Key Note Speakers

IOT & SMART Audio – a Glimpse to CE Industry Trend -
Dr. Sharon Peng, IEEE Fellow, Director of Lifestyle Engineering, Harman, President of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society

Abstract: In the past ten years, consumer electronics devices have gone through three stages of changes. First, hardware driven traditional home entertainment system is migrated to software oriented individually operable home electronics. Secondly, conventional home electronics are turned into connected and local content sharing electronics. Then internet connected electronics are turned into cloud based content sharing smart devices. This path of evolution indicates the consumer behavior from device centric to user centric. Today, consumer devices are becoming more intelligent to guide consumers to achieve many tasks that do not even exist before. This presentation will review some most recent consumer electronics development. Then, we will discuss the latest smart audio development and voice activated IOT applications and products. A glimpse of Consumer Electronics industry trend will be outlined.

Dr. Sharon Peng has more than 25 years of experience on consumer electronics engineering research, design, develop, and management. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Philips Electronics Research Laboratories and Harman International, now Samsung Electronics Company. She served as senior research staff, principal video engineer, chief audio/video system architect, senior engineering manager, and director of R&D center, director of product engineering. Her expertise and experience on various professional and home elctronics areas includes audio and video processing architectures and algorithms, high- to low-end home theater product development, HDTV display enhancement, audio or video compression and decoding algorithms, wireless transmission and receiver systems, and so on. During her professional endeavors, Dr. Peng has generated 24 U.S. patents and published numerous IEEE papers.
Dr. Peng is the President of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. She has taken various leadership positions within IEEE and accumulated more than 10 years of experience in serving IEEE conferences and society activities.

Living the future, and CE in the age of software -
Mr. Bob Frankston, IEEE Fellow, Member of Board of Governors of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society

Bob Frankston is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM and the Computer History Museum. He is on the Board of Governors of the IEEE CE Society and writes the Bits versus Electrons column in the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He has Master’s and Engineer’s degrees from MIT in EE and CS. His career has been devoted to empowering people to take advantage of computing and connectivity.
He wrote the first electronic spreadsheet, VisiCalc. At Microsoft he was instrumental in connecting home users with the rest of the Internet.

Creating Smarter Machines through the Power of Analytics -
Mr. Suman Narayan, Senior Vice President, Semiconductor Business Unit, Cyient

Abstract: The arrival of low-cost, high-performance computing capabilities combined with robust connectivity has put us on an accelerated path to the next industrial revolution—a digital one. Humans and machines are expected to become increasingly more connected and dependent on each other. As industries today rush to embrace these new dynamics, chirps from trillions of connections and peta-bytes of data must be analyzed to provide actionable insights—critical to not only improve the business bottom line, but also to make both man and machine smarter and the working environment safer. This ‘data rush’ ecosystem is attracting new players who offer disparate solutions for the highly fragmented market. But do we really understand where does the data need to be actionable? At the edge or in the cloud? Cyient’s Suman Narayan will talk about some practical, real world examples where we have enabled digital transformation across industries. He will also discuss how underlying technologies help manage digital assets while monetizing data for everyone’s benefit.

Suman Narayan heads the Semiconductor, IoT and Analytics business units at Cyient. In his current role, he is responsible for shaping and executing the Semiconductor business strategy, while growing key client relationships.
Suman has over 20 years of experience in the high-tech electronics and semiconductor industry and has served in various leadership roles at ON (Fairchild) Semiconductor and Texas Instruments. In his last role at ON Semiconductor, he served as the vice president and general manager of the company’s P&L for the Intelligent Power Module business unit, growing cloud servers, and high-performance computing. Prior to that, he was with Texas Instruments for more than 18 years, where he was instrumental in incubating and launching the Motor Driver business for the Analog vertical. He was also responsible for growing revenue and profit for P&L for the Embedded Processor business based on ARM® and Digital Signal Processors (DSP) ICs, Embedded Software for IoT, video streaming, and automotive applications.
Suman has held a range of positions in Texas Instruments, including product line director for the portable audio, video, and imaging group; director of marketing for the company’s streaming media business; and director of systems and applications for their mixed signal analog business.
Suman holds a degree in electronics engineering from PSG Tech, Coimbatore, India, a master’s degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from the Iowa State University, and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

