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DesignCon 2019 Announces Keynote Speakers from Uber, University of Texas and UC Berkeley

Industry Leaders to Explore the Hardware Powering Flying Cars, Advancing Quantum Computing and the Emergence of 5G

DesignCon, the nation’s largest event for chip, board and systems design engineers, announced that Dr. Irfan Siddiqi, Dr. Robert W. Heath Jr. and Gloria Lau will keynote this year’s event. DesignCon takes place January 29 – 31, 2019, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Siddiqi, Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of California Berkeley, will examine the current state-of-the-art in nascent quantum processors, as well as key challenges for future implementation of the technology. Heath, Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, will explore his work in automotive communications and how to solve the design and test challenges embedded in vehicle technology. Finally, Lau, Head of Hardware Engineering at Uber, will discuss the hyperscale datacenters that power the artificial intelligence (AI) to enable Uber’s futuristic self-driving and flying cars.

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To complement and extend the AI keynote, DesignCon devoted a new conference track to exploring the developing space of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence for hardware and electronics design. Track 15, Machine Learning for Microelectronics, Signaling & System Design, consists of a boot camp class offering participants a hands-on opportunity to measure and train dynamic neural networks, a panel discussion, and eight technical sessions reviewing real world AI and ML deployment for hardware design, among other topics.

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“We are fortunate to offer DesignCon attendees keynote presentations that meet the evolving needs of today’s engineering community,” said Suzanne Deffree, Brand Director, Intelligent Systems and Design, UBM. “This year, Siddiqi, Heath and Lau headline a 15-track conference speaking to the fundamental trends impacting the industry, from 5G deployment to the emerging wave of AI-powered hardware innovations.”

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