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3D-sensing Uses in Consumer and Automotive Markets

Thursday, 10 June 13:30 – 14:30

Session Description:

3-D sensing has many applications in consumer markets (gesture and facial recognition, gaming, AR/VR to note a few) and in automotive markets, specifically for LIDAR and other advanced driver-assistance systems. Recent years have seen initial volume deployments in several of these segments, concurrently driving significant unit volumes for optical components and related hardware. This panel will discuss how these new applications are shaping the optics industry. Is there an ability for technical differentiation or is it mostly about execution and investment capital. Will 3-D sensing provide cost benefits to the core optics business?


Robert Blum, Intel, USA

Robert Blum is General Manager of New Business and Sr. Director of Marketing for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing roles for Oclaro’s telecommunications products and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Darmstadt, Germany, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.


Mehdi Asghari, SiLC, USA

Brandon Collings, Lumentum, USA

Sanjai Parthasarathi, II-VI Incorporated, USA

Simon Verghese, Waymo, USA

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