USC Computing Forum's Inaugural Symposium a Resounding Success

May 21, 2018

On May 17, the USC Computing Forum hosted its inaugural symposium on the theme of "AI in Life" at the Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey, California.

An energetic crowd of more than 100 guests – including researchers, scientists, venture capitalists, startup founders and business leaders – enjoyed a day full of lively and thought-provoking discussions about the profound impact of AI on our lives and its potential to radically shape the future.

In his opening remarks, USC Computing Forum founder Prem Natarajan, ISI’s Michael Keston executive director, introduced the forum as a community for like-minded individuals to get together, network and exchange ideas in LA’s tech epicenter of Silicon Beach.

Keynote speakers and panelists at the inaugural symposium included internationally known academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and global thought leaders on artificial intelligence and machine learning, who explored four timely topics: 

  • AI for a Better and Safer Society. Keynote and moderator: Christopher White, Principal Researcher, Microsoft. Panelists: Milind Tambe, CAIS Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society, USC; Jeff Alstott, Program Manager, IARPA; Aleksandra Korolova, WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Computer Science, USC.
  • AI in the Media. Keynote and moderator: Ted Gagliano, President, Feature Post Production, Twentieth Century Fox. Panelists: Hao Li, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, USC and CEO/Co-Founder of Pinscreen; Kristina Lerman, Research Team Leader, USC Information Sciences Institute; Emilio Ferrara, Research Team Leader, USC Information Sciences Institute.
  • AI in the Enterprise. Keynote and moderator: John Smith, Head of AI Tech, IBM Research AI. Panelists: John Alioto, CTO, DX Technology Evangelism & Startups, Microsoft; Joel Luxenberg, Founder and CEO, DeepCurrent; Bindu Madhavan, Vice President, Systems Engineering, SAP SE.
  • AI Everywhere. Keynote and moderator: Rohit Prasad, Vice President and Head Scientist, Alexa Machine Learning, Amazon. Panelists: Robert Gentleman, Vice President of Computation Biology, 23 and Me; Matthew McCauley, Chairman of the Board, GeoSim Systems. Bror Saxberg, Vice President, Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Abraham (Abe) Stern, Solutions Architect, NVIDIA.

Each session was followed by interactive Q & A sessions with audience members, with opportunities for networking interspersed throughout the day. The event concluded with a reception and poster presentation, showcasing cutting-edge research by USC computer science graduate students.

Thank you to everyone who joined us and helped to make the USC Computing Forum’s first tech event such a great success. We were delighted to welcome such an esteemed group of individuals and look forward to seeing you at future USC Computing Forum events.

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