On March 9, NVIDIA announced that its CEO and founder Jensen Huang will host AI pioneers Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun among others at GTC21, the company’s upcoming technology conference. It will start on April 12 with a live-streamed keynote by Huang and last until the 16th.
The three AI pioneers won the 2018 ACM Turing Award, also known as the computing industry’s Nobel Prize, for breakthroughs enabling the deep learning revolution. From natural language processing to autonomous machines, nothing has not been influenced by their work. Bengio is a University of Montreal professor and head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms. Hinton is a University of Toronto professor and Google researcher, and LeCun is a New York University professor and Facebook chief AI scientist.
GTC is expected to have 100,000 developers, business leaders, and others register, including CxOs and It professionals specialising in data centre infrastructure. This is partially due to free registration and the keynote is not compulsory to watch.
Some of the other speakers include:
Girish Bablani, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure
John Bowman, Director of Data Science, Walmart
Soumith Chintala, Research Engineer, Facebook
Rene Haas, President, IP Products Group, Arm
Ganesh Harinath, VP of Engineering, 5G MEC, AI Platforms, Verizon
Daphne Koller, Founder and CEO, Insitro; Co-founder, Coursera
Jesse Levinson, Co-founder and CTO, Zoox
Kim Libreri, CTO, Epic Games
Danielle Merfeld, Vice President and CTO, GE Renewable Energy
Abhay Parasnis, CTO and Chief Product Officer, Document Cloud, Adobe
Krish Prasad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware
Raquel Urtasun, Professor, University of Toronto
Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management, Audi AG
Many leaders from large organisations such as Alibaba, Amazon, and more are expected to be present.
GTC supports advanced research in AI, data science, computing, edge computing, networking, and autonomous machines, offering live and on-demand sessions for anyone from leaders to students.
Recently, the even is starting to focus on cloud and enterprise computing, often covering and showcasing developments and breakthroughs in AI. The keynote and other talks allow CxOs and IT leaders to catch up with the latest information on AI, machine learning, and natural language processing, including how to use their related hardware and software.
Attendees can sign up for Connect with Experts sessions and ask questions, which are answered by NVIDIA experts in the US, Europe, and Asia. Dinner with Strangers will allow attendees to mingle and discuss topics of interest. If possible, they can even chat with other attendees and presenters throughout the show.
There will also be an AI startup track, hosted by the NVIDIA Inception accelerator and 300 startups are expected to be present. AI Day for VCs will showcase some venture capital firms partnering with NVIDIA Inception to help give the AI startup landscape a boost. Some of the featured speakers are executives, founders, and managing partners from VCs specialising in AI, data science, and accelerated computing fields.
For developers, they can attend Deep Learning Institute workshops to acquire new skills from world-class teachers. They get practical instruction and training, as well as access to NVIDIA developmental platforms. From fundamentals to advanced subjects, the workshops will cover them all. GTC registration allows attendees to get free short sessions, while full-day workshops cost $249.
Through insitutions such as Priarie View A&M, Jackson State, Hampton University, Black in AI and LatinX in AI, GTC provides access to content and training to underrepresented communities. There are also additional networking and educational opportunities before and after the event.