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  1. 1. Fujitsu Labs of America Technology Symposium 2010 Smart Grid: When Energy Meets the “Internet of Things” June 09, 2010, Fujitsu Silicon Valley Campus, Sunnyvale, CA Page 1 Speaker Bio Hitoshi Matsumoto, President & CEO, Fujitsu Laboratories of America Welcome and Opening Remarks Hitoshi Matsumoto is President & CEO at Fujitsu Laboratories of America and is responsible for advanced IT research activities for Fujitsu as well as strategic alliances and business development in the U.S. Previously, Hitoshi directed various R&D projects, including artificial intelligence, human interface, multimedia systems and Internet services at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd and Fujitsu Limited (Japan). Eric Wesoff, Senior Analyst, Greentech Media Smart Grid - Myths and Realities The Business of Smart Energy Eric Wesoff is senior analyst at Greentech Media. Eric's expertise covers solar power, fuel cells, the smart grid, biofuels and advanced batteries. His strengths are in market research and analysis, business development and due diligence for investors. He frequently consults for energy startups and Silicon Valley's premier venture capitalists. Clint Wilder, Senior Editor, Clean Edge, Inc. and Co-Author, “The Cleantech Revolution” Energy Evolution and Modern Utility Challenges Clint Wilder is senior editor at Clean Edge. Wilder co-authored The Clean Tech Revolution (HarperCollins, 2007), the widely praised book translated into seven languages. Wilder has covered the high-tech and clean-tech industries as a business journalist for more than two decades and is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry events in the U.S. and overseas. He is also a blogger for the Green section of The Huffington Post, and director of clean technology at Green Bear Group, a clean-tech marketing services firm in Redwood City, Calif. Tim Heidel, Postdoctoral Associate / Research Director, MIT Future of the Electric Grid Study Energy Evolution and Modern Utility Challenges Tim Heidel is a postdoctoral associate and Research Director for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s forthcoming “Future of the Electric Grid” study. In this role, he is coordinating the research efforts of more than 20 faculty and students from economics, policy, and electrical engineering on the most important challenges and opportunities that are likely to face the power grid between now and 2030.  Previously, during 2009, Tim served as a Founding Summer Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he coordinated the agency’s inaugural concept paper review process. He recently completed a term as Co-President of MIT’s 2000+ member Energy Club and is a member of the IEEE. Tim holds S.B., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an M.S. in Technology and Policy, all from MIT.
  2. 2. Page 2 Jeff Tolnar, Chief Technology Officer, BPL Global Energy Evolution and Modern Utility Challenges Jeff has over 20 years experience in the utility, networking and communications arena including leadership roles within Fortune 50 companies and start-up environments. Mr. Tolnar is presently the Chief Technology Officer for BPL Global (BPLG). The company provides solutions to electric utilities and energy service companies focusing on energy efficiency and reliability. He was one of the originating members of the company and is responsible for leading all technical aspects of BPLG and its regions throughout the world. Prior to joining BPL Global Jeff held Senior Executive positions at American Electric Power, Sprint, and was co-Founder of Amperion. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.. Conrad Eustis, Portland General Electric, Director Retail Technology Development Energy Evolution and Modern Utility Challenges Conrad Eustis is the Director of Retail Technology Development with 21 years of experience at Portland General Electric. Conrad participates in numerous regulatory and technical forums and is the author of numerous business plans including PGE’s business case to support its $140 million investment in AMI. Conrad created PGE’s first demand-side plan in 1989. Between 1993 and 2007 he implemented five unique water heater load control programs and ten AMI systems. Aloke Gupta, Senior Energy Analyst, CPUC Energy Evolution and Modern Utility Challenges Aloke Gupta is a Senior Energy Analyst with the Energy Division at the CPUC. He focuses on the intersection of energy policy with emerging technologies, including Smart Grid, Demand Response, Energy Storage & Renewables Integration. Before this role, he had an extensive career in semiconductor, networking and telecom industries, having worked at large companies (AT&T, Lucent, Agere) as well as VC-funded startups, where he held senior management positions in product management, marketing, and business development. He led interdisciplinary teams in launching new technology products and developing new markets and managed multi-product P&Ls. He has MSEE / MBA degrees from Stanford and Lehigh Universities. Speaker Bio
