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Author:

Todd Vierra

Director, Customer Engagement
BrainChip

Todd brings more than 25 years of engineering and technical sales expertise in chip design, electronic design automation, and intellectual property.  He joined BrainChip from ARM, where he was director of field sales engineers for more than 15 years, providing support for ARM processors in the Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), embedded and automotive, client/mobile, and enterprise business divisions. He spent nearly seven years in high-speed ASIC design at Applied Micro Systems, and 4 years at Cadence Design Systems. At Nurlogic Design Inc., and Artisan Components Todd led the technical sales teams for digital and high-speed Analog IP. He has a BS Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering and an MBA from Coleman University.

 

Todd Vierra

Director, Customer Engagement
BrainChip

Todd brings more than 25 years of engineering and technical sales expertise in chip design, electronic design automation, and intellectual property.  He joined BrainChip from ARM, where he was director of field sales engineers for more than 15 years, providing support for ARM processors in the Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), embedded and automotive, client/mobile, and enterprise business divisions. He spent nearly seven years in high-speed ASIC design at Applied Micro Systems, and 4 years at Cadence Design Systems. At Nurlogic Design Inc., and Artisan Components Todd led the technical sales teams for digital and high-speed Analog IP. He has a BS Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering and an MBA from Coleman University.

 

Edge AI
Enterprise AI
ML at Scale
Systems Design
Data Science
Software Engineering
Strategy
Systems Engineering

Author:

Vinesh Sukumar

Senior Director & Head of AI/ML Product Management
Qualcomm

Vinesh Sukumar currently serves as Senior Director – Head of AI/ML product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc (QTI).  In this role, he leads AI product definition, strategy and solution deployment across multiple business units.

•He has about 20 years of industry experience spread across research, engineering and application deployment. He currently holds a doctorate degree specializing in imaging and vision systems while also completing a business degree focused on strategy and marketing. He is a regular speaker in many AI industry forums and has authored several journal papers and two technical books.

Vinesh Sukumar

Senior Director & Head of AI/ML Product Management
Qualcomm

Vinesh Sukumar currently serves as Senior Director – Head of AI/ML product management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc (QTI).  In this role, he leads AI product definition, strategy and solution deployment across multiple business units.

•He has about 20 years of industry experience spread across research, engineering and application deployment. He currently holds a doctorate degree specializing in imaging and vision systems while also completing a business degree focused on strategy and marketing. He is a regular speaker in many AI industry forums and has authored several journal papers and two technical books.

Author:

Barrie Mullins

VP, Product
Flex Logix

Barrie has 25+ years of experience working with edge, embedded and AI systems across multiple industries including industrial, automotive, robotics, storage, and communications. Previously, he spent a year at Blaize as head of marketing, and three years at NVIDIA where he led the Jetson Product Marketing team. Prior to NVIDIA, he held multiple roles in Xilinx, including leading product marketing and management for the Zynq product line, sales enablement, business development, customer program management and managing design services. Barrie moved to the United States in 2007 from Ireland, where he worked for Xilinx and two starts ups, Raidtec Corp. and Eurologic Systems, in the Data Storage space where he holds three patents.  

Barrie received his EE from the Munster Technological University, an ME from University College Dublin and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. 

Barrie Mullins

VP, Product
Flex Logix

Barrie has 25+ years of experience working with edge, embedded and AI systems across multiple industries including industrial, automotive, robotics, storage, and communications. Previously, he spent a year at Blaize as head of marketing, and three years at NVIDIA where he led the Jetson Product Marketing team. Prior to NVIDIA, he held multiple roles in Xilinx, including leading product marketing and management for the Zynq product line, sales enablement, business development, customer program management and managing design services. Barrie moved to the United States in 2007 from Ireland, where he worked for Xilinx and two starts ups, Raidtec Corp. and Eurologic Systems, in the Data Storage space where he holds three patents.  

Barrie received his EE from the Munster Technological University, an ME from University College Dublin and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. 

Author:

Vinay Palakkode

Senior Staff ML Engineer & Manager
Rivian

“Vinay Palakkode is a senior staff machine learning engineer and manages a team of deep learning researchers and engineers at Rivian Automotive’s self-driving organization. Vinay holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in perception for robotics and high-performance computing. Vinay held prior engineering and management positions at Apple’s Technology Development Group (TDG) and Special Projects Groups (SPG).”

