Technology Working Group

IIC Technology Working Group

The Technology Working Group focuses on the coordination of technical work necessary to build and enable the Industrial Internet's architecture, frameworks, standards and technologies. It does so by overseeing the collective work on focused deliverables of the following groups.


Wael William Diab, Futurewei
Shi-Wan Lin, Yo-i Information Technologies, Ltd.

The Architecture Task Group has authored a framework for expressing the reference architecture(s) of the Industrial Internet. This group published the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) as a working technical report to be updated as its constructs are applied and enables the construction of open architecture on which to build ecosystems for innovative products and also recently published a Key System Concerns white paper. Co-chairs: Shi-Wan Lin, Yo-i Information Technologies, Ltd.; Eric Simmon, NIST

The Connectivity Task Group is responsible for connectivity aspects of the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture. This Task Group published the Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework (IICF) technical report. Co-chairs: Dr. Rajive Joshi, Real-Time Innovations; Christer Holmberg, Ericsson

The Digital Twin Interoperability Task Group is responsible for comprehensibly defining digital twin characteristics with a specific focus on digital twin interoperability for industrial systems. Co-chairs: Shi-Wan Lin, Yo-i Information Technologies, Ltd.; Gordon Shao, NIST; Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB

The Distributed Computing Task Group works to define distributed computing (DC) and its terminology in IIoT systems, identify DC requirements for IIoT systems, define architecture implementation patterns and best practices for DC as well as collaborate and align its work products with those from other IIC groups. Chair: Chuck ByersIndustrial Internet ConsortiumDr. John K. ZaoNational Chiao Tung University

The Distributed Data Interoperability and Management (DDIM) Task Group works to define the properties of a data service framework for the Industrial Internet. Its purpose is to provide a ubiquitous data-sharing integration framework for all architecture elements defined by the Technology Working Group. Co-chairs: Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB; Andrei Kolesnikov, IoTA

The Edge Computing Task Group identifies and evaluates standards, practices, deployment models and characteristics best suited for addressing the IIoT space from a holistic perspective and highlighting gaps where needed. This Task Group recently published an Introduction to Edge Computing in IIoT white paper. Co-chairs: Lalit Canaran, Ivado Labs; Todd Edmunds, Dell Technologies; Mitch Tseng, Ph.D., Tseng Infoserv

The Fog Computing Task Group is responsible for the production of architectures and documentation related to fog computing. Fog Computing is a horizontal, distributed, hierarchical architecture for IoT computation, networking and storage. This Task Group's work will contribute to a more unified architectural view for fog and edge. Co-chairs: Chuck Byers, Industrial Internet Consortium; Dr. John K. Zao, National Chiao Tung University

The Industrial Artificial Intelligence Task Group defines the properties of realizable, comprehensive analytical techniques and methods for deriving meaning from while adding value to Industrial Internet systems utilizing both data in motion and at rest. This Task Group published the Industrial Internet Analytics Framework (IIAF). Co-chairs: Wael William Diab, Futurewei; Brad Klenz, SAS Institute

The Industrial Distributed Ledger Task Group is responsible for the creation, maintenance and adoption of technical documents addressing industrial distributed ledger technologies. Co-chairs: Mike McBride, Futurewei; Xinxin Fan, IoTeX

The Innovation Task Group offers a stage for research communities and start-ups to present or demo innovations to our members, where potential connections and collaboration could accelerate the innovated technology and its benefits to members and the whole world. Co-chairs: Mitch Tseng, Ph.D., Tseng Infoserv

The Networking Task Group is identifying and analyzing requirements, trends and technologies for various usage scenarios across industrial verticals for OSI layers 1, 2 and 3 in the context of IIoT. This Task Group recently published an Industrial Networking Enabling IIoT Communication white paper. Co-chairs: Jan Höller, Ericsson; David Lou, Huawei

The Vocabulary Task Group recently published a new version of the Industrial Internet Vocabulary technical report which is a common and reusable vocabulary of terms as they apply to specific IIC outputs. This vocabulary will be used in all published IIC deliverables to ensure consistent terminology. Several translations of the technical report by member companies and liaisons are currently underway.  Co-chairs: Robert Martin, MITRE; Erin Bournival, Dell Technologies