Keynoters at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) over the years have included engineers, inventors, programmers, industry moguls, physicists, scientists, astronauts, explorers, cartoonists, sci-fi authors, musicians, politicians, manufacturers, analysts, futurists, and industry (and cultural) icons. As varied as embedded systems are, so too have been the ESC speakers and keynoters. The DESIGN West conference staff needs your ideas for keynote addresses and conference speakers.
Again, if you want to help pick our DESIGN West keynoter, to speak this April at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., click on the link to vote in our survey.]
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1) Mark Zuckerberg
2) George Takei
3) Marissa Mayer
4) Larry Ellison
6) Scott Adams - cartoonist and creator of "Dilbert"
7) Jimmy Carter (he has an engineering degree)
8) Montel Williams
9) The Rutan brothers
Dr. Jonathan Clark, former NASA space shuttle crew surgeon who designed the space suit Felix Baumgartner used to recently break the 50 year old high altitude jump record, breaking the sound barrier in the process.
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.