IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit
11-13 June 2018 – Anchorage, Alaska

Sponsored by: The IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Initiative and The University of Alaska at Anchorage.

Each IEEE IoT Summit brings together experts and leaders from all over the world to address the implementation of IoT solutions in a local setting. With its vast area, range of geographies, extremes in climate, and specific population patterns the requirements for successful IoT implementations and sustainment in Alaska are unique.  The Summit is designed as an interactive gathering of constituencies that will be affected by IoT – end users of IoT based goods, services, and processes; public sector leaders, administrators, managers, and operators; industries that will be transformed by IoT and are important to Alaska and Arctic Regions; technologists, suppliers and vendors of IoT solutions; and leading practitioners from the research community.

Summit Highlights

  • In depth sessions on Vertical and Topical areas that are the focus of the Summit and that are meant for practitioners:


        Verticals         Topical Areas
  • Arctic Regions and Alaska Challenges
  • Aviation and UAVs
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Oil, Gas, and Natural Resources
  • Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy
  • Big Data
  • Connectivity and Communications
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Privacy and Security


  • Plenary Presentations
  • Panels and Working Groups
  • Technical Papers
  • Professional Development Sessions
  • Entrepreneurial and Start-up Events
  • Companions Program during the Summit
  • Cultural and Tourist Tours before and after the Summit


Plenary Speakers

Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Alex Hills spent years living in rural Alaska, where he worked on providing telecommunication services to people living in the villages. He lived in Kotzebue, Nome and Bethel but worked in more than a hundred small villages across the state. This work is described in his new book, Finding Alaska’s Villages: And Connecting Them.

Later Alex became a university professor. He is now Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Affiliate Distinguished Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Well known in the fields of wireless, telecommunications, and networking technology, he has lectured widely and published many papers and technical reports.

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Maciej Kranz, Vice President, Corporate Technology Group at Cisco, and best selling New York Times Author on IoT

Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. In this role, Mr. Kranz leads a team focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and startups through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Kranz was General Manager of Cisco’s Connected Industries Group, a business unit focused on technology solutions for the Internet of Things. He built a $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market, making IoT one of Cisco’s major priorities.

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Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell

Former Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell is President of Pt Capital, an Alaska-based Private Equity and investment banking firm investing in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Finland. Pt Capital is an investor in NOVA, Iceland’s largest wireless provider. Treadwell is also chair of global satellite firm Iridium Communications’ Polar Advisory Board. Both firms serve the “internet of things” market.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading Arctic policy experts, he also co-chairs the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative and the Arctic Circle Mission Council on Shipping and Ports.

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Hon. Fran Ulmer – Chair, US Arctic Research Commission

Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was chancellor of Alaska’s largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and on the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

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