event-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Community/Agency Interoperability Event


A key component of the workshops will be a demonstration of the interoperability of a variety of information categories and exchange mechanisms. Items such as photos, streaming video, dispatch and status updates, maps and geolocated data will be exchanged using resilient web servers, databases and stand-alone PBX telephone networks. All of the demonstrated approaches are designed keeping in mind the possibility of downed electrical grids, telephone exchanges and cell towers. The demonstration will involve several mobile command vehicles, facilities at CMU, and a variety of mobile devices designed for easy use by the general population.

The demonstration is supported by a systematic evaluation of information exchange and network connectivity capabilities in the form of an Interoperability Maturity Model that will form the basis of the interoperability “Plugfest” described earlier. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate their own capabilities by completing a questionnaire and exercise, thereby populating the model with their own information. A completed model will give detailed insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their data communications system.


Bob Iannucci, PhD is Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley and is known for leading both software and systems research in scalable and mobile computing.  Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer of Nokia and Head of Nokia Research Center (NRC).  Bob spearheaded the effort to transform NRC into an Open Innovation center, creating "lablets" at MIT, Stanford, Tshinghua University, the University of Cambridge, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).  Under his leadership, NRC's previously established labs and the new lablets delivered fundamental contributions to the worldwide Long Term Evolution for 3G (LTE) standard; created and promulgated what is now the MIPI UniPro interface for high-speed, in-phone interconnectivity; created and commercialized Bluetooth Low Energy - extending wireless connectivity to coin-cell-powered sensors and other devices; and delivered new technology initiatives including TrafficWorks (using mobile phones to crowd source traffic patterns, Point and Find (augmented-reality using the mobile phone’s camera for image recognition and “zero click” search) and the Morph Concept (opening new directions for using nanotechnology to significantly improve mobile phone functionality and usability). Bob remains active as a hands-on systems builder.  His most recent iPhone app for radio direction finding is in use in over 70 countries, and he is actively engaged in building WiFi-based "internet of things" devices and the cloud services behind them.  He serves as advisor to companies developing new technologies for ultra-low-power computing, mobile video systems, and cloud-connected mobile apps. Bob earned his Ph.D. from MIT in 1988.  He has served on a number of scientific and engineering advisory boards and was on the program committees for the 3rd and 4th International Symposia on Wearable Computing.  Bob also served as a member of the selection committee for the Millennium Technology Prize in 2008.