Human Interface Technologies for Mobile devices:
Today and the Future

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: Rajeev Krishnamoorthy
Organizer: Rajeev Krishnamoorthy

Session Abstract:In the competitive business of mobile devices, one primary area of differentiation is the user experience. Human computer interface technology plays a significant role in the user experience. This session will cover the interface technologies present in today's devices, including a survey of the major challenges for capacitive sensing, followed by a discussion of a range of interface technologies which are likely to appear in the future.

Speaker: Adam Schwartz

Bio: Adam Schwartz is the Vice President of System Architecture at Synaptics. The Architecture group is responsible for areas such as sensing schemes, ASIC architecture, firmware algorithms, sensor design and optimization and investigation of methods to provide new or enhanced capabilities. Prior to joining Synaptics, Adam was the Director of RF Architecture at a startup company developing ultra-wideband wireless HDMI and, before that, Chief Technology Officer at another startup company developing cellular infrastructure for in-building coverage. Both startup companies were acquired. Adam holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and MSEE and BSEE degrees from MIT.

Title: Capacitive Sensing: Looking under the hood

Abstract: Interfaces for consumer electronics are dominated by capacitive touch. Although largely unnoticed when working properly, the touch interface is a primary factor in the user experience of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Consequently, innovation in the touch interface is an active area of differentiation in a world of otherwise homogenous products. This talk explores touch innovation in the recent years and explains some of the non-obvious issues that make designing touch systems so challenging.

Speaker: Patrick Worfolk

Bio: Patrick Worfolk is the Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology at Synaptics. His team is responsible for developing and exploring new technologies to advance human computer interfaces, with core competencies including materials and manufacturing, mechanical and electrical engineering, and modeling and simulation. Prior to joining Synaptics, Patrick was the Director of Architecture at a startup designing low-power wireless technology for the retail industry. He has also been responsible for designing protocols for PAN, LAN and WAN wireless technologies. Patrick holds PhD and MSc degrees in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University and a BSc degree in Mathematics from MIT.

Title: Human Computer Interfaces: Looking down the road

Abstract: This talk starts out by reviewing the current state-of-the-art in interface technology in mobile consumer devices. It then surveys a range of interface technologies currently under development. This includes examples from action detection, biometrics, and state of mind recognition and all are competing for slots in future generations of mobile devices.