Professor John Barrett is Head of Centre for the Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland (www.nimbus.cit.ie), where research and application development focuses on Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, and related emerging technologies. He has been involved in national and international research for 35 years and his current research focuses on smart systems reliability, particularly in embedding of electronics in reliability-critical applications. He has published extensively and over his entire career has been strongly involved in supervision of postgraduate research students. He is active in communicating the potential and the challenges and the business, personal and social impacts of emerging technologies to a wide variety of audiences. He is the CIT Co-Lead for ADVANCE, with particular responsibility for the ADVANCE Training Programme.