Workshop on Harmonization of Connectivity of the Digital Citizen Series

The IEEE Standard Association (IEEE-SA) Harmonization of Connectivity of the Digital Citizen Workshop will be a 1-day event with an emphasis on the cybersecurity of wearable devices (hardware, software, analytics, mobility, and security), intended for both industry and academic researchers from the United States and Europe.  As part of the IEEE-SA Industry Connections “Harmonization of Connectivity of the Digital Citizen” program, the goal of the event is to identify working group members and task leaders to develop and implement a Wearable Wireless Testbed.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

07:30 – 18:00

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET), Building ETZ, Gloriastrasse 35, 8092 Zurich
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About the Workshop

The Wearable Wireless Testbed will be established to provide a common platform for the development, testing, and certification of wearable and medical-grade wireless sensor systems. The platform will be available to industry and academic organizations. Initially, three platforms will be established in Ireland, United States and Israel. The platform is intended to be harmonized with other 5G testbed initiatives.

IEEE-SA, ETH Zurich, the IT’IS Foundation, and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina will lead the effort. In addition to representation from the IT’IS Foundation, the initial list of interested participants includes researchers from Ireland, Scotland, France, Israel, and the United States as well as industry representatives from France, Germany, and the United States.

Research areas include wireless systems, sensor technologies, and bioelectromagnetics. Industry representatives include device manufacturers and test equipment developers.

Registration Fee: $199 USD


Who Should Attend?

  • Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) — product design or engineering
  • Sensor Development
  • Communications Network Engineering
  • Personal Device Manufacturing – product design or engineering
  • Personal Device Software – design or engineering
  • Personal Area Network (PAN) Systems – innovation and data
  • Health Wearable Start-Ups
  • Blockchain/DLT Technologists: Blockchain/DLTs
  • Clinical Trials Design and Operations
  • Government/Regulatory
  • Research: Academia or Industry


Workshop Agenda

Workshop Agenda: 13 February 2019 
07:30 – 08:15Check-in and Breakfast
08:15 – 08:30Opening Remarks and Welcome
08:30 – 10:00Session 1: Personal Area Electronics
08:30 – 09:001.1 (Keynote) Trends for Wearable and Medical DevicesSubhas Mukhopadhyay: School of Engineering, Macquarie University
09:00 – 09:201.2 (Presentation) Bio-Sensor and Bio-Sensor System Trends
09:20 – 09:401.3 (Presentation) Performance, Technology Trends and Current state of Interoperability
09:40 – 10:001.4 Panel (Session 1)
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00Session 2: Interoperability and HW/SW
10:30 – 11:002.1 (Keynote) HW/SW Interoperability Challenges
11:20 – 11:402.2 (Presentation) Device Manufacturer Perspective
11:40 – 12:002.3 (Presentation) Academic Perspective
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:00Session 3: Interoperability and Data
13:30 – 14:003.1 (Keynote) Data and System Interoperability ChallengesSergio Guillen: ACTIVAGE Project
Deputy Coordinator
14:00 – 14:203.2 (Presentation) System Provider PerspectiveBjörn Andersen: Universität zu Lübeck
14:20 – 14:403.3 (Presentation) Customer or IEEE PerspectiveStefan Sauermann: University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
14:40 – 15:003.4 Panel (Sessions 2 and 3)
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00Session 4: Development of a Personal Area Network (PAN) Testbed
15:30 – 16:004.1 (Keynote) IEEE IC Program and Workstreams
16:00 – 16:204.2 (Presentation) Test Equipment Opportunities and Expectations
16:20 – 16:404.3 (Presentation) Device Manufacturer Opportunities and Expectations
16:40 – 17:004.4 (Presentation) Academic Opportunities and Expectations
17:00 – 17:15Closing Remarks and Actions
17:15 – 18:00Networking Social

Workshop Speakers

Speaker NamesAffiliationsAgenda Topic
Subhas MukhopadhyaySchool of Engineering, Macquarie UniversityTrends for Wearable and Medical Devices
Sergio GuillenACTIVAGE Project
Deputy Coordinator
Data and System Interoperability Challenges
Björn AndersenUniversität zu LübeckSystem Provider Perspective
Stefan SauermannUniversity of Applied Sciences Technikum WienCustomer or IEEE Perspective

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be held at the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET) of ETH Zurich, a leading international institution of higher education in technology and the natural sciences. Founded in 1855, the ETH Zurich currently has more than 18,500 students from more than 110 countries, including around 4,000 PhD students, and holds position 9 in the QS and World University Rankings. The D-ITET (building ETZ) is easily reachable from Zurich airport and the Zurich main train station. More information is available at the department and ETH Zurich websites. Find Your Way to the D-ITET


To Zurich

Zurich International Airport is a 15 minute train ride from Zurich main station (Zurich Hauptbahnhof, Zurich HB). Trains leave directly from the airport every few minutes. Online timetables and ticketing are available at the Swiss Railway (SBB) website.

The number 10 tramline of the Zurich public transportation network (ZVV) runs from the airport to Zurich main station and stops at the ETH Zentrum (tramstop ETH/Universitätsspital).

In and Around Zurich

The ETH Zurich is easy to reach by public transportation from the airport and main station as well as other locations in the city. Detailed directions are available at the D-ITET website. Online timetables for public transportation are available on the Zurich public transportation (ZVV) website. The ZVV tramline 10 provides direct access from the centrai railway station to the ETH Zentrum campus (Tram stop ETH-Universitätsspital) and from there is a short walk to D-ITET. Alternatively, you can change there to the ZVV tramline 6 (direction Zoo) and leave at the stop Voltastrasse. The tramline 6 also stops at Zurich main station.

Zurich taxis are available at the airport, in front of the main station, and at numerous other locations in town. Uber is also active in Zurich.

The taxi fare between ETH Zentrum and Zurich airport is about CHF 60. Two possible reliable taxi services are:

  • Taxi 444: (0041) 044 444 44 44
  • Taxi 7×7: (0041) 044 777 77 77

Important:  Please note that tickets cannot be purchased on board the trains and trams. Tickets can be purchased online, at ticket counters or booths (look for the “Hier Tickets” sign), or from ticket machines at stations and tram/bus stops. The ticket machines accept Swiss bank notes and coins and all major credit and debit cards. Travel on public transportation without a valid ticket is subject to a fine of CHF 100. Tickets for the Zurich’s public transportation network are valid for travel on all available forms of transport – including trams, buses, trains, boats, and funiculars – within the city limits.


Registration Fee: $199