Innovators, Researchers, Industry Leaders: Meet the Women Headlining at GTC

Hundreds of women speakers will present research and insights across industries at the upcoming GPU Technology Conference.
by Sheryl Huynh

An A-list of female AI researchers and industry executives will take the stage at next month’s GPU Technology Conference to share the latest breakthroughs in every industry imaginable.

Recognized in Forbes as a top conference for women to attend to further their careers in AI, GTC runs online, April 12-16, and is set to draw tens of thousands of technologists, business leaders and creators from around the world.

GTC will kick off with a livestreamed keynote by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, and feature 1,300 speaker sessions, including hundreds from standout women speakers.

Industry, Public Sector Luminaries

AI and accelerated applications are driving innovations across the public and private sectors, spanning healthcare, robotics, design and more. At GTC, Danielle Merfeld, vice president and chief technology officer of GE Renewable Energy, will present a session, as will Jie Chen, managing director in corporate model risk at Wells Fargo.

Audi’s Hildegard Wortmann, member of the company’s board of management, will deliver a talk on digitalization, electrification and sustainability in the automotive industry. And Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge at visual effects studio ILMxLAB, will speak about immersive entertainment.

Pioneering AI, HPC Researchers

Several research luminaries will speak at GTC, including Rommie Amaro of the University of California at San Diego, winner of a special Gordon Bell Prize for work fighting COVID-19. So too will another pioneer in AI and healthcare, Daphne Koller, adjunct professor of computer science and pathology at Stanford University.

Leaders from NVIDIA Research — including Anima Anandkumar, director of machine learning research, and Sanja Fidler, director of AI — as well as Kate Kallot, NVIDIA’s head of emerging areas, will present groundbreaking work. Raquel Urtasun, professor at the University of Toronto, will discuss her work in machine perception for self-driving cars.

Female Founders

The number of female-founded companies has doubled since 2009, a Crunchbase report found in 2019. GTC features female founders from around the world, such as Nigeria-based Ada Nduka Oyom, founder of the nonprofit organization She Code Africa.

Nora Khaldi, founder and CEO of Ireland-based startup Nuritas, will speak at GTC about how AI startups are revolutionizing healthcare around the world. And from Silicon Valley, Inga Petryaevskaya, co-founder and CEO of virtual reality startup Tvori, will present a talk on the role of AI startups in media and entertainment.

Advancing Inclusion at GTC

In addition to women speakers, GTC has grown its representation of female attendees by almost 4x since 2017 — and strengthened support for underrepresented developers and scientists through education, training and networking opportunities.

We’ve partnered with women in a variety of tech groups, and boosted GTC participation across underrepresented developer communities by working with organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Black in AI and Latinx in AI to offer access to GTC content and online training from NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute.

This GTC, NVIDIA’s Women in Technology employee community is hosting an all-female panel sharing tools, strategies and frameworks to keep up with the pace of AI innovation during the pandemic. The group will also hold a networking event hosted by NVIDIA women and fellow industry leaders.

Registration for GTC is free, and provides access to more than 1,300 talks as well as dozens of hands-on training sessions, demos and networking events.

Main image shows GTC speakers (clockwise from top left) Kate Kallot, Raquel Urtasun, Jie Chen and Daphne Koller.