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IEEE San Diego Smart Tech Summit

on December 8, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Speaker Many
Topic Info


1. Intellectual Property & Patents: Dr. Ron D. Katznelson

2. Latest Trends in Employment and Career Planning: Paul Kostek,

3. Big Data Science & Engineering: Natasha Balac, PhD, (Morning)

4. Autonomous and Connected Vehicles: Faisal Mushtaq (Afternoon)

5. Genomics Panel: Illumia, edico genomec

6. The Commercialization of 5G: LiangPing Ma

7. Latest Trends in UAV,Moderator: Egbert

8. IOT Technologies and Applications: Christopher Rowan

9. Smart Cities Panel:Jason Anderson,

10. Blue Tech: Karen Dubey

Opening Session, Keynote Session

John Black, SVP Engineering, GM, Floor Care Business, Brain Corp. San Diego

Title: Integration of Robotic A.I. into Complex Human Environments.

Speaker Bio

2017 IEEE San Diego Smart Tech Summit


Opening Session, Keynote Session

Keynote Chair, Upkar Dhaliwal, Future Wireless Technologies, Summit General Chair

Keynote Speaker:  John Black, SVP Engineering, GM, Floor Care Business, Brain Corp. San Diego 

 Title: Integration of Robotic A.I. into Complex Human Environments. 

 Outline: It is one thing to solve autonomous navigation problems in a lab, but quite another to successfully deploy self-driving robots in live, peopled environments. The key to successful customer adoption is the ease of integration into existing spaces, with minimal behavioral change. Minimizing change to the customer, drives the need for advanced, real-world A.I. solutions - the more the adaptable the A.I., the less the environment needs to be adapted, "Autonomy by Brain" and The future of work


Executive Technical Panel

Intellectual Property & Patents

Moderator/Speakers: Dr. Ron D. Katznelson

Dr. Ron D. Katznelson, President, Bi-Level Technologies and a member of the IP Committee of IEEE-USA,

Drew Koning, Cooley LLP.

Keith D. Grzelak, Wells St. John PS, member and past Chair of the IP Committee of IEEE-USA.


In this panel session, local and national experts will discuss recent developments in patent law and their effects on our members’ ability to obtain patents, to defend them once issued, and to use them or license them in order to protect products or revenue streams in the market.

Topics include:

Practical advice on preparing for filing and prosecuting patent applications. Strategies for protecting patent rights when forging strategic partnerships or licensing.

The narrowing field of patent-eligible subject matter -- patent protection challenges for computer-implemented inventions, Trends in Supreme Court decisions on patent law and their effect on the choice of patent litigation venue,; on tThe threat of Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Office for invalidating patents. A current constitutional challenge to the IPR process will also be discussed.

The panelist will each speak for about 15 minutes with an opportunity for a short Q&A after each speaker, followed by a general discussion and Q&A from the audience.


Latest Trends in Employment and Career Planning

Moderator/Speakers, Moderator, Paul Kostek,


Panelists, Paul Kostek, Principal Air Direct Solutions LLC, Technology Project Manager – CREST UW, Chair IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee

Mike Junge, Head of Talent Acquisition, TGS Management Company LLC

Mauro Tognari, Consultant and IEEE-USA VP

Faye Chou Kurpanek, Director, Executive Education, UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering


Get the latest information on interviewing, resumes, using performance reviews to advance your career and continuing education. The IEEE-USA Employment and Career Services Committee will provide information to help you with moving your career forward in 2018.


Big Data Science & Engineering

Moderator/Speakers: Natasha Balac, PhD

Michael Zeller, SVP AI Strategy & Innovation at Software AG

Stephen Coggeshall, Chief Analytics and Science officer, ID Analytics

Milan Plavsic, Senior Director of Engineering at Qualcomm

Bryon Cook, Empyr Chief Operating Officer


This panel will address some of the latest issues in Data Science, one of the most disruptive technologies today. Wikipedia describes Data Science (DS) as “an interdisciplinary field about scientific methods, processes, and systems to extract knowledge or insights from various forms, either structured or unstructured, similar to data mining. It employs mathematics, statistics, information science computer science … machine learning, classification, cluster analysis, data mining, databases, and visualization.”

Topics include:

What are the top 5 impacts of DS on organizations and businesses, what are the best ways to organize DS teams, and what are the best measurements of the value of DS, which can be used to counter-hype?

Are big sample size problems really better than small sample size problems? What is the difference in Veracity? Do we really need gigantic computers and data sets?

How does DS impact computational hardware CPU/GPU, fog/edge computing, and the cloud?

How does DS impact health diagnosis, genomics, and drug discovery?

Can DS help detect fraud and identity theft?


Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Moderator/Speakers: Faisal Mushtaq


Faisal Mushtaq VP Technology Global Logic

Michael Philippi, VP Technology,  Lytx

David Bruemmer, CEO Adaptive Motion Group

Sandeep Pandya, President, Netradyne


What is the role of Machine and Deep Learning in Autonomous Vehicles? Can we build a solution without using ML?

What is the role of localization and mapping?

What is the role of non-line of sight (NLOS) technologies? Are they must for making this dream a reality?

Current state of V2X and V2V

What is the role of 5G and Edge Computing?

Are consumers ready to accept this paradigm shift?

What are the economics and cost dynamics of shift to autonomy?


The Commercialization of 5G


Moderator: Dr. Liangping Ma, InterDigital


Dr. Byung K. Yi, CTO, EVP, InterDigital

Dr. Durga Malladi, SVP, Qualcomm

Dr. Pranav Dayal, Principal Engineer, Samsung

Dr James Gilb, Principal RF Systems Engineer, CTO Office, General Atomics, IEEE 802 LMSC Executive Committee Second Vice Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group Technical Editor.


