Speakers

Don't miss exclusive insights from top keynote speakers in the Eureka and New Electronics conference and workshop theatres.

Speakers for EDS 2017 include:



Scott Cooper, Field Marketing Manager at Silicon Labs for IoT

Silabs are heavily involved in the IoT space and are a strong driver of IoT standards like Zigbee, Thread and BLE. Scott has been involved in the electronics industry since 1982 and has gained broad experience around the embedded systems and software markets. Today, Scotts focus is around wireless and sensor technology for the Smart Building and IoT market. it’s an exciting connected future ahead for all of us.


Andrew Till, VP Technology & Marketing, Harman Connected Services

Andrew is the VP for Technology and Marketing, for HARMAN Connected Services. In the technology side of his role Andrew looks at new emerging technologies, developing industry market trends and innovation opportunities. On the marketing side Andrew is focused on driving the divisional marketing strategy, working closely with the business units to stimulate new customer demand and establishing Harman Connected Services as a key industry through leader in its core markets. In addition to these responsibilities he also works with the corporate CTO, IP and Strategy functions to support cross divisional initiatives.



Elod Gyorgy, Digital Design Engineer, Digilent

Elod GYORGY is a Digital Design Engineer with over 8 years of experience in Xilinx FPGA technologies and embedded software development. Currently, he works at the Romanian branch of Digilent Inc., a leading electrical engineering products company serving students and universities with education design tools. They are on a mission to make electrical engineering and design technologies understandable and accessible to educators, students, and hobbyists alike.


Gavin Hill, Technical Marketing Engineer, National Instruments

Gavin has worked for National Instruments for 5 years, with a mechanical engineering background. He focus is around new technology in the transition to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), along with NI’s embedded and condition monitoring portfolio.



Manfred Baer, Head of Product Management, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH

Manfred Baer has worked in the plastics industry for more than 30 years at market leading companies such as ICI, LATI, LNP and RTP. Manfred has been head of product management at AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH for seven years, in this role Manfred develops materials and solutions for specific applications on a day to day basis, such as the bonding of plastics to metals by means of plasma treatment. In addition to this he also works on projects developing high performance plastics such as PPA and AKROLOY® (PA66 + PA6I/6T) and some key account management.


Ralf Bruening, Product Managerand Senior Consultant, Zuken

Ralf is a Product Manager and Senior Consultant at Zuken's EMC-Technology Centre in Paderborn/Germany with the focus on Zuken's High Speed Design, SI & EMI verification tools. Ralf has worked in EDA for more than 25 years, and in his role he provides specialist technology expertise to companies worldwide advising on high-speed SI/PI & EMC simulation issues. He is also involved in the product planning, development and product marketing of Zuken's PCB simulation tools. Ralf is active in the area of device modelling and standardization (i.e. IBIS IC modelling) and represents Zuken in international R&D projects, and is also a regular speaker at international technical conferences.


Stefano Gai, Global Product Line Manager, SKF

Stefano Gai is Global Product Line Manager for Electro-mechanical Actuators at SKF company. He received a B.S. degree in Electronics from Politecnico of Torino University in Italy, with specialization in mechatronics. He has been active in the area of linear motion technologies for industrial automation for over 11 years, working across different segments and geographical areas. His current task involves supporting leading multi-national companies in projects related to the upgrading of existing hydraulic and pneumatic system into high performance mechatronics solutions


Arnab Bhattacharya, Senior Application Engineer, Computer Simulation Technology

Arnab Bhattacharya received his M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He joined CST in 2012 and works as a Senior Application Engineer where his main area of work involves high frequency MW & RF applications and EMC/EMI simulation.


Valerie Lynch, CEO, AND Technology Research Ltd

Valerie Lynch founded AND Technology Research Ltd, following an early in Telecoms and throughout her career has been involved in creating digital and electronics based solutions for consumer, industrial and medical deployment. A believer in life-long learning, Valerie was awarded a PhD for her work investigating the value of embedded software, in 2013 and continues her research into maximising value captured from technology development. With the current boom in sensor and cloud based technologies Valerie sees many value opportunities but also the pitfalls encountered with development and her work is currently focused in this area.


