Last year’s DAC keynote speaker James Buczkowski from Ford was pretty active at Convergence and so was our automotive co-chair Tony Cooprider. I especially enjoyed the “Executive Visionary Panel” moderated by John McElroy. Some of you may know McElroy from regular media appearances on CNN, NPR and CBC as an analyst and commentator on the auto industry. He also hosts the TV programs “Autoline Detroit” and “American Driver” on Detroit Public Television. He is a great moderator and kept the discussion lively. The panel covered a lot of ground from autonomous driving to electrification and of course cybersecurity. Security came up a lot during my week in Detroit: SAE Convergence was followed by the 7th AUTOSAR Open Conference and by the 2014 IEEE-SA Ethernet and IP @ Automotive Technology Day.
Of course I was thinking often of all our recent work at DAC, especially the three major initiatives — automotive, IP and security — the DAC leadership team launched last year. It was interesting to see all those topics converge during the week in Detroit. Now I wish I could leapfrog forward to next June in San Francisco where we will underline the relevance of automotive, IP and security for electronic design automation as well as embedded systems and software.
|Automotive track co-chairs Tony Cooprider and Samarjit Chakraborty on a break at DAC 51 in front of the San Francisco Bay.|
Anthony (Tony) Cooprider was born and raised in rural Indiana. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University, the Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from Oakland University and graduated from the Executive MBA program at Michigan State University. In 1985 he joined the Ford Motor Company as a Product Test Engineer working in Electromagnetic Compatibility. Dr. Cooprider held several product design and test engineering positions and since 1993 has served in vehicle electrical and electronics management positions of increasing responsibility as either a technical expert or in a traditional line management role. In 2008 Dr. Cooprider was appointed Senior Technical Leader for Global Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering responsible for Vehicle Electrical Architecture, Systems and Electronic Hardware Design. Dr. Cooprider is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is an active member of Academic Advisory boards for the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering at both Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Oakland University. He holds multiple U.S. and International patents. Tony and his wife enjoy traveling and entertaining their family and friends on the Great Lakes on their boat. He is an avid musician with a focus on folk and Irish music. Tony plays the guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, ukulele and harmonica and a whole bunch of other instruments to varying degrees.
|Chakraborty with his 8-month-old son.|