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GTC DC 2017

DC7115 - Connection Between Basic Research, AI and US Leadership

Session Speakers
  • France Cordova - Director, National Science Foundation

    France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). After being nominated by President Barack Obama, and then confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was sworn in on March 31, 2014. France leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. NSF's programs and initiatives keep the U.S. at the forefront of science and engineering, empower future generations of scientists and engineers, and foster U.S. prosperity and global leadership.

  • Robie Samanta Roy - VP of Technology Strategy and Innovation, Lockheed Martin

    Robie Samanta Roy is vice president of technology strategy and innovation at Lockheed Martin. Robie's primary responsibilities include: developing and providing technical intelligence and strategy for the corporation; engaging the global, science and technology (S&T) ecosystem outside the corporation – including government labs, universities, large and small businesses, and startups; and fostering cross-enterprise innovation within Lockheed Martin. Robie also works with leaders from across the company to develop and actively manage enterprise technology roadmaps aligned with customer and business area needs. He also serves as a liaison with government and non-government organizations critical to the formation of S&T policy and the execution of research.

  • Fredrica Darema - Director, AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • William Vanderlinde - Chief Scientist, IARPA

    William Vanderlinde is chief scientist at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). Previously at IARPA, he was also an office director and a program manager, leading the Circuit Analysis Tools and ATHENA programs. His former positions also include serving as technical director of the DOD Microelectronics Research Laboratory and as team leader for Nanotechnology at the Laboratory for Physical Sciences. William's work has focused on microelectronics and advanced microscopy, with applications to supply-chain assurance and high performance computing. He holds two patents for high-resolution electron imaging and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. William was general chair of the International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis in 2010 and serves on the Electron Device Failure Analysis Society Board of Directors. He is also a DNI Fellow and an elected Fellow of ASM International. William earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from John Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.

  • Daniel Larson - Professor of Physics and Former Dean of the Eberly College of Science, Penn State

    Daniel Larson is a Professor of Physics at Penn State University. In 2015 and 2016, Larson was the founding Chancellor and then Rector/President of Yachay Tech University in Ecuador, a university founded with the ambition to transform Ecuador and the region by providing world-class education, research and innovation. Prior to going to Ecuador, Larson was the Verne M. Willaman Dean of the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University for 16 years. The Eberly College of Science made extraordinary advancements in national rankings of faculty quality and research productivity under Larson’s leadership. In addition, Larson has served on many national planning groups, science-evaluation panels, science-advocacy committees, funding-agency panels, and review boards. For example, he chaired the Space Telescope Institute Council, providing oversight of the organization that manages the science missions of the Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope.

  • David Luebke - Vice President of Graphics Research, NVIDIA

    David Luebke helped found NVIDIA Research in 2006 after eight years as a professor at the University of Virginia, where his research helped pioneer the use of GPUs for general-purpose computing. He directs NVIDIA's research efforts in computer graphics and related topics such as virtual & augmented reality. David is an IEEE Fellow and an NVIDIA Distinguished Inventor; he has has co-authored a book, a SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater piece, a major museum exhibit, and over a hundred papers, articles, chapters, and patents.

Session Description

Our nation's basic research programs, which are primarily funded by the government, have for decades produced amazing results for our country. Countless companies can point to fundamental technologies resulting from basic research they utilize that are the basis for their products or are the essential ingredient. Are we investing enough in basic research? What role should the U.S. government play in these areas? What is the promise of AI that needs more basic R&D to fulfill and how should we do it?

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Leadership in AI
50 minutes
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