This panel explores new features being offered in the automotive cabin, including Driver Monitoring Systems, Head-up Displays, Occupant Monitor Systems, Gesture Recognition, and More.


This virtual panel discussion will host a panel of experts to discuss the latest in automotive innovation, from what's happening in advanced driver assistance system development to the ever evolving future of truly autonomous vehicles. Our panel will touch on the enabling technologies such as AI-based processing methods for Forward Camera perception;  4D Imaging RADAR; driver-assisted systems including LiDAR, RADAR, and Camera Systems; and in-vehicle driver and occupant monitoring systems.


Possible topics of discussion:


  • Insight into how the industry is transitioning from traditional Computer Vision (CV) algorithms to AI-based processing methods for Forward Camera perception.
  • The technology that enables surround-view capabilities for driver assisted vehicles, specifically for low-speed driving situations such as parking assistance, object detection, and – in future generations – valet parking.
  • An overview of 4D imaging RADAR and the multiple types of RADAR sensors, whether short-range, mid-range, or long-range, are required to have a complete driver-assisted vehicle architecture.
  • How flexible and scalable programmable technology enables the use of various types and quantities of LiDAR, RADAR, and Camera systems in driver-assisted systems
  • Why the Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoCs and Versal™ ACAPs is the ideal platform for AI acceleration needed for in-vehicle driver and occupant monitoring systems that rely on AI inference to quickly and accurately identify vehicle occupants’ identity, their emotions, gestures, interior preferences, and much more.




The Presenters:


Paul Zoratti , Automotive Solutions and Senior Automotive System Architect, Xilinx Automotive Mario Bergeron, Technical Marketing Engineer, Avnet
Paul Zoratti has been a member of the Xilinx Automotive Team for 14 years.  As Director of Automotive Solutions and a Senior Automotive System Architect, his primary responsibility is the global application of Xilinx technology to Automotive Driver Assistance and Automated Driving Systems. Zoratti joined Xilinx in June of 2006 and has over 25 years of experience in developing advanced sensing and processing systems for the automotive environment.  This includes 10 years of remote sensing system development at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan, and nearly 10 years at Ford Motor Company/Visteon where he worked in research for Airbag Restraints Electronics and served as Radar Technical Fellow for the Driver Awareness product development team.   Zoratti has been awarded 15 United States patents associated with vehicle safety technology.Mario Bergeron is a Technical Marketing Engineer for Avnet, specializing in video, image and digital signal processing.  Mario has a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Université Laval in Québec City.  He started his career as an ASIC designer, and has since then accumulated over 25 years of DSP and FPGA based embedded design experience. Present activities include deep learning platforms, reference designs, and customer training.



Thomas Foj, Director Automotive Sales EMEA and global Team Leader SDC Transportation, Avnet

Thomas is Head of Automotive Sales EMEA at Avnet Silica, a leading distributor in the semiconductor industry which supports innovative customers starting at their design-in activities down to commercial advisory and logistical services.


He is specialist author for Talent Management, Semiconductor Trends and Long-term Supply Solutions in the automotive industry. In addition is Thomas lecturer at Universities and guest speaker on topics such an International Sales & Marketing.


Prior to Avnet Silica, he worked for Atmel, CS CLEAN SYSTEMS, Texas Instruments and Infineon in several international leader roles. He holds a MBA from Pfeiffer University and an international Engineering Diploma.


Before and during the semiconductor time he worked as Talent Scout and Football Manager for the German Football Federation for 16 years where he still holds the UEFA A-License.