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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Plenary - Bios, Talk Titles & Abstracts

Katsu Nakamura
CTO of Healthcare-Consumer-IoT Business Unit
Analog Devices
Bio: Katsu received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering in from Carnegie Mellon. He has been with Analog Devices in Wilmington, MA where he was involved in ADI's early technologies in CMOS data converters for embedded applications. He is an ADI Fellow, and is currently CTO of ADI’s Healthcare-Consumer-IoT Business Group. His current focus is on ultra low power technologies. Katsu has served as a committee member for several IEEE conferences, including VLSI Circuits as past Program and Conference Chairs, ISSCC as past Program Committee member, JSSC as past Associate Editor and Guest Editor, and is currently on the VLSI Executive Committee.
Talk Title: Enabling the Internet of Things
Abstract: Analog Devices (ADI) has a 50+ year history in the measurement and sensing technology – capturing signal, converting with signal processing, analyzing and transforming into information that will make application level impact in creating “Smart” value. We see IoT as an extension of what we have learned over our history with powerful ecosystem that is allowing us to solve problems that we were never able to. We will share some of ADI’s IoT implementations in health, industrial and consumer. Value creation in sensing and ultra low power technology is a key enabler of IoT with exciting new capabilities that deliver “Smart” value.   
Steve Moffatt 
CTO for Front End Products
Applied Materials
Bio: Steve is a veteran of Silicon Valley, known for innovation, technology foresight and leadership. Trained at Shell and a PhD in Physics from St. Andrews, he joined a young Applied Materials 34 years ago; now it has grown into the multi-billion dollar leading company and he is CTO (for Front End Products) working on transistor and wafer front end technology He previously worked in collaborations in Taiwan, USA, Israel and at Bell Labs. He has overseen many new technology business spin-offs, and has been a long term vigorous player in M&A activities. Steve has a strong interest in Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, and is a prolific inventor with 350 global patent filings and 5i issued US patent families supporting products in  various semiconductor fields such as wafer substrates, lithography, implantation, epitaxy, thermal processing and energy applications. He has been actively involved in global trade considerations, and served with advisory committees for technology products over the last 20 years, in Europe, Asia and USA. With two UK Queens Awards, the Dan Maydan Award and three Presidents Awards in Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality he has recently twice received “Best Patent Award” from Applied Materials. He has served with the ITRS Roadmap (now IRDS) since the very first meeting in 1986 and has recently served as Chairman of ESH and Co-Chairman of Factory Integration. As a long term Member of the Institute of Directors, he has served on numerous company boards of advisors and directors, in Europe and North America. He was also a recent winner of the Environmental Innovation Award and the Mini-Environment Innovation Award at Applied Materials.
Talk Title: Technology Roadmaps for Powering Devices & Big Data in IoT
Abstract: Technology Roadmaps for Powering Devices and Big Data in IoT.  The Semiconductor Industry has benefited greatly from collaborative roadmapping since the 1980’s. We have seen successful areal provide massive increases in performance and vastly reduced cost. Initially roadmapping occurred in the USA and it has since become global with ITRS, then ITRS 2.0 and more recently IRDS. The primary outputs of these roadmaps are shared documents that guide many industries. Similar roadmaps like iNEMI have been produced subsequently for the electronics manufacturing industry. Here we give an overview of the status of the publicly shared roadmaps and industry wide perspectives on the next 15 years in terms of Performance, power and methods of scaling. All these aspects are driven by applications and Cloud/Big Data and Internet of Things are two significant features. An overview of the wide range of increasing applications including AR, VR, AI as well as connected vehicles will be presented. The refocus to IRDS (International Roadmap for Devices and Systems) is a response to the industry growth into applications driven roadmap. Internet of Things will open those applications into a much wider arena, moving global infrastructure to a new level.
Kieran Drain
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Dr. Drain has over thirty years' industrial experience in technology and business management in both Fortune 500 and silicon valley start-up companies, in diverse industrial segments including renewable energy, lighting, composites and automotive. Tyndall National Institute is one of Europe's leading research centres, specialising in ICT hardware research, with ca 200 industrial partners.
Prior to Tyndall Dr. Drain was most recently Vice President and General Manager of the Lighting and Display Technology division of Rambus Inc (Nasdaq. RMBS). He played a key role in establishing the company’s Advanced Optical Engineering business. Prior to Rambus Dr. Drain served as President & CEO of venture funded NanoGram Corporation.
NanoGram now a division of Teijin Japan, is a developer of nanomaterials process technology enabling the manufacture of unique nanostructured materials.
Earlier roles included executive responsibilities at Avery Dennison Corporation, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Loctite Henkel. Dr. Drain holds PhD (Industrial Chemistry), MSc (Polymer Chemistry) and BSc (Pharmacy) degrees from The Queen's University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom. He also holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University, Denver Colorado.
