Top 10 Public Sector and AI Policy Sessions at GTC 2020

Global public sector and industry leaders to discuss AI policy and government adoption at GPU Technology Conference.
by Lauren Finkle

Thousands of leaders in the public and private sectors will meet online to discuss AI policy, technology for developers and strategies for adoption at the GPU Technology Conference, taking place Oct. 5-9.

The Public Sector Summit at GTC will include more than 40 sessions on topics including national and global AI policy and infrastructure, data science, autonomous machines, conversational AI, preventative maintenance, edge computing and cybersecurity.

Featured speakers include three members of the U.S. Congress and the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Also presenting are leaders from government contractors, labs, agencies and academia, including Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Carnegie Mellon University, In-Q-Tel, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, NASA, NIST, NITI Aayog, OECD, RAND Corporation, Scotland’s National Data Lab, Stanford University, University of Florida, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

Here are 10 of the 40 sessions taking place during the Public Sector Summit:

Building an American AI Policy: Members of Congress are developing legislation and policy frameworks to support the U.S. administration’s national AI policy. The panel includes congressional representatives Will Hurd, Robin Kelly and Jerry McNerney, and will be moderated by Alison Snyder, managing editor of Axios. Live on Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

How AI Will Supercharge 5G: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and NVIDIA’s global lead for telecommunications, Soma Velayutham, will discuss the role of AI and GPUs in 5G, and the FCC’s plans to ensure that the United States’ 5G infrastructure delivers on its promise to transform the telecommunications industry. Live on Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. Pacific time.

Advancing Equitable AI: An expert panel will analyze what it takes to create unbiased AI practices and policies, starting with increasing underrepresented groups’ access to AI resources and education. Panelists include Christina Gardner-McCune, associate professor at the University of Florida and director at the Engaging Learning Lab; Lisa Abel-Palmieri, president and CEO at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania; Tess Posner, CEO at AI4ALL; and moderator Hodan Omaar, a policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Live on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Advancing AI Around the Globe: Fundamental issues such as privacy, accountability and transparency remain key barriers to national AI ambitions. The panel includes Karine Perset, head of the AI Policy Observatory at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Elham Tabassi, chief of staff at the IT Lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Claudia del Pozo, head of operations at C Minds and policy advisor to Mexico’s government; and Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab. Available on demand beginning Oct. 7. 

Accelerating National AI Adoption: NVIDIA Vice President of Worldwide AI Initiatives Keith Strier and Arnab Kumar, program director of India policy institute NITI Aayog, will discuss how India is developing an AI strategy and putting it into action. Available on demand beginning Oct. 7. 

AI in the Fight Against COVID-19: Amir Haramaty, CCO at SparkBeyond; Lars Maaløe, CTO at Corti; and Asif Hasan, co-founder of Quantiphi, will explore how companies are using AI to help governments respond to the social and economic impact of COVID-19. Shilpa Kolhatkar, an NVIDIA AI Nations executive, will moderate. Available on demand beginning Oct. 7.

Building an AI Nation: In a two-part discussion, experts from the federal government, a policy think tank and higher education will focus on lessons learned in the implementation of AI and the future state of AI in America. In part one, Anthony Robbins, vice president of NVIDIA’s North America Public Sector, will host a discussion with retired Lieutenant General Jack Shanahan and Suzette Kent, former CIO of the federal government. In part two, Robbins will continue the conversation with Michael McQuade, vice president of research at Carnegie Mellon University and member of the Defense Innovation Board; John Etchemendy, provost at Stanford University and co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence; and Danielle Tarraf, senior information scientist at RAND Corporation. Live on Oct. 8 at 8 a.m. Pacific time. 

Edge Computing for Intelligent Analytics: Mark Barnell, a principal computer scientist at the Air Force Research Lab, will explain how edge computing technologies are ideal for creating small platforms that remain power-efficient and capable of autonomously detecting and identifying objects, recognizing complex events and enabling robust decision making. Available on demand beginning Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. Pacific time.

Using GPUs to Develop Context in Intelligence: Decision makers face large-scale, unstructured data that needs to be ingested and analyzed to be useful. Cognitio CEO Roger Hockenberry will present the next stage of AI — creating context in large data using GPUs and assisting analysts in making sense of data within specific contexts. Available on demand beginning Oct. 7 at 7:30 a.m. Pacific time.

Cyber-AI Networking Technology for Supercomputing Security and Predictive Maintenance:  NVIDIA’s Yael Shavit, senior director of product marketing, and Gilad Shainer, senior vice president of marketing, will provide an overview of the NVIDIA Mellanox UFM Cyber-AI platform and explain how to leverage it for the next generation of secured supercomputing. Available on demand beginning Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time.

To attend these and other sessions in the Public Sector Summit, register for GTC.

Feature image: Government leaders joined NVIDIA Vice President of Research David Luebke to discuss the national AI strategy at last year’s GTC.