Today Nvidia announced Gill Pratt, one of the world’s leading figures in artificial intelligence, will deliver a keynote at the GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley on April 7. Pratt joined Toyota last year from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the emerging technology arm of the U.S. Defense Department. In January, the world’s largest automaker announced it would invest $1 billion into artificial intelligence over the next five years.
Pratt is a legendary figure in the robotics community. Most recently, he led the DARPA Robotics Challenge, an effort that wowed the world last year when three semi-autonomous robots shut down a mock nuclear reactor in Pomona, Calif. His widely covered move to Toyota is a recent example of the key role deep learning — which has sparked a renaissance in artificial intelligence — will play in the future of the worldwide automotive industry. And GPUs, which are key to training a new generation of machines with superhuman capabilities, are at the center of this story (see “Accelerating AI with GPUs: A New Computing Model”). Before joining DARPA, Pratt served as associate dean of faculty affairs and research at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Founded in 1997, Olin has quickly become one of the world’s most prestigious engineering schools. Pratt also has an entrepreneurial streak. He’s founded three startups. Pratt will be drawing on all these experiences to meet his next challenge. At Toyota, he has said he wants to bring new technologies to vehicles that will improve safety, make driving accessible to more people and bring Toyota’s technology indoors, where it can serve an aging global population.”
Taking place April 4-7, the annual GPU Technology Conference is one of the best places to learn more about self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, deep learning and virtual reality. Register now.