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


With its dispersed population, cultural diversity, vast area, varied geography, climate extremes, a richness of natural resources, and importance to the world ecosystems, Alaska is uniquely positioned to explore the potential and challenges of deploying Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions in its quest to create sustainable value. To facilitate this exploration in a global context, the IEEE IoT Multi-Society Technical Group is bringing together experts and stakeholders from industry, the public sector, and the research and academic communities from around the world to Anchorage for a Summit from June 11th-13th 2018.

IoT is a broadly used term that many industries, technologists, and individuals identify with. At its essence, it IEEE IoT Vertical and Topical Summit Alaska June 11-13, 2018 is about the progressive digitization of goods, services, and processes. IoT makes it possible to create new and innovative ways to address needs and create value in ways not possible in the past. In part this is through the massive deployment of networked information gathering or sensors designed to understand the state or condition of a specific system or concern, the collection of data in many forms from many sources, the application of analytic techniques and artificial intelligence to support decisions, and the ability to take or control actions that have a purpose and a predictable outcome. Ultimately, IoT delivers value in widely deployed applications that exploit a common infrastructure of: connectivity, computing, storage, and power; and relies on essential contribution from many technical disciplines. IoT will provide dramatically better functionality, lower costs, and faster paths to value through innovation.

The Summit consists of:

  • Tracks addressing Vertical and Topical Areas of general interest to IoT “Practitioners.” We have selected five Vertical and five Topical themes that are important to IoT, and especially to the Alaska region.
    • Proposals for speakers, panels, workshops, and tutorials are welcome and should be
      submitted by March 30, 2018.
  • A Technical Program consisting of outstanding original papers that will be peer reviewed and selected
    for presentation during the Summit and will be published in IEEE Xplore. Detailed instructions for
    submission are below and the deadline for Technical Papers submission is March 16th, 2018.
  • Descriptions of each of the themes, a list of distinguished speakers, and information about the
    Summit’s Organizing Committee are listed below.
  •  A banquet for attendees and participants on Tuesday June 12th, 2018 – the banquet will a feature
    local fare and an evening built around the native culture of Alaska’s first people.

We look forward to incorporating your proposals into a stimulating program and anticipate your participation in this important dialog.

June is the height of the tourist season in Alaska, there are many unique opportunities for excursions and adventures to choose from that will uncover the vastness and natural beauty of Alaska! We hope that you can take this opportunity to explore some of the wonders of Alaska near Anchorage or further afield. The Organizing Committee has prepared some tourist and cultural explorations that you can elect to take advantage of before or after the Summit, as well as a companion program.

See you in Alaska!


Who should attend?

You should plan to attend the Summit if you:

  • are interested in the Internet of Things and are in any part of the IoT eco-system;
  • would like to understand how IoT will revolutionize: the public sector; industry, the research
    community, and individual lives;
  • would like to meet leading practitioners and technologists who are contributing to and leading
    advances important to IoT’s success;
  • are interested in business models and policies;
  • would like a perspective of how IoT is viewed by end users and the how it could satisfy the needs
    they have.

The Summit is a place for sharing knowledge and experiences about IoT deployments and to nurture IoT
adoptions that create benefits for Society in keeping with IEEE’s mission of “Technology for Humanity”.

You will find the Summit stimulating and informative if you have any of the following roles or

  • Public Sector
    o Policy Maker and Legislator
    o Civic Leader or Administrator
    o Project Planner or Manager
    o Technical or Engineering Oversight
    o A user of IoT Solutions and Applications
  • Industry
    • Leader or Manager of a Vertical or Horizontal Business where IoT is important
    • Strategist or Business Analyst
    • Planner, Designer, or Supplier incorporating IoT Solutions
    • Project Leader or Engineer building the IoT
    • Operator of IoT Infrastructure and Applications
  • Research and Academia
    • Conduct research on technologies important to IoT
    • Are developing demonstrations or performing trials for IoT applications
    • Are doing foundational work to solve basic problems relevant to IoT
  • Individual
    • A part of the “maker” community
    • Are implementing IoT applications
    • Are just curious about the future that IoT can bring


About IEEE   

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) is the world’s largest technical professional society. Through its more than 400,000 members in 150 countries, the organization is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Dedicated to the advancement of technology, the IEEE publishes 30 percent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed nearly 900 active industry standards. The organization annually sponsors more than 850 conferences worldwide.

About the IEEE IoT Initiative

 The IEEE IoT (Internet of Things) Initiative is a Multi-Society Activity that involves twenty-two IEEE Societies and Councils, including the IEEE Standards Association. The purpose of the Initiative is to act as the go to place in IEEE for information, knowledge, and action to cultivate and nurture the evolution of IoT technologies, their deployment, and operation for the benefit of humanity. The Initiative undertakes a full spectrum of activities that among others include, lectures, workshops, tutorials, conferences, webinars, education and entrepreneurial events, vertical and topical working groups, publications, and the standards. The IEEE IoT initiative strongly supports the domain specific programs undertaken by its Society and Council members.  For additional information please visit: