Institute director Sztipanovits appointed to Industrial Internet Consortium committee

Janos Sztipanovits, director of Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems, will serve on the committee guiding ongoing creation of and setting standards for the Industrial Internet.

Vanderbilt was the first academic institution to join the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee after the consortium was announced in March. Technology giants AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel founded the group to support adoption of the Industrial Internet, which integrates physical machinery with networked sensors and software.


For example, an oil pipeline in Canada could be monitored in London, with sensors detecting potential leaks and sending robotic assistance before any damage occurs. Cars could be linked to computers that help them avoid collisions and communicate with highway infrastructure. According to Cisco, the number of things connected to the Internet now exceeds the total number of people on Earth, and there could be 50 billion connected devices by decade’s end.

Sztipanovits is the E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University and will begin a one-year term with the steering committee on Sept. 16.

“By merging the ‘physical world’ with the ‘cyber world’ and connecting machines to machines and machines to the Internet, the Industrial Internet will result in huge productivity gains, reduced operating cost and sustained economic growth,” says Sztipanovits. “According to GE, the Industrial Internet could add $10-$15 trillion to the global GDP over the next 20 years.”

The Institute for Software Integrated Systems is a research organization of the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. ISIS conducts basic and applied research in the area of systems and information science and engineering.


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