2017 Keynotes

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Patrice Roulet Fontani



"360° Immersive technology, how will you be transported right there, in person, instantaneously"
The consumer devices of tomorrow are evolving beyond capturing classic pictures and videos. The lenses of yesterday are narrow and restrictive. New generation of super wide angle lenses capture our surroundings in full 360°, allowing our friends and families to step inside our universe and experience it, live.

Qualified as a most social platform by some and a game changer by others, this new generation of 360°/VR devices will impact the way people express themselves, share moments, and enjoyed unlimited unique experiences.

As example, we have seen off the shelf smartphones easily turning to virtual reality headsets. Next gen smartphones will become a gateway to your full immersive environment, enabling from the same device: 360° Virtual Reality capture, instantaneous sharing and immersive live experiences allowing us to share our world, our live, our feelings and our emotions.

This is the tip of the iceberg. Social media and app developers are yet to unlock the full potential of immersive 360° technologies. Its potential is only limited by our imagination. Starting from professional TV broadcast and movie cameras scaling up to our day to day consumer devices such as smartphones, this talk will explore a near future where we will never miss the unique feeling to be there.


BIO: Based in Canada, Patrice heads ImmerVision’s engineering as well as, contributes to IP growth and the adoption of ImmerVision’s 360° panomorph technology by global corporations. Recently, he has led the miniaturisation of the panomorph 360° technology for smartphones, tablets, wearables and IoT devices. Patrice has lead the integration of 360⁰ imaging technology in consumer electronics, surveillance, automotive, aerospace, medical and broadcast products.

Back in 2000 in France, after completing his Master’s degree in image processing and computer graphics, Patrice joined the INRIA and contributed to their research in robotic surgery simulation field. In parallel, he co-founded ImmerVision, a company dedicated to 360° optics and imaging technology. With his conviction that 360° technology could be applied everywhere, he contributed to the development of 360° panomorph optical and imaging technology.

Beyond technology, Patrice believes that innovation is propelled by human beings, partnerships and alliances - he has collaborated with a large ecosystem of partners in the optics industry like Fujifilm, CBC Computar, Tamron and Kolen, and in the silicon industry like Marvel, Intel, Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung, HiSilicon, NXP and OmniVision.

In addition, Patrice is an avid surfer, international traveler and always seeks to make new connections.


Juin J. Lion



Juin J. Liou, Pegasus Distinguished Professor, Lockheed Martin Chair Professor of Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET

"Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Protection of Consumer Electronics: Challenges and Solutions"

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is one of the most prevalent threats to the reliability of electronic components. It is an event in which a finite amount of charge is transferred from one object (i.e., human body) to the other (i.e., microchip). This process can result in a very high current passing through the microchip within a very short period of time, and more than 35% of chip damages can be attributed to such an event.  As such, designing robust on-chip ESD structures to protect microchips against ESD stress is a high priority in the semiconductor industry. The continuing scaling of CMOS technology makes the ESD-induced failures even more prominent, and one can predict with certainty that the availability of effective and robust ESD protection solutions will be a critical factor to the success of the deep sub-micron technology advancement. In fact, many semiconductor companies worldwide are having difficulties in meeting the increasingly stringent ESD protection requirements for various electronics applications.

There has been a wide spread use of integrated circuits in consumer applications. An example is the automotive electronics which are typically operated in a voltage range of 40-60 V. This relatively high-voltage operation imposes certain challenges to the design of ESD protection solutions embedded in the modern vehicles. On the other hand, due to the huge market of civil wireless communications, low-voltage integrated circuits are also in high demands. Effective ESD protection solutions for these high-speed circuits are typically required to operate within a very narrow ESD design window and with a minimal loading effect (i.e., high transparency), hence introducing a different set of challenges.

This talk gives a comprehensive coverage on challenges and solutions pertinent to ESD protection of high- and low-voltage IC’s utilized in various consumer electronics.


Juin J. Liou received the B.S. (honors), M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1982, 1983, and 1987, respectively. In 1987, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, Florida where he is now the UCF Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin St. Laurent Professor. His current research interests are Micro/nanoelectronics computer-aided design, RF device modeling and simulation, and electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection design and simulation.

Dr. Liou holds 12 U.S. patents (1 more filed and pending), and has published 13 books (1 more in press), more than 280 journal papers (including 21 invited review articles), and more than 230 papers (including more than 100 keynote and invited papers) in international and national conference proceedings. He has been awarded more than $14.0 million of research contracts and grants from federal agencies (i.e., NSF, DARPA, Navy, Air Force, NASA, NIST), state government, and industry (i.e., Semiconductor Research Corp., Intel Corp., Intersil Corp., Lucent Technologies, Alcatel Space, Conexant Systems, Texas Instruments, Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, Analog Devices, Maxim Integrated Systems, Allegro Microsystems, RF Micro Device, Lockheed Martin), and has held consulting positions with research laboratories and companies in the United States, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore.  In addition, Dr. Liou has served as a technical reviewer for various journals and publishers, general chair or technical program chair for a large number of international conferences, regional editor (in USA, Canada and South America) of the Microelectronics Reliability journal, and guest editor of 7 special issues in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, Microelectronics Reliability, Solid-State Electronics, World Scientific Journal, and International Journal of Antennas and Propagation.

