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Jan Adriaenssens - Director City of Things, imec

Jan Adriaenssens is the director of the City of Things program of imec. Previously, Jan was director Strategy & Innovation, and later VP Policy & Society, of the digital research institute iMinds, that merged with imec on October 1st 2016.
Jan holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Antwerp, and an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
After his studies, Jan started as coordinator of the Antwerp Doctoral School. He later gained policy experience as senior researcher with the Flemish Council for Science and Innovation (VRWI). Before joining iMinds, Jan worked at the office of the Flemish minister for Innovation — first as advisor and later as deputy chief of staff.

Presentation abstract

Testing 1-2-3: How to build and validate new apps and technology for IoT

IoT will play an important role in finding solutions for a greener and safer world. It will help us improve our health and comfort. Take for example our mobility problems, today a source of stress, with environmentally unfriendly impact and economic losses because of delays. An intuitive IoT will make sure that vehicles will adapt and change their behavior depending on the situation: in the first stage to avoid delays and crashes, but this will expands towards fully autonomous driving. The use of drones to monitor agriculture and to deliver packages will be a fact in 10 to 20 years from now. Realizing this kind of smart mobility, but even so smart city or health scenarios is only possible with radically new technology. However new technology is not enough. To realize many IoT scenarios also radically new industry eco-systems and new business models are needed as everything is connected together. In some cases also new legal and ethical challenges will need to be resolved.
Imec has set-up several test-beds from initial validation of new technology, all the way to large scale validation with living lab methodology to co-create and validate new applications and services together with users. The flagship large scale test bed is City of Things Antwerp. In a real life city environment with representative multi-national habitants and a world harbor, consortia from industry, researchers and government representatives are able to experiment together with smart technologies and new business models. This presentation will explain the imec test beds, the challenges and the advantages and also show some experiment results and lessons learned from them so far.



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