2018 OIDA Executive Forum Program

14 May 2018
Hilton San Jose, Almaden Ballroom
San Jose, CA, USA

OIDA Executive Forum Schedule

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8:30 - 9:30 Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome Remarks
9:45 - 10:30

Keynote Presentation

10:30 - 11:45

Panel 1: Mobility and Productivity - Seeing Is Believing 

Moderator: John Ryan, 
DeepFutures Consulting, USA

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 13:45

Keynote Presentation

13:45 - 15:00

Panel 2: The Wide World of Consumer Imaging - The Role of Optics

Moderator: Alexandre Fong,
TruTag Technologies, USA

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:45

Panel 3: How Do We Scale the Next Generation of Hardware? 

Moderator: Tom HauskenOIDA

16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks 
17:00 - 18:00 Networking Reception 

*times are subject to change

Featured Keynotes:

Keynote Presentation (9:45 - 10:30): 

A Sensor Roadmap for Computer Vision in the Intelligent Edge
Pat O'Connor, Microsoft, USA
Microsoft has developed a wide range of sensors, deployed in products ranging from optical mice to Kinect computer vision cameras to the Hololens. In this presentation, Pat O’Connor will discuss some of the challenges being faced in the sensor world to enable deeper sensing capabilities in ever wider product types. Marrying data from multiple sensors, keeping them relatively calibrated and accurate, detecting the 'useful data' in the relative torrent of hi-res image data. A particularly challenging application is the AR headset and its tight constraints on space and power. Use of sensors in motion and in adverse environmental conditions. And identifying the key innovations in optics, semiconductors, compute architecture and algorithms to enable our customers to achieve more.

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Keynote Presentation (13:00 - 13:45): 

Optics' Foundation Role in Frontier Tech
Gene MunsterLoup Ventures, USA
There are always little waves in tech, but every ten years there's a big wave. This presentation examines the next wave and how computer perception will be foundational to its success. Topics include augmented reality, LiDAR, AI, and robotics.

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Panel 1: Mobility and Productivity - Seeing Is Believing
Recent attention from DARPA and Google helped move a decades-old vision for driverless vehicles from the drawing board to field testing and even some special use cases already in place.  These vehicles require many new sensors of various types, and require complex sensor fusion and artificial intelligence to interpret and manage the information.  The optical sensing technology is not yet standardized, however, thereby offering many challenges and opportunities for the optics industry to enable this vision.  And while the commercial auto industry is receiving the most attention, there will be spin-off opportunities for other vehicle platforms, from drones, submersibles, and military vehicles, to autonomous industrial equipment.  This session will discuss the investment and opportunities for optics companies in this topic.

Michael PowellWoodside Capital Partners, UK
Maryanna SaenkoDraper Fisher Jurvetson, USA
Greg UrbanUBS, USA
Luca VerreProphesee, France

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Panel 2: The Wide World of Consumer Imaging - The Role of Optics
The optics industry is riding a wave of trickle-down investment from public companies that can be characterized as the “Apple economy.”  This refers not just to Apple but to the many giant companies that are investing in and releasing products spanning augmented and virtual reality, 3D imaging, face recognition, Internet of Things, and the cloud and artificial intelligence technology behind them.   This session will examine opportunities for optics in upcoming consumer-oriented applications, as well as applications for these technologies beyond consumer products.

MODERATOR: Alexandre Fong, TruTag Technologies, USA

Praveen Gupta, HTC, USA
Michael Janse, Samsung Ventures, USA
Doug Kreysar, Radiant Vision Systems, USA 
Jacob Mullins, Shasta Ventures, USA

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Panel 3: How Do We Scale the Next Generation of Hardware?
Expectations are high for rapid growth in optical products for new sensing applications, but the challenges for optics suppliers are significant.  Customers in the end-product industries—whether traditional automotive OEMs or consumer products behemoths like Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung—are extremely demanding and have their unique ways of doing business. The optics industry has to rise to meet their needs, not the other way around, and not every company is up to the task.  This fireside panel will discuss the scaling of optics and photonics-based hardware with executives that have experience manufacturing products in volume sectors

MODERATOR: Gurinder Parhar, ATVI, USA

Hong Hou, Fabrinet, USA
Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International, USA
Andre WongLumentum, USA

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