Panel Sessions

RFIC 2018 Lunchtime Panel Session

Monday, 11 June 2018
PCC, Room 201A

How will the future self-driving cars see?
R vs. Radar


Panel Organizers and Moderators:
  Hossein Hashemi, University of Southern California, USA
  Amin Arbabian, Stanford University, USA
  Juergen Hasch, Senior Expert, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, Robert Bosch GmbH
  Manju Hegde, CEO & Co-Founder, Uhnder 
  Ron Kapusta, System Architect, Autonomous Transportation and Safety, Analog Devices 
  Lute Maleki, Senior Distinguished Engineer, GM Cruise
  Karam Noujeim, Head of Radar and Sensor Fusion, Intelligent Driving Group, Baidu USA

Abstract: In 2004, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held its first Grand Challenge with $1 million for grabs for any self-driving car that could travel a 150-mile route from California to Nevada. No self-driving car managed to finish the course. Fortunately, several teams succeeded in the subsequent 2005 second Grand Challenge, and a 2007 Urban Challenge. Since that event, almost all the traditional car companies as well as several startups in the field (nuTonomy, UBER, Zoox, and Waymo) have been working on deploying self-driving cars, with different levels of autonomy, in the market. Recent analysis estimates that the self-driving car market will be several trillion dollars by 2050, with the potential to revolutionize transportation.

A self-driving car needs advanced sensors (eyes) as well as a powerful computing unit (brain). Various sensor technologies have been suggested to provide “sight” for self-driving cars. The top candidates (in no particular order) are cameras, LiDAR, and radar, and their combinations. The performance, cost, and reliability of vision systems have improved considerably thanks to the ubiquitous usage of image sensors in consumer products, as well as the advanced vision algorithms being deployed. On the other hand, radar and LiDAR have not enjoyed as much reduction in cost, area, and power consumption due to their limited commercial usage. As such, the past few years has witnessed a plethora of startup companies, as well as some established companies, working on development of low-cost, high-performance, and reliable radars, LiDARs, and associated signal processing algorithms (brain) for the emerging self-driving car market.

This expert panel covers the state of the art in radar and LiDAR technologies, and attempts to draw contrasts between the two approaches in the context of self-driving cars. Among other things, the panelists will argue whether radar can deliver the necessary performance to eliminate the need for LiDAR, and whether LiDAR can become cheap and compact to remove the need for radar in self-driving cars. Radar and LiDAR enabling self-driving cars may very well be the next multi-billion dollar business opportunity for the RF and microwave communities.

Joint IMS/RFIC 2018 Lunchtime Panel Session

Tuesday, 12 June 2018
PCC, Room 201A

Can a residential wireless Gbps internet connection
compete with wired alternatives?


Panel Organizers and Moderators:
  Amin Arbabian, Stanford University
  Oren Eliezer, PHAZR, USA                
  Rod Waterhouse, Pharad LLC, USA 
  Dalma Novak, Pharad LLC, USA

  John Cioffi, Chief Executive Officer, ASSIA Inc. and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University 
  Farooq Khan, CEO, PHAZR
  Mike Geen, Head of Engineering, Filtronic Broadband 
  Pat Iannone, Member of Technical Staff, Nokia/Bell Labs 
  Jin Bains, Head of Connectivity, Southern California, Facebook

Abstract: The demand for Internet bandwidth continues to grow rapidly; Nielsen’s Law of Internet Bandwidth states that a user’s connection speed increases by 50% per year.   While we all may want a faster Internet connection, most people are unwilling to pay more to get higher data rates.   Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) residential internet connections have typically been supported by well-established high-speed wired networks.  However, there are a number of emerging technologies that offer the potential to compete with these approaches.  In this session, expert panelists will discuss some of the technology advancements that are enabling Gbps internet connections and will debate the merits of both the wired and wireless technology alternatives.