Dr. Sekhar Kondepudi is an Associate Professor of Smart Buildings and Smart Cities at the National University of Singapore. He is also currently a Vice-Chair for the Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities at the ITU. In the recent past, Sekhar has led Global Product Management and Business Development for Smart+ Connected Communities (S+CC) Platform & Solutions at Cisco Systems. He headed up a team developing software and related products for Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. Previously, Sekhar has been General Manager of Mobile Devices for Wind River Systems, Director of Business Development at Freescale ( Motorola ) Semiconductor and he has worked at a variety of high tech start-ups in Silicon Valley, with the electric utilities industry at the Electric Power Research Institute ( EPRI ) in Palo Alto, California and the United States Environmental Protection Agency ( US EPA ).
Sekhar’s research interests span the area of Intelligent or Smart Buildings and Smart cities with a focus on their applications to energy efficiency and sustainability. This research area focuses on the integration (or convergence) of the traditional physical systems in a building such as HVAC, Lighting and Elevator systems, but also ICT, Networking and Enterprise Software applications are now part of the mix. It is this combination which really needs to be addressed for a truly “smart” or “intelligent” building or city.