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The Planning Workshop for the NSF Center on Pervasive Personalized Intelligence (PPI) took place on Oct 11-12, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. The goal of this workshop was to bring together startups, corporations, universities, and government agencies to discuss global challenges and research solutions for enabling the next generation of Intelligent IoT. This Planning Workshop lays the foundations for a new research Center on PPI.

A warm invitation to join us on Oct 11-12 from …
Danny Dig, Executive Director of The Center of Pervasive Personalized Intelligence
Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, CU and
Bobby Braun, Dean, College of Engineering & Applied Science, CU
Scott A. Ashford, Dean, College of Engineering, OSU

I believe that further advancing digital innovation by IoT requires both technology breakthrough and technology harmonization and thus, this center, consisting of a team of universities and a broad spectrum industrial partners, will certainly become the new core of open innovations. My expectation is that the center will create a global-scale impact and visibility to make it the place for academia-industry collaboration on IoT.

– Yasunori Mochizuki, senior vice president at NEC Corporation

In the News


Objectives for the Planning Workshop

  • Network with global thinkers: identify common challenges and opportunities for Pervasive Personalized Intelligence (PPI)
  • Cooperate with industry to define industry-relevant research projects: challenge our research to make it better.
  • Validate the feasibility of the PPI Center: analyze data and deliverable-driven interaction based on established NSF best practices

Outcomes For Prospective Members

  • Influence the direction of the PPI Center
  • Confidence that the PPI Center will provide value
  • Content, purpose and direction of the Center to justify membership commitment

Industry Panel Members

Moderated by Skip Newberry, CEO and President of the Technology Association of Oregon:

  • Mathew Bailey, recognized IoT pioneer and authority, Arrow Electronics
  • Andy Macklin, Director Smart City Initiative, Portland General Electric
  • Luther Boorn, Director of Software Development, eBay
  • Ben Corrado, CEO and Co-founder, Rigado
  • Erin Kenneally, Portfolio Manager, Cyber Security Division, Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Keynote (videostream from Live2Lead Atlanta): John C. Maxwell on LeaderShifts

John C. Maxwell will teach on the importance of the leadershift—the ability and willingness to make a leadership change that will positively enhance personal and organizational growth.

John C. Maxwell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014. His organizations have trained more than 6 million leaders in every nation.





  • Danny Dig, PPI Executive Director, CS faculty at OSU and UIUC.
  • Evan Chang, Site Director for U of Colorado
  • 10 faculty in ML/AI/NLP, including Tom Dietterich from OSU. Tom is regarded by many as the father of ML. Tom is an ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and he served as the previous President of AAAI.
  • 5 faculty on Security and Privacy, the most senior is Dan Massey from University of Colorado. Dan was previously a Program DIrector for Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security.
  • 5 faculty on Edge Computing, Mobile, and Cloud. The most senior person is Dirk Grunwald from CU Boulder
  • 5 faculty on Programming Languages and Verification, the most senior is Sriram Sankaranarayanan
  • 4 faculty on SE and HCI, the most senior is Margaret Burnett Margaret Burnett, who is the mother of the end-user Software Engineering field, and a pioneer in gender-inclusive software. She is an ACM Fellow.
  • 40+ CS graduate students at OSU and CU Boulder


Venue: Sentinel Hotel

614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Public Transportation

The closest airport is Portland International Airport (PDX).  We urge you to consider using public transportation during your visit to Portland.
The Max

Light Rail

The MAX Light Rail – Red Line is Portland’s efficient light-rail system that runs from Portland International Airport (PDX) to downtown Portland. Galleria/SW 10th Ave MAX Station (Stop ID 8384) is 1 block from the Sentinel.

The MAX light rail Red Line is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. Here are some quick facts:

  • The trip between the airport and downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes.
  • An adult ticket costs $2.50  – Youth $1.25 –  Honored Citizen $1.25 (Honored Citizens are 65+, Medicare, or physical/mental disability. Proof of Eligibility required.)
  • MAX ticket machines return change in coins, so small bills are recommended.
  • You can roll your luggage on board.
  • The first train of the day arrives at PDX at 4:45 a.m. The last train departs PDX at 11:50 p.m.
  • The MAX station and ticket machines are located on the lower level, next to the south baggage claim area (turn right at the base of the escalator). View airport map.

For complete schedules and more information, visit

Ride Share

Lyft and Uber both operate in Portland.

