NFIC 2016 — Cognitive Computing: to the Singularity and Beyond

NFIC 2016

May 17th, 2016, 4pm-10pm, Stanford University

What do we need to understand in order to develop the human/machine interface of the future? What’s happening in computing when Artificial Intelligence doesn’t seem artificial anymore? Will the smartphone be smarter than we are?

In order to understand the profound changes taking place in the world of Cognitive Computing, NFIC 2016 will focus two interactive panel sessions led by recognized academic and industry experts, to discuss the key issues facing cognition and computing. The opening panel will cover where we are in processor architecture, language development and visual display. Our next panel will look at where we are going in the exciting world of natural language, human/machine interface and a revolution in the multi-dimensional capabilities of machine and humanity combined.

The near universal use of the cell phone for more than conversation indicates that a powerful new wave combining computing and cognition is moving to touch of our lives in ways never thought possible.

Before and after the sessions, and during the dinner break, there is ample time to connect and talk with like-minded experts in the domain.


  • Dr. Jeffrey J. Welser, Vice President & Lab Director, IBM Research – Almaden
  • Prof. Noah Goodman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

Tickets, dinner included


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Effective Software Technology Management

“The Ten Commandments for Effective Software Technology Management”

— executive buy-in, staffing, management, research, tools, women in tech …

Speaker: Karen Bartleson, Sr. Director, Corporate Programs and Initiatives, Synopsys; Member, Digital Economy Board of Advisors, U.S. Department of Commerce (and IEEE President-Elect)

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Time: 6.:00 pm Networking; 6:30 pm Presentation

Venue: Marriott Hotel, 301 S Market St, San Jose

Cost: $5 for IEEE Members, $8 for non-Members (before May 20th)

**Parking: free on-street after 6 PM; $5 flat fee in most garages, lots.

More Information and to Register:


Executive management for software and services is different from that for hardware. There are specific challenges for innovating in software systems, recognizing talent, pushing the state-of-the-art, getting board/executive support, configuration management, beating down bugs, customer acceptance, and other areas.  Karen will tell us about some of her own opportunities and the “commandments” or guidelines that executive management (and department managers) should consider. She will focus on her high-tech management experience at United Technologies and at Synopsys, discussing software/tools management, research/education, women in tech management, and other topics of current interest.

(Karen’s bio is at the meeting-information URL.) — system-level design, modeling, and verification standards; CAD for high-reliability application-specific ICs; book and blog on standards; more.

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