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March 2014 • The PCB Design Magazine 33 Opening Keynote Address: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:30–9:30 a.m. Peter Diamandis, M.D. Creating a World of Abundance Peter Diamandis, M.D., is a dynamic inspirational speaker and tech entre- preneur who will share his insights about how breakthroughs in exponentially growing tech- nologies like artificial intelligence, nanomateri- als, 3D printing, robotics and digital medicine will re-engineer products, companies, indus- tries—and even society—over the next 20 years. Diamandis will explain how human society has evolved from "local and linear" to "global and exponential," and how this change has not only spawned the creation of new billion dol- lar start-ups out of nowhere, but also led to the demise of 50-year-old billion-dollar companies overnight. Through his work as chairman and co- founder of Singularity University and chair- man/CEO of X PRIZE, Diamandis has proven the transformational power that exponentially growing technology has on companies, govern- ments and humanity—and on "do-it-yourself" technologists and small companies who can now achieve what only governments or large corporations could do before. Day Two Keynote Address: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9–10:00 a.m. James McLurkin Swarm Robotics and the Toys, Movies and Insects that Made it all Possible They will flock. They will swarm. And they will tackle the dangerous, dirty and dull jobs for which humans are inherently ill-suited. They're multirobot systems—and one day they will become the norm, according to roboticist, inventor, researcher and teacher, James McLur- kin. Inspired by the complex group behaviors found in ants, bees, wasps and termites, McLur- kin's work focuses on developing software and programming techniques for groups of autono- mous robots with populations ranging from 10 to 10,000. As a child, McLurkin was constantly play- ing with Star Wars ® toys and building with LEGO ® bricks, cardboard boxes and any other materials he could access. Today, armed with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from M.I.T. and University of California, Berkeley, McLurkin continues to harness his in- ventiveness to develop the robot swarms that will one day perform jobs ranging from ware- house operations to search-and-rescue missions to Mars exploration. Don't miss this fascinating look at the future of robotics and the technol- ogy that is making it happen. Day Three Keynote Address: Thursday, March 27, 2014 9–10:00 a.m. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Ph.D. The Physics of NASCAR How do you design and man- ufacture a car that will move at speeds in the neighborhood of 200 mph (321 km/h), yet handle with precision and, most im- portant, keep the driver alive? What technology makes a NASCAR car different from the vehicles you see on the highway? In a presentation based on her book, "The Physics of NASCAR," physicist and researcher Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Ph.D., will take you behind the scenes of America's most popular spectator sport—and explain the feats of en- gineering that make NASCAR work. Drawing on her extensive access to NASCAR race shops, drivers, crew chiefs, engine builders and pit crews, Dr. Leslie-Pelecky will trace the lifecycle of a racecar, from its creation at leading race shops to competing in the action of the NAS- CAR series. show preview

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