Empowering the Connected Person through the IoT: Body & Wearable Health Innovations

Hosted by IEEE-SA

20 November 2014 @ 11am Eastern US

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Wearables are a hot commodity today. Everywhere you look you cannot escape it – on the street we see folks wearing their Oculus Rifts or Google Glasses enabled with the latest apps; in fashion, there is more and more integration of designer technologies; and in healthcare, there is increasing usage of wearables as tools for encouraging greater overall wellness. It is no wonder then that the wearables market is expected to cross $11B by 2020 with an estimated 25% CAGR according to Marketsandmarkets.com. Key use cases for wearables are commonly considered for health (medical, wellness, fitness), industrial applications and entertainment.

This projected market growth makes room for a great deal of beneficial possibilities as to how this technology will evolve. Integral to the evolution driven by technology convergence is a priority to balance the policy and practice considerations of privacy and identity as we move towards a hyper connected world.

In this Google Hangout, our expert panelists will explore such difficult and thought-provoking questions in the area of health to help us better understand the landscape of wearables and body computing today, what types of exciting innovations we should be aware of, how the underlying technologies and supporting policies on identity and privacy would need to keep pace towards a world of “Connected People,” and where they see body computing and wearables going in the future.

If you’re interested in the future of wearables and body computing, the supporting technologies, what types of cool applications and use cases could come about, or how our panelists believe the balance of technology with identities can be realized, sign up, attend, interact with us and download our recent whitepaper.

If you are interested in learning more about the work that the IEEE-SA, MIG, USC, or Kantara Initiative are doing in this area, visit us at the mHealth Summit 7-11 December in Washington DC.

Our panelists bring a mix of interesting perspectives that touch upon the world of wearables. From working in the innovative spaces within healthcare to functioning as a futurist to running the leading global trade association in the MEMS industry, our speakers will provide interesting and thought provoking viewpoints.



Jay Iorio is the Innovation Director and unofficial futurist for the IEEE Standards Association. His primary interest is synthetic realities — virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented reality, and the merging of these and related technologies into new forms. In addition, he has written on gamification, the built environment as a major element of the future computing landscape, and the convergence of art and technology. Iorio built and manages the IEEE Island complex in Second Life and is an Oculus Rift developer working on transforming virtual environments such as Second Life into fully immersive VR experiences. He is also a machinimatographer and creator of the now-departed Etherfilm studio complex in Second Life. Much of his work today involves establishing a cross-disciplinary community -- comprising technologists, artists and filmmakers, game developers, and others -- who together could help define the technical and cultural interoperabilities needed to fulfill the vast promise of this new wave of computer-generated illusion. Jay is based in Los Angeles.


Karen Lightman became MEMS Industry Group (MIG) managing director in 2007 and promoted to Executive Director in 2013. Formerly director of special projects, Karen played a pivotal role in launching MIG in January 2001. Karen is active on the worldwide MEMS conference circuit as a keynote speaker and panelist promoting MIG’s role as the leading trade association advancing MEMS across global markets. Karen manages the operations of MIG; spearheads strategic growth; and oversees sales, public relations, marketing and outreach. Karen plays a critical role in creating the content for all MIG and MIG-partner conferences, events and programming. She is instrumental in establishing and maintaining partnerships with other international organizations to advance the MEMS industry.

Karen joined MIG from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development where she was senior policy analyst. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, Karen was senior associate at Cleveland Tomorrow, a public-private partnership, and before that, she was a program associate with the Ford Foundation.

Karen has a BA from the University of Vermont (UVM) and a MS in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Karen is a board member and chair of the Board Development Committee of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh and in 2012 received the NCJW National Award for Emerging Leaders. Karen is secretary for her UVM alumni class; mentor at UVM’s Honors College; and volunteers at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park. Karen and her family reside in Pittsburgh, PA.


Oleg Logvinov, Member, IEEE-SA Standards Board; Vice Chair, 1901.2 Working Group. He is the Director of Special Assignments in STMicroelectronics’ Industrial & Power Conversion Division.

After graduating from the Technical University of Ukraine (KPI) with a Master’s equivalent in electrical engineering, he worked as a senior researcher at the R&D Laboratory of the Ukraine Department of Energy at the KPI. During the last 20 years Mr. Logvinov has held various senior technical and executive management positions in the telecommunications and networking industry. Mr. Logvinov currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Advisory Group and the IEEE-SA Standards Board. He also actively participates in several IEEE standards development working groups. Mr. Logvinov helped found the HomePlug Powerline Alliance and today serves as the Chief Technical Officer of the Alliance. Mr. Logvinov has fourteen patents.


Dr. Leslie Saxon, M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Medicine (Clinical Scholar) at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. She is also the Executive Director of the internationally-acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC).

The CBC is currently a place for all USC schools including medicine, engineering, business and cinematic arts to form interdisciplinary relationships and accelerate the future of fully integrated, “connected” medicine. Dr. Saxon participates in the pre-clinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medicine, wellness, and fitness disciplines. With her clinical expertise, she is a valuable strategist in developing device models and software solutions that offer engaging user-feedback based on real-time physiologic data. Her cultivation of critical innovative partnerships to jointly commercialize products within the CBC is essential for furthering and improving the dissemination of medical information, enhancing communication, and improving health outcomes. Dr. Saxon has spoken at various forums including TEDMED, SXSW, and WIRED Health and is regularly quoted in popular press (WSJ, NYT, BBC, and FastCompany).


Moderated by Joni Brennan - Joni has over a decade of service to the IEEE Standards Association (SA) and Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) as a Senior Program Manager. Joni builds diplomatic and collaborative relationships within and across communities of interest. She has provided talks on Identity Federation and Privacy across the globe, including for .SE, Federal Weekly, and CA Luminaries (one of a select chosen industry speakers). She participates in international organizations and industry standards committees including: OECD ITAC, ISOC, IEEE, OASIS SSTC, ISO SC27 WG5, and ITU-T SG17 Q6. She has served as the NSTIC / IDESG Trust Framework WG Chair. She has provided testimony regarding Trusted Identity and Access Management systems for the US Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Security and Privacy (HITSP) committee as well.

She leads Kantara Initiative as the premiere Trust Framework Provider facing multiple industry sectors. As a US ICAM Trust Framework Provider Kantara Initiative will provide Accreditation and Approval verifications for Identity Providers / Credential Service Providers to be deemed qualified for access to connect to the US Federal Cloud Credential Exchange. In addition, working with multi-stakeholder representation, Joni has help to ensure that the Kantara Initiative program is aligned with OpenStand principles and referenced in multiple eGovernment strategies including: Government of Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden.