The Internet’s Role in a Green Future

Imagine a world where everything is connected to the Internet. Could this lead to greener, smarter, more energy-efficient buildings?

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


August 10, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

In 2008, the number of “things” connected to the Internet exceeded the number of people on earth. It wasn’t only smart phones and tablets, but everything from your fridge to your car to your bike to your shoes. Join distinguished speakers at swissnex San Francisco for a look at how this so-called Internet of Things, or IoT for short, can help create a greener world and, in particular, smarter, more energy efficient buildings.

Commercial and residential buildings today use over 40% of US energy. To meet national and global energy reduction goals, however, buildings are going to have to do better. And this is where the use of new technology, such as IoT, comes in.

Hear from speaker David Auslander, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, about how buildings in the US use almost 75% of the country’s electricity, and the problems that creates for peak load and grid management. According to Auslander, achieving major reductions in energy consumption will require physical changes in buildings, more efficient equipment, local energy generation, and much better control of devices, which in turn requires better information infrastructure so that energy can be managed in a coordinated manner.

Dominique Genoud and Yann Bocchi, both professors of software engineering in the Business Information Systems Institute at University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland Valais, present solutions currently being explored by the Swiss and European research projects IoT6, Hobnet and UDG. All of these initiatives aim to exploit the potential of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, which will allow and manage the multitudes of unique IP addresses needed as more and more “things” come online.

Sébastien Ziegler, from Mandat International, a Geneva-based foundation that coordinates the IoT6 and Hobnet projects, joins Genoud and Bocchi in their presentation and takes part in the panel discussion moderated by James Caldwell, active Smart Eco-city and Smart Building Evangelist and Consultant, founder of E3 Regenesis Solutions, Inc., and Director of the US-China Green Energy Council.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  presentations
8:00 pm  panel discussion
8:30 pm  reception & networking
10:00 pm  doors close


David Auslander

David M. Auslander is Professor of the Graduate School, in the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of California at Berkeley. He has also served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the College of Engineering. He has interests in dynamic systems and control. His research and teaching interests include mechatronics and real time software, and mechanical control. Current projects in these areas are building energy control, design methodology for real time control software for mechanical systems, satellite attitude control, simulation methods for constrained mechanical systems, and engineering curriculum development. He consults in industrial servo control systems and other control and computer applications. He is a consultant to Moog, Inc. for work in industrial motion control including wafer-handling robots, automated welding and other areas. His undergraduate studies were at the Cooper Union and his graduate studies were at MIT, both in Mechanical Engineering.
He has been awarded the Levy Medal (best paper) from the Franklin institute (twice), the Education Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME, the Education Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the Control Practice Award of the Dynamic Systems and Control Division of ASME, the Donald P. Eckman Award of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, IEEE/ASME Mechatronics and Embedded Systems Applications (MESA) Career Award, and is a Fellow of the ASME.


Yann Bocchi

Yann Bocchi studied business information systems at the University of Grenoble, France, and telecommunications at the University of Tours. From 1998 to 2002, he worked at ATOS Origin, a large European IT service company, as an application and project manager. Since 2002, he has worked at the Business Information Systems Institute at HES-SO Valais, in Switzerland, where he’s been responsible for the software engineering unit since 2011.
As a Certified Scrum Master, Yann puts the clients’ results and satisfaction first and takes an agile approach to project management. His current research activities are focused on information systems for the Internet of Things and mobile services.


James T. Caldwell

James T. Caldwell, Ph.D., a Director of UCGEC, Chair of its Green Building Task Force and Editor of the Conference Programs, is bilingual in Chinese and English. He is President of E3 Regenisis Solutions, Inc., where he specializes in building green alliances and energy systems integration for buildings and Eco-Cities. He was Senior Marketing Representative for Tian Ma, at International Geosystems (H.K.) Ltd. And a Tour Director in China for Lindblad Travel. He founded Pacific Rim Connections, Inc. (a multilingual prepress services company). He was the first Editor of the Unicode Standard (ISO10646), served on the Unicode Technical Committee. He later served as VP for Multilingual Computing at DAE Interactive Marketing (Ion Global, US). He worked in China for three years and in Hong Kong (1 year) during the 1980s.
He often travels to China on business and worked in Beijing again in 2007-09. He is VP of the 1990 Institute, a member of the California Biomass Collaborative and Sustainable San Mateo County. Dr. Caldwell is a member of the Energy Voyager Corporation’s International Knowledge Trust. He has taught university courses on the Politics of Energy and the Environment, Chinese Politics, American Politics, Comparative Politics and World History at SUNY Binghamton and Iona College, NY. He was post-doctoral Fellow at the U.C. Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies and Assistant Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University. He learned Chinese at Yale University, did graduate at Columbia University and Harvard and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Dominique Genoud

Dominique Genoud studied at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, then worked as a software and hardware engineer. From 1995 to 1999, he was a researcher at Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland studying voice recognition and biometrics systems, and it was there that he obtained his Ph.D. in information systems. In 1999, he completed a postdoc at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at UC Berkeley.
From 1999 to 2002, Genoud worked as senior research engineer at Nuance Communications in Menlo Park, California. From 2002 to 2006 he worked as manager at Polyright, a Swiss company active in software products for RFID solutions, and he has been CEO of the software company he founded,, since 2006.
In 2010, Genoud joined the software engineering unit of the Business Information Systems Institute at HES-SO in Valais, Switzerland. His current research activities are focused on information systems for energy (smart-grids/micro-grids) and multisource intelligent data analysis applied to biotechnology, pharma, and energy.


Sébastien Ziegler

Sébastien Ziegler graduated in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, followed by a master’s in environment (Geneva University), an MBA in international administration (HEC Geneva), and executive courses at Harvard Business School in Boston, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and EPFL. He created two foundations, Mandat International and Eduki, to support the international cooperation and UN work, as well as research activities.
Ziegler has initiated and coordinated several national and international research projects in the area of ICT, with a focus on IPv6 and multiprotocol interoperability. He initiated the concepts of Universal Device Gateway and Smart IPv6 Building. He is currently coordinating the European FP7 research project IoT6 on IoT, IPv6 and cloud computing, and he is involved in two other European research projects: Hobnet on IPv6 for green buildings and EAR-IT on audio sensing in smart cities and buildings.


Photo: Myleen Hollero