How Megatrends Drive Innovations in Consumer Communications Technology
External factors unrelated to technology that include a global pandemic and a war have been disruptive to technology. As a result, the world continues to evolve and reinvent itself through technology. Technology is a key enabler in driving this global transformation especially with Megatrends
Megatrends coalesce around multiple trends, last for a long time and have broad impacts not just on technology, but to business, society, and the environment. Simply put, Megatrends impact all aspects of humanity. This panel of technical experts will cover the key Megatrends of interest to attendees of IEEE CCNC, emphasizing their practical applications and implementations. The speakers will share their observations and experiences on the state-of-the art and future direction of consumer technologies.
Format: Participate in a live discussion with a panel of industry experts from several distinct fields who will provide their perspectives, observations, and predictions of the future.
Session Outline (Total Time is 1.5 hours)
- Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates
- Dejan Milojicic, HPE
- Nicholas Napp, Xmark Labs
- Jeewika Ranaweera, Oracle
- Moderated by Kathy Grise, IEEE
- Organized by Kathy Grise and Doug Zuckerman
Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst and business and technology consultant. He has over 37 years in the data storage industry with engineering and management positions at several companies. Coughlin Associates consults, publishes books and market and technology reports (including The Media and Entertainment Storage Report), and puts on digital storage-oriented events. He is a regular storage and memory contributor for forbes.com and M&E organization websites. He is an IEEE Fellow, President of IEEE-USA and is active with SNIA and SMPTE.
Dejan Milojicic is a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA [1998-present]. Previously, he worked in the OSF Research Institute, Cambridge, MA [1994-1998] and Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, Belgrade, Serbia [1983-1991]. He received his PhD from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (1993); and his MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia (1983/86). His research interests include systems software, distributed computing, systems management, and HPC. Dejan has over 200 papers, 2 books and 79 patents. Dejan is an IEEE Fellow (2010), ACM Distinguished Engineer (2008), and HKN and USENIX member. Dejan was on 8 PhD thesis committees, and he mentored over 50 interns. Dejan was president of the IEEE Computer Society (2014), IEEE presidential candidate in 2019, editor-in-chief of IEEE Computing Now (2008-2012) and IEEE Distributed Systems Online (2008-2009) and he has served on many editorial boards and TPCs. Most recently he co-founded workshop on Programming Environments for Heterogeneous Computing at SC’2021. Dejan led large industry-government-university collaborations, such as Open Cirrus (2007-2011) and New Operating System (2014-2017).
Nicholas Napp, Founder, CEO Xmark Labs. As a co-founder of Xmark Labs, Nicholas is focused on the role of Virtual & Augmented Reality and Blockchain technologies in enterprise digital transformation. He enjoys working at the intersection of strategy, technology and corporate narrative to accelerate business growth. Nicholas has been working with VR and AR systems since the 1990s when his team at Rainbow Studios pioneered the use of VR in 3D animation production. He has launched over 40 products across a wide range of consumer and enterprise markets. Nicholas is also Chairman of the Board at FabNewport, a non-profit provider of maker-centered learning programs and services for middle school and older students.
Jeewika Ranaweera is a principal hardware engineer working on high-speed microprocessors at Oracle. She received her Bachelor’s in CSE from ISPJAE in Havana, Cuba and her Master’s and PhD degrees in ECE from the University Of Toronto, Canada. She is an IEEE Senior Member and a steering committee member for IEEE Future Directions and Digital Reality Initiatives.
Jeewika authored an eBook about her engineering journey for IEEE Women in Engineering to inspire others to follow STEM careers and illustrated the 1stchildren’s book published by IEEE. Recently she delivered a Keynote on “Successful Leadership Development in STEAM Careers,” at the IEEE LAEDC 2020, WIE/YP Networking session in Costa Rica. She is passionate about delivering talks on Quantum Computing, and the need to have a diverse environment to eliminate “Bias in AI” that discriminates minority. She also shared her unique insight via a podcast on areas where immersive technologies benefit humanity. She has been a speaker at the IEEE LAEDC, Drive World Conference, ChipChat, IEEE VTS, IEEE CCNC, AWE, IEEE TTM, Grace Hopper Conference, IEEE WIC Summit, and FB Developer Circle. She has also been a Track chair for the IEEE WIE ILC.
She volunteers as a female technologist through the Oracle Education Foundation. As a Program Evaluator for ABET, she helps guide the content, quality and delivery of ECE degree programs around the world.
She has authored and co-authored many papers published in technical journals, or presented at international conferences. Jeewika holds five US Patents.
Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director - - IEEE Future Directions, supports new technology initiatives, is the IEEE staff program director for the Digital Reality Initiative, the IEEE Technology Navigator AI, Future Directions and Industry Advisory Board Committees, and manages the digital presence team for Future Directions. Previous initiatives included big data and cloud computing. Ms. Grise served as the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE COMPSAC 2022 Symposium - Data Sciences, Analytics, & Technologies (DSAT). Prior to joining the IEEE staff, Ms. Grise held numerous positions at IBM, and most recently was a Senior Engineering Manager for Process Design Kit Enablement in the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center. Ms. Grise led the overall IT infrastructure implementation, and software development in support of semiconductor device modeling verification, packaging, and delivery; device measurement and characterization data collection and management, and automation for device modeling engineers. Ms. Grise is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, and an IEEE Senior member.
Douglas N. Zuckerman
An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Doug Zuckerman is a past IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, USA, and is an IEEE Life Fellow.
His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Currently, he is a consulting employee at Peraton Labs. Presently semiretired, he is still very active in IEEE activities, including the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee and the IEEE Future Directions Committee, where he co-chairs its Public Safety Technology initiative.