The Future of Technology | 2018 Thought Leaders Seminar Series
Harrisburg University will host the 2018 Thought Leaders Seminar Series on the Future of Technology.
Our 2018 Thought Leaders will not only dive into the details of their work in leading-edge technologies and their near-term predictions for the Future of Technology, but will also share their own educational journeys, their secrets of success and their philosophies.
Raefer leads research, engineering and product for Amazon Alexa. A bachelors degree in physics at Harvard followed by leading tech roles as a cofounder or CTO at several startups made it easy for Raefer to learn enough AI to lead the conversational AI team of Alexa. An MBA from Columbia in finance prepared him for his fintech startup, but as Raefer admits, “Today, I am using nothing I learned in college – except for the skills I acquired: learning how to to read a research a paper, how to problem solve, how to think big, and to innovate on behalf of the market.” Raefer is working on making Alexa more conversational and runs the Alexa prize, a $3.5 million university challenge to advance human-computer interaction. ()
September 16: Raefer Gabriel/Amazon on ” Building a career in Conversational AI”
is an Engineering Leader (Business Insights) at Uber. Learn how Uber is leveraging AI to automate their Business Investments via their unique platform. You’ll hear about their technology that evolves based on current market insights and dynamically adjusts for the future. Anu will discuss best practices and the architecture that enables organizations
like Uber grow and scale rapidly. Anu has worked in diverse industry sectors and her core strength in Software Engineering has enabled her success in all these domains. Her advice: “You need to create your own vision for your career and then set up a path to achieve that vision. Be strategic. Let your first job lay the foundation for your next and go after the next opportunity.” Today at Uber, her team performs the predictive analytics to forecast supply and demand, and drive insights into short term and long term strategy.
September 30: Anu Gali/Uber on “Finance Intelligence powering Uber’s hyper growth
Majid is the director of the Computer and Information Sciences program at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Majid believes that the new era of “democratization of technology and computing” requires a revolutionary change in the pedagogical dynamics of the learning process in academia. With the increasingly complicated problems that require heavy computing power to analyze enormous piles of data, a computer scientist alone is no longer able to keep up. Moreover, the current breakthroughs of high level APIs and abstractions for high performance computing are making the impossible possible and in very accessible ways. Software tools such as Theano, Tensorflow, CNTK, and Keras are changing the game dramatically, leaving the deep underlying concepts unexplored by students, and unless educators accommodate for these changes in their curriculums, they would be doing a disservice to their students. Majid has a lot to say about how he has crafted a more modern computer science program for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.
October 14: Majid Shaalan/HU on “Democratization of CS Education”
A successful entrepreneur who was originally an engineer, Vibha noticed a gap in the market while working as the product lead in the video/cable box industry. At a time when video was analog, she imagined the digital future of in-demand, and interactive video and led the transformation in her start-up. Her company iTaas grew to provide professional services to the entire digital video ecosystem in the North american market: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Cisco, Motorola, Pace communications, Thomson – to name just a few. Her start-up was successfully acquired by Cognizant where she works on new transformational technologies and products.
October 28: Vibha Rustagi/Cognizant on “Innovating video consumption:from analog to anytime, anywhere.”
Nic claims he followed the path of least resistance in college and studied math (!) Still following the path of least resistance, he started working in his home country of Switzerland, in an academic career. He comes from a village in Switzerland where the mountains were considerably more impressive than the ones in Mountainview where he now works. After several years working at many companies in the Bay area, his “maturity moment” came when he realized, that he wanted to be working more in team projects and with people. He currently works on recommender systems and is constantly looking for ways to design new algorithms to provide recommendations that will delight the user.
November 11: Nicolas Mayoraz/Google on “Designing recommender systems for extreme scale.”
When Alex started at Brown as an undergraduate, he says, he had no idea what computer science, or engineering was. But he was introduced to computers in the dorm and loved it. Then he realized his interest in human cognition and as he was finishing his PhD, he had an insight into his own personality: he wanted to make things people actually used! Today his work is on robots working with robots, robots working with people and the AI that is needed for these interactions to be successful. Alex is going to talk to us about the future of work.
November 25: Alex Kass/Accenture on “Creating smart systems, smarter people, and new kinds of teams to reshape the future of work.”
There was a time when Saurav thought the worst thing that could happen to him was to not get into IIT. Turned out to be a blessing because he learned to focus, work hard, burn the proverbial midnight oil and make his goals. He is constantly inspired by his child’s growth and learning and his research now focuses on natural language interactions and how to utilize multimodal understanding. He will talk to us about building a multimodal agent in 3 d space, maybe a teddy bear, that kids can interact with and learn from.
December 9: Saurav Sahay/Intel on “Multimodal applications of intelligent systems.”
Youtube Live Event URL: https://youtu.be/6zlf70rMN48
Preetha Ram, Ph.D.
Each talk will be about an hour and will be broadcast every other week at 9 pm PT/9.30 am IST.
The talks are open and free, and will be broadcast using Google’s Youtube Live Event service. All that is needed is a reliable internet connection – without any firewalls and an internet browser. While any browser can be used, the optimal experience is when you are logged in to the Chrome browser, into a Gmail account.
YouTube Live Event allows users to ask questions via the comments section.
Certificate of Participation
Harrisburg University will offer a Certificate of participation to participants who satisfy the following requirements:
(i) Participants must register at: https://goo.gl/forms/SKDF2dBfrorSjIFw2
(ii) On completion of the talks, students must take an online test with questions drawn from the different talks. The link will be sent only to registered participants.
These talks are free and open to all. The Future of Technology online seminar series will be interactive and hosted on YouTube Live Events.
It will be offered every two weeks, at 8 pm or 9 pm Pacific Time, starting in August.
Students and Faculty:
For more information
Please contact Preetha Ram – Associate Provost, Internationalization at firstname.lastname@example.org
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