From grad school, to startup to acquisition
VP/GM Cisco Cloud Networking Group
Monday, September 8, 8:30-9:30
In 2006, John Bicket and Sanjit Biswas took a leave from their graduate research at MIT to start a networking company called Meraki, which eventually grew to a fast-growing, profitable company acquired by Cisco in 2012 for $1.2 billion.
In this talk, Sanjit will recount the history of Meraki, from the Roofnet project at MIT CSAIL, to bootstrapping the business from the sales of their first product, to scaling up to over 500 employees. He will also share some of the lessons learned along the way, and will discuss some similarities between building computer systems as Ph.D. students and building a company.
About the Speaker:
Sanjit Biswas is the former CEO and a co-founder of Meraki, where he managed day-to-day operations from inception through the $1.2 billion acquisition by Cisco in 2012. He now serves as the Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Cloud Networking Group, headquartered in San Francisco. Sanjit has been recognized as a TR35 honoree by MIT Technology Review, Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and has received awards for academic research in computer networking. Sanjit holds a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Stanford and an S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
The Future of Mobile Computing
VP of Technology
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Monday, September 8, 12:30-14:00
Jeff Gehlhaar, VP of Technology for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. will discuss the future of mobile computing which will entail a much more personalized user experience.
As the world continues to shift towards a more connected world, people are using their mobile devices in new ways and having higher expectations of what they can do with those devices. This is leading to the next frontier of mobile being much more personalized with mobile devices becoming extensions of the user, understanding where you are, where you've been and what you want to do or act on next. This is also resulting in services and applications that have traditionally been delivered via the cloud, migrating to mobile which present unique challenges and opportunities in mobile.
In this talk we will explore the new and exciting technologies that Qualcomm Research is working on to advance the frontier in personalized devices and help solve some of these challenges. Starting with always on sensor processing that make basic predictions about where you are and what actions you are performing, to research in brain inspired computing and embedded cognition, Qualcomm is working to make devices which are always with you, smarter and truly personal.
To further this vision of transforming the future of mobile computing, Qualcomm Research has also been working in the area of brain inspired computation and neural networks for a number of years. Early work has focused on biologically inspired approaches, involving spiking neural networks and understanding the complex behaviors of the brain. Recent advances in the industry around deep neural networks have resulted in state-of-the-art performance in machine learning pattern matching tasks. As mobile SOCs continue to gain significant computational power, bringing applications powered by deep learning to mobile devices is becoming possible. We will explore the near term opportunities like object recognition, scene classification, applications for smarter mobile cameras, automotive, and robotics. We will also look at other aspects of brain inspired computing including the potential of a new kind of low power hardware.
Join Jeff as he shares his insight on how Qualcomm Research has been spearheading research to make future mobile devices smarter with the ability to "sense" and "see" their environment as humans do in a power efficient manner.
About the Speaker:
Jeff Gehlhaar is Vice President of Technology for Qualcomm Research and currently leads the engineering team developing Qualcomm’s Zeroth processor for brain inspired computing, pursuing fundamental research into machine learning, spiking neural networks, spiking sensors and novel hardware and software architectures to support this next advance in computing.
During his 23 years at Qualcomm, Jeff led a variety of projects encompassing software for networking and embedded system, hardware bring up, and software engineering. Jeff lead the software research team developing LTE and LTE-Advanced networking protocols, and has worked across a broad range of technologies and programs: from the integration of an on-board microprocessor into Qualcomm's first fully integrated CDMA mobile modem (early SoC), to large-scale network management software for cellular systems.
From 1999-2003 he was Vice President of Engineering and COO for Mohomine, an In-Q-Tel backed knowledge mining startup applying machine learning algorithms to text classification and information extraction applications for both government and commercial customers.
He is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego.
Some of My Simple Results
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA
Tuesday, September 9, 11:30-12:30
A number of interesting problems that I have addressed over the years which yielded surprisingly simple results will be presented. Many of these had intuitively pleasing interpretations or especially simple proofs and/or insights.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Leonard Kleinrock is considered a father of the Internet, having developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while an MIT graduate student. This was in 1962, many years before the birth of the Internet which occurred in his laboratory when his UCLA Host computer became the first Internet node in September 1969. A month later, he directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject.
Dr. Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963. He currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, nomadic computing, peer-to-peer networks, and intelligent software agents.
Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS Fellow, and an IEC fellow. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the Ericsson Prize, the NAE Draper Prize, the Marconi Prize, the Okawa Prize, the Dan David Prize, and was further recognized when he received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States.
BYOzzzz: Focusing on the Unsolved Challenges of Mobility, An Industry Perspective
CTO of End-User Computing
Wednesday, September 10, 12:30-14:00
The next frontier of mobility - from behavioral analysis for the app ecosystem to geolocation on steroids - presents challenges as tough as the opportunities are expansive. What is the TCP/IP of the Internet of Things era? And who will build it? Hyper-aware smartphones that know you're in the snack aisle are great for retailers, but who's addressing the security implications? The industry is charting its strategic course, but there is an exciting opportunity for researchers and academia to provide the coordinates towards the solutions to mobility's hardest problems.
In this keynote, Kit Colbert, Chief Technology Officer for End-User Computing at VMware, will discuss the unsolved challenges in mobility, and the possibilities that will be unlocked when the industry and academia partner on finding the answers.
About the Speaker:
Kit Colbert, the CTO of End-User Computing at VMware, is driving technical strategy and advanced development of innovative solutions for VMware's desktop, social, and mobility products. A 10-year veteran at VMware, Kit previously held roles as the Chief Architect and Principal Engineer for Horizon Workspace and as the lead Management Architect for the vCenter Operations Suite. At the start of his career, he was the technical lead behind the creation, development, and delivery of the vMotion and Storage vMotion features in vSphere.
Kit holds a ScB in Computer Science from Brown University and is a recognized thought-leader on End-User Computing and Cloud Management trends. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, on the main stage at VMworld, and is the desktop and mobility voice for the VMware Office of the CTO blog.