  3. 3. Page 3 Mike Coop, Principal, heyCoop, LLC Energy Goes Wireless and Meets the “Internet of Things” Network Security Challenges Mike Coop is a 20-year high-tech veteran who has held leadership positions in the industry's most progressive startup and public companies, including Microsoft Corporation and Cisco Systems. In 2007 he founded heyCoop, LLC, a consultancy focused primarily on residential Smart Grid standards and policy issues. He is an active participant in numerous standards efforts, including NIST’s Smart Grid Cyber Security Work Group and Home-to-Grid Domain Expert Working Group; IEEE P2030; UPnP Forum's Smart Grid Task Force; the Bluetooth SIG's Smart Energy Study Group, and the Society of Automotive Engineers' Task Force on Powerline Communications. Coop also leads IEEE’s 1680.3 TV Energy Conservation Subgroup. Gene Wang, CEO, Chairman and Founder, People Power Company Energy Goes Wireless and Meets the “Internet of Things” Gene Wang is CEO and Chairman of People Power Company, an open source green technology startup focusing on Home Energy Efficiency. Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, which he sold to HP in 2007. At HP, Gene was VP Marketing and led the marketing, business development and industrial design organizations for the Handheld business unit. Bitfone was the industry leader in Over-The-Air device management solutions for mobile phones. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, where he sold its hardware business unit to Agilent Technologies in 2000. Gene was the CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland. Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. Kent Dickson, SVP Engineering, Tendril Energy Goes Wireless and Meets the “Internet of Things” Kent has more than 19 years of engineering experience. As Senior Vice President Engineering, Kent leads the product architecture, development, quality and on-demand infrastructure efforts for Tendril. Most recently Kent was Vice President of Engineering at BEA Systems Inc., where he held a number of roles managing Engineering and Product Management functions for some of BEA’s key product platforms. Kent holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA in Organizational Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Speaker Bio
  4. 4. Page 3 Rajit Gadh, Prof. UCLA, Director WINMEC, Director SMERC Energy Goes Wireless and Meets the “Internet of Things” Dr. Rajit Gadh is a Professor at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center.  He is also Founder and Director of the Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium or WINMEC of which major organizations including Boeing, ETRI, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Network Systems, Intel, ISBM-Italy, InterDigital, ITC Infotech, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Sprint, Siemens, TCS,  Verizon Wireless and others have been sponsors/members over the last several years. Sylvia K. Burks, Partner and Leader, Clean Technology Group, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Energy Goes Wireless and Meets the “Internet of Things” Ms. Burks is the leader of Pillsbury's Clean Technology Group. Her practice has included the representation of U.S. and foreign established and emerging companies in the areas of corporate, securities, finance, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, intellectual property matters, as well as general corporate representation. Ms. Burks' particular focus is in handling cross-border transactions representing public and private companies based in Europe and Asia. She also advises clients in applying for grants, loan guarantee programs and tax incentives. Ms. Burks has also represented banks and regulatory agencies in secured and unsecured lending transactions and negotiated and documented work-outs.. Bjarne Stroustrup, Professor, Texas A&M University Bridging the Application-to-Hardware Gap Using C++ and C++ox Bjarne Stroustrup designed and implemented C++. Over the last decade, C++ has become the most widely used language supporting object-oriented programming by making abstraction techniques affordable and manageable for mainstream projects. Using C++ as his tool, Stroustrup has pioneered the use of object-oriented and generic programming techniques in application areas where efficiency is a premium; examples include general systems programming, switching, simulation, graphics, user-interfaces, embedded systems, and scientific computation. His book "The C++ Programming Language" (Addison-Wesley) is the most widely read book of its kind and has been translated into at least 19 languages. . Speaker Bio
  5. 5. Page 4 Ryusuke Masuoka, Director, Trusted Systems Innovation Group, Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. Network Security Challenges Dr. Ryusuke Masuoka is the director of Trusted Systems Innovation Group at Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. He is also an adjunct professor of UMIAC, University of Maryland, USA. Since joining Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. in 1988, he has conducted research into neural networks, simulated annealing, and agent systems. Results from all of those research areas have lead to products from Fujitsu. After moving to Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. in March of 2001, he has engaged in research on pervasive/ubiquitous computing, Semantic Web, and bioinformatics, from which Task Computing resulted. Now he has extended his research into Trusted Computing, Smart Grid, and Software/Security Validation. Ulf Lindqvist, Program Director, SRI International Network Security Challenges Dr. Ulf Lindqvist is a program director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International. He manages research and development programs regarding infrastructure security for