embedded world 2021 DIGITAL Begins, Focuses on Embedded Intelligent Systems

March 01, 2021 by Luke James

embedded world 2021, now in its 19th year, kicked off today and will operate as a digital-only event for the first time ever.

The annual embedded world conference brings engineers and developers together from across the globe. The conference acts as a platform to promote a holistic system design approach and enable experts and companies to collaborate and share their knowledge.

This year for the first time ever, embedded world will be operated as a digital-only event, taking place between March 1–5, with a focus on embedded intelligent systems.  


What is embedded world?

For the past 18 years, embedded world has been the place for engineers and companies to discuss trends in embedded design, showcase their latest innovations, and learn about how embedded systems are making waves in more industries. 

This year, embedded world has extended the conference from the usual three days to five days to account for the "electronic displays Conference 2021," which will be sharing the platform with embedded world. 


This year marks the first time embedded world will offer a digital interface

This year marks the first time embedded world will offer an all-digital interface. Image used courtesy of embedded world

And for the first time ever, participants will be able to listen to presentations that take place simultaneously, since all sessions will be recorded and made accessible online for two weeks. This means that participants can theoretically access more than 234 presentations from 78 sessions across ten tracks, delivered by key exhibitors such as Intel, Microsoft, STMicroelectronics, and Arm. 

All sessions will include time for attendees to engage in discussions and Q&A sessions with presenters and speakers. 


General Topics at embedded world 2021

Despite taking place online this year, the embedded world Conference for 2021 is just as packed as it usually is with 10 key tracks being covered over the five-day event. These are the same as last year:

  1. Internet of Things (IoT)
  2. Connected systems
  3. Embedded OS
  4. Safety and security
  5. Hardware engineering
  6. Software and systems engineering
  7. Embedded vision
  8. Autonomous and intelligent systems
  9. Embedded GUI and HMI
  10. System-on-a-chip


Exhibitors at embedded world

A small sample of the "exclusive" exhibitors at embedded world 2021. Image used courtesy of embedded world

Professor Axel Sikora, chairman of the embedded world Conference, said, “The embedded world 2021 DIGITAL [Conference] will cover all aspects of the development and application of embedded systems, from fundamental technologies to development processes and special fields of applications.”


Speakers and Keynotes

While this year’s event will feature many speakers, here are some that may stand out to you:

  • Dave Cavalcanti, Intel—Time-Sensitive Networking Over 5G and Wi-Fi for Industrial
  • Alessandro Bastoni, STMicroelectronics—Functional Safety and Security for Microcontrollers
  • Matteo Salardi, Intel—Achieving Mixed Criticality and Cat3 Pld on Single SoC
  • Alessandro Grande, Arm—Democratizing Machine Learning for Embedded Devs
  • Chris Shore, Arm—Transforming IoT Endpoints with AI
  • Robert Oshana, NXP Semiconductors—Edge Computing Architectures for the Management of Embedded IoT Devices

The conference will also feature five keynotes from prominent speakers on major trends taking place in the industry. 


How to Build Embedded Intelligent Systems for a Post-Pandemic World

Delivered by Reinhard Ploss, CEO, Infineon Technologies (Monday, March 1, 10:15)

This keynote will focus on addressing the challenges that IoT edge developers will face when it comes to building intelligent embedded systems, which combine the best of both the cloud and the edge and are just starting to gain traction, in a post-COVID world. 


Engineering Smart Ecosystems

Delivered by Peter Liggesmeyer, Director of Fraunhofer IESE (Tuesday, March 2, 10:15)

Fraunhofer’s Peter Liggesmeyer takes a look at how software and systems engineering standards are based on outdated standards that don’t account for autonomy and compares these to the open and dynamic systems seen in domains like Industry 4.0 and autonomous driving: How can this challenge be addressed so that systems engineering solutions can keep up?


Circuit board from an embedded world trade fair activity in 2020

Circuit board from an embedded world trade fair activity in 2020. Image used courtesy of NuernbergMesse/Frank Boxler

Display Disruption: How New Display Technologies are Changing the Industry 

Paul Gray, Senior Research Manager, Omdia (Wednesday, March 3, 10:15) 

2020 saw a huge shift in the display industry as it rode the waves of COVID-19. While it hasn’t been without hardship, the industry evolved rapidly throughout 2020 and, according to Gray, a new form is beginning to take shape. This keynote will examine the new realities of display technology, why there has been a surge in R&D, and how this will impact future commercial and technical developments. 


Modern Embedded Engineering: Where We Are and Our Exciting Future 

Randall Restle, prev. VP of Applications Engineering at Digi-Key (Wednesday, March 3, 15:30) 

Today, anyone can feel like an embedded engineer, says Restle. Many new systems are being developed by people outside of the traditional profession. While this might have been viewed as concerning by some, Restle is excited by the way this could benefit the professional engineer. In his keynote, he hopes to describe this phenomenon and explain the role of the modern embedded engineer in breaking down barriers and reducing integration complexity. 


Challenges of Digital Transformation for the New Intelligent Edge 

Kevin Dallas, CEO, Wind River (Thursday, March 4, 15:30)

Dallas writes that edge computing comes with many challenges. Amongst these is the vast variation between devices, as many have been designed specifically to drill down and address a very narrow issue. Another example is security: edge devices are located in different locations where they can be accessed and dismantled. This keynote looks at how these issues can be addressed and how digital frameworks and architectures can be examined and restructured. 



Are you “attending” embedded world 2021? If so, which sessions are you most looking forward to?