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Keynote Speakers / Luncheon Speaker

Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1:  "Implications for System Reliability in Future Industrial and Automotive Designs", Scott Roller, Vice President Systems Engineering and Marketing Texas Instruments

Abstract: There have been significant advances in the Industrial, Automotive and Power Management market segments over the last 5 years and this presentation addresses key developments in these three related areas and its implications to reliability. The promise of Industry 4.0 and Industrial IOT has finally arrived with innovative sensors, analog and embedded semiconductor based system designs that help companies deliver smarter and safer networked systems. Real-time communication in manufacturing and customization of produced goods will increase productivity and efficiency in many industrial and automotive markets. This presentation will cover the key tenets of Industry 4.0 and its implications for systems reliability. Automotive electronic content has steadily grown and have found their way into heavy duty applications like turbo-charging and electronic steering. This talk will cover some of these automotive trends including the 48V power distribution and the new standards required for semiconductor components. Finally, novel wide-band gap power devices to support emerging power management markets will be discussed along with their reliability challenges.

Biography: Scott Roller leads TIís Systems Engineering and Marketing (SEM) team, which is focused on converting TIís analog and embedded processing portfolio into a strategic advantage through world-class system design expertise and business intelligence. The SEM organization includes TIís Industrial Systems, Automotive Systems, Power Design Services, Pricing, Business Analytics and Strategic Marketing.

Previously, Roller led TIís Microcontroller (MCU) business, which includes MSP ultra-low power and C2000ô real-time control product families. Before taking this leadership role, Roller spent over 10 years in the MCU business, leading MSP430 to record growth. Roller joined TI in 1996 as an embedded applications engineer; helping establish a new MCU product line focused on real-time control applications that became a successful and growing business for the company. In 2003, he transitioned to serve as Internet marketing director where he transformed into an industryleading portal that delivers personalized design support. Scott earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University, a master of science from Purdue University and a master's of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Keynote 2: "Driverless Vehicles? The Journey Ahead", Raj Rajkumar, George Westinghouse Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract: Self-driving vehicles seem to have become quite the rage in popular culture over just the past few years, triggered in good part by the DARPA Grand Challenges. Self-driving vehicles indeed hold the potential to revolutionize modern transportation. This talk will provide some insights on many basic questions that, need to be addressed for the revolution to take place in practice. What are the technological barriers that currently prevent vehicles to be driverless? What can or cannot be sensed or recognized? Can vehicles recognize and comprehend as good as, if not better than, humans? Does connectivity play a role? Will the technology be affordable only for the few? How do issues like liability, insurance, regulations and societal acceptance impact adoption? The talk will be based on road experiences and will add some speculation.

Biography: Prof. Raj Rajkumar is the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, he directs the National University Transportation Center for Safety, which is sponsored by the US Department of Transportation. He also directs the Real-Time and Multimedia Systems Laboratory (RTML), and co-directs the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Connected and Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Laboratory (CAD-CRL). Raj has served as the Program Chair and General Chair of six international ACM/IEEE conferences on real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems and multimedia computing/networking. He has authored one book, edited another book, holds three US patents, and has more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed forums. Eight of these publications have received Best Paper Awards. He has given several keynotes and distinguished lectures at several international conferences and universities. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Engineer and a co-recipient of the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal. He has been given an Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award by the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems. Prof Rajkumarís work has influenced many commercial operating systems. He was also the primary founder of Ottomatika Inc., a company that focused on delivering the core software intelligence for self-driving vehicles. Ottomatika was recently acquired by Delphi. His research interests include all aspects of cyber-physical systems.

Luncheon Talk

Luncheon Date and Time:Wednesday, April 20, from 11:55 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

The Future of Machine Brain Interfaces, Sanjay Natarajan, Vice President Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Corporation

Abstract: For the past 40 years, the phenomenon known as Moore's Law has brought us some amazing technology today, such as self-driving cars, a supercomputer in every pocket, and access to the world's knowledge just a few keystrokes away. If, 25 years ago, someone told you all of these would be possible, many of you would have labeled them as crazy. And yet here we are. Unfortunately Moore's Law is dying. We don't know yet whether it's with a whimper or a bang, but all signs point to dying nonetheless. Which begs the important question, "when Moore's Law dies, what will we all do for living"? That is the topic of this lunchtime keynote speech. We will try to shine a light another 25 years out and talk about some emerging technologies which look as crazy today as self-driving cars did 25 years ago, but which could in fact be keys to the next technological revolution. One of these emerging technologies is the field of man/machine interface. This field has been around for a while, but in many ways is still in its infancy. Forget about keyboards and mice as your interface to the computer. Forget about talking to Siri. In 25 years, the technology will exist so that you can simply think to your computer. Another emerging technology is the field of 3D printing, particularly 3D bioprinting. In 25 years, the technology will exist to print usable tissues and organs, incorporating your individual DNA sequence and your own stem cells. Printed body parts will be part of our future. These ideas seem crazy today, just as other ideas did 25 years ago. They raise a host of ethical issues, not to mention new reliability concerns. And there is a lot of work to be done to make these a reality. But many of the fundamental barriers to making these a reality have already been overcome.

Biography: Sanjay Natarajan spent over 22 years in Intel's Technology Development organization. Most recently, as a Vice President in Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group, he led the development of Intel's 14nm process technology, today's leading state-of-the-art process worldwide. In July of 2015, Sanjay left Intel to pursue other interests. One of those interests is advising semiconductor companies around the world on how to navigate the choppy waters of the semiconductor business. Another interest -- as a Professor in the College of Engineering at Portland State University -- is in exploring emerging technology options for well past the Moore's Law Era.

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