Building an Industrial Ecosystem: Crafting Optimal Internet of Things (IoT) Interfaces for Automation

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  • Joseph Kenny, Creative Director, User Experience at GE Digital – Manufacturing Software
  • Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:30pm
  • IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, 1 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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Creating optimal interfaces for the industrial IoT requires a multi-faceted approach. Sound methodology, bulletproof technology, user-centered design and realization of a customer’s ROI are requisites in today’s industrial world. We will review the unique regulatory and environmental challenges that are part and parcel of any manufacturing solution. Finally, our discussion will focus on how these sometimes competing requirements can be harnessed within a single ecosystem.

This presentation will walk through a real-world manufacturing scenario based on actual events. The scenario follows various personas through an unplanned equipment outage. It outlines personal and business impacts of current analog processes. In contrast, we will depict a realistic future when IoT systems are integrated. We’ll show how the impact of manufacturing issues can be minimized or eliminated altogether when plant operators’ needs are articulated and supported.

Please join us in discussing the promise and issues surrounding the industrial IoT. Take a peek into the future of automation and manufacturing as it is impacted by the emergence of an industrial ecosystem.


Joseph Kenny is the Director of User Experience for Automation solutions at GE Digital. He leads UX, designing visualization paradigms for the automation/manufacturing edge and IoT cloud solutions. Creating intuitive and seamless experiences specifically focused on the operator interfaces, Joe brings to his role at GE a wealth of experience in online application design, computer-based training, online marketing, multimedia development and broadcast television expertise.

Previously Joe worked at CSC GBS (Global Business Solutions) as Creative Director. In this consulting role he designed many complex web application solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He was a Senior Designer for ZDNet, an acknowledged thought-leader in online publishing. And while working at WGBH television,, he designed interfaces for interactive teaching software and was the Technical Director of Animation for the Emmy Award winning game show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”

Event Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 Networking over pizza and beverages
7:00 – 8:30 Meeting
8:30 – 9:00 CHI Dessert and more networking

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Getting there

The meeting room is on the ground floor, behind the security desk. BostonCHI signs will point the way. Transportation guide here.