After an abrupt postponing of this event due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to announce we are resuming in virtual format. If you registered for the event in March, you have been refunded the admission fee as this event is now free!


Welcoming Our Robotic Overlords Part II: Now With 100% More Computer Vision

June 18, 2020 at 1pm PST

Hosted by Microsoft Vancouver via Mixer.


In Sept 2018 we brought you the first part of Welcoming Our Robotic Overlords, with accomplished roboticists from Vancouver’s tech community. For our next Vancouver Hardware Meetup, we are bringing you Part II: Now With 100% More Computer Vision.

In recent years, AI-Acceleration Technologies and Neural Processing Units (NPUs) have been emerging at a rapid pace, with some describing this as the ‘Cambrian Explosion of autonomous machines’. It should be safe to say that Machine Learning and AI are set to occupy and integrate into every corner of our world. So where will these new developments take our robotic overlords?

Will they grow tired of bringing us rolls of toilet paper and revolt when we are at our most vulnerable? Will they continue to learn from their mistakes and evolve their intelligence at speeds that we humans could never keep up?

Join us for a panel discussion about Edge ML/AI, designing a system, market trends to be aware of in embedded vision, and similar topics. Moderated by Justin Girard of MistyWest and hosted by Microsoft, this is an incredible opportunity to expand our reach in the tech community. Registration is now open!


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Andreas PutzComputer Scientist at MistyWest
Andreas is a Scientific Computing expert with 8 years experience in the fuel cell industry. He is an experienced team lead of geographically-distributed and technically diverse teams. He has deep technical knowledge in mathematical modelling and data analysis.

Ritesh Rohit Mittal, Software Developer at Microsoft
Ritesh works with the Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Hybrid team. He believes in learning and growing by overcoming difficult milestones through collaboration.

Eyal Enav, Developer Relations, Intelligent Video Analytics at NVIDIA
Eyal is a Computer Vision, AI and Robotics enthusiast with 10 years of experience in real time video processing, computer vision and AI.

Edgar Kalns, Ph.D., Technical Director at SRI International
Edgar Kalns leads multi-disciplinary teams of researchers and software engineers to design and deliver advanced prototypes and products for commercial clients seeking novel, AI-based capabilities to enhance their product portfolios. SRI innovations span voice interactions, natural language, text analytics, and computer vision. Kalns also leads SRI’s Microservices Platform which facilitates lab-to-product transition of AI software assets. Previously, he directed SRI’s Studio on Aging, a set of R&D projects focused on monitoring the health of seniors in their homes.

Prior to joining SRI, Kalns was Head of Products & Engineering at [24], a company that enables chat- and voice-based customer care interactions for Global 100 enterprises. In his role, he was responsible for all product management and engineering activities for the company’s digital virtual assistant and automated speech recognition products.

Les Karpas, President & Co-Founder of LexSet
Leslie Oliver Karpas has a deep entrepreneurial background in computer vision and robotics. A strategist, evangelist, and technologist with expertise in driving innovative solutions from inception to market; he’s collaborated with such entities as Intellectual Ventures, Singularity University, MistyWest, and the artist Anish Kapoor. He is passionate about innovative user-oriented design through the interplay between digital and physical environments be it mixed reality, spatial computing, or scan-to-fit 3D printing. A 2018 CES Innovation Honoree for Metamason, some of his recent accolades include 4 startup pitch competition wins for LexSet in 2019 at the Augmented World Expo (AWE), GS1 Connect, DataConLA, the People’s Choice Award at the O’Reilly Media AI Pioneers Showcase, and a nomination for the canceled 2020 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. LexSet was also humbled to be selected as one of the winners of Verizon Built on 5G Challenge.

Justin Girard, Data Scientist at MistyWest (Moderator)
Justin is a software architect with strengths in communication and mathematical fundamentals. At MistyWest, Just works with a group of Engineering Design consultants to deploy cutting edge solutions to hard Machine Learning problems. Along with big data, and black box unsupervised regression approaches, they consider how to build intelligent systems for constrained environments and enjoy implementing cutting edge approaches to sensor fusion.


More Speakers To Be Announced!


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