Distinguished Engineer – ML & Computer Vision, Western Digital
Dr. Gunnam is an innovative technology leader with vision and passion who effectively connects with individuals and groups. Dr. Gunnam’s breakthrough contributions are in the areas of advanced error correction systems, storage class memory systems and computer vision-based localization & navigation systems. He has helped drive organizations to become industry leaders through ground-breaking technologies. Dr. Gunnam has 75 issued patents and 100+ patent applications/invention disclosures on algorithms, architectures and real-time low-cost implementations for computing, storage and computer vision systems. He is the lead inventor/sole inventor for 90% of them. Dr. Gunnam’s patented work has been already incorporated in more than 2 billion data storage and WiFi chips and is set to continue to be incorporated in more than 500 million chips per year.
Dr. Gunnam is also a key contributor to the precise localization and navigation technology commercialized for autonomous aerial refueling and space docking applications. His recent patent pending inventions on low-complexity simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and 3D convolutional neural network (CNN) for object detection, tracking and classification are being commercialized for LiDAR + camera-based perception for autonomous driving and robotic systems.
Dr. Gunnam received his MSEE and PhD in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station. He is world-renowned for balance between strong analytical ability and pragmatic insight into implementation of advanced technology. He served as IEEE Distinguished Speaker and Plenary Speaker for 25+ events and international conferences and more than 3000 attendees in USA, Canada and Asia benefited from his lecture talks. He also teaches graduate level course focused on machine learning systems at Santa Clara University.