The performance of processors and integrated circuits has improved so much and they have become so inexpensive that new technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence are finding their way into an increasing number of applications. This opens up the possibility of totally new systems that independently perceive their environment, formulate conclusions, and make decisions. The embedded world Conference reflects this trend with the motto “Embedded Intelligence”, which takes up the title of one of its precursors from the 1990s. These technologies that were once only a dream have since become a reality. The 2019 programme includes ten conference clusters:
1. Internet of Things
2. Connected Systems
3. Embedded OS
4. Safety & Security
5. Hardware Engineering
6. Software & Systems Engineering
7. Embedded Vision
8. Autonomous & Intelligent Systems
9. Embedded GUI & HMI
The individual clusters are made up of sessions and classes. Sessions last an entire morning or afternoon and generally consist of a number of half-hour presentations. Classes are limited to smaller groups and are more like seminars. They allow participants to delve into a specific topic, sometimes also participating in practical exercises on a computer or microprocessor boards.
The high points of the embedded world Conference are always the two keynotes on the first and second days of the conference. This year’s keynote speakers are two first-class industry experts who approach embedded intelligence from very different angles: Jim Tung, MathWorks Fellow, and Jean-Marc Chery, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics since May 2018.
Keynotes by industry experts
On the first day of the conference, 26 February 2019, Jim Tung will speak about “Developing game-changing embedded intelligence”. In particular, he’ll focus on how algorithmic expertise and domain-specific knowledge must be combined to maximize the added value created by systems and products. This global approach, in conjunction with dynamic changes in the market, presents developers with ever greater challenges.
On the second day of the conference, Jean-Marc Chery’s keynote will focus on “Embedded intelligence for the next wave of smart systems – opportunities and challenges on the edge”. He will demonstrate the continued role of the embedded system in the field, on the edge. Not all data will be moved to the backend, to the cloud, but an optimal balance needs to be found between the computer, storage and communication resources.