government and commercial clients. His areas of expertise include cyber security, infrastructure systems, intrusion detection (computer networks), and security for industrial control systems. His research interests are focused on the protection of critical infrastructure systems against electronic attacks, in particular detection and analysis of such attacks. Miles McQueen, Principal Investigator, INL Network Security Challenges Miles McQueen is a Principal Investigator in the Cyber Security R&D department at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Miles has held a variety of leadership roles at the INL, and has also been Director of the University of Idaho’s Computer Science Program at the Idaho Falls Center for Higher Education. With well over 20 peer reviewed scientific publications, Miles is currently leading research teams investigating cyber threat attack propagation and consequence modeling for multiple infrastructure simulation efforts. Previously, Miles investigated novel, first of a kind, 0Day vulnerability estimation techniques. Before the 0Day research, Miles led research teams in the investigation of security metrics, attack graphs, and attack surfaces in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University Computer Science faculty. Miles has been invited, and has served, on a variety of national level security working groups providing assessments of the current state of the art in cyber security, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses in foundational principles, and identifying promising directions for future research and development. Speaker Bio
  6. 6. Page 5 Eve M. Schooler, Principal Engineer, Intel Labs Network Security Challenges Eve Schooler is a Principal Engineer in Intel Labs, where she develops intelligent control algorithms for Personal Energy Systems, Smart Homes and community-sized microgrids. Previously, she led the Distributed Detection and Inference project that focused on collaborative anomaly detection to secure large enterprise networks. Her broad interests lie at the intersection of networking, distributed systems and scalable group communication. Eve served on the IETF Transport Directorate, co-chaired the IETF MMUSIC working group for many years, and is a co-author of the SIP protocol for Internet telephony. Eve obtained her BS from Yale, MS from UCLA, and PhD from Caltech, all in Computer Science. Prior to Intel, she held positions at Apollo Computers, Information Sciences Institute, AT&T Labs-Research and Pollere LLC. Christine Hertzog, Managing Director, Smart Grid Library Building Consumer Buy-In for Smart Homes in the Smart Grid Christine Hertzog is a consultant, author, and a professional explainer focused on Smart Grid technologies and solutions. As a consultant, she helps clients understand and navigate the intersections of emerging technologies and markets. She is the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, the first dictionary that explains the jargon, acronyms, and terminology used by utilities, regulators, standards organizations, and manufacturers. She has two decades of experience working with hardware, software, and services companies that range from small start-ups to multi-national corporations, and has recently been involved in the National Institute of Standards (NIST) initiative on Smart Grid Cyber Security and Interoperability standards requirements with a focus on privacy. Based in Silicon Valley, she is a regular presenter at industry conferences and blogs about the challenges and opportunities that Smart Grid solutions deliver to the evolving electricity supply chain Sila Kiliccote, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Building Consumer Buy-In for Smart Homes in the Smart Grid Sila Kiliccote is a Program Manager in the Building Technologies Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She has been a part of the Automated Demand Response team developing an open and interoperable automated demand response communication infrastructure, integrating it with building control systems and working with stakeholders to standardize the information model. Her areas of interest include characterization of buildings and demand reduction, demand responsive lighting systems, building systems integration and feedback for demand-side management. She has a master’s degree in Building Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of New Hampshire. Speaker Bio
  7. 7. Page 6 Vikki Wood, Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District Building Consumer Buy-In for Smart Homes in the Smart Grid Vikki has been working in the utility industry for over 30 years in load and market research, and energy efficiency and demand response program and emerging technology evaluation. Recent projects include collaboration with the Demand Response Research Center at LBNL and others on residential and small commercial research that examines the behavioral aspects of demand response and energy efficiency. She is also engaged in the implementation of SMUD’s Smart Grid Investment Grant projects, which include AMI, distribution automation, demand response, electric vehicle infrastructure and a large scale Consumer Behavior Study. Vikki has a BA in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and extensive post-graduate studies in statistics. Jay Haynes, Cofounder & Managing Director, Strategyn Ventures Building Consumer Buy-In for Smart Homes in the Smart Grid Jay Haynes, Cofounder