This panel discussion will focus on the commercialization of 5G, including standards and technology developments. The topics will include:

What is 5G? What unique features does it have?

5G standards status: New Radio (NR) and it relationship to Wi-Fi

Killer applications: what are the killer applications that will make 5G necessary? Will there be an eco-system (network operators, application developers) to support these applications?

Technology deployment: The timetable of commercial launches for major network operators. Which part of 5G technologies will be deployed first?


Latest Trends in UAV

Moderator: Egbert Oostburg (Drone Aviator)


Allan Matthew, Research and Development Manager, Planck Aerosystems

Eric Magilo, CTO, Striaght Up Imaging

Jeff Wurzbach, CEO/Founder/Engineer, Wurzbach Electronics

Jeff Debrosse, CTO, NXT Robotics

Olivier Brousse, CEO, 3DVistas


This active Panel and Presentation will cover the following topics:

“Overview of multirotor drone technology”: In this seminar we will present an overview of multirotor drone technology from an engineering perspective, from sensors to system components to flight controllers and software, and from theory to practice.

“Small UAVs VTOLs: A comparative survey and recent advances”: The ability to hover, along with taking off and landing vertically, has until recently been a unique advantage of multirotor and helicopter small UAVs.

Applications of on-board computer vision for UAS: From hardware to software, and from theory to practice SLAM (Simultaneous Local and Mapping ), visual odometry, real-time feature detection and obstacle avoidance, deep learning neural networks ...

Summary of recent drone regulations and how the regulations will impact the industry and tech development


Smart Cities Panel

Moderator/Speakers: Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson, Cleantech San Diego

David Graham, City of San Diego

Rick Azer, Black & Veatch

John Holmes, UC San Diego

Nisha Mohanl, US Ignite


Cleantech San Diego’s  Smart Cities San Diego initiative brings together private and public leaders from across the city to advance the region’s collective smart cities goals. The participants have led efforts around electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure, energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings, intelligent streetlights, smart building projects at San Diego’s port and airport, and a smart Bayfront development. In this inspiring session, learn how the collaborative approach to smart cities projects is uniting significant stakeholders to help make the San Diego region a leader in the smart cities movement. This world-class panel will focus on the importance of a unified vision and regional accelerated collaboration.


IOT Technologies and Applications

Moderator: Chris Rowan, Arscientia


Darin Andersen, Chairman and Founder at CyberTECH, CEO of NXT Robotics

Mark O’Keefe, General Manager, Honeywell Security and Custom Applications

Rasmus Hellberg, PhD, Senior Director -Technical Marketing, Qualcomm 

Rana Basheer PhD, Co-founder and CTO, Edyza, Orange County

Ted Harrington, Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators


This panel will address some of the latest issues in IOT technologies and applications. The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting technological developments in the world today, with applications spanning across consumables (wearables, home automation, wellness), commercial (retail, building, logistics), industrial (manufacturing, energy, transportation), and the public sector (smart cities and regions, public safety, security and healthcare). This panel will address Privacy/Security concerns for IOT and upcoming solutions, industry-offerings in the context of 5G, Wireless Sensor Networks, SmartCities, Vertical Applications and the Cloud.”

Topics Include:

1. How did IOT evolve and what are the top impacts of IOT across the application domain? What are the impacts to the economy?

2. What are the top challenges for Security and Privacy in the context of IOT and the most promising solutions with Cybersecurity?

How can these be applied to build out SmartCities?

3. What are the top challenges in deploying Wireless Sensor Networks in industrial and public sector IOT applications? What are the best practices in energy harvesting, wireless channel access and secured data transfer.

4. Roadmap of IoT with 5G, challenges and opportunities.

5. What is the landscape of edge devices for IOT? What are the challenges, best practices, tradeoffs and the decisions being made in industry at this time? See a Connected Home, and more.


Blue Tech

Moderator: Karen Dubey


Liane Thompson– CEO, Aquai

Darryl Symonds - Director of Marine Measurements Product Lines, Teledyne RDI

Leonard Pool - Managing Director, Sidus Solutions

Benjamin Migliori, PhD – Prinicipal Investigator SPAWAR, Interdisciplinary Physicist and Neuroscientist

Michael Brunch  –  Chief Engineer for Robotics at SSC Pacific


Blue Tech is defined as the innovation of technology in the maritime domain.  This panel discussion will explore how companies in this sector, experienced and startup, are participating in this increasingly important field.  The panel will then discuss how they envision the Blue Tech business growing in San Diego and beyond in the coming years.  This interactive session will include time for audience questions.   


Genomics Panel: Making Precision Medicine More Accessible Through Genomics



John P, Illumina

Rami Mehio, VP Engineering, Edico Genome

Nilesh Dharajiya, MD - Pathway Genomics

Byung-In Lee, Ph.D. MBA, CEO & CTO, Diagnomics

 This panel discussion will focus on the progression of personalized healthcare through the adoption of genomics. Precision medicine is the next generation of healthcare, weaving information provided through a patient’s genome into the disease treatment and prevention process. Edico Genome, Illumina and Pathway Genomics each play a vital role in making precision medicine more accessible and will discuss their role and how their technologies enable this progression.

Full Schedule and times are in Word Doc attached 

Location Coleman University, 8888 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
Cost Member - US$99 Non-Member - US$119 Join IEEE now to get the member rate on registration

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