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DesignCon 2023 Keynotes

Join us to hear insights from engineers and influencers.  Keynotes are open to all attendees and are located in the Elizabeth A. Hangs Theater on the 2nd floor.

Aydin Aysu
Assistant Professor and Head of the Hardware Cybersecurity Research Lab (HECTOR) at Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of North
Carolina University

Post-Quantum Cryptography: The Next Decade of Cryptographic Hardware Design

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 
Time: 11:45 -12:30 p.m. PST

Existing cryptographic standard algorithms cannot move to the quantum computing era because quantum computers are proven to break them. Advances in quantum computing technology are creating concerns for such a practical break. To address this issue, we must completely change the cryptography infrastructure in the next decade and use new algorithms in secure communication and access control protocols. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is leading this effort and is currently standardizing new, quantum-secure cryptographic algorithms, which are expected to complete by 2024. A massive effort will be needed to change the cryptographic circuits for supporting these new standards. In this talk, I will introduce the need for quantum-secure cryptography and then introduce the new computational units in the upcoming standards. Then, I will present my team's effort in building secure and efficient cryptographic implementations for such protocols.

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Devin Billings
Associate Director of Electrical
Research and Development at
Boston Dynamics

Enabling Autonomous Robotics Through Electrical Engineering

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 
Time: 10-11 a.m. PST

Building machines that can approximate the mobility, dexterity, and agility of people and animals is a grand challenge. Through a combination of advancements in robotic control, AI, and many forms of hardware component technology, we may be on the precipice of a proliferation of massively scalable new robotic automation opportunities. But these kinds of robots represent quite complex design challenges in electrical system design, necessitating technology that encompasses a huge range of subject matter within the electrical engineering discipline. Devin Billings, Associate Director, Electrical Engineering Research at Boston Dynamics, will discuss how robots are overcoming these challenges and what the electrical architecture of a legged robot looks like, how electrical component technology has enabled today's robots, and how electrical engineering can enhance the future of robotic autonomy, mobility, and dexterity.

This keynote is preceded by the 2022 Best Paper Award presentations.

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Ben Gu
Vice President Research and
Development, Multiphysics System
Analysis Business Unit at
Cadence Design Systems

The Intelligence to Design Intelligent Machines

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023 
Time: 10-11 a.m. PST

Electronics design is undergoing a revolution as semiconductors are used in more and more market applications. Each has its unique data and workload and requires customized compute and analytics architectures. Advanced semiconductors are implemented in the latest process nodes, in the most complex 3D-ICs, to achieve top performance with more operational flexibility. When the scope is expanded to the full system, complexity further exceeds the traditional siloed engineering teams and methodology. AI is showing promise for addressing the growing complexity, finding optimal design outcomes, and substantially improving overall team productivity. But not all problems are equal. Which are the intelligent system design challenges that AI is best suited for? What impact should be expected from applying AI to these challenges? And what is the frontier of AI solutions for intelligent system design?

This keynote is preceded by the Engineer of the Year Award presentation.

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