Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Talk & Networking: Innovation in the age of the Internet of Things, a real-world perspective

05 February 2019, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Artistic impression of many IoT service logos (robot, cars, roads,bitcoin) connected to a brain drawn as a series of vectors and nodes

2019 marks two decades since the British technologist Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of Things (IoT) during a presentation at Procter & Gamble. For some, 2019 will be the year of the Smart Home. For others, it will be the dawn of the Industrial Internet of Things. For us at UCL, it will be the fourth year since we launched our successful Masters course on the Internet of Things. The evening will start with a series of talks from our guest speakers, who are experts in their fields and have "actually been there and done that". They will debunk facts from fiction surrounding this hot topic and give real-world examples of IoT applications spanning multiple system layers. The talks will be followed by networking to discuss and debate thought-provoking issues around this topic.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Ryan Gramenos


Lecture Theatre 508
Roberts Building
United Kingdom


17:00-17:30 Registration
17:30-19:00 Main event
    Welcome from ICCS Director, Professor Izzat Darwazeh
    Presentation from Guest speakers (see below)
    Panel Discussion
19:00-20:00 Refreshments and networking

About the Speakers

Andy Stanford-Clark

Chief Technology Officer at IBM, UK

Andy Stanford Calrk of IBM
Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents.

Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

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Patrick Thorpe

Managing Director at Spiro Control

Patrick Thorpe of Spiro Controll
Patrick has a career that spans more than 25 years working in industrial process control. He has specialist knowledge in the application of advanced process control to ethylene production and gas processing. 

Patrick trained as an application engineer with Exxon Chemical before moving to Predictive Control where he was involved in product development and application. Foxboro subsequently acquired Predictive Control’s technology and he led the integration with Foxboro’s distributed control system.

Prior to founding Spiro Control, Patrick co-founded Aptitude, a technology leader in advanced process control. In the role of operations director, he built a team of engineers located in the UK and India, leading the development of a commercial system identification software. 

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Freddie Talberg

Founder at EMSOL

Freddie Talberg of EMSOL
Freddie is an experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of scaling businesses in the tech sector especially in: Transport, Smart Cities and Mapping.  He has strong entrepreneurship, technical and creative product development skills.

Freddie has established a founders club to support talented entrepreneurs successfully grow and exit their businesses and is leading both an IOT & sensor based tech innovation business to reduce road transport pollution and a blockchain crypto token platform for sports clubs with a global fan base.

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