Artificial Intelligence Tech Talk

March 9th, 2016 (6 - 8pm)

AI Tech Talk w/ IBM CTO Rob High and UC Berkeley Professor Stuart Russell

Wednesday, March 9th, 6-8pm

Sibley Auditorium, Berkeley, CA, United States

Berkeley, CA

Parking: Lower Heart Parking Structure

Note: The parking structure is only accessible going downhill on Hearst Avenue.


Attendees: Mr. Robert High, Professor Stuart Russell

Theme: Engineering the Impossible

  • 6:10 - 6:20 pm: Introduction

(Anita) Welcome everyone to IBM's Artificial Intelligence Tech Talk. In the quest to inspire you all to "Engineer the Impossible" the annual Engineers Week hosted by Engineering Student Council looks to explore the history and future of artificial intelligence.

With AI and cognitive technologies, we have the ability to now augment the human ability to understand —and act upon — the complex data across society. We’re quickly reaching a point where this technology will impact every facet of our lives: IDC predicts that by 2018, half of all consumers will interact with services based on cognitive computing on a regular basis. These new technologies will introduce a new way of solving problems to help transform companies, industries and professions, and to improve the day-to-day lives of individuals everywhere.

Tonight, we are joined by two experts who will help us explore the past, present and future of this technology.

First, we have Professor Stuart Russell, Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineeing, former Chair of EECS, Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other accolades. Many of you in the audience will also know him as the author of “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach", the well-known textbook for AI, and perhaps as a winner of the Outstanding Educator Award from both ACM and AAAI.

We’re also joined by Rob High, one of the world’s leaders in artificial intelligence, a distinguished IT architect and technical strategist. As the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson, High leads the team that is bringing cognitive computing to the world. High is an industry pioneer in the field of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), an early technology that paved the way for today’s cognitive services. High is recognized as one of the world’s most exceptional technical professionals and was named an IBM Fellow in 2008 for his pioneering work in the field of SOA and for his leadership of the SOA Foundation.

Please join me in welcoming both Mr. Robert High and Professor Russell.

  • 6:20 - 7:00 pm: Panel

(Anita) The following are questions that have been submitted throughout the week. Afterwards, we offer the audience a change to quell their curiosity.

  • 7:00 - 7:20 pm: Demonstration of Watson

*At end of panel

(Anita) Thank you again Mr. Robert High and Professor Russell for your insight on artificial intelligence. It has been truly enlightening. Throughout the rest of the week, we invite students to similarly engineer the impossible at Engineers Week events. The full calendar can be accessed on our website Lastly, as we break into reception outside of the auditorium, please join me in thanking Mr. Robert High and Professor Russell once more. Thank you everyone for attending, and have a wonderful evening.

  • 7:20 - 8:00 pm: Reception

Point of Contact

Anita Cheung

T: (818) 826 - 4030