This is going to be a rather exciting year with regard to the embedded systems conference (ESC), because there are going to be a bunch of ESCs all over the place.
Three of these little scamps will be held in the USA. We start with ESC Boston, which will take place May 6-7, 2015. This will be followed by ESC Silicon Valley, which is scheduled for July 20-22, 2015. And then to close the year out, for the first time ever (cue roll of drums), we'll be holding an ESC in Minneapolis on November 4-5, 2015.
I'm looking forward to all of these ESCs for oodles of reasons, including the fact that I get to meet up with old friends from around the world. I love cherry-picking the talks I want to hear, and I also enjoy wandering around the exhibitors to discover what new goodies they have with which to tease and tempt me (“Ooh, Shiny!”). I especially like chatting with other engineers to hear what they are up to, the types of systems they are designing, the challenges they are running into, and the ways in which they are overcoming these challenges. And, of course, I really enjoy giving my own talks — I'll be presenting two or three papers at each ESC — the real trick (as many have discovered to their cost) is getting me to stop talking (LOL).
In fact, I'm so enthused by everything that I was moved to summon my chum Bob out of his office next to mine, thrust my digital camera into his hands, and beseech him to take this video of me waffling on about it all.
As you'll hear in this video, ESC Minneapolis is especially interesting to me because I've been tasked with coordinating the technical part of the program. Now, I've presented at many ESCs over the years, and I've even been a track chair on occasion, but this will be the first time I've orchestrated the entire technical program.
As you can imagine, I want this ESC to be the one that sets the standard for years to come. On the occasion of my 100th birthday (see May 29, 2057 — Mark the Date! ) — which I may well celebrate at ESC Silicon Valley 2057 — I want to hear grizzled old engineers say things like “Ah, ESC Minneapolis 2015, I was there,” and for a hushed silence to fall, and for all the younger engineers to gather round and beg to hear tall tales of that legendary occasion.
For all of this to come to pass, of course, we need talks that will first blow your mind and then blow your socks off, or vice versa. I want presentations that introduce interesting and novel design and verification tools and techniques. I want talks about real-world design and verification problems and solutions. I want sessions so enticing that it's “standing room only” and so exciting that they leave the audience quivering with delight and gasping for more.
Now, this is well in advance of the official submission process, but I want to get a head-start on everything, so if you have an idea for a presentation you'd like to give, or a topic about which you'd like to learn, please email me at and let's start bouncing ideas around.
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