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Join us on April 27 for CIE-SF 45th Annual Conference at Santa Clara Convention Center

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Last year, CIE held the in-person annual conference (recordings) and had great success. This year, we cordially invite you to join us at our 45th Annual Conference. It’s a great opportunity to meet the executives, industrial talents, and friends at our conference in person. We hope to see all of you there! 

To refresh your memory, please check out 2023 CIE-SF 44th Annual Conference Recordings below.

Afternoon technical program: link 

Dinner banquet: link

Official website: www.cie-sf.org

Dinner banquet (6:00 to 9:30 PM)

(Invitation only and admission ticket required, click HERE)  

This delightful banquet features Keynote Speech, Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Student scholarship Awards, and more. It consists of special guests, corporate leaders, long-term partners in community, academic/universities, and old/new friends in the CIE network.

We are honored to have Dr. Vamsi Boppana, Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence at AMD to be our Keynote Speaker in the evening.

Dr. Vamsi Boppana

Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence  

AMD

 

Dr. Vamsi Boppana is responsible for the AI strategy across AMD, including driving our AI roadmap across client, edge, and cloud; execution of the AIE IP and product roadmap; as well as growing our AI software capability including the unified AI software stack, AI models and use cases.

Until 2022, Boppana led the Central Products Group (CPG) for four years at Xilinx and AMD. CPG was a global organization of over 2,500 silicon, software, IP, and marketing professionals who designed, supported, and marketed adaptive, AI and embedded products for customers. Before leading CPG, Boppana was instrumental in product leadership and built a high-performing global organization of talented and enthusiastic people at Xilinx.

Boppana earned a Bachelor of Technology degree with honors in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and a Master of Science and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The author and co-author of over 40 technical papers, he has received six patents for his designs. 

Boppana’s passion is to build groundbreaking AI technologies that meet customer demands across client, edge, and cloud applications. Caring deeply about the benefits of the technology he creates, Boppana aspires to improve lives through the products he builds. 

2024 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Dr. Song Li

Founder, Executive Chairman of Frontage Laboratories, Inc and Frontage Holdings Corporation.

 

Song Li, Ph.D., founded Frontage Laboratories in New Jersey in 2001. Today, Frontage has become a global Contract Research Organization (CRO) with more than 2000 employees and more than 25 laboratories globally, providing drug discovery and development services to more than 1000 pharma and biotech clients.

Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from McGill University in 1992. After two years of post-doctoral research in Pharmacokinetics at the Oncology Department of the Medical School of McGill University, Dr. Li moved to the United States, where he held management positions at Great Valley Pharmaceuticals and Wyeth and led numerous projects related to the development of pharmaceutical products. Dr. Li has more than 30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience and has written numerous scientific publications spanning a wide range of topics, including chiral drug separations, drug-protein interactions, pharmacokinetics, and analytical chemistry.

Dr. Li has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the ‘Realizing the American Dream’ award from the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, ‘Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business’ award from Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC), Healthcare CEO Award sponsored by Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies (PACT) and Entrepreneur Award of 2018 from Ernst & Young.

2024 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Dr. Norman Chang

Chief Technologist of Electronics, Semiconductor, and Optics BU at Ansys Inc., Ansys Fellow

 

Dr. Norman Chang is an Ansys Fellow and Chief Technologist of Electronics, Semiconductor, and Optics BU at Ansys Inc. In his role, he spearheads technology strategy and pioneering initiatives such as integrating AI/ML into Multiphysics simulation and hardware security simulation. Prior to Ansys, Dr. Chang co-founded Apache Design Solutions alongside Shen Lin and Andrew Yang in February 2001, a leading provider of innovative power analysis and optimization solutions in dynamic voltage drop analysis for a System on a Chip (SoC) and 3DIC. Apache was acquired by Ansys at 2011 for USD $325M (public info) and has been successfully integrated into Ansys to provide a comprehensive solution for 3DIC designs. Prior to Apache, he also led a research group on power/signal/thermal integrity of chipsets based on VLIW architecture at HP Labs. He earned his BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from University of California, Berkeley. He holds 30 patents and has co-authored over 60 IEEE papers and a popular book on “Interconnect Analysis and Synthesis” by Wiley-Interscience at 2000. Recognized as an IEEE Fellow, a distinction held by less than 0.1% of IEEE members, he actively engages in industry committees such as IEEE EDPS (Electronic Design Process Symposium) and SI2.

