Ananth Kandhadai

Ananth Kandhadai

Senior Director, Engineering, Multimedia R&D group

Qualcomm Technologies Inc.


Ananth Kandhadai is a Senior Director, Engineering in the Multimedia R&D group in Qualcomm Technologies Inc. His research interests include Speech coding and enhancement, Image processing for cameras, Model based Computer Vision, Deep Learning for object detection and tracking, Power constrained system design, and Vision hardware acceleration. He has over two decades of experience working on speech codec standardization, camera system design, and computer vision involving fundamental research as well as commercial implementation. He currently leads Computer Vision technology development for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs, including technology roadmap, use-cases, algorithms, system design, architecture, hardware, software development, and customer product delivery.

Title:Is Vision the New Wireless?

Over the past 20 years, digital wireless communications has become an essential technology for many industries, and a primary driver for the electronics industry. Today, computer vision is showing signs of following a similar trajectory. Once used only in low-volume applications such as manufacturing inspection, vision is now becoming an essential technology for a wide range of mass-market devices, from cars to drones to mobile phones. This presentation examines the motivations for incorporating vision into diverse products, presents case studies that illuminate the current state of vision technology in high-volume products, and explores critical challenges to ubiquitous deployment of visual intelligence.

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