Well, it appears that I have some big shoes to fill -- not to mention needing to buy a wardrobe of Hawaiian shirts -- as I have very kindly been asked to be the track chair for the Processors and Programmable Devices track at Design West 2014.
For those who did not get the chance to attend this year's Design West conference and exhibition, it was an amazing week that featured a tremendous variety of excellent technical presentations. In the case of the Processors and Programmable Devices track, which was chaired by Max Maxfield, the talks ranged from Chess-Playing FPGAs to Robot Avatars to Embedded Vision and Embedded Speech to the effects of Radiation on electronic components and systems, along with many, many more topics.
In addition to the excellent technical talks, there were also many interesting demonstrations and seminars from manufacturers on things like the Raspberry Pi, NXP LPC, and analog basics. There were also a variety of hands-on training sessions and workshops, along with off-the-wall activities like CapNet -- the world's first wireless mesh network to be deployed in Propeller Beanies.
And I certainly cannot neglect to mention the three amazing keynote presentations that took us to Mars, allowed us to discuss neuroscience with actress Mayim Bialik who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, and introduced us to the concept of "Humans 2.0" as presented by a real-life bionic man.
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Technology, palm trees, and bacon -- what more could engineers ask for?
The point of all this that Design West 2014 is set to be even bigger and even better. I hope you will scratch your head and think about what would be an excellent presentation for you to come talk about. This is a tremendous opportunity to meet editors and bloggers from EE Times and engineers from around the world, to network, to learn new technologies and techniques, and to discover all sorts of useful tips and tricks.
You have until the October 11, 2013 to submit your ideas for papers. There is even a helpfully provided justification tool kit to help justify your attendance at the conference to your employer.
So, what are you waiting for?