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Gerd Kortuem

Gerd Kortuem is Professor and Chair of Internet of Things in the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, principle investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and member of the Delft AITech initiative on Meaningful Human Control Of Autonomous Intelligent Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of the Internet of Things and design and explores data, algorithms, and smart materials as key building blocks for intelligent products and services: How can designers effectively marshal these new design materials for product development? How can we understand and ensure accountability, transparency and sustainability of the Internet of Things and “intelligent” products and services?

From 2010-2016 he was Professor at the Open University and Deputy Director of the smart city initiative MK:Smart where he directed research and innovation initiatives on citizen participation, urban energy and smart city education. He currently serves as member of the steering committee of The ACM International Conference on IoT in Urban Space (Urb-IoT), and Associate Editor of the Journal “Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT)” and “Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing” open access journal (“Frontiers of ICT”)

In 2002 he completed his PhD in the field of wearable computing and has since then investigated technologies for smart workplaces, public transport, domestic micro-grids, and community energy with companies such as BP, BT, E.On, and Tech Mahindra. Prof Kortuem has worked in various roles in the software industry (IBM, Apple and internet start-ups), and advises SMEs and start-ups on developing IoT products and business solutions. He has taught Software Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University and Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and was co-lead of the FutureLearn MOOC on Smart Cities.  

Prof Kortuem holds a PhD from the University of Oregon, USA and a Diploma in Informatics from Stuttgart University, Germany. He is an associate partner at strategic consultancy Fronesys Inc.

Gerd is panelist in the session Ethics Education – panel with educators

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

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Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

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Tickets & info

12 / 13 December, Rotterdam | Get your tickets now!

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)


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Speakers & hosts

Our speakers & hosts

We are happy to announce our keynote speakers and hosts for sessions and workshops. These include:

Marleen Stikker
Tracy Rolling
Heather Wiltse
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Klasien van de Zandschulp
Mirena Papadimitriou
Davide Gomba
Wouter Reeskamp

But wait, there are many more:

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