Mar 6th - Mar 7th 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey
Los Angeles

It’s a truism that information has to be actionable.

We’ll look at the tremendous progress that has been made making technology usable, notably in speech recognition and generation, image processing, and mobile interfaces. We’ll consider how the real-time use of sensors, big data, machine learning, and the cloud will further the process of weaning us from keyboards, buttons, and knobs as technology becomes ever more ubiquitous and effortless. And we’ll ask some bigger questions: How can we put our lives in the hands of algorithms and robots without understanding the actions they take? Why is it that iGen, the group younger than Millennials, is the most digital generation ever, and yet also the least happy? Has mobility paradoxically made us busier instead of less, and less creative instead of more?


Alex Bayen, Professor of Engineering and Director, Institute for Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley 
Is Networked GPS Making Traffic Flow Worse?

Marco Della Torre, Chief Technology Officer, Derive Systems
Designing Intelligence for the 270M Vehicles Already on Our Roads Today

Maja Matarić, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, University of Southern California
Providing Care by Facilitating Social Interactions Rather than Automating Physical Tasks 

Samantha Kleinberg, Assistant Professor and Head of the Health and AI Lab, Stevens Institute
Healthcare: From Causes to Decisions

Roni Zeiger, MD, Cofounder, Smart Patients
Integrating Health into the Human Workflow

Todd Richmond, Director of Advanced Prototype Development, Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
Designing with Virtual Humans, for Humans

Irmak Sirer, Partner and Data Scientist, Datascope, IDEO
Deep Learning and Image Manipulation

Bret Victor, Researcher, Dynamicland
New Computer Operating Systems for New Interactions

Mustafa Boyvat, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Battery-Free Robots

Len Kleinrock, TTI/Vanguard Advisory Board
A Few Thoughts on Network Protocols, Past, Present, and Future

Lera Boroditsky, Associate Professor, UCSD
How Language Shapes Thought 

Alicia Juarrero, President, VectorAnalytica, Inc.
Constraints that Enable Innovation

Rey Junco, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
Predicting Behavior, Personality, and Achievement from Small Online Datasets

Roger McNamee, Partner and Cofounder, Elevation Partners, and Jonathan Taplin, Emeritus Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab, USC
A Conversation About Devices, Addiction, Children, and Happiness

Bo Peng, Partner and Data Scientist, Datascope, IDEO
Redesigning Business Processes for Augmented Intelligence

  • Monday March 5
  • Tuesday March 6
  • Wednesday March 7
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Field trip to USC Labs

  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Information Sciences Institute

  • 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Institute of Creative Technologies

  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    First-Timers' Reception

  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Welcome Reception

  • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Welcome Dinner

Field Trip

USC’s Information Sciences Institute and Institute of Creative Technologies

Field trip attendees will experience an event-filled afternoon that will encompass a pair of distinct USC-affiliated research Institutes—ISI and ICT—both in close proximity to the hotel (and LAX).  

The first stop will be at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI), part of the Viterbi School of Engineering. ISI is devoted to both theoretical research and applied R&D. Our visit will tap into both components: We will visit the Quantum Computation Center and its DWave computer; DETERLab, the Cyber Defense Technology Experimental Research Lab, which conducts its own research and also hosts 700 nodes available to all-comers wishing to explore cyberthreats and solution strategies; and MOSIS, the Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service, which democratizes the prototyping- and production-level fabrication of customized integrated circuits by incorporating dozens of customers’ designs on a given wafer at an affordable cost. ISI director Prem Natarajan will also facilitate a panel discussion on artificial intelligence.
And that is only the beginning. The rest of the afternoon will be at the Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT), where DoD-sponsored research in AI, graphics, virtual reality, and narrative comes together in advanced immersive techniques and technologies, with applications tilting toward military training, health therapies, and education. Here we will explore the science and technologies behind the creation of virtual worlds and the artificial humans that inhabit them. One set of tour components will feature data capture and processing required for the creation of both ultrahigh-fidelity and fast-and-good (but not perfect) virtual humans in projects/facilities including the Virtual Human Toolkit, Rapid Avatar, and the Light Stage. A realistic virtual world also requires accurately represented terrain; ICT’s One World Terrain project.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Poolside Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton
11:30 AM Depart hotel to ISI
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ISI
2:30 PM - 5:15 PM ICT (Return to hotel at 5:30 PM)



The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

4375 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
+1 310 823 1700

Hotel Reservation Deadline: February 9, 2018

Online Reservations: CLICK HERE for online reservations.

Telephone Reservations: Please contact central reservations at +1 855 556 3478 (toll-free). Please mention you are with the TTI/Vanguard conference to receive our group rate.

TTI/Vanguard Group Rate: TTI/Vanguard has arranged a discounted block of rooms for USD$299 per night at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.

Reservation Notes:
• The group rate is available through February 9, 2018, and is subject to availability. 
• The rate does not include taxes or additional charges that may apply. 
• Check-in time:  4:00 PM
• Check-out time: 12:00 PM
• All changes/cancellations to reservations are the responsibility of the attendee. 

U.S. Government Attendees: 
You will receive a special link in your conference registration confirmation which lets you make a government rate reservations directly through the hotel’s website.  We are unable to provide the link without an approved registration.  This rate is valid through May 18 or until the government room block fills, whichever comes first. Reservations made after that date are on a space-available basis. We recommend booking your room early! If you have any questions, please contact the meeting planner, Robin Lockett at +1 310 394 8305, ext. 245 or


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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 5.7 miles/9.2 km from the hotel.

Ground Transportation:
• Taxi: Approximately USD$30 one-way.
• Uber: Approximately USD$25 one-way.

If you are attending the field trip and will fly in the morning of March 5, you can plan to meet us at the field trip at noon, which is conveniently located in between LAX and the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey. We will be able to secure your luggage on our private motorcoach. If you arrive earlier in the morning, you can then take the field trip bus which departs the Ritz-Carlton at 11:30 AM. More details will be provided closer to the event date.


TTI/Vanguard gladly welcomes your guest/spouse to any of our reception/dinner functions. Guests/spouses may attend breakfasts but only after the conference has begun (8:30 am–9:30 am). Please note: Guests/spouses cannot be accommodated inside our conferences, workshops, on field trips, or at our working breakfasts and lunches.


Dress for TTI/Vanguard conferences is business casual.


Internet connectivity, both Ethernet and wireless, will be provided during the meeting.


For questions about reservations and logistics for this event, please contact Robin Lockett at or +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245.