Manuel Martin, Product Manager 3D-MID, Beta LAYOUT

Manuel Martin joined Beta LAYOUT in 2006 working for the Laser Stencil department and later for the PCB-cam section. In the following years he supported establishing the front panel-and 3D printing divisions. During that time he dedicated himself to develop the 3D-MID processing. Since November 2015 Manuel Martin works as 3D-MID product manager at Beta LAYOUT.


John Lin, Senior Application Engineer, ANSYS

Dr John Lin is a chartered CAE Analyst at ANSYS UK Ltd. Dr Lin completed his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Sydney. Dr Lin worked as a Composite Engineer where he developed and constructed composite structures, along with experimentation and analysis of maintenance technology for aerospace applications. Dr Lin has has been in the Engineering Simulation space for over 15 years. Dr Lin is currently working as a technical lead assisting clients drive adoption of new advanced design technologies.



Robbie Balcombe, Technical Director, COMSOL

Robbie works as the technical team director at COMSOL UK. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2007 with a MEng in Aero-Mechanical Engineering, and then carried out his PhD in the area of numerical modelling of rolling contact fatigue at Imperial College London.


Ian Clark, Product Line Director, Mentor Graphics

Ian has been heavily involved in CFD and electronics cooling since the mid 1980’s. Firstly at CHAM as a consultant, support engineer and US customer services manager and with Flomerics from 1991. Ian has since had roles in training, consultancy, sales, customer support and product management, leading to his current role as a Product Line Director in Mentor Graphics, Mechanical Analysis Division. For the last 20 years, he has been actively engaged with the onward development of electronics cooling products and is now focused on the software engineering and product direction for the FloTHERM product portfolio.



Steve Gascoigne, Senior Consultant, Mentor Graphics

Steve Gascoigne is an electronics design analysis expert with experience gained from >30 years in the industry. His formative years were spent with Plessey Ltd and Nortel Networks as a PCB designer and hardware engineer. The second part of his career has been as an EDA applications engineer supporting engineers adopt advanced design and analysis technologies at large and small companies across the globe.



Asif Moghal, Senior Industry Manager, Design & Manufacturing, Autodesk

I'm all about great design and innovation, especially when they combine to create exciting new products and businesses.

My professional journey began helping SME's develop and bring to market a variety of new products ranging from consumer goods to industrial machinery and the occasional perpetual motion machines.

As the Senior Manufacturing Industry Manager at Autodesk, I lead a collaborative initiative focused on driving greater productivity, innovation and growth for the UK.

What I enjoy most however, is meeting our amazing customers and learning what they need to design, make and sell better products in this era of connection.


Michael Chen, CEO, BIX Connectors

Mr. Xin CHEN, graduated from the university of Sydney, Australia, worked for ODU connectors system for 12 years as the CEO in China until 2014, successfully build the company from zero to more than 300 employees, production facility with R&D, engineering, tooling shop, turning shop, molding shop and as well as assembly shop. Owner of the BIX connectors Co. Ltd since 2015.



Crt Valentincic, CTO, RED PITAYA

Crt Valentincic graduated from UL, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 2009 and was later working on Instrumentation technologies where he was involved in software and hardware development of high-end instruments for particle accelerators. In 2013 he started working on an open source reconfigurable measurement and control instrument called Red Pitaya. Currently he is a CTO at Red Pitaya d.d., Ljubljana, Slovenia.



Garry Clarkson, Senior Field Application Engineer, Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments are market leaders in IoT and embedded connectivity supporting standards including WiFi, Zigbee, Thread and BLE as well as proprietary Sub-GHz applications. Garry has been supporting TI's industrial embedded processing and connectivity customers across the UK, Ireland and South Africa for 5 years. Currently, Garry's focus is firmly around processor ,wireless and sensor technology for the Smart Home and Building Automation market sector.