Invited Speakers

From Internet of Things to Smart Systems

MengChu Zhou, Ph.D. and Distinguished Professor

Fellow of IEEE, IFAC and AAAS

Abstract: Human beings have experienced two major industrial revolutions. The first one took place in the 19th century, which replaced muscle power from humans and animals with mechanical power. The second one started in the middle 20th century, which provided people and societies with Internet. It was built with the technologies from computing, communication, networking and information storage. Both offered unprecedented productivity increases. What will be the next one? This talk intends to answer this question by presenting some recent development of Internet of Things (IoT). IoT was selected by IEEE as a major initiative to develop and advance over the next few years. Several recent studies have predicted the huge growth of IoT and tremendous benefits to the world economy. It was expected that 26 billion IoT units would be installed by year 2020, generating $300 billion in revenue. The IoT will generate an additional $1.9 trillion in economic value. We plan to present a systems engineering approach to Internet-of-Things-based smart systems and their applications to smart manufacturing, smart cities, smart gird, smart medical and healthcare services.


MengChu Zhou
Fellow of IEEE, IFAC and AAAS
MengChu Zhou (S’88-M’90-SM’93-F’03) received his B.S. degree in Control Engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China in 1983, M.S. degree in Automatic Control from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China in 1986, and Ph. D. degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY in 1990. He joined New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ in 1990, and is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Director of Discrete-Event Systems Laboratory. His research interests are in intelligent automation, Petri nets, Internet of Things, Web service, workflow, big data, transportation and energy systems. He has over 690 publications including 12 books, 370+ journal papers (over 270 in IEEE transactions), and 28 book-chapters. He was the recipient of NSF’s Research Initiation Award, CIM University-LEAD Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Perlis Research Award and Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award from NJIT, Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists, Leadership Award and Academic Achievement Award from Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA, Distinguished Lecturership, Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award and the Norbert Wiener Award from IEEE SMC Society, and Distinguished Service Award from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He has been among most highly cited scholars for years and ranked top one in the field of engineering worldwide in 2012 by Web of Science/Thomson Reuters. He is a life member of Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA and served as its President in 1999. He is Fellow International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).