The Future Devices & Technologies Group

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About the group

Over six billion people own or use some form of connected device as an everyday part of their lives, and the pace of innovation and market adoption of new products and services continues to accelerate relentlessly.

We trend towards a world where all manner of things are connected to each other and to the cloud and through these things – or devices – we humans are able to share and access rich content, information and services, at any time and in any place.

Only a decade ago, the most prolific connected device was a mobile phone. Today, however, there are a wide range of different device types, not just on our person, but within our homes, places of work, vehicles, shopping centres and more. Increasingly, we see the lines blurring between use cases, devices and functionality as content, service and experience become orthogonal to any specific device type. The device itself is becoming a use-case optimised combination of form, function and user interface most appropriate to a specific activity, time and place.

The Future Devices & Technologies SIG explores the future of such myriad devices and facilitates members to envision the future beyond those available today. We aim to drive innovation in all areas of wired and wireless devices and consider the enabling technologies and components necessary to realise the future.

The Future Devices & Technologies Special Interest Group has three core objectives:

  • Insightful: Informing through discussion, and analysis of the latest trends in market development, technology innovation and end user needs and behaviour.
  • Fresh Thinking: Assembling thought-leaders from diverse disciplines to broaden ideas and perspectives and creating fresh insights critical to fuelling innovation and new business.
  • New Partnerships: Facilitating valuable connections between individuals and organisations, and between different industry sectors. This is vital as technology continues to disrupt business models and value chains, and creates many new challenges and opportunities.

Events are held 2-3 times a year, at different locations in Cambridge and London.

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SIG Champions

  • Dev Audsin — Senior Specialist, Beko

    Dr. Dev Audsin is Senior Specialist at Beko Plc R&D, developing technologies for smart connected appliances. Prior to Beko, he was Principal Research Engineer at Orange. Before that he was Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard. Dev has a track record of creating successful technological solutions.

  • Zahid Ghadialy — Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

    Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and...

    Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

  • Charles Sturman

    Charles recently lead u-blox’ activities in consumer IoT, with responsibility for product marketing and business development in the fast moving wearables, smarthome and entertainment markets. Prior to this he was founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing at Cognovo, responsible for business, product and market strategy together with sales planning and leadership. Previously, Charles led ARM’s Vector Signal Processor activity,...

    Charles recently lead u-blox’ activities in consumer IoT, with responsibility for product marketing and business development in the fast moving wearables, smarthome and entertainment markets. Prior to this he was founder and executive VP Sales & Marketing at Cognovo, responsible for business, product and market strategy together with sales planning and leadership. Previously, Charles led ARM’s Vector Signal Processor activity, developing and marketing a novel signal processor technology, later spun-out as Cognovo. Before that he held various positions in system design, business development and product marketing within Acorn Computers, TTPCom and Motorola.

  • Mr Paul Tindall — Director of Software Engineering, Frontier Silicon

    Paul Tindall recently worked in the Technology Office at Sepura PLC where he worked on Advanced Technology projects, investigating future technologies and strategies and was responsible for the companys software architecture. Prior to this Paul was the Software Architect for the Wireless Division of U-Blox where he created a novel Software Defined Modem (SDM) Platform for the latest generation of...

    Paul Tindall recently worked in the Technology Office at Sepura PLC where he worked on Advanced Technology projects, investigating future technologies and strategies and was responsible for the companys software architecture. Prior to this Paul was the Software Architect for the Wireless Division of U-Blox where he created a novel Software Defined Modem (SDM) Platform for the latest generation of Wireless User Equipment using Model Driven Development techniques to develop Modem Physical Layers on Heterogeneous Multi-processors platforms. He was the Technical Director and Uber-Architect at TTPCom SW Business Unit where he developed wireless technology for 13 years. Paul also works in the Defence industry on a variety of MOD Defence projects. Paul has a 1st class honours degree from the Royal Military College of Science and is a Fellow of the BCS.

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