Internet of Things – Challenges and China Perspectives

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Speaker: Dr. I-Hung Li

Faculty Host: Professor David C Chang


The term of “the Internet of Things” (IoT) was coined in 1999 by the Auto-ID Labs at the MIT. It was referred to discovering information about a tagged object by browsing an Internet address or database entry that corresponds to a particular RFID. Quickly, Visionaries have seized on the phrase and expanded the “things” to include virtually every physical thing in the world. IoT allows people and things to be connected Anytime, Anyplace, with Anything and Anyone using Any path/network and Any service. This talk will address the key enabling technologies, the challenges and opportunities of instrumenting the physical world with pervasive networks of sensor-rich, embedded computation. At the end, we would also address the IoT initiatives in China.

About the Speaker

Dr. Li has over 30 years of Telecommunications experience. In late 2009, he founded innovate Global Inc. to incubate a Software Technology Center to provide system solutions for Enterprises. Prior to that, Dr. Li was the CKO & CTO of Symbio Systems Inc. He was in charge of the knowledge management strategy and technology evolution roadmap. Prior to that, he has established eTelligent inc., a consultant company based in Chicago. In this period, he has supported East Broadband to establish the Network Management system for the Optic-fiber network in Taiwan. He also led the effort in building up the first Wi-Fi based mesh network in the city of Chicago for a mix-income housing project. Prior to that, he joined ARBROS Communications and Technologies in December 1999, where he served as CTO and Sr. Vice President. He led the effort defining a SONET-based Optical Network Infrastructure deployed in the US Northeastern Region. He also led a highly motivated team in architecting and implementing their next generation Softswitch and the Next Generation Integrated Operations Support Systems (NGOSS). Before joining ARBROS Communications, Dr. Li was the Senior Vice President at Paragon Solutions responsible for the strategic direction and product delivery of the company’s Web-based eLearning system. Prior to that, he was a senior technical manager in Bell Labs (Now known as Lucent Technologies), which he joined in 1980. During his 19 years with Bell Labs, he held increasingly responsible roles as a software engineer, project leader, project manager, system architect technical manager on multiple major corporate projects. In 1994, he spearheaded the customer technical support effort for the Asian Pacific Countries. Before joining Bell Labs, he was a software engineer in Bendix Corporation, located in LA California, where he developed a wideband data network for the Voyager project led by the California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Li has been a featured speaker at numerous events over the years sponsored by IEEE, such as International Fault Tolerant Computing, International SUPERCOM, International Conference on Advanced Science and Technology as well as numerous university- and association-sponsored technology seminars. In March 2010, he gave a presentation at the IASP (International Association of Science Parks) annual conference on the subject – “Next Generation of China Science and Technology Park.”

Dr. Li holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently an Advisor for Yuhang District, XiXi SciTech Island Science & Technology Park, an Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University China Institute and a Visiting Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, China.