Enabling Mobile eXtended Reality (XR)
- Dr. Ajit Rao, Qualcomm Technologies

Abstract: We envision a future where your real world will be intuitively augmented with virtual objects, seamlessly wherever you are. This will happen through a new type of a mobile computing device which will replace nearly all others and change how we interact with the world. This device will incorporate a convergence of technologies in three key areas: immersion, cognition and connectivity. We call this convergence 'Extended Reality' (XR). XR is an umbrella term encapsulating Augmented Reality(AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and everything in between. XR will transform the way we live and interact with the world, offering unprecedented experiences and increased productivity. In this presentation, we will expand on the key enabling technologies that will power mobile XR.

Ajit Rao leads engineering for Qualcomm's eXtended Reality (XR) research efforts. XR includes Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR). Ajit has a B.Tech. (ECE, IIT Madras, 1992), MS & Ph.D. (EE, machine learning, UC Santa Barbara, 1998). He was an early employee of voice coding start-up SignalCom, acquired by Microsoft. Ajit worked on Windows Media Audio at Microsoft until 2002 when he moved to Texas Instruments, India. In TI, he grew and led the team that built multimedia codecs for all of TI's platforms including OMAP and DaVinci. He was also systems architect for TI's very complex Netra chip. In 2011, Ajit was also a volunteer technologist (biometrics) on India's ambitious 'Aadhaar' project which has > 1.1B users now. Subsequently, he co-founded and led technology for social video streaming startup, Vivaldi. Vivaldi's app Stringo was among the top 20 apps on the Android App Store (Social) in 2013. Ajit is a co-author on 12 issued US patents and 30+ technical publications in the areas of virtual reality, embedded systems, multimedia and machine learning.

Commercializing Hardware Innovations
- Mr. Avinash Kaushik, Founder and CEO, Revvx

Avinash Kaushik is the Founder & CEO of Revvx Hardware/IOT Accelerator ( with access to Manufacturing factories in China/Taiwan, Distributors and Retail Buyers in US/Asia and Innovation labs of Fortune 500 Corporates. Avinash also runs an Experiential Retail store 'Airflash' that showcases Electronics gadgets from Makers and Brands. (  

Avinash is an Advisor at several International Accelerators and VC Firms such as Italy based Foodtech Accelerator, Lisbon based Portugal Ventures, N15 Korean Accelerator and US based Innoventure Partners.   

As a Go-To Market Specialist for innovative product companies to enter new markets or explore distribution and Retail, Avinash is passionate about disruptive innovations especially in the Smart Hardware / Connected Things space. He is an expert in driving commercialization of Innovation and access to market for disruptive technologies in Consumer Electronics, IOT, Wearables, AR/VR, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, M2M, Synthetic Biology, IOT, Blockchain etc by pairing products with the channels that popularize them. 

Human motion detection and use in Entertainment/Gaming using IMUs, Integrated sensor processing systems - Challenges, Algorithms
- Prof. Varadhan SKM, IIT Madras

Dr. Varadhan SKM is in Biomedical Engineering group at IIT Madras (Home Page). Dr. Varadhan’s research is on movement neuroscience, motor learning, coarticulation, novel computer input methods. Dr. Varadhan’s group has developed a novel touch based text input device and a data glove to record hand postures and movements. Future applications of his work include novel input systems for gaming, entertainment and animation industry.

Dr. Varadhan’s group has developed algorithms for detection of hand movements using a small number sensors that can be a boon in human computer interaction and gaming industry.

Women In Engineering (WiE) track
Chair - Prof. Sujatha BM, HoD, BMS College of Engineering

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