Keynote Speakers

Free for all pass types, ARM TechCon’s eight keynotes explore ARM’s strategic vision for the electronics and computing industry. Along with a compelling lineup of invited speakers, ARM’s senior executives will offer insights you can’t afford to miss.

Tuesday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Transforming Compute

Rene Haas
President, IP Products Group (IPG), ARM
AI and the proliferation of smart, connected devices are beginning to reshape the world, and ARM is once again the architect making this future possible. One year after ARM’s acquisition by SoftBank, Rene Haas talks about how ARM enables compute-based transformation across all sectors, working with partners around the world to deliver the most secure, efficient, and cost-effective product systems and services. What are today’s crucial issues? How can we help the industry meet the challenges and opportunities ahead? And what will the short- and long-term future look like for ARM and its ecosystem?
Speaker Bio

Rene Haas is the president of ARM’s IP Products Group (IPG) and a member of the ARM Executive Committee. Rene took over management of IPG in January 2017 and is responsible for all IPG activities, including product development, engineering, sales, marketing, and commercial operations. Rene was previously ARM’s chief commercial officer in charge of global sales and marketing, a position he held since October 2015. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of strategic alliances.

Tuesday, October 24, 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

There Is Lots More to Come

Mike Muller
Chief Technology Officer, ARM

This year, a private company landed a recycled rocket from space, vertically, on a floating sea platform with pinpoint accuracy. Industry pioneers like Mike Muller are thrilled by these breakthroughs. Join him as he discusses the amazing engineering feats that have captivated him over the past year and the advancements that will open new realms of possibility. He will explore how we must improve and cement technology trust and how engineers are making processes faster, more efficient, and more secure through advances in areas such as AI.
Speaker Bio

Mike Muller is the chief technology officer and co-founder of ARM. He joined the company’s Board of Directors in 2001. Mike has extensive knowledge of marketing and business development, having worked as executive vice president for both divisions during his time at ARM. Before founding ARM, Mike worked for Orbis Computers and was responsible for hardware strategy and development of portable products at Acorn Computers. In 2012, he became a director at Intelligent Energy and Infinite Energy.

Tuesday, October 24, 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Why Is IoT So Hard?

Stacey Higginbotham
Journalist, SKT Labs

Stacey will share ideas on how to tackle some of the key challenges the industry faces in a host of areas, and how solving them can unleash the power of a trillion smart, connected devices. What problems need addressing most urgently? What technology must be created and available for all? What will business models look like?  How will technology transformation change us? Find out her take during this illuminating presentation.
Speaker Bio

For 15 years, Stacey Higginbotham has covered technology for publications such as Fortune and Gigaom. She hosts The Internet of Things Podcast and publishes the weekly IoT-based Stacey Knows Things newsletter and She is particularly excited about the Internet of Things, semiconductors, and artificial intelligence — and she has turned her home into a living lab.

Wednesday, October 25, 9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Humanizing Technology

Simon Segars
Chief Executive Officer, ARM

As we humanize technology — making it more intuitive to our needs — we must think about the ripple effect on society. If robots resemble us, can they replace us? Which technologies should we prioritize, and how do we ensure we enhance the world and human capability and not just change them? How do we ensure we innovate responsibly as we speed into the future? We need answers and we need to spark new debates. Simon will discuss how the decisions we make today will be so critical in governing what tomorrow looks like.
Speaker Bio

Simon Segars, ARM CEO, has been transforming the technology industry for 25 years. Simon led the development of early ARM processors for the world’s first digital mobile phones. He now spearheads ARM’s vision for smart and connected technologies that create better social, economic, educational, and health prospects for all. In June 2017, he was elected to the board of directors for SoftBank, which acquired ARM in 2016. Before being appointed CEO in July 2013, Simon held several leadership positions within ARM’s engineering and business development teams. He lives in California’s Silicon Valley, but he spends much of his time meeting leading influencers in the world’s technology hubs in the U.S., Europe, and China.

