STeP-IN Automotive Tech Conference


Revolutionising Mobility: Navigating the Technological Disruption in Automotive Electronics, Chips, and Software for EVs and Autonomous Vehicles

This keynote explores the transformative impact of cutting-edge technologies on the automotive industry, focusing on electric vehicles (EVs), autonomous vehicles, and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. It delves into the pivotal role of electronics, chips, software, vehicle controls, and the ecosystem in driving this revolution. Attendees will gain insights into the rapid advancements in these areas and how they are reshaping the future of mobility. The talk will highlight key challenges and opportunities presented by these technologies and the ecosystem, offering strategies to navigate this disruption successfully. By understanding and embracing these changes, automotive professionals can position themselves at the forefront of innovation and drive the future of transportation.

Speaker Profile

Experienced CEO and aerospace industry leader with a strong background in systems design & development, and strategic leadership. Currently serving as CEO of Celton Semiconductors, a prominent provider of electronics and VLSI design services.

Before his roles at Celton Semiconductors and AVTEC, Damodaran was the Managing Director at SAFRAN Engineering Services India, where he led 400+ engineering experts in aerospace and defence product development, engineering, control software development, manufacturing engineering, and product support engineering. He began his career in 1990 at Ashok Leyland, a heavy automobile manufacturing company, and later worked at a Detroit-based engineering company, EASI, managing offshore engineering services for US and European customers.

Throughout his career, Damodaran has held various key positions, developing offshore talents and services for global automotive, aerospace, railway majors, and Indian defence industries. He started his SAFRAN career as Director of Systems Design, working on several transnational projects, including B787, A380, and A350 for Boeing and Airbus. Before becoming Managing Director, he served as Senior Vice President, responsible for business development, strategy, innovation, and delivery of engineering business at SES India.

Damodaran holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from CIT Sandwich Polytechnic and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Systems & Information from BITS Pilani. He has undergone several management programs at SAFRAN University, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bangalore. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in the field of Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at Christ University, Bangalore.

He is also well-connected with the SAE INTERNATIONAL and SAE INDIA Aerospace Board and currently serves as Chairman of the SAE INDIA Bangalore Section.

Damodaran Subramanian

CEO, Celton Semiconductors