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Technology Roadmaps Roundtable 

Expanding Humanitarian Applications with Technology Roadmaps



This complimentary live, special 90- minute virtual event was held on 24 August 2022 at 12 PM ET. During this special event, Dr. Rakesh Kumar, President & CEO of Technology Connexions Inc., served as the moderator. A panel of SMEs joined Dr. Kumar and facilitated a discussion on Expanding Humanitarian Applications with Technology Roadmaps.

Technology has become an increasingly integral part of every person’s life. Emerging technologies are being integrated into networking, semiconductors, and robotics.

These technologies are continuously evolving. But, how can and should companies navigate these constantly changing fields? Where will these industries be in the next decade? Our panel of industry experts for emerging fields, such as network communications and semiconductors, explored where technologies are headed, what challenges they may face, and how roadmaps can help guide companies through the latest technological advancements.

Featured Panelists:

  • Sudhir Dixit, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo
  • Victor GrimblattR&D Group Director and General Manager of Synopsys Chile
  • Narendra Mangra, telecommunications advisor, consultant, and educator at GlobeNet
  • Jinfei Wang, Professor with the Department of Geography and Environment, the University of Western Ontario



Event Moderator:

Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Founder, President, and CEO, Technology Connexions Inc. as well as Entrepreneurship Advisor & Educator, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Rakesh has a distinguished semiconductor industry career, is an entrepreneur, and an educator. He is the founder of two start-ups and has made many technical and leadership contributions at Cadence, Unisys, and Motorola. He has developed leading semiconductor technologies. As VP and & GM at Cadence he built a successful Silicon Technology services business championing the integration of silicon, design and EDA in chip and system design. He enabled the Fabless industry revolution and authored McGraw Hill’s “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, was inducted into the Technical Activities Hall of Honor. His many IEEE contribution include Chair of the President’s Data AdHoc & Roadmaps Committees, Co-Chair of DataPort, Past-President of SSCS, TA Chair for 3 Sections Congresses. He teaches Entrepreneurship at UC San Diego.

He received the EE Ph.D. and M.S. from Univ. Rochester (1974, 1971), BTech. from IIT-Delhi (1969), and Executive “MBA” from UCSD (1989.)




Sudhir Dixit is a Co-Founder and Senior Fellow at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway, and heads its US operations. He is also associated with the Academy of Finland Flagship 6G Project, led by the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland where he is a Docent since 2010. From 2015 to 2017 he was the CEO and Co-Founder of a start-up, Skydoot, Inc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a Distinguished Chief Technologist and CTO of the Communications and Media Services for the Americas Region of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA, and the Director of Hewlett-Packard Labs India in Palo Alto and Bangalore. Before joining HP, he held various engineering and leadership positions at BlackBerry, Nokia, NSN and NYNEX (currently Verizon Communications).

He has been a technical editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, and is presently a Board Member, Working Group Chair and Vice Chair for America at the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). He was on the editorial board of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, and is presently on the editorial board of Springer’s Wireless Personal Communications Journal. He is a Co-Chair of the CTU Working Group at INGR in the IEEE Future Network Initiative. Dr. Dixit has published nine books, holds 21 U.S. patents and published extensively in numerous peer-reviewed journals and conferences. In 2018, he was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society. From 2010 to 2012, he was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis, and, since 2022 he is also a VAJRA Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. A Life Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of IET and IETE, Dixit holds a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.


Victor Grimblatt has an engineering diploma in microelectronics from Institut Nationale Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG – France) and an electronic engineering diploma from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile). He has a PhD on IoT for Smart Agriculture from University of Bordeaux. He is currently R&D Group Director and General Manager of Synopsys Chile, leader in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). He opened the Synopsys Chile R&D Center in 2006. He has expertise and knowledge in business and technology and understands very well the trends of the electronic industry; therefore he is often consulted for new technological business development.

He has published several papers in IoT, EDA and embedded systems development, and since 2007 he has been invited to several Latin American Conferences (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay) to talk about Circuit Design, EDA, IoT, and Embedded Systems. From 2006 to 2008 he was member of the “Chilean Offshoring Committee” organized by the Minister of Economy of Chile. In 2010 he was awarded as “Innovator of the Year in Services Export”. In 2012 he was nominated to best engineer of Chile. He is also member of several Technical Program Committees on Circuit Design and Embedded Systems. Since 2012 he is chair of the IEEE Chilean chapter of the CASS. He was the President of the Chilean Electronic and Electrical Industry Association (AIE) from 2016 to 2021. Since 2021 he is member of the IEEE CASS Board of Governors (CAS BoG).

Victor’s research areas are EDA (Electronic Design Automation), and Smart Agriculture applying Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT.


Narendra Mangra provides advisory and consulting services across industry, government, and academia. His diverse experience spans strategy development, smart city roadmap development, spectrum management, mobile network planning and system deployments, enterprise-wide modernization, program management, and education. He teaches graduate courses on 5G and project management with a focus on smart cities at the George Mason University.

Narendra also leads several IEEE initiatives on technology roadmap development, smart cities architecture standards development, and industry connections on telehealth and the transdisciplinary framework with a focus on agriculture. These initiatives aim to systematically extend the reach and depth of agriculture, public safety, telehealth, smart cities, and rural development using a transdisciplinary approach that integrate ecosystems, networks, and governance functions. His current interests include comprehensive transdisciplinary frameworks, 5G and future networks, digital transformation, smart communities, and related ecosystems.


Jinfei Wang (Member, IEEE) received the B.S. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University, Beijing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada.

She is currently a Professor with the Department of Geography and Environment, the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. Her research interests include methods for information extraction from high resolution remotely sensed imagery, land use and land cover monitoring in urban environments and agricultural crop monitoring using multiplatform multispectral, hyperspectral, Lidar, radar and unmanned aerial vehicle data.



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