Dr. Liou received ten different awards on excellence in teaching and research from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and six different awards from the IEEE. Among them, he was awarded the UCF Pegasus Distinguished Professor (2009) – the highest honor bestowed to a faculty member at UCF, UCF Distinguished Researcher Award (four times: 1992, 1998, 2002, 2009) – the most of any faculty in the history of UCF, UCF Research Incentive Award (four times: 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015), IEEE Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2004 for exemplary engineering teaching, research, and international collaboration, and IEEE Electron Devices Society Education Award in 2014 for promoting and inspiring global education and learning in the field of electron devices. His other honors are Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET, Fellow of Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Fellow of UCF-Analog Devices, Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Electron Device Society (EDS), and Distinguished Lecturer of National Science Council. He holds several honorary professorships, including the Chang Jiang Scholar Endowed Professor of Ministry of Education, China – the highest honorary professorship in China, NSVL Distinguished Professor of National Semiconductor Corp., USA, International Honorary Chair Professor of National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, Honorary Endowed Professor of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Chang Gung Endowed Professor of Chang Gung University, Taiwan, Feng Chia Chair Professor of Feng Chia University, Taiwan, Chunhui Eminent Scholar of Peking University, China, Cao Guang-Biao Endowed Professor of Zhejiang University, China, Honorary Professor of Xidian University, China, Consultant Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, and Courtesy Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Dr. Liou was a recipient of U.S. Air Force Fellowship Award and National University Singapore Fellowship Award.

Dr. Liou has served as the IEEE EDS Vice-President of Regions/Chapters, IEEE EDS Treasurer, IEEE EDS Finance Committee Chair, Member of IEEE EDS Board of Governors, and Member of IEEE EDS Educational Activities Committee.

Tao Zhang



The Emerging Era of Fog Computing and Its Impact on Consumer Electronics

Tao Zhang, Cisco


Moving computing, control, and storage into the Cloud has been a key trend in the past decade. However, Cloud alone is encountering growing limitations in supporting many new systems and applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G wireless systems, distributed data analytics, embedded AI, and more. Addressing the growing need for distributed computing requires a new paradigm - Fog, which can dynamically distribute computing, storage, communication, and control services closer to the users, to the network edge or anywhere along the Cloud-to-Thing continuum that can best meet user requirements.

Many new challenges arise in enabling Fog computing and services, creating a fertile ground for innovation. What Fog architectures make the most sense? How should Fog interact with Cloud? How to enable scalable, manageable, and reliable distributed Fog systems and services? How to secure such Fog systems and services? The list continues. Addressing these challenges necessitates rethinking of the end-to-end computing, networking, and control architectures.

In this talk, I will discuss what Fog is, how it complements and differs from other related technologies and initiatives, how it can help address some critical challenges we face, and what the global industry-academia consortium - Open Fog Consortium (OpenFog) - is doing to accelerate Fog development and adoption.


Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow and Cisco Distinguished Engineer, joined Cisco in 2012 as the Chief Scientist (Senior Director) for Smart Connected Vehicles. Since then, he has also been leading initiatives to develop strategies, architectures, technology, and eco-systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Fog Computing. He is a Board Director of OpenFog, the CIO and a Board Governor of the IEEE Communications Society, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He holds over 50 US patents and has co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004) published by John Wiley & Sons.

For over 25 years, Tao has been in various technical and executive positions, directing research and product development in vehicular, mobile, and broadband networks and applications. Prior to Cisco, he was Chief Scientist and Director of Mobile and Vehicular Networking at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research or Bellcore). He was a founding Board Director of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA). He has served on the advisory boards for several R&D organizations. He was a co-founder of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Sub-Committee on Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications and its Chair from 2013 – 2015. He has been an adjunct professor at multiple universities.

Ferhan Özkan



Title: Different Perspectives on VR/AR Innovation

Ferhan Özkan, Crytek

Ferhan is Senior Business Development Manager at Crytek responsible of partnerships and alliances. He is also leading VR First program launched in January 2016 nurturing grass-root VR development with high-end hardware and CRYENGINE technology. Program already attracts hundreds of universities and an impressive number of young developers worldwide. He also has a strong network inside VR industry with a wide range of different stakeholders including investors, hardware/HMD manufacturers, developer communities and universities.

He founded digital game distribution platform called Playstore in which he got the chance to work with the top 10 AAA/F2P game publishers. He was the founder of METUTECH-ATOM, one of the first pre-incubation centers focusing on gaming and animation which led to 8 startups and many game industry/developer events like Global Game Jam.

Paul Sajda



“Integrating Brain-Computer Interface Technology With Augmented and Virtual Reality” Paul Sajda, Ph.D. Columbia University. Chair, IEEE Brain Initiative
Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) are platforms that offer the potential to revolutionize how we interact with media, enabling new forms of experiences in real and/or virtual environments.  Brain computer interfaces (BCIs) are new technologies under development to enable direct communication between brain and machine.  The integration of BCI with AR/VR offers new opportunities  and products for the consumer . It also offers new ways for neuroscientists to understand how the human brain processes information in naturalistic and interactive experiences. In this talk I will describe our work integrating BCI and AR/VR to opportunistically sense neural and physiological signals for labeling information in a VR environment,  using this  labeling to optimize navigation through a virtual world.  I will also discuss how arousal and workload can be tracked using a BCI in a VR-based flight simulation task, showing how neurofeedback can be used to optimize user performance in terms of flight time for this game-like application.


Paul Sajda is Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University. He is Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and Neural Computing (LIINC) and Co‐Director of Columbia's Center for Neural Engineering and Computation (CNEC). His research focuses on neural engineering, neuroimaging, computational neural modeling and machine learning applied to the study of rapid decision making in the human brain. Prior to Columbia he was Head of The Adaptive Image and Signal Processing Group at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Sarnoff Technical Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is the current the Editor‐in‐Chief for the IEEE Transactions in Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and Chair of the IEEE Brain Initiative. He is a founder/co-founder of several neurotechnology start-up companies.

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