Keynote for All Trade Fair
Visitors and Conference Delegates
One highlight of the embedded world conference is always the keynote address on the first day, which is also open to all trade fair visitors free of charge. The speaker is Hassane El-Khoury, CEO of Cypress and an acknowledged industry expert.
On 25 February 2020 he will talk about the interaction between humans and machines. The combination of the "Internet of Things" and smart technologies could change the interaction of human beings with the world to an even more decisive extent than the smartphone has done. As artificial intelligence learns the preferences and behaviours of humans and adapts itself to them, El-Khouri even refers to the "extension of the human spirit". The resulting effects will make themselves felt in the motor car, industry, medicine, smart cities and smart homes.
Topics in Detail
The presentations in the various thematic clusters are highly topical and extend far beyond the ten conference clusters
1. The presentations in the "Internet of Things" track are devoted to questions about IoT platforms,
trusted computing, databases for distributed applications and the debate about cloud vs. edge vs.
2. In the "Connected Systems" track, the focus will be on wireless and wired communication technologies. In this context, "single-pair Ethernet" will address one of the most recent developments. TSN, which has been around for a long time, has also evolved and is now starting to be used. In the wireless area, after low-power-wide-area-networks (LPWAN), the main interest is in innovations relating to the new location-based Bluetooth functions and cellular campus networks with 5G.
3. Embedded OS: In a session on basic principles, participants will learn how real-time operating systems work in the multi-core era. Other key topics include Linux, container technology, virtualisation and how the operating system can help ensure the security of systems. This cluster is rounded off by three classes on operating system topics.
4. Functional Safety & Security: For many embedded systems, functional safety and protection against attacks on the system are absolute prerequisites. The presentations in this cluster cover issues like architectural developments for systems with critical and non-critical functional components and the latest amendments to the leading safety standards. This is a very interesting question, especially in the age of neural networks in the context of functional safety. Another key topic is the security of micro-controller systems to protect them from both attacks and product piracy. Thanks to current developments in quantum computing, the very fundamental question is whether and how an open embedded system with a long service life can be protected against hacker attacks.
5. The presentations in the "Hardware" track are just as diverse as the hardware itself. The wide range of topics includes flash memories and their reliability, the always compelling issue of energy supply - with and without data transfer - and the RISC-V architecture that is being implemented in more and more chips. This overview is rounded off by some interesting examples of applications.
6. Software Engineering: As software makes its way into more and more (critical) applications, the quality, reliability and security of embedded systems are playing an increasingly important role. This is ensured by numerous targeted measures that cover the entire development process for secure and reliable systems. In this context the design of the development process, from the recording and documentation of requirements to the modelling of the system and detection of errors using highly efficient analyses and tests, is of crucial importance. All these important aspects will be addressed in the course of the conference. An entire day will be dedicated to the programming phase, with special consideration being given to coding standards like MISRA, which was specifically developed to ensure the quality of software.
7. Embedded Vision: Thanks to integration and miniaturisation, image sensors and image processing software are blending into increasingly more compact systems. The presentations in this cluster, which have been put together in partnership with the VDMA, show that these systems play a major role, especially for machine learning.
8. Intelligent Systems: In the near future we will be increasingly coming across technical systems that not only operate according to how they have been programmed to react in a completely predictable and calculated context, but also respond to situations. This means that machines will be making decisions in situations that have not been simulated beforehand. This track will discuss the latest development trends and architectures in embedded systems (e.g. AI on FPGAs) and as heterogeneous solutions with high-performance cloud connections.
9. Embedded HMI & GUI: Embedded systems are also being offered with increasingly more sophisticated GUIs. However, software developers are sometimes not the best designers for a user-friendly interface. This session is intended to bridge the gap.
10. The "System-on-Chip" track explores a lot of hardware and design aspects for programmable FPGAs and hard-wired ICs. From the draft and architectures to verification and supply chain, the SoC sessions will cover all aspects of this topic.
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