Industry Forums

Future Trends of Technology Innovations

Moderator:  Haohong Wang, General Manager, TCL Research America, USA


      John Apostolopoulos, VP and CTO, Cisco, USA

      Bo Begole, VP and Global Head of the Media Technologies Lab, Huawei, USA

      Achin Bhowmik, VP and General Manager, Intel, USA

      Liu Qiao, Technical Director, Software Electronics & Mechanical Systems Laboratory, 3M Company, USA

Time: 16:00-18:00, Friday, January 27, 2017

John Apostolopoulos is VP/CTO of the Cisco’s Enterprise Segment where he drives the technology and architecture direction for Cisco’s efforts in the enterprise space. He also founded and leads Cisco’s Innovation Labs, covering Internet of Things (IoT), wireless, application-aware networking, multimedia networking, indoor-location-based services, and deep learning for visual analytics. Previously, he was Lab Director for the Mobile & Immersive Experience Lab at HP Labs. His work spanned novel mobile devices and sensing, client/cloud multimedia computing, multimedia networking, immersive video conferencing, SDN, and mobile streaming media content delivery networks for all-IP (4G) wireless networks. He is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer, named “one of the world’s top 100 young (under 35) innovators in science and technology” (TR100) by MIT Technology Review, and received a Certificate of Honor for contributing to the US Digital TV Standard (Engineering Emmy Award 1997). He has published over 100 papers, including receiving 5 best paper awards, and has about 70 granted US patents. John also has strong collaborations with the academic community and was a Consulting Associate Professor of EE at Stanford (2000-09), and frequently lecturers at MIT. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from MIT.

Bo Begole is VP and Global Head of the Media Technologies Lab for Huawei R&D whose mission is to create the future of media experiences through innovations in ultra-high-efficiency compression, computer vision/hearing, 3D modeling, augmented/virtual reality, full field communications and personalized responsive media. Previously, he was a Sr. Director at Samsung Electronics’ User Experience Center America where he directed a team to develop new contextually intelligent services for wearable, mobile and display devices. Prior to that, he was a Principal Scientist at Xerox PARC where he directed the Ubiquitous Computing research program creating machine learning technologies for user-behavior modeling, mobile location-based recommendations and responsive media. An inventor of 30+ issued patents, he is also the author of Ubiquitous Computing for Business (FT Press, 2011) and dozens of peer-reviewed research papers. Dr. Begole is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, active in many research conferences and was co-Chair of the 2015 ACM conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI 2015) in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Begole received a Ph.D. in computer science from Virginia Tech in 1998 and prior to that was enlisted in the US Army as an Arabic language interpreter.


Achin Bhowmik is vice president and general manager of the perceptual computing group at Intel, where he leads the development and deployment of Intel® RealSense™ Technology. His responsibilities include creating and growing new businesses in the areas of interactive computing systems, immersive virtual reality devices, autonomous robots and unmanned aerial vehicles. Previously, he served as the chief of staff of the personal computing group, Intel’s largest business unit with over $30B revenues. Prior to that, he led the development of advanced video and display processing technologies for Intel’s computing products. His prior work includes liquid-crystal-on-silicon microdisplay technology and integrated electro-optical devices.


As an adjunct and guest professor, Dr. Bhowmik has advised graduate research and taught courses at the Liquid Crystal Institute of the Kent State University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. He has >100 publications including two books and >100 granted and pending patents. He is a Fellow of the Society for Information Display (SID), and serves on the board of directors for SID and OpenCV, the organization behind the open source computer vision library.


Liu Qiao received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Technology and his Ph.D. degree from Tohoku University, Japan concentrating in learning algorithm in control systems. Liu worked both in academia as assistant professor of control systems at Beijing University of Technology and in automotive R&D as an engineering and leader at Hitachi Automotive Products and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America before joining 3M. Liu started his industry career as an advanced automotive control system expert and progressed to technical operations manager in service, vehicle program manager, e-Business manager and research manager. Liu successfully led Toyota’s first Canadian hybrid vehicle program and its market introduction. Liu is also a founding member of Toyota Research Institute of North America, and drove establishment of Toyota’s technologies, engineering platforms and programs on Power Electronics, Active Safety Systems, Autonomous Driving, Drivetrain Management, Robotics and Intelligent Transportation System. Liu’s current efforts have focused on building technology platforms, infrastructure, and product pipelines to mechanize, electrify, and digitize advanced 3M materials to accelerate business growth globally. Liu holds 12 US patents, has 49 publications and is also an active member/supporter of many academic and industrial professional associations. Liu was recently recognized as the Smart Industry 50 Innovators on the leading edge of digital transformation.

