IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Vertical and Topical Summit at RWW2021
11–16 January 2021 // Virtual Event


Wireless Sensing, with Wireless Sensors, in Wireless Sensor Networks for IoT Applications (WS3NI)

The 4th IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) Vertical and Topical Summit at RWW2021 addresses the important and crucial role that wireless devices play in the IoT ecosystem. The Summit is sponsored by MTT and by the multi-society IEEE IoT Initiative. The focus for the Summit is: “Wireless Sensing, with Wireless Sensors, in Wireless Sensor Networks for IoT Applications (WS3NI)”. This year’s theme emphasizes three aspects that are unique to wireless devices: (1) their use as sensors and consequently as the primary source of data for analytics in IoT applications and solutions; (2) their use as means of communications that allows the data and information, in either its raw or reduced form, to connect to computing, storage, and analysis platforms, as well as the return communications for executing actionable responses in the IoT control or decision cycle; and (3) the exploitation of networking for co-operative collection and analysis of data from a large number of sensors to create a more comprehensive situational view and understanding of conditions important for specific IoT applications.

In bringing the Worlds of IoT and MTT together the Summit also addresses the importance of mobile/dynamic platform based as well as distributed ground based stationary sensors. This includes sensors for passive and active electro-magnetic observations. One of the exciting developments is the emergence of platforms such as drone swarms, LEO satellite arrays, connected and autonomous vehicles fleets, bringing new opportunities but also new requirements for networked wireless sensor systems. The discussions around these is a key part of this year’s Summit. There are also significant advances in the underlying wireless technologies, both in sensing modalities and in aspects of communications and networking. The advances include new capabilities at THz frequencies for both sensing and communications, the proliferation of systems in the mmWave range, that are exploiting new radio architectures, better antenna designs, electronic beam steering, and advanced signal processing techniques to deliver high bandwidths, and better timing and geo location methods that make it easier to accurately co-registration observations from large numbers of sensors. Lastly there is a steady growth in the variety of Vertical and Discipline based IoT applications and solutions in fields such as: Aerospace, Agriculture, Archeology, Automotive, Construction, Defense, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Planetary Observations, Retailing, Robotics, Smart Cities, and Transportation among others.

The upcoming Summit is a six-day event and designed to accommodate to the global effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have chosen to deliver the program in two-hour sessions each weekday during January 11th – January15th and a two two-hour sessions on Saturday, January 16th. Based on our experience with virtual programming for IEEE WFIoT2020 this will make it easier to attract participation from attendees around the World. The Summit is meant to be highly interactive and each session is composed of three to four speakers and a moderated panel discussion with audience participation. For the final session on Saturday we will be hold a virtual roundtable discussion led by a moderator and use both prepared questions as well as open questions from the attendees. The Summit seeks to provide a balance of perspectives and the speakers include experts from industry, government, the research community, and experienced end-users. You can expect the presentations and discussions to address technical, business, and operational issues.


The specific areas that the two-hour sessions will be addressing include but are not limited to the following:

  • Day 1: Overviews of IoT and the role that wireless sensor networks play, wireless sensor technologies ranging from MHz to THz, high bandwidth wireless technologies, advances in sensor network architectures, and experiences from trials, demonstrations, and deployments.
  • Day 2: Applications in Automotive and Transportation, addressing business, technical, and operational requirements, and specific sensor and communication technologies (including radar, lidar, ground penetrating radar for navigation, non-coherent wireless sensing, low latency control networks, and novel applications such as teleoperated vehicles)
  • Day 3: Applications in Agriculture and Rural based Industries, addressing the use of satellite-based observations, ground sensors, use of wireless sensors for agricultural equipment, underground networks, autonomous vehicles in mining operations, and use of sensors and sensor networks in renewable energy production.
  • Day 4: Industrial Applications, including manufacturing, man-machine interactions, reconfigurable industrial systems, in plant robotics, warehousing, control functions, and safety.
  • Day 5: Platform Based Sensing for IoT, addressing the use of drones, vehicle based wireless sensors, LEO Satellites, mapping, spectrum mapping, sounding, and geospatial observations.
  • Day 6-1: Wireless Sensor Networks across Diverse Applications, including Archeology, Healthcare, and Construction
  • Day 6-2: Co-operative Wireless Sensor Networks using Swarms, Drone Swarm Communications, Swarm Motion Controls, and Swarm-to-base data and communication architectures.
  • Day 6-2: Virtual Roundtable Discussion and Summary


The majority of the speakers for the summit are chosen by invitation. However, we will also accommodate a limited number of additional speakers whose presentations address the subjects we have listed above and whose proposals for presentations are in line with the theme of the Summit. If, you wish to submit a proposal for inclusion in the Summit, please follow the instructions on the Summit Website. We require all speakers and attendees to register for the Summit. Submissions for talk ideas should be directed to Adam Drobot, and Charlie Jackson,

If you are a policy maker, a strategist, a corporate manager, administrator, product developer, an IoT or mmWave Engineer, a technologist, researcher, educator, working in industry, government, or academia, or just curious about IoT, Wireless Sensors, and Communications Systems, you will find the Summit stimulating and rewarding. We look forward to having you join us virtually on-line January 11th and 16th, 2021 and participating in the dialog.


The website and program for the upcoming summit and as well as presentation material from past summits can be found through: – San Diego CA – RWW2021 – San Antonio TX at RWW2020 – Orland FL at RWW2019 – Anaheim CA at RWW2018