Prof. Dr. Kay Uwe Römer
Institute of Technical Informatics
Graz University of Technology
Inffeldgasse 16/I, 8010 Graz

Bio: Prof. Dr. Kay Uwe Römer is a Full Professor at and Director of the Institute for Technical Informatics at Graz University of Technology, Austria. At Graz University of Technology, he heads the Field of Expertise Information, Communication & Computing that comprises more than 100 senior researchers from three faculties. Previously, Kay held a Professorship at the University of Lübeck in Germany and was a Senior Researcher at the Distributed Systems research group at ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

Kay is internationally highly recognized for his expertise on networked embedded systems. He has published numerous research articles at the leading conferences in the field and served as program co-chair of ACM SenSys (in 2011), ACM/IEEE IPSN (in 2013), and IEEE SECON (in 2021). Kay furthermore serves as an associate editor for leading journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Computers, and the ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks.

Kay’s research interests include the Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Sensor Networks. He has been leading numerous international research projects, including the EU FP7 FIRE project RELYonIT on dependable networking in the Internet of Things and the TU Graz LEAD-Project “Dependable Internet of Things”. In addition to collaborating on numerous excellence projects, he also supervised many dissertations, two of which had been selected as outstanding dissertations under the auspices of the president of the Republic of Austria. 

Time (planned): November 9th, 2021, Morning (CEST).

Prof. Dr. Sanjay Sarma
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Bio: Prof. Dr. Sanjay Sarma is the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT, which includes the Office of Digital Learning, the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab. He is also the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, his Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sanjay’s research interests include sensors, the Internet of Things, cybersecurity and RFID. He is author of more than 200 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation, CAD, learning engineering, the science of learning, and education reform. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the MacVicar Fellowship, Business Week’s eBiz Award, and InformationWeek’s Innovators and Influencers Award.

Sanjay is a co-founder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT (today: the global Auto-ID Laboratories Network), where he developed many of the fundamental technologies underlying the EPC suite of RFID standards, which is today used globally.  He was the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California.

Time (planned): November 10th, 2021, Afternoon (CEST).