Speaker: Rashmi Rao, Director, Advanced Engineering Harman, Inc.
Title: Future Evolution of Displays and Electronics in Automobiles

Abstract: The connected car is forecasted to be the most disruptive force in the technology industry since the smart phone and is slated to be $270 billion industry by 2020. The future cars will play a much bigger part in consumer’s lifestyles than cars in the past. This talk will highlight the ongoing and future changes to be expected in vehicles and evolving changes of how humans interact with them. It will also discuss the massive innovation opportunities for displays, user experience and electronics in vehicles of the future.

Speaker Biography: Rashmi Rao is currently Director, Advanced Engineering at Harman Inc, responsible to define technology strategy and roadmap in the area of next-gen IN-CAR Infotainment System platform and accountable for the direction and management of the engineering organization.

She has over 15+ years of technology and leadership experience and was most recently at Apple Inc, focused on Technology and Strategy for iPhones. Previously she has held lead technical positions at Qualcomm and GE . Ms. Rao also worked with Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan MacDiarmid on developing carbon-nanotube-based sensors.

She is a very active member of the Society of Information Display (SID) and currently holds several executive positions on the SID board. She is the author of over 19 US and global patents, book chapters and several peer reviewed journal and conference papers.

Ms. Rao holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas and a graduate certificate from Stanford University. http://www.linkedin.com/in/rashmirao

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