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AI Symposium

Join the Gies College of Business, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Synchrony for the AI Symposium on February 15 from 10am-3pm at NCSA. This free event is open to students, faculty and staff, and will include interactive displays and sessions from top companies in AI such as Google, John Deere, Synchrony and more. Students may register at:

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10:00 am
Welcome and Overview of Symposium
Robert Brunner, Associate Dean of Innovation & Chief Disruption Officer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business

10:15 am
Scott Wilkin, Deputy Director, National Center for Super Computing Applications

10:30 am
Hardware + Software + AI: AI in Google’s Pixel 3
Christopher Baker, Product Manager, Google

Pixel 3, Google’s latest Pixel Phone, pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with a smartphone leveraging tight hardware + software + AI integration. This talk will outline how AI fits into the Pixel 3, enables features, and creates value for users.

11:00 am
Crop Detection through Deep Learning
Brandon Dohman, Digital Delivery Lead North America, Syngenta

We have built a Deep Learning model based on a neural network architecture that was previously used for Biomedical Image Segmentation.

11:30 am
AI at the Edge
Mark Moran, Director, John Deere Technology Innovation Center

After 50 years of Moore’s law, significant computational power is now becoming available at the edge. For the last ten years, the transformation in AI has been defined by connecting to the Cloud. Over the next decade, a shift of AI to the edge may prove to be more disruptive by creating new architectures for sensing, deciding, and acting.

12:00 pm
Networking and Interactive Displays

1:15 pm
Accelerating Material Discovery using AI, Robotics and Material Science
Brian Stankiewicz, Research Scientist, 3M

AI has matured to a place where the value now is applying known techniques to real-world problems. One emerging field is Materials Informatics which combines Materials Science, AI and robotics to accelerate materials discovery.

1:45 pm
Fireside Chat: The Intersection of AI and Business Decision-making
Amy Walter, Executive Leader Digital Technology & Strategic Transformation, Synchrony
Theresa Kraus, SVP Network Strategy & Process Optimization, Synchrony
Moderator: Robert Brunner, Associate Dean of Innovation & Chief Disruption Officer, University of Illinois Gies College of Business

A fireside chat with two senior leaders from Synchrony, the largest private credit card provider in the U.S. They will discuss how technology and business need to work closely together to leverage AI and drive value for the firm.

2:45 pm
Concluding Remarks

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