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Title: The Era of Artificial Intelligence
Who: Dr. Kai-Fu Lee 李开复 博士
When: Oct. 12th, 2018, 3:00pm--4:30pm Eastern Time
Where: https://youtu.be/aGzWrwjGRn8

In this talk, Dr. Lee will talk about the four waves of Artificial Intelligence (AI) , and how AI will permeate every part of our lives in the next decade. Dr. Lee will also talk about how this will be different from previous technology revolutions -- it will be faster and be driven by not one superpower, but two (US and China). AI will add $16 trillion to our global GDP, but also cause many challenges that will be hard to solve. Dr. Lee will talk in particular about AI replacing routine jobs -- the consequences, the proposed solutions that don't work (such as UBI), and end with a blueprint of co-existence between humans and AI.

BIO: DR. KAI-FU LEE
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures (www.sinovationventures.com/) and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$2 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and followed by over 50 million audience on social media.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Dr. Lee built one of the first game playing programs to defeat a world champion (1988, Othello), as well as the world’s first large-vocabulary, speaker-independent continuous speech recognition system. Dr. Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute trained the great majority of AI leaders in China, including CTOs or AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Lenovo, Huawei, and Haier. While with Apple, Dr. Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which have been featured on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Dr. Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years. His latest book AI Superpowers (aisuperpowers.com) releasing fall 2018 discusses US-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.

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Title: 双教授家庭的苦与乐 The sweet and sour life of a two-faculty family

Who: Yiran Chen, Duke University

When: Dec. 1st, 2017, 3:00pm--4:30pm Eastern Time

Where: https://youtu.be/gNkCcoJUJ-I

Bio: Yiran Chen received B.S and M.S. (both with honor) from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2005. After five years in industry, he joined University of Pittsburgh in 2010 as Assistant Professor and then promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, held Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow. He now is an tenured Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and serving as the co-director of Duke Center for Evolutionary Intelligence (CEI), focusing on the research of new memory and storage systems, machine learning and neuromorphic computing, and mobile computing systems. Dr. Chen has published one book and more than 300 technical publications. He has been granted 93 US and international patents with other 10 pending applications. He is the associate editor of IEEETNNLS, IEEE TCAD, IEEE D&T, IEEE ESL, ACM JETC, ACM TCPS, and served on the technical and organization committees of more than 40 international conferences. He received 5 best paper awards and 15 best paper nominations from international conferences. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER award and ACM SIGDA outstanding new faculty award.
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ACSIC Speaker #15: Perspectives on Research Productivity

Speaker: Xinyu Zhang, UCSD

When: Oct. 27th, 4:00pm -- 5:30pm Eastern Time

Where: https://youtu.be/p7cwSXgyKZg

Biography: Xinyu Zhang is an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Before joining UC San Diego, he was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2012. Xinyu's research focuses on wireless networking and ubiquitous computing. He aims to approach the vision of the Internet of Things (IoT), through the lens of system design and experimental exploration. He designs wireless network protocols that leverage millimeter-wave signals and large-scale antenna arrays to achieve wire-speed connectivity anywhere, anytime. He also develops systems that repurpose commodity wireless devices to sense human activities and ambient location, with near-vision precision. Xinyu is the recipient of ACM MobiCom Best Paper Award in 2011, NSF CAREER award in 2014, and Google Research Award in 2017. His research has led to multiple tech transfers through patent licensing and startup companies.
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[Speaker #13] Stories of living and working in USA and beyond

Jan. 13th, 5--6:30pm EST

https://youtu.be/Cy1AVEI0l8M

Wei Zhao, President of the University of Macau

The story of Wei Zhao is the story of modern-day China writ large. He came from the hardships and deprivations of China during the Cultural Revolution, where he lost six years of middle school and university. Who could have predicted that, one day, he would become the head of one of Greater China’s up-and-coming universities, the University of Macau ? More information about this talk can be found on http://acsic.org

An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Wei Zhao has been serving as the eighth Rector (i.e., President) of the University of Macau since 2008. Before joining the University of Macau, Professor Zhao served as the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S., Director for the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. Professor Zhao completed his undergraduate studies in physics at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China, in 1977, and received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983 and 1986, respectively. During his academic career, he has also served as a faculty member at Shaanxi Normal University, Amherst College, the University of Adelaide, Texas A&M University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

An IEEE Fellow, Professor Zhao has made significant contributions in distributed computing, real-time systems, computer networks, and cyberspace security. His research group has received numerous awards including the outstanding paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, the best paper award from the IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference, an award on technology transfer from the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency, and the best paper award from the IEEE International Communication Conference. In 2011, he was named by the Ministry of Science and Technology as the Chief Scientist of the national 973 Internet of Things Project.

Since Professor Zhao's arrival in 2008, UMacau has made tremendous progress towards this goal. A brand new campus with 60+ buildings and US$2B investment has been successfully built and is now fully operational. An endowment foundation has acquired more than US$ 200M in committed donations. The University has developed and implemented a unique and innovative "4-in-1" pedagogical model, integrating discipline-specific education, general education, research or internship education, and community & peer education. Furthermore, the University of Macau has become the first in Asia that fully adopts a residential college system, and its research outcome has increased more than 500%. The University of Macau is now recognized as being among the fastest growing universities in the world.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in science and higher education, Professor Zhao was awarded the Lifelong Achievement Award by the Chinese Association of Science and Technology in 2005. In 2007, he was honored with the Overseas Achievement Award by the Chinese Computer Federation. Professor Zhao has been conferred honorable doctorates by twelve universities in the world and academician of the China Science Center of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (IEAS CHINA).
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