2 Nov 2018 Dallas - To solve humanity's most complex and demanding problems ranging from creating sustainable global food production and preventing infectious disease epidemics to ensuring the safety of our planet and natural resources is the HPC community's next grand challenge.
HPC and AI are revolutionizing how we untangle and solve global threats and humanitarian crises. The SC18 plenary session will examine the potential for advanced computing to help mitigate human suffering and elevate our capacity to protect the most vulnerable.
This plenary session will hear from innovators who are redefining how we predict and prevent humanitarian crises by leveraging advanced computing. The session is the kick-off event, which immediately precedes the Exhibitor Opening Gala.
Highlights include the following:
How do we rethink the problem by using the best minds, most advanced tools and networks to anticipate and solve our most vexing global crises?
Researchers and scientists with deep experience will gather to discuss this topic during SC18, the premier international conference of HPC professionals this November 11-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.
The panel discussion will tackle the issue of "HPC and AI - The Next Horizon: Addressing Humanity's Grand Challenges"
The panel will feature the following experts:
Dr. Fraser authored two popular non-fiction books about food and food security including "Empires of Food: Feast, Famine" and the "Rise and Fall of Civilizations". Dr. Fraser created teaching tools including a popular web video series called "feeding nine billion", a graphic novel called #FoodCrisis, and a card game about global food security that have been assembled along with teacher-friendly high school lesson plans and used to educate students around the world. He is a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geography Society, and a member of the Royal Society of Canadas college of new scholars.
Prior to Veratect, highlights of Dr. Hart's career include tenure as CEO of Corazonx, a cardiac ultrasound software firm; as General Partner at SeaPoint Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing upon the wireless telecom industry; CEO of Tegic Communications, the developer of the predictive text input software used in most cellular phones; CEO of Optimas Corporation, a digital image analysis firm; and as CEO of Sierra Geophysics, a provider of applications software to the global oil and gas industry and as a Division President of Halliburton Company. Dr. Hart serves on a number of both corporate and non-profit boards. Dr. Hart holds a SB degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both an MS and a PhD in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Nyhan was a scientist at Harvard University's School of Public Health before joining the United Nations. Her research has been featured extensively in the media, including inThe GuardianandNPR. She has addressed a range of audiences globally, from delivering a TED Talk in her home country of Ireland to addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya. Marguerite Nyhan is based in New York City.
Moderating the panel is Debra Goldfarb, who has spent most of her thirty-five year career in HPC driving science and technology policy initiatives in the U.S. and abroad, highlighting the impact and importance of HPC as a fundamental economic and innovation driver for a variety of high-profile companies. She is currently an Intel Fellow and Chief Analyst for Intel's Data Center Group. Debra Goldfarb has also held senior positions at IBM, Microsoft, and IDC. She is actively involved in STEM policy initiatives, mentoring and diversity programmes and working with global organisations to advance economic development through access and use of leading-edge technologies.
The conference features many other big-idea deliverables including a high-interest keynote address, workshops, tutorials, exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, and industry awards.