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Industry Lecture Series on design-led innovation focuses on aging, agriculture and smart cities

For Immediate Release Feb 9, 2018
White arcs of light pop around a city to illustrate impacts of internet of things
The white arcs of light popping around the city image illustrate impacts of the internet of things.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI Industry Lecture Series: Driving Innovation in IoT Ecosystems through Human-Centered Design will feature three speakers who will focus on the impact of the “internet of things” on the elderly, agriculture and smart cities. The talks are free and open to the public.

The first lecture will be presented Feb. 13 by Susann Keohane, global research leader for the aging initiative at IBM, speaking on “Design and the Longevity Economy.” For the first time in history, people over the age of 65 will outnumber children under 5 years old. Elder care, and specifically aging in place, is a trillion-dollar-a-year driver of the global health care industry. Keohane will talk about how IBM is leveraging its capabilities in artificial intelligence and the internet of things to develop strategies and design technologies for nonintrusive in-home care, helping seniors achieve personal freedom while respecting their digital dignity.

Keohane’s talk will be delivered at 4:30 p.m. in Room 152 of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex building, 535 W. Michigan St.

Brad Fruth, of Beck’s Hybrids, will deliver his talk March 27 on “The Collision of Agriculture, Technology and Sensors.” Fruth, an information systems manager, focuses on delivering the successful convergence of information technology, data and precision agriculture. He sees increased access to rural broadband and focused collaboration across various sectors as key initiatives to bridging the gap between technology and agriculture for the American farmer.

Fruth’s talk will take place at 5 p.m. in Room 252 of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex Building, 535 W. Michigan St.

Former Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith will follow with his lecture on April 3. He will address the rapid evolution of “smart cities” and the use of technologies to connect people, communities and governmental systems. Goldsmith’s two-hour talk will be presented at 5 p.m. in Room 252 of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex Building, 535 W. Michigan St.

The talks are being delivered in conjunction with a School of Informatics and Computing class, Internet of Things (IoT) Interface Design for Business Innovation. This spring, representatives of IBM, Beck’s Hybrids and the City of Rushville are visiting the class, sharing industry knowledge and critiquing student research projects.

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