Opening Keynote | Technology Innovation and the Future of ECE

Saturday, March 17
9:00 am - 10:00 am

The diverse disciplines of ECE are accustomed to the very rapid pace of technological change. But a wave of new technologies will drive advances that exceed anything we’ve previously seen. This spans new computing architectures, rapid developments in AI, advances in quantum computing that bring it to the threshold of practical application, and the possible return of analog computing, driven by new materials and new materials science. With the end of Moore’s Law now in sight, these and other innovations will be critical to meeting the constant demand for ever more powerful forms of computation. Universities, and ECE programs in particular, have played a major role in foundational research for these technologies, and continued collaboration with industry will be essential to ensuring effective application and commercial development. Similarly, ECE programs must train and develop the next generation of leaders in these technologies, and prepare them to drive future innovation. Dr. Krishna will survey a diverse range of technologies that are poised to reshape the field of ECE, and will reflect on what they mean for ECE heads, their faculties, their students, and their curriculums.


 Arvind Krishna
 Senior Vice President, Hybrid Cloud, and Director
 IBM Research                                                                       

Arvind Krishna leads the company’s hybrid cloud business and guides IBM’s technical strategy in core and emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, cloud platform services, data-driven solutions and blockchain.

Arvind has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 



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