UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems: Technology Innovations and Business OpportunitiesWednesday, May 15, 2019

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems:
Technology Innovations and Business Opportunities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being called the 'fourth industrial revolution'. It is now poised to transform every industry, just as electricity did 100 years ago and the Internet did 50 years ago. Between now and 2030, AI is expected to generate $13 trillion in global economic activity. While AI has already created tremendous value for technology companies such as Google, Baidu and Facebook, additional waves of value creation will go beyond the high-tech sector. The rise of AI presents an opportunity for businesses to differentiate themselves and gain strategic advantage over their competition.

While AI is not new, the increase in the scale and speed of the existing computing infrastructure and the availability of new computing infrastructures such as cloud, has made it cheaper and faster to tackle problems of significant scale using AI. In addition, new emerging technologies now allow handling of large distributed datasets for faster processing, making better AI solutions feasible. These factors, coupled with the availability of large volumes of data generated from social, mobile, smart-homes and automobiles using IoT (Internet of Things), are bringing greater reliability to predictions generated by machine learning and bringing AI to the forefront to solve real world problems quickly and efficiently.

Sectors ranging from retail to entertainment and healthcare to finance are making investments in various applications with AI. The transportation sector is perhaps experiencing the largest investments with automobile manufacturers teaming up with high-tech companies to come up with autonomous car solutions such as Alphabet's Waymo and General Motors' Cruise. In the transportation sector, AI has also provided businesses the technology to come up with solutions for ride-sharing, car rental, electric cars and micro-mobility, bringing significant disruption to the sector.

This workshop will bring together thought leaders from industry and academia to define and discuss AI, where AI can be used and, skills and opportunities being generated for data scientists and analysts interested in business and policy issues especially as they pertain to autonomous systems such as those in transportation. The future of AI including block-chain, privacy and cybersecurity will also be discussed. Successful business models, policies that need to be put into place and, biases and ethics with AI are also topics for discussion at this workshop.

This workshop aims to build thought leadership in AI with focus on autonomous systems. Experts from various applications of AI and those in the transportation sector will present and discuss the recent developments, key problems to solve and what is the future.

Who Should Attend:
Whether you approach AI as a data scientist, data analyst, researcher, business executive or entrepreneur, this conference will provide the opportunity to learn and network with experts in AI and those working on innovations in the automotive and transportation sectors. This workshop is designed to deliver the latest breakthroughs and trends in AI as applied to Autonomous Systems to practitioners, academics, businesses, and startups, with a technical emphasis.

Current Speakers

Alex Capecelatro
Alex Capecelatro
Alex Nascimento
Alex Nascimento
Marketing & Blockchain UCLA EXT
Ankur Mehta
Ankur Mehta
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA
David Fairbank
David Fairbank
Market Manager, Bikes & Scooters, Los Angeles
Felix Naveen Singh
Felix Naveen Singh
Head of Robotics Autonomy Systems and Software QA Engineering
Brain Corp
Jennifer Myers
Jennifer Myers
Senior Director of Deep Learning Frameworks
Intel AI products group
JJ Espinoza
JJ Espinoza
former Director of Data Science
20th Century Fox
Mike Zeller
Mike Zeller
SVP AI Strategy & Innovation
Software AG
Rajit Gadh
Rajit Gadh
UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Rebekah Eggers
Rebekah Eggers
WW Leader - IoT for Energy, Environment, & Utilities
Rick Gehringer
Rick Gehringer
The Milken Institute
Vandana (Ana) Mangal
Vandana (Ana) Mangal
AI and Mobility Expert & Former Executive Director
Easton Center, UCLA Anderson
Zarik Boghossian
Zarik Boghossian
Co-Founder & CTO - Wovenmedia
Founder & CEO - AUGmentecture

Previous Speakers/Panelists

Alexander Keros Manager, Advanced Vehicle and Infrastructure Policy General Motors
Andrea Linder Customer Experience Specialist Porsche Motorsport
Angelina Galiteva Board of Governors California ISO
Bernard Soriano Deputy Director California Department of Motor Vehicles
Bill Williams Commercial Sales Director Proterra, Inc
Carley Markovitz Transportation & Land Use Planning Manager AECOM
Colton Ching Vice President, Energy Delivery Hawaiian Electric Company
Dakota Semler CEO Thor Trucks
Dale Thompson Engineer LADWP
Doug Kim Director, Advanced Technology Southern California Edison
Eric Mika Government, and Corporate Affairs EVELOZCITY
Henrik Fisker Chairman Fisker Inc.
João Torres CEO EDP Distribuição, Portuguese Distribution System Operator
Kevin Dasso Senior Director of Smart Grid & Technology Integration Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Lee Krevat Director - Smart Grid San Diego Gas & Electric
Leon Kaunitz Director of Body, Structural Engineering and Advanced Technology NextEV/NIO
Livio Gallo Chief Executive Officer Enel Distribuzione
Mani Srivastava Professor UCLA Electrical Engineering
Mario Gerla Professor UCLA Computer Science
Mark McGranaghan Vice President Electric Power Research Institute
Marvin Moon Director of Power System Engineering Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Matt Mikio Miyasato Assistant Deputy Executive Officer Air Quality Management District
Michael Liu Director, Energy Storage Business Development BYD America
Michelle Bogen Advanced Technology Engineer BMW Group Technology Office
Nancy Ryan Deputy Executive Director for Policy CPUC
Nancy Sutley Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer LADWP
Pat Hoffman Assistant Secretary U.S. DOE
Rajit Gadh Director UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Ramanath Ramakrishnan EVP & Chief Technology Officer Eaton
Robert Weisenmiller Chair California Energy Commission
Ryan Harty Manager of Connected and Environmental Business Development American Honda Motor Co.
Sharmila Ravula CCO and VP of Business Development Bosch Building Grid Technologies
Stephen B. Wemple Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Con Edison
Steve Pazol GM, Wireless Charging Qualcomm Incorporated
Todd Petersen Mobility 2.0 Product Manager LADOT
Tom Doughty Vice President, Customer and State Affairs California ISO
Tsu-Chin Tsao Professor UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace
Veronica Siranosian Senior Project Manager AECOM Ventures
Vibhu Kaushik Director, Grid Technology and Modernization Southern California Edison
Vijaya Ganugula Manager, Demand Response Operations NYISO
Vincent Poor Professor of Electrical Engineering, & Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science Princeton University

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6764 Boelter Hall
580 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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