Stephen Mellor, Industrial Internet Consortium CTO


Stephen Mellor small"Evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things: Preparing for Change"


- Wednesday 25/10, 09:00           

Short bio:


Stephen Mellor is the Chief Technical Officer for the Industrial Internet Consortium, where he directs the standards requirements and technology & security priorities for the Industrial Internet. In that role, he coordinates the activities of the several engineering, architecture, security and testbed working groups and teams. He also co-chairs both the Definitions, Taxonomy and Reference Architecture workgroup and the Use Cases workgroup for the NIST CPS PWG (National Institute for Standards and Technology Cyberphysical System Public Working Group).


He is a well-known technology consultant on methods for the construction of real-time and embedded systems, a signatory to the Agile Manifesto, and adjunct professor at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Stephen is the author of Structured Development for Real-Time Systems, Object Lifecycles, Executable UML, and MDA Distilled.


Until recently, he was Chief Scientist of the Embedded Software Division at Mentor Graphics, and founder and past president of Project Technology, Inc., before its acquisition. He participated in multiple UML/modeling-related activities at the Object Management Group (OMG), and was a member of the OMG Architecture Board, which is the final technical gateway for all OMG standards. Stephen was the Chairman of the Advisory Board to IEEE Software for ten years and a two-time Guest Editor of the magazine, most recently for an issue on Model-Driven Development.





The fundamental technological trends presently are more connectivity and more capability to analyze large quantities of data cheaply. But no one knows where those technological trends will take us, so we need to prepare for change.


Prediction is difficult, especially about the future, as several people are reputed to have said. But this keynote will peer ahead into several areas that we can see need attention, such as:


•    Security for everything.
•    Innovation and funding
•    Learning, deployment and competitiveness


We need strategies to prepare for evolution in these areas, and we also need to understand longer term trends.  Already we see improvements in operational efficiency, and changes in the economy from pay-per-asset to pay-per-use.  More changes are likely, towards pay-per-outcome and direct consumer access to “pull” products autonomously.


These changes will fundamentally change the economy and drive technological innovation.  The industrial internet is only at the beginning of perhaps forty more years of change.