2014 Seminar Series Department of Mechanical Engineering Sokwoo Rhee, Ph.D.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
2014 Seminar Series
Sokwoo Rhee, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems for
Smart Cities
Oct. 31, 2014 | 2:00 PM | DeWalt Seminar Room, 2164 Martin Hall
Cyber-Physical Systems refers to the convergence of networking and information technology with
engineered physical systems to create a new generation of systems that integrate distributed networks of sensors, controls, and processors. These systems, also referred to as “industrial internet”, “internet-of-things”,
“machine-to-machine”, and “system-of-systems”, are on the cusp of unleashing an extraordinary cycle of
innovation through smart systems in areas such as manufacturing, transportation, utility infrastructures, and
buildings, including home appliances and remote sensors.The SmartAmerica Challenge was a White House
Presidential Innovation Fellow project with the goal to bring together research in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
and Internet of Things (IoT) to combine test-beds, projects and activities from different sectors, such as Smart
Manufacturing, Healthcare, Smart Energy, Intelligent Transportation and Disaster Response, to show tangible
and measurable benefits to the US economy and the daily lives of American citizens. On June 11, 2014, 24
teams with over 100 organizations met together at the Washington DC Convention Center for a live demonstration. Building on the success of SmartAmerica Challenge, NIST, in partnership with other agencies, has launched
the next phase of the Challenge - Global City Teams Challenge. Through the formation of partnerships, the
Global City Teams Challenge will enable cities and communities worldwide to share ideas, develop comprehensive requirements, and leverage their respective investments. It will promote new interactions among entrepreneurs and innovators to create novel solutions. The Challenge brings these cities and innovators together for
creative solutions to smart city needs worldwide.
Sokwoo Rhee is Associate Director of Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems at National Institute
of Standards and Technology. He served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow on Cyber-Physical Systems and colead the SmartAmerica Challenge, which brought together Internet of Things technologies and Cyber-Physical
Systems across the nation to demonstrate how IoT/CPS can boost American competitiveness and provide concrete examples of the socio-economic benefits. Prior to joining US government, he was Co-founder and CTO of
Millennial Net, Inc., which was one of the first to successfully commercialize low-power wireless mesh/sensor
network and Internet of Things technology from academia. Prior to the founding of Millennial Net, he worked
on wireless medical sensors as a research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work and
achievements have been recognized through awards including MIT Technology Review’s Top Innovators under
35. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For more information: Jin-Oh Hahn (jhahn12@umd.edu)