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UT Dallas CS and AI Society Hold an AI Conference for Industry and Academia Members

Last May, the UT Dallas Computer Science Department hosted its first Industry-University Artificial Intelligence Conference on the UT Dallas campus. The conference provided the 115 attendees from both industry and academia a forum to discuss, present, and learn about state-of-the-art research as well as new concepts within the field of artificial intelligence. Participants attended workshops, networking sessions, and invited keynote speeches by industry guest speakers. The conference was organized by Dr. Jey Veerasamy, UT Dallas CS Professor, and Director of the UT Dallas Center for Computer Science Educations and Outreach (CCSEO), the UT Dallas AI Society, and CCSEO student workers.

The one-day conference began with morning workshops by the UT Dallas AI Society Officers followed by lunchtime networking sessions and ending with an afternoon filled with industry speakers from companies such as IBM, Google, NVIDIA, Bridge Alliance, Intrinsic Algorithm LLC, GeoSpell Academy, as well as UT Dallas CS Professors Drs. Vincent Ng and Chris Davis. Dr. Jey Veerasamy invited Nikhil Thomas, an 8th grader at the Harmony Charter School in Carrollton, Texas, who has been attending the UT Dallas Computers Science K12 Summer Coding Camps and one of the winners at Texas State Engineering Fair, to present his poster about learning algorithm to solve Rubik’s Cube.

The following is a list of all the invited talks presented at the 2017 UT Dallas AI Conference. You may also click here to view a PDF of the invited speaker’s list, which includes a brief biography of each presenter and a description of their talk.

  • Evolutionary Robotics – Jay Butera, UT Dallas AI Society Technical Lead
  • Sequence to Sequence Learning in Natural Language Processing – Winston Carlile, UT Dallas AI Society Technical Lead
  • Augmented Intelligence on the Cloud: IBM Watson and Quantum – Romelia Flores, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IBM
  • Future of AI in Education – Vijay Reddy – Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of GeoSpell Academy
  • AI in Games: It’s Probably Not What You Think – Dave Mark, President and Lead Designer at Intrinsic Algorithm LLC
  • Uphill Battles in Natural Language Processing – Dr. Vincent Ng, UT Dallas CS Faculty
  • Machine Learning at Google – Jamie Erbes, Technical Director, Enterprise Cloud, CTO Office at Google Cloud
  • Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier for High Performing Computing – Bob Crovella, Solution Architect Manager at NVIDIA
  • Machine Learning to Augment Human Analysis – Ken Koo, CEO, Bridge Alliance
  • Minds, Machines, and Morality: Ethical Realms of Artificial Intelligence – Dr. Chris Davis, UT Dallas CS Faculty


The UT Dallas Computer Science program is one of the largest Computer Science departments in the United States with over 2,100 bachelor’s-degree students, more than 1,000 MS master’s students, 150 PhD students, and 86 faculty members, as of Fall 2016. With The University of Texas at Dallas’ unique history of starting as a graduate institution first, the CS Department is built on a legacy of valuing innovative research and providing advanced training for software engineers and computer scientists.

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