UL hosts the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things

The 2019 IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2019) was held at University of Limerick, Ireland between April 15th-18th.  It is the premier conference for the IEEE IoT Initiative and consists of the most outstanding participants from the research community, the public sector, and industry. The theme of this year’s event was “IoT and the Digital Revolution” in recognition of strides and leadership that the host location of Limerick and Ireland has made in developing operating principles, and policies for the deployment of “smart” technologies.

The theme also underscored the importance of IoT technologies in bringing about the digital revolution and making it a reality. The papers, presentations, and events at the conference were focused on contributions that nurture, cultivate, enhance and accelerate the adoption of IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society. In the past year the Internet of Things has experienced significant growth in the number of deployments, in the resource investment from both industry and governments, and in attention from technologists in almost every discipline. The term IoT captures the vision of a connected world where things, people, and their institutions can interact purposefully to create better lives and sustainable stewardship of the planet.

The IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (WFIoT2019) reported on the latest exciting developments from the research and academic communities. It hosted a record number of contributions to form a broad program of papers and presentations on the latest technology developments and innovations in the many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications. After extensive peer review, the best of the proposals were selected for the conference program. This included technical papers, tutorials, workshops, a doctoral symposium, special sessions, and industry sessions. The topics addressed were  designed specifically to advance technologies, end to end solutions, systems and infrastructure, processes, and operating methods, that are contributing to how IoT can reshape the world and overcome the challenges we face, so that all individuals can participate in and enjoy life to the fullest.

The program also contained strong involvement from the public sector and industry aimed at deepening the understanding, the fostering the necessary dialog, and actions needed to accelerate the adoption and deployment of IoT.  We have selected well-known Chairs who helped create sessions on issues of regional and global importance, who brought prominent and knowledgeable speakers and panellists for the program. The IEEE WFIoT is unique in its composition and the broad ranging research and academic programme is augmented by focussed Vertical and Topical Tracks which are designed to stimulate participation by industry and government/public service organizations. 


This year’s vertical and topicals were as follows:

The technical programme was also augmented by specific events for Young Professionals and for Women in Engineering.  The latter was highlighted by the popular BBC World Service radio technology orientated programme ‘Click’.  It focussed on many of the topic areas of the event and included interviews with some of the contributors.  The link is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csy661

Almost five hundred participants gathered to present research results, share visions and ideas, obtain updates on latest technologies and expand professional and social networking. These activities are realized through the IEEE IoT Initiative’s multiple diversified and exciting programs.
The 4-day event featured: -
• Twelve keynote speeches delivered by distinguished speakers from industry, academia and the public sector. Details available at
• Technical sessions featuring peer-reviewed technical paper presentations and posters.
• Workshops focusing on the latest trends in various technologies.
• Dedicated sessions for practitioners, policy makers, and executives.
• The Gala dinner was hosted at the splendid Strand Hotel, Limerick.

WFIoT2019 was generously sponsored by the member societies and councils of the IEEE as well as it supporting patrons SFI (Platinum), Analog Devices Inc. (Gold), Intertrade Ireland (Silver), Failte Ireland (Bronze), Suga (Bronze), MDPI Sensors (Bronze). The Event was co-chaired by Adam Drobot (OpenTechWorks, USA), Heinrich Stuettgen (NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany) and Elfed Lewis (University of Limerick, Ireland).  Next year’s event, IEEE WFIoT2020 will be held in New Orleans, USA, 5-9 April, 2020.