Stefan Gessler received his Diploma degree in Computer Science in 1992 from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, Core subjects of his education were internet- and telecommunication technology, robotics, and biomedical engineering. He worked as researcher from 1993-1998 at the Telecooperation Office, a joint research initiative of Digital Equipment Corp. and the University of Karlsruhe where he founded a ubiquitous computing centre. In 1998 he joined NEC Europe Labortories as research staff member where he now holds a senior position as project manager. Stefan Gessler represented NEC Europe in ETSI-TIPHON standardisation. He was responsible for NEC's participation in various EU co-funded projects and acts as focal point for European research programmes within NEC Europe Ltd. His research interests include the areas of user mobility, context awareness, M2M and the Internet of Things and Services. He investigates service provisioning and local and cloud-based middleware platforms for eHealth, assisted and safe living, and the usage of personal/companion robots. As certified data privacy official user centricity and legal compliance are key requirements for his work. Since many years he serves as independent expert for the European Commission in EU project proposal evaluations and project reviews in the ICT domain.