Peter Chalk Centre

University of Exeter

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Exeter

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E-mail: CCWI2019@exeter.ac.uk 

17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference

1st - 4th September 2019
University of Exeter, UK
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Rebekah Eggers

IBM worldwide leader for Watson IoT Industry Solutions for Energy, Environment

Water 4.0 – Riding the Tide, Waves, and Currents

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We will begin by establishing the opportunity that this rising tide of digitalization (the transformation possible due to an increase in the scale and speed of existing computing infrastructure and the availability of new computing infrastructures, such as cloud, which has made it cheaper and faster to tackle problems of significant scale using AI) brings by defining and discussing IoT and AI generally using cross industry examples. We will then explore how to be prepared for this inevitable wave and ultimately enable digital transformation in the context of the Water/Wastewater Sector by highlighting the foundational capabilities, applications, and imperatives for our asset intensive industry. Finally, we will inspire thinking around what the current will bring for the future of our industry including block-chain, edge computing, and advanced AI, addressing hurdles such as skill gaps, biases, and ethics along the way.

Rebekah has responsibility for IBM's Watson IoT Industry Solutions for Energy, Environment, and Utility Clients and is a trusted utility industry professional based in Los Angeles with a 20 year track record of strong solution leadership. She mobilizes the IBM global capabilities to create business value leveraging experiences managing complex initiative design when operating in intense, results focused environments. Rebekah is known for creating sustainable GTM and portfolio leadership for solutions that leverage data and analytics, drive operational excellence, deliver stakeholder satisfaction, and drive bottom line results by enabling high performance teams. She frequently participates in and presents at leading industry events across the globe.