IoT Vertical and Topical Summit for Tourism
20-24 September 2021 // Virtual Summit


IEEE V&TS on Tourism 2021 goes virtual!

Given the pandemic, in the interest of everyone’s wellbeing, the Organizing Committee will host V&TS on Tourism 2021 – Cagliari online. The Team is working hard in order to gather valued technical papers and lined up distinguished keynote and panel session speakers covering the latest research and innovation in the tourism industry. Visit this website for continuous updates.

We are excited to invite you to join the IEEE Vertical and Topical Summit on Tourism
. Each IEEE IoT Summit brings together experts and leaders from all over the world to address the implementation of IoT solutions in a local setting. For this edition, the choice of the theme “
Hospitality Industry
” is motivated by the fact that the tourism sector represents a major source of revenue for most countries around the world. However, the Tourism industry is one of the sectors that is affected the most by the Covid-19 crisis. The number of flights is drastically dropped by more than 90% and it is still unclear which settings should be considered when travelling and visiting tourist places in the years to come. For sure, new procedures, services and systems will be defined to allow for a new way of travelling. This is a further stimulus for us to continue study on how the IoT technologies can positively impact on the new Tourism sector and discuss about the new findings in our Summit in 2021!

The Summit is designed to foster dialogue amongst professionals from the industry, the public sector, and the research community from all over the world. Join us and be part of the important and exciting IEEE IoT summit. Whether you are there to listen, to present, to have your questions answered, or are there to contribute to the discussions and dialog with some of the world’s leading experts, you will find the event meaningful and memorable.

Summit Highlights

Segments of Tourism Products Technologies
Accommodation Hotels, Shared Accomodation, Cruises, … Sensors
Transportation Airline Industry, Car Rental, Coach Services, … Automation
Food & Beverage Restaurants, Nightclubs, Bar&Cafè, … Data and Analytics
Entertainment Tourist Information, Shopping, Tours, … Communications and Connectivity


Distinguished Speakers and Panelists

Vito Curalli, MBA, CHA, Hilton Worldwide Sales

Vito CuralliVito Curalli is the Executive Director, International Sales and Industry Relations with Hilton Worldwide Sales, Vito oversees several teams with responsibilities for Group, Business Travel and Leisure Sales within Canada, the US and Latin America.
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Cihan Cobanoglu, University of South Florida (USF)

Cihan CobanogluDr.Cihan Cobanoglu is the McKibbon Endowed Chair Professor of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
(SHRM) in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida (USF).

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Paul Tuscano, B.Eng, MBA,Marriott, Vice-President Digital Products

Paul is an IEEE member since 1997 when he started his degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Specialized in wireless communications and data networks, Paul started his career as systems engineer for Motorola deploying new cellular technologies for wireless carriers world-wide.

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Urška Starc-Peceny, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, Arctur

Urška Starc-Peceny
Urska Starc Peceny from Arctur is the lead of the Tourism4.0 research and development project, the largest R&D
tourism focused project in the history of Slovenia.
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Tomi Ilijas, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Arctur

25+ year of experience of disruption in hi-tech as CEO and owner of Arctur, the leading provider of High Performance Computing (HPC) services for Small and Medium Entreprises (SMEs).

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Cinzia Campanella, Vodafone Business

Cinzia Campanella

Cinzia Campanella is the 5G & Verticals Responsible within the Product, Services & Platform
development team of Vodafone Business.

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Charalampos Z. Patrikakis, University of West Attica


Charalampos Z. Patrikakis is a Professor at the Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of the University of West Attica on the Design and Implementation of Interconnected Electronic Systems and Services, with emphasis on data collection and processing.

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Olivia Menaguale, Art Historian

Olivia Menaguale

Olivia Menaguale is an art historian and archaeologist, whose lifelong passion in her
studies and career, over the last 30 years, has been to improve the communications and access to Cultural
Heritage and Tourism in Europe and the US.

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Vinod Bijlani, AI and IoT Practice for HPE

Vinod Bijlani

Vinod Bijlani leads the AI and IoT Practice for HPE. He has contributed to the design and implementation of smart city projects and established intelligent public transportation and traffic ecosystems in India, Singapore, and the U.S.

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