2024 CIE Technology and Humanities Award

Ben Tsiang 蔣顯斌

Co-founder of SINA.com, Co-founder and Chairman of CNEX

 

Ben Tsiang's three-decade career uniquely bridges the realms of engineering and non-fiction storytelling, marking him as a distinguished figure in both domains. An alum of National Taiwan University's Mechanical Engineering Department, Ben furthered his expertise at Stanford University, earning a master's degree with a specialization in Human-Computer Interface (HCI). This foundation propelled him into the digital age when, in 1995, he co-founded SinaNet.com with fellow Stanford graduates. The company evolved into SINA.com, achieving Nasdaq listing. As Vice President of Global Products, Ben played a crucial role in global product planning and forging media alliances, later managing SINA's operations in Taiwan and East China, and spearheading the establishment of SINA Mobile.

Transitioning from the tech world, Ben embarked on a journey of social entrepreneurship with the founding of CNEX in 2006. This initiative underscores his commitment to documenting and amplifying the narratives of Chinese society through the lens of documentary filmmaking, aiming to foster visual literacy across generations. CNEX has produced over a hundred documentaries, recognized at esteemed festivals like Venice, Sundance, and Golden Horse, also initiating the pioneering CCDF (CNEX Chinese Doc Forum) to enhance collaboration between Chinese and international documentary sectors. Acknowledged for his contributions, Ben has been invited as a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, contributing as a juror for the Oscars Documentary Branch.

Most recently, his executive production, "Island In Between," received a nomination for the 96th Oscars Academy Award in the documentary short category. Beyond his cinematic ventures, Ben remains a vital force in the startup ecosystem, offering both investment and mentorship.


2024 Annual Conference afternoon technical sessions
(1 to 6 PM, free admission)

(Open to the public, registration required, click HERE)

The theme of the 45th Annual Conference is "Rethinking Boundaries -  Artificial Intelligence & Creativity". As usual, we will have a keynote speech and ceremony for Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the dinner banquet. Besides, the afternoon section is Technical Forum. Our esteemed speakers from the leading industries and academia will talk about Interdisciplinary technologies empowering the connectivity between both business and humans.

  • Session I: Perspective on Deep Learning Framework, A Personal Reflection
    Invited Speech
    Dr. Triston Cao, Deep Learning Manager, NVIDIA

  • Session II: Is AI a Tool or Creature? - Perspectives from AI Practitioners
    Panel Discussion
    Dr. Haohong Wang, General Manager of TCL Research America
    Ms. Chen Bo, CEO/Founder of Aiwave
    Ms. Rebecca Ye, CEO/Co-Founder of Kyros.ai
    Mr. Alex Yang, CEO/Founder of Brix Labs
    Moderator - Dr. Christie Wang

  • Session III: CIE AI and Humanity: Bringing AI to Oscar
    Fireside Chat 中文-Chinese Mandarin
    Mr. Ben Tsiang (蔣顯斌), Co-founder of SINA and Co-founder and Chairman of CNEX
    Interviewer: Dr. Christie Wang

  • Session IV: Future Trend of AI Server
    Invited Speech
    Mr. Frank Lai, Sr. Director of Business Development and Technology Enablement, Supermicro Inc.

  • Session V: AI and Humans - [Always] - In - The - Loop
    Invited Speech
    Mr. Erik Manuevo, VP of Chegg

  • Session VI: How does AI Work in Everyday Life for High School Students and Adults?
    Seminar
    Ms. Elisa Paik, Customer Education Manager, HPE
    Mr. Jason Pitts, Software Engineering Manager, HPE

Session I

Perspective on Deep Learning Framework, A Personal Reflection

Triston Cao currently leads NVIDIA's Graph Neural Network (GNN) deep learning framework teams, overseeing initiatives aimed at advancing open-source GNN projects like Deep Graph Library, PyTorch Geometrics, and GraphStorm. His primary focus is empowering researchers and enterprise clients to harness the capabilities of NVIDIA GPU systems for graph neural network applications. Prior to this role, Triston managed various framework teams at NVIDIA, including those dedicated to Caffe, TensorFlow, and MXNet. Before joining NVIDIA, he held positions at Cadence Design Systems as a Senior Software Engineering Manager and Senior Software Engineer, where he played a pivotal role in developing EDA software for signal integrity and power integrity simulations. Triston Cao holds a PhD degree in Computational Electromagnetics from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Triston Cao

Sr. Engineering Manager
Graph Neural Network in NVIDIA

Session II

Is AI a Tool or Creature? - Perspectives from AI Practitioners

As the General Manager of TCL Research America, Dr. Haohong Wang oversees TCL’s streaming  services and  research and development activities in North America. TCL, a global leader in consumer electronics and display technology with over 120,000 employees worldwide, holds the 2nd position globally in the TV and display business and the 4th position in the US mobile phone business. 

Dr. Wang is a distinguished industry leader and recognized scholar, having received several prestigious awards, including the IEEE MMTC Distinguished Service Award, the APSIPA Industrial Distinguished Leader Award, and the Red-dot Winner Award. He is also a co-author of five books and holds the distinction of being the inventor of over 160 granted patents. Before joining TCL, Dr. Wang held pivotal technical and management roles at renowned companies such as AT&T, Catapult, Qualcomm, Marvell, and Cisco. He earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, USA.

Dr. Haohong Wang

General Manager
TCL Research America

Former Director of Artificial Intelligence Technology at WeChat. Possesses over 13 years of experience in internet and AI research and development. Focuses on AI innovation and holds multiple international AI-related patents.Deep understanding of integrating AI with social platforms, actively involved in the development of AI features like Video Accounts, Intelligent Voice, and Video Music Recommendations on WeChat, earning high praise from Billions users. 

Recognized as a top expert by the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI).

Chen Bo

Aiwave CEO/Founder

Rebecca is the CEO and co-founder of Kyros.ai, which uses Machine Learning and AI to provide a one-stop College Prep solution guiding middle/high school students on the journey to College.

Prior to that, Rebecca was a founding member of Google’s Cloud, where she spent 6+ years building the partner ecosystem and spearheaded the launching strategies for various Big Data and AI products. Rebecca was also the Co-founder & COO at Xcalar Inc which developed next-gen Big Data and AI technologies for Fortune 500 customers. 

Rebecca holds a MASc and MBA degree from The University of British Columbia.

Rebecca Ye

Kyros.ai  CEO, co-founder

Alex Yang is a distinguished entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Brix, a company renowned for its innovative approach to crowdsourcing and cross-border project management. With a Bachelor's degree in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Alex has a solid foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of information science. His academic journey was marked by a keen interest in open-source communities, where he contributed significantly through research and development.

Alex's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship was recognized in 2017 when he won the silver award at a national college students' entrepreneurship competition hosted by the Ministry of Education

Brix Labs has revolutionized remote hiring, supporting over 50 companies and 1,000 engineers worldwide, and achieved a monumental valuation of a hundred million USD, marked by a 240% ARR growth and 400% NDR.

Alex Yang 

Brix Labs, CEO and Founder

Christie Wang is the Partner at Valere Venture, focusing on medtech and healthcare investments. She also co-founded an orthopedics surgical robot company providing total clinical solutions for neuro and spine surgeons. Prior, Christie co-founded and was President of AdcuraSpine, which developed innovative spinal interbody implants, and is in full US commercialization and acquisition discussions. Prior, Christie was Managing Director for Jiangsu Innovation Research Center (North America), a cross border investment fund focusing mainly on IOT and medical innovation. Prior, she worked for Hewlett Packard Legal/Corporate in corporate governance, investment and intellectual property.

Christie graduated from Juris Doctor (J.D.) program from Northwestern University School of Law, and Kellogg Business School. She invested and serves as advisor/board member of a number of technology and healthcare companies. She also serves on the Board of Chinese Institute of Engineers USA, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (CIE/USA-SF). She served as mentor for Stanford University Technology Innovation. Christie was awarded the Most Outstanding Overseas Youth Chinese by the State Council of PRC in 2015 and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle. She is an amateur singer and trilingual show host.
Dr. Christie Wang

Moderator

Session III

Interview with 2024 Oscar Nominated Documentary Producer

Ben Tsiang's three-decade career uniquely bridges the realms of engineering and non-fiction storytelling, marking him as a distinguished figure in both domains. An alum of National Taiwan University's Mechanical Engineering Department, Ben furthered his expertise at Stanford University, earning a master's degree with a specialization in Human-Computer Interface (HCI). This foundation propelled him into the digital age when, in 1995, he co-founded SinaNet.com with fellow Stanford graduates. The company evolved into SINA.com, achieving a Nasdaq listing. As Vice President of Global Products, Ben played a crucial role in global product planning and forging media alliances, later managing SINA's operations in Taiwan and East China, and spearheading the establishment of SINA Mobile.

Transitioning from the tech world, Ben embarked on a journey of social entrepreneurship with the founding of CNEX in 2006. This initiative underscores his commitment to documenting and amplifying the narratives of Chinese society through the lens of documentary filmmaking, aiming to foster visual literacy across generations. CNEX has produced over a hundred documentaries, recognized at esteemed festivals like Venice, Sundance, and Golden Horse, also initiating the pioneering CCDF (CNEX Chinese Doc Forum) to enhance collaboration between Chinese and international documentary sectors. Acknowledged for his contributions, Ben has been invited as a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, contributing as a juror for the Oscars Documentary Branch.

Most recently, his executive production, "Island In Between," received a nomination for the 96th Oscars Academy Award in the documentary short category. Beyond his cinematic ventures, Ben remains a vital force in the startup ecosystem, offering both investment and mentorship.

Mr. Ben Tsiang (蔣顯斌)

Co-founder, SINA
Co-founder and Chairman, CNEX

Session IV

Future Trend of AI Server

Frank Lai is Sr. Director of Business Development and Technology Enablement at Supermicro Computer Inc.

Frank Lai

Sr. Director of Business Development and Technology Enablement, Supermicro

Session V

AI and Humans - [Always] - In - The - Loop

Erik Manuevo is the Vice President of Content & Operations at Chegg, Inc. where he is responsible for expert operations (including Machine Learning Operations and AI Quality Operations) at a global scale. Mr. Manuevo is a business and operations executive with experience leading large-scale, global, multi-disciplinary teams towards growth, performance, profitability, agility, transformation and operational excellence. Company experiences include Salesforce, Adobe, Cisco, Upwork, and Chegg.

Erik Manuevo

VP of Content & Operations
Chegg, Inc.

Session VI

How does AI work in everyday life for High School Students and Adults?

Elisa Paik
Customer Education Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Elisa Paik has spent more than a decade in education including teaching at the college level, and is currently a Customer Education Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). She is also a member of the HPE Global Asian Network leadership team, where she advocates for advancement, equity and inclusion of the AANHPI community.

Jason Pitts
Software Engineering Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Jason Pitts is a Software Engineering Manager, HPE 10 years of industry experience in Software Engineering with a focus in Enterprise Storage. He currently work on a team to deliver security and compliance for an upcoming cloud storage application STEM.


45rd CIE/USA-SF ANNUAL CONFERENCE  PROGRAM

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Santa Clara Convention Center


April 27, 2024

12:30 PM

Registration and Exhibition 

01:00 PM

Opening Remarks

Session I
1:05 - 1:50PM

Perspective on Deep Learning Framework, A Personal Reflection
Dr. Triston Cao, Sr. Software Engineering Manager, NVIDIA

Session II
 1:50 - 2:50PM

Is AI a Tool or Creature? Perspectives from AI Practitioners
Dr. Haohong Wang, General Manager, TCL Research America
Ms. Chen Bo, Aiwave, CEO, founder

Ms. Rebecca Ye, Kyros.ai, CEO, co-founder
Mr. Alex Yang, Brix Labs, CEO, founder
Moderator: Dr. Christie Wang

Session III
2:50 - 3:20PM

Fireside chat on 2024 Oscar Nominated Documentary (中文-Mandarin Chinese)
Mr. Ben Tsiang, Co-founder of SINA.com, Co-founder and Chairman of CNEX
Interviewer: Dr. Christie Wang

 Session IV
3:20 - 4:10PM

Future Trend of AI Server
Mr. Frank Lai, Senior Director of Business Development, Supermicro

 Session V
4:10 - 5:00PM

AI and Humans - [Always] - In - The - Loop
Mr. Erik Manuevo, VP, Chegg Inc

 Session VI
5:00 -6:00PM

How AI Works in Everyday Life for High School Students and Parents?
Ms. Elisa Paik, Mr. Jason Pitts, HP Enterprise

06:00 PM

Dinner Banquet

06:45 PM

Entertainment Performance

07:05 PM

CIE/USA-SF President Speech

07:15 PM

CIE/USA-SF New President Speech

07:20 PM

Keynote Speech
Dr. Vamsi Boppana
Senior Vice President, Artificial Intelligence, AMD  

08:00 PM

2024 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Dr. Song Li
Founder, Executive Chairman of Frontage Laboratories, Inc and Frontage Holdings Corporation  

 

2024 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Dr. Norman Chang
Chief Technologist of Electronics, Semiconductor, and Optics BU at Ansys Inc., Ansys Fellow  

 

2024 CIE Technology and Humanities Award

Ben Tsiang 蔣顯斌
Co-founder of SINA.com, Co-founder and Chairman of CNEX  

09:15 PM

High School Student Scholarship Awards

09:30 PM

Closing Remarks



Event Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center

Santa Clara Convention Center is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. It is surrounded by hi-tech companies, and also right next to SF 49er’s Levi’s Stadium and California’s Great America.


     

SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER - Mission City Ballroom (22,400 sq. ft)

5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054


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EVENT

Prefunction

Networking / Exhibition

B3&B5

Afternoon Technical Conference

B2&B4

Dinner Banquet


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