Kickoff Workshop-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Kickoff Workshop-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Invitational Kick-off Workshop

 “Smart Communities, Buildings and Web of Things”

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Tuesday, June, 19th, 2012, 8am-5.30pm
NASA AMES Sustainability Base Building, Moffett Field, California
Building N232, room 103


Workshop Sponsors

Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley (CMUSV) - Ericsson Silicon Valley - NASA Ames Research Center


With the falling costs of computing and communication technologies, millions of software and hardware based sensory systems, and corresponding application services are beginning to be deployed across physical regions, water distribution, buildings, hospitals, energy networks, cities, manufacturing factories and enterprises. Such socio-technical systems and corresponding social web of services are beginning to show promise towards reducing costs of annual operations, optimizing resource usage, streamlining operations enhancing resilience, and enabling better quality of life and for inhabitants of these regions. It is estimated that over 20% of the resources consumed can be saved annually by simply controlling usage during off-peak hours. We consider a smart community system that will integrate several subsystems of a physical region such as water distribution, local drainage, buildings and energy, and enable a range of services to the inhabitants and resource managers of the region.

We bring together a core steering group consisting of industry, CMU (SV) and NASA Ames to this invitational first kick-off workshop to brainstorm on the milestones of the open platform and system targeted towards improving sustainability and reducing costs across various buildings, energy and water systems in the NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, in Silicon Valley.  Prototyping and Piloting of this system will take place in NASA’s new green building, “Sustainability Base” (SB).  This building, designed to serve as a living test bed for the integration of advanced energy savings technologies in a real world environment, will be instrumented with an extensive array of wireless sensors interconnected with a centralized intelligent building control system.   Real-time monitoring and dynamic adjustments of control algorithms, based on zonal feedback from distributed sensor array networks, coupled with optimization and machine learning should result in progressive autonomous improvements in building energy control.

Directions (See numbers on map, below)

  • Drive on US 101 to exit 398, NASA/Moffett Field, enter at the NASA Research Park Main Gate
  • Map - Marked with numbers:
    • 1. Park in visitor parking lot (1. on Map), next to the Visitors Exploration Center
    • 2. Pick up badge in the badging office (Visitor Control Office) -  allow 15 mins for photograph
    • 3. Walk across to the Arnold Avenue Gate  and show badge
    • 4. Enter building N232 on the right, register in lobby, get WiFi account, etc.


Workshop Slides


8.00 am - 8.30 am

Welcome   (Martin Griss and Steven Zornetzer)

Coffee and Snacks

8.30 am - 9.15 am

Keynote: Smart Buildings as a Starting Point for Smart Cities – NASA’s Sustainability Base

Steven Zornetzer, Associate Center Director, NASA Ames Research

9.15 am - 9.30 am Workshop Goals Martin Griss, Director, CMUSV

9.30 am - 10.30 am

Panel: Smart Communities - Lessons and Challenges

Steven Ray, Distinguished Research Fellow, CMUSV (moderator)

10.30 am - 11.00 am


Posters and demos available

11.00 am - 11.30 am

Keynote: Networked Communities Opportunities: Ericsson Perspective

Nimish Radia, Director Innovation & Research, Ericsson Silicon Valley

11.30 am – 12.00 noon

Demos and Posters

12.00 noon - 12.30 pm
Tour of Sustainability Base

12.30 pm -1.30 pm 


1.30 pm – 2.00 pm

Keynote: The Future of Cities and Universities: A Service Science Perspective


James Spohrer, IBM Innovation Champion and Director of IBM University Programs (IBM UP)

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Panel: Sustainability and Web of Things -Automation

Ted Selker, Distinguished Service Professor, CMUSV  (moderator)

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm


Posters and demos available

3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Panel: Platform and Roadmap - Millions of Sensors

Martin Griss & Steven Zornetzer (moderators)

4.30 pm - 5.30 pm Dot Voting: Task and Roadmap Priorities Martin Griss

5.30 pm

Workshop Close

Meeting Minutes to be written and distributed

6.00 pm-7.30 pm

Dinner: Steering Group

TBD, Mountain View

Panel Format

Each panel will last  60 minutes and have 3-4  participants, presenting for ~ 8 minutes each, followed by 20-30 mins focused questions  by the Panel moderator on topics related to challenges, experiences, lessons learned, improvements, and how can we build a smart community.   The primary goal for each panel is to enable a discussion around challenges and research questions to answer for a smart community system in the NASA region.  The panelists will be asked how they would envision a smart community within the NASA region, with the initial focus of the research being around the Sustainability Base Building and related CMUSV buildings. The overall output of the workshop will be a roadmap document that identifies the critical barriers and opportunities that should be tackled to best accelerate progress toward an interconnected man/machine community.

Workshop Co-chairs

  • Martin Griss, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Ramesh Jakka, 360 Fresh
  • Nimish Radia, Ericsson Silicon Valley
  • Ted Selker, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Steven Zornetzer, NASA Ames

Organizing Committee

  • Zann Gill, DESYN labs
  • Ole Mengshoel, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Steve Ray, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Steven Rosenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Kshitiz Singh, Ercisson, Silicon Valley

Steering Group

  • Martin Griss, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley
  • Ramesh Jakka, 360 Fresh
  • Steven Zornetzer, NASA Ames
  • Nimish Radia, Ericsson
  • Jim Spohrer, IBM
  • Bill O'Connor, Autodesk
  • Ammar Reyes, Cisco
  • Suresh Babu, SAP