Keynotes

Keynotes, Day 2

Wednesday, August 24
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Day 2 keynote speakers are: Smitha Shyam, Uber; Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley; Dario Gil, IBM; Ion Stoica, Anyscale; and Robert Nishihara, Anyscale.

Please check back for more details on each keynote, coming soon.

About Ion

Ion Stoica is the Executive Chairman and President and co-founder of Anyscale. Ion also serves as a professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, and as a co-director of the AMPLab. At AMPLab Ion has been leading the software systems effort, which included the development of Apache Spark, as well as two other high-profile open source projects: Apache Mesos and Tachyon. In 2006, Ion co-founded Conviva, a startup to commercialize technologies for large-scale video distribution, where he is serving as CTO. Ion is an ACM Fellow and has received numerous awards, including the SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2011), and the ACM doctoral dissertation award (2001). Ion holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in computer science and control engineering from Polytechnic University Bucharest.

About Robert

Robert Nishihara is one of the creators of Ray, a distributed system for scaling Python and machine learning applications. He is one of the co-founders and CEO of Anyscale, which is the company behind Ray. He did his PhD in machine learning and distributed systems in the computer science department at UC Berkeley. Before that, he majored in math at Harvard.

About Smitha

Smitha Shyam is the director of engineering of UberAI and leads all the centralized AI/ML efforts for Uber. She has extensive experience building and leading high-performing teams in startups and in large companies. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Over the years, Smitha has mentored several engineers and managers across companies. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion efforts at Uber. As the chair of Ladyeng, she has started several foundational programs in hiring and retention for women engineers.

About Dario

Dr. Dario Gil is IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Gil leads the technology roadmap and the technical community of IBM, directing innovation strategies in areas including hybrid cloud, AI, semiconductors, quantum computing, and exploratory science. Dr. Gil is responsible for IBM Research, one of the world's largest and most influential corporate research labs, with over 3,000 researchers. He is the 12th Director in its 76-year history. He is also responsible for IBM's intellectual property strategy and business. Dr. Gil is a globally recognized leader of the quantum computing industry. Under his leadership, IBM was the first company in the world to build programmable quantum computers and make them universally available through the cloud. An advocate of collaborative research models, Dr. Gil co-chairs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, which advances fundamental AI research to the broad benefit of industry and society. He also co-chairs the COVID-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium, which provides access to the world's most powerful high-performance computing resources in support of COVID-19 research. Dr. Gil is a member of the National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the National Science Foundation (NSF), serves on the President's Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and the MIT School of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council. Dr. Gil is on the boards of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), New York Academy of Sciences, New York Hall of Science, and Research!America. Dr. Gil received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

About Anca

Anca Dragan is an assistant professor in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. Her goal is to enable robots and AI agents to work for and around people. She runs the InterACT laboratory, where she focuses on algorithmic human-robot interaction: algorithms that move beyond the robot's function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that coordinates well with human actions, and that is aligned with what humans actually want the robot to do. Anca got her PhD from CMU's Robotics Institute. She helped found the Berkeley AI Research Laboratory, and is a co-PI of the Center for Human-Compatible AI. She has been honored by the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), NSF CAREER, Sloan, Okawa, ONR Young Investigator Award, MIT TR35, IEEE RAS Early Career Award, and IJCAI Early Career Spotlight.

Ion Stoica

Co-founder, Executive Chairman & President, Anyscale

Robert Nishihara

Co-founder and CEO, Anyscale

Smitha Shyam

Director of Engineering, Uber

Dario Gil

SVP & Director of Research, IBM

Anca Dragan

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley
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