The Future of Media Coding and Streaming

Moderator:  Shan Liu, Director, MediaTek, USA


      James Bankoski, Director, Google, USA

      Jill M. Boyce, Media Architect, Intel, USA

      José Roberto Alvarez, Director, FutureWei Technologies, USA

      Anne Aaron, Director, Netflix, USA

Time: 10:00-12:00, Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shan Liu is Director of Technology Development at MediaTek USA Inc. Prior to joining MediaTek in 2010, she held various technical and management positions at Sony (USA), Samsung (USA), Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL), IBM, Rockwell and AT&T Labs. Since 2006, Dr. Liu has been an active participant and contributor to ISO/IEC and ITU-T standards. By late 2015, she had published more than 200 standard contributions. Many of her inventions have been adopted by international standards such as ITU-T H.265 | ISO/IEC HEVC and built into communication and multimedia products. Dr. Liu has chaired and co-chaired a number of ad-hoc and technical groups through standard development and served as editor of HEVC Screen Content Coding standard. Currently she represents MediaTek in several international standard development groups, including the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) and Joint Video Exploration Team (JVET) of ITU-T SG16 and ISO/IEC MPEG, MPEG-DASH and MPEG-Systems, etc. Dr. Liu received the MediaTek R&D Gold (highest honor) Award in 2013 in recognition of her contributions to video coding technology development and standardization. She is the inventor of more than 50 U.S. and global patents, and author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. She received B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Minor in Computer Science) from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Jim Bankoski is a Director at Google responsible for Google's video, audio, and image compression efforts. He's the former CTO of On2 Technologies and a technical contributor to all of On2 / Google's video codecs from Tm2x through VP9, including video codecs widely used in Flash, Skype and now WebM.

José Roberto Alvarez is Director of Strategy and Planning at Futurewei Technologies in Santa Clara, California, where he is responsible for strategic development of Media Technologies for Huawei R&D worldwide. He started his career at Philips Laboratories and has been involved in architecting, designing and implementing media technology products for a variety of industries including broadcast, consumer, post-production and computer graphics for companies including Philips, Broadcom, Maxim, Xilinx, and three successful start-ups in Silicon Valley. He has actively participated in major industry inflection points in the last 20 years, most notably in the development of H.265, H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, HDTV, desktop video graphics, and Extensible Processing FPGA platforms. Mr. Alvarez earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering with distinction from The City University of New York. His work has been granted 46 US and 6 EU patents.

Jill M. Boyce is Senior Principal Engineer and Media Architect at Intel. She represents Intel at the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC) and Joint Video Exploration Team (JVET) of ITU-T SG16 and ISO/IEC MPEG. She serves as Associate Rapporteur of ITU-T VCEG, and was an editor of the Scalability High Efficiency Video Coding extension (SHVC).

She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1988 and an M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1990. She was formerly Director of Algorithms at Vidyo, Inc. where she led video and audio coding and processing algorithm development. She was formerly VP of Research and Innovation Princeton for Technicolor, formerly Thomson. She was formerly with Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, and Hitachi America. She was Associate Editor from 2006 to 2010 of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. She is the inventor of 145 granted U.S. patents, and has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

Anne Aaron manages the Video Algorithms team at Netflix, the team responsible for the video analysis and processing in the Netflix cloud-based encoding pipeline. The team is tasked with generating the best quality video streams for more than 81 million Netflix members worldwide, and is actively involved in defining next-generation video through academic research collaboration and standardization work. Prior to Netflix, Anne had technical lead roles at Cisco, working on the software deployed with millions of Flip Video cameras, Dyyno, an early stage startup which developed a real-time peer-to-peer video distribution system, and Modulus Video, a broadcast video encoder company.