Talk Title: Getting off the hype curve and down to business – panel discussion
Julie Donnelly
Programme Manager 
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Julie (BSc AppSc) is the Programme Manager for the ASCENT Programme at Tyndall. Julie has been at Tyndall since 1985 and has extensive experience in programme management and, in particular, managing the interface between external researchers and Tyndall. In 1995 Julie was appointed as Silicon Fabrication Manager and in 2000 was appointed as a Technology Manager with responsibility for the interface between Tyndall and its commercial customers. Throughout this time Julie was directly involved in many research projects including co-ordinating an EU project investigating novel silicon process techniques for wearable applications. In 2004 she was appointed the Programme Manager for the National Access Programme at Tyndall and for 11 years successfully managed the overall programme which funded 350 research projects involving over 600 researchers with a total budget of €15million. She is currently managing the Horizon 2020 funded ASCENT programme which offers access to leading nanoelectronics infrastructure in Europe.
Helen McBreen 
Investment Director 
Atlantic Bridge
Bio: Dr McBreen is Investment Director at Atlantic Bridge, Ireland’s largest and one of Europe’s top performing growth technology funds investing in companies in Europe, the US and China.  Today, Atlantic Bridge has over $500m assets under management across five Funds and has a proven international investment platform that has been applied to build global companies such as Movidius, Metaio, Swrve, 3DR Robotics and Fieldware.
Launched in June 2016, Helen manages and operates the most recent high profile investment fund at Atlantic Bridge.  The University Bridge Fund is a €60 million fund specifically for early stage companies with global potential that are built from world class research generated at UCD, Trinity and all third level research universities and institutions.   Over the next five years the University Bridge Fund will invest in high potential spin-outs and startups emerging from the third level ecosystem to build global companies of scale across key growth sectors.
Since graduating from UCD in Electronic Engineering in 1998 and earning a Ph.D. in Engineering from The University of Edinburgh, Helen has built her career with innovative technology companies leading software teams in Ireland and Japan before moving into commercial roles as Sales Director at Celtrak and Investor at NDRC.  In these positions Helen has built a credible investment track record of early stage technology investing and brings this expertise to the University Bridge Fund and Atlantic Bridge.
Talk Title: Getting off the hype curve and down to business – panel discussion
Claire Penny
World Wide Solution Leader
IBM’s Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business unit
Bio: Dr Penny is a World Wide Solution Leader in IBM’s Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business unit.
With a career spanning over 16 years with IBM, she has led many teams and projects in business development and innovation. She has also had leadership roles in Real Estate and Supply Chain
In 2009, she took an IOT innovation project all the way from innovation concept, right 1`through to a software product.  The project integrated sensor data from equipment, supporting sub-systems and external sources, to deliver a condition based monitoring solution.  The insights and outcomes from this project resulted in savings in maintenance and energy costs, and the productisation of the solution.
She is a regular public speaker and has written numerous articles related to the Internet of Things Solutions.
Before joining the world of the paid workforce, Claire attained a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University and an MSc from University College London.
Outside of IBM, Claire’s commitments include:
Non-executive Director of WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) Ireland,
Chair of the BIM Innovation Capability Programme – Client working group
Talk Title: Getting off the hype curve and down to business – panel discussion
Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland 
Bio: Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012.  Previously he was Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011).
He is the recipient of numerous international research awards including the 2002 European Science Prize (jointly), and is the author of 327 research papers and book chapters, 60 patent families and author / editor of 8 books.
Mark graduated from the Queens University of Belfast with degrees in Dentistry (BDS 1st class honours), Anatomy and Embryology (BSc 1st class honours, PhD) and Medical Sciences (DMedSc), holds Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland (FFD), and Edinburgh (FDS) and is a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). He is a member or Fellow of a number of learned Societies, and was made a “Commander of the British Empire” (CBE) by the Queen in 1999 for services to Health and Life Sciences. 
Talk Title: Getting off the hype curve and down to business – panel discussion
Martin D. Shanahan
IDA Ireland
Bio: Martin is CEO of IDA Ireland. IDA (Industrial Development Agency) is Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland. Martin took up this position on the 1st September 2014. Prior to this, Martin was Chief Executive since 2010 of Forfás – Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation. Martin worked in a number of senior executive roles in Forfás since joining the agency in 2005.
Martin has been to the forefront of the development of enterprise and innovation policy in Ireland including leading, at official level, the development of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs between 2011 and 2014. Martin has represented Ireland at EU and International fora. Before joining Forfás, Martin worked in Fáilte Ireland (the National Tourism Development Authority) responsible for the professional development of the tourism sector. Earlier in his career Martin held a number of senior management positions in the private sector in tourism and hospitality. Martin holds an M.Res (Educational Research) from Lancaster University, a M.Sc. and H.Dip from Dublin Institute of Technology and a B.Sc (Mgmt) from Trinity College Dublin. He has undertaken executive education in economics at Oxford University and at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard. Martin is a board member of IDA Ireland and previously has been a board member of Forfás and the Management Advisory Committee of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation.
Martin is a member of Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council. He has previously been a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, and Ireland’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Martin is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Irish Hospitality Institute.
Talk Title: Getting off the hype curve and down to business – panel discussion
John Kennedy
Silicon Republic
Bio: Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist. He joined Silicon Republic in 2002 to become the fulcrum of the company’s news service He was recipient of the Irish Internet Association’s NetVisionary Technology Journalist Award 2005 and has been awarded ‘Best Technology Site’ at the Irish Web Awards seven times. In 2011 he received the David Manley Award commending him for his dedication to covering entrepreneurs. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.