The keynotes and exhibits for EE Live! 2014 are set to kick off today with keynotes, exhibits, and technical and tutorial sessions that promise to be quite rewarding for attendees this year.
Many tutorial sessions got off to a great start yesterday with the highlight of the day, in my opinion, being a rare tutorial on C++ by its inventor, Bjarne Stroustrup, who will host a two-day offering that continues today. There are multiple engineering summits, like Internet of Things Engineering Summit, Hardware Startup Engineering Summit, and Black Hat Engineering Summit, etc., that are well worth attending and make me wish I was polymorphic!
Here are 15 of my favorite sessions in addition to the C++ tutorial that compel me to attend EE Live 2014! in random order.
1. Keynote on Thursday, April 3: Opening Up the Car for All Makers, which will address OpenXC, Ford’s open-source hardware and software research platform that lets makers, developers, and tinkerers create new solutions.
2. Hardware Startup Engineering Summit, Tuesday, April 1, which promises to focus on agile product development strategies employed by successful hardware startups today. Agile methods tend to be overwhelmingly popular in software development projects so it would be enlightening to hear the speakers’ insights on hardware projects.
3. The Major Components for the Internet of Things, Tuesday, April 1, which focuses on the three major components of IoT: embedded processing and security, connectivity and interface, and software tools and development.
4. Making Sense of Sensing, Tuesday, April 1, which provides an intro to motion, location, temperature, pressure, and capacitive touch sensing with single-board computers.
5. Why Does a Quadcopter Fly? Rules of Thumb for Mechanical Design, Tuesday, April 1, my personal favorite, focuses on how to overcome mechanical design challenges in electronic hardware design and better understanding of how to successfully design the mechanical components of a system.
6. IoT: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2, by Professor Pister of UC Berkeley is centered on the role of open source software in IoT, and the OpenWSN project.
7. Becoming Paranoid (Securing the Internet of Things), Wednesday, April 2, addresses the actively-debated topic of security in all things connected.
8. Tales from the Trenches: Real-world examples of IoT successes (and failures), Thursday, April 3, addresses the much-needed topics of real world implementations of IoT and its hits and misses!
9. Music of the Design Process, Thursday, April 3, with somewhat misleading title does indeed address a project related to the music industry -- coin-operated pianos!
10. What Marketing Won't Tell You about the Internet of Things, Thursday, April 3, focuses on the factors that stop the IoT from being user (and engineer) friendly!
If you see my bias toward topics related to IoT, it is to be expected, especially when Cisco starts airing prime time ads on that topic and also launched a joint consortium with IBM.
See you at EE Live! 2014...
MP Divakar (Twitter: @docdivakar) is a technologist in the Silicon Valley, specializing in semiconductor backend, packaging, thermal management and test. In addition to juggling two startups, he manages to contribute at IEEE Communication society. He is a moderator at the EE Times portal.