School of Engineering & Technology
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Time: 9am - 4pm

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is leading a new wave of industrial revolution. It is disrupting old business models and creating opportunity to deliver valuable new insights like never before. IIoT will drive a massive opportunity to increase the efficiency and productivity of the production processes for a broad-spectrum including manufacturing, automotive, aviation, transportation, power, oil and gas, healthcare, smart cities, and smart buildings.

The 1st Industrial Internet of Things Symposium (IIoTS2019) will be held at School of Engineering and Technology, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI. The symposium aims to bring the experts from industry and academia to one place to discuss the up-to-date arts in IIoT. The symposium theme this year is: "Smart Manufacturing”.
Shin Taguchi Shin Taguchi
Chief Technology Officer
ASI Consulting Group

Shin Taguchi is CTO for ASI Consulting Group LLC. He is a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and was one of the world authorities in developing the DFSS program at ASI CG, an internationally recognized training and consulting organization, dedicated to improving the competitive position of industries. He is the son of Dr. Genichi Taguchi, developer of new engineering approaches for robust technology that have saved American industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

Over the last thirty years, Mr. Taguchi has trained more than 100,000 engineers around the world in quality engineering, product/process optimization, and robust design techniques, Mahalanobis-Taguchi System, known as Taguchi MethodsTM. Some of the many clients he has helped to make products and processes Robust include: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Delphi Automotive Systems, DaimlerChrysler, ITT, Kodak, Lexmark, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, General Electric, Miller Brewing, The Budd Company, Westinghouse, NASA, Texas Instruments, Xerox, Hyundai Motor Company, TRW and many others. In 1996, Mr. Taguchi developed and started to teach a Taguchi Certification Course. Over 360 people have graduated to date from this ongoing 16-day master certification course.

Mr. Taguchi is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in London, and is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ); Mr. Taguchi is a member of the Quality Control Research Group of the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) and Quality Engineering Society of Japan. He is an editor of the Quality Engineering Forum Technical Journal and was awarded the Craig Award for the best technical paper presented at the annual conference of the ASQ. Mr. Taguchi has been featured in the media through a number of national and international forums, including Fortune Magazine and Actionline (a publication of AIAG). Mr. Taguchi co-authored “Robust Engineering” published by McGraw Hill in 1999. He has given presentations and workshops at numerous conferences, including ASQ, ASME, SME, SAE, and IIE. He is also a Master Black Belt for DFSS, Design for Six Sigma.

Mr. Taguchi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Statistics from the University of Michigan and trains and consults with many major corporations worldwide.
Phillip Smith Phillip Smith
IT Director
Technology & Architecture
DTE Energy Company

Phillip L. Smith is director of IT Technology & Architecture for DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.

Smith is responsible for ensuring the information technology landscape for DTE Energy meets the business demands of today and the changing business and technology demand of tomorrow. Smith has held multiple technology leadership positions throughout the company ranging from Electric Distribution Operations to Corporate Support.

Smith joined DTE Energy in 2004. He has been responsible for the overall mobile technology strategy and leadership of the customer mobile apps, a best in-class mobile experience that allows customers to inquire about their account, see and pay their bill, and report and track restoration efforts; as well as the DTE Insight mobile app which allows those same customers to leverage their smart meter in new and exciting ways.

Currently, Smith is responsible for an industry leading innovation program that is transforming how DTE works as well as how DTE serves its customers. Since starting the innovation program in 2018, Smith has captured $30M in operational savings through applying market leading technologies and addressing corporate level challenges that require out of the box thinking.

Smith earned a Master of Information Technology Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Phillip Smith Prabha Sundaravadivel
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering Department
University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

