Invited speakers announced for WWAC2017 — August 8-10,2017

This year’s symposium will feature several prominent speakers who will present on pertinent industry topics, including Industry Standards, Cybersecurity, and future of automation. In addition to our keynote, invited, guest and technical speakers, this year’s symposium will feature instrumentation workshop sessions to openly discuss new instrumentation technologies and other automation topics.

SaadiKermaniYour machines are talking, are you listening?
Saadi Kermani will deliver a talk about the importance of adapting to new challenges associated with higher demands for water with higher quality and availability. To meet these challenges, water utilities are being compelled to act and respond with existing investments along with a parallel plan on how to strategically evolve into the future. The first step to any improvement initiative is start enabling the connection and collection of related measurements from instrumented devices to baseline operations for future improvement.

In this presentation, we will reveal how water utilities can take immediate action to extend existing assets while investing into capabilities that will position them well for the future. Water utilities can start to enable smarter, more proactive data driven decision making – in just 5 minutes or less!  – view abstract

Thomas BurkeOptimizing Water/Wastewater Operation via Industry Standards embracing IIoT
Thomas Burke will provide information on IIoT in several water and wastewater industries. Many complex challenges are facing the world today. There is high demand and even higher expectations for the utilization of IIoT to address the growing need for water and waste water management solutions. Confronted with aging infrastructure, declining revenues, increasing service-level expectations and complex regulations it is becoming ever more apparent that leveraging the world of IOT to combat these problems head on is the only way to even think about infrastructure modernization/expansion and any sort of technology upgrades.

In this presentation, we will learn what leading companies are doing today, how you can get started and what is coming next in the rapidly growing world of OPC UA/IOT information integration and interoperability.  – view abstract

About the Speakers:


Saadi Kermani, WWAC2017 Invited Speaker

Saadi Kermani is the global business development manager for the Industrial Information Management business at Schneider Electric with 14 years of experience. He is a certified Professional Scrum Product Owner, certified Pragmatic Marketing Product Manager, a Grenadier Guardsmen for the Canadian National Department of Defense and holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree in Management Information Systems from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.





Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke, WWAC2017 Invited Speaker

Thomas Burke  is the OPC Foundation President & Executive Director.  Mr. Burke has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Dayton.  He has spent the majority of his career developing hardware and software for industrial automation.   Mr. Burke started the OPC Foundation in 1995, and his vision is all about multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for data / information integration from the smallest level of devices in industrial automation, building automation, home automation, and security into the cloud and the enterprise respectively.