and Managing Director of Strategyn Ventures, has been an entrepreneur and private equity investment professional for the past 18 years. He is an award-winning CEO and has led venture backed start-ups for the past decade. His experience includes leading early-stage companies from the initial idea through development to launch and growth. His executive responsibilities have included formulating and executing company strategies; recruiting, building and leading product development and operating teams; leading and managing product development; creating financial models; managing budgets; raising venture capital; and serving on the board of directors of start-up companies.. Letha McLaren, VP Energy Products, iControl Networks Building Consumer Buy-In for Smart Homes in the Smart Grid Letha has spent almost 12 years in the energy industry dealing directly with utilities in the area of smart grid solutions. Letha came to iControl from Landis+Gyr (formally The Bayard Group), a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of Energy Management and Applications. Prior to this role, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, the leading automated meter reading services provider who was acquired by The Bayard Group/Landis+Gyr. She also held product management and software design engineering roles at Schlumberger for their utility-focused automated metering division. Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Speaker Bio
  8. 8. Page 7 Indradeep Ghosh, Trusted Systems Innovation Group, Fujitsu Laboratories of America Building Consumer Buy-In for Smart Homes in the Smart Grid Indradeep Ghosh is currently a Member of Research staff in the Trusted Systems Innovation Group at Fujitsu Labs of America. Though his academic and professional interests so far have been in crafting tools and algorithms to validate hardware and software systems, for the last ten years smart energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy has been his passion, personal hobby and sometimes even obsession. He has been on a personal quest towards the goal of carbon neutrality and has gained valuable first-hand knowledge and insights in the process which are critical to an energy savvy residential consumer. Currently he is actively involved in the smart grid project that has been started at FLA. Indradeep has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and Masters and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He has co-authored one book on hardware validation and published over fifty technical articles in international conferences and journals. . Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future Plugging Into the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Mike Liebhold is a Distinguished Fellow focusing on the mobile web, abundant computation, immersive media and geospatial foundations for context-aware and ubiquitous computing. Previously, Mike was a Visiting Researcher at Intel Labs, working on a pattern language based on semantic web frameworks for ubiquitous computing. Before that, during the late 1990s Mike worked on startups building large scale international public IT services and IP networks for rural and remote regions, and for GPS enhanced precision agriculture, a complete IT architecture for schools in Shandong Province China, satellite networks in India, Europe, and Latin America, and was a Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation project to bring Internet2 broadband IP networks to seventy rural low income communities in the United States. Mike is a frequent speaker on the topic of the geospatial web and has authored a number of papers, including one recently published in a special edition of the IEEE Journal on Pervasive Computing, “Data Management in the World-Wide Sensor Web.” John Suh, General Motors, Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office Plugging Into the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure John Suh is currently a staff technologist at General Motors’ Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office in Palo Alto. He covers technology trends and developments in the following areas: Wireless communications, wireless charging and power, energy harvesting, rechargeable energy storage, sensors, MEMS, nanotechnology, robotics, brain-computer interfaces, Enterprise 2.0 software, sustainable transportation, renewable and low-carbon fuels, applications of gaming and game methods in business, clean internal combustion engines, location based services, and smartphone applications for automotive. Previous to working at General Motors, John has worked at an RFID, wireless sensor networks, and optical switching system companies. John has also worked at Xerox PARC in the Systems & Practices Lab. John has a PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (formerly known as GMI Engineering & Management Institute in Flint, MI). Speaker Bio
