27 - 28 October, 2020

Virtual Conference

2019 Keynotes

2019 Keynotes

Safe Computing at the Edge

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Advances in two areas have spurred the evolution of electronics in the last few years: connectivity on the one, storage and processing power of the cloud on the other. They were the starting point for manufacturers to make their devices smarter: from a wristwatch to a connected vehicle. Smarter than a stand-alone device could ever be, and in addition, capable of self-learning.

However, the cloud has reached its limits: to reliably monitor an entire production site or drive a fully autonomous car through traffic, processing all data in the cloud becomes simply too slow, too bandwidth-hungry, and too insecure as a single point of service. Therefore, edge computing is where the action is and will be, directly at the smart device. Mastering edge computing with the right level of safety and security is critical to the deployment of artificial intelligence in the mass market. The Keynote from Lars Reger will explore the challenges on the route to an ever smarter, on-demand world.


Biography:  Lars Reger, Senior Vice President, is Chief Technology Officer at NXP Semiconductors. As CTO, Lars is responsible for managing new business activities and R&D in the focus markets of Automotive, Industry 4.0., Internet of Things, Mobile, and Connectivity & Infrastructure. NXP has the broadest processor portfolio for the Internet of Things and is the world's largest chip supplier to the automotive industry. NXP and its global team of experts drive the development of autonomous, securely connected vehicles and accelerate the introduction of smart and securely connected devices for the Internet of Things through its outstanding edge computing expertise. Before joining NXP, Lars gained deep insight into the microelectronics industry with a focus on the automotive sector. He began his career with Siemens Semiconductors as Product Engineer in 1997. His past roles at Infineon included Head of the Process and Product Engineering departments, Project Manager for Mobile System Chips, and Director of IP Management. Prior to joining NXP as CTO of the automotive division in 2008, he was responsible for business development and product management within the Connectivity Business Unit at Continental. In December 2018 Lars was appointed CTO and has since then been responsible for the overall technology portfolio of NXP.

Enabling Technologies and the Future of Networks

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Network traffic grows at a near exponential rate, and available spectrum to the Communications Service Providers will increase significantly. Operators will need to add 30% capacity every year while keeping both OPEX and CAPEX under control. In addition, the network architecture is further impacted by disaggregation, openness and virtualization. Ericsson Business Area Networks Wanted Position is to create highly scalable, cost competitive, modular platforms offering lowest total cost of ownership, best user experience & smooth network transformation to 5G.

Clarity in architecture, from customer need to deployment, is essential in order to increase quality in the field, with zero faults vision and reduced lead time from customer need to network deployment, while at the same time evolving networks to leverage and deliver the best in automation through pro-active network insights and analytics enabled solutions.

Product differentiation, depending on innovation and new technologies, is also to an increasing extent dependent on efficient development and delivery of fundamental enabling technologies, ranging from simple cooling solutions for a complex system all the way up to SoC and SW technologies. The digitalization of several functions on sub-system level increases the importance of the SoC in a system. As the need increases, we also see that the industry landscape supporting several enabling technologies including SoCs is consolidating.

This Keynote will delve into the dilemma of quicker innovation needed in enabling technologies to support complex systems in a consolidating and geo-politically polarized industry landscape.


Biography:  Preeti Nagarajan is Head of Strategy for Networks at Ericsson since December 2018. She is responsible for the business development of the networks operations and provides strategic direction to how the company invests in existing and future networks portfolio. Prior to her role, she headed up R&D for multi-standard radio and indoor products, contributing to advancing the company vision through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. She also led Industry Area Telecom at group level working with diverse telecom strategies, and thought leadership for next-generation technologies such as 5G. Nagarajan joined Ericsson in 2006 as a systems engineer and trainee. She has held various leadership positions as well as worked within customer project management, strategic product management and portfolio strategy in Sweden and in Japan. Prior to Ericsson she worked with broadband access networks and was a network engineer intern at Verizon in the US. She graduated from Madras University with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering. She holds a Dual Master’s degree from University of North Texas and has specialization in Wireless Communication from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Her interests include antenna spotting, cycling, photography and singing.