10/17 Emerging Technology - Artificial Intelligence: Current Trends, New Applications


Time: Tuesday, Oct 17, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: ITRI International - 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA 95134
Registration: https://ciesf2017aioct.eventbrite.com

AI has been largely conceptual for years. We are now into the “AI wave” of technology
(following in order web, social, and mobile) and this is a wave that seemingly benefits the largesttech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Uber, Tesla which have large datasets and large user bases to deploy this technology with.

In this two hour presentation the speaker will give an overview of the field of AI, and cover the latest trends in machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning and many AI application areas.

But why AI now, after so many years?

It is not one thing, but a number of things happening simultaneously, that is causing this
explosion of interest.

1.Better algorithms. Research is constantly coming up with better ways to train models and machines.
2.Better GPUs. The same chips that make graphics come alive on your screen are used to train models, and these chips are improving rapidly.
3.More data. The Internet and humanity’s use of it has produced a massive data set to train machines with.
4.Cloud services. Companies are now offering cloud based services to developers which allow them to access artificial intelligence “as a service” .

The latest hot trends in AI are machine learning (self, no human programming needed), deep learning via neural networks, and a technique called reinforcement learning, a way for machines to learn specific tasks through extreme trial and error.


Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation
industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management
positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and
holds eight US software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical
Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits
and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, where he was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.
Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Business Sustainability
courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.

Dr. Kao current interests include the subjects of Energy, Environment and Education.
He teaches and is a frequent lecturer on various Emerging Technologies. In the past five years
he has given over 50 talks and seminars on various emerging technology topics such as Clean
Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation,
AR/VR, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and 3D Printing.

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