• Conference
    Jan 29–31, 2019
  • Expo
    Jan 30–31, 2019
  • Santa Clara Convention
    | Santa Clara, CA

2018 Keynote Lineup

DesignCon's keynote presenters are carefully selected to inspire and challenge the high-speed communications and semiconductor industries by covering today's cutting-edge topics. For 2018, we're featuring a keynote panel discussion bringing the industry's brightest minds together on one stage to discuss the SI/PI & EMI forecast for the next five years. Plus, an up-to-the-minute keynote presentation on autonomous vehicle safety and another on piloting the next space mission past Pluto.

Hear from the visionaries and thought-leaders shaping the future while getting invaluable insights that can move your career forward now. Open to all pass types.

SI/PI & EMI Challenges: Looking Ahead Through 2023

Tuesday, January 30 | 12:00 p.m.—12:45 p.m.


Steve Sandler

Managing Director, Picotest

Istvan Novak

Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle

Eric Bogatin

Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado

Alfred Neves

Chief Technologist, Wild River Technology

Kenneth Wyatt

Sr. EMC Engineer, Wyatt Technical Services LLC

Keynote Overview: Engineers are facing major challenges within signal integrity, power integrity, and electromagnetic interference — which only seem to increase exponentially. At this rate, where will we be five years from now? Get insights from an all-star panel featuring respected industry leaders as they discuss what’s on the horizon and what the future holds for your company, career, and core industry.

How Do We Make Autonomous Vehicles Safe Enough?

Wednesday, January 31 | 12:00 p.m.—12:45 p.m.


Todd Hubing

Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University

Keynote Overview: No electronic system is 100% reliable. Components fail, software can glitch, and design parameters are exceeded. In this keynote, vehicle electronics expert Dr. Todd Hubing will describe the challenges associated with designing safe and reliable autonomous vehicles, and review methods for ensuring that these automobiles of the future will be immune to electromagnetic interference and other potential system failures.

New Horizons: Journey to Pluto and Beyond

Thursday, February 1 | 12:00 p.m.—12:45 p.m.


Alice Bowman

New Horizons Mission Operations Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


Keynote Overview: New Horizons is preparing to encounter the Kuiper Belt in 2019, at the outer reaches of the solar system. Hear from New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman as she discusses the continuing journey through the eyes of the Applied Physics Laboratory mission operations team and describes the technical, scientific, and personal challenges of piloting the spacecraft to the farthest reaches of the planetary frontier.