IEEE SCV WIE Digital Reality Webinar Series - Part 2


This webinar series will address the status of Digital Transformation in several areas (both as geography—North and Latin America, Europe, Far East Asia—and as market segments such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail, education). In addition, they will cover the expected evolution considering the impact of the pandemic and the recovery effort put in place by several Governments, including EU and US initiatives.

 In particular, the ongoing evolution of Industry 4.0 with the Gaia-X initiative in Europe will be addressed. This initiative, although fostered by EU, is already involving 200+ industries from all over the world, comprised by major US players in the Information Technology sector.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 16 Apr 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are America/Los_Angeles
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IEEE SCV Zoom account

  • Santa Clara, California
  • United States


Thomas Coughlin of President, Coughlin Associates


Digital Transformation

Creating greater immersion in VR/AR/MR applications requires more life-like content. This content should be high resolution, high dynamic range and ideally high frame rate and include volumetric video content. Storing and rendering this content requires large amounts of digital storage and memory as well as specialized processing power. Enabling this content for use at endpoints and the edge will require new memory technologies that provide high capacity, high performance and are persistent. This talk will discuss requirements for capturing, storing and using this content as well as developments in data centers, at the network edge and in endpoints that will be needed to make alternative realities, part of our reality.


Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America.

He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento and serves as Senior Advisor of the Reply Group.

He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality fostering Digital Transformation Initiative. He is a COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer and in 2021 he is Chair Elect for the New Initiative Committee.

He has published over 200 papers in journals and magazines and 30 books/ebooks.

He writes a daily blog,, with commentary on innovation in various technology and market areas.


Part 2: Second session in the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Women In Engineering Digital Reality Webinar Series.

Talk title: Storage and Memory for Digital Reality Applications