Vinay Palakkode

Senior Staff ML Engineer & Manager
Rivian

“Vinay Palakkode is a senior staff machine learning engineer and manages a team of deep learning researchers and engineers at Rivian Automotive’s self-driving organization. Vinay holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He specializes in perception for robotics and high-performance computing. Vinay held prior engineering and management positions at Apple’s Technology Development Group (TDG) and Special Projects Groups (SPG).”

Author:

Vamsi Nalluri

Machine Learning HW Architect
Rivian

Vamsi is ML HW Architect at Rivian, and has 17 years of experience in the semiconductor industry working on architecture, verification, and validation.


He most recently was at Xilinx, where he has accelerated sparse neural networks to achieve 3X hardware performance improvement on the 7nm flagship technology platform from Xilinx on many of the industry standard networks like ResNetv50, Yolo and other CNN benchmarks.

Prior to that, he has architected and trained dataflow implementations of quantized and mixed precision neural networks at Intel. 

He graduated from IIT Madras with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and is a big tennis fan - which includes playing and watching

Vamsi Nalluri

Machine Learning HW Architect
Rivian

Vamsi is ML HW Architect at Rivian, and has 17 years of experience in the semiconductor industry working on architecture, verification, and validation.


He most recently was at Xilinx, where he has accelerated sparse neural networks to achieve 3X hardware performance improvement on the 7nm flagship technology platform from Xilinx on many of the industry standard networks like ResNetv50, Yolo and other CNN benchmarks.

Prior to that, he has architected and trained dataflow implementations of quantized and mixed precision neural networks at Intel. 

He graduated from IIT Madras with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and is a big tennis fan - which includes playing and watching

Author:

Hui Wang

Machine Learning Engineer
Schlumberger

Hui Wang

Machine Learning Engineer
Schlumberger

Cerebras Systems builds the fastest AI accelerators in the industry. In this talk we will review how the size and scope of massive natural language processing (NLP) presents fundamental challenges to legacy compute and to traditional cloud providers. We will explore the importance of guaranteed node to node latency in large clusters, how that can’t be achieved in the cloud, and how it prevents linear and even deterministic scaling. We will examine the complexity of distributing NLP models over hundreds or thousands of GPUs and show how quickly and easily a cluster of Cerebras CS-2s is set up, and how linear scaling can be achieved over millions of compute cores with Cerebras technology. And finally, we will show how innovative customers are using clusters of Cerebras CS-2s to train large language models in order to solve both basic and applied scientific challenges, including understanding the COVID-19 replication mechanism, epigenetic language modelling for drug discovery, and in the development of clean energy. This enables researchers to test ideas that may otherwise languish for lack of resources and, ultimately, reduces the cost of curiosity.  ​

 

Chip Design
Enterprise AI
ML at Scale
Novel AI Hardware
Systems Design
Data Science
Hardware Engineering
Software Engineering
Strategy
Systems Engineering

Author:

Andy Hock

VP, Product Management
Cerebras

Dr. Andy Hock is VP of Product Management at Cerebras Systems with responsibility for product strategy. His organization drives engagement with engineering and our customers to inform the hardware, software, and machine learning technical requirements and accelerate world-leading AI with Cerebras’ products. Prior to Cerebras, Andy has held senior leadership positions with Arete Associates, Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google), and Google. He holds a PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA.

Andy Hock

VP, Product Management
Cerebras

Dr. Andy Hock is VP of Product Management at Cerebras Systems with responsibility for product strategy. His organization drives engagement with engineering and our customers to inform the hardware, software, and machine learning technical requirements and accelerate world-leading AI with Cerebras’ products. Prior to Cerebras, Andy has held senior leadership positions with Arete Associates, Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google), and Google. He holds a PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics from UCLA.

The future of AI begins at the sensor. Join BrainChip for this exploration of relevant data propagation, regions of interest and making the applications of tomorrow more efficient today by processing at the sensor.

