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Jay Boisseau
Dell EMC and Vizias

Jeff Kirk
Dell EMC

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Artificial intelligence has been a vision almost since the dawn of computing, but has been stymied by technology limitations, as well as lack of understanding of how human intelligence works. However, one approach — machine learning — has gained tremendous traction in the past two decades, aided by advances in our ability to collect digital data and in the algorithmic techniques of developing systems that learn from data.

More recently, the explosive upturn in digital data production and the exponential increase in computing power, enabled by computing processors, has enabled researchers to develop and optimize algorithms in deep neural networks on rich data to achieve astounding successes in AI.

From systems that can now recognize objects and speech better than humans can, to systems that can out-strategize experts in complex games such as poker, chess, and go, the new AI applications are exceeding human performance in many areas — and we’re at the very beginning of the revolution.

AI is considered by many to be the most the most important technology of our time, and will disrupt, transform, and accelerate almost every field, from healthcare to transportation, retail to finance, manufacturing to agriculture… everything. Come learn what AI, machine learning, and deep learning are, why they are so important (and will be even more so), and the opportunities for Austin to be a leader in the AI revolution.

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Jay Boisseau


Jeff Kirk

Jay Boisseau is a computing technologies leader and strategist, with more than 20 years of experience leading major computing-focused projects, departments, and organizations. Jay is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Vizias, a computing consultancy specializing in high performance computing, artificial intelligence, smart cities, and technology outreach. One of his major current projects is helping Dell EMC develop high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) programs and future solutions. Jay is also the director and founder of the Austin Forum on Technology & Society, which he started in 2006, and the president and founder of the Austin CityUP Consortium, which he started in 2014 to help transform Austin into a smart city. He is a passionate technologist and urbanist, and enjoys film, food, and fine whiskey when not working.

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Jeff Kirk has spent his career working at the leading edge of computing and networking.  Jeff is currently working in the Server Office of the CTO as the HPC and AI Technology Strategist where he has helped grow the HPC program with a new vision, strategy, business development efforts, and new partnerships and solutions.  He is now also one of the leaders of AI strategy development for Dell EMC, and is working on new AI solutions.

Prior to joining Dell EMC, Jeff worked at several cutting edge semi-conductor companies.  At AMD, he specialized in superscalar RISC and x86 platforms for high performance computation (1999).  At Mellanox, he worked on some of the first Infiniband HPC installations, including the Virginia Tech cluster that reached number three on the top 500 (Big Mac) using Apple workstations (2004).  While at Mellanox, he also supported Dr. D.K. Panda and the first implementation of MVAPICH at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.  Later, at Solarflare, his focus was OnLoad technology and financial markets (2010).

After moving to Dell, Jeff worked in Dell Networking implementing their first Fibre Channel over Ethernet systems and he holds several patents on FCoE (2013).  His interest in supercomputing was sparked while working on the number three Virginia Tech cluster, but his interest in data science is encouraged and fueled by his daughter, a PhD Statistician Data Scientist at the FDA.

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