IMS 2021 Announces Keynote Speakers for the In-Person and Virtual Events

The 2021 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS2021) and Microwave Week have announced the keynote speakers for their in-person and virtual events scheduled to take place from June 7-9, 2021 (In-Person / Physical) and June 20-25, 2021 (Virtual).


SPEAKER: Asha R. Keddy, Corporate Vice President and 5G Executive Sponsor, Intel Corporation; General Manager, Next Generation and Standards

TOPIC: 5G and Beyond:  Enabling a Fully Connected, Mobile, and Intelligent Society over the Next Decade

ABSTRACT: The additive nature of today’s technology megatrends such as 5G, AI, IOT, Edge Computing and the Cloud is fueling the need for computing and communications to converge into one intelligent, resilient and distributed networking fabric. As the industry continues to commercialize and evolve 5G to address enterprise and industry vertical requirements, it is also embarking on efforts that will set the foundation for next generation networks. In this keynote, Asha Keddy, Intel Corporate VP and GM of Next Generation & Standards, will share her thoughts on why the integrated design of compute and communications will be fundamental to the next generation, highlight initial candidate technology development areas and performance KPIs, and discuss the industry, academic and government collaborations that are needed for 5G and next generation networks to deliver broader economic and societal benefits.

SPEAKER BIO: Asha Keddy is Corporate Vice President and 5G Executive Sponsor at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for the research, engineering and development of new disruptive technologies, product innovation, business use cases, and partnerships ultimately establishing core capabilities that are foundational to 5G wireless and connected computing. In this role, she directs research and development, with a specific emphasis on solutions that offer deterministic and low-latency operation of wired and wireless networks, especially 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and optical. Keddy’s organization ultimately solves technical challenges facing global enterprise segments and operators enabling a range of industrial, enterprise and consumer applications. Keddy is also responsible for Intel’s contributions to industry standards and the company’s leadership in IEEE, 3GPP, Open-RAN Alliance and multiple industry fora. With more than 20 years of mobile broadband experience, Keddy is a highly sought-after speaker on a broad array of topics related to diversity and inclusion in the high-tech workforce, accelerating the future of network transformation with 5G, AI, edge computing and the IoT and other key topics. Keddy holds multiple patents, as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in computer science from Clemson University.


SPEAKER: Suresh Venkatarayalu, Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell

TOPIC: REIMAGINE THE FUTURE - Smart & Connected Solutions

SPEAKER BIO: In this role, Suresh Venkatarayalu is responsible for Honeywell's end-to-end new product development and introduction processes, including efforts to develop new, breakthrough technologies and software for the Industrial Internet of Things. Suresh oversees Engineering, Research and Development functions as well as Honeywell Technology Solutions. He also serves as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell’s Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) business group. Suresh joined Honeywell in 1995 as a software engineer and systems analyst for Aerospace and then held a series of engineering and IT leadership positions. His previous roles included CTO for Honeywell's former Automation and Control Solutions business group and President of Honeywell Technology Solutions where he was responsible for more than 50 percent of Honeywell’s global technology design centers across India, China and the Czech Republic. A graduate in computer science engineering from Bharathidasan University (India), Suresh has completed his post-graduation work in general management from the Indian Institute of Management in Kozhikode.


SPEAKER: Dr. Ahmad Bahai, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Texas Instruments

TOPIC: New Horizons for Millimeter-Wave Sensing

ABSTRACT: This talk will provide an overview of the rapidly evolving millimeter-wave sensor market, including radar, imagers, and spectroscopy. The research and development opportunities at device, packaging and system/algorithm levels are both challenging and exciting and technologies such as low-cost deep submicron CMOS, SiGe, and other compound materials are promising from different performance and figure of merit criteria. Many cases demand a hybrid integration as a system-in-package. This talk will cover some of the most important current and upcoming technologies and trade-offs for the millimeter-wave sensor market.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Ahmad Bahai, Ph.D, is a senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Texas Instruments responsible for guiding break-through innovation, corporate research and Kilby Labs. Throughout his career, Dr. Bahai has held a number of leadership roles, including director of research labs and chief technology officer of National Semiconductor, technical manager of a research group at Bell Laboratories, and founder of Algorex, a communication and acoustic IC and system company that was acquired by National Semiconductor. He holds an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an IEEE Fellow; he was a professor in residence at UC Berkeley from 2001-2010; and he currently serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University.


SPEAKER: Prof. Bram Nauta, Distinguished Professor, University of Twente, The Netherlands

TOPIC: Transceiver Roadmap for 2035 and Beyond

ABSTRACT: During the past decades wireless communication has made an enormous growth. Triggered by a large R&D effort, the integration of transceivers in CMOS technology has made low-cost mass production possible. For many applications like Bluetooth, a single-chip CMOS transceiver can now do the job. On the other hand, for complex transceivers like in modern smartphones, still more discrete RF components such as filters, switches and diplexers are being added to protect the transceiver from strong interferers which are often produced by the device itself. To satisfy the future bandwidth hunger, the number of frequency bands will further increase, modulation schemes will become more complex, more antennas will be used and carrier aggregation will be the norm. To limit the number of discrete RF components, linearity of the transceivers is key. Since more computing power will be needed in future transceivers as well, newer CMOS technologies are also wanted. CMOS technology will scale in favor of fast-switching digital circuits, but not for classical analog functions, like amplifiers. For the next fifteen years re-thinking of basic circuits and systems will be needed to make highly integrated linear transceivers, in a technology that is designed for digital circuits.

SPEAKER BIO: Prof. Bram Nauta received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands in 1987 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 to 1998 he worked at the Mixed-Signal Circuits and Systems Department of Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In 1998 he returned to the University of Twente, where he is currently a distinguished professor and head of the IC Design group. His current research interest is high-speed analog CMOS circuits, software defined radio, cognitive radio, and beamforming. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, the president of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, and on the technical program committees for many conferences. He is fellow of the IEEE and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

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