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December 4–5, 2014
San Francisco, California




"Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
— Malcolm X

conference overview
In 2014, we'll again focus on start-ups and technological change. We're finding that Big Data is making its presence felt everywhere, from cloud robotics to the future of photography and from quantum computing to pinhead-sized sensor "backpacks" for endangered honeybees. Among the questions we'll also try to answer at this meeting: Can we find causality in all this data, or just correlations? Can we identify individuals across platforms, and eliminate cumbersome web cookies? Will data empower intimate relationships, or impede them?

list of speakers
Paul Cohen, Program Manager, DARPA
Topic: Automated Causal Models

Jason Cong, Chancellor's Professor and Director, Center for Domain-Specific Computing, UCLA
Topic: Computing Beyond Processors

Noah Diffenbaugh, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Topic: Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change

Eric Cheng, Director of Aerial Imaging at DJI
Topic: The 4K Video Drone

Allan Evans, Chief Technology Officer, Avegant
Topic: The Future of Near-Eyed Displays

Danielle Fong, Cofounder and Chief Scientist, LightSail Energy
Topic: Regenerative Air Energy Storage

Ken Goldberg, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Topic: Cloud Robotics and Automation

Jeff Jonas, IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist, Entity Analytics Group, IBM
Topic: Big Data, New Physics, and Geospatial Super-Food

Jelena Jovanovic, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Nixie Labs, and Christoph Kohstall, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Nixie Labs
Topic: The Best Drone Is the One You Have With You

Marc Levoy, VMware Founders Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Emeritus
Topic: Google Glass and the Future of Photography

Michael D. Mastrandrea, Co-Director, Science, IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit
Topic: Assessing Key Vulnerabilities and the Risk from Climate Change

Claus Moberg, Chief Executive Officer, SnowShoe
Topic: Plastic Tokens, Identity, and the Internet of Things

Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Topic: Big Data & Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies

Amit Sahai, Professor of Computer Science, UCLA
Topic: How to Encrypt Software

Jon Schull
, Research Scientist, MAGIC (Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity) Center at RIT
Topic: The 3-D Mechanical Hand, A Maker Movement

Will Scully-Power, Managing Director, Datarati
Topic: Digital Fingerprints Instead of Cookies

Dror Sharon, President, Consumer Physics, Inc
Topic: SCiO: Handheld NIR Spectroscopy

Paulo de Souza, OCE Science Leader, CSIRO Computational Informatics
Topic: Can Bees With Backpacks Bring Scientists Together and Save the Food Supply?

Rodney Van Meter, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
Topic: A Blueprint for Building a Quantum Computer

Dennis Wingo, Chief Executive Officer, Skycorp Incorporated
Topic: Technoarcheology: Pulling a Lost NASA Satellite Out of the Past

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