The Future of Conferences


Virtual conferences (conferences that are completely online) and hybrid conferences (with a mixture of in-person and online attendees) have become popular since the start of the Covid pandemic. But the new conference modes are not just a pandemic stopgap - they can also be an opportunity to start new conferences at low cost or to broaden the participation of existing conferences.

Each community has a different approach on the future of their conference portfolios. New conferences can start as virtual and move to other models as the community grows. To improve the experience, it is useful to add events that mimic what is missing from in-person conferences, such as mentoring sessions, online games, coffee breaks, and an opportunity to meet a community superstar.

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  • Date: 26 Jan 2023
  • Time: 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Jyotika Athavale


The Future of Conferences


Jyotika Athavale is the 2023 President-Elect of the IEEE Computer Society. In that role, Jyotika is involved in new IEEE-CS policies for in-person and online conferences. Jyotika works at NVIDIA, where she is a senior technical leader in automotive functional safety. At NVIDIA, she is driving capability development, safety architectures and methodologies, system safety engineering activities, and pathfinding for safety critical markets such as autonomous driving and avionics. Prior to NVIDIA, she was a Principal Engineer (Director) at Intel Corporation.

Jyotika is an experienced leader and influencer in emerging technologies and international standardization initiatives. She chairs the IEEE P2851 Standard on Functional Safety interoperability. She is also an active member of the IEEE Computer Society Design Automation Standards Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and she was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022.  Jyotika received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.