  9. 9. Page 6 Sven Thesen, Head of California Business Development, Better Place Plugging Into the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Sven Thesen leads business-development efforts for Better Place in California. In this role, he works with state and local government entities as well as business and non-governmental stakeholders to make the vision of zero-emission EVs powered by renewable energy a reality. He leverages his technical expertise in electric transportation and environmental engineering to forge strategic partnerships within the energy and transportation ecosystems. Before joining Better Place, Thesen managed the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) Electric Drive Group within the utility’s Clean Air Transportation Department. Under his direction, PG&E secured its EV leadership position through a number of initiatives, including the first demonstration of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology by a utility and the secondary use of transportation batteries in the utility sector. Prior to managing the Electric Drive Group, Thesen directed PG&E’s sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) emission reduction team and assisted the United Nations in revising the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. As a result of his SF6 work for the IPCC, he and the other contributing engineers and scientists were awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Thesen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. The Schwarzenegger Administration recognized him with the 2006 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for his efforts in reducing criteria and greenhouse-gas emissions from agricultural equipment. Serdar Uckun, Manager, Embedded Reasoning Area, Palo Alto Research Center Plugging Into the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure With technical interests in diagnosis, prognostics, planning, and scheduling, Serdar Uckun manages PARC's embedded reasoning team. He is also founder and President of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society, a non-profit professional organization. Before joining PARC, Serdar was at NASA Ames Research Center where he led the largest organization in the U.S. Government focusing on PHM research. Jay Friedland, Legislative Director, Plug In America Plugging Into the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Jay Friedland is the Legislative Director of Plug In America. Working with Congress as well as consumers, industry, and environmental leaders, he helped drive the inclusion of over $14B in government funding for plug-in vehicles in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Mr. Friedland is managing partner of Cinemagic Partners Ltd, a consulting firm developing cleantech ventures. A self-described serial entrepreneur, he has built successful companies as well as developing key industry alliances between companies both large and small. His environmental activism began in the 1970s and he is also president of the Central Coast Electric Auto Association. Speaker Bio
  10. 10. Page 6 Steve Vassallo, Venture Partner, Foundation Capital The Business of Smart Energy As a Venture Partner of Foundation Capital, Steve's primary focus is on opportunities in Cleantech. An entrepreneur who lives at the intersection of business, technology, and design, Steve has spent the last 14 years launching and building a broad array of successful companies and products. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for SunRun and Akiban; and, is actively involved with eMeter, Serious Materials, and Silver Spring Networks. Steve holds more than 20 patents and has received numerous product awards. Steve earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Tammi Smorynski, Director, Intel Capital The Business of Smart Energy Tammi joined Intel Capital in 2000. Prior to Intel Capital, Tammi was with J.P. Morgan & Co., focused on leveraged buyout transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, she was an Audit Officer at J.P. Morgan & Co. covering a diverse set of investment banking operations from derivatives trading to global custody. She passed the CPA Exam in 1991. Tammi is board observer of Gainspan, Impinj, RF Code, and has invested in and managed exit for Navini Networks (acquired by Cisco). Tammi earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a bachelor's degree in Accounting/International Management from Georgetown University. Josh Becker, General Partner, New Cycle Capital The Business of Smart Energy Josh Becker is a Founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, a clean energy early-stage venture firm. New Cycle Capital has invested in cutting-edge companies such as: OPower, Renewable Funding, People Power, and TerraPass. He started his career at ICF International, a DC-based environmental consulting and engineering firm. There he helped launch the first Clean Air Marketplace conference back in 1992 and consulted on energy strategy for companies like General Electric. Josh co-founded IntraACTIVE a pioneering groupware company in 1994 and was also one of the first employees at EarthWeb Inc, which went public in 1998. After joint degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, Becker joined Brentwood Venture Capital and then joined Brentwood's technology partners in founding Redpoint Ventures. He was co-founder of Cleantech for Obama (CT4O), which organized the leaders in the clean tech business community behind Obama, raised $1.6M, and ran a media and messaging operation. He is a co-founder of the Clean Economy Network (Cleaneconomy.net), organizing many of those same leaders to fight for effective policies. Becker is the Founder and Chair of The Full Circle Fundand a project lead for the group’s Energy/Environment Circle. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Clean Tech Open. Josh is a Co-Founder of the Freedom Prize Foundation, which will soon be giving out $5M in prizes with DOE. Speaker Bio