On Device ML
Vision
Edge Trade Offs
Software Engineering
Hardware and Systems Engineering

Author:

Denis Gudovskiy

Senior Deep Learning Researcher
Panasonic AI Lab

Denis Gudovskiy

Senior Deep Learning Researcher
Panasonic AI Lab
  • How does computer vision work?
  • Overview of use cases
  • References
  • Short slide of offering
  • Rule Based Engine
  • Alert system or reporting
  • Deployment & implementation strategies
On Device ML
Vision
Software Engineering
Hardware and Systems Engineering

Author:

Anthony Valle

NALA Presales Senior Engineer
ATOS

 

Anthony Valle is a Senior Pre-Sales Engineer for North America and Latin America at Ipsotek, an Atos company. Anthony has over 20 years of experience in IT and security technology solutions for the rapidly growing tech-based world.  He works closely with clients in developing solutions for AI at the Edge, utilizing a patented Scenario-Based Rule Engine (SBRE), a powerful tool to precisely define behaviors of interest as they would unfold in the real-world dynamic and complex environment.

Prior to joining Atos, he performed first Sales Engineering and later Application engineering roles for Avigilon, one of the world's largest security manufacturers.   Throughout his career, he has held key management positions within the industry and sought many certifications to further his career in security technology. 

Anthony Valle

NALA Presales Senior Engineer
ATOS

 

Anthony Valle is a Senior Pre-Sales Engineer for North America and Latin America at Ipsotek, an Atos company. Anthony has over 20 years of experience in IT and security technology solutions for the rapidly growing tech-based world.  He works closely with clients in developing solutions for AI at the Edge, utilizing a patented Scenario-Based Rule Engine (SBRE), a powerful tool to precisely define behaviors of interest as they would unfold in the real-world dynamic and complex environment.

Prior to joining Atos, he performed first Sales Engineering and later Application engineering roles for Avigilon, one of the world's largest security manufacturers.   Throughout his career, he has held key management positions within the industry and sought many certifications to further his career in security technology. 

Developer workshops are restricted to machine learning practitioners from research institutions and enterprises who are interested in learning how to port code onto novel AI platforms and want to get hands-on access to hardware and SDKs.  


Workshops are application only and subject to eligibility and availability. The workshops are free, and lunch, shared networking sessions, and access to the Meet and Greet function and keynote is included in the developer pass. If you're a machine learning engineer / AI application developer, please apply using the form in the registration section of the website or by emailing [email protected]. There are approximately 30 spaces available.

Developer Efficiency
Edge AI
Enterprise AI
ML at Scale
Data Science
Software Engineering

Author:

Jeff Boudier

Product Director
Hugging Face

Jeff Boudier is a product director at Hugging Face, creator of Transformers, the leading open-source NLP library. Previously Jeff was a co-founder of Stupeflix, acquired by GoPro, where he served as director of Product Management, Product Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Development.

Jeff Boudier

Product Director
Hugging Face

Jeff Boudier is a product director at Hugging Face, creator of Transformers, the leading open-source NLP library. Previously Jeff was a co-founder of Stupeflix, acquired by GoPro, where he served as director of Product Management, Product Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Development.

Author:

Régis Pierrard

Machine Learning Engineer
HuggingFace

Régis Pierrard

Machine Learning Engineer
HuggingFace

Author:

Philipp Schmid

Tech Lead
HuggingFace

Philipp Schmid

Tech Lead
HuggingFace

Deep neural networks (DNNs), a subset of machine learning (ML), provide a foundation for automating conversational artificial intelligence (CAI) applications. FPGAs provide hardware acceleration enabling high-density and low latency CAI. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of CAI, data center use-cases, describe the traditional compute model and its limitations and show how an ML compute engine integrated into the Achronix FPGA can lead to 90% cost reductions for speech transcription.

 

Enterprise AI
NLP
Novel AI Hardware
ML at Scale
Data Science
Hardware Engineering
Software Engineering
Systems Engineering

Author:

Salvador Alvarez

Senior Manager, Product Planning
Achronix
  • Salvador Alvarez is the Senior Manager of Product Planning at Achronix, coordinating the research, development, and launch of new Achronix products and solutions. With over 20 years of experience in product growth, roadmap development, and competitive intelligence and analysis in the semiconductor, automotive, and edge AI industries, Sal Alvarez is a recognized expert in helping customers realize the advantages of edge AI and deep learning technology over legacy cloud AI approaches. Sal holds a B.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.​

Salvador Alvarez

Senior Manager, Product Planning
Achronix
  • Salvador Alvarez is the Senior Manager of Product Planning at Achronix, coordinating the research, development, and launch of new Achronix products and solutions. With over 20 years of experience in product growth, roadmap development, and competitive intelligence and analysis in the semiconductor, automotive, and edge AI industries, Sal Alvarez is a recognized expert in helping customers realize the advantages of edge AI and deep learning technology over legacy cloud AI approaches. Sal holds a B.S. in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.​

As AI makes its way into healthcare and medical applications, the role of hardware accelerators in the successful deployment of such large AI models becomes more and more important. Nowadays large language models, such as GPT-3 and T5, offer unprecedented opportunities to solve challenging healthcare business problems like drug discovery, medical term mapping and insight generation from electronic health records. However, efficient and cost effective training, as well as deployment and maintenance of such models in production remains a challenge for healthcare industry. This presentation will review a few open challenges and opportunities in the healthcare industry and the benefits that AI hardware innovation may bring to the ML utilization.

