The Linux Foundation Announces Keynote Speakers for 2012 Automotive Linux Summit

Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota top keynote speaker confirmations for the only event that brings together carmakers and developers to advance Linux in auto industry

SAN FRANCISCO, August 6, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the keynote speakers for its Automotive Linux Summit, taking place Sept. 19-20, 2012 at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon/Warwickshire in the United Kingdom.

Now in its second year, the Automotive Linux Summit is designed for the automotive industry and growing cross-industry Linux ecosystem to collaborate on the future of mobility solutions. This vendor-neutral business and technical conference brings together the most innovative minds from the automotive industry, the Linux developer community and the mobility ecosystem.

Attendees will collaborate on how to use Linux and open source software in automotive applications ranging from in-vehicle, on-board systems to cloud solutions for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

The keynote speaker lineup represents some of the leading companies and visionaries working on the state-of-the-art in automotive Linux technologies:

Keith Bergelt, chief executive officer at Open Invention Network, will outline how the influx of open source consumer electronics is a prime example of why technology business leaders need to increase their awareness around open source and the associated intellectual property landscape.

Nick Cohn, senior business developer at TomTom, will introduce the audience to the traffic congestion index, based on a database of historic trip times, and outline the impact of intelligent route selection on travel times and overall road capacity.

Paul Copping, corporate development officer of TRL, will present a design brief on how sensors and instrumentation based on open source are pivotal for enabling the intelligent, evergreen and “forever" open road.

Matt Jones, technical lead for the Next Generation of Infotainment Systems at Jaguar Land Rover and vice president of the GENIVI Alliance, will share Jaguar Land Rover's and GENIVI's experience on defining and implementing in-vehicle infotainment systems based on Linux and open source.

Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel maintainer and Linux Foundation fellow, will explain the Linux kernel development process and why its methodology is a natural fit for the processes established by the automotive industry.

Kenichi Murata, project general manager for Toyota Motor Corporation's Advanced Electronics Development Department, will detail why car makers need to expand their thinking beyond being masters of open source software in revolutionizing the automotive industry to also embracing open innovation.

Imad Sousou, director of Intel's Open Technology Center.

Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, will share the state of automotive Linux.

A Technology Showcase will also be on display throughout the Automotive Linux Summit, which will include cars featuring Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment systems, as well as prototypes and technology demonstrations from companies that will include GENIVI members.

“Open-source software is driving the next revolution in the automotive industry, transforming the car into a connected wireless communication device,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “By hosting the Automotive Linux Summit, we can help bring together the brightest minds from these communities to maximize the opportunity for Linux in this marketplace.”

The Automotive Linux Summit is made possible by the generous support of many companies and organizations. Intel is the event's Platinum sponsor and is also sponsoring the evening reception inside the Heritage Motor Centre museum. Gold sponsors include Black Duck Software, Collabora, Jaguar Land Rover, Renesas, ROSA Labs, and Symbio. Silver sponsors include Mentor Graphics and Tieto. The event's Affiliate sponsor is GENIVI.

The Automotive Linux Summit Steering Committee includes representatives from the world’s leaders in automotive innovation: DENSO Corporation, Fujitsu Ten, GENIVI, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, NEC, Nissan, Renesas and Toyota, among others. 
 Early bird registration is available through Aug. 10, 2012. To register, please visit the Automotive Linux Summit website.

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