Smart Machines: Humans In, On and Out of the Loop

Connectivity Challenges for Intelligent Systems (and How to Solve Them)

Smart machines span many of the world’s largest and most complex applications, from sophisticated robots to autonomous vehicles to military defense systems and large-scale power grids. These systems are highly distributed, augmented with advanced edge intelligence, demanding high flexibility and scalability to cope with stringent requirements, not just to meet the current needs but also the future expansion and evolution. The level of autonomy of smart machines and systems can be described as manual, semi-autonomous and autonomous, commonly referred to as humans in, on and out of the loop.

In this seminar, we will share our own expertise in smart system design, showcase important productivity tools and software design approaches from selected partners and explore some of the important technical design considerations such as, the smart tools needed to design smart systems, scaling that doesn’t leave legacy systems behind, deploying and updating distributed applications, and how ROS 2 and the DDS standard pair up to accelerate robotics and autonomous systems development.

Join us for these technical discussions and a complementary lunch. You will gain a better understanding of autonomous systems challenges and solutions across all markets and RTI’s insights and recommended best practices for tackling the complex challenges of smart machines.

Guest Speakers:

Mark McBroom, Application Engineering Manager, MathWorks

Protima Banerjee, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rowan University


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Featured Speakers and Guests

Bert Farabaugh

Director of Field Application Engineering, RTI

Bert Farabaugh is the Director of Field Applications Engineering at RTI, and in addition has been working as an FAE covering the Northeastern US and strategic accounts for over 15 years.

Starting off in developing robotic systems for 12 years at a few defense contractors, Bert developed a strong understanding of what it takes to create a real-time system.  From 1998 through 2003, he further expanded his knowledge of real-time applications by working for Wind River, a leading provider of real-time operating systems.  

Since starting at RTI in 2003, Bert has expanded his competence in real-time applications and distributed systems architecture design.


Mark McBroom

Application Engineering Manager, MathWorks

Mark McBroom is an application engineering manager at MathWorks leading a team that specializes in automatic code generation and validation from MATLAB and Simulink.  He has been at MathWorks for 15 years and works in the regional office in Novi, Michigan.  Prior to joining MathWorks, Mark developed embedded software applications in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries.

Protima Banerjee, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, Rowan University

Dr. Protima Banerjee has held technical and leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, Oracle, and Idea Integration designing and developing real-time distributed systems for government and commercial customers.

She holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from Drexel University in the area of natural language processing. Protima has been involved in all aspects of the real-time system delivery from requirements analysis to system design to integration and test.

Her technology interests include real-time data management, semantic information integration and MLOps. She has developed and teaches graduate courses in Applied Data Science and Advanced Software Engineering (DevOps) at Rowan University.


Andy Krassowski

Field Application Engineer, RTI

Andy Krassowski is a Field Application Engineer at RTI. Andy has received a BSEE from WPI, as well as a M.S. CS from RPI. He has 39 years of mission-critical, high-performance systems design and implementation experience. He has prior experience in Process Control systems then 8-bit Embedded Systems, as well as Low latency message processing at Gari Software, Dow Jones, Aleri CEP (now SAS Hana), Deutsche Bank, and Bloomberg.

Ken Brophy

Principal Application Engineer, RTI

Mr. Brophy is a Principal Software Engineer and serves as the tools team lead at RTI. He has over 20 years of experience in every major stage of developing large-scale distributed systems including, research, architecture, design, implementation, testing, deployment, consulting, and training. Mr. Brophy has led several teams of software engineers and is currently leading an international team of software engineers who develop tools for real-time middleware.


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