Pierre Gronlier

Chief Technology Officer, Gaia-X

Pierre Gronlier has been working in the IT industry for over twelve years, with a particular focus on operationalising and scaling systems in the field of real-time communication and cloud services. With a penchant for science and an academic background in embedded real-time systems and applied mathematics in signal processing and machine learning, he started as a research engineer in video compression before joining Skype and Microsoft in Estonia. He then moved to OVHcloud in France as a Cloud Solution Architect. Pierre Gronlier has already been contributing to the development of Gaia-X over the past few months. For example, he was involved in the development of the first Gaia-X prototypes and already chairs the Gaia-X Technical Committee.

12:00 - 12:20

April 28th Conference Day One

Data Spaces: Enabling New Era of Data Sharing

The term “data space” refers to a type of data relationship between trusted partners, each of whom apply the same high standards and rules to the storage and sharing of their data. However, of key importance to the concept of a data space is that data are not stored centrally but at source and are therefore only shared (via semantic interoperability) when necessary. A data space is the sum of all its participants – which may be data providers, users and intermediaries. Data spaces can be nested and overlapping, so that a data provider, for example, can participate in several data spaces all at once. Data sovereignty and trust are essential for the working of data spaces and the relationships between participants. The software required to implement data spaces runs on edge cloud infrastructures. 

Pierre Gronlier, Chief Technology Officer, Gaia-X

Philippe Cases, CEO, Topio Networks

2:00 - 3:30

April 28th Conference Day One

Track A - Data Sharing Models

Intelligent infrastructure open up huge new opportunities around data, in which the data can inform and power new economic growth. Its also allows for a new relationship with data, and - perhaps - for government and public entities to reshape their role in the data sharing economy and redress the balance of their relationship with tech.


Moderator: Philippe Cases, CEO, Topio Networks


2.00   Data Spaces: Opening the Next Generation of Data Sharing

Pierre Gronlier, Chief Technology Officer, Gaia-X


2.30 The Wilmington Delaware Demonstration Project: “Planting the SEED: A Smart-City-In-A-Box Solution

This Standardized Entry Enterprise Deployment (SEED®) demonstration program incorporates an entry level connectivity system that is scalable to fit the needs of a digitally growing population and commercial opportunity.  The system incorporates mesh network technology, edge operating services, and mutualizes costs for institutional member-stakeholders who can develop, trade, clear and settle data exchange transactions securely which will speed up the overall digital ecosystem in incorporating more nodes which will become the “connector of blockchains” both public and private.


Jennifer Schmitz, CEO, Founder, Lattice Industries


2.50  Data Sharing Models for Intelligent Infrastructure

Edge computing allows abstraction of data and for individuals, but what issues are to be resolved around the sharing of data, and why are there differing approaches? This session unpacks the issues around data sharing and compares and contrasts approaches to data sharing.


Jennifer SchmitzCEO, Founder, Lattice Industries 

Pierre Gronlier, Chief Technology Officer, Gaia-X

Professor Junseok Hwang Director, Global R&DB Center, Seoul National University, Director, Innovative Human Resource Development Education and Research Group for Smart City Global Convergence, Seoul National University