The use of wearable sensors for monitoring our daily activities has become inevitable in today’s world. The increasing trend of using wearable sensors for monitoring various physiological signals has helped researchers to advance the research in the development and application of wearable computing systems. In addition to having an active lifestyle, the emotional well-being of a person is important in maintaining a healthier balanced life. The Internet of Things (IoT) helps in connecting the real-world devices to the cloud, which helps in advancing the computing capacity of each framework. In the healthcare industry, IoT-based frameworks, called Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), offers a promising solution for reducing healthcare costs and improve quality of life with minimal visit to doctors. Using IoMT, patients can monitor their health on a daily-basis and healthcare providers are able to start an early intervention if needed. The basic components of the IoMT frameworks are simple sensors which can collect and convert a user’s physiological signs into electrical signals that are sent wirelessly to a central device. One or more sensors are integrated in a framework to monitor specific physiological conditions based on the needs of the user. In 2018 there were about 3.7 million connected medical devices and per reports by Allied Market Research, the IoT healthcare market is expected to reach $136.8 Billion worldwide by 2021. The healthcare industry is estimated to contribute up to 30% of the world’s stored data. About 80 megabytes of imaging and electronic medical record (EMR) data are generated for each patient each year. The amount of healthcare data produced more than doubles each year and is expected to reach a trillion gigabytes soon, as per a report by Grand View Research, Inc. The healthcare industry is estimated to contribute up to 30% of the world’s stored data. About 80 megabytes of imaging and electronic medical record (EMR) data are generated for each patient each year. The amount of healthcare data produced more than doubles each year and is expected to reach a trillion gigabytes soon. This talk will focus on utilizing the frontiers of computing, that helps us design efficient application-specific IoMT architectures.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel received her Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas in 2018. Her research interests are focused on developing application-specific architectures for Smart healthcare and Smart Cities, Affective computing for healthcare, mixed-signal IC Design, VLSI Design, and Reconfigurable Systems for the Internet of Things. Before starting her Ph.D., at the Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory (SESL) in UNT, she earned her Bachelors of Technology (B. Tech) in Electronics and Communication from SRM University, Chennai, India, in 2011 and Masters of Technology (M.Tech) in VLSI design from VIT University, India, in 2015. Currently, she is employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UT Tyler since Fall 2018. She manages a diverse group of Grad, Undergrad and High School student researchers as the Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory (ISL) at UT Tyler. She has been involved in outreach activities in East Texas to broaden the participation in STEM. Recent efforts include delivering a talk titled, “Its all about Sensors” in the Tyler museum, for “STEM Like a Girl 2019” event. She has been an invited Speaker in the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing (GHC) 2019. She founded the student organization, “IoT Students Club”, to improve the implementation skills of Undergraduate students. She has been recognized as a “Faculty Scholar” in GHC 2019. She received, “Teaching & Learning Award 2019”, for introducing innovative teaching techniques in the Undergraduate Curriculum.
Ashok Prajapati Ashok Prajapati
Automated Driving Software Engineer
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Dr. Ashok Prajapati has over 17 years of experience and is well-known researcher in his field. His area of expertise includes Industrial IoT, Battery Algorithms, Embedded Systems, Industrial Networking, RTOS, etc. Currently he is with Automated Driving division of Fiat-Chrysler Automobile (FCA), Michigan, USA. He also worked as a Battery Algorithms Design Engineer – Advanced Battery Research with General Motors, USA and as a Senior Engineer/Researcher in Systems and Network Engineering group with the world's leading industrial robotics company, FANUC America Corporation, USA. He has given many high tech and demanding software products to the industry as discussed in many international news articles and magazines. He is serving as a Vice-Chair (5th term) in IEEE Computer Society South-East Michigan. He also serves as an Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Forensic Software Engineering. His recent contributions include Zero Down Time (ZDT) system which reduces robot’s downtime significantly thus enhancing productivity. Enhanced Data Access (EDA) is another significant contribution to enhancing productivity and accuracy. This product stands out to be a tight integration between Rockwell PLC and FANUC Robot which became the main reason for the partnership announcement between the two. He has proven his technical leadership by providing world-class products to the industry. He published over 20 international conferences/journals/books. He is the reviewer of many internationally accredited journals and conferences. In addition, he chaired and has been invited as keynote speaker for many international conferences worldwide. He has many books and patents in his credit. He is very valuable asset to the industry and organization he works for.
Julie Mitchell Julie Mitchell
Product Manager, Grid Services
Ford Motor Company

Julie Mitchell earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Central Michigan University in 2011 and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2015. She worked in product development at Lexmark International, Inc. for 5 years before moving to Ford Motor Company as a climate controls design & release engineer in 2016. Currently, Julie is the product manager for utility grid services in Ford’s Team Edison.
Julie Mitchell Dr. Subra Ganesan
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Oakland University

Dr. Subramaniam Ganesan is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309, USA. He has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in Digital Computer systems. He was the chair of the CSE department from1991 to 98. He has published over 100 journal papers, more than 200 papers in conference proceedings, and 3 books. He is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visiting Speaker, IEEE Region 4 technical activities member and Fellow of ISPE. He received Lifetime Achievement award from ISAM, Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker award from SAE, Best Teacher Award from ASEE, and Oakland University. He has organized many international conferences. He is the editor in chief of an International Journal of Embedded system and Computer Engineering and International Journal of Sensors and applications. His research interests are in Real-time signal processing, multicore, Security for Internet of things, and Automotive embedded systems security.
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10am - 12pm Shin Taguchi, ASI Consulting Group
  • Key Concepts of Robust Engineering/Taguchi Method and Design for Six Sigma
12pm - 1pm: Lunch

1pm - 1:30pm: Subra Ganesan, Oakland University
  • Smart manufacturing with Industrial Internet of Things
1:30pm - 1:45pm: Robert O. Davies, Central Michigan University

1:45pm - 2:15pm: Philip Smith, DTE Energy

2:15pm - 2:45pm: Prabha Sundaravadivel, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Engineering the IoMT Architectures
2:45pm - 3:15pm: Coffee Break

3:15pm - 3:45pm: Ashok Prajapati, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Industrial IoT for Automotive Manufacturing
3:45pm - 4:15pm: Julie Mitchell, Ford Motor Company
  • BEVs and Iot: Driving Industry Integration Opportunities
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