The following are some of the speakers that have confirmed their attendance:


Jyotika Athavale, IEEE Computer Society – 2024 President, Synopsys

Jyotika Athavale is a Director, Engineering Architecture at Synopsys, leading quality, reliability and safety research, pathfinding and architectures for data centers and automotive applications. She also serves as the 2024 President of the IEEE Computer Society, overseeing overall IEEE-CS programs, operations and service to the global computing community.

Jyotika leads and influences several international standardization initiatives in the area of RAS/safety in IEEE, ISO, SAE, JEDEC and OCP. She led the development of the IEEE 2851-2023 standard on Functional Safety Data Format for Interoperability, and now chairs the IEEE P2851.1 standardization initiative on Functional Safety interoperability with reliability. For her leadership in international safety standardization, Jyotika was awarded the 2023 IEEE SA Standards Medallion. And for her leadership in service, she was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022.

Jyotika has authored patents and many technical publications in various international conferences and journals. She has also pioneered & chaired international workshops and conferences in the field of dependable patents and many technical publications in various international conferences and journals. She has pioneered & chaired international workshops and conferences in the field of dependable technologies.

Leonardo Chiariglione,

Leonardo obtained his MS degree from the Polytechnic of Turin and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Tokyo.

He has been at the forefront of a number of initiatives that have helped shape media technology and business as we know them today, starting from MPEG which he founded in 1988 and chaired for 32 years until he was ousted in June 2020 by a coalition of obscure forces.

From March 1971 until July 2003, Leonardo he worked at CSELT, the corporate research center of the Telecom Italia group and is the CEO of since its establishment in January 2004. Leonardo is the recipient of several awards: among these the IBC John Tucker award, the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics award and the Kilby Foundation award.

Tom Furness, University of Washington

Tom Furness is an amalgam of Professor, Inventor, Virtual Reality Pioneer and Entrepreneur in a professional career that spans 56 years. He has made notable contributions in photonics, electro-optics, human interface technology, and is considered the ‘grandfather’ of virtual reality and augmented reality. Tom earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Southampton, England. He is Professor (Emeritus) of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington, USA. He is the founder of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab) at UW and founder and international director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and the HIT Lab Australia at the University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania.

Prior to joining the faculty at the UW, Tom served a combined 23 years as an U.S. Air Force officer and civilian scientist at the Armstrong Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he developed advanced cockpits and virtual interfaces for the Department of Defense. He is the author of the Super Cockpit program and served as the Chief of Visual Display Systems and Super Cockpit Director until he joined the University of Washington in 1989.

Since the beginning of his career Tom has continued to play an active role in virtual and augmented reality development and application. In 1998 he received the Discover Award for his invention of the virtual retinal display. Tom is co-inventor of the ChromaID technology licensed to Visualant Inc. and received the 2013 SPIE Prism Award for this work. In June 2015 he gave keynote titled ‘Being the future’ at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California, where he received the first ‘Auggie’ lifetime achievement award for his 50-year contribution to the VR and AR Industries. In March 2016 Tom received the IEEE VR Career Award for his lifetime contributions to the fields of virtual and Augmented Reality and in October 2016 the Virtual Reality Foundation of Los Angeles Proto Award also for lifetime achievement. Most recently in November 2021 Tom was presented the Accenture Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of International Extended Reality and Elected to the IEEE VTCG Academy.

Tom lectures widely and has appeared in many national and international network and syndicated television science and technology documentaries and news programs. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. He is the inventor of the personal eyewear display, the virtual retinal display, the HALO display and holds 24 patents in advanced sensor, display and interface technologies. With his colleagues and students Dr. Furness has published over 400 papers and conference proceedings and started 27 companies, two of which are traded on NASDAQ at a market capitalization of > $ 12 B (USD). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Computer Society and Photonics Society of the IEEE. He is the founder and chairman of the Virtual World Society, a non-profit for extending virtual reality as a learning system for families and other humanitarian applications. He has recently been named an Accenture Luminary.

