gigler,
Björn-Sören Gigler is Senior Digital Innovation Specialist at the Digital Innovation and Blockchain Unit in DG Connect in the European Commission. He is currently working on access-to-finance for digital innovations with a focus on disruptive technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Supercomputing and 5G.
Previously, he was Senior Innovation & Digital Economy Policy Advisor at the European Investment Bank (2016-18) providing advice on enhancing access to finance for disruptive technologies investment programs. From 1997-2016, Sören Gigler worked at the World Bank as Innovation Program Coordinator, Senior Governance Specialist and Economist. At the World Bank’s Innovation Lab, he led Open Government Data, Citizen Feedback, Social Accountability and Mapping for Result programmes which leveraged digital innovations to foster economic development and improve the well-being of poor communities in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. He was Visiting Associate Professor for Political Economy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (2005-2016).
Dr Federico M. Facca,
CTO Martel Innovate
Federico is the CTO of Martel since 2016 after working as Area Head in different Applied Research Centres. He is the Senior Architect behind the Orchestra Cities platform and its customisation for customers. Federico is an expert on agile methods and DevOps best practises, applying state of the art cloud and microservices solutions and modern continuous integration processes. He is a member of FIWARE Foundation Board of Directors and of the FIWARE TSC. Federico is a strong advocate of Open Source solutions (e.g. OpenStack, Apache Hadoop, Kubernates, Docker, etc) and his expertise covers Cloud computing architectures and their application to different fields, e.g. Big data, Internet of Things, Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure. In the past Dr. Facca acted as Technical Manager and Chief Architect in different large ICT projects: SmartSDK, COIN, Infinity, SemanticGov, SUperhub and XIFI. He is among the core technical figures in the FIWARE programme, within which he successfully supervised a heterogeneous team of more than 60 engineers from different ICT companies and major European research centers (e.g. Telefonica, Thales, Engineering, etc.) contributing to the FIWARE Lab activities. Previously, he worked as Area Head in CREATE-NET focusing on Cloud computing management solutions; before that he was Area Head and Institute Manager at STI Innsbruck, focusing on service-oriented architectures and service middlewares. Dr. Facca obtained his Ph.D. in Information Technology and his M.Sc in Computer Science at the Politecnico di Milano.
Researcher, Borderstep Institute
Simon Hinterholzer is an engineer for renewable energies and researches innovative technical approaches in the field of energy. He supports the Borderstep Institute as a researcher in projects about smart energy usage like WindNODE but also in projects about the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by digital infrastructures. In the course of his previous career he has successfully completed various projects for public clients (Federal Ministries, EU Commission) as well as for private sector associations.
Innovation Manager, QARNOT
Mr. Nicolas Saintherant is Innovation Manager at Qarnot computing, he holds an engineering degree from Paris Saclay University and a master degree in Innovation Management from Paris Dauphine University. He started as scientific project manager for the French embassy in Dublin. He then worked for 9 years as a consultant specialized in innovation management and R&D funding, setting European and French projects for startups, SMEs and large companies. He joined Qarnot in 2016 to strengthen innovation management, from prospective research and partnerships to R&D funding.
11:55h – 12:00h – Wrap-up and call to action
Dr Monique Calisti,
President D4P, CEO Martel Innovate