Developer Efficiency
Enterprise AI
ML at Scale
NLP
Novel AI Hardware
Systems Design
Data Science
Software Engineering
Strategy
Systems Engineering

Author:

Hooman Sedghamiz

Director of AI & ML
Bayer

Hooman Sedghamiz is Director of AI & ML at Bayer. He has lead algorithm development and generated valuable insights to improve medical products ranging from implantable, wearable medical and imaging devices to bioinformatics and pharmaceutical products for a variety of multinational medical companies.

He has lead projects, data science teams and developed algorithms for closed loop active medical implants (e.g. Pacemakers, cochlear and retinal implants) as well as advanced computational biology to study the time evolution of cellular networks associated with cancer , depression and other illnesses.

His experience in healthcare also extends to image processing for Computer Tomography (CT), iX-Ray (Interventional X-Ray) as well as signal processing of physiological signals such as ECG, EMG, EEG and ACC.

Recently, his team has been working on cutting edge natural language processing and developed cutting edge models to address the healthcare challenges dealing with textual data.

Hooman Sedghamiz

Director of AI & ML
Bayer

Hooman Sedghamiz is Director of AI & ML at Bayer. He has lead algorithm development and generated valuable insights to improve medical products ranging from implantable, wearable medical and imaging devices to bioinformatics and pharmaceutical products for a variety of multinational medical companies.

He has lead projects, data science teams and developed algorithms for closed loop active medical implants (e.g. Pacemakers, cochlear and retinal implants) as well as advanced computational biology to study the time evolution of cellular networks associated with cancer , depression and other illnesses.

His experience in healthcare also extends to image processing for Computer Tomography (CT), iX-Ray (Interventional X-Ray) as well as signal processing of physiological signals such as ECG, EMG, EEG and ACC.

Recently, his team has been working on cutting edge natural language processing and developed cutting edge models to address the healthcare challenges dealing with textual data.

One of the biggest challenges in the US is managing the cost of healthcare.  Although we have high healthcare costs in the US, our life expectancy is still average.  In this talk we will look at some of the core causes of healthcare costs and what modern AI hardware can do to lower these costs.  We will see that faster and bigger GPUs alone will not save us.  We need detailed models to across a wide swath of our communities and perform early interventions.  We need accurate models of our world and the ability to simulate the impact of policy changes to overall healthcare costs.  We need new MIMD hardware with cores and memory architecture that keep cores fed with the right data.

Enterprise AI
ML at Scale
Systems Design
Data Science
Software Engineering
Systems Engineering

Author:

Dan McCreary

Distinguished Engineer, Graph & AI
Optum

Dan is a distinguished engineer in AI working on innovative database architectures including document and graph databases. He has a strong background in semantics, ontologies, NLP and search. He is a hands-on architect and like to build his own pilot applications using new technologies. Dan started the NoSQL Now! Conference (now called the Database Now! Conferences). He also co-authored the book Making Sense of NoSQL, one of the highest rated books on Amazon on the topic of NoSQL. Dan worked at Bell Labs as a VLSI circuit designer where he worked with Brian Kernighan (of K&R C). Dan also worked with Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer.

Dan McCreary

Distinguished Engineer, Graph & AI
Optum

Dan is a distinguished engineer in AI working on innovative database architectures including document and graph databases. He has a strong background in semantics, ontologies, NLP and search. He is a hands-on architect and like to build his own pilot applications using new technologies. Dan started the NoSQL Now! Conference (now called the Database Now! Conferences). He also co-authored the book Making Sense of NoSQL, one of the highest rated books on Amazon on the topic of NoSQL. Dan worked at Bell Labs as a VLSI circuit designer where he worked with Brian Kernighan (of K&R C). Dan also worked with Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer.