John Wall | BlackBerry QNX

Senior Vice President and Head of BlackBerry QNX

As senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX, John Wall is responsible for the direction and overall activities for the company. Mr. Wall oversees the planning, design, and development of BlackBerry QNX’s products, and the direction of its engineering services programs, including design consulting and custom engineering, to support BlackBerry QNX customers in bringing their products to market.
Mr. Wall has been an integral member of the BlackBerry QNX team since 1993. He has held a variety of roles within the organization, including vice president of engineering and services. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa and holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering, in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

16:00 - 16:30

Thursday, November 19

A path to functional safety in the era of increasing complexity


Automotive computing continues to evolve rapidly. Simple microcontroller-based systems are being consolidated into large scale systems and augmented by vision and interpretation systems with deep vehicle control. The proliferation of highly specialized vision and detection hardware, complex math accelerators and an increasing reliance on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning adds to this complexity. Traditional approaches used to build complete behaviour models and to uncover all the hazards of loosely defined systems are limited in their ability to provide adequate insight into the level of safety achieved. These new systems are now heavily data driven, creating the need for increased understanding of the hazards surrounding changes to data sets and training models and their impact the safety of a given system. In this session Mr. Wall will discuss the current challenges inherent to complex systems and lessons learned and explore how new approaches to safety, such as SOTIF will be the future in this new era of automotive system development.