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Presentation: Real-World Architecture Panel

Track: Architectures You've Always Wondered About

Location: Ballroom A

Duration: 5:25pm - 6:15pm

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: Architect

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Abstract

Come hear a panel of experts discuss the unique challenges and opportunities in software / hardware architectures that interact with the physical world, with particular emphasis on automation, instrumentation, control flow, and machine learning. David Banyard built the new stadium for the championship Golden State Warriors, complete with sensors and drones, and now constructs the offices of the future at WeWork. Tessa Lau is a long-time roboticist, and is currently bringing automation to building construction as the CEO and cofounder of Dusty Robotics. Colin Breck builds world-leading industrial control systems for Tesla. Jeff Williams has spent the last quarter century in industrial and warehouse automation, and his current labor of love is nothing short of the complete democratization of robotics. Bring your curiosity and leave inspired.

Speaker: Randy Shoup

VP Engineering @WeWork, Previously @StitchFix @Google & @Ebay

Randy is a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley, and has worked as a senior technology leader and executive at companies ranging from small startups, to mid-sized places, to eBay and Google. Randy is currently VP Engineering at WeWork in San Francisco. He is particularly passionate about the nexus of culture, technology, and organization.

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Speaker: David Banyard

Senior Construction Technology Disrupter @WeWork

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Speaker: Tessa Lau

CEO and cofounder of Dusty Robotics

Dr. Tessa Lau is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise in AI, machine learning, and robotics. She is currently Founder/CEO at Dusty Robotics, whose mission is to address construction industry labor shortages by introducing robotic automation on the jobsite. Prior to Dusty, she was CTO/co-founder at Savioke, where she orchestrated the deployment of 75+ delivery robots into hotels and high-rises. Previously, Dr. Lau was a Research Scientist at Willow Garage, where she developed simple interfaces for personal robots. She also spent 11 years at IBM Research working in business process automation and knowledge capture. More generally, Dr. Lau is interested in developing technology that gives people super-powers, and building businesses that bring that technology into people’s lives. Dr. Lau holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

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Speaker: Jeff Williams

Robotics Systems Developer at AddRobots

I spend most of my time on github.com/0x6a77 or github.com/addrobots. I also write about a super-fast and efficient way to develop hardware: https://www.zerodiff.org and https://tinyletter.com/zerodiff,

I'm a computer scientist by education and have spent most of my career in manufacturing and logistics. My primary interest recently is ultra-low cost robotics connected to the cloud by low-power microwave radios. I once designed a radio that is about the size of a postage stamp, covers 500K sqft of warehouse space and uses the same power as a bright LED. In my career I've worked on large projects with Lego, L'Oreal, Wal-Mart, HP, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Kroger, Albertsons, Tyson Foods, Petco, Gymboree and Walgreens. I've worked with big logistics companies like APL, Sealand, Matson, P&O Ports, Maersk and DPA World Ports.

Being restless, I continue to rack up patents and patent applications.

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Speaker: Colin Breck

Sr. Staff Software Engineer @Tesla

Colin Breck has experience developing software infrastructures for the monitoring and control of industrial applications. At Tesla, he works on distributed systems for the monitoring, aggregation, optimization, and control of distributed-energy assets. Previously, he worked on the PI System at OSIsoft, a time-series platform for industrial monitoring and automation. He writes a monthly essay about software, people, or teams at www.colinbreck.com.

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Tracks

  • Languages of Infra

    This track explores languages being used to code the infrastructure. Expect practices on toolkits and languages like Cloudformation, Terraform, Python, Go, Rust, Erlang.

  • Building & Scaling High-Performing Teams

    Building, maintaining, and growing a team balanced for skills and aptitudes. Constraint theory, systems thinking, lean, hiring/firing and performance improvement

  • Evolving the JVM

    The JVM continues to evolve. We’ll look at how languages like Kotlin, Graal, Clojure, and Java are evolving the JDK. Expect polyglot, multi-VM, performance, and more in this track.

  • Trust, Safety & Security

    Privacy, confidentiality, safety and security: learning from the frontlines.

  • JavaScript & Transpiler/WebAssembly Track

    JavaScript is the language of the web. Latest practices for JavaScript development in and how transpilers are affecting the way we work. We’ll also look at the work being done with WebAssembly.

  • Modern Operating Systems

    Applied, practical & real-world deep-dive into industry adoption of OS, containers and virtualization, including Linux on.

  • Software Supply Chain

    Securing the container image supply chain (containers + orchestration + security + DevOps).

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    Thoughts pushing software forward, including consensus, CRDT's, formal methods & probabilistic programming.

  • Tech Ethics: The Intersection of Human Welfare & STEM

    What does it mean to be ethical in software? Hear how the discussion is evolving and what is being said in ethics.

  • Optimizing Yourself: Human Skills for Individuals

    Better teams start with a better self. Learn practical skills for IC.

  • Modern Data Architectures

    Today’s systems move huge volumes of data. Hear how places like LinkedIn, Facebook, Uber and more built their systems and learn from their mistakes.

  • Practices of DevOps & Lean Thinking

    Practical approaches using DevOps and a lean approach to delivering software.

  • Operationalizing Microservices: Design, Deliver, Operate

    What's the last mile for deploying your service? Learn techniques from the world's most innovative shops on managing and operating Microservices at scale.

  • Bare Knuckle Performance

    Killing latency and getting the most out of your hardware

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Next-gen architectures from the most admired companies in software, such as Netflix, Google, Facebook, Twitter, & more

  • Machine Learning for Developers

    AI/ML is more approachable than ever. Discover how deep learning and ML is being used in practice. Topics include: TensorFlow, TPUs, Keras, PyTorch & more. No PhD required.

  • Production Readiness: Building Resilient Systems

    Making systems resilient involves people and tech. Learn about strategies being used from chaos testing to distributed systems clustering.

  • Surviving Uncertainty: Regulation, Risk, and Compliance

    With so much uncertainty, how do you bulkhead your organization and technology choices? Learn strategies for dealing with uncertainty.