VersaSense CTO Danny Hughes to lecture on IoT at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles

VersaSense CTO and co-founder Danny Hughes, PhD, will deliver a lecture on “Taking the Internet of Things out of the Lab and into Industry 4.0” at the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI) of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Los Angeles.

This talk presents the author’s experiences of commercializing academic Internet of Things (IoT) research. It will begin with an overview of recent IoT research conducted by the DistriNet research group of KU Leuven university and the reason he took the plunge to incorporate an IoT spin-off company — VersaSense. The presentation will then discuss experiences — good and bad — of deploying contemporary IoT technologies in industrial scenarios, with a focus on the gap that exists between contemporary academic research and the industrial IoT. The talk will be illustrated with a number of demonstrations and examples drawn from running real-world systems.

The CCI center brings together faculty from multiple disciplines in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to collaborate and work together with partners in academia, industry and government to promote innovations connecting the cyber and physical worlds via the Internet of Things to address major societal challenges. In particular, CCI will address the challenges of improving urban living through smart infrastructure & connected communities, and securing cyber-physical systems.

Danny Hughes is the Chief Technical Officer of Versasense NV, an Internet of Things spin-off company that provides the fabric to power the 4th industrial revolution. He is also a Professor with the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven (Belgium), where he is a member of the DistriNet (Distributed Systems and Computer Networks) research group and leads the Networked Embedded Software task-force. Danny holds a PhD from Lancaster University (UK) and has since worked as a Visiting Scholar with the University of California at Berkeley (USA), a Visiting Scholar with the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and as a Lecturer with Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China). His PhD focused on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems and his current research is on distributed software systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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