During her Ph.D. studies at Stanford University, she was a member of the Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Laboratory, led by Prof. Bernd Girod. Her research was one of the pioneering work in the sub-field of Distributed Video Coding. Anne is originally from Manila, Philippines. She holds B.S. degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

The Future of Automobiles

Moderator:  Annie Guan, NextEV, USA


      Nick Sugimoto, Sr. Director, Honda Silicon Valley Lab, USA

      Louay Eldada, CEO and Co-Founder, Quanergy Systems, USA

      YC Chao, Co-Founder and CTO, Telenav, USA

      Jason Creadore, Co-Founder and VP, Civil Maps, USA

      Tim Wong, Technical Marketing for Autonomous Vehicles, NVIDIA, USA

Time: 16:00-18:00, Thursday, January 26, 2017

Nick Sugimoto is the Senior Program Director of Honda Silicon Valley Lab (, the open innovation lab of global Honda R&D based in Mountain View, California. Nick oversees Honda’s advanced information technology R&D in Silicon Valley, as well as, strategic partnership globally. Previously, Nick led the corporate venture capital program at Honda where he invested in a number of innovative startup companies and built strategic R&D partnerships. Prior to joining Honda, Nick was a successful entrepreneur leading a series of technology venture companies in both the US and Japan. Nick received his engineering degree from the University of Tokyo and MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Louay Eldada is CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, Inc. Dr. Eldada is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Quanergy is his fourth start-up. Dr. Eldada is a technical business leader with a proven track record at both small and large companies and with 71 patents, is a recognized expert in nanotechnology, photonic integrated circuits and advanced optoelectronics. Prior to Quanergy, he was CSO of SunEdison, after serving as CTO of HelioVolt, which was acquired by SK Energy. Dr. Eldada was earlier CTO of DuPont Photonic Technologies, formed by the acquisition of Telephotonics where he was founding CTO. His first job was at Honeywell, where he started the Telecom Photonics business and sold it to Corning. He studied business administration at Harvard, MIT and Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. in optical engineering from Columbia University.

YC Chao is a co-founder and CTO of Telenav. He has extensive experience in navigation technology implementation as well as software and hardware development. His career builds on a track record of success in wireless location technology, navigation software development for consumer applications and for Connected Cars. Extending from Navigation on Connected Cars, he is leading Telenav development in self-driving car technologies. YC holds a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, a Master of Science from the University of Texas Aerospace Engineering Center for Space Research, and a Bachelor of Science from National Taiwan University.

Jason Creadore is the VP of Product and Co-Founder of Civil Maps. The Silicon Valley-based startup provides self-learning cognitive perception systems that replicate human context to enable machines to perceive, orient and respond to the physical world. By combining localization technology and artificial intelligence, Civil Maps is creating a new generation of maps that enable fully autonomous vehicles to traverse any road safely and comfortably without any human intervention. Creadore is a serial entrepreneur, previously co-founding HelloTracks, a fleet management app that ranks in its category's top 10 in the Google app store. Creadore previously worked at the New York Stock Exchange and J.P. Morgan where he and his team secured over 100 tech IPOs and executed $1.3 billion in financings in the number one deal team of their segment. Creadore graduated from Lehigh University with a bachelor of science.

Tim Wong leads the Self-Driving Technical Marketing team for NVIDIA Automotive. Tim works with our customers, partners and suppliers to enable autonomous vehicle technology using our platforms, deep learning neural networks and artificial intelligence for high-quality, robust, flexible and safe self-driving solutions. Before joining NVIDIA, Tim was the president of the MHL Consortium where he drove the adoption and licensing of MHL technology, a video transport standard that can be found in more than 900 million smartphones, displays and accessories. Prior to MHL, Tim worked at AT&T designing and supporting undersea fiber-optic cable systems that connect up our world. Tim has a Certificate in Professional Program Management, a Mini-MBA in Finance from the AT&T School of Business and the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Computer Science from USC and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Boston University.

Annie Guan is a Senior Staff Engineer of NIO (previously NextEV USA), a global startup that makes smart, electric and autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining NIO, Annie was leading the engineering R&D at Honda Silicon Valley Lab. She was responsible for building innovative solutions in connected vehicle services and vehicle intelligence using cloud computing, big data analytics, computer vision and machine learning. She also held various technical and managment positions at Cisco. Her current focus is on Deep Learning, Big Data Infrastructure and Autonomous Vehicle development.

Annie received her B.S. in Computer Science with a four-year full scholarship at Roanoke College, M.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Computer Science from The George Washington University (GWU). She also attended Ph.D program at GWU and University of California, Santa Cruz in the field of Artificial Neural Network.