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Rise of computing in modern automotive DNA

The growth of electronics within the automobile has been nothing short of phenomenal. In 2015 it accounted for 13% of the total value of the car and in 2018 it has now jumped to 20%. A large portion of that has been purely due to the rise of computing component, such as ADAS, ECUs, etc. New technologies such as 3D laminated glass, haptic sensors, and augmented reality heads-up displays — which offer drivers alerts, safety aids, and warnings on invisible screens embedded in the windshield — have entered the vocabulary of traditional suppliers. Large navigation and entertainment display screens in the dashboard offer Web-based information and media as well as data arrays picked up from networked roads and other cars. The autonomous car will further up the ante, and soon. It will change the “living space” dimension of automotive interiors. The front seat may be reoriented to face the back seat, so passengers can converse as they would in their living rooms while the car cruises to a destination. Or seats could face a windshield that’s become a large movie screen.

This talk will focus on many of what is the “under the hood” computing portions, technologies and the accompanying massive software baggage that needs to go with it. It is time we got more familiar with the computing technologies and underlying foundations that go with it.

We will introduce many terms, concepts and issues to help folks in Automotive technologies get better prepared for the future (or is fusion a better word?) world of automotive & computer tech.

(Note: Our speaker has requested that this meeting not be recorded. We will still be live-streaming the meeting, so your best chance to see this remotely is to view our live stream.)


A seasoned scientific, technical and computing professional; Sharan Kalwani has spent over 30+ years implementing many new and pioneering technologies from operating systems (*nix), high performance computing (Cray, SGI, compute clusters), engineering applications (CAE simulations), optimization, networking (TCP/IP, Infiniband), operations (ITIL, ITSM), scientific domain (BioInformatics) and project management. Sharan always looks to boost the professional profile of every individual he interacts with. He enjoys teaching and is available for onsite professional training on many open source technologies. He also contributes to STEM activities and publishing. He is a senior member of IEEE, ACM, Board member Emeritus of Michigan!/usr/group, and President of SEMCO (one of the pioneer computer user groups in Michigan), and serves as the Chair of the IEEE SE Michigan Education Society Chapter for 2017. He is a published author on the topic: "UNIX and TCP/IP network security" ISBN: 1581430213, (May 1999). He is currently working hard on writing his next book and learning an exciting/emerging new parallel Software Defined storage system (which may be a future MUG.org topic).

Plus we'll have our regular features: Jobs Looking for People, People Looking for Jobs, and much more! We'll also be meeting for dinner at the Buddy's Pizza in Novi (44225 W 12 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48377) after the meeting.

Jan. 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - Jan. 8, 2019, midnight


Attendees (2)

Craig Maloney Yes
Scary Guy Yes