BBD 2019 Agenda and Proceedings


Monday October 14th, 2019, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast and coffee available
Registration table open Networking


8:45 - 9:00 a.m. (10 mins, 5 mins transition time)
Topic: Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Dr. David Jackson, Vice Provost, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Session Chair: Dan Linzell


9:00 - 9:45 a.m. (30 mins, 15 mins Q&A)
Topic: The IoT landscape in Infrastructure Monitoring
Speaker: Stephen Russo, Director, Cognitive City Solutions IoT, IBM
:pushpin: Slides

Over the last 20 years, huge investments have been made in metropolitan areas to understand the immense volume of data collected about the citizens inhabiting these cities. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent combining data with emerging mobile, sensor and machine learning technologies. This is all done with the goal to improve infrastructure and the well-being of citizens. But twenty years later, we find ourselves worse off than when we started. In this talk, Stephen will discuss IBM’s enterprise asset management solution that will help organizations monitor the structural health of bridges, tunnels, highways, dams, grids, railways and more, extending the lifespan of assets by optimizing maintenance and providing early warnings of deterioration and damage.

Session Chair: Deepak Khazanchi

Nutrition Break

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. (15 mins)
Networking (Coffee and snacks provided)

SMARTI Project Impact

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (60 mins)
Topics: Enduser perspectives: Existing Data-driven Solutions, Gaps and Needs discussed by representatives from SMARTI public and private industry, government and academic partners Speakers:

Session Chair: Robin Gandhi

Stakeholder Initiatives

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (60 mins)
Topics: Data clearinghouses and other innovations in bridge health management

Session Chair: Chungwook Sim


12:00 - 1:00 p.m (60 mins)

Emerging SMARTI Solutions: Posters and Demonstration over Coffee

1:00 - 2:15 p.m (75 mins)
Session Chair: Saeed Azam and Brian Ricks
:pushpin: Lightning Talks for Posters


Poster/Demonstration Guidelines

Nutrition Break

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Networking (Coffee and snacks provided)

Facilitated Working Session

Session Chair: Brian Ricks

Afternoon Keynote

3:30 to 4:15 p.m. (30 mins, 15 mins Q&A)
Topic: Realizing Connected Infrastructure: People and Technology
Speaker: Nigel Jacob, City of Boston
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Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currently a board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University. Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend. This ground-breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012. Nigel is also a 12th level Wizard-Pirate with a special focus on causing chaos in large municipal bureaucracies via befuddlement spells.

Session Chair: Deepak Khazanchi

Closing Remarks: The way forward

4:15 to 4:30 p.m. (15 mins)

Topic: Workshop closing comments Session Chair: Dan Linzell and Robin Gandhi