Wednesday, October 25, 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Capturing Business Value in the Hyper-Connected World

Dipesh Patel
President IoT Services Group, ARM

The Internet of Things aims to create a world where billions of devices and trillions of connections will enable companies to better manage their businesses and offer new services to their customers. This is a world that must be built on securely connected and managed devices that are based on a robust service delivery platform. The Internet of Things represents a huge opportunity for the technology sector with new innovations capable of transforming experiences for businesses and consumers alike. Dipesh Patel will talk about how ARM is already helping companies with their IoT journey and share ARM’s plans for value-creating capabilities for multiple markets.
Speaker Bio

Dipesh Patel joined ARM in 1997 and has held senior management positions working primarily in system-on-chip (SoC) related roles, including vice president of technology for physical IP and director of research. Dipesh has served as the EVP of incubation businesses at ARM, ensuring the development of new businesses to create solutions to drive the Internet of Things. Dipesh also served as EVP of technical operations and was in charge of the ARM infrastructure used for IP development. Before this, he was general manager of ARM’s Physical Design Group.

Wednesday, October 25, 1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

How to Hack a Human

Jessica Barker
Cybersecurity Consultant, Founder

Dr. Jessica Barker co-founded the cybersecurity consultancy Redacted Firm and runs the cybersecurity news and resources website In this presentation, she will explore the world of hacking and analyze why humans are particularly susceptible to social engineering. Why is it so easy to persuade people to give away sensitive information? Are we naïve or just too nice? Jessica will describe how we need to understand how human nature works, why we are potentially more hackable than any machine, and how to engineer better system security that fits with the way we behave in the real world.
Speaker Bio

Dr. Jessica Barker advises corporations and governments across the defense, health, financial, and retail sectors on how they can keep their information safe while getting the most out of it. Specializing in awareness-raising communications, Jessica also designs bespoke, engaging, and interactive learning and development packages and undertakes research projects, such as analyzing online security through the lens of consumer attitudes and behaviors.

Thursday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Process Technology Limbo

Greg Yeric
Fellow, ARM

Last year, we gave Greg Yeric 15 minutes to talk about the latest thinking on state-of-the-art silicon process technologies. The result was a thrilling rollercoaster ride covering the difficult, the really hard, and the near impossible. In response to popular demand, we’ve given Greg more time this year to update us on the most exciting developments and future ideas for silicon manufacturing wizardry that will keep driving our industry forward.
Speaker Bio

Dr. Greg Yeric began his career at Motorola’s Advanced Products Research and Development Laboratories in the area of semiconductor process integration. He subsequently worked at TestChip Technologies, HPL Technologies, and Synopsys in the areas of test structures, technology development, and yield analysis. For the last eight years, Greg has been with ARM Holdings in Austin, Texas, where he leads the Future Silicon Technology group within ARM Research. His group’s activities include novel technology incubation, design-technology co-optimization, and predictive technology. He earned his Ph.D. in microelectronics at The University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, October 26, 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

How to Build and Connect a Trillion Things

Rob Aitken
Fellow & Director of Technology, ARM

Soon, machine-to-machine conversations will vastly exceed the number of communications between people. It will be a world built on the back of a trillion deployed devices and the realization of a long journey. ARM Research specializes in thinking beyond what’s currently possible and working out the leaps required to deliver on a grand vision of a hyper-connected future. Rob is one of ARM’s key technology evangelists, and he will be sharing his opinions on the short- and long-term future for our industry and society: How we will drive technological change, and how that could change us.
Speaker Bio

Dr. Rob Aitken is an ARM Fellow responsible for technology direction at ARM Research. He works on a variety of topics including distributed systems, low power design, technology roadmapping, and next generation memories. He has worked on more than 15 Moore’s law nodes and has published over 80 technical papers. Rob joined ARM as part of its acquisition of Artisan Components in 2004. Prior to Artisan, he worked at Agilent and HP. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University in Canada. Rob is an IEEE Fellow and serves on a number of conference and workshop committees.


2016 Keynote Speakers

Masayoshi Son, CEO & Chairman of the Board, SoftBank Group Corp.
Masayoshi Son
CEO and Chairman of the Board, SoftBank Group Corp.

Simon Segars, CEO, ARM
Simon Segars

Mike Muller, CTO, ARM
Mike Muller

Charlie Miller, Senior Security Engineer, Uber Advanced Technologies Center
Charlie Miller
Senior Security Engineer, Uber Advanced Technologies Center

Jon Masters
Jon Masters
Chief ARM Architect and Technical Lead for RHEL Server, Red Hat

Eben Upton, Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Eben Uptonn
Founder, Raspberry Pi Foundation