Mar Gonzalez-Frano, Google

Dr. Mar Gonzalez-Franco is a research manager at Google AR & VR where she works on creating a new generation of Immersive Tech. She leads the Blended Interactions Research and Devices team (BIRD), in their work they explore multi-device and multi-modal futures enabled by ML and AI. From foundational work to full products. Before that she was a principal researcher at Microsoft Research where she open sourced some of the most used avatar libraries like the Microsoft Rocketbox. Her work transferred into the release of Avatars in Teams that was awarded Times invention of the year , and it is to date the largest deployment of avatars in any productivity platform, available to the 270 million users of MS Teams. In 2022 she was awarded the IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality new significant researcher award.

Nikolai Leung, Qualcomm

Nikolai has been developing cellular and multimedia standards since 1996, where he started with the development of the TIA TR45.5 analog fax and data standards, followed by the multi-channel radio link protocol for IS-95B. He then continued to work on voice codecs, TTY, data protocols, and video telephony for cdma2000 as part of the 3GPP2 standards development organization. In 2007, he transitioned to 3GPP where he led the Qualcomm team in the development of eCall, multimedia telephony, dynamic adaptive HTTP streaming, and the Enhance Voice Services (EVS) codec standards. He also served in various chair and vice-chair positions in both 3GPP and 3GPP2.

Nikolai currently leads Qualcomm’s multimedia standards and industry efforts which cover the areas of systems, protocols, XR, compression, graphics, broadcast, application interfaces and ecosystems. Some of the key organizations that the teams he leads participate in are 3GPP, MPEG, Khronos, the Metaverse Standards Forum, 5G-MAG, IEEE, DVB, ATSC, and DASH-IF.

Beyond his standardization role, Nikolai focuses his time on tackling the climate crisis and supporting efforts to encourage innovation and invention.

Chris Lucero, Intel Corporation

Chris D. Lucero is the Director of Emerging Technologies and StrategyIntel Corporation | Network and Edge Group (NEX)AZ Tech Council – Chair, IoT/Smart Cities Committee.

During Chris’  26 years at Intel, he has worked as a Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Engineering Manager, and currently as Director of Emerging Technologies and Strategy for Industrial markets.  Chris has developed engineering teams for  Thermal/Mechanical, Power Measurement and Management, Pathfinding and Innovation, and End to End System Proof of Concepts for IoT.  Chris holds 15 U.S. Patents and has co-authored a technical book entitled “Energy Aware Computing” .  Prior to joining Intel, Chris worked in the Aerospace and Medical design industries.

Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Labs

Dejan Milojcic is an HPE Fellow and VP at Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA [1998-present]. Previously, he worked at the OSF Research Institute, Cambridge, MA [1994-1998] and Institute “Mihajlo Pupin”, Belgrade, Serbia [1983-1991]. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany (1993); and his MSc/BSc from Belgrade University, Serbia (1983/86). His research interests include systems software, distributed computing, systems management, and HPC.

Dejan has over 250 papers, 2 books, and 86 granted patents. Dejan is an IEEE Fellow (2010), ACM Distinguished Engineer (2008), and HKN and USENIX member. Dejan was on 9 Ph.D. thesis committees, and he mentored over 90 interns. Dejan was president of the IEEE Computer Society (2014), an IEEE presidential candidate in 2019, editor-in-chief of IEEE Computing Now and Distributed Systems Online and he has served on many editorial boards and TPCs. Dejan led large industry-government-university collaborations, such as Open Cirrus (2007-2011) and New Operating System (2014-2017).

Yervant Zorian, Synopsys

Dr. Zorian is a Chief Architect and Fellow at Synopsys, as well as President of Synopsys Armenia. Formerly, he was Vice President and Chief Scientist of Virage Logic, Chief Technologist at LogicVision, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff AT&T Bell Laboratories.

He is currently the President of IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), the founder and chair of the IEEE 1500 Standardization Working Group, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the IEEE Design and Test of Computers and an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia. He served on the Board of Governors of Computer Society and CEDA, was the Vice President of IEEE Computer Society, and the General Chair of the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) and several other symposia and workshops.

Dr. Zorian holds 36 US patents, has authored four books, published over 350 refereed papers and received numerous best paper awards. A Fellow of the IEEE since 1999, Dr. Zorian was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Industrial Pioneer Award for his contribution to BIST, and the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award for diplomacy. He received the IEEE Distinguished Services Award for leading the TTTC, the IEEE Meritorious Award for outstanding contributions to EDA, and in 2014, the Republic of Armenia’s National Medal of Science.

He received an MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.