Rental Cars

Rental Car Companies On Airport Property
Rental Car Companies Off Airport Property

Taxi Services from PDX

Taxi Service Providers

Driving Directions from Portland International Airport

To the Sentinel:

  • Follow NE Airport Way to NE 82nd Way – (1.3 miles)
  • Continue on NE 82nd Way. Take NE Sandy Blvd and I-84 W/US-30 W to SW 11th Ave – (8.1 miles)
  • Turn left onto SW 11th Ave
  • Destination will be on the left

Note: Please check Google Maps to see that this is the fastest route for getting to the Sentinel when you depart PDX.
Go Here for Google Map


At the Sentinel
– Valet at the hotel for $45 per day with unlimited in/out
– Short Term Parking (very limited) $15 for the first two hours and then $10 for each additional hour up to $45 per day

First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot – 12th and Morrison
Address: 661 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 – Map & Details
Hourly: $4.00 per hr
Daily: $11.50 daily max
Evening/Weekend:Eves $3 Sun-Thur, $4 Fri & Sat Wknds $2 per hr and $4.50 max

Smart Park – 10th and Yamhill
Address: 730 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 – Map
Up to 4 hours $7.40 Over 4 Hours (Weekdays) $14
Sunday – Thursday evening maximum (Arrive after 5 pm – Out by 5 am) $5
Saturday – Sunday daily maximum (Weekend day begins at 5 am) $5
Friday – Saturday evening maximum (Arrive after 5 pm – Out by 5 am) $5

Venue & Lodging

The Planning Workshop will take place at the Sentinel Hotel Portland which is located in the heart of downtown Portland at 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205. Please click here for a map and driving directions.

Day Event Room/Floor
Thursday, Oct. 11 Check In Chamber Room, 3rd Floor
Thursday, Oct. 11 Planning Workshop Meeting Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Thursday, Oct. 11 Poster Session & Reception Library Room, 2nd Floor
Thursday, Oct. 11 Workshop Dinner Billiard Room, 2nd Floor
Friday, Oct. 12 Check In Pre-Function, 4th Floor
Friday, Oct. 12 Planning Workshop Meeting Governor Ballroom, 4th Floor

Click here for a map of the Sentinel Hotel that indicates where the meeting program will take place.


The Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon has set aside a block of rooms for the PPI Center during the meeting dates for the nightly rate of $259 + 15.3% tax. Please contact them directly at 888-246-5631 or GO HERE to make your reservation and make sure to mention you are with the PPI Center so that you will receive our group room rate.

Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave
Portland OR 97205 USA
Phone: 503-224-3400
Reservations: 888-246-5631

To reserve online, go here:
PPI Planning Workshop – Sentinel

Historical Facts & Design Notes

Hotel Lucia, located approx. 5 blocks from the Sentinel where the meeting will take place, has set aside a block of rooms for the PPI Center during the meeting dates for the nightly rate of $220 + 15.3% tax. Please contact them directly at 866-986-8086 or GO HERE to make your reservation and mention you are with the PPI Center so that you will receive our group room rate.
Hotel Lucia
Hotel Lucia
400 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
Phone: 503-225-1717
Reservations: 866-986-8086

To reserve online, go here:
PPI Planning Workshop – Hotel Lucia

Local Attractions

Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are full of attractions for visitors of all ages. We encourage you to spend extra days at your own convenience to visit the area.

… within walking distance from the hotel:

… easy to reach via public transportation:

… a short drive away:

Additional resources …


Registration for the Pervasive Personalized Intelligence Planning Workshop has closed.

Registration Rates After October 3
Global Corporation Registration $550 $650
Industry Registration
(mid-size organization, 500 or fewer employees)
$400 $500
Academic/Start-Up Co Registration
(50 or fewer employees)
$275 $325

Registration Includes:

  • Access to all Keynote and Plenary Sessions
  • Access to all Break-Out Sessions
  • Breakfast and Lunch each day
  • Poster Session & Reception @ 5PM on Thursday, October 11
  • Dinner at Conference Venue @ 7PM on Thursday, October 11
  • All Workshop Materials

* Please Note: If you have never utilized our registration platform, you will be asked to create a new account before the registration options are presented. 



Schedule a discovery meeting with decision makers at your company and the PPI Director (Danny Dig) or the Colorado Site Director (Evan Chang), to learn about your needs and how we can serve you.

Danny Dig, Executive Director for the Center
phone: (541) 737-8216
email: [email protected]

Evan Chang, CU Boulder Site Director
email: [email protected]

Questions about registration and facilities can be directed to:

OSU Conference Services
Oregon State University
200 LaSells Stewart Center
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
phone: (541) 737-9300
email: [email protected]