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Advantest lines up keynote speakers for VOICE 2020

2nd January 2020
Mick Elliott

Keynote speakers for the Advantest VOICE 2020 Developer Conference in the U.S. and China have been announced. The conference will return to two popular locations – Scottsdale, Arizona on May 12-13 and Shanghai, China on May 22 – with the theme “Your Voice. Your Vision. Our Value.”

VOICE 2020 in Scottsdale will begin with a keynote speech by research specialist Dr. Kate Darling, a leading expert in robot ethics. Dr. Darling explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction.

Named one of the “Women in Robotics You Need to Know About” by Robohub, she currently investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.

On Wednesday, May 13, STEM educator Fredi Lajvardi will share his remarkable story of how he transformed a group of high school students into a national champion robotics team. Lajvardi captivated the US when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated leading schools, including top-ranked MIT.

Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary Underwater Dreams and was also adapted into the major motion picture, Spare Parts.

Honoured with numerous awards for his spirited passion for teaching, Lajvardi continues to serve as a prominent advocate about the importance of STEM education nationwide.

At VOICE China on May 22, CEO and Chairman of VLSIresearch, Dan Hutcheson, will deliver a keynote address on 5G, IoT, AI, and other critical IC markets, including key trends as well as China’s rising role in the semiconductor market. Hutcheson is a recognised authority on the semiconductor industry, winning SEMI’s Sales and Marketing Excellence Award in 2012 for “empowering executives with tremendous strategic and tactical marketing value" through his e-letter, The Chip Insider; his book Maxims of Hi-Tech, and his many interviews of executives.

The learning and networking opportunities offered at VOICE through technical sessions, kiosk showcases, keynote speeches, partners’ expositions and social events will expand in 2020 to include a follow-up day of workshops on May 14 in Scottsdale.

“Each year, the VOICE technical program covers the hottest topics and industry trends, and 2020 will be no different,” said Ronald Goerke, technical chairman of VOICE 2020 and senior applications expert at Advantest. “With new technical tracks on 5G/millimeter wave, parametric testing, and hot topics like artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as workshop day, VOICE is uniquely designed to address the current test challenges we engineers face. Attendees can expect to learn about the latest engineering and production solutions for these topics, and so much more, at VOICE 2020.”

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