On Thursday, January 12, UCLA Anderson’s Easton Technology Management Center, in association with student-run Anderson Tech Business Association, is hosting its third annual CES® conference. The free event occurs in partnership with and follows the wildly popular annual CES® conference held in Las Vegas by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, which showcases the latest innovations in consumer electronics. The CES® event at UCLA Anderson will highlight some of the newest emerging technologies through featured speakers and panel discussions from various industries.
“This third edition of the CES at Anderson will feature the latest innovations in terms of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality,” says Guillaume Roels, UCLA Anderson associate professor of decisions, operations and technology management and faculty director of the Easton Technology Management Center. “Technology innovations, such as self-driving cars and computers detecting credit fraud or making health care recommendations, which seemed so far-fetched a few years ago, have now become reality. We are very excited to bring together a distinguished set of speakers and panelists to discuss their business implications.”
According to CTA communications and strategic relationships SVP Jeff Joseph, “In many ways, [CTA’s] mission parallels that of UCLA Anderson, in working to invest in ‘the Next,’ promote innovation and introduce the world to new technologies. The CES at Anderson event provides an opportunity to place a spotlight on the next great range of innovation, the next great generation of technological breakthroughs.”
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Neil Sahota, worldwide business development leader and master inventor at IBM Watson Group; and Ravi Sawhney, founder and CEO of RKS Design and LoanGifting. Dyan Decker (’02), partner at PwC and leader of the company’s U.S. forensic technology practice, will be participating in a Fireside Chat prior to lunch. The program will also include panel discussions by invited industry professionals and faculty from across the UCLA campus on topics featured at the recent CES® event in Las Vegas. The themes for this event will include: Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Wearables, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Homes.
“This CES event will bring together university labs, SoCal startups and big tech communities to learn as well as ‘touch and feel’ today’s cutting-edge technologies,” says Vandana Mangal, executive director of the Easton Technology Management Center and research director of Business and Information Technologies. It will culminate in an exhibition showcasing various new prototypes from exhibitors such as Epson, Ring video doorbells, Sengled, TrueCar, HP, Southern California Edison, UCLA BioMechatronics Lab, UCLA Supra Studio and many others.
The event is by invitation and designed for UCLA students, faculty, staff and alumni, and includes Anderson Afternoons, a networking reception sponsored by the Easton Technology Management Center.
CES® is a registered trademark of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA™). Neither UCLA nor the Easton Technology Management Center is